muses in the spotlight

title: you are my universe

jikook, pg15 (not smut but really, really intimate touching and kissing) // no au, crossposted to ao3

a/n: [1/5 intimacy bingo; touching] firstly, I’d like to thank you all for your support because I just reached 269 followers <333 it’s not a very big number or anything but I’m happy enough ehe I love each and every one of you out there and thanks again!!

Originally posted by princeminmin

this was originally requested by an anon but look who blew it up into a full fic for my honey bun’s (aka @junkthekook ) birthday!!! basically, it’s insecure jimin being loved by jungkook hehe (づ ̄ ³ ̄)づ but the prince of mochis is eating well though so let’s just all be healthy (◕ u ◕✿) on a side note, jimin being blonde is killing me omfg pls love my cute prince what about you guys? also, comments/follows and feedback are very much appreciated ( ´∀`)ノ~ ♡

“hyung?” jungkook asks, creaking open the door and jimin yelps, startled, dropping the hem of his shirt from in between his tiny fingers instinctively.

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If you’re looking for some ideas to help replace the freshly-banned Prophet of Kruphix in your Commander deck, here’s a few of my preferred options. Teferi specifically is a card I feel is overlooked too often; you may find his added “slow cast” effect on your opponents a big help.

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Romance has served as the foundation for some of film history’s most significant partnerships. Over at the Criterion Channel, we’re celebrating couples who shared a chemistry both on-screen and in real life with Creative Marriages, a series of double bills that launched back in November with a spotlight on Federico Fellini and his longtime muse and wife, Giulietta Masina. Tomorrow, our second installment presents the work of French filmmaker Roger Vadim and actor Brigitte Bardot, who were married between 1952 and 1957, and whose professional collaboration included four films on which he served as writer and director and three that he cowrote. Their breakthrough, Vadim’s boldly erotic debut feature, And God Created Woman (1956), catapulted both to international fame.

On the Channel: Vadim and Bardot’s Creative Marriage

anonymous asked:

i think scotty's deleting their blog, I just read a post they made and I'm just as upset as they are now...

I know. Dave messaged me in discord and I had a chance right now to read what was sent to him. The anon chose a poor set of words to encourage Dave to I have Scotty interact with others. But calling out that he was taking the “ spotlight ” of other muse’s events was very wrong.

However Dave will take this time to think what to do with Scotty’s blog. Ever since in the Marvel RP Fandom I’ve never been the kind to beg to others to keep their blogs. If Dave feels that he will delete his blog then I respect that choice. Because in the end he should be in a blog he is comfortable with.

It angers me though because with is basically “Anita” all over again.

If you want to encourage someone please write your message in a new post in tumblr. Read it TRICE and ask is this encouragement or am I being rude?

This is sad but again this is Dave’s choice what to do. Please respect his choice. If he brings back Scotty, don’t be like that last anon.if he wants to delete the blog then ask to interact instead in discord.

I’m closing up the office very soon. But if you can send Dave positive messages about Scotty.

Thank you.

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Clothes Shopping (Closed for Spotlights-Blog/Spotlights-Blog-RP)

Egilhard was leaning against a rail along the airship. She was waiting for a few people to get there so they could go to a shopping district not too far off.

All the while, the Portal Master was faintly listening to a song on a curious device that was a modded communicator.

A glint of a familiar light happened to have gotten her attention. She removed her headphones and turned to acknowledge whoever was approaching.

“Ah, right… I’ve been meaning to ask this, but how many clothes shops are in that district?”

PLOT BUNNIES – ANTi 🎈

I couldn’t pass it up, y’all. I’ve never written plots before so these are probably shitty y’know, and you can tweak it however you like of course, but when I first listened to Higher yesterday, I got feels real bad and I wanted a plot based on it. I decided to post it so I went ahead picked a few more. Hope you like ‘em/use em! I might do ‘em for the whole album, not sure.

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MODEL IN THE SPOTLIGHT: 이사랑

(Dress: Labaron / Necklace: The 9th Muse / Earrings: Stylist’s own)

Photographer: Marrion Tessier / Stylist: Coco Rosie / Makeup Artist:Ana / Translator: Hellen Jang

Shot in Hongkong.

Exclusively shot and interviewed for Korean Model blog.

(Dress: Labaron / Earrings: Monki)

Name /  이름: 

 Agency / 에이전시: 

  • Jennifer model management (Korea), Model Genesis (Hong Kong)

Age /  나이: 

  • 26

Height / 키: 

  • 180cm

Hometown / 고향: 

  • Nam Yang Ju / 한국 남양주

The best thing about your hometown: / 고향에 대해 제일 좋은 점:

  • There’s family and friends there! / 가족과 친구들이 있다는 거!

Favorite musician or band / 좋아하는 가수/아티스트: 

  • I love Korean hip hop. So my favorite is a rapper called minos. For singers my favorite is Feel Kim. He’s really famous now but I liked him since his debut! / 한국 힙합을 좋아해요. 그래서 ‘마이노스'라는 래퍼를 가장 좋아해요. 그리고 보컬로는 김필을 가장 좋아해요. 지금은 엄청 유명하지만 데뷔 때부터 정말 좋아했어요!

Favorite movie or TV show / 좋아하는 영화나 드라마/프로그램: 

  • I like a Korean entertainment show called ‘Infinite Challenge’. It’s a long-running program that’s over 10 years old. It’s really fun and I love it! I like all movies regardless of genre! / '무한도전'이라는 한국의 버라이어티 쇼를 좋아해요. 10년 넘은 장수프로그램이에요. 너무 재밌고 좋아해요! 그리고 영화는 장르에 상관 없이 다 좋아해요!

