The theatre at Hierapolis was built in the second century AD under the Roman Emperor Hadrian during a period of extensive rebuilding following a devastating earthquake in 60 AD. It was later renovated under Septimus Severus (193-211 AD). At this time, the scaenae frons was modified and decorated with elaborate limestone and marble carvings. Although the exterior is relatively unassuming as viewed from the front, the interior contains one of Anatolia’s most complete and best-preserved collection of Greco-Roman theatre decorations. In 343 AD the scaenae was renovated and the orchestra was altered so that it could hold aquatic displays. In the later years of the Roman Empire the orchestra was converted into a cellar. Renovation work since 1977 has restored many of the arches and a portion of the stage floor. Prior to this date, the stage as well as its arched support system lay in ruins. Recent archaeological evidence shows that the theatre was in use through the 5th and into the 6th century AD. In 532 AD the scaenae, which had been weakened by seismic activity, was repaired.
1) Get a clear box. A pretty one from an antique store or second hand store is best
2) Collect items associated with your intent such as: seashells, shark teeth, sea glass, coral, crystals, dried herbs or flowers, driftwood, or lava rock
3) Fill the bottom of the box with sand or sea salt and place your collected items inside
4) Find a shell which has a hole that can be filled and essential oils of your choice. I chose jasmine, rosemary, and eucalyptus for awareness and truth in a relationship
5) You can use a piece of tissue rolled up, fabric scraps, or cotton balls as your diffuser. Drop your essential oil combination (you only need 1 drop per oil, or 2 for a lighter scent) onto your diffuser padding. Then stuff this inside the shell. Be careful not you get the oils on your hands because it could cause an allergic reaction. You could use a stick or pencil to push it inside. Don’t push the padding too far into the shell or you wont be able to remove it.
Leave the lid to your diffuser box open to scent your space or keep it closed to charge the items inside. You can place a stone, charm, sigil, or other object you wish to charge with you intent inside the box.
An alternative is to use sage essential oil and use sea salt instead of sand. The items inside the box will be cleansed
That 'its lexa' scene killed me, like, clarke looks like she's about to break into pieces....
That scene is as brief as it’s impactful and excruciating. For Clarke, it’s the climax of an emotional journey she had to endure throughout the whole episode and it’s raw to watch and experience and it just leaves me so heartbroken for her.
From the beginning of the episode, we see her being emotionally hammered down again and again and again: Jasper telling her she deserves to die, ALIE!Raven bringing up all her ghosts and making her feel even guiltier about Lexa’s death, Jasper again rejecting her apology. She has her walls up, hasn’t let them down since Lexa’s death, but It’s evident that this all weighs down on her heavily. What makes her especially fragile in this episode is that she has no chance for escapism. Ever since Lexa died, Clarke has kept herself busy/distracted with things she must do, right? First, it’s making sure Aden wins the Conclave and that he honors Lexa’s wish of having Skaikru join the Coalition and being protected. She literally rejects Aden’s offer of having a private moment with Lexa’s body.
She can’t do that, she can’t deal with that pain just yet, it’s too fresh and overwhelming. Having that moment would mean having to process Lexa’s death, having to embrace grief, which she’s not ready to do. Her only option is to ignore it, to hide from it.
After Ontari kills Aden and all the Natblida, Clarke’s focus shifts to making sure Ontari doesn’t become Commander, taking the Flame to Luna and protecting the Flame with her life. It’s her drive throughout 3B. There’s an interesting single-mindedness that characterizes her throughout the rest of the season. She needs to focus on this mission, there is little room for anything else. If she stopped, even for a minute, her feelings would be impossible to avoid. It’s a defense mechanism. She shuts the door on grief and clings to what she has: a distraction (the never-ending list of concerns she has to deal with), a hopeless hope that not everything is lost (the Flame).
But then we get to 311.
