newspaper fiction

Arya rolled headfirst into the tunnel and dropped five feet. She got dirt in her mouth but she didn’t care, the taste was fine, the taste was mud and water and worms and life. Under the earth the air was cool and dark. Above was nothing but blood and roaring red and choking smoke and the screams of dying horses. She moved her belt around so Needle would not be in her way, and began to crawl. A dozen feet down the tunnel she heard the sound, like the roar of some monstrous beast, and a cloud of hot smoke and black dust came billowing up behind her, smelling of hell. Arya held her breath and kissed the mud on the floor of the tunnel and cried. For whom, she could not say. (ACOK)

this is one of my favorite passages. im obsessed with the descriptions. the “cool dark” air of the tunnel intensely contrasts the air of the battle that is full of blood and smoke and “roaring red” she goes from an aggressive, harsh, and frightening environment to something almost peaceful and safe despite being in the mud, literally. 

when arya falls into the earth she gets a mouthful of dirt but associates it with water and life. the tunnels represent an idea grrm often uses in asoiaf that dark scary places beneath the earth (the crypts, the childrens hideaway, the hollow hill ect) can be used as a shelter. and this is very much the case for arya here. under the ground she finds protection from the fiery battle above. (similarly her brothers hide in the crypts when winterfell is burned)  it might be dark and dirty but thats where things grow.

in the end all arya can do is press her face into the muddy earth and cry. she doesn’t even know who to cry for. herself and her lost childhood? the old men she felt sorry for before killing? the boy she saw laying with his arm cut of? the men begging for mercy? the crying toddler she wouldnt leave behind? she’s ten years old and she’s just been forced to fight and kill for her own life in a war. she didn’t want to kill those men. i suspect most of them didn’t truly want to kill her either. soldiers dont make the wars they just fight in them. nothing about it is easy or badass. its traumatizing and scary and very real. 

There’s a New Story

Second part of ‘Another Story’, writer Gladiolus Amicitia x radio broadcaster Ignis Scientia, under request of its readers.  ❤

This one goes for Elephant Anon and their kind and sweet way of asking, to @blossattic and to @asoeiki; the three, each in private by separate, expressed interest in knowing Ignis’ point of view of the story, and gave a few ideas, so here it is. Thank you all <3

I hope this is worth the wait. You all received the story so kindly and sweetly, I hope to not disappoint. :)

An apology for those that dislike long fanfics. I tried shortening, but….

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I hope you enjoy!! ( ´ ▽ ` )♡

[Adding a Keep Reading]


Keep reading

2015;

1. Sleep earlier, rise earlier - get off your phone, set a time, create a habit.

2. Read more - and not just shitty fanfics. Read them too. But read. Read classics, read newspapers, read magazines, read fictional books, read joke books. Just read.

3. Stay away from people who do not deserve you - you are worth a lot more. Fuck their shitty opinions.

4. Eat well - and I don’t mean diet. I mean, eat well. Eat healthy, indulge every once in a while, but don’t go overboard. Eat for your health and not for society.

5. Create a plan that will be enjoyable for exercise and just do it - no fucking around this year

6. Study well - an hour every single day. Just one hour of uninterrupted, that’s all it will take. Apprendre et travail dans Francais - Je ne sais pas si ce est juste, pardon a mon francais suiveurs

7. Pamper yourself- give yourself one hour. One hour a week to unwind. To wash your hair, leave in your conditioner, soak your skin, have a face mask, shave your legs, light some candles, drink some tea, put on nice smelling lotion and comfy pajamas, put on some nice music and sleep well.

8. Put in an effort - doing your hair nicely, putting on that clean change of clothes and a simple coat of mascara has a lot of power to make you feel a hell of a lot better

9. Learn new VOCAB - because why the fuck not? Write down your new words that you learn while reading, use them in conversations; expand your vocab, because when you are sitting in the exam room, you’ll be glad you have.

10. Plan an outing once a week - have something to look forward to, to be excited for. Experience new things.

11. Set small goals - 3 small things to do every day, and don’t sleep till you have them done. 3x365 knowledgeable achievements will be worth it - trust me

12. Meet new people - don’t be so quick to judge.

13. Love yourself - I’m still trying to figure this one out, but I’m beginning to feel like I am worth it.

14. Art - practice makes perfect. Work, and when you can’t work, learn. Discover artists and their pieces, their inspirations, their style. Document it. There is always something to do to improve, whether it be through practice or research.

15. Stick to these goddamn goals. 2015 will be the shit if I make it.

—  me to myself

Authors: funblade and amipiai, Promo Image Artist: xuunies (source)
Type: Mixed
Tag: #Future AU
Description:

SO IN A WORLD WHERE EVERYONE IS HOPEFULLY ALIVE AND GRADUATED PAST BEACON, Team RWBY grows and settles further into adulthood with a variety of professions. (Source)

Testimonial:

Mech-armed, one-eyed Ruby, suspenders/it’s-a-combat-tux Weiss, slicked-back-hair Blake, and absolute firearm Yang are the hallmarks of this AU. Also includes some Penny and some JNPR.

