mara's choice

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.
Off Limits (Skam - Chris x OC) Part 7

Pairing: Chris x OC

Synopsis: Mara Magnusson has always had everything she ever wanted in her life, except for one thing. The boyish charm of her brother’s childhood friend had wrecked her poor heart and ruined her for any other guy – you can trust her, she has tried. She could see the way he looked at her, though she knew there were rules about not hitting on your best friend’s little sister. Luckily for her, there were no restrictions when it was the other way around.

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The honeymoon phase. That’s what they called it. Mara agreed on the choice of words.


Mara sighed against her bedsheets, loving the contact of the material against her skin and thriving in the peace of mind that brought a Saturday morning, when she didn’t have to get up at the crack of dawn to go to class. She rolled around to change position, but her arm didn’t hit the mattress. The usually empty spot next to her was not, in fact, empty. Somewhere in the back of her mind, still deliciously numb from sleepiness, the thought that this was the best wake up she ever had appeared. She didn’t say it out loud, but she knew she could get used to this.

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But what was she doing? The lightsaber was still flickering as she ran, and each time it went off it opened up the possibility that one of the blaster bolts would get through. Was there some kind of defect in the weapon?

Luke caught his breath as he suddenly understood. She was turning her lightsaber on and off as she ran to keep from slicing through the rail’s support struts while she swept the blade across the incoming fire.

For a moment he just stood there staring, frozen in amazement by the level of sheer control and artistry the maneuver demonstrated. She deflected a shot, swung the lightsaber toward the next one, flicked the blade off and then on to bypass a strut, deflected the next bolt -

A shot from the stairs sizzled past Luke’s shoulder, abruptly breaking the spell.

— 

from Choices of One by Timothy Zahn

Luke Skywalker’s first impressions of Mara Jade (not that he knew who the hell she was). It amuses me that he was so distracted by her he nearly got himself killed…

She’d had a falling-star dome once, she remembered. Most of her childhood was vague and shadowy, but she distinctly remembered the trouble she’s gotten into when she’d broken open the dome to find out what made the falling stars streaks when it was shaken.
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Star Wars: Choices of One

I’m charmed by this description of destructively curious baby Mara breaking open her snow globe to figure out how it works. It’s unclear whether this happened pre- or post- being kidnapped by the Emperor.  It’s a nice little character note, and we don’t get a ton of personal details like this in the books. 

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Cate Blanchett Choice Awards > > > >  Best “real person” Cate played [first place] Carol Aird: Carol

Nothing takes me out of a movie more than bad exposition. In Carol, Blanchett, who plays the title character, Carol Aird, can give years of backstory with one look. It’s uncanny. In seconds, we understand the pain of her failed marriage to Harge without a long explanation of what happened. We can see it in both of their faces. He’s still in love with her. She is not in love with him. They don’t have to say these words. - Carol review by Mike Ryan.

You’re a mean one, Mr. Tohru
You really are an ass

You’re as sparkling as a Ziodyne

And as charming as a troll, Mr. Tohru

You’re a bad police man
With a smug of a jester. 

Just face yourself
You’re an asshole, Mr. Tohru, yes, you are

Your heart’s an empty hole of fucks

Your tv is full of bitches and whores

You’ve got Magatsu in your soul, Mr. Tohru

I wouldn’t trust you with a
12 inch tv.

You’re a sinister one, Mr. Tohru

You have the dirtiest expressions,

Your bullshit lies stink as much as a big rotten Mara,
Mr. Tohru.

Given the choice between the two of you,
I’d take the big rotten mara
. (No homo doe)

Don’t Speak | Pt 4 & Epilogue

Synopsis: Vestina is betrothed to Loki and things between them are going well, Vee even thinks she might be in love with her dark prince, until she overhears some hateful things he and his friends have to say about her.

The marriage must go ahead but can she ever forgive him?

Based on this imagine

Previous: Part One | Part Two | Part Three |

AN: Sorry for the delay, the must abandoned me for a time.

AN2: In order to kick our muses in their respective arses, @evieplease and I tried an experiment and we swapped stories, each writing sections of the others fic. This final installment is now twice as long as originally planned, but I think you’ll enjoy it. See if you can spot which parts of this @evieplease wrote.

Thanks for your help, hun, and as usual, for betaing

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Storyland of Stars. Young Folks’ Library of Choice Literature. Mara L Pratt-Chadwick. Educational Publishing Company, Boston, New York, Chicago, c1892.

