yo whats ineffable husbands looks gay im interested
buckle up, pal
alright. so there’s this book called Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, published in may 1990. two main characters are
and Aziraphale, who is an angel who has not, in fact, fallen, because he’s a Good Angel!!! they’re both canonically sexless and the book is extremely progressive in gender and sexuality, despite when it was written, such as ‘shes become a lesbian but that’s all right these days!’ and ‘morning, sir or madam or neuter’ (there are a few gay slur used as insults, but they are shown as generally bad). the authors have denied a sexual relationship (ACES!!!!) but neil basically said ‘well, romantic interpretation is up to you ;)’
now, these two entities, over time, have basically become Good Friends™, despite the unlikelihood of a demon and an angel getting along. this is mostly facilitated by the fact that crowley thinks it’s acceptable demon activity to glue coins to the sidewalk and he has an emotional attachment to a car, while aziraphale owns a bookshop that he refuses to sell books from and just really likes sushi. they’re. they’re awful ok. both of them
the book has a lot of really amazing social commentary and it’s extremely funny, regardless of characters, bc the writing styles are so comedic, never even in a dramatic scene is there a lack of humor. (”the antichrist! how many nipples does he have?”)
ineffable husbands is the name of the ship between these two useless occult/ethereal beings. there’s so much of it in the book that anathema literally thinks they’re a couple (seriously), they’re referred to as a couple, and a love song is referenced for them. and of course, people just generally meeting the angel form three impressions:
as Good Friends, these two get drunk together, hold hands, fight together, generally trust each other more than they rely on their respective sides of heaven and hell?? run to danger for each other, freak out when the other is in danger, run errands for each other…
basically, they’re gay as hell if you like to read it as such, and the book is excellent for all other characters too, and i admit i don’t give them nearly as much attention as they deserve, so lemme just say anathema is a badass and newt is an idiot (i love him) and death is a chill dude.
also, queen songs.
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You opened your front door to reveal Jason Dean standing on your porch, holding a bouquet of sunflowers in his hands.
“Oh, hello.” You said, remembering that your mother said he was coming by today to hang out with you. She insisted you could do with the social interaction and that Jason Dean and you would get along well.
He looked down at the flowers before handing them out to you. “My dad may or may not have mentioned that your mom and you share the same favorite flower, so I thought you’d both enjoy these.”
“Well thank you,” You told him, taking them from his grasp and opening the door more for him. “Won’t you come in?”
Jason smiled at you. “I think I’ll take you up on that offer,” He said, stepping inside as you closed the door behind him. “Quite the place you got here.”
“Hmm? Oh, thank you.” You said to him, turning to see him looking around your living room, apparently scanning the photographs that were lining the walls.
You moved into the kitchen, setting the sunflowers down to fetch a vase from the cupboards.
“You don’t talk very much do you?”
The sudden volume of his voice made you jump, almost sending the glass vase shattering to the ground. You whirled around only to come face to face with Jason, who was now hovering over you.
“Yes, so I’ve been told,” You answered, moving around him to place the flowers in the water. “I’m afriad I’m not much of a people person.”
Jason raised an eyebrow at you, following you around the kitchen. “I could say the same for myself, there’s a certain subset of people I’d rather not talk to.”
You placed your hands in your pockets as you shifted uncomfortably. “I could show you around the house, if you’d like?”
Jason made a sweeping motion with his hand. “Lead the way.”
So you did, showing him all the rooms downstairs and a small overview of the basement. You tried to keep a good bit of distance between the two of you, but everytime you blinked he seemed to be pressed right up to your shoulder.
To be honest you had no idea what to do with him, he didn’t seem like the ‘grab a book and read to classic music’ sort of fellow, you rarely had people over to hang out with, and the ones that did were close and intimate friends.
“Have you read all these books?” Jason asked as he walked up to one of the bookcases that lined the one wall of the basement.
“Um, most of them, yes.” You answered, your hands were slightly pulling onto the ends of your cardigan.
“Really? That’s a lot of words,” He said with a smile, his hand flipping through one of the thicker. “Which one’s your favorite?”
“Look,” You said with a heavy huff as your grip tightened. “I know your only here because our parents are making you hang out with me,” You explained as your eyes remainded trained on your hands. “But you really don’t have to pretend to care about what I’m interested in,” You laughed bitterly. “Hell, you can leave if you want to, I can always just tell my mom you were here.”
Jason looked at you for a good couple of seconds before putting the book away and moving to sit on the end of the arm of the sofa infront of you. “Hey, it’s not like that,” He said, titling his head fowards so he could look at you. “I mean my dad doesn’t really care what I do, he didn’t make me come over.”