Favorite brand or designer / 가장 좋아하는 브랜드/디자이너:

  • Chun Hee Gee of MISS GEE COLLECTION. Her clothes are really beautiful and elegant. I think that it’s a show any Korean female model would love to be in! I was also like that, and I debuted on the MISS GEE COLLECTION 08/09 f/w show. And last season for the first time in 8 years I worked with her again and I was so happy! Her clothes were still beautiful and elegant! / MISS GEE COLLECTION – 지춘희선생님. 선생님의 옷은 정말 아름답고 우아해요. 우리나라 여자 모델이라면 아마 꼭 서고 싶은 쇼 중에 하나라고 생각해요! 저 역시 그랬었고, 미스지컬렉션 08/09 f/w 쇼로 데뷔했어요!  그러고 지난 시즌 8년 만에 다시 선생님과 함께 했는데 정말 너무 행복했어요! 선생님의 옷은 여전히 아름답고 우아했고 예뻤죠!

Place you would like to visit / 가보고 싶은 곳: 

  • Africa! I really want to see it with my own eyes! Whether it’s through a photoshoot or on vacation I really want to go there someday! / 아프리카! 제 눈으로 직접 보고 싶어요! 촬영이든 여행이든 언젠가 꼭 가보고 싶어요!

What song do you have on repeat at the moment? / 요즘 자주 듣는 음악은 뭔가요?

  • Nowadays I frequently listen to City by Owen Ovadoz. Her voice is so charming! / Owen Ovadoz - city 를 요새 자주 들어요. 목소리가 너무 매력적이에요!

(Blue kimono: Vivienne Westwood / Dress: COS / Earrings: The 9th Muse)

Describe your idea of a perfect day: / 당신의 이상적인 하루를 설명해보세요.

  • I think that an ideal day is just a good day. If I enjoyed meeting my friends then that was an ideal day and if I enjoyed resting at home I think that was also an ideal day. / 그냥 좋았다면 그게 이상적인 하루를 보낸 거라고 생각해요. 친구들을 만나서 즐거웠고 좋았다면 그게 이상적인 하루였던 거고, 하루종일 집에서 쉬었는데 좋았다면 그것도 이상적인 하루였다고 생각해요.  

Summer / Winter? / 여름 아니면 겨울?

  • Summer/ 여름

What’s your coffee order? / 커피는 주로 무엇을 마시나요?

  • Latte! Caffe latte! I like both hot and iced! / 라떼!! 카페라떼! 따뜻한 것도 아이스 둘 다 너무 좋아해요!!  /

What have you got far too many of? / 너무 많이 가지고 있는 것은 무엇인가요?

  • Sneakers. I like comfortable and pretty sneakers. Running shoes, basketball shoes, skate shoes etc. I wear a wide variety! An reading is one of my hobbies so I also have a lot of books. I buy my books from the bookstore but once I read it once I don’t usually read it again so I have a lot of books piled up on my bookshelves. And last year I cleaned up the piled up books. I sold some of them as second-hand and I donated some of them to the public library! / 운동화. 발 편하고 예쁜 운동화를 좋아해요. 런닝화, 농구화, 보드화 등 다양하게 신어요! 그리고 독서가 취미 중 하나여서 책도 많아요. 서점에서 책을 사서 읽는데 한번 읽고 다시 읽진 않는 편이여서 책장 가득 책이 쌓여 있죠. 그래서 작년에는 쌓여 있던 책들을 정리했어요. 중고로 판매도 하고 국립도서관에 기증도 했어요!

What are the things you always bring when you’re going out? / 나갈때 항상 가지고가는 것은 무엇인가요?

  • Camera! I love taking photos! So I always bring it with me when I go out! Nowadays I’m using the light and compact RICOH GR2. Oh and I also have an Instagram account where I upload the photos I took. It’s @_lovelyphoto! / 카메라! 사진 찍는 걸 좋아해요! 그래서 나갈 때 꼭 챙겨요! 요새는 가볍고 컴팩트한 RICOH GR2를 사용하고 있어요. 아 제가 직접 찍은 사진들을 올리는 인스타그램 계정도 따로 있어요. @_lovelyphoto 예요! /

Describe your personal style in 3 words./ 당신의 스타일을 세가지 단어로 설명해보세요.  

  • Simple, Modern, Vintage / 심플, 모던, 빈티지.

What’s 1 item in your closet you would never throw away? / 당신의 옷장에 있는 것중에 꼭 못 버리는 한가지는 무엇인가요?  

  • The box in my closet! In the box are letters I got from my friends, photos, concert tickets etc. Sometimes I take them out and reminisce on my memories haha. / 옷장에 있는 상자요! 그 상자 안에는 친구들이랑 주고 받은 편지들, 사진, 공연티켓 등이 들어 있어요. 가끔 꺼내 보면서 추억을 떠올리죠 헤헤

One piece of clothing you’d love to own? / 소장하고 싶은 한가지 옷은?

  • White shirt and blue jeans! / 흰티에 청바지!

What keeps you up at night? / 밤에 잠 못 이루게 하는것은 뭔가요?

  • Excitement? When I was younger if I was going on a picnic the next day or something I couldn’t sleep due to excitement. But I’m still like that haha. /설렘? 어렸을 때부터 다음 날 소풍을 가거나 하면 설레서 잠을 잘 못 잤어요. 근데 아직도 그래요 헤헤

What is the last thing you googled (search on the internet)? / 마지막으로 검색해본것은 무엇인가요?

  • Hiroshima atomic bombing. I saw an article that Obama visited Hiroshima and I searched it up. If I see something I’m curious about while I’m reading the news, I tend to search it up. / 히로시마 원자폭탄. 오바마대통령이 히로시마를 방문했다는 기사를 보고 검색해봤어요. 기사를 보다가 혹은 궁금한 게 있으면 검색해보는 편이에요.

If you had a super power, what would it be? / 초능력이 있다면 어떤 초능력을 가지고 싶으세요?

  • Teleportation / 순간이동

(Black one piece: Labaron / Skirt: COS / Hand accessories: The 9th Muse)

How do you stay fit? / 몸매 관리는 어떻게 하세요?