It’s a peculiar kind of episode, for most of its runtime taking place in a closed environment. But not only that: in this episode, for a long time the characters are forced to stall. There are few exceptions (Octavia and Monty), but for almost the whole episode we are stuck at Niylah’s trading post with the characters, who are racking their brains as they try to find a solution to save Raven, and waiting. Because there is nowhere to rush to, nothing they can do. Nothing Clarke can do. Even when they devise a plan to try and fry the chip, it’s someone else who has to go out and find what they need to carry out the task, not her. She is, quite simply, stuck. Not only physically, but she is stuck with her thoughts and her feelings. And that has consequences of course.
As I said before, we see Clarke getting progressively closer and closer to her breaking point. She first snaps after the continuous hits at her heart by ALIE!Raven, when she reminds her of all the people that died because of her. That it’s not really Clarke’s fault is irrelevant, Clarke feels that guilt and bears it constantly, and in a moment as tense and delicate as that one, it brings her to lash out. What’s interesting to me is that it’s not an immediate reaction. ALIE!Raven first uses Wells, Charlotte, and Finn and while clearly still affected, Clarke recognizes ALIE!Raven’s strategy and manages to mostly ignore her. But then, she mentions Lexa, and Clarke’s reaction is entirely different. (x)
It’s so different from her previous strained attempts at ignoring what is being said to her that even ALIE notices it, with that head tilt she does when she’s learning something new. Clarke here doesn’t even try to pretend she’s not affected by Lexa’s mention. She directly goes and tells ALIE!Raven to shut up. She looks up the second she hears Lexa’s name, her glare is deadly, her words are seething. She doesn’t wanna hear this, she can’t hear this. Also! This isn’t the first time someone told her she was responsible for Lexa’s death, with Titus telling her he pulled the trigger but it was her fault. You can bet that had a great impact on Clarke and made her only more sensitive to ALIE!Raven’s words.
And the comment about her father’s death is the last straw. So we get her lashing out and literally trying to gag Raven so she doesn’t have to hear this any longer.
The heartbreaking thing is that she pretty much gets no respite. Bellamy takes her place in the room with Raven, but Jasper is immediately there to remind her about Mt Weather and how she killed all those people and Maya. She’s literally on the verge of tears when he rejects her apology and roughly pushes past her.
All this shows she is incredibly close to reaching her limit. All that tension and pain and guilt is like a fire simmering inside her, a fire she has no way to cool down because as I said, she is deprived of almost any distraction. She spends the episode being reminded of what she did and most importantly, of what, who, she lost.
So when Jasper grabs the Flame and is ready to destroy it, Clarke’s walls shatter. Faced with the possibility of losing yet another thing extremely important to her, she has no way of shutting down her pain and grief any longer. (x)
She panics when she realizes what Jasper is about to do. She is frantic in trying to get the Flame back, desperation is written all over her. The possibility of losing the one part of Lexa she has left propels forward that fire of pain and grief. Lexa is gone, this is all she has left of her, and she can’t bear to lose that too. All her restraint, her imposed control over her emotions, is useless in this brief moment. And so…
She doesn’t use logic to try to stop Jasper, it’s her heart here begging him to not take Lexa from her. It’s raw, it’s charged with every emotion ranging from despair to heartbreak, it’s harrowing. For this brief moment, Clarke is stripped down, emotionally bare and vulnerable. She doesn’t avoid her grief, she embraces it. She even arrives to relive details of the moment Lexa died.
Oh, and that “I’m not–” she says immediately after, right before pausing and figuring out how to save Raven. That breaks my heart because I can’t help but wonder what she was going to say. “I’m not making this up… I’m not lying… I’m not crazy.” She needs Jasper to believe her because otherwise, she is going to lose that part of Lexa she still has, however small. The fact that her reaction is so intense and heart-wrenching is only a proof of just how much she loves Lexa and of how much pain and sorrow her death caused to Clarke.
And when eventually Jasper gives the Flame back to her, Clarke treats it like something incredibly precious. She cradles it in her hands, she brings it close to her chest, almost protectively, she keeps her eyes set on it, she is extremely careful in putting it back in the case. She takes her time with everything and if you look at the scene, you can see that from the moment she gets the Flame back to when she places it back in the case, it’s almost like it’s just Clarke and the Flame. She focuses only on that. She’s still got it, she can still hold on to it, to Lexa. And it’s a thin consolation, yes. It’s probably more painful than relieving, because the Flame is at the end of the day a reminder that Lexa is dead and Clarke lost her.