Your gaze snapped to him. “Well then what did you come for?”
Jason shrugged and gave you that charming smile again. “Cause I wanted to hang out with you.”
Still trapped in your own denial you laughed again. “So what? Is my mom like paying you or something?” You asked as you started to fidget again. “Certainly wouldn’t be the first time.”
“Wait what?” Jason asked, lightly pulling on your hands before you tore a hole into the knitted material. “Come on, I dont think you’re that bad.”
You looked at him and offered a weak smile. “I told you, I’m not a people person. I’m usually a bit boring to hang around after so long, so I just stopped briging others over.”
“Well luckily for you, I happen to get along with all kinds of people,” He said, still holding onto your hands. “And I for one, don’t mind if you spend the next four hours going on about the books you like to read.”
You looked at him before smiling. “You don’t mean that.”
“Oh but I do!” He said, tilted his head to give you a funny expression. “I take great joy in listening to the things others are passionate about, it’s a great way to get to know a person.”
“Well…,” You trailed off, gaze going back to the bookshelves. “There is this one book,” You dropped his hands to locate it on the shelf, brushing your hand over the cover before giving it to him.
“Pride & Prejudice,” He read aloud, opening to the first couple of pages. “A classic literature sort of girl then?”
You nodded enthusiastically. “People sometimes think I’m just trying to be pretentious whenever I read them or talk about them. But they really are good reads.”
Jason smiled before looking up at you. “Didn’t peg you as the flittery romance type.”
“Oh no,” You said, shaking your head as you took the book from him, holding it close to you. “This is a lot more than that. It’s a story about how to people come to grow fond of one another, it’s not the usual love at first sight sort of thing, the two characters grow a lot over the course of the story, and in the end they find solace in one another and live happily,” You finished, looking over at Jason before feeling a rush of embarrassment flow over you.
“I rambled didn’t I?” You said with a laugh before setting the book to the side.
“See that’s what I was talking about,” He said, giving you a bright grin. “Unadulterated passion over something you love, it’s great!” He took the book from where it was sitting. “If you like it so much maybe I should give it a read?”
“You can, but I don’t think it’s the sort of thing you’d enjoy,” You told him, before getting an idea. “But you might like this one instead,”
You returned to his side and presented him with the book. “Just a feeling I had.”
“The Count of Monte Cristo, eh?” He asked, giving it a look over. “What’s it about?”
“I’ll let you figure that out.”
Jason smiled. “Alright, I’ll trust the expert on this one.”
“Again, sorry if I wasn’t the best of company.” You told him as you walked him to the door.
“Are you kidding? I mean really, today was great!” He rejected as he stepped out of the opened door. “You’re really more interesting than you give yourself credit for, and hey,” Jason said as held up his book.
“Now I have something to look forward to.”
“Well I hope you enjoy it.”
“Maybe I could stop by again later this week? Tell you what I think?” He asked, giving you a smile.
“Yeah, I’d like that,” You returned his smile and then sighed. “I hope you have a good day, Jason.”
“J.D” He corrected.
“My friends call me J.D,” He told you, giving you a wink before he walked down your porch, waving once before he hopped on his bike and sped away.
A/n: This was like, really bad so I’m sorry about that, I don’t really know how to write well for characters like J.D, so I’m sorry if this is really awkward but I did my best :,)
I always say ‘there’s a reason I don’t write Jonsa metas’ and I don’t believe I’ve ever actually said what that reason is. Since this is going to be that one big post where I’ll just let loose all the thoughts I have, I thought it might be time to confess I don’t write about Jonsa because I feel that no matter what I say, people (outside of that shippers fandom) won’t take me seriously anyway. I am a book reader above all else, I’m so sick of hearing that I don’t root for Dany just cause ‘you like Sansa well that explains!’. I write about more than just Jon and Sansa, and I should hate for people to think I’m biased more than they already do. I’m biased of course, but I can take off my spectacles. I truly believe that. Though that doesn’t mean I don’t ship it, cause I do, and I love shipping it, but sometimes I hate shipping it. Love to hate it too, hate to love it from time to time as well.
I thought it was time to write down my sincerest of opinions/feelings/thoughts so here we go. This is what I think, in case someone is actually interested:
Cassian. he sleeps all the time. always sleeping. cat napper. usually with a book in his hand or (modern au) The Office on on Netflix. Nesta is constantly having to wake him up/drag him to their bed.
makes friends with the neighbors
Cassian! He harasses them until they invite the couple over to dinner (and then the neighbor realizes that they love Nesta and Cassian). He’s also always, always, getting the neighbor’s mail and bringing it to them. they appreciate it but are also like “why is this guy so friendly” (which is generally the reaction to Cassian).
also he’s a humongous flirt so he becomes friends with everyone all the time.
is the adventurous eater
Cassian is a lil bitch bat when it comes to spicy food. but Nesta packs on that hot sauce let me tell you.
