now they have stories and lives and charm

Northern California Gothic
  • For fun, you walk down Main Street of Old Placerville. You see a candy shop. You go in. “Don’t go to the other candy shop,” says the man at the counter. You exit and see, across the street, another candy shop. You cross the street. You go in. “Don’t go to the other candy shop,” says the man at the counter. You exit. You don’t go to either candy shop anymore. You keep walking. You step into the used books shop. Where did the entrance go? There is a mannequin in the window. It blinks.
  • You take the highway east of Sacramento. On the way to your destination, there are cows. So many cows. You roll up the windows. You take the highway west of Sacramento. On the way to your destination, there are still cows. So many cows. You keep the windows rolled up. You take the highway south of Sacramento. On the way to     your destination, there are more cows. So many cows. You turn off the A/C. You take the highway north of Sacramento. You don’t come back.
  • “It’s raining,"someone says. "Is it?” You look outside. You get dressed. You open the door. It is no longer raining. When was the last time you have felt water on your skin?
  • Tired of cows, you take the back roads to the college. On the way, you pass a dilapidated farmhouse, stark against the bright green grass surrounding it. You think it is beautiful. On another trip, you go a different way, to a different town. You pass a dilapidated farmhouse on the side of the road. You think it is eerie. For the next few weeks, every day you will pass and notice an increasing number of dilapidated farmhouses. Eventually you cease to notice.
  • It is snowing in the foothills. The news travels quickly, like a hyena pack. It is snowing in the foothills! School administrators are ruffled, wondering what to do. Children and teenagers flock outside and reach to drag their fingers along the frosty white grass. There is no snow.
  • Folsom Lake is dry. Families and explorers travel from miles around. They take their cameras and their hiking boots. “Excavate Mormon Island,” they say. The lakebed is parched. “Find treasure.” You murmur a question of concern. Isn’t the water running out? Should we be worried? No one hears you.
  • In Gold Country, you used to pan the rivers for gold. Now, you scan the golden hills for water.
  • In your white, conservative town, you see a sign advertising a Tea Party. You show up to the meeting. There is no tea. It is not a party. Everyone stares at you.
  • In Old Sacramento, you enter Evangeline’s Costume Mansion. The walls tell the stories of the criminals who have lived and died here. You get in the elevator. You pass the mannequins. You pass the displays of swords. You pass the corsets and headdresses. You have hit the third floor. The elevator keeps going. You are not sure where.
  • The road up north leads through a hundred boasted charming small towns. They offer home-baked pie. They offer fresh apple cider. They offer postcards that advertise the right to bear arms. A chill runs down your spine. The mutton-chopped baker smiles at you.
  • Facebook statuses ring like pealing church bells. ‘Did you feel the earthquake?’ 'How about that earthquake!’ Reports of Richter scale ratings blur on your screen. You check the news. The earthquake was in your town. You didn’t notice.
  • On the coast, you travel north to Humboldt County. The trees smell strange. The people smell strange. There are stairs everywhere. It is cold, and the pupils of everyone you meet are dilated. “We have a street fair,” they say. “Support local craftsmanship.”
  • Fog skims the streets of Stockton. The fog clouds here do not hang in the air. They move, like snakes. They slither onto the soccer field at night. They arrange a buffer around your vehicle. You cannot see. Are those children playing in the silvery darkness there? Shapes are moving, but you do not hear a sound. You crawl slowly down the road and hope those glowing eyes are headlights.     
  • Your friends suggest you meet in William Lands Park. You show up to William Lands Park. Your friends are not there. Children run, screaming, to a tiny theme park in the middle of the grass. You are not allowed in. You are too old for magic, they tell you. Where are your friends? Where in William Lands Park? Where did the zoo go? Where did you go?
  • You take a day trip to San Francisco. Your GPS leads you to a street full of pastel Victorian homes. The navigation leads straight up. You drive alongside a cable car. You keep going up. The road gets steeper. You keep going up. A truck rig hangs heavily in front of you, looming, threatening to tick backwards. You keep going up. The water bottle at your feet rolls under you. You cannot see the top of the hill for the fog. The navigation presses you forward. You keep going up. Your grip on the steering wheel tightens. You keep going up. You keep going up. You keep going up.
  • There is a strawberry stand at the side of the road. You pull over and purchase a basket for two dollars. You take it home. The strawberries are juicy. The television warns of a drought. You lick your lips absentmindedly, unaware that they are growing redder. You recall your neighbor’s strawberry garden. You take another bite. Your teeth are stained like blood.

Assembled with the input of spookygondolier, and at the encouragement of necphilak and charmingsprout. Feel free to add your own!

Candle Lit Confession

a/n: Ok, so I was going to write my sister a fluffy Mark Lee story, but y’all can enjoy it too!

Mark Lee x Reader


Originally posted by monoka

You’ve known Mark for a little while now, about a year or so. He and the other NCT members have all become great friends of yours, luckily SM allowed you to be a part of their lives. During the last three months. you felt yourself growing more and more fond of a specific NCT member…Mark. His charming and dedicated personality won you over and his giggles melted your heart.

One day during their practice, you got a facetime call from the boys. 

“HI (Y/Y)!!” You’re best friend, Donghyuck, yelled into the phone earning a giggle from you. 

“Hi Hyuck! How are you guys doing?”

“We’re good! Say hi, guys!” Hyuck said as he held the phone out further so you could see everyone. Everyone said hello happily except for Mark,  who shyly waved to you before running off screen. 

The call ended shortly after. You sat there wondering what made Mark act so weird.

Maybe he was just busy. You sighed and thought to yourself before turning your attention to the pile of homework sitting in front of you. 

Another month has gone by and Mark has still been acting weird around you. The boys are even noticing his strange behavior. Taeyong started to question him about it when they got time alone, not wanting his younger member to feel awkward around one of their closest friends. He told Taeyong everything, he explained his crush on you and that he was scared that you didn’t feel the same way about him. Haechan sneakily heard every word of it from outside the door.

The gossip spread like wildfire through the NCT dorms. They all knew about Mark’s crush on you, and they had a feeling you liked him too. Haechan pestered Mark every chance he got until Mark finally snapped and told them about it. Before Mark knew it, the Dream members developed a plan with the 127 members, mostly because of Haechan. they called it “Mission Get Mark a Girlfriend” I know…so creative

Mark wanted to confess his feelings to you, the 127 boys helped him prepare a song for you. They even helped pick a location for him to confess. Taeyong and the Dream members all ran out that day to set up for the confession that would take place soon after sunset while he perfected his song for you.

Haechan stopped by your house with a card. He handed you the envelope and spoke quickly before you opened it. 

“Wear something nice. Be there at 8pm!” With that said, he took off.

Confused, you read the letter. It was an invitation. 

“Meet me at the top of the hill tonight after sunset.”

You knew what hill he was talking about, you watched the stars there with the NCT gang plenty of times when they were stressed out from too much training. You did as your best friend told you to do. You got dressed and went to the hilltop as the sun was setting. When you got there, you saw the only tree there lit up by strings of fairy lights, a small picnic table was beneath it with a few candles lit in the center of it. As you walked closer, Mark stepped out from behind the tree holding a bouquet of flowers. 

You stopped in your tracks, shocked to see him. Nervously, he took a deep breath and began to sing the song he wrote for you. His voice was a little quite and shaky at first, but he grew a little more confident as he continued. Tears began to fill your eyes as the beautiful lyrics flowed around you like a warm summer breeze. As he neared the end of the song, he walked up to you and shyly handed you the flowers. His cheeks were flushed bright pink and his hands were slightly shaking from nerves. 

“(y/n), I-I wanted to tell you that..I like you.” He started speaking.