Clarke is grieving and she should be allowed to go through every stage of her grief, but unfortunately, that is not the case with her. Everything she is feeling is written on her face, every unresolved, painful emotion tied to Lexa’s death. But the moment is gone, and with one last look, she collects herself as best as she can and she goes back to her mission. (x)
To me, this is one of the things that make this entire scene even more devastating. We get a glimpse at the enormity of the pain that Clarke is feeling, we see every visceral emotion she is hiding behind her mask of stoicism, but she isn’t allowed to properly deal with it, and thus, to heal.
Anyway, I made myself sad. To cut it short, the main point of all this is that Clarke loved Lexa immensely and this scene proves it.
Princes are dull. I’d be bored to death traipsing off to royal balls and in a foul mood because I would be cinched into a scratchy gown and wearing the latest fashionable shoes - something ungodly painful and foolish like glass slippers. I’d rather dream of a Green Man with horns or a margrave with pretty scars and a lovely body.”
“And if you wake up to find one in your bed? Will you run screaming for help?”
She gave an indelicate snort. “Hardly. I know a good thing when I see it. I’d skive him sideways.”
Personally? No. I just don’t see it at all. I do know that lots of other people headcanon him to at least be “heteroflexible,” because he never seems bothered by the implication that he’s not straight, or because he’s a very accepting and liberally educated and open-minded kind of guy. And on a gut reaction level, for me personally, all that means is he’s not a dick, you know? He’s not upset about people thinking he’s queer because in his thinking, there’s nothing wrong or shameful about being queer. That’s just being a decent human being, and not actually evidence that he’s queer himself.
There’s also the overwhelming amount of subtext supporting a queer reading of Dean that’s most often played up against the fact that Sam lacks any of that queer subtext entirely. He’s often written as the literal straight man to contrast and highlight the queercoding written into Dean’s actions.
A lot has already been written about this, but I think one of the best collections of posts on the subject is this:
I’m constantly referring back to this series as an excellent primer on subtext and queercoding. It’s very thorough, and a fascinating read.
At the end of the day, this is one of those things that I just feel on a personal level. Sam’s casual acceptance, the fact that this stuff just rolls off his back and doesn’t seem to bother him at all, is not my experience. At all. And one of the articles linked under that slash and subtext series above is about exactly this. Gaydar, or in this case I guess bi-fi. Sometimes you just see yourself in a character and identify in every possible way.
For years I DID react exactly like Dean at any implication (even jokes) that I might not be straight. It took me years to realize that my defensiveness and discomfort was because I felt threatened by those statements, not because they were wrong, but because they were fucking on point. It felt like being outed, because I was terrified of being outed.
Sam just doesn’t demonstrate that fear, because it’s not actually something he’s afraid of. Not because he’s an enlightened human being who feels completely safe being open and comfortable about being queer, because he grew up in the same toxically masculine hunter dudebro environment as Dean did. He grew up feeling like the outsider at their school of the week, never really fitting in before being dragged off to the next small town. Being queer on top of that? Definitely not something I can imagine someone being able to find easy acceptance with.
Yeah, he did get out, went to college in a liberal-leaning school, would’ve likely had queer friends and found that world a lot more open and accepting than the roadhouses and dive bars and hunter culture he was raised in. But that would’ve also given him some sort of self-awareness about the vast cultural differences between the world of hunting and the world of a private university in one of the most queer-friendly areas in the world. I think if anything it would’ve increased his sensitivity to the sometimes antagonistic suggestion that he and/or Dean are queer.
To Sam, those comments aren’t a threat, because he’s confident they don’t apply to him. Compare that to the times he’s been called a “freak,” or “monster,” or “evil.” Those hit him where it hurts, because he believes or believed in the past that they were true. Queer, or gay, or bi don’t freak him out.