  • I tend to move around a lot. And I like outdoor sports. I hike, bike, and run! / 평소에 자주 움직이는 편이에요. 그리고 실외 운동을 좋아해요. 등산, 자전거타기, 러닝 등을 하죠!

What is your beauty secret?/ 당신의 아름다움의 비결은 무엇인가요?

  • Um… healthy energy? Hahaha /음.. 건강한 에너지? 헤헤헤

What’s one subject you could talk about for at least 10 minutes? / 당신이 10분동안 얘기할 수 있는 주제는 뭔가요?

  • Travel! I love traveling! Regardless of whether it’s traveling alone, with friends, or backpacking, even if I just think about the word ‘travel’ I get excited! / 여행이요! 여행을 너무너무 좋아해요! 혼자서 가는 여행, 친구들과 함께하는 여행, 배낭여행 상관 없이 여행이란 두 글자는 생각만해도 설레고 좋아요!

What were you like as a child? / 어릴때 어떤 아이였나요?

  • I was an active child. Since I was young I enjoyed running around outside, so I also fell a lot haha. /활발한 아이였어요. 어렸을 때부터 밖에서 뛰어 노는 걸 좋아했고, 그래서 자주 넘어지기도 했죠 헤헤

What is the best advice that you have ever received? / 당신이 받았던 최고의 조언은 무엇이었나요?

  • I don’t think there’s a specific memorable advice… I didn’t have a close sunbae (more experienced, usually older individual in the same school, workplace etc.) to give me advice while I was modeling… Even now I don’t have close sunbaes, hoobaes, or friends so that’s too bad. / 딱히 기억에 남는 조언은 없는 거 같아요.. 모델 일을 하면서 제게 조언을 해줄 친한 선배가 없었어요.. 아직도 친한 선배, 후배, 친구들이 없어서 좀 아쉬어요.

(Dress: Labaron / Necklace: The 9th Muse / Earrings: Stylist’s own)

You travelled a lot because of your job, what is the most favorite city that you have visited? / 일때문에 많이 여행가는데, 간 시들중에 어디가 제일 좋았나요?

  • I haven’t been to many places, but I like where I am now, Hong Kong! / 아직 많은 곳을 가보진 않았지만, 지금 있는 홍콩도 좋아요!

Are there any models in the industry that you look up to? / 존경하는 모델분들이 있으시나요?

  • Jang Yoon-ju. She’s my role model! She has a warm sensitivity, is charming, and professional. I want to be a warm person and charming model like her. / 장윤주 언니요. 저의 롤모델이죠! 윤주언니는 따뜻한 감성을 가지고 계시고, 매력적이고, 프로페셔널해요. 언니처럼 따뜻한 사람이고 싶고 매력적인 모델이 되고 싶어요.

How did you start modeling? Was modeling something that you always wanted to do? / 어떻게 모델 일을 시작했나요? 모델 일은 원래 하고 싶은 일이었나요?

  • When I was in high school I vaguely started thinking that I wanted to be a model. Then when I was in 12th grade I announced that I wanted to go to a model academy. My parents and teachers opposed and said that it’d be better to start after I started college but I convinced them and ended up going. I was living in the country then and commuted total 8 hours back and forth to attend the academy. I completed the academy and first started modeling in Esteem. I worked for a couple of years but it didn’t really work out, and I held other jobs while going to school. Then in 2013 I got into a big car accident. I had a spinal fracture and other serious injuries so I had to go to the hospital for 6 months. Then I realized, ‘Oh I could immediately die tomorrow, I should do what I want to do.’ I didn’t want to regret anything so I decided to return to modeling. Once I set my mind like that, good opportunities came to me, and it’s been 3 years since I started modeling again. /고등학생때 처음으로 막연하게 모델이 되고 싶다 했어요. 그러다 고3때 모델 아카데미에 다니고 싶다고 얘길 했어요.  부모님과 선생님께서는 반대하셨고 대학에 진학하고 시작하는게 좋겠다고 했지만, 결국 설득해서 다니게 되었죠. 그 때 지방에 살던 저는 왕복 8시간을 왔다 갔다 하면서 아카데미에 다녔고, 아카데미를 수료하고 에스팀에서 처음 모델 일을 시작하게 됐어요. 그러고 몇년 활동을 했지만 잘 풀리지 않았고, 학교를 다니면서 다른 일을 했어요. 그러다 2013년에 교통사고를 크게 당했어요. 척추 골절 등 크게 다쳐 6개월동안 병원을 다녔죠. 그러고 깨달았어요. ’ 아 내가 당장 내일 죽을 수도 있겠구나, 하고 싶은 거 하면서 살아야 겠구나.’ 후회하고 싶지 않아서 다시 모델 일을 시작해야 겠다고 생각했어요. 그렇게 마음을 먹으니까 좋은 기회가 찾아왔고, 그렇게 다시 모델 일을 시작한지 3년이 됐어요.

What would you do if you were not a model? / 모델이 되지 않았다면 무엇을 했을까요?

  • I think that I would’ve done something corresponding to my major or set up a small cafe. I like the space of a personal cafe and I really like coffee so I’ve worked a lot at cafes in the past. I think I would’ve set up a small workshop, hideout-like cafe where I sell things I baked and hold classes on making things like loofas and candles. / 아무래도 전공을 살려서 일을 하고 있다거나 작은 카페를 차렸을 거 같아요. 개인 카페라는 공간을 좋아하고 워낙에 커피를 좋아해서 카페에서 일도 많이 했었거든요. 베이킹도 직접 만들어서 판매도 하고, 수세미, 캔들 등을 만드는 클래스도 하고 작은 공방, 아지트 느낌의 카페를 하지 않았을까 해요.

What has been your favorite job so far?/  지금까지 해온 촬영중에 어느게 제일 좋았나요?