“And its ok if you don’t feel the same, I just wanted to tell you that every time I see you, I get really nervous. You’re so pretty and you know exactly what to say when SM starts being too hard on us during practices. Your smile is so beautiful, And..” He started nervously rambling on.

You grabbed his hand, trying to calm him down. “Mark, I like you too!” You spoke softly, looking into his eyes. After you said that, you could see his eyes sparkle with happiness as a smile spread across his face.

“Can I…kiss you?” He cautiously asked before he slowly tucked his hand on the side of your head. You nodded, a small smile on your lips. 

He leaned in slowly as you went up on your tip toes to be able to reach better. (ok, he’s tall)

His warm breath fanned across your face gently as he leaned closer. His soft lips gently met yours, in a shy but sweet first kiss. Your heart fluttered at the sensation. The kiss was short, but it was perfect. As he pulled away, a fit of giggles took over him, infecting you with laughter as well. Butterflies swarmed in your stomach knowing he actually liked you as much as you liked him.

Months went by and Mark has been the best boyfriend you could ever ask for. SM asked that you keep the relationship a secret, but they support you both. They had turned over a new leaf since you and Mark had shown them how happy you were together and how you encouraged Mark to continue working hard. They wanted to see their artists happy, they took better care of them, they got the rest they deserved while still remaining a successful group. All of NCT loved you two together, and of course, Donghyuck teased you two to no end.

Some Thoughts on the Finale...

1. Wow we actually have a concrete time line of how long has passed between the beginning of S1 and S6 - 4 years. 

2. Still doesn’t explain baby Neal tho. 

3. Rumple has killed both his parents. Not a wise choice as babysitter in the future. 

4. Henry and Rumple acknowledge their family connection for the first time in ages. Last time Rumple spoke of Henry he called him Killian’s son (the pirate and his son have made up). 

5. The last ever Captain Charming adventure. 

6. Snow appears to have forgotten she shares a heart with David, and if he had died she wouldn’t have lived to find him. 

7. Killian is the first to sense Emma’s change of belief. 

8. De-aging Gideon will make @justanotherwannabeclassic happy. (Hope your muse is still going strong for Finding Neverland)

9. Emma has now died and been brought back to life. She and Killian can exchange stories. 

10. The final montage was beautiful - huzzah for OQ M2, for CS, for Snowing, even Rumbelle. 

11. And finally, should S7 be terrible, we can all use S6 as our finale and pretend S7 is some weird AU experiment within the show.

Pride & Prejudice & Zombies

This is one of those period films I’ve seen lately but haven’t had time to write about. Before starting with my usual way of writing and adding gifs without control, let me tell you a couple things:

  • I totally LOVE the 2005 Pride & Prejudice film, it’s one of my very favourite films in every way (the cast, the music, the costume design, the art…).

Originally posted by violentfille

  • I also love bad films. Like really bad films. The kind of films that you see the poster and you already know that they will be bad (think about something like “I, Frankenstein” or “Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters” or “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter”) and they are fun because these are not pretentious films, they just deliver what you expect and if you go see them with a good mood, then you might even be surprised. Or not. That’s the charm of bad films.

Originally posted by michaelxtrevino

Now, Pride & Prejudice & Zombies is not such a bad film. I don’t know why, but it perfectly works together. It was rather amazing. Let me tell you about it.

First, you MUST suspend disbelief. The film starts and tells you that before the story starts, there was a zombie uprising/epidemy and that now people have learnt to live with this. And in that world is where our story happens.

Originally posted by artofthetitle

Before anything, we meet Mr Darcy (insert sight here), who is the hot-but-weird Sam Riley. I have to say that I had never thought anything about his voice until I saw this movie, but it’s quite… nasal, I guess? I don’t know, weird voice.

Originally posted by henryhcavill

He also wears all black. And has a katana. Because of course.

Originally posted by alwaysh7hr

I have to say that in my heart, Keira Knightley will always be THE Elizabeth Bennet.

Originally posted by shesnake

And also I’m not that fond of Lily James, even though I love her in Downton Abbey. I don’t know why, but she doesn’t seem to me like the right Lizzie. But whatever.

Originally posted by ofallingstar

Bella Heathcote is perfect as Jane Bennet. Actually I think she’s perfect in all period films ever XD

Originally posted by douglasboothdaily

Mr Bingley (Douglas Booth) is SO gorgeous, just like taken from a Burberry ad and taken back to the Regency era (I don’t know if that makes any sense).

Originally posted by liammix

And talking about Mr Bingley, I liked the way that the relationship between Darcy and Bingley is portrayed: they trust their lives to each other. That kind of friendship seems tough and great.

Originally posted by douglasbdaily

And Collins. OH MY FUCKIN GOD, COLLINS! Matt Smith is HILARIOUS. Totally loved him as the odd, silly and awkward Collins. Perfect humour with perfect timing.

Originally posted by periodpoppycock

I love that Wickham (Jack Huston)  is a little more important to the story and really makes you think if he’s actually wrong or not (I didn’t find a gif :( )

Now, let’s check the important part: the relationship between Darcy and Elizabeth.

Well it follows (obviously) the usual Pride & Prejudice line, but we have these fun/awesome moments of them together:

When they meet at the ball (because zombies or not zombies, there must be a ball)

Originally posted by allisnsargents

Originally posted by emillaisalright

When he “saves” her from a zombie-lady

Originally posted by diablito666

When he declares his love…

Originally posted by dammitclaflin

and she starts a fight (I couldn’t help laughing here).

Originally posted by halfagony-halfhope

Originally posted by colaborator

And of course, the battlefield

Originally posted by bennetlizzy

In other highlights we have: the ball fight

Originally posted by jonerystargaryen

The Bennet sisters training

Darcy and Caroline reciting “the accomplished lady” list

Originally posted by periodpoppycock

Mr Bingley on a horse (or next to the horse since there’s no gif)

and finally the bridge explosion

Charles Dance not being a creepy dude as in GoT

Originally posted by sixsunflowersbloom

Now, the costume design: there are some very good things like most of the menswear

Originally posted by periodpoppycock

but there’s also the WHOLE underwear for the ladies. Tights. Bloomers. Really? REALLY?!

Originally posted by midevilin

even though most of the dresses and coats look rather  good.

Originally posted by agentromanoffsir

Originally posted by periodpoppycock

Final thoughts: Are you looking for a faithful version of the Austen novel? Then don’t see this movie. Are you just wanna have fun and you love Matt Smith and/or zombies? Go see it now.

Also, I have to say that it’s pretty amazing the way that the original story and conflicts work in any setting and era: from a modern romcom to this zombie version. Jane Austen’s writing is just so… universal? Perfect? I don’t know but I have to say that even with all the fun/weird/crazy stuff going on in this film, the way that the core of the novel is untouched is just wonderful. I guess it’s just what happens with great literature.

And I LOVE what they did with the female characters: there’s not a single one who is not badass and strong. From each Bennet sister to Lady Catherine de Bourgh (ok, maybe Mrs Bennet is kind of boring, but that’s her point in the story).

Originally posted by she-s-a-shy-one

Main Info:

Name: Pride & Prejudice & Zombies

Year: 2015

Director: Burr Steers

Main Cast: Lily James, Sam Riley, Bella Heathcote, Suki Waterhouse, Douglas Booth, Charles Dance, Jack Huston, Matt Smith, Lena Headey.

Costume Design: Julian Day

I just wanted to tell you something ...

Hey guys, good night.

I just wanted to tell you something about the “Sense O f Duty” comic and my other stories.

A situation arose, of which I will not speak. But which motivates me to talk a little about the way I work.

As everyone knows or maybe not, I am not an English speaker, but experience has allowed me to gradually learn from this language. Since to be honest, I really never wanted to learn it, I did not like it, but living on the border of Mexico and the United States obliges me one way or another and to learn it, I can say that I have found the charm in the end.