I think he’d probably be genuinely flattered if a man flirted with him, but I can’t really see him flirting back in a more than academically interested sort of way.
But obviously that’s just my reading on the situation. I know that there’s folks out there who for funsies like to headcanon EVERYONE as queer, because heck WHY NOT?! And I SUPPORT THAT 100%. Write all the fic with queer Sam. Write all the stories where EVERY LAST DAMN CHARACTER IS GAY. I will stand atop that pile of books waving a huge rainbow flag. But if we’re talking about in-canon, I don’t read Sam as anything other than straight, but 100% supportive of everyone’s orientation. He’d be the first one lining up to punch homophobes in the face, and I’m glad of it. :P
More music! 🦇 I have updated my big playlist of songs and created a second one for easier listening. The music is not strictly goth rock but the kind gothy folk will enjoy. Both lists range from classics to new favourites, so there’s loads to choose from!
Best of Batty Tunes: This is best for finding out which bands you like and which ones you don’t. There is only one album per band: Best of, singles collections, or one full album to give you an idea of their general sound as well as to introduce you to the big hits. The playlist can be found here: https://open.spotify.com/user/spookyloop/playlist/3gqIWx3R9mDrXmpEMlRb8S
Goth-y list: This one is full of entire discographies creating a list of almost 10,000 songs, live recordings and remixes from dozens of goth or otherwise dark-sounding bands. Put it on shuffle, click play, and you’ll have non-stop spooky sounds to last you a month! The playlist can be found here: https://open.spotify.com/user/spookyloop/playlist/1vl4summx0FyEvT98iMZOD
Both of these lists live and will be updated every now and then with new tunes. Enjoy!
My favourite thing happening in Australia right now is so great guys omg. One of our politicians realized he had dual citizenship with New Zealand. He moved here as a baby and legit didn’t know but of course you can’t be in politics with dual citizenship so he stepped down immediately. He was my fav so sad :(
Ok so then later that week another politician stepped down too??? She hadn’t noticed but checked and it turned out she was a dual citizen, so she stepped down.
So now everyone in politics is freaking out/super confused because it appears that like a quarter of our government might have dual citizenship??? But these guys are dicks so no one is stepping down they’re all trying to fight it or sneakily renounce citizenship so they don’t get caught and it’s so amazing like wow no one ever bothered renouncing and we’re a country of immigrants this is cray
And the best part is no one even cares??? Like Australians have collectively shrugged their shoulders and changed the channel on this story. So every week a new pollie is revealed to be ineligible for government and today it’s the deputy prime minister and no one’s batting an eye??? I love Australia. Can you even imagine if like America found out their vice president was illegal??? And we’re down here not caring at all
7 Days by twriter12 AU. It’s been almost a year since the
survivors arrived in Alexandria. In safety and comfort, Rick starts a
new life with Michonne. That happiness is threatened when Rick awakes
from an injury and doesn’t remember his new life.
The Art of Control by avintagekiss24
Maggie Greene has always been Michonne’s
Achilles heel. Whatever the green eyed beauty wants, Michonne usually
gives. So, when Maggie suggests a night out at one of her famous social
mixers, Michonne obliges. Unbeknownst to all, a blue eyed stranger will
shift her actuality from distinct to obscure. Limits will be tested,
desires will be realized, and no one will be left the same.
Bad Thangs by kendrawriter32 Rick and Michonne are putting the pieces back together after
the walker herd hit Alexandria hard, and the losses it brought them.
With Maggie pregnant and the future for them all to consider, Michonne
knows exactly what she wants, and so does Rick. They want each other.
And they will have each other. In as many ways, on as many surfaces, in
as many positions as they can get each other. The only question is who
they’ll hurt, and what plans they’ll derail, in the process. Richonne
smut, with a dash of angsty romance, stirred in with some plot. Enjoy!
