standard and strange


- David Suchet on almost losing the role of Poirot, Poirot’s Last Case panel at Paley Center, June 29, 2014

“I appeared with Peter Ustinov in the CBS film Thirteen at Dinner in 1985, just before I did Iago. I played Inspector Japp. […] Peter and I had talked about Poirot while we were filming. He liked the part because he could bring out what he saw as the comedy in the role, but he knew that he could never play the Poirot that Agatha Christie had originally written. Peter was too large, physically and as a character, for the true Poirot; his own personality got in the way, and he used the accent as part of his comic armoury.
But, during a break in the filming one day, Peter did say to me, ’You could play Poirot, you know, and you would be very good at it.’ It was extremely flattering of him, but I did not take the idea very seriously.”
- David Suchet, Poirot and Me

What if....

What if Marianne was just as horrible at gardening like she is with making boutineers… To fairy standards at least.

Say all fairy children grow up with what flowers to use for this subject or that subject, what plants to avoid and to never ever grow because of their (hideousness) or because they’re ‘poisonous’…

What if Marianne was only good at growing 'weeds’ or 'poisonous’ plants that are popular and common in the dark forest because of their healing ability or good for cooking… And I mean she’s got a green thumb for the dark plants and they thrive under her touch much like flowers and seedlings do under Dawns…

What if the Dark Forest have an annual harvest and planting for these specific things and Bog or Griselda asks for Marianne’s help but she’s embarrassed about her inability to grow plants (thinking of the plants in the light fields) till Dawn let’s it slip to Bog or Griselda and they show her what plants they value…

Just a what if…

@suzie-guru, @magically-strange what do you guys think?

There’s SO MANY positive theories about how before the storm could end that I have my hopes up so if it turns out depressing it’s gonna hurt so much more damn, I’m tryna set my standards low TBH

Venus in Aquarius

Unique, Rebellious, Friendly

When Venus enters the free spirited Aquarius, the person is blessed with a friendly and open minded nature. These individuals love to go out and make the world a better place, they are humanitarians after all. However, they posses a sense of quiet confidence. They’re chill and detached.

Even though Venus in Aquarians are emotionally detached, this doesn’t necessarily mean they don’t care. They do have emotions, they just rather not show them. When it comes to relationships and friendships, they never really become too attached to the person. They want someone who can stimulate their mind. They love to explore and share new ideas.

Women with Venus in Aquarius are never afraid to try out different styles that may seem strange or different to others. Venus in Aquarius’ are always the ones to rebel from society’s standards. They have strange interests and they love new music and art. They really are fun, vibrant and extraordinary individuals.

Venus in Aquarians are generally friendly people, but since they are so emotionally distant getting on their bad side is never a good idea. They can become icy cold. To others, they may come off as weird, but there’s a fine line between madness and genius.

anonymous asked:

Eldritch have name like Black Hat and White Hat and Hell Bitch, which by human standards are pretty strange. Do you find human names strange?

“Not at all! I find human names quite fascinating with how they can have so many language origins as well as definitions. Even if some names are the same or even common, you set them apart with surnames and even middle names to make each one unique. Much more effort put into them as compared to Black Hat and I.”

“Ah, and, for the record, that wasn’t her name. That was just a title myself and my friend gave her.”

‘Fencing Man’ Kookmin fic - Prologue

OK UM SO…. I tried writing my kookmin Fencing Man fic (based off this fanart I made)… calling this a prologue because nothing really happens AND IT TOOK SO LONG TO WRITE EVEN THO IT’S NOT MUCH!? sob this is like my first time writing a fic in maybe…. 10 years? More than that, probably. So, I apologize for how bad it issss xD I’ll be casually working on it, and hopefully editing along the way.


Jungkook pursed his lips, in an attempt to hide a growing smile as he watched Jimin bouncing in his seat on the couch. Jungkook’s heart had been so thoroughly melted at the sight, one would think Jungkook was the cause behind it. But none of Jimin’s attention was directed towards the youngest at all, but rather on the figure on the TV in front of them.

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4 Times that Otabek Remembers That He’s Taller Than Yuri

4. On the bike

Otabek has a small heart attack when Yuri demands to be taught how to drive his bike. Not because it’s dangerous, of course; he’s entirely sure that Yuri can handle himself on a motorcycle. In fact, that’s kind of the issue. Yuri is a terrifyingly aggressive driver, so Otabek is more worried about the safety of the rest of the world than Yuri’s.

Of course, he still agrees because if he doesn’t, Yuri will probably try on his own or go to driving school. He can be pretty persistent when he wants to be. The excitement in Yuri’s eyes when he gets on the bike is infectious though, and Otabek can’t really make himself feel all that irritated about this whole thing. It’s pretty cute (not that he’d ever even dream of saying so out loud) to see Yuri excited about something new, since so much of their lives are routine.

There’s something a little off-putting about seeing Yuri’s hands on Otabek’s handlebars, something that bugs him a little on an instinctual, undeniable that’s my spot level that’s easy enough to push aside until he sits down behind Yuri and puts his arms around his waist.