  • MOOHONG 15 s/s lookbook photoshoot. It was my first job after I started modeling again, and Moo Hong and the staff were really nice to me, and the environment was so nice so it’s really memorable! And I also really enjoyed this MODEL IN THE SPOTLIGHT shoot! Our team is an amazing team! Haha / MOOHONG 15 s/s lookbook 촬영이요. 다시 시작하고 처음으로 한 일이기도 하고, 무홍쌤과 스텝분들이 많이 예뻐해주셨고, 촬영 분위기도 너무 좋아서 기억에 남아요! 그리고 이번 MODEL IN THE SPOTLIGHT 촬영도 너무 좋았어요! 우리 팀은 amazing team이에요! 헤헤

What is your dream modeling job? / 당신의 꿈의 모델 일은 무었인가요?  

  • To be in the 4 major collections, New York, Paris, Milan, and London. /세계 4대 컬렉션인 뉴욕, 파리, 밀란, 런던 컬렉션에 서는 거요!

(Blue kimono: Vivienne Westwood / Dress: COS / Earrings: The 9th Muse)

What’s going through your mind when you’re modeling in front of the camera? / 카메라 앞에서 모델 일을 할 때 무슨 생각을 하시나요?

  • I don’t really think about anything else. I focus on the shoot and listen to and try to cooperate with the staff’s directing. / 다른 생각은 하지 않아요. 촬영에 집중하고 스텝들의 디렉팅에 귀 기울이고 호흡하려 해요.

What are the pros and cons of being a model? / 모델이 됨으로서 장점과 단점은 뭔가요?

  • Pros are that you can go to a lot of different countries and have a lot of experiences. A con is since you’re often out of the country, you can be pretty lonely. / 장점으로는 모델이여서 다양한 나라에 갈 수 있고  많은 경험할 수 있다는 거. 단점은 외국에 많이 나가니까 외로울 수 있다는 거

What do you want to achieve in the future? / 미래에는 무엇을 이루고 싶나요?

  • For the near future I want to experience more as a model. As I said earlier, I want to be in the “Big Four” collections, and I want to try modeling in a lot more countries. I want to model until I have no regrets. / 가장 가까운 미래로는 모델로서 더 많은 경험을 하고 싶어요. 위에서 말했듯이 세계 4대 컬렉션에 서고 싶고, 더 많은 나라에 가서 모델 일을 해보고 싶어요. 정말 미련 없이 후회 없이 모델 일을 하고 싶어요.

What advice would you pass along to those who have just started out in the modeling business?/ 신인 모델들에게 조언 하나만 해주세요.

  • I don’t want them to be too impatient. From my experience, it seems that everything has a time. If you keep doing your thing, good opportunities will find you! And I want to tell them to do what they enjoy, or have wanted to do or learn. I’ve seen a lot of people regret after time passes. There has to be other things you can do besides modeling. / 너무 조급해하지 않았으면 해요. 제가 살아보니까 다 때가 있는 거 같더라구요. 묵묵히 자신의 일을 하다보면 분명 좋은 기회가 찾아올 거예요! 그리고 좋아하는 일, 혹은 하고싶은 일, 배우고 싶은 일 등 많이 많이 하라고 말하고 싶어요. 시간이 지나고 나서 후회하는 사람들을 많이 봤거든요. 모델 말고도 할 수 있는 일이 있어야 해요.

How do you see yourself in 10 years from now? / 10년 후, 무엇을 하고 있을 것 같나요? 

  • Wouldn’t I be teaching kids who either want to be a model or something related to my major at a community center? Oh and my major is department of child social welfare. /모델이 되고 싶어하는 아이들 혹은 제 전공을 살려서 복지관이나 센터에서 아이들을 가르치고 있지 않을까요? 아 제 전공은 사회복지학과 아동학이에요!

Do you have any personal rules that you’ll never break?/ 절대로 깨지 않을 본인만의 룰은 있나요? 

  • Not in particular. /딱히 없어요.

One thing that people will be surprised to find out about you /  당신에 대해 놀라운 사실 한가지는 무엇인가요?

  • I’m more feminine than I seem? Haha / 생각보다 여성스럽다는 거? 헤헤

I’m looking forward for the next Love Live anime called “Sunshine”
Some people weren’t pleased with the new anime or think it’s over place from Muse, I thought the same thing, but the more I learn this group, I more I know and understand and I’ll still love Muse no matter what happen, we should also support Aqours, they’re like the Hoobae to the Muse as their Sunbae.

The Aqours are lil’ children that were inspire by the group of “Muse” so their not replacing or not taking over Muse’s spotlight. You have to check the PV =)) Please I hope you all look forward for the Anime “Sunshine”

I Like You a Latte Sequel - Jonnor Fanfic

This is kinda long, sorry. Also, I don’t know if there will be a third, but I wanted to at least do a sequel.

Jude: hey, it’s your favorite customer ;)

Connor: wow, I’m surprised you actually texted me.

Jude: well you know, I wasn’t going to, but I’m only texting you to ask where you were today.

Connor: ouch. Today was my day off.

Jude: I must say, the guy that took my order today wasn’t nearly as good looking as you.

Jude: did I really just say that?

Connor: you really weren’t going to text me?

Jude: not at all ;)

Connor: would it be ridiculous to ask if you’re doing anything tonight?

Jude: completely. But aside from studying for a mid-term, I’m not doing anything.

Connor: so if you’re interested, I’d like to see you.

Jude: what did you have in mind?

Connor: would you like to go for drinks with me?

Jude: I’ll have to think about it…

Connor: of course :)

Jude: I’m kidding. I’d love to.

Jude met up with Connor at a local bar, eager to see where the night would take them.

Jude decided to just order one drink and sip it throughout the night, not wanting to drink too much, but also not wanting to be completely sober the whole night either.

They sat together at a table that was far enough away from the chaos of everyone else, and carried on with small talk for a few minutes.

