men of easy

Comfort from the Easy men (part 2)

Winters: Hey sweetheart. I heard you had a rough day. I know it’s difficult, but I just wanted you to know, you’re so much more than your current situation. Hang tough. You can do this. 

Bull: I don’t want to bore you with stereotypical folksy wisdom, but if there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that it’s gotta get dark before it can get light. I won’t let you go through the dark alone. And when the sun rises tomorrow, we’ll try again, together.

Harry: Honey, I know you’re stressed. But think of it like it’s a game. Move the ball forward, one yard at a time. One step at a time. Don’t let anyone rush you. Do things in your own time. You’ll win the day over whatever you’re up against. I know it. 

Talbert: Kitten, no matter what anyone else says, don’t be afraid to stand up for yourself, or what’s right. You are amazing, and people could learn a lot from you. So show them. Be the leader I know you are. Be the light. 

Hoobler: Hey, hey. Stop what you’re doing for a second. Now take a breath. Good. Now another. Keep breathing, nice and easy. You’re gonna get through this. In fact, you’re gonna do great. I’m cheering for you. 

Perconte: I hope you already know this, but sometimes it takes hearing it from someone else for it to really sink in. Take care of yourself. Put your health first, above all else. No matter what anyone says or thinks, do what’s best for you. I care about you. 

The Finale

As day six draws to a close, I would like to thank everyone who continues to contribute and support this event. I can’t believe it’s already almost over, but I’m excited to see what everyone has in store for the last day!

Reminder the prompt for day seven is:

  • Tribute (the real men of easy company)
  • I’ll be checking the #bandofbrothersweek for the next couple weeks. If you want to post something after the week is over feel free!

(From Tom Hank’s Twitter)

“Am I at ninety-four yet?”

Neil asked.

He was not at ninety-four. Ninety-four was the whispered words, “Thank you. You were amazing.” They echoed inside Andrew’s head over and over, like they were an offering, a prayer, a goodbye, like they were pushed out of his body with his dying breath. It was irritating and he was going to bring it up on the bus. He was going to spell it out nice and slow how Neil needed to stop living like he was dying and start living like the exy junkie he was.

Ninety-five was turning around and seeing nothing. Not nothing in the sense that Neil was nothing, but nothing in the sense of panic, of worry, of standing on the edge of the rooftop looking down thinking “Would it hurt if I fell?” The space where Neil should have been filled with emotions that Andrew swore he would never feel again.

Ninety-six was finding his bag. It wasn’t the bag that held his entire life, that was locked away in the Fox Tower, safe. It was the bag that held his future. A future he knew Neil wanted in the way he clutched the key he gave him back in August. A key that was left in the God forsaken bag with Neil nowhere in sight.

For ninety-seven, Kevin was there. The other foxes were there too but the words Kevin formed with his breath passing over his voice box and the movements of his tongue and jaw, were the only things that mattered. Kevin’s mouth moved, sound traveled in vibrations through the air, hit Andrew’s eardrums, and then his hands were around Kevin’s neck. There were lies and half-truths and Andrew hated those. Again not in the sense he hated Neil but in the sense that he hated the word ‘please’ and ‘misunderstanding’. He hated how he didn’t hate Neil because of all the lies. And for that, ninety-seven.

Ninety-eight was the phone call that Neil had been found.

Ninety-nine was walking through the hotel door and seeing him crumple in agony. It was the hissed “Don’t” as he did his best sooth away the pain. It was the eyes that were Nathaniel’s with hints of Neil peeking out behind his irises. It was the look of a man staring helplessly as the executioner readied the guillotine. It was the words “I’m sorry” like he had something to be sorry for. It was his attitude that no matter how beat up he got, remained impeccably intact. And it was the question he still had the gall to ask: “Am I at ninety-four yet?”

“You are at one hundred.”

9

A husband and wife each published an article. It became a case study in online harassment.

Online harassment is a universal problem, but it definitely falls harder on some people than others. In a recent Guardian study of abusive comments on its own articles, eight of its top 10 most abused writers were women, and two were men of color.