“What can be more in order, children, than that now, when the earth flowers are all gone, and the air, so clear and frosty, is bringing out the stars in all their brightness, we should turn to study them — the sky-flowers, as we may well call them?" 

buzzfeed.com
White House Appoints First Transgender Person As Primary LGBT Liaison
Raffi Freedman-Gurspan is now the White House’s main point of contact for LGBT groups on all issues.
By Dominic Holden

President Barack Obama has appointed Raffi Freedman-Gurspan as the White House’s primary LGBT liaison, making her the first transgender person in the role, White House officials told BuzzFeed News on Monday.

LGBT leaders applauded the announcement.

“Raffi is a great choice,” said Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality. “President Obama has said he wants his administration to look like America, and they have moved to include trans Americans. Raffi’s skills and personality make her the exact right person for this important job.”

Freedman-Gurspan became the first transgender staffer appointed to the White House in 2015, working as the outreach and recruitment director in the presidential personnel office.

In her new role — as the Outreach & Recruitment Director for Presidential Personnel and Associate Director for Public Engagement — Freedman-Gurspan becomes the White House’s lead point of contact for LGBT groups on all issues.

Marsha Scott, a straight woman, was the first White House gay and lesbian liaison,named to the role by President Clinton in 1995. Later, cisgender gays and lesbians held the role in the Clinton and Obama administrations. The position was held most recently by Aditi Hardikar, who left the post in January to join Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.

Before joining the White House, Raffi was a policy adviser at the National Center for Transgender Equality and a legislative director in the Massachusetts House of Representatives.

The Obama administration has been a steady advocate for transgender rights, including the use of existing civil rights laws to protect the rights of transgender workers and students from discrimination.

“We believe it is a tremendous decision by the White House to recognize Raffi’s leadership as well as the importance of having transgender leadership in an important role for the community,” said JoDee Winterhof, the senior vice president of policy and political affairs for the Human Rights Campaign. 

h/t: Dominic Holden at BuzzFeed News

buzzfeed.com
White House Appoints First Transgender Person As Primary LGBT Liaison
Raffi Freedman-Gurspan is now the White House’s main point of contact for LGBT groups on all issues.
By Dominic Holden

President Barack Obama has appointed Raffi Freedman-Gurspan as the White House’s primary LGBT liaison, making her the first transgender person in the role, White House officials told BuzzFeed News on Monday. LGBT leaders applauded the announcement.

“Raffi is a great choice,” said Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality. “President Obama has said he wants his administration to look like America, and they have moved to include trans Americans. Raffi’s skills and personality make her the exact right person for this important job.”

Freedman-Gurspan became the first transgender staffer appointed to the White House in 2015, working as the outreach and recruitment director in the presidential personnel office. In her new role — as the Outreach & Recruitment Director for Presidential Personnel and Associate Director for Public Engagement — Freedman-Gurspan becomes the White House’s lead point of contact for LGBT groups on all issues.

CLICK THE HEADER LINK TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE.

buzzfeed.com
White House Appoints First Transgender Person As Primary LGBT Liaison
President Barack Obama has appointed Raffi Freedman-Gurspan as the White House’s primary LGBT liaison, making her the first transgender person in the role, White House officials told BuzzFeed News on Monday.
By Dominic Holden

“LGBT leaders applauded the announcement.

“Raffi is a great choice,” said Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality. “President Obama has said he wants his administration to look like America, and they have moved to include trans Americans. Raffi’s skills and personality make her the exact right person for this important job.”

Freedman-Gurspan became the first transgender staffer appointed to the White House in 2015, working as the outreach and recruitment director in the presidential personnel office.

In her new role — as the Outreach & Recruitment Director for Presidential Personnel and Associate Director for Public Engagement — Freedman-Gurspan becomes the White House’s lead point of contact for LGBT groups on all issues.

 Before joining the White House, Raffi was a policy adviser at the National Center for Transgender Equality and a legislative director in the Massachusetts House of Representatives.

“We believe it is a tremendous decision by the White House to recognize Raffi’s leadership as well as the importance of having transgender leadership in an important role for the community,” said JoDee Winterhof, the senior vice president of policy and political affairs for the Human Rights Campaign.”

Read the full piece here

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Swing Republic | Any Old Thing (feat. Tommy Dorsey)

Some damn good electro-swing.