Before The ReignTheBaeTide
Set Before ‘Sympathy for the Devil’ and
long before 'Just Call me Lucifer’, this is the story of how Rick
obsessed Rick and flawless Michonne came to be, starting from their
first encounter. AU. No Walkers
Epic Love By: 2violetflower15
Rick and Michonne navigate their way through an unexpected pregnancy. (Set post 6x16, about 4 months after the couch scene.)
Fires by reciprocityfic “Because sometimes fires burn to make
way for something new…something beautiful.” The evolution of Rick and
Michonne’s relationship throughout the course of season seven.
Girls With Brown EyesTheBaeTide
Rick has been stuck in an undesirable
position with his wife for months, and just as it begins to take its
tole on him, he finds a reason to try happiness, over torture
The Great Wait by Nattah_GudgrrlJudith’s baby monitor spills the beans about Rick’s secret feelings for Michonne…Happiness for all my favorite characters! (because I’m a sap who
can’t deal with tragedy very well) Ending with Richonne’s first time.
(Because I need more swirl in my life) Kill me.
Law & Order by love.devil.movies.baby
It was just a normal day at the office
until Michonne looked out the window to see two police officers brawling
in the street. Now she feels compelled to help out the handsome cop
who’s fighting for custody with his cheating wife and best friend. It
should have been a straight forward case, but she and Rick seem to be
spending more time together than necessary…Richonne AU
Me & You
Rick and Michonne enjoy some down time after the events of the mid-season finale.
My Best Friend’s Wedding by cakeby_thepound
Michonne and Rick recently ended a seven-year relationship, and now,
Glenn and Maggie’s wedding is forcing them back together for the first
time since the last time. (Richonne AU.)
Palm Trees by cakeby_thepound
Rick and Michonne have been friends for years. They’ve seen one another
through everything – marriage, divorce, new life, and even death. Now,
as they look to leave the past behind, an island getaway with their
closest friends may prove to be a second chance at life. And a first
chance at romance… if they’re willing to take it. (Richonne AU.)
Red Dirt Road by Siancore AU Richonne. This is focused on teenaged
Richonne. Set in rural Georgia where Michonne has been spending her
summer vacation visiting with family. Both she and Rick meet one day on
Old Route 3 and a surprising friendship blossoms.
Ride by cakeby_thepound
“Every April, the county fair would come into town with a setup like
this,” Rick fondly recalled, surveying the scene around him. He and
Michonne had stumbled onto what was once the campus of a middle school,
where a small carnival had been constructed in its parking lot. They
were supposed to be on a weapons run, but in reality, it’d turned into a
search for anything useful. And if nothing else, schools tended to have
plenty of bathroom tissue and cafeteria food. “We would take Carl,” he
went on to say. “Make a whole weekend out of it.
Seven Days by RickRhymes "She knew, in her gut, if she started
something with Rick, it wasn’t going to end with a one night stand. For
either of them.” Richonne short story. Pre-apocalypse AU.
Something New by dimples33 Ghanaian Princess Michonne Edo Okeke
comes to the US to meet her betrothed Prince Desmond Umaze and to
further her studies and falls in love with another man. (Rick, Michonne,
Lori, Andrea, Maggie, Sasha, Daryl, Shane and others.) AU, No walkers.
After surviving a herd and an explosion with Rick, Michonne feels alive.
Rick, on the other hand, is preoccupied with what could’ve gone wrong.
Despite being constrained by an occupied car, Michonne decides to give
him some of her optimism. Set in 6x09 Rock in the Road.
I’ve been trying to think of the best way to put this for weeks now but I genuinely feel, for the most part, that I have one of the best collections of mutuals. I’m so lucky to be liked by so many genuinely funny and talented people.
Hi Tumblrs, I’ve decided to participate in Inktober this year. This is the first time in forever that I haven’t been furiously drawing a graphic novel, so I figured hey, why not do Inktober? I love ink!
If you want to follow my Inktober attempt, check out my Instagram or my Twitter. I won’t be posting the ink pieces here, altho I’ll probably post a collection of the best ones when the month is over. Here’s my drawing from day 1, one of my favourite comic duos, Squirrel Girl and Nancy Whitehead: