seven seconds to make a first impression

anonymous asked:

I saw someone wrote a meta about Jon x Dany being involved in a second Dance of the Dragons. I personally thought that would be Dany v. fAegon. They said that there's surmountable evidence in the books that to resolve the North's rebellion against Jon bc he's a Targaryen, he would have to marry Sansa. I'm trying to wrap my head around it so can you comment on this theory?

Well, while I do think there’s evidence leading towards a second Dance, you’re right in that it’s leading towards Aegon, not Jon.

A cloth dragon swayed on poles amidst a cheering crowd… . mother of dragons, slayer of lies … (Daenerys IV, ACOK)

“No. Hear me, Daenerys Targaryen. The glass candles are burning. Soon comes the pale mare, and after her the others. Kraken and dark flame, lion and griffin, the sun’s son and the mummer’s dragon. Trust none of them. Remember the Undying. Beware the perfumed seneschal.” (Daenerys II, ADWD)

Aegon is the mummer’s dragon, and Varys (the perfumed seneschal) is the mummer. While Jon and Daenerys both worked to get where they are, earning their roles in the story, Aegon just sort of jumped in out of nowhere. He’s GRRM’s critique of the copy-and-paste chosen one that shows up so often in fantasy. He’s the perfect prince, destined to rule, and he swoops in to take over the storyline that he thinks is the most important: the war for the Iron Throne.

Jon, in many ways, is his stark opposite (I think I’m hilarious shut up). He’s one of the few characters whose story isn’t involved in the game of thrones, instead focusing on the Others and the threat they present to humanity; he doesn’t actively pursue leadership, nor was he ever specifically prepared for it, but when the situation calls for it he proves himself capable; and, most importantly, Jon knows that he isn’t entitled to anything. Aegon may have been raised around smallfolk, but unlike Jon and Daenerys, he grew up steadfastly believing that he was born to rule.

“She’ll be willing.” Prince Aegon sounded shocked. It was plain that he had never before considered the possibility that his bride-to-be might refuse him. “You don’t know her.” He picked up his heavy horse and put it down with a thump. (Tyrion VI, ADWD)

It’s not Aegon’s fault that he’s been told lies as far back as he can remember, just like it isn’t his fault that he doesn’t have the same experience Jon got in the Watch or Dany got traveling over Essos. He is completely under the impression that he is the son of Rhaegar Targaryen, the Last Dragon, and the rightful heir to the Seven Kingdoms. It just so happens that he’s wrong.

With this in mind, it just wouldn’t make sense for Jon to be the target in the second Dance when Aegon exists. While Jon’s arc parallels Dany’s, Aegon has deliberately been set up to hijack her entire story.

In regards to the Northern lords rebelling against Jon, that would first require that his parentage be made common knowledge, and that seems rather unlikely. Those who know the truth already (meaning Benjen and Howland) have been keeping it secret for years, and I highly doubt Jon will be in a hurry to discuss it with… well, anyone. I know a lot of people think the mystery surrounding his birth is supposed to be a huge game-changer, but that’s not actually the point. The relevance of R + L = J isn’t that it makes Jon royalty, it’s the effect it will have on him. Rhaegar and Lyanna’s history is tragic no matter how you look at it, and its significance will probably be kept between Jon and his family.

Psychic Abilities Of The Aura & Chakras

The human body comes with a built-in processing unit that makes it possible for us to receive intuitive messages from angels, spirit guides and our surroundings. It is known as the energy body; we can flex its muscles by working with the aura and the chakras in daily meditations.

The chakras regulate the flow of life force energy in the physical, mental and emotional bodies. We can send healing to different spheres of life through the chakras, as they each govern a different aspect, for example, community, appetite for life, or personal power. They are also the filters through which we receive psychic impressions from the universe.

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The Smutty Dragon Age Fanfiction Contest results are in!

The winners of the raffle are:

 1. @scumbag-solas 

 2. @maebyrutherford 

3. @tragicamente 

 And the winners of the writing contest are: 

1. @blustersquall - Two Years, Seven Months, Twenty One Days

2. @halfblood-fiend - Quenching Thirst in the Western Approach

3. (tie) @drinkyourjuicerodriguez - Chocolates

and @shiftylooking-cow - Une Fete dans Mon Pantalon

 Congratulations to all winners! With so many fantastic entries, it was excruciating to pare them down to so few prizes. I added a second runner up slot because I couldn’t decide, but there were seven others that were highly considered, including one from a first time fic writer (!!). I was so impressed by the overall quality of the entries!

A huge thank you to everyone who participated in the contest. I hope you all enjoyed reading the wonderful smut, and will enjoy seeing the art based on it! Make sure to send me a quick note if you won a prize. :)

The Abenaki warriors were fascinated by the French siege works and great artillery pieces at Fort William Henry in August 1757. ‘They were constantly around our gunners because they admired their dexterity. But their admiration was not passive. They wanted to try everything to make themselves more useful. They said they wished to become cannoniers; so they could distinguish themselves. After having fired a cannon for himself, and hitting a corner of the fort one had achieved his goal.’ Impressed with his skill the French gunners tried to persuade him to try another shot but he refused. With his fellow warriors looking on with admiration 'he said the reason for his refusal was that the first was so perfect he did not want to hazard the glory in a second attempt’. Art by Graham Turner.

anonymous asked:

Advice on how to be the classiest and most sophisticated version of yourself?:)

-Manners are always nice. I know it may be cliche, but there is nothing better than someone that knows how to say please and thank you.

-Be intelligent. You may not be the smartest person in the world, but that doesn’t mean that you cannot read, learn, and take the time to be genuinely interested in things. 

-Help others. See if you can do at least one good deed a day to brighten someone’s day. Compliment others. If you see someone in need, be sure to lend a helping hand, ear, or a bowl of ice cream if need be. 

-“Dressing well is a form of good manners.” -Tom Ford: This may seem obvious, but first impressions are formed in seven seconds and you only have one opportunity to make that impression a lasting one. 

-Ask for help. Don’t ever feel that you will be looked down upon for not knowing the answer. It takes an educated person to accept help from others. 

-Do not let the world make you bitter. People will walk all over you, lie, cheat and manipulate, but what they cannot take away from you is your passion for life, strength, determination, kind heart, bravery, and courage that allows you to rise above the negativity. 

Remember that sophistication is not in the clothes that you wear, the money in your bank account, or the degree hanging on your wall. Sophistication is about knowing who you are, where you are going, and not letting anyone stop you from accomplishing those goals.