“So, Jude, tell me about yourself,” Connor prompted.

Jude took a sip of his drink before starting. “There’s not much to tell.”

“Oh come on, I’m sure there’s plenty.” With the hand holding his glass, Connor nudged Jude’s shoulder, making him laugh softly.

“Okay, well I’m majoring in psychology with an English minor. Umm, sometimes I like to think I can write,” he snorted. “I moved out to LA about a year ago, from San Diego.”

“Oh wow, so does your family all live back in San Diego?” Connor asked.

Jude took another sip of his drink, then nodded. “Yeah, sort of. My sister moved out to New York, around three years ago and she’s actually been in a Broadway show.”

“That’s incredible,” Connor beamed.

“She’d probably be thrilled to know that I’m taking an opportunity to brag about her,” Jude mused. “She’s always loved the spotlight.”

“And you? Do you love the spotlight?” Connor asked, taking a sip from his glass.

“No way. I’m more of an introvert, to tell you the truth,” Jude admitted.

“I can’t say I’m surprised; I’ve always had a thing for introverts,” he smirked.

“Oh really?” Jude asked, smiling.

“There’s always some alluring mystery behind their shyness, and as you get to know them, they become some of the most interesting people you’ll ever meet.”

Jude took notice of the way Connor’s hazel green eyes lit up as he spoke.

“So tell me more. What kind of guys are you interested in? Or girls, you know, if you’re-”

“Just guys,” Jude clarified. “Honestly, I have to say I think I’m still in the process of figuring that out.”

“That’s cool,” Connor nodded.

“I’ve only had three relationships, one of which would be considered serious, but I definitely haven’t had the greatest luck when it comes to dating,” he said.

“I’ve dated here and there throughout high school, finally coming to terms with my sexuality around senior year, and haven’t had much luck either,” Connor said.

“Here’s to better luck,” Jude held up his glass and Connor held up his own to cheers.

“So, what do you do for fun?” Connor continued.

“Well, I tend to get wrapped up in school, so if it weren’t for my roommate dragging me along to parties or whatever else, I’d probably spend most of my time studying.”

“That’s no fun. Well hey, I’m glad you came tonight,” Connor said.

“Me too. So enough about me, tell me about you,” Jude suggested.

“Well, I’m actually just starting out with a modelling career. Now, I know what you’re thinking, and no I’m definitely not narcissistic,” he chuckled softly, taking another sip from his drink.

“You certainly have the looks for modelling,” Jude commented, blushing when Connor grinned. “My other sister is a photographer actually,” he added.

“Oh cool, I’ve dabbled in photography, but I guess I’m better in front of the camera rather than behind it.”

“So what kind of modelling do you do?” Jude asked curiously.

Connor raised an eyebrow. “Well, I’m not like, an underwear model if that’s what you’re wondering,” he said jokingly.

Jude gaped at him before laughing at what Connor just said. “No, that’s not what I was wondering,” he insisted.

“It’s really just print modelling. Small companies,” Connor said.

“That’s cool,” he took another sip. “God, I should slow down,” Jude said, placing his glass down on the table beside him.

“You could order another if you finish.”

Jude shook his head. “I could, but I promised myself I’d take it easy.”

“Not much of a drinker?” Connor asked.

“Not much,” Jude replied.

“That’s cool, I respect that,” Connor assured.

“So, what do you do for fun?”

“A lot, actually. Aside from practically living at the beach, I’m really into drawing. Uh, let’s see… Oh, skateboarding, surfing, soccer, basically just a lot of outdoor activities.”

“So you’re basically the whole package huh?” Jude smirked.

“I guess you could say that,” Connor laughed. “I’m curious,” he started, “you mentioned two sisters. How many siblings do you have?”

“Two sisters, two brothers. My sister and I were adopted when I was thirteen,” Jude explained.

“So your biological sister is the one on Broadway, or the photographer?” Connor asked.

“Photographer,” Jude answered. “I like photography too, but she’s always had more of a knack for it than I do.”

“You know, you’ve got the looks for modelling too,” Connor said.

“I don’t know, I’m probably too shy,” Jude looked away as he blushed deeply.

“Oh come on, you’d be surprised how fun it is. Give it a try at least once before you decide,” Connor suggested.

“Hmm, I’ll keep it in mind,” Jude agreed as he took another sip.

“I’m impossible to say no to,” Connor added.

“I can see why.”

“Oh wow, I love this song!” Connor blurted. “Come on.” He stood up, expecting Jude to follow.

“Really? I don’t know if I-”

“Yes you can, let’s go,” Connor grabbed Jude’s arm and pulled him along. “Oh, don’t leave your drink,” he reminded. Jude took it with him and followed Connor.

Maybe it was Connor’s plan all along to have an excuse to be close enough to make the first move. With his hand on the small of Jude’s back, he pulled him close and kissed him softly. Jude kissed back, tangling his fingers in Connor’s sandy blonde hair as Connor deepened the kiss, pulling him as close as he could. It almost scared Jude, how much he enjoyed kissing Connor, being as how he never seemed to have luck with dating, but something about this felt different.

They pulled apart, and neither could stop smiling. That is, until Jude spotted someone across the room. His ex. Jude’s smile dropped, replaced with worry.

“Shoot!” When he thought he made eye contact, he turned around, nervously running his hand over the back of his neck.

“Jude?” Connor circled around to face him. “What? What’s wrong?”

“My ex is here. The one who…” He stopped short.

“The one who cheated?”

Jude only nodded. “He’s not even here with the guy he cheated on me with. It’s someone else,” he added.

Connor directed Jude’s eyes back to him by touching him on the arm, gently guiding him to look away from the scene he was caught looking at. “Forget him, okay? He’s an idiot and you deserve better.”

“Can we get out of here?” Jude asked.

Connor smiled. “Sure. Where would you like to go?”

Jude thought for a moment before answering. “My roommate won’t be back until tomorrow if you’d like to come back to my dorm with me?”