Nesta is always looking for new restaurants to try and especially loves looking for new places when they visit other courts/continents.
hogs the covers at night
Nesta. Cassian doesn’t need them though because, as he likes to put it, he’s “naturally hot”
forgets to do the dishes
Nesta. Cassian is a bit of a neat freak when it comes to the kitchen. he has a drawer for everything and likes to keep everything tidy so he can find things easily when he’s cooking up a delicious meal for them both.
it’s a constant argument. (but one that always ends with Cassian forgiving Nesta because she immediately starts to strip as soon as he starts yelling at her. he shuts up immediately)
tries to surprise their partner more often
Nesta throws Cassian surprise parties for his birthday and other events.
but Cassian is usually always surprising Nesta in the “BOO!”/scaring kind of way.
She is…less than enthusiastic with this dynamic.
leaves dirty laundry on the floor
Nesta because “why should I clean up? because i’m a WOMAN?”
she’s joking, of course. she’s just messy af.
stays up til 2 AM reading
always simultaneously reading a trashy romance novel along with her important emissary documents.
also: she’s one of those people who has to finish a book as soon as it gets good. so she often is up until 4am for “just one more chapter!”
Cassian loves her enthusiasm but also begs her to just turn out the light please it’s 3am
sings in the shower
his favorite: can’t take my eyes off you.
this usually ends in Nesta coming into the bathroom to tell him to shut the fuck up please and him pulling her into the shower with him and serenading her.
takes the selfies
king of the dog filter on Snapchat and loves forcing Nesta into shots.
he also just loves himself so much so he’s always taking selfies. you can usually find Nesta in the background either laughing or scowling.
plans date night
Cassian for at home date nights (he loves planning out full course meals for them)
Nesta for out on the town in different courts/continents. she loves discovering new clubs and restaurants.
but they usually come up with ideas together if they’re just hanging out in Velaris. (but Cassian is always the one to suggest going out to a night club just so Nesta can get all dressed up and dance with him. she’s usually happy to oblige)
What if you’d never seen the sea before? What if the only thing you’d ever seen was a child’s picture -blue crayon, choppy waves? Would you know the real sea if you only knew the picture? Would you be able to recognise the real thing even if you saw it? You don’t know what Dionysus looks like. We’re talking about God here. God is serious business.
It had been two months since you published your book, and it had taken off. Tons of people loved it and even more had read it. Because of this you were suddenly a popular public figure of Gotham, and of course like all other public figures you were invited to one(what would probably be the first of many) of the many galas that happen in this city. With the snobby rich people who thought they were better than everyone else. But this was a charity gala hosted by Bruce Wayne: play boy, billionaire, and one of the few people present that seems somewhat genuine (but still ditzy).
You had worn a (ball?) gown (you’d rather be in sweatpants) it was fabulously elegant(and made you feel like a queen), and your highest high heels (stilettos) that you could stab someone with (just call you killer queen). So far the night had been filled with pointless conversations and lots and lots of introductions (that your introverted self didn’t like) all while dancing. To be honest you didn’t remember most of the new people you had met, you could’ve met the Queen of England and not have remembered it. You didn’t remember not because you had been drinking (you never drank and weren’t going to start now, hopefully) but because there were so many people that wanted to get you and your new found popularity under their thumb and gain through you.
You had finally gotten a break by standing by the (snack) buffet table and eating (no one else was eating, they had a ton of food but were wasting it). You kept trying to think of an excuse to go home, but so far couldn’t think of anything. Your planning was interrupted when yet another person came up to you, except his face is somewhat familiar. “Hi,” you say after you hurriedly swallow a bite of food.
“Hello, Miss (y/n) (l/n),” he begins, knowing your name but you not knowing his, “may I have this dance?” He asks (why do these people have to dance to hold a conversation?).
“Yes, Mister…” you wait for his name.
“Wayne,” He finishes for you.
“I’d love to dance with you Mr.Wayne,” you lie, knowing you have to be polite (its mostly because he’s the host).
He takes the hand you offer to him and leads you out to the dance floor. “My son read your book,” he begins, “he’s keeps trying to convince me to read it.”
“That’s nice,” you say being your awkward self and not knowing what else to say.