Yuri is eighteen now, and he’s grown a bit taller in the last few years, but he’s still somewhat small for his age. He makes up for it with personality, so people tend to not notice as much as they used to. It’s something that Otabek has always been peripherally aware of, but now, with Yuri literally pressed up against him, it’s suddenly more obvious than it’s ever been: He’s smaller than me.

He doesn’t have time to really dwell on it though, because Yuri is revving the engine and taking off down the street and “No Yura, burning rubber on a motorcycle is a bad idea please don’t kill my bike.”

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Hello, Readers!

I am going to be exhibiting at the Rose City Comic Con tabling with Periscope Studio (booth 1217/1223.) I hope you will come by to say hello and talk about sequential storytelling, illustration and cartooning with me.

Those unable to attend can still obtain prints, chapbooks and more via my etsy emporium! 

I hope to see you there!


Doctor Strange Spoilers Ahead



After seeing Doctor Strange, I got this idea for a Strange Book Club fic and it can go two ways

Version One is where Grigg exists in the Marvel universe and is obsessed with the real superheroes and has even experienced some of the villainous attacks as a bystander. Kaecilius manages to escape the Dark Dimension, but he’s injured and is unable to access his powers. He lands either in or near where Grigg lives. Grigg recognizes him (he definitely either runs or checks the superhero/villain database a lot and he knows all about Kaecilius’ past because this is THE database and everyone’s business is up for perusal), but seeing that he’s injured and not capable of fighting at all, Grigg takes him in.

It’s a dumb decision but Grigg lives for this stuff and he knows he will never get another chance to be so close to a villain/anyone involved in the superhero world. So he takes Kaecilius in and helps him with his injuries (physically and emotionally–because Dormammu definitely made Kaecilius’ time in the Dark Dimension brutal). 

And Kaecilius is going between devastated and depressed and disappointed with himself and what he’s done to filled with rage at Dormammu, the Ancient One, and the world in general. And worst is that he can’t access his powers and he thinks there really is no point to going on. He thought he’d hit rock bottom when he’d lost his family, but this is a new tortuous low. 

Except there’s Grigg who is smiling constantly, maybe sometimes a little unsure and timid, but he’s bright and so full of life and everything Kaecilius isn’t. It’s a genuine mystery to Kaecilius why Grigg, who seems to know all about him, and yet is still helping change his bandages, and is there with a hand on Kaecilius’ back when the thoughts get to be too much, who tells Kaecilius that this is his ‘redemption arc’ where he could still do something good and worthwhile.

Grigg is kind and selfless and Kaecilius doesn’t know what to do with him other than hope Grigg doesn’t turn his back on him.

Version Two is the same thing really, except Kaecilius escapes to a world where superheroes and people with powers don’t exist. Grigg sees Kaecilius and, having the open mind that he does, thinks Kaecilius is either a hardcore cosplayer or he’s actually the real, in the flesh, Kaecilius. 

Either way, win-win for Grigg (and Kaecilius).

Key scenes to incorporate:

  • Grigg brushing and braiding Kaecilius’ hair
  • Kaecilius doing small harmless magic (the most he can manage at this point) and Grigg completely mesmerized by it (and Kaecilius growing very fond of the way Grigg looks at him not like he hates/fears him, but that he actually likes him)
  • Kaecilius seeing Grigg in biking shorts for the first time and having an existential crisis 
  • Kaecilius reading his own comic and critiquing how he’s drawn (Grigg watching Kaecilius read his own comic and fanboying all over the place)
  • Magical. Sex.
William T. Spears - The Overlooked Reaper

According to the latest popularity poll, William isn’t overly popular. It’s not that he’s the least popular, but he’s certainly farther down on the list as I would have liked. Oddly enough, there was a time not that long ago I would have been surprised he would have ranked as high as he did. I didn’t actively dislike William, but I didn’t have that much of an opinion of him either. For the most part, he was just there. However, I did have an unpleasant history with an individual with extreme control issues, and I attributed my feelings towards her to William. It was more than a little unfair to the character, but since he did seem to have the need for control, it appeared to fit.

I didn’t really change my view of William until I was talking with others about the self-confidence of different characters. Other people were ranking William as having a lot of confidence, but I had a reason to question. I brought up the individual I had always compared William to in my mind and how her control stemmed from a lack of confidence. This led to myself and a friend really digging into his character to find that his character song speaks to striving for a level of perfection he can’t reach and a comment from the OVA “The Story of William the Shinigami.” In the OVA, William tells Grell that he didn’t fare too well in either Written or Ethics - but William had the same grade as Grell in Written, which was a ‘B.’ William had straight B’s and, although he knew it was enough to pass, he apparently didn’t consider it a very good grade. On top of this, he had a lot of trouble interacting and fitting in with people. In the circus arc, he didn’t even try to come up with a cover story. He simply looked at Sebastian and declared him a demon while announcing that he (William) was a Shinigami. Think about what would have happened with other reapers in that situation. Ronald would have fit in without a lot of problem and probably would have spent time flirting with Beast. While Grell seems to attend the school of standing out rather than fitting it, he was horrified with William announcing they were Shinigami back in the academy and I doubt there’s been a change in feelings on that matter. William simply didn’t know how to become a part of a group or relate to others. There are also notes that his adjusting of his glasses might be a nervous gesture.

With this information, a new picture of William began to emerge. He wasn’