“Yeah,” Connor agreed.

They got back to Jude’s dorm and Jude collapsed on his bed. Connor stepped over and laid down beside him.

“I’m exhausted,” Jude sighed.

“I’m hungry,” Connor said.

“Well, you know, college life, so there’s not much selection, but I’ll see what we can have.” Jude got up and padded over to the cupboard, returning with Oreos.

“Ooh, fancy,” Connor said sarcastically.

Jude passed him the package and sat on his bed, leaning against the wall. “It’s the best I could come up with.”

“Works for me.” Connor pulled back the seal and took an Oreo, placing the bag between them.

Jude opened a small container of caramel sauce, took an Oreo, and dipped it.

Connor stopped in the middle of twisting the two halves of his Oreo, and stared at Jude. “What, are, you, doing?” He asked.

“What?” Jude took a bite.

“Are you… Eating Oreos with caramel sauce?”

“Yes,” Jude smiled.

“What, are Oreos not sweet enough on their own?” Connor laughed.

“Well, it tastes good. My family always teased me about weird food combinations, and college definitely hasn’t helped in that sense.” He dipped the Oreo again.

“Weird food combinations? Like what?” Connor licked the icing off the cookie before eating it.

“Dipping french fries in chocolate ice cream-”

“Oh, that’s actually really good,” Connor interrupted.

“Right? Um.. Celery and peanut butter, ketchup on tacos,” he continued.

“It’s a good thing you’re hot,” Connor joked.

“Oh you think I’m hot?” Jude asked.

“Definitely.”

Neither of them kept track of time as it got later and later. Conversation just seemed to come naturally, as they continued to get to know each other.

“Wow, it must be pretty late. What time is it?” Connor asked.

Jude pulled out his phone to check. “Almost one,” Jude answered.

“It doesn’t feel like it.”

“No, it doesn’t.”

“I should probably get going though,” Connor said.

“Yeah, I have to be up early tomorrow,” Jude remembered.

“Have fun with that,” Connor laughed.

“God, I’m not looking forward to it.”

As they walked over to the door, Connor said, “I had fun tonight.”

“I did too.”

“I’d really like to see you again if you’re interested,” Connor said.

“Maybe I’ll make extra Starbucks runs,” he teased.

“Well, preferably outside of work,” Connor clarified.

“I’d like that,” Jude smiled.

“Just let me know when you’re free.”

“Alright. Thanks again for tonight.” Jude said.

“Anytime. Goodnight.” Connor smiled once more.

“Goodnight.”

muse a is an athlete who is in his rookie year and he was the number one pick in the draft. he didn’t play during preseason and in the first few games of the season due to an injury but when he did start playing for his team he makes a huge impact and all of a sudden he is the next big deal. sponsors are being thrown at him and muse a is now shoved into the spotlight. muse a has been dating muse b since their sophomore year of college and muse b is used to a being the center of attention, all throughout school people practically worshipped muse a and muse b played the role of the supporting girlfriend showing up to all his games with a’s number on her cheek and wearing his jersey but this new level of fame is even much for her. she’s just got her first real job and it’s her dream job but it requires her full attention. muse b can’t make it to muse a’s away games now and muse a isn’t used to having muse b not being there all the time. now muse a and muse b have to deal with this new life and there’s cute reunions when he gets back home, long fights maybe before she leaves for work sometimes and he’s going to practice or an away game, phone calls that end in ‘i miss you’ or ‘i can’t stand you’ and we could throw in jealous muse b who doesn’t like when muse a talks to the team’s cheerleaders because she seems them as a threat or he poses with other girls for photos.

To Helios, with fumigations from frankincense and... frankincense?

Alright, forgive the sarcastic title, but I have a bone to pick with the generic Hellenic friendly online community (I’m not even bothering with specific titles at this point): lazy scholarship breeds misinformation.

There is one small point of contention for me when it comes to misinformation. I see it all over the place in various Hellenic sites, conversations on blogs, and even amongst the Hellenic polytheists I know personally. The title there is a bit of a spoof, it’s referencing the seventh (according to Taylor) Orphic hymn, To Helios. The next line states appropriate offerings: fumigations from frankincense and manna. And I see it, over and over again: “our best guess is that manna is powdered frankincense” or “manna, which is sweet frankincense”, and so on, in a thoroughly bothersome manner. Please ask yourself, why would the Orphic hymn to Helios require you burn frankincense and… frankincense? That little tidbit alone obviously does not discredit the theory, however it does help me highlight the flaw in said theory.

Manna as frankincense is not sound, or at least, not for early Greeks. I will concede that perhaps in the Hellenistic era, when frankincense was readily available in mass quantities due Eurasian trade routes was frankincense considered a replacement for manna (the ancient world has always made due with what was available) since frankincense was so highly regarded; its name does mean “truest incense”, but it was not always so. I find it to be lazy scholarship to call manna frankincense when we know what manna is and even still have manna in the modern day. At this point, I’ve probably lost you, but bear with me, I will explain.

May 8th of 2013, I wrote my post on honey in the ancient Hellenic world. In it, I described the origin of the word, some of the origins of apiculture, and some of its use in worship and relation to various Theoi. What I did not do, was explain the other words which share its origins in honey—the other substances which the Greeks considered honey, and how they all relate to manna. In Greek, the word Μέλι or “meli” is translated to honey, but the ancient Greeks knew three types of honey, or rather referred to three different substances all as honey. It is my belief that for much of Hellenic history, manna was the weepings of the ash tree. After all, the Μέλισσα were the bee nymphs, but also the nymphs of ash trees in the First Age. 