Almost everyone experiences some online abuse, but not everyone experiences the same level or intensity of it. For some, online harassment is a nuisance that’s easily shrugged off. For others, it’s not so easy.

That’s why it’s important to step into someone else’s shoes every now and then, like Washington Post pop music critic Chris Richards did. When Richards and his wife each had articles published on the same page of the Post, what happened was almost a perfect A/B test proving how disproportionate harassment works.

It’s easy for some to be skeptical that online harassment is that big a deal, or that it’s worse for people who aren’t white men. It’s easy to say something like, “It’s not because you’re a woman, it’s because they disagree with you,” or, “Whatever, it’s the internet, people are going to be jerks.”

And yes, people disagree and are jerks. But they also tend to be much bigger, nastier jerks to women, people of color, and folks in other marginalized groups.

Women and people of color can shrug off harassment too, of course, and often do. But they also tend to face more, and more vicious, attacks, including attacks that are specifically targeted at their gender or their race. All of that can wear down even those with the thickest skin, and its long-term harms can sneak up on you over time.

This is especially true of journalists and commentators with public platforms who write about controversial topics. And as Amanda Taub pointed out for Vox, this means online harassment can have real harms on journalism if it makes women and people of color reluctant to cover controversial issues.

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“Winter is coming”

Classic ned picture haha~ some brush pen practice.
Also it looks like I still know how to draw men so yay. Lmao jk men is easy I just prefer drawing girls 😝

Music:
Game of Thrones theme
composed by Ramin Djawadi
sung by Adrisaurus on YouTube
Lyrics by Karliene

#gameofthrones #nedstark

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Pitch: lets Ginny have healthy platonic relationships with other men in the show, becomes “one of the guys”, has turned a bunch of asshole men in her team into supportive team mates and friends
Media: … 
Pitch: intends to make Mike/Ginny happen  
Media: WOW WHY IS PITCH SO PREDICTABLE WHY CAN’T GINNY HAVE PLATONIC!!! FRIENDSHIPS!!! WITH MEN!!!!???? HOW C L I C H E?!! I CAN’T BELIE— 

I’ve started at least 7 posts about Melania but the words aren’t coming easily. Point is… I don’t want to see a single one of my friends talking shit about Melania or Barron. Don’s fair game. But I look at his behavior in front of cameras, I look at his Twitter tirades, I look at his thin-skinned ball of rage personality and I see the potential for a very volatile home life that is extremely imbalanced in terms of power. I see a man who has the markings of an abuser all over him. 

I look at what happened with Ivana in 1993 when he was violent, abusive, and intentionally caused her pain then mocked her and I can’t for one second believe he changed. 

I see things about how Melania refused to give him her number, but then they started dating, she walked out on him once, then they ‘made up’ and I can’t help but think about the way abusive men manipulate women and how easy it would be for him to completely control her if he wanted to. 

I don’t care how supportive she seems to be. I don’t care what she says in front of cameras. When I look at her, I see a hostage. 

I don’t want to hear anyone attacking her femininity, her appearance, her womanhood, her origins, her nudes… or you’re attacking other women too. I don’t want to hear any victim blaming or “she should’ve left” or “she should’ve known better” or you’re attacking me too. Do not attack a woman and her child who likely have no agency or control over their own lives.

royal arranged marriage au

february 15 | “family”
(Here’s the overview for an AU with all of the tropes because why not.)

Royal Arranged Marriage AU with supernatural fantasy elements. Gabriel is a wraith who’s the literal Prince of Darkness, equally loved and feared by everyone in Blackwatch, his city. Overwatch, a nearby kingdom that Gabriel’s always been wary of, approaches him one day, seeking an alliance. They offer him their Prince’s hand in marriage in exchange for Gabriel’s help defending against Talon, an insurgent force seeking to usurp them from within. 

Gabriel is irritated but agrees to meet his potential husband-to-be, since he’d apparently accompanied the envoy anyway. He’s surprised when the handsome, scarred vampire he’d assumed was a bodyguard steps forward and introduces himself as Jack, the Prince of Light. 