What I want to get with this is that, if you had known the AS of a year ago, she would never have made a conversation in English, let alone a story in that language.

But now I can, however, as I also said earlier I do not have too much time to devote to my hobbies, comics and writing. So there are things I do not do and one of them is to read any kind of fanfic, unless I’m born a Shipper fever and look for fanfic of my OTP. What does not usually happen because I am very visual, I like to read more comics and to see images than to read a writing.

Now in my way of working, I am really a lazy person lol, so I do not think too much when doing something, I am a faithful believer of “Do it on the fly”, most of the time or if I know what will happen in my story .

These stories usually are born spontaneously and revolve around a certain idea, for example a phrase that occurs to me, a scene or simply a feeling.

A clear example of this was my first comic book, “Missing Her”, that at no time was it planned to make Judy seem dead.

In ‘Sense of Duty’ was something similar, the first page was intended a have simply a single image, I was playing with my Wacom Tablet when I first bought it and it was my first attempt to paint a drawing with it.

Then it was suddenly like “Hey this could be a good story ..” and then the situation was built on its own. I even had to read medicine books and articles about those kinds of situations to try to make it as real as possible. Then I just thought “What do I really want to show with this story ?, Another story with the cliche of the shot and coma or something else” And I want to show them that “something else”

So this story is about an emotional journey, what anyone could feel in that kind of situation, how to deal with guilt, pain, sadness, but above all talk about the way I see love, And the beauty that is in the despair, I want you to see how much love is necessary to be able to face such adverse situations as the fear of losing someone and not being able to do anything to avoid it, like overcoming it and making it clear that despite everything It is out of love that we exist and we go forward; As well as the words of others, make a dent in our hearts and mark us for life.

I am very emotional, and I tend to have a preference for feelings of pain and frustration, my personality is very melancholy lol but I believe in happy endings, in which perseverance has its rewards.

Hahahaha, I almost published a whole book, but, like I said, I’m very emotional and I could not keep this feeling.

I do not misunderstand the words of that person, it is understandable what he said to me to a certain extent, but I will not deny that I ached a little that he insinuated consciously or not, certain things.

Because I know what kind of effort it takes to create something, I would never dare take advantage of someone’s work.

First, I’d cut off a hand, my artist’s pride will not let me.

For your attention, thank you and forgive.

I love you guys.

Sincerely AS Estrada.-

Game reviews

I got bit by the reviewing bug and started leaving reviews of Steam.Thought I’d post them here too, for posterity. Mostly positive except for venting about the endings of Life is Strange and Transistor.

Long Live the Queen

10/10 would and will die again. This was actually the game that got me on Steam. When I saw that it’s a game where you have a tiny pink anime magical girl princess who you can craft to be everything from a vicious warlord to a silver-tounged spymaster, how could I resist, you know? This game is really endless, I’ve gone through so many variation and died in so many adorable and gruesome ways, killed so many people and queened so hard. This is just the right amount of twisted for me.

Also, I mean, I can get a girlfriend who is adopted by magical lesbian moms and wears Sailor Venus’s costume, that is truly living the dream.

I’d say my one complaint about the game is, girlfriends aside, even with the extinction I have to SERIOUSLY screw Elodie over if I want her to be able to marry a woman. Like get her dad killed and everything. Elodie’s Dad is a depressing, useless buzzkill so I’ll trade him for a hot wife, but that’s still pretty harsh.

We Know the Devil

Magical girl references plus beautiful, poetic writing plus cleverly written metaphors plus examination of social pressures, teenage alienation and queer struggles equals a story designed for me to love. This is a game so nice I played it twice. I played it when it first came out, but when I saw it on Steam I knew I had to get it and replay for fancy achievements

Read Only Memories

I knew I’d love this game because the protagonist is a broke internet journalist living in a crappy apartment who needs to use headphones all the time, which was basically me at the time (I’m still a broke internet journalist but have a slightly better apartment now). Unfortunately I don’t have an adorable robot friend, alas.

Seriously, Turing is the best and this game is utterly charming. It’s just so good natured with a nice sense of humor, and the retro game aesthetic is fun. The range of characters was pretty interesting and a lot of them were so cute and fun- Punk boy and anime guy were such ridic little lovebirds. The story and setting were very solid. For someone like me who love unlocking dialogue and exploring stuff, it was a dream. Also, everyone was queer, so I felt right at home. This kind of stuff is why I love indie games and I want more like this.

My one complaint is replayability to get the different endings is a chore, which is why I haven’t gotten them all yet. You can’t really skip over the dialogue or anything and so it’s tedious if you’ve read it already. I decided to take a break because of that so it will be fresh to me when I try to get a different ending.

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bavardagenocturne  asked:

Hello there do you read any drarry fics? What are your favorites?

Iha h hhhha ha, do i. do i

sighs yes friend, i do, probably too many, as you can tell from this long ass list

some of my faves:

Here’s the Pencil, Make it Work  by Ignatioustrout. ( @boogieprince )

 Harry thinks “Why is Malfoy working in a coffee shop in muggle London?” is a much simpler question than, “Are you going to accept that auror offer and, if you don’t, what will you do?”   

This one is sort of fandom famous, I gather. Coffee shop au with Draco living like a muggle, Harry who is so very curious and has no excuses and who’s life is a bit of a mess, and drarry friendship!.-This was the very first drarry fanfic i read, -in a time where i wasn’t even really in the hp fandom anymore, mind you - and it’s 100% the reason I have returned to my hp trash origins and have allowed drarry to take over my life, and so it will forever have a special place in my heart. I really love the meta insert this story has, the characterization and world discussion is top notch and muggle living snarky sweater wearing cute and jerk-y repentant Draco and wtf am i doing with my life earnest, embarassed and unwittingly charming Harry at it’s best. 

Another Mask Behind You and Now the Shining Sun is Up  by Lettered ( @letteredlettered )

Draco is a high-end prostitute who hides his identity. Harry unknowingly hires him. And then there is porn, questions about identity, domestic bliss, more porn, and truth as seen through a web of lies 

Epilogue, What Epilogue? About five years after the battle of Hogwarts. Someone at the Ministry has it in for former Death Eaters. Draco Malfoy launches his political career as a rebel. Harry thinks it’s all a laugh. 

Lettered is one of my favorite authors; her writing is smooth as silk, (in some of her stories it feels a little bit too constructed, but it doesn’t really bother me, and it’s not the case on these two)her world building is amazing and she handles angst without seeming forced cry me a river fic like a pro.The tension in her stories, in the way she deals with the conflict between harry and draco and how the war changed them, how she questions both j.k’s treatment of slytherins and the super easy redemption the fandom sometimes gives them at the same time is terrific, so smart and pretty unique. Another Mask Behind You, you can prob tell, is very very smutty. Like really. Heed the warnings. It has harry hiring rentboy tristan bonchance, not knowing he is draco and then they manage to fall in love and when he finds out it’s draco lots and lots of angst and feelings and guilt and discussion arise ( the ending is one of my very faves). In now the shining sun is up harry is a slightly disilusioned with life and sort of numbed down auror and draco is stirring up trouble by speaking up against exagerated and dangerously persecutionist post war backlash to people who’ve been on voldemort’s side (and on some cases people who were connected to people related to people on voldemort’s side). Harry thinks he’s delusional and silly and then he doesn’t. This is one of my most favorite fics, the post war characterization is the best, harry dismissing it all is infuriating but understandable and in character, the anti former death eater hate doesn’t feel “poor, poor bullied draco”, like it often can, it feels real and the dialogue/ the discussions harry and draco have are just perfect; it’s meta insert fic nailed hard. 