The ash tree holds a strange prominence in Greek mythology that many do not talk about today. It’s easy to focus on the obvious, the oaks belong to Zeus, pines to Pan, olive to Athene, myrtle to Aphrodite, vine to Dionysos, but the ash, if we were to simplify such things, belongs to the nymphoi. Hesychius in his lexicon contains this entry: melías karpós: tò anthrópon génos. (“Seed of ash: the race of men”), and is referring to the castration of Ouranos, when his bled fell to the earth and created the ash nymphs.  Various authors translate  the nymphs as either bee nymphs or honey gatherers or eaters, or as ash tree nymphs, but rarely are they both. To the ancient Greeks, however, a distinction of that sort would never need to be made. The ash trees, of which ancient Greece was home to at least four varieties, hold a particular attribute about which many people don’t know. I would surmise many anthropologists, philoligists, and translators would not know what naturalists, culinarians, and the ancient Greeks do/did: they secrete a pale sugary substance from their bark and leaves, similar to the resins of other trees, and which is sold commercially even today. Up until the last century, it was sold as a pharmaceutical, although today it is little more than a novelty or candy. nd do you know what this substance is called? Manna.

I’m sure you’re thinking this couldn’t possibly be the same manna that the ancient Greeks used, but I do believe it is. The origin of the word manna has not been sufficiently explained yet. The word is a fine example of Indo-European language, easily translatable and understood in the varying languages across Europe and Western Asia. If the tales of manna from the sky come to mind, you would not be remiss. In early Hebrew, we have the word mân (what?). The Israelites in the Wilderness of Sin, seeing manna for the first time, are said to have exclaimed mân-hû, “what is this? This seeming foodstuff which fell from the sky and onto the rocks and trees. Mân passed into Egyptian (mennu), Arabic (mann), of course to Greek (μάννα) and Latin (manna).Modern authorities have pointed out that the Arabic mann also means “gift,” in the sense of “free gift,” “gift from God” or “gift from heaven” (mann as-samā). This is what I was taught in my many years in Catholic education, manna means gift, (as that is what we were taught was the best translation from Sinaitic dialects of Hebrew). It is my belief that throughout the ancient world, manna was understood to be sweet secretions from trees, most commonly  Fraxinus ornus, or Fraxinus excelsior. Also of not, is the Indo-European word for ash, os, which not only is the father of our word for the tree, but is also related to the word for beech, oxúe, as well as ox, which brings about a fascinating parallel with the ox-born bees of the Egyptian born rituals of bugonia.

Now you may be thinking that while this is al very interesting, the etymology of one word in various languages doesn’t prove that the ancient Greeks thought manna was some weird sap. You are correct, fortunately, there are plenty of other sources which do prove exactly what I’m claiming. The Lidell-Scott-Jones Greek English Lexicon does a very good job of defining melí as”honey”as well as a “sweet gum collected from certain trees, manna” The definition is followed by the definition for melía as “manna ash, Fraxinus ornus”. It is taken for granted that “ía” is commonly used as a suffix denoting a plant which is named after some other root word. Even if we throw etymology out the window, the mythology and other literature cannot be denied. Classical writers used one word to describe three substances, to the Greeks, they were essentially all the same: honey made by bees, honeydew (which we now know is produced by aphids and certain other insects), and manna secreted by trees. Both the Greeks and the Romans felt that bees’ honey resulted from the bees’ collection of the other two substances. The belief that honey was one of the divine foodstuffs of the Theoi, and falls from the skies to be collected by bees, not only from flowers, but also from tree leaves, fields, etc. is attested by Aristotle, Pliny the Elder, and several other sources.

Aristotle wrote:

The honey is what falls from the air, especially at the risings of the stars and when the rainbow descends. On the whole there is no honey before the [morning] rising of the Pleiad… Honey [the bee] does not make, it fetches what falls.

In many counrties, until regulations were placed on the labeling and production of honey, honeydew was still regarded as true honey, even though it is a byproduct of an entirely different creature. The actual source of honeydew would probably be bewildering to ancient Greeks, nevertheless, they regarded all three substances as equal in sweetness, in making kindly, in sacredness. There is even texts that the Greeks wrote about foreigners eating their foreign manna”! Aelian mentions honey from box trees in Pontus and reports of honey from plants in Thrace. He claims that there are rains of honey in the spring in India. Diodorus Siculus says that the Nabateans ate “plenty of so-called honey from trees”, probably the Biblical tamarisk manna. Herodotus mentions the town of Callatebus in Lydia, “where craftsmen make honey from wheat and tamarisks”. Polyaenus describes the Persian king’s daily requisition of food, inscribed on a brass column. It includes 100 cakes of “raining honey”. This early manna, is still sold is some countries today, though mostly Iran. Some culinarians believe it is manna which inspired the invention of Turkish nougat. And a rare few believe it was fermented manna (as manna does deepen and mellow in color and flavor with age and eventually ferment) which was the first honey wines of the ancient Greeks.

Manna represents to the ancient Greeks, the edible secretions of trees, archetypally the ash, but also others, but it would not be merely frankincense. That isn’t to say manna and frankincense don’t have much in common,they do in ters of associations with gathring, harvesting, heat, and certain celestial associations. And given the ancient worlds absolute fascination with frankincense it is an easy conclusion to make, that manna would be another word for frankincense, but it is simply not so. I think the ash tree and its importance in Greek mythology deserves to have its moment in the spotlight again.

1989 Plots. Tracks 1-8

THIS IS NO WHERE NEAR AS GOOD AS THE 1989 PLOTS I’VE SEEN ON HERE, BUT I LIKE THE ALBUM, I LIKE THE SONGS. SO I TRIED. MENTIONS OF ILLNESS, WAR AND MAJOR INJURIES BELOW. 

WELCOME TO NEW YORK.❤ 

The only thing [muse a] and [muse b] have in common is the lifelong dream of moving from their hometowns to New York City. Other than that, they’re completely different. Until they both by chance realised that they barely had any money to survive in the City of Dreams but were too passionate about going to give up their fantasy, they didn’t even know the other existed. It was only when [muse a] wrote a ‘ROOMMATE NEEDED’ forum and [muse b] replied that they started talking. Now they’re living in the big city, in an apartment way below standard with nothing but change in their pockets and big but dying dreams that drove them to NYC in the first place. Oh and there is just one more thing, they hate each other. 