BONUS: Jack and Gabriel had already met the night before out in the city while avoiding their royal duties and being Grumpy Old Immortals. Neither had realized that the other was a Prince.

Pride & Prejudice (2005) Sentence Starters

“Good heavens…. People.
“Have you no compassion for my poor nerves?”
“If every man in the room does not end the evening in love with you, then I’m no judge of beauty.”
“How can you tease me so?”
“One of these days, someone will catch your eye, and then you’ll have to watch your tongue.”
“Miserable he may be, but poor he most certainly is not.”
“Count your blessings. If he liked you, you’d have to talk with him.”
“I wouldn’t dance with him for all of _, let alone the miserable half.”
“Do you like to dance?”
“I thought poetry was the food of love.”
“What do you recommend to encourage affection?”
“No, men are far too easy to judge.”
“Only the deepest love will persuade me into matrimony, which is why I will end up an old maid.” 
“Her Ladyship demands it.”

“You’ve liked many a stupider person.”
“All the world is good and agreeable in your eyes.”
”So which one of these painted peacocks is _?”
“I could more easily forgive his vanity had he not wounded mine.”
“Your skills in the art of matchmaking are positively occult.”
“I’m no longer surprised at your knowing accomplished women, I rather wonder at your knowing any.”
“Our surest way of disappointing him will be to ask him nothing about it.”
“Would you find pride a fault or a virtue?”
“No excellence can be acquired without constant practice.”

“My good opinion, once lost, is lost forever.”
“How happy for you, _, to possess the talent for flattering with such…delicacy.

“What a shame, for I dearly love to laugh.”
“Believe me, no one would suspect your manners to be rehearsed.”
“Dear, oh dear. You must be the shame of the regiment.”
“Oh, _, do you never think ill of anybody?”
“These are the kind of delicate little compliments that are always acceptable to the ladies.”

“It is my intention, if I may be so bold, to remain close to you throughout the evening.”
“It would be most inconvenient, since I have sworn to loathe him for all eternity.”
“Please advise me on what you would like most to hear.”
“Oh no, I prefer to be unsociable and taciturn.”
“I hear such different accounts of you as puzzle me exceedingly.”
“I hope to afford you more clarity in the future.” 
“She’s just shy and modest.”
“Men are eaten up with either arrogance or stupidity.”

“There are few of us secure enough to be really in love without proper encouragement.”
“We are all fools in love.”
“I will not and I certainly never shall.”

“He does not know her character as we do.”
“I am perfectly serious!”
“There are few people who have more true enjoyment of music than myself.”

“You give your opinion very decidedly for so young a person.”
“With 5000 a year, it would not matter if he had warts and a leer.”
“You know perfectly well I do not believe marriage should be driven by a lot of money.”
“Only a man truly confident in himself would admit to that.”
“Can’t help but feel at any point someone’s going to produce a piglet and make us chase it.”
“You have insulted me in every possible, and can now have nothing to say.”
“Headstrong, foolish child!”
“If they are amiable, they are so easily led that they have no minds of their own whatsoever.”
“You’re free to go off and be jilted yourself.”
”Please understand, I cannot accept you.”
“Oh, for heaven’s sake, _, don’t look at me like that.”
“Not all of us can afford to be romantic.”
”I think that’s the most unforgiving speech you’ve ever made.”
“I must confess, the view from where I sit has been rather grey.”
“I’m well enough acquainted with you to know that I cannot alarm you even should I wish it.”
“I do not have the talent of conversing easily with people I have never met before.”
“What on earth have you done to poor _?”

“I have struggled in vain and can bear it no longer.”
“I love you… Most ardently.”
”I am very sorry to have caused you pain.”
“Is that your opinion of me?”
“Take care, that savors strongly of bitterness.”
“Can you die of happiness?”
“You may ask a question, I may choose not to answer it.”

“What are men compared to rocks and mountains?”
“Do you not think him handsome?”
“How can I ever make amends for such behavior?”

“You must know… surely you must know it was all for you.”
“One word from you will silence me forever.”
“You have bewitched me, body and soul.”
“Your hands are cold.”