Requaero Probum by evansentranced

Parolee Draco Malfoy has one last chance to redeem his family name: a Requaero Probum, a noble quest to prove his honor. And what could be more honorable than travelling to a tower to save a damsel from a curse?

This fic somewhat inspired by Shreck, I think, in which Draco needs to fulfill a quest to earn his freedom, and that quest is to bring Harry, who is currently trapped in a tower in the middle of the forbidden forest, back out into the world. This is so well written, so unlike any other drarry fics I’ve read, full on adventure fic with deeply irritating (but not really ooc) Percy and a delightful take on Draco and Harry. It’s Pre-slash, and the kind of pre slash that makes you want to beg for a follow up, and i love it and i really, really wish this style/thematic was more popular in the fandom, bc its just gold.  

Unhook the Stars by jad

“Love is like a Rubix Cube: there are countless wrong twists and turns, but once you get it right, it’s perfect no matter how you look at it.” Seventy-thousand words of pornographic discourse between two boys-turned-men that still haven’t learned how to communicate like normal people – with words.

Draco is a professional dom rentboy and Harry hires him and there’s angst and lots of being tied up and fucked and baby scorpius and feelings. Porn with a lot of plot, but still a lot of porn so heed the warnings; a liiiiitle resembling Another Mask Behind You, with a very different turn. This story is so well constructed so well thought out; i love harry’s characterization and the rocky relationship and the angst and the issues and how frustrated it makes you because why dont they just talk and it’s just overall amazing. also, draco has a yellow camaro he calls honey badger and harry wears a bdsm collar in broad daylight like it’s nobody’s business and manages to influence some kids into wearing it too.

Dragons with Silver Linings (or Harry Potter is a Treasure) and Got caught in the ruse of the world by megyal

Harry is living a life most ordinary; maybe a dragon can shake things up.

A game of truth or dare.

In the first, Harry is working at Gringotts as a minor curse breaker and discovers Draco is one of the vault guarding dragons as an animagus, and thus tries to woo his friendship with his green, green eyes. The second is just a little one shot, post truth or dare sex haze drarry, but it’s just so eletric and good ? I don’t even know. It’s funny, slightly angsty and snarky and compelling, and just read them. Trust me.

One Night at The Leaky 

Harry should have known better than to accept a drunken dare. Especially when Malfoy was sitting right there, looking like that and wearing those bloody tight trousers.

The author of this is Anonymous and that’s so sad bc it. is. so. good, and i would love to read more from this author? sigh.anyway, Harry is pining and oblivious and Draco is flirty  and unfairly hot and there is drunken truth or dare with all the hogwarts crew and it’s such a fun story, the ust is handled brilliantly, it’s hilarious and cute and toroughly good. 

 Corridors of Power by blythe and Circe

Being An Originally Intermittent Account of the Political (Mis)Adventures
of the Viscount Northallerton, Lord Malfoy of Wimbledon; and the Rt. Honourable Harry J. Potter, Member of Parliament for North Southwark and Bermondsey (Liberal Democrat) 

Oh, the writing here is one of the absolute best, the dialogue is perfect and the development of the relationship between draco and harry is so, so good. It’s not a muggle au, but it is predominantly set in the muggle world, most specifically the english parliament, with such interesting world building. Harry is a lib dem and draco is a conservative (i know next to nothing abt british politics, and maybe for that reason this story was very amusing), and they have a competitive sort of flirty sort of piny sort of friendship thing going on. The tension and balance and baggage between Draco and Harry is delightful and it’s my favorite type of fun story, where everything is so well constructed and detailed and still deeply amusing but always with an edge, and my fave type of drarry friendship. It’s one of the best fics out there, and if you like this one, i really rec currency by the same author as well.

There Come a Mist and a Weeping Rain and Storm in a Teacup by Faithwood

It always rains for Draco Malfoy. Metaphorically. And literally. Ever since he had accidentally Conjured a cloud. A cloud that’s ever so cross.

For reasons he’d rather not think about, Draco is obsessed with Potter’s hair. This cannot end well.

Faithwood is one of my absolutely favorite authors; every fic i’ve read by them is just too good, and i honestly rec all of them. Both of these are eight year fics, (faithwood is def 8th year fic queen, imo), so funny and amusing and adorable and in character and slightly angsty and sweet but it’s all so well balanced out. Featuring eight year goodness and tentative drarry friendship and stupid boys being embarassing and often oblivious. Two of my very faves and an author i come back to again and again. (Punching Mistletoe is a really short but really, really great one too)

Drop Dead Gorgeous and The Way We Get By by maya mistful

“I realise this may come as a shock to you, but our investigations have been going on for some time, and we’re quite sure. Your mother Lily Evans was not, as we had all previously believed, of pure Muggle stock. One of her ancestors was a Veela.”

This fic is a really, really fandom famous one; it’s not online anymore, but there are some pdfs floating around, and is absolutely, 100% worth the read. It’s auror fic and a very interesting twist on veela fic, with grumpy, accidentaly super irresistible veela!harry and apparently immune snarky partner!draco, with angst, miscomunication, really well balanced humor (at the start i actually thought it was going to be a crack fic), slightly co-dependent friendship filled to the edges with sizzling ust and delightfully painful pining. Also features Harry describing young voldy as ‘tall, dark and mind blowing’ which is probably my favorite tom riddle description.

Open for Repairs by feelsforbreakfast ( @drarrytrash )

After the war, Draco works at a tv repair shop and Harry breaks things.

feat. sad boys in jumpers and more ABBA than is probably necessary

Oh god, this one is definetly, definetly one of my favorites. Features Draco working in a muggle repair shop, Harry that keeps coming back not knowing why, analysis of the weird relationship between harry and draco in canon and toast burning because boys are too busy kissing intensely on the counter. It reminds me of Here’s the Pencil, Make it Work, but it’s construction is quite distinct, and while htpmik has a bit more of world discussion/character meta, which i love, the relationship between harry and draco here is more well paced and better developed. It’s so beautifully written, earnest and sweet but intense and raw at the same time and has one of my favorite get togethers. Also, i have a weak spot for repair shops. idk. 

Remote by Sara_holmes

How to win back your television remote and get your obnoxious flatmate to shut his trap for more than a minute and a half.

Harry and Draco are roomates who have these ~moments~ sometimes where they feel so tense and just want strangle each other and rile each other up for no conceivable reason, wonder why, and in one of these moments they end up fighting for the remote control. And then they have sex. Hilarious, cute, sweet, hot and well written and generally everything you could want

The Best Man by bobbirose ( @indie-drarry)

So,” he brought up conversationally at Ron and Hermione’s later that night, all of them safely two drinks in, “have either of you received an invitation to Draco Malfoy’s wedding?”

Draco asks Harry to pretend to be his best man/best friend at his and Pansy’s wedding to regain the favor of public opinion, but little does harry know that pansy put draco up to it to resolve his convoluted feelings towards harry. It’s still in progression but the development of their friendship is so great, some delightful tense lucius and harry moments, and pining!! funny pining, sad pining, oblivious pining and puzzled harry, it’s all so good and so sweet and yes. 

This Summer and Scurrilous by Sara’s Girl

This is a summery romantic comedy featuring my favourite ensemble cast, in which Harry is confused, Draco is Draco, and Hermione attempts to eat all the things.

When Potter starts behaving more oddly than usual, Draco has no choice but to take an interest. After all, it’s his job. Sort of.