BLANK SPACE.❤

Set in a prestigious private school, [muse a] is at the top of his game. He has everybody wrapped around his little finger; girls want to do him and guys want to be him, and that doesn’t exclude the teachers either. He’s been through everybody there is available to him three times over and naturally, he’s getting a little bored. However, when new girl [muse b] arrives on the first day back after Christmas, it seems as though his prayers have been answered. She’s gorgeous, sweet, shy, wrapped up in innocence and [muse a]’s new obsession. If only he knew that it’s nothing more than a facade. The reality of it is that [muse b] was Queen of the halls back in her old school and she’s just as good, if not better, at playing [muse a]’s game than he is. Darling, she’s a nightmare dressed like a daydream.

STYLE. ❤

[Muse a] is the daughter of one of the biggest senior stockbrokers in the city and has never had to lift a finger in her life. [Muse b] is a junior stockbroker for the same company who dropped out of high school, isn’t very good at his job and is on the verge of being fired by [muse a]’s father. It is the annual New Years party, coincidentally being thrown at [muse a]’s house and [muse b] isn’t having a great time. For the most part he’s been hiding out in a random bathroom until a suitable time to go home occurs. That bathroom just so happens to be [muse a]’s private, en-suite and it’s fair to say she gets the fright of her life when she finds one of her Dad’s random employees drunk out of his face on champagne in there. Deciding it’s funny rather above anything else, [muse a] tucks him away in the spare room for the night and then helps him sneak out the next morning. Before he knows it, [muse b] finds himself facing a new year of secretive midnight dates, fights and too many feelings with none other than his bosses daughter. 

OUT OF THE WOODS.❤

[Muse a] is two things - a trainee surgeon and the ex of [muse b]. People know her/him as the ex of [muse b] because it’s a small town, people talk and out of the two of them, [muse b] was definitely the social butterfly. It’s been nine months since the break-up and [muse a] hasn’t heard from [muse b] since the break-up which happened over the phone and also he/she hasn’t had much time to think about the other because of their work. One night at the hospital, [muse a] gets news of a severe casualty with numerous victims coming into the operating theatre. A car skidded straight across a motorway, smashing into several other cars and then collided into a tree. When [muse a] gets called into theatre to help stabilize one of the casualties, he/she is more than shocked to see [muse b] lying there, semi-conscious and almost unrecognizable. The month it takes [muse b] to recover with [muse a]'s help brings back more than [muse b]’s health, it also brings back the good, the bad and the damn right ugly memories of their relationship. 

ALL YOU HAD TO DO WAS STAY.❤

It’s no secret that [muse a] wears the trousers in [muse a] and [muse b]’s relationship. If [muse a] wanted something to happen, [muse b] would make sure it did. That was until it came down to [muse b]’s dream of travelling the world. After tons of arguments and sleepless nights, [muse b] decided that they weren’t going to let [muse a] win this one and went ahead with their plans to take a gap year. Now a year has passed and [muse b] is back in town after standing on every continent on the globe, all they want to do is see [muse a] but [muse a] refuses to let them back into their life. After days of trying to get in touch with them, by chance [muse b] bumps into [muse a] in town and that’s when [muse a] has no choice but to tell the truth. They’re sick, they’ve been sick for a while and don’t know how much time they have left, which is why they were so desperate for [muse b] not to go. 

SHAKE IT OFF.❤

[Muse a] and [muse b] were both teenage Disney Channel stars who grew up in the spotlight together. They never worked together directly but both had huge feature shows on the network and quickly became the most famous celebrities of their generation. Just like every other naive star who has too many people wanting money off of them and not enough caring about their well-being, [muse a] and [muse b] were pushed to their limits and even infamously pitched against each other as “sworn enemies and rivals”. It happened so much that the two of them even started to believe it. Now both of them have moved on to more mature things, they couldn’t be more different. [Muse a] is Hollywood’s golden girl/boy and [muse b] is a the good girl/boy gone bad, more famous for their drinking habits than their acting. But when the two of them are cast as the main roles in a new movie, meaning they have to spend hours upon hours everyday with one another for months (even years) and [muse a] realizes just how bad [muse b] has become, they decide to do everything in their power to get them back on the right path…No matter how many insults [muse b] throws their way whilst trying to do so.

I WISH YOU WOULD.❤

It is the cliche story of exes who miss one another. [Muse a] and [muse b] ended their dated all the way through high school and broke up just a few days before graduation. It’s now the summer before everybody goes off to university/college and things are already taking their toll on [muse a]. Deep down, she knows that it was her fault the split happened in the first place. She was always accusing him of things, pointing fingers and wouldn’t believe him when he tried to say otherwise. [Muse b] is still heartbroken but trying to move on by throwing himself into summer parties and meeting future college friends online. However, when [muse b] finally arrives at his university/college dorm ready to start a new and finds that [muse a] made a last minute transfer just to be with him and make things right, will he forgive her?

BAD BLOOD.❤

[Muse a] and [muse b] were childhood friends who drifted apart which is nothing unusual. Nowadays, [muse a] is the captain of the cheer-leading squad at her school, an elitist sports school who are undefeated in everything. She has a reputation for being ruthless when it comes to her squad and making sure they win. [Muse b] is also the captain of her cheer team, but the difference is nobody has barely even heard of her squad and the school they belong to is basically on the verge of closing down. Since the beginning of term, [muse b] has busted her ass to make sure that her team qualifies for the annual cheer competition and the hard work paid off! She finally got her team there. However, the happiness is only temporary when [muse b] makes it clear that she’s going to do everything in her power to sabotage 'the new team on the block’. The claws are out and neither side is about to back down soon.