“He doesn’t know that I’ve already read it,” Bruce says. You laugh before you can stop yourself, you almost apologize but he laughs as well. “I enjoyed reading it, it was very well written.” (Hmm, maybe he isn’t as ditzy as you thought)
“Thank you,” you say a slight blush making is way onto your cheeks. He smiles as the two of you continue dancing, making light conversation, and surprisingly it was quite enjoyable.
Before you know it the party is over and you’d spent a little less than half of it dancing with one man. “Thank you for the dance.”
“It was my pleasure,” he says, and you find yourself blushing for the millionth time that night.
You find yourself invited to almost every gala that happens in the city over the next few months and every time Bruce is there the two of you spend most of the time dancing and talking with each other. Eventually you meet his son, Dick, and he practically fan(girl)boys over you, talking about how he loves your book so much. Soon all the dancing and talking at galas turns into a date, and then another and another. The two of you become The Power Couple of Gotham, and everyone loves it (especially the reporters and paparazzi).
Hi guys! This is Zenab from nebulaestudy! I’m really excited to join the studyblr community here and on Instagram.
· I’m studying English Literature and Creative Writing
· I attend a university in the UK.
· I’m 19 years old and in my second year of uni.
· At uni, I’m a peer mentor and a Make a Difference ambassador - this means I go through training such as child protection but I also get to network a lot and try new things like apps for augmented reality.
· I love kpop and my favourite band is BTS.
· I also love kdramas and I’m still crying over Scarlet Heart.
· I watch One Piece with my family and we watched every single episode this summer.
· My sport is archery and I completed a course last year so I can shoot at any club in the UK.
· I’m an Aries and a Slytherin.
· I can’t dance or sing but you can bet I enjoy doing both of them.
· I don’t ever stop talking - I even talk in my sleep!
· I can speak around 4 languages!
· I love cacti and succulents and have 8 in my window - 2 are fake (shhh don’t tell them)
Units I will be studying this year:
· American Spaces
· Manchester and the City
Units I studied last year:
· Critical Dialogues
· Story and Structure
· Language and Technique (poetry)
· Approaches to Narrative
What my studyblr will be about:
· My rough and neat notes for my lectures and seminars
· I’m starting to learn Korean so I’ll be documenting my journey on here and sharing my progress with you guys.
· My summer journal which has some elements of a bullet journal.
· Book recommendations and reviews - most often with spoilers.
· Stationary I have!
I love pretty aesthetic notes but my work won’t necessarily be so. I’ll be focusing on being neat rather than calligraphy for example. I want to encourage more people to be proud of their work whatever it looks like.
Of course to make my own studyblr I’ve been following more than a couple of existing ones! @studyquill @studysection @emmastudies @softtblanket @academic @studylustre @cactaestudies @ghiblistudyy @k-studynet @iridescent-studies @areistotle @classicalstudies
I love these blogs and a lot of others I haven’t written but I hope to meet you all!
I went into the American Gods tag hoping to find some good gif/aesthetic posts and I’m met with raging misogyny and literal worship of a god who’s done many awful things (and in fact, continues to do so.)
-The point of Laura Moon is that she’s not a cute, pretty passive woman we adore because she’s ~~~~good and kind. She is a strong, assertive bad bitch (and I mean this in the best possible way) who will do as she damn pleases because people around her are incompetent. She is not here to be a fantasy.
-If you come at me with “but you hate her guts!” I will say, yes, of course I do. It took dying for her to grow some humanity and love Shadow. But that doesn’t mean I don’t like or understand her character. I’m happy that we’re getting this fleshed out Laura who stands out way more than she does in the book where she’s practically just a plot device.
-We’re dying for strong female characters on TV, but the moment she uses her agency to either ruin a ship or even slightly inconveniences a well-loved male character we hear people tear her down. I can’t explain how misogynistic that is, or how heart breaking that women are the ones ripping her apart for being a woman.
-This episode was necessary for plot and drama. We learned so much about Mad Sweeney and Laura, and the reveal about who caused the accident in the penultimate episode of the season sets up the tension beautifully; we now know that Odin is here to fuck shit up no matter the cost, and Shadow is in a lot of trouble. Sweeney’s struggle over the coin at the end was so bittersweet knowing what he’s done, what he wants and what he owes.
-The idea that Sweeney is connected to Laura by her ancestor/a woman who parallels her strengthens this weird relationship they have. It also raises some questions about gods, worshippers and what each side owes.
Per your top 5 favorite characters list, why Ginny? I love her too, just curious what in particular put her in your number one spot. Love your blog, btw!