Sara’s Girl has a very distinct writing style, a very earnest and sensitive sort of writing, that just sort of flows, be it comedy or angsty or both, and I definetly rec all of the stories I read by her. These two are my favorites though; in This Summer  pretty much all of Harry and Draco’s hogwarts colleagues (from gryf to slythe) are established friends and regularly hang out and have bomb ass parties with quirky themes such as sea creature fantasies and dress as each other and, of course, Draco and Harry pine for each other. Harry then tries to purchase a nicer wardrobe - not because he wants to impress draco or anything, no of course not- and begins a tentative slightly crush-y friendship with the clothes salesman, Cal. This fic has such a summery, fun vibe and the pining is so good and the resolve is so sweet and the best post hogwarts inter house friendship ever, like honestly, kinda high key wish to be friends with all of them cause they’re all hella cool.  In Scurrilous, Draco is a radio host and Harry owns a pet store in Diagon Alley and does bizarre shit like dye his hair purple and walk around with a crocodile on a leash, and Draco spies on him trough a telescope and talks about him on the radio then proceeds to bring him lunch and buy ducks and sensasionalist media kinda sucks. Night Vale probably conditoned me but i love, love, love radio host fics and i wishhh there were more fics with the trope out there. This one is so cute, harry is bizarre and funny, Pansy is amazing, draco is adorable (and in denial! sighs happily) and has a bunch of pet ducks!!, their relationship is adorable and it’s the type of story that puts a huge, permanent grin on your face. 

Apodyopsis (Charles Xavier x reader)

Apodyopsis - act of mentally undressing someone

So yeah, my first drabble ever. Please don’t be harsh people :’)

               You remember meeting Charles as if it were yesterday. The man just oozed with this boyish charm that easily caught your heart. It’s been a few months now that you have been living in the Xavier mansion and the things started being a little more complicated. Long story short, you have fallen head over heels for Charles Xavier and you knew you were basically doomed to one-sided love.

You were lying in your bed going through the afternoon’s training over and over again. Charles touching your hand gently, encouraging you to do your best, locking his baby blue eyes with you, smiling happily… You sighed turning in your bed and hiding your face in the pillow just to scream silently.  Damn you, Charles Xavier, you life ruiner! On top of that, his today’s lilac V-neck sweater literally knocked you off your feet. It just suited him so well! You couldn’t help but steal glances of his neck, his chest, his stomach, his… STOP, you’re making things even worse. You furrowed your brows as Charles’ image couldn’t just leave your head. You took a deep breath as your mind took you further than you had actually wanted. You started pulling this damn sweater up in your head, revealing his slim body. You traced a finger down his collarbone admiring each and every milimetre of his pale skin. Your hand went down caressing his flat stomach and feeling his well-developed muscles. You smirked to yourself as you reached to his belt…

And then you heard someone clearing his throat. You jumped out of your bed squinting your eyes to see anything in darkness.

-          May I ask you what you are doing, love?


-          N-nothing – you stuttered trying to collect your thoughts. – What are YOU doing here in the middle of the night? Knocking would also be quite nice of you as well, Charles.

-          I knocked but you were in a different dimension, I believe – you heard a soft chuckle. – I tried to fall asleep but your mind is just so loud.

-          W-what do you mean? – your cheeks were literally on fire right now.

-          Basically, you were screaming, screaming in my mind. And the things I saw… - Charles lowered his voice sending shivers down your spine. – Well, I must admit they were quite enjoyable to witness.

You held your breath as you heard his wheelchair coming in your direction. You didn’t have to wait long to see his face and eyes investigating you thoroughly. Damn, you were completely screwed. He knew. You lost your closest friend just because of these silly feelings you had towards him.

Charles titled his head as his lips contorted into a crooked smile.

-          (Y/N), darling, would you please start breathing? I don’t want you to pass out in a moment like this.

-          I.. I mean… Yeah… I suppose so – you couldn’t look at him anymore so you averted your eyes to the wall behind him. – Charles… I… Darn it. I am so sorry. I know…

-          No, you don’t. You don’t know anything, love. Look at me, please.

You blinked but did as he asked.  His face had this serious look, which made you freeze in spot unable to do or say anything. In this very moment Charles reached to his shoulders and pulled his sweater off and threw it on the floor. You gasped as he took your hand and put it on his chest. You started caressing his skin just as you imagined but the feeling was different. You smiled softly when you heard his heart was beating as fast as yours.

-          The truth is, love, I adore you – Charles sounded pretty determined. – I don’t know if you accept a man that I am now, but I can promise I will do everything in my powers to make you happy. You made me your slave, (Y/N) (Y/L/N).

You were not able to say a word. Instead, you chose to sit on his lap and hug him as tight as humanly possible. You breathed in his gentle scent of books and cologne. Then, you pulled away a bit and kissed him with all the passion that you have gathered since you met him. When you two broke off, neither of you could catch a breath. Charles put some of your hair behind your ear and cupped your cheek.

-          I take it as a yes – he said finally.

-          I have always belonged to you, Charles Xavier – you whispered.

-          So have I to you, love. Now… That being said, may I ask you for something?

-          Anything – you answered without hesitation and watched him smirk.

-          Before I came, your mind made a couple of interesting pictures. Care to explore the subject? – Charles winked making the butterflies in your belly even more restless.

-          I guess I can show you some pretty, little tricks, sir – you winked back and pecked him on a cheek.

-          That’s my girl.


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In the last issue of the first Goldie Vance story, our intrepid heroine dodges Russians spies, the cops, and the whims of gravity to save a missing hotel guest from certain doom! Will she survive her undercover mission to a rival hotel? Will her cute friend Diane want to be more than just a friend? Tune in to find out!

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I’ve loved everything about the Goldie Vance books, from the animated art style to the fact that Goldie’s mom works as a live mermaid in a downtown club. It’s a book that you’ll enjoy if you’re into retro settings, sleuthing, Grease-esque drag racing, mild Cold War era political overtures, or all of the above. I’m so excited that this series is now ongoing and we get to read more adventures soon, and now’s the perfect time to get caught up on this charming story!

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First kiss

Ok, justfangirlingit, I threw a few things in here. Missing Year OQ.

The rain seems never-ending. Five days cooped up in the castle, and Regina is ready to burn the place down just to get some peace and quiet. Five days of her heels tapping along stone corridors, always bumping into people who want to ask her questions. Is this a spell? Are we trapped by some magic? Should we be concerned?

For fuck’s sake, it’s rain, not Armageddon. Sure, the Enchanted Forest has been blessed with beautiful scenery and perfect weather, but it’s a bit of a leap to think that her sister has called these storm clouds upon them. Even Regina can’t control the weather. A cloud cover over the moon, perhaps, but five straight days of rain is a bit of a stretch. And even though she knows that they’re living in a story book now, she doesn’t think that her castle is immune to the laws of nature.

Her castle. Well, it’s their castle now. Her pristine rooms have been invaded by dwarves and outlaws alike, and she can’t even sneak out to her apple tree without tripping over someone. The kitchens are off-limits – Granny won’t leave the ovens, and the Merry Men are always fighting for the scraps of what she prepares. Snow and Charming will be sitting in the great hall, preening over their charges. The uneasy alliance they’ve forged is enough to keep her out of their way, but not enough that she relishes their company. Belle is most likely in the library, poring over books to try to find a way to return her beloved imp, despite the fact that it’s her own damn fault that he was captured in the first place. Why couldn’t they have come to her to ask about reviving the Dark One? The most powerful practitioner of magic in the land, and they didn’t even bother to let her know their plans. She feels guilty for blaming Neal, mostly because of Henry, but blame him she does. She could have helped them, but no…they had to run off without her, and now Zelena has Rumple, and Regina is more than a little afraid of what that means for their rag-tag band of heroes.

She could go to the stables.

She can’t go to the stables.

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Hobo and Glunkus backstory.