Find out more here

i read the newspaper like a fiction and chew it
to be forgotten, wake with you like identical hands
on a clock and bring the world to light, again.

we make the newspaper, i forgot.
we write our lives how they used to be and
then light them on fire.

remembering , i think about the stripe of light
down my jaw and how gold i felt, then,
god of lost teeth and orange peel.

still, i think of the time the kitchen was alive
with fruit flies.
it was the only time for ‘always’.

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January 25th 1890: Nellie Bly completes her round-the-world journey

On this day in 1890, pioneering American journalist Nellie Bly completed a 72 day round-the-world trip. Born Elizabeth Jane Cochran in 1864, Bly had little formal schooling, and ran a boarding house in Pittsburgh with her widowed mother. When she was 18, Bly sent a fierce response letter to an editorial in a local paper entitled ‘What Girls are Good For’, which claimed that working women were a ‘monstrosity’ and women should remain in the home. The paper’s editor was so impressed by her rebuttal that they offered her a job; it was at this point that she adopted the pen name ‘Nellie Bly’. Bly made a name for herself through her eloquent advocacy for women’s rights and her investigative journalism, which took her to Pittsburgh slums and Mexican villages. By 1887, Bly had outgrown Pittsburgh and took a job working for Joseph Pulitzer’s New York World. She continued her interest in feminist issues, interviewing activists like Susan B. Anthony and anarchist Emma Goldman. Building on her previous undercover experience (she had posed as a sweatshop worker to expose poor working conditions) Bly sought to expose the treatment of patients in an infamous New York mental institution. She did so by going undercover as a mental patient, feigning insanity and living in the asylum for 10 days; her exposé shocked readers with its account of neglect and physical abuse. Bly worked closely with the subsequent investigation, and helped secure increased mental health funding and regulations. In 1889, inspired by Jules Verne’s 1873 novel Around the World in Eighty Days, Bly was tasked by her newspaper with beating the fictional record. Travelling primarily by boat and train, after 72 days, 6 hours, 11 minutes, and 14 seconds, Bly set a world record for traversing the globe. She returned on January 25th 1890, stepping off a train in New Jersey to cheering crowds. While she was soon beaten by George Francis Train, the feat made Nellie Bly an internationally-famous figure. She married a millionaire industrialist in 1895 and soon retired from journalism, becoming president of Iron Clad Manufacturing Co. upon her husband’s death and inventing several devices for the business. Nellie Bly died in January 1922, aged 57, but is remembered today for her outstanding achievements, which paved the way for women in journalism.

2015:

1. Sleep earlier, rise earlier - get off your phone, set a time, create a habit.

2. Read more - and not just shitty fanfics. Read them too. But read. Read classics, read newspapers, read magazines, read fictional books, read joke books. Just read.

3. Stay away from people who do not deserve you - you are worth a lot more. Fuck their shitty opinions.

4. Eat well - and I don’t mean diet. I mean, eat well. Eat healthy, indulge every once in a while, but don’t go overboard. Eat for your health and not for society.

5. Create a plan that will be enjoyable for exercise and just do it - no fucking around this year

6. Study well - an hour every single day. Just one hour of uninterrupted, that’s all it will take. Apprendre et travail dans Francais - Je ne sais pas si ce est juste, pardon a mon francais suiveurs

7. Pamper yourself- give yourself one hour. One hour a week to unwind. To week to wash your hair, leave in your conditioner, soak your skin, have a face mask, shave your legs, light some candles, drink some tea, put on nice smelling lotion and comfy pajamas, put on some nice music and sleep well.

8. Put in an effort - doing your hair nicely, putting on that clean change of clothes and a simple coat of mascara has a lot of power to make you feel a hell of a lot better

9. Learn new VOCAB - because why the fuck not? Write down your new words that you learn while reading, use them in conversations; expand your vocab, because when you are sitting in the exam room, you’ll be glad you have.

10. Plan an outing once a week - have something to look forward to, to be excited for. Experience new things.

11. Set small goals - 3 small things to do every day, and don’t sleep till you have them done. 3x365 knowledgeable achievements will be worth it - trust me

12. Meet new people - don’t be so quick to judge.

13. Love yourself - I’m still trying to figure this one out, but I’m beginning to feel like I am worth it.

14. Stick to these goddamn goals. 2015 will be the shit if I make it. (via b9tch)

—me to myself

lici captured by steppingstonesposts 

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Magic: the Gathering - Hanweir Chronicle

Interesting link just put up by our fav MTG fiction writer Doug Beyer on his Tumblr Page (http://dougbeyermtg.tumblr.com/) linking to a new Tumblr account called ‘The Hanweir Chronicle’.

If you recall, the two of the main villages in the Nearheath are Estwald and Hanweir. Estwald is the center of woodworking in Gavony and part of the Wittal Parish. Hanweir is the agricultural jewel of Gavony. Hanweir is the site of the largest open-air market, the place where livestock are traded and trappers from Kessig bring their wares. Hanweir is in Videns Parish, and the River Kirch runs through the village, making it a bustling port where goods are brought in from the other provinces before being transported up to Thraben by horse and cart.

It appears from this lovely fictional newspaper article, things are not very pleasant in the countryside at all.  Love to read more when Doug (or the mystery writer) posts more.  For now, here’s some awesome artwork from the double-sided Hanwwier Watchkeep and Ban of Hanweir.