Honestly my top 5 varies based on how I feel when I get up in the morning. I honestly can’t choose a single character most of the time.
But I do love Ginny dearly.
She’s smart, witty, and friendly, and what’s not to love about that?
But more than that, I think she is an incredibly strong woman who comes into her own over the course of the series.
From the very beginning, she’s impressive. How many 11-year-old girls could escape from Voldemort’s control like she did when she got rid of the diary? How many 11-year-old girls could go through what she did and come out on the other side without completely falling apart? From the very start, she’s a survivor.
A lot of people complained that she wasn’t included enough in the books (though she’s mentioned more often than most people realize), and I would love to have seen more of her story too. On the other hand, I also love that she has her own thing going on in the background. She grows into this amazing self-assured woman, and we as readers get only glimpses of that transition. There are all of these wonderful little moments, her developing independent friendships, her sharing a joke with Harry. One of my particular favorites is when Ron suggests she goes to the ball with Harry. She had already accepted Neville’s invitation to go as friends, but to be completely honest, Neville would have understood if she ditched him. But she didn’t. This is a 13-year-old girl who has just been handed her crush on a silver platter, and she turns the opportunity down because she already has a date.
This is the girl who Fred and George were both impressed with and slightly afraid of. And that alone says a great deal about Ginny.
As we get into OP, I love that Ginny is even more confident. She stands up for both Luna and Neville, and that absolutely matters. She also shows that, regardless of her feelings for Harry, she’s still going to stand up to him. She calls him out on his shit when she thinks he needs it, but she’s also there to listen to him when he just needs someone to listen. OP shows Ginny’s ability to connect with Harry emotionally, and give him exactly what he needs. I love that she has the emotional intelligence to deal with both Harry and her friends. She’s down-to-earth, but she also injects some much-needed positivity into Harry’s life.
In HBP, we get to see even more of Ginny. I genuinely like the way the subplots with Ginny’s boyfriend were handled. Ron’s annoyance seemed perfectly in-character, but I love how Ginny and her relationships basically deconstructed the idea that Ron has a voice in her dating life. Not only does she repeatedly fire back and assert her independence, she challenges the hypocrisy and makes it clear that her business is not her brothers’ business. And I love Ginny for giving zero credence to the idea that her brothers had a vote in her dating life.
Hi friends!! This is the launch of the official tumblr for my book, Lifting The Curtain!!
I realized I had yet to actually make a place where all of my information on my book can live in one place. Throughout the process of finishing my book (that will hopefully be released on August 31st!! Fingers crossed), I’ll be posting updates and teasers to content and answering any questions people have about the book.
For those who may not know me, my name is Phoenix and this is a book about gay love. It’s a bit more detailed than that, of course, but basically this book focuses on Sherlock Holmes and John Watson as characters from the original canon by Arthur Conan Doyle, all the way to BBC Sherlock today. There’s an untold history behind the LGBT identity of these characters and these stories overall that demands to be told 130 years later.
Huge thank you to James krispy-bits for designing the cover of this that you can see in the side bar!! I adore you and I can’t thank you enough for helping me out.
You can learn more about my book in the about page of this blog and feel free to send me any asks with questions you might have.
hey guys so i’ve been thinking about starting a book club for a while now because however much i love reading ( which is a lot ), it’s always more fun if you can talk about and discuss the books you’re reading with other people. this will also help me - and hopefully you guys as well - with wider reading for english literature based courses as well as just general enjoyment.
my current plan with this book club would be to gather a few members (read below on how to join) and then set up a group for us to communicate through. we would then choose our first book and set a date to read it by and then during the process and afterwards we would have a friendly chat and discussion about it. i would like to also make it a place to make other book recs as well as a nice place to get to know new people.
because one reason for me setting this up would be to enhance my wider reading for my A level and future English Literature courses, i would focus on more classics and ‘highly regarded’ books rather than a focus on YA books for example. that doesn’t mean these kind of books aren’t open for discussion and involvement in the club ( i will talk to anyone about my love of the twilight series ) but they just won’t be the main focus of the club.
How To Join
it’s simple, just send me a message with your name, age, level of study and the titles of three books you love and once i get 10+ people i will try to find the best way to set up the club itself and get started. any questions just message me xx
Speaking of having it both ways, if Lyanna wasn’t kidnapped she’s a terrible person.
She fled Robert because of his whoring, because she knew he would always have other women, because she knew he would shame her.
So she ran off with Rhaegar, who was married, and became Elia’s other woman.