My friend nikki-page and I concocted the backstory for both Hobo and Glunkus, here’s how it goes;

Hobo’s story isn’t all that original. He was just a normal cat, whose owners loved him until they had kids and couldn’t take care of him anymore. Therefore, they left him on the streets, only to have him fight to survive.

One night, Hobo wandered into an alley in the city while it was raining to gain some shelter. He soon noticed that he wasn’t alone, and that there was something dark and mysterious hiding in the shadows…

Glunkus’s backstory goes something like this:

Glunkus lived a luxurious life as an absolutely gorgeous feline. His owners treated him as a trophy cat, and bragged about him to everyone. As they had invested their pride into Glunkus, he - in turn - invested his love into his owners.

Later on in life, he notices that his family starts going through some small financial troubles, no big deal. But Glunkus sees the turmoil, and wants to do something about it. He decides the only way to properly return the love to his owners is to sell one of his nine lives to the devil for a wish. He does so, and later on he sells more and more of his souls. As he sells his souls, he starts to lose function in his face (ie, sight, smell, taste, etc), as well as his beauty. By the time he sells his ninth soul, he transforms into that of a demon - pitch black fur, gruff voice and a face full of teeth. After he’d given all that he could to his owners, they took one look at him, called him hideous and discarded him on the street.

Of course, he finds his way into this same alley that he and Hobo first meet. Hobo is, without a doubt, scared shitless of Glunkus, thinking the cat might rip him to shreds with his maw. When in fact, Glunkus can’t see a single thing, so when he walks towards Hobo out of curiosity, he ends up bumping into objects, signifying how harmless he really is. Hobo sees this, and forms a tender heart towards the other cat.

Hobo is a more outgoing cat; he’s willing to share his life story with Glunkus, who is more on the shy side and doesn’t like to talk about himself. He tells the other about the adventures he had in his previous home with his owners, and how great they were until the couple started reproducing. Glunkus, of course, listened. Even while he didn’t share his life with Hobo, he was still relieved to know someone wanted to talk to him, despite his tumultuous flaw.

They become close friends as time goes on. Due to Glunkus’s lack of vision, Hobo must be his seeing eye cat. They walk shoulder to shoulder with their tails linked together as to make sure Glunkus doesn’t accidentally wander off and get hurt.

One day, Glunkus finally feels comfortable enough with Hobo to tell his story. He confesses to Hobo that he sold all nine of his lives to please his owners, and after he’d gone through the awful transformation, they disowned him. He was bitter about humans, now that his favorite ones had taken him for granted and only “loved” him because of his beauty which he didn’t have anymore. Not only did he lose his aesthetic charm, but his sight as well. This particular thing got Hobo interested.

He asked Glunkus how simple it was to sell one’s soul to the devil in exchange for a wish. Glunkus told him it was an easy ritual, and he could be summoned anywhere, anytime, only by the will of the one selling their soul. This gives Hobo an idea.

Later at night, while Glunkus is asleep, Hobo ventures off to leave him alone for the first time ever. He goes somewhere private and attempts to call forth the devil, and is successful. He tells the devil about his friend Glunkus, whom the devil knows very well. Hobo then explains that he wants to sell his soul to the devil to give his friend sight, which also leads to him sacrificing his right eye. The devil promises to donate Hobo’s eye to Glunkus as he takes one of the cat’s souls and disappears.

In the middle of the night, Glunkus paws the ground to find out that Hobo is no longer lying beside him. He meows out for him, unable to function without his seeing eye friend. In moments, he starts seeing clearly with no explanation, and the first thing to appear before him is his friend Hobo, who is one eye short.

Hobo explains to him what he did, and why his eye went missing, to which Glunkus is aghast. He is in disbelief as to why anyone would do something that big for him. Glunkus states “I’m nothing to this world”.

To which Hobo replies, “But you’re something in mine.”


After MJ gives her a bedding so she could sleep on the sofa she asks him about the diary and the meaning of his “last 3 months on Earth” wondering whether he plans to move somewhere else or worse. It heartwarming how attached SY became to him after such a short time despite all his rebuffs and cold treatment towards her. He stares at her and scolds her for breaking his rules. The thing is that it he’s begun to break them first - being so curious about her that he can’t stop asking questions and physically pulled to her that he just needs to be close to her, touch her and make sure she is safe. And even though, he is clearly in denial, deep down MJ has already started to acknowledge his defencelessness against her charm.

“Once upon a time there was a rabbit, made out of ceramics.  The rabbit loved the little girl and it watched her dying. That rabbit swore to not make a mistake of falling in love again. However, try to answer. When there is no love, how can a story have a happy ending? ”

At night he reads Kate DiCamillo’s critically-acclaimed novel The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane that tells a story of a china rabbit doll. While narrating he gets up and longingly looks toward the living room where SY now soundlessly sleeps despite her protests that artists are sensitive and have trouble to fall asleep in foreign places. I guess the book he’d lended to her and she’s now using as her spare eye cover helped. And just like the rabbit who renounced love MJ is pulled towards it. Just as we shall have our happy ending because love is already stirring in his heart when he so gently tugs SY under the sheet to keep her warm and it’s love that makes him watch after her during the night.

“Open your heart. Someone will come. Someone will come for you. But first you must open your heart. “ - The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane (not in YWCFTS but my particular favourite as it perfectly suits SY and MJ’S lovestory)

I swear if the writer would manage to keep their romance this epic for all the 20 episodes (and give us a happy end) I’m ready to proclaim this OTP and kdrama the best ever PERIOD.

You know what I love about Once Upon a Time and how they’re telling Hook & Emma’s love story? They’ve been paralleled and aligned with some of the most epic, popular fairytale romances of all time. Snow White & Prince Charming, Westley & Buttercup, Merlin & Nimue, Anna & Kristoff and now likely, Aladdin & Jasmine. OUAT has done this wonderful thing of using these fairytale couples and their stories to tell the story of their own original fairytale romance. Hook & Emma aren’t perfect, they never have been – but that’s the point of OUAT, isn’t it? Showing how even the most broken and hopeless of individuals can find their good hearts along the way; heal, change their lives and find love, family and hope again. 

There are no dragons being slayed in this story, it wasn’t love at first sight, it’s not all sunshine and roses – there’s darkness and doubts, there’s pain and loss, there’s moments where you don’t if everything is going to be okay b/c how could it be? But that’s also how life is sometimes. Once Upon a Time has taken their main character and given her a love story that’s a fairytale in it’s own right, one that has all of the beautiful romantic moments of a storybook romance but that’s grounded in reality with real life consequences, challenges and development.

I know the show isn’t perfect. I know sometimes it can be frustrating as hell – but I’m behind them when it comes to Hook & Emma. I think they know exactly the story they want to tell with these two beautiful nuanced characters and I’m so thankful to be along for the ride.

(This GIF was made by the ever-awesome drinkingcastleskoolaid. Please do not post it without proper credit. And thank you, Cami!)

She hasn’t let go of his hand. Well, he supposes she must have at some point, but he doesn’t remember and would rather pretend it hasn’t happened at all. He’s still reliving the moment she first covered his hand with hers, his mother’s highly-exaggerated monologue quieting to an unimportant hum as he swallowed nervously. He can’t stop thinking about the way she used their joined hands to pull him to his feet when the show was over, threading their fingers together while she made small talk with his family. And he can’t forget the soft press of their palms as they said goodnight to everyone, closing the front door behind the young playwright and watching Martha and Alexis disappear upstairs, Kate seemingly uninterested in leaving him alone.

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May 19 1967 = Press launch for Sgt Pepper held at manager, Brian Epstein’s house at 24 Chapel Street, London.

“John Lennon walked into the room first. Then came George Harrison and Paul McCartney, followed closely by Ringo Starr and road managers Neil Aspinall and Mal Evans. The Beatles had arrived at a small dinner party in Brian Epstein’s Belgravia home, to talk to journalists and disc jockeys for the first time in many months.

