I used to be a calligrapher for weddings and events—that was my side job while I was auditioning. I think handwritten notes are a lost art form. When I booked my first pilot, my dad wrote me a letter that I still have. The idea of someone taking the time to put pen to paper is really special.
I’m supposed to be on hiatus but…. eh. This encompasses like six Hamilton songs lolololol.
*Trigger-warning: cheating/angst but also lots of fluff and hope? Idk. Let me know what you think :)
A crème colored envelope with Nico’s name in elegant script
waited for him when he got home. “A letter?” he questioned. His father shrugged
and continued cooking.
“Who’s it from?” Hazel asked as he and Bianca peeked over
his shoulder, setting his backpack down.
“I don’t know. It doesn’t have a name besides mine.” He
furrowed his eyebrows and bit his lip. There was only one name that came to
mind, but… a letter? In this century? “Excuse me,” he said, gripping the
envelope as he went to his room.
He took a breath and slid his finger under the flap of the
envelope and across, opening it carefully. He took out the sheet of paper that
was inside, covered in looping inked letters.
Dear Nico, I told you
I could be cheesy didn’t I? Letters are a lost form of art, and I believe they
represent a closeness we’ve long lost as a society. I like them though. I hope
you do too. It saves me from the embarrassment of gushing over you over a text,
waiting anxiously for you to answer. Though I do wish I could see your face as
you read this. I can imagine the blush flooding your cheeks, and I can imagine
your dark eyes widening as you realize I’m right but try to deny it even to
yourself. Am I right?
The mid-song speech is a lost art form. 20 years ago today at The Tibetan Freedom Concert, during “Bullet in the Head”. I’d say this is in the Top 5 RATM speeches. Even though this track was off the s/t, #evilempire era was thematically about creating a bridge between EZLN/the Zapatista movement and the growing voices of mass discontent in the US. This one cuts pretty ruthlessly. “Just for your personal attention, we would like to announce and make very clear that the U.S. government is starting another Vietnam in Southern Mexico. We would like to make this very clear to you because we believe, we strongly believe, that the media in the U.S. is blocking it from your attention. What they’re attempting to do is prevent you from getting involved here to prevent the death of millions of indigenous people who took up arms against the 65 year old dictatorship, the Partido Revolucionario Institucional de México. And at this moment in time, millions of indigenous people are being chased into the hillsides by armies fueled and funded by the U.S. government, by the Clinton administration, by William Perry, and all them fucking pigs up in Washington. And we feel that it’s important that we all understand that and know that, and that our action can stop it. So are you standing in line? Are you believing the lies? You bowing down to this flag? You got a bullet in your head….” #imisszdlr #zackdelarocha #rageagainstthemachine #ezln #zapatistas #subcomandantemarcos #tommorello #bradwilk #timcommerford #prophetsofrage #sendog #cypresshill #windbelow #yearoftheboomerang #peopleofthesun #bullsonparade
I’ve noticed that in episode weaponized and time of death that scott has more vangs now which is a sign of him evolving or turning into a full wolf like derek. derek started growing more vangs in season 3a then the next season he evolved into a wolf. im thinking that an increase in vangs is a sign of evolving for werewolves. another thing, in the teen wolf intro, during tyler hoechlin/derek hale’s theme a wolf is being shown which tells us that he’s a full wolf. at the very beginning of the intro during tyler posey/scott mccall’s intro you have to pause the intro. when you pause it you should see a wolf being shown during his intro. a wolf has been shown for scott and derek since 3a. it’s likely that scott will evolve to a full wolf. my guess it that scott will fully evolve to a wolf in season 5b?
Four seasons in and we still know so little about the workings of stuff like turning into a full wolf, what’s the story of the color of the eyes, why do some people become beast alphas etc.
Let’s first compile the stuff we do know. And since this is Teen Wolf of course our information is conflicting - unreliable narrators. get used to the term :)
From the bestiary (Argents)
Sometimes Alpha werewolves are able to take on various forms. Generally they take on the form of a full fledged wolf. However, depending of the character of said alpha their form can range from completely normal looking wolf to a monstrous beast.
Beast alpha (known) - While similar to the Full Wolf Alpha the Beast Alpha retains a human’s four curve spine that allows it to stand upright. A beast Alpha’s form is a grotesque mix of wolf and human.
So according to the bestiary in Argent’s possession and compiled over centuries by hunters alpha werewolves can sometimes take other shapes, and among them the most common is a full fledge wolf.