There is no glorious ending here where Lyanna is both unharmed and in the right. She either went with Rhaegar willingly, and stayed with him when he annulled his marriage and shamed Elia, when he told her her family was dying in horrific ways, when he rode off to fight her family, or she was kidnapped.
She’s the daughter of a lord, she knows what tends to happen when the succession is in question. Did Rhaegar intend to send old-Aegon to the Wall? The Faith? The Citadel? He couldn’t stay with Elia, even as a bastard, he needs to be dealt with or he will threaten new-Aegon’s inheritance, will threaten civil war to break the kingdoms apart and kill thousands.
Was Rhaegar going to legitimize Rhaenys and then marry her to new-Aegon? He’s shaming Elia and all of Dorne and sending the mother of his child away. I wonder what Rhaenys would have thought of losing her mother?
So is this the man that Lyanna fell in love with? A man willing to rip a toddler away from her mother (because Elia can’t stay in Kings Landing, lets not delude ourselves), a man willing to send his own son to the Wall or the Faith or the Citadel because he has the wrong mother, a man willing to throw his wife out the moment someone better comes alone?
Or is Lyanna still the ‘love is sweet, dear Ned, but it cannot change a man’s nature’ girl we were told she is?
Rhaegar cannot escape it. He cast his wife and son aside like garbage. Good people do not do that.
Lyanna could, but so many people are determined that, no, Lyanna is a terrible person too. Let her have her romance, and ruin her soul. She did to Elia what she escaped when she fled Robert. She did to Elia’s son what she wanted to prevent with her own.
If she did that, she isn’t a good person.
Edit (because people can’t read): Everyone here is aware of how old show!Lyanna was relative to book!Lyanna, right? If not, here’s some help. Ned was 40 in Season One (298 AC). Robert’s Rebellion happened in 283 AC. Lyanna is ~two years younger than Ned.
So, again. If your argument is “but love” and a quick sidestep of the disaster that followed, if you’ve decided you want your love story more than you want Lyanna’s character, if you’ve decided that when I say ‘of course Lyanna would never do that, she’s a good person’ your reply is “SHE WAS IN LOVE” here’s your post.
Here is Part 1, that contains long explanations to the most common Ouija board questions. Here is the next part, which are questions I get about weekly and don’t really need long explanations.
~Do pets have spirits?
Not like people do. I’ve written about this a few times. Spirits can shapeshift to look like whatever they want, and they can definitely look like dogs or cats. Living people like to look like dogs and cats, so do dead ones.
~Can pets see spirits?
For sure. Just don’t think that anytime your dog barks at nothing or your cat stares at a corner that it’s a spirit, they could be just playpretending.
~What is pendulum dowsing?
I get asked this A LOT, since it’s a really fun, really easy method to talk to spirits by yourself. I have a video demonstration of it.
~Why is it so bad to play alone?
Well, I mean, it isn’t bad but it’s not safe. Spirits need your energy to move the planchette, and the more people there are to give energy, the easier the spirit can do their thing. If you’re the only one giving all your energy, then you could wind up really drained and exhausted, plus you’re allowing the spirit to have lots of control of your body and mind.
~If I’m depressed, but it’s under control, can I still play?
I suggest that people who are undergoing depression not play because the spirit could easily trigger you or worsen your depression for their amusement, and I don’t want to be responsible for encouraging people to play to have them wind up very ill or worse. But if you feel like it’s under control, of course you can play. Rule of thumb: if you feel okay to play, play, if not, don’t.
~How can I talk to a loved one if I shouldn’t use the Ouija board to do so?
Contact a psychic medium.
~How can I remember my past life?
Try past life regression, which is a mediative/hypnotic state where you can remember some of your previous life. It’s not something I recommend though, since you’ll remember your last moments first, and remembering what it feels like to die is awful.
~How do I meditate?
Get comfortable, relax, and stop thinking.
~How can I make a protection spell to keep me safe?
Get something that makes you feel safe. Boom, protected. It can be a pillow, or a book, or the Hamilton cast recording, or a reallly good friend.
~How do I start a Ouija board session?
Say whatever you want. You don’t have to “warm up” the board by moving the planchette in circles, or say a rhyming chant like they do in the movie. Do whatever.
~Do homemade Ouija boards work?
Absoluely. Get a pen, paper, and something to use for a planchette (like an upside down glass, a blank CD, or just cut one out of a piece of paper) and you’re in business.
~What are shadow people?
Spirits that have halfway manifested. They are not good or bad, they’re just spirits. They look scary, because I mean, shadow people, but that doesn’t make them bad.
~How do you feel about:
The Psychic Twins: They are awful. They make predictions that are based on fear mongering, and say terrible things about people who have died.