Despite their flamboyant clothes which made even Jimmy Savile look startled, the Beatles are the same sane, straight-forward people they were four years ago. Their opinions and beliefs are the same only now they understand why they believe in them.

"I’ve had a lot of time to think,” said John, peering at me through his wire-rimmed specs, “and only now am I beginning to realize many of the things I should have known years ago. I’m getting to understand my own feelings. Don’t forget that under this frilly shirt is a hundred-year-old man who’s seen and done so much, but at the same time knowing so little.”

John regards the Beatles new LP ‘Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ as one of the most important steps in the group’s career.

“It had to be just right. We tried and I think succeeded in achieving what we set out to do. If we hadn’t then it wouldn’t be out now.”

Apart from his green frilly shirt John was wearing maroon trousers and round his waist was a sporran.

Why the sporran, I inquired. “A relative in Edinburgh gave it to Cynthia as a present and as there are no pockets in these trousers it comes in handy for holding my cigarettes and front door keys.”

I joined George sitting quietly on a settee nibbling on a stick of celery. He was wearing dark trousers and a maroon velvet jacket.

On the lapel was a badge from the New York Workshop of Non-violence. Their emblem is a yellow submarine with what looked like daffodils sprouting from it. “Naturally I’m opposed to all forms of war,” said George seriously. “The idea of man killing man is terrible.”

I asked him about his visit to India and what it had taught him. “Firstly I think too many people here have the wrong idea about India. Everyone immediately associates India with poverty, suffering and starvation but there’s much, much more than that. There’s the spirit of the people, the beauty and goodness. The people there have a tremendous spiritual strength which I don’t think is found elsewhere. That’s what I’ve been trying to learn about.”

He believes that religion is a day-to-day experience. “You find it all around. You live it. Religion is here and now. Not something that just comes on Sundays.”

What had he been doing for the past year, I asked. Didn’t he ever get bored? “Oh, I’ve never been bored. There’s so much to do - so much to find out about,” he said enthusiastically. “We’ve been writing and recording and so on.”

The LP 'Sgt Pepper’ took them almost six months to make and it has received mixed reviews from the critics. Having achieved world-wide fame by singing pleasant hummable numbers, don’t they feel they may be too far ahead of the record buyers?

George thinks not. “People are very, very aware of what’s going on around them nowadays. They think for themselves and I don’t think we can ever be accused of under-estimating the intelligence of our fans.”

John agrees with him. “The people who have bought our records in the past must realize that we couldn’t go on making the same type forever. We must change and I believe those people know this.”

Of all four Beatles, Ringo I think is the one who has changed the least. Perhaps a little more talkative, more forthcoming. The one whose personality isn’t quite as obvious as the others and still the most reticent. He is very contented, and what’s best by the others is all right by him. What had inspired the sleeve cover of the album - a montage of familiar faces crowding around the Beatles?

“We just thought we’d like to put together a lot of people we like and admire.”

Included in the picture are Diana Dors, Oscar Wilde, Karl Marx, Shirley Temple, Max Miller, Lawrence Of Arabia, Bob Dylan, and Stuart Sutcliffe the former member of the Beatles who died in Hamburg.

I drifted over to where the now clean-shaven, and much thinner Paul was sitting sipping a glass of champagne. He greeted me in his usual charming manner and inquired after my health.

“You know,” he said, “We’ve really been looking forward to this evening. We wanted to meet a few people because so many distorted stories were being printed.”

“We have never thought about splitting up. We want to go on recording together. The Beatles live!” he said, raising his glass into the air.“

Nome Drummond May 27,1967 New Musical Express source: Beatles Interviews website

True Love Club

I’m sure variations of this idea have been done, but I couldn’t get it out of my head. I never should have started writing FF, I can’t stop myself now… 

Killian pushed the heavy door of The Rabbit Hole open and scanned the dimly lit room for his drinking companions. Spotting Charming and Robin at the end of the bar, he made his way over, narrowly avoiding the dwarf he could never remember the name of on his way.

Robin clapped him on the shoulder as he sat down on the barstool.

“Jones, what took you so long?”

“Sorry mates, I ran into Archie on the way here and he wanted to see how I was doing after the whole heart thing. Man, that cricket can really talk, huh?”

Charming chuckled at that. “Yeah, it’s his job…mate.”

Killian motioned to the bartender for his usual while Robin and Charming resumed the conversation they were in the middle of before he arrived.

“So, yeah…I woke her up from a sleeping curse. Rainbow light show lit up the forest after that. It was pretty spectacular, if not incredibly stressful.”

Pointing to the tattoo on his arm, Robin quipped, “Well, I guess I was lucky then. All I had to do was get inked. I haven’t had to test it yet, but Tink assured Regina we were the real deal.”

“Oh great, are you two swapping True Love stories again?” Killian grumbled and took a big swig of his rum.

Glancing to the pirate who was brooding into his glass, Charming reluctantly admitted, “Your time will come, Jones. Hopefully not any time soon though, as I’m not relishing living through another curse in the near future.“

Killian scratched behind his ear, his tell that something was making him nervous. “Er, don’t hold your breath, mate. Been there, tried that. It didn’t work.”

Charming choked on his beer and Robin stared incredulously at the pirate.

“You what? When? You tried True Love’s kiss on my daughter and I am just hearing about this now?

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Writers Appreciation Week!Part1

Hiiii! Welcome to my extremely long Appreciation List, i don’t write fics but I try to read all the ones that land on my dashboard. I’ve been working all day on putting them together (I already open a bottle of wine). Here you will find some old but goodies, some newer ones and some that I haven’t even started but I will eventually. Thank you to all the wonderful writers who make my days and nights soooo much happier and keep me on my toes! I appreciate all your time and effort and NEVER stop writing! You guys have an amazing talent!!!! 

PS: i don’t know how to link the fic!!! hehehe sorry

A Rhapsody of Sorts by silverglass: Rosie and Harry are everything you need, it’s a story of growing up, finding your voice and learning to trust.

All I want by americanowrites: i am pretty sure that Megan lives in my head, because I have a very scary connection with April, its just a brilliant story about learning to love yourself and letting others love you, self acceptance and trust.

Birthright by ellajames: Who doesn’t want a modern Royal Harry!!!!

Bloom by absolutestyles: A wonderful AU that you must go and read RIGHT NOW!!!! Rosie and Harry’s relationship is everything and bit more. She also has Paper Cuts that is amazingggggg!!!!

Bloom, Crooked Heart and Strangeness and Charm by @nebulastyles everything she writes its pure genius!!!!!

Boys Don’t Cry by oxygenstyles: ISABEL AND HARRY!!!!! Artist Harry!!!!!!!! Heartbreaking and beautiful.

Breath by wildestdreamsfics: Blair and Harry- Harry and Blair am so tense about this story that I can’t write much about it. Just go and read it!

Broken Things, The Love Club and VO’KE by beggingforfics: I mean she is even writing a sequel to TLC called The Queen of Hearts and I can’t wait.

Clicking with you by @inchildhoodwedream: Emmy Emmy Emmy what can I say the prose of this fic is just out of this world!!! And the next chapterrrrr…

Close Your Eyes (And Count to Ten), Crooked Love, Jinx Proof, The Hurting Kind, and her new one Pure Feeling (Billionaire Harry) Do I need to keep going? Just AMAZING!!!! @hurrricanes

Red Dawn, and the sequel When the Sky Turns Grey by @littlebird006 Dark Harry, but she also has Deckled Edges which is just WAAAAOOOOO!!!!!!! Tenny and Harry are justtttt (sigh)

Disconnected by @afitzgeraldfic: I mean I’ve never cried this much over a  character! She also has a new fic called Matters of the Heart!