This is backed up by Gerard in 3x08:
Gerard: No, but there was an exceptionally powerful Alpha who did live here. She had a capacity to shape-shift that was rare among her kind. That made her something of a leader, the kind of person that they would go to for advice and guidance… Talia Hale.
We know that Laura could do the same thing - shift into a wolf. We’ve now seen that Derek did the same thing - and in his own words he evolved. So is this a Hale thing now? And how come Derek could do it when he’s not an alpha?
Of all the werewolves we’ve come across so far, only Talia, Laura and now Derek are the only ones that could do this. None of the alphas in the alpha pack did, not even Deucalion. The same goes for Satomi and her pack, we have no evidence of them turning into actual wolves.
So with this in mind it does seem like Gerard was telling the truth. The full alpha form nowadays, despite what the bestiary might say, is rare. Like a lost art form.
But before we conclude anything - let’s not forget another thing told by Gerard.
Gerard: Do you know the myth of Lycaon? Scott: I know it’s where we get the word “lycanthropy.” Gerard: According to myth, some Greek citizens believed they owed their lives more to Prometheus than to the gods of Olympus. And some followers even took names to honor the titans instead of the gods. Scott: Like Deucalion. Gerard: The son of Prometheus. Lycaon didn’t just refuse to honor the gods. He challenged them. He invited Zeus to a banquet and then tried to serve him the flesh of a human being. Angered, Zeus blew the place apart with lightning bolts and then punished Lycaon and his sons by turning them into wolves. The part that’s lesser known is how Lycaon sought out the druids to help turn him back to human. Scott: Why druids? Gerard: The belief was that the ancient druids knew how to shape-shift. They couldn’t make Lycaon and his sons human again, but they did teach them how to shift back and forth. And so the druids became important advisors to the packs.
The druids taught them how to shift back and forth. Let me repeat that. THE DRUIDS! And also - there is no mention of them only teaching alphas….
So who should we believe? the legend or the bestiary?
I adore writing letters and note cards and mailing them, but I never know what to say in them. Any tips/ideas? Many thanks from a postal-loving witch. <3
(excited “ha, ha!”) Yes! This is going to be a regularly occurring column once we hammer out our blog (timeline: soon).
WHAT TO WRITE!
Generally speaking, writing letters and cards can be sorted into two categories. Use these as starting points, then start writing:
“What is going on with you?”
“I have something to say or share”
For the first: Ask how they are doing, bring up recent events you know going on in their life or fandom. Ask about things you want to know about (and have no information), ask for updates on things you know about (and want more information).
For the second: The same general format, but simply ramble. Blogs and social media are somewhat an adaptation of this (not a slam against social media) – “this is what is going on in my life, this is what is troubling me, this is what I’m excited about, I am anticipating updates in the following subjects”.
The next thing you have to do is decide the tone. Which, as above, is simply based on who you are and who you are talking to.
If you are fancy and over the top, write fanciful, over the top, intellectual letters about discourse. If you are aren’t, don’t. I recently wrote a letter about being so excited about the Hubble Telescope I had to sit down.
Because letters are less common today, they sometimes take an expectation of having to be BIG IMPORTANT WELL THOUGHT OUT THINGS WITHOUT MISTAKES.
NO! BE YOURSELF!
And experiment. Cannot emphasize this enough. Most of the time, figuring out what you want to write about and how comes from trying something and deciding what you like.
Quote things. I’ve written cards that have no content other than passages of Edgar Allan Poe’s work. Or snag a magazine, scissors, and a glue stick and make a collage of things you find. Hell, print things you find online.
LETTERS CAN BE ART BUT DON’T HAVE TO BE
As I say above, letters sometimes take on this ethereal air of a long lost art form that must be preserved, are the realm of only the finest wordsmiths among us, and will be cherished forever.
And some are. Some letters are artful, thoughtful, beautifully illustrated. Sometimes I write about happy adventures, planning out the next step, rambling in excitement over what we will see and do (and eat).
But they don’t have to be.
Write about the best thing that happened to you recently. There is a window I pass on the way to the office and, sometimes, there is a giant (GIANT!) black cat that sits there. In the spring and through the summer, there are tiny rabbits that linger in my garden, eating flowers and leaves. I write about them both often.
“The best advice I received so far was from Naya Rivera [who plays Santana]. She said, “Always know your lines before you get to work and BE ON TIME!” For some reason being on time in this industry can be a lost art form, especially for actors! It’s important to remember that other people are always waiting for you on set, and its really unfair to make them wait.” - Becca Tobin