The Warrens: These were two investigators who let their faith dictate their conclusions. They very much believed that all spirits came from the Devil, and therefore every kind of haunting was demonic. They sensationalized a lot of their stories in order to sell more books and movie rights. Do NOT trust people who will not look at both sides of something; if someone says something is demonic and refuses to think logically about another outcome, do not listen to them.
Long Island Medium: Theresa is lovely! She is a psychic medium, which is more than what I do, and she really does talk to her clients with love and support. Of course the show is scripted, and places her in situations that have clearly been planned, but that’s just how TV works. I don’t mind TV mediums as long as they speak respectfully of those who have passed and don’t treat the people they talk to as payroll.
Ghost Adventures: This is my favorite ghost show, mostly becuase they spend a lot of time debunking evidence. That being said, there are obvious experiences they have faked, and that’s because they have to put something on TV if they didn’t get enough exciting evidence. Recently I visited a place they investigated to find that a lot of the facts they presented about the location weren’t true and just sensationalized rumors, so don’t believe everything they say.
I’m finally getting around to sharing some thoughts about seeing Hillary in London at the Southbank Centre. Also, this is going to be long.
First I want to reiterate @vodkastinger‘s sentiments about feeling sad. The experience was very double and I too felt a bit deflated and disappointed afterwards. Of course it was great seeing her live and being in the same room with her, and Hillary was her usual great self. However, it was a large event with 2500 people and that did make it rather impersonal and distant. We had the best seats available at the time I managed to get into the system to book the tickets but they weren’t so close that Hillary seemed real. Yes, she was real but half of the time I was watching her on the big screen instead of on the stage because she was so far away and little on the stage. That added to the surreal feeling because it was more like watching her on TV than being there for real.
I have to rewatch the interview but I felt like the interviewer was a bit patronizing and belittling at times, while also being friendly and all that, but there was something that didn’t make for the kind of conversation I have seen at other times. Hillary of course was great as usual; brilliant, inspirational, smart, passionate, and funny but from the parts I have seen of her interview at Cheltenham the day before I think that one was much better and had a different vibe to it (minus the part about “the one time you let me down”). Hillary did seem tired on Sunday so maybe that played a part as well, in combination with a different kind of vibe because of the person interviewing her.
However, even though the experience was a bit deflating (and of course we can’t have it all, a book signing would have been amazing as it would have meant having the chance to get close to her and actually look her in the eyes but we can’t have it all), there are also positives I want to underline. The excitement in general of being able to see her live, it’s not like she does a lot of events in Europe (although considering the ones she did were more than successful I’d say so maybe she’ll return for more and people do honestly want to hear her opinion and love to see her) so that alone is cause for excitement, having had the chance to her speak live is amazing. The moment she walked onto stage people couldn’t be quicker to jump up to give her a standing ovation, the love and admiration for her was palpable in the room; 2500 people applauding for her created an amazing energy and feeling of love. Throughout the interview people kept applauding, yelling, whistling, anything to show appreciation for what she was saying; the energetic feeling of love continued until the end when she walked off the stage. It was over rather suddenly though and she was gone from the stage so quickly, it soon felt like a dream.
One moment from the interview that stuck with me was when she answered one of the questions the audience had tweeted about how she would like to see herself in the history books. She was reluctant to answer but then stated clearly that she sees herself as a leader of the feminist movement from the 60s until present day to then go into a passionate reiteration of her conviction that equal rights for women and girls is the unfinished business of this century. I loved how she went from saying not wanting to think about how history will see her to fully embracing her role as a feminist leader, veering into one of the causes she is passionate about.
Something else that struck me was the feeling of comradery and sisterhood. The woman sitting next to me saying she liked my nasty woman shirt and that she had a pin but lost it. The girl handing us our books saying she liked all three of our shirts. The blogger we met afterwards (feel free to say hi *waves*). The woman we briefly talked to afterwards who raised her first for Hillary sisters all over Europe. The men we saw with Hillary pins. The other people that came and went while we hung around waiting for her to come out. The new friend I made the next day while I was at the ITV studio who started talking to me because of my shirt. Meeting with @gefiltefishwhereareweonthis and @vodkastinger. Even the teens (I assume) outside after the event who we were waiting to see a glimpse of the pantsuit. There was a sense of excitement and love for her all over the place that brought all of us together for a brief moment in time.