Forever Hold Your Peace by @cheesewithchips: I mean I want to be best friends with Birdy and date Harry… Actually I would date Birdy too. 

Giving up the Gun by @sheisbeauty-sheisgrace… ughhhhh soooo goodddd!!!!!

Gold Dust by wlidhearts: Lucy and Harry!!!! And the update last nighttttt!!!

Heartbeat and Lady Love by emstyles94x These two stories give me life for very different reasons but are beyond!

Hopelessly by @misslittleriver Architect Harry!!!!

How To Write Smut by SmilinForYa: Shay is a great OFC and this Harry makes my heart melt.

in the Post by @nylonla: Pen Pal Harry!!!!!!!!!!!

Stuck In the Storm: Olympian Swimmer Rorie and her best friend and neighbor Harry the sky is the limit and Katie is just pure brilliance!!!!!! Go read it and show her some love.

More Than Friends by nicoleannwriting Savanah, Sav, Savy! I love her and Harry sooooo much! I miss them! But am just glad that Nicole is back!!! She also has Jack and Coke

Just Anchor and Hope, When We Sink, We Float/ Sugar on The Asphalt, Tennessee  Teacakes by justanchorandhope I mean she is the QUEEN!!!!!! i’ve reread these stories so much that I think I know some of the dialogues.

Neutral by tittiesthough ughhh am sooo obsessed with Saf and Harry.

The Raven by kyraklass Caroline poor Caroline her and Harry really are tested to the max!!!! Go read this beautiful piece of work.

OK I AM STOPPING HEREEEE! Sorry if it was too long but I have a lot of writers to thank!!!!! and tomorrow I will post PART 2!!!!!


anonymous asked:

What are some not as well known animated features that you think deserve more notice? (Any era)

HMMMMM well, I’m gonna go with some personal favorites. They may be pretty well known around Tumblr but Idunno, I still think these are vastly underrated and need to make the rounds every now and then.

The Last Unicorn

This film has been getting more attention as of late which is great because gosh does it deserve it. While the dialogue can drag on and some of the effects are definitely showing their age, it’s steeped heavily in that wonderful type of fantasy-adventure that films like Neverending Story and Labyrinth built on. It approaches the idea of unicorns in a more… human manner, thus adding another level to the films themes and concepts.

The Triplets of Belleville

A wonderful WONDERFUL film with little to no dialogue. It’s a cult favorite amongst animators however it’s still largely unknown to the general public. The animation is incredible and the level of detail in the backgrounds is insanely beautiful. The characters make the film though, the way they’re written and their designs are just a treat to watch and experience. Plus, the film has a largely female cast so that’s always super rad.


Now, I know Rango won the Academy award but the thing is, it was everywhere for a year and then just sort of… disappeared. Hell, a lot of animation students hardly remember the film which is a shame because to this day it’s the pinnacle of animated westerns. Everything just captures the spirit of western films SO WELL. The score is fantastic, the writing is clever, and hell, Johnny Depp does a great job with his performance as Rango. While it’s not the deepest film on the list, it is thoroughly enjoyable.

Mary and Max

With films like Big Hero 6 and Frozen stumbling through the IDEA of loss and barely addressing emotional distress properly, it’s such a relief to see a film do it RIGHT and give it a real approach. Max is an adult man with Aspergers who becomes close pen-pals with a girl named Mary. Throughout the course of the film it follows their lives and how they deal with things like anxiety, heartache, depression, and suicide. While it’s not at all explicit, it has a lot of adult themes that touch on sensitive subjects. The ending is heart-wrenching so of course I highly suggest it.

Ernest and Celestine

And now for the POLAR OPPOSITE of Mary and Max, we have Ernest and Celestine. This film is by and large for kids but even as an adult it’s hard not to enjoy the charming story and characters. The art style is heavily based on storybook illustrations and every single frame of this film shows that and by God that is simply amazing. It’s no emotional roller-coaster, but it doesn’t need to be in order to succeed as an animated film. SHIT’S CUTE.

While I have a couple more, these are the ones I wanted to write up and think they cover fairly decent ground in terms of what animated films can achieve. If you’re interested, here are some more underrated gems that deserve a viewing;

  • Song of the Sea
  • A Monster in Paris
  • Summer Wars
  • Paprika
  • Tokyo Godfathers
  • Watership Down
  • Persepolis
“Looks like we’re back on track, Love...”

I’m loving the parallel between 3B finale and what’s happening in 5B. Both are quests taking place in a potentially inescapable realm that are aimed at “getting things back on track” but the roles have flipped.

In the 3B:

  • Hook followed Emma to the Enchanted Forest
  • to save Emma
  • by fixing Snowing’s love story
  • to protect Emma’s past
  • so she can have a happy ending.

In 5B:

  • Snowing are following Emma to the Underworld
  • to save Hook
  • to fix Captain Swan’s loves story
  • to protect Emma’s future
  • so she can have a happy ending.

Ultimately every season of OUAT is about getting back the happy endings. But so often it’s about Emma risking her life to bring back the “ever afters” for everyone but herself. I love how in these two cases we see just how far those who love Emma are willing to go for her. 

Hook risked his life, and getting stuck in the past, to help Emma to fix her parent’s love story, and now we’re seeing Snow and Charming risk their lives, and being stuck in the Underworld, to help their daughter to fix hers!

anonymous asked:

Hello! So I'm in the process of writing my first novel and I've been really excited about it because I've never read anything quite like it myself, and then one day I picked up a book to start reading, and the plot is REMARKABLY similar. I've never read that book before so it is not at all plagiarism, just a horrible coincidence, but the end result is I've lost motivation to write my story because something so similar has already been written. Any advice?

Try not to sweat it, honestly. This is a completely normal experience. :)

Humans have been telling stories since the dawn of communication, and numerous storytelling staples have evolved over time. Those staples are everything from evil stepmothers and chosen ones, to anti-heroes and damsels in distress. These elements are called “tropes” and although there are a finite number of them, and many of them are related, so it’s only natural that the same combination of tropes tend to show up again and again.

Also, when we think that we’ve written something wholly unique, and then find out something similar already exists, it can be such a blow that sometimes the similarities seem more glaring or important than they are. When I wrote my first novel, I thought the setting and characters were pretty one-of-a-kind. Shortly after I finished my second or third draft, a new TV show premiered and the initial setting felt like it was ripped right from my hard drive. When the protagonist was introduced and shared the same name as my protagonist, I was completely horrified and devastated. I actually cried about it off and on for a few days. I felt like there was no way I could publish it without it seeming like I’d ripped off the TV show, even though I’d written it long before I’d even heard of the TV show’s existence. I remember sending e-mails to my critique partner agonizing over changing my protagonist’s beloved name. I finally settled on two or three possibilities, but they never felt right. I watched episodes of the show over and over again to find ways to make my setting different. Then, thankfully, it was time for NaNoWriMo and I moved onto a new story for awhile.

By the time I got back to my novel, I realized the similarities really weren’t as glaring as I’d thought. In fact, the two settings were really nothing alike. Then, as time went on, I realized that the protagonist of the TV show was nothing like my character, and the world she lived in was vastly different. The show was eventually cancelled and now it’s long forgotten. I’d be surprised if anyone read my novel and even thought of that TV show. All those tears were for nothing.

So, truly, don’t worry about it. Odds are your story isn’t as similar as you think it is. Don’t be worried so much about tropes. Snow White and Cinderella both have evil stepmothers, young protagonists, and charming princes, but the stories are reasonably different. :)

Have a question? I’d love to hear from you. Please be sure to read my ask rules before submitting your question or it may not be answered. Thanks! :)