Sure I’m disappointed that this was it and maybe I’ll never get a chance to see her anymore. I’m disappointed there was no book signing event. I’m disappointed I didn’t manage to get tickets for Graham Norton because at least that would have been a more intimate event (and in the end with her delay I wouldn’t have been able to stay anyway because I would have missed my flight back home, leaving the studio would probably have been a bigger disappointment than not getting in at all). I’m disappointed there was no possibility whatsoever to have a more personal experience, even if that would only have been getting the book signed because that would have been more than enough. As it is now, it feels surreal and she still feels like an untouchable person far away. Nonetheless, I’m grateful for having been there, for having seen her in the flesh, for having heard her speak, for having felt the love and appreciation for her, for sisterhood, and grateful for Hillary for being who she is.
I guess all that is left to say is that I won’t give up hope that there will be another chance to see her, be it in Europe, the US, or elsewhere. In the meantime there’s a video to rewatch from the even I was at, and all the other videos I haven’t gotten around to watching yet.
Could you write why Tom would be a good roke model/inspiration 😍
May I please use this opportunity to talk about one of the greatest things I think Tom Felton has done for the HP community throughout the years? I always wanted to say it but didn’t know how to put it into words, I still don’t but I’m gonna try anyway, so bear with me anon :)
I started reading HP when I was 11 (back in 2000), and for the most part of my years of obsession with the books, I felt isolated, bullied and silenced because of my interest in morally ambiguous characters like Snape and Draco.
Back in that time, you wouldn’t feel safe to let others know you like Draco Malfoy. It’d give them a reason to bully you. If you blurted out that you like Draco, then you had to start justifying your interest in him, which was a very tiring task for someone so young. They’d say but Draco is a jerk. He treats Harry horribly. He’s a snot. He’s a supremacist. He’s morally corrupt. And all I really wanted them to understand was that, yes but he’s INTERESTING.
I think it’s a dangerous thing when people trust the moral point of view in a work of fiction, because more often than not, it’s not consistent. You are naturally inclined to sympathize with the protagonist and side against the antagonist, but what if the protagonist isn’t completely moral and the antagonist is in certain aspects? If you put too much value and trust into morals of fictional characters, you’d be deeply conflicted and led astray.
We shouldn’t be forced to justify our interest in Draco by trying to find moral values in him. Just the fact that he’s an interesting character to us with lots of potential for development should be enough. Just bc I like Draco doesn’t mean I’m gonna turn into him. There should be a clear distinction bw FICTION and REAL WORLD. I don’t take morality lessons from fictions, I don’t trust the writer to be any more knowledgeable about morality than I am. I read books to stretch my imagination, to avoid closed narratives, to escape the dreary dullness of the real life. Of course I learn many things from books but I don’t put any trust in the morality of the characters. It’s not even interesting anyway.
Now what did Tom Felton do? He stopped the bullying.
You rarely see people hating on Draco like the old days (young fans are very comfortable to say ‘I love Draco’ on social media). I’m pretty sure the children today reading HP have a completely different experience than what I did back then. There are A LOT of fans who love Draco now, and aren’t afraid to admit it, and I’m gonna say it’s mostly to do with Tom. I’ve seen people trying to make a point that liking Draco because of Tom’s attractiveness and charming antics is wrong. But I’d say as long as people are free to express their interests in fictional characters without being bullied for it, it doesn’t matter how and why. Tom’s love for Draco made accepting Draco a lot easier for those who wanted to like him but were conflicted to do so because of moral values. I’ll be forever grateful to his love and support for Draco. I’d rather fans look up to Tom’s open-mindedness and appreciation of every taste and ship in the fandom, than say, JK Rowling’s own brand of bullying by shunning fans for liking Draco simply bc she didn’t like him and didn’t intend to write him in a way that some readers would find him interesting.
The intention of the author is irrelevant. The only thing that matters is how readers interpret the work, and that’s why fandoms are created: to have an outlet to discuss your own interpretation of the work. Still, the interpretation needs to take sth from the canon to have any relevance, and I’d say for many, having Tom as that element to support their interest in Draco was a very appealing option.
So, Tom Felton’s love and appreciation for Draco and also the Slytherin House helped create a safe zone for younger fans to easily share their interest in a character and a House that are marginalized and shunned by the books and the majority of readers. The HP community owes a lot to Tom for the spread of tolerance and understanding, in my opinion.
This is of course one aspect of Tom’s inspiring personality. Other things I like about him is his laid-back attitude which in turn allows him to be genuine, energetic, open-minded, polite, funny and all-around nice and pleasant. I’ve had a number of carefully hand-picked crushes throughout the years, but somehow this 15-year-old crush doesn’t seem to go away any time soon, and I think it has everything to do with the kind of man Tom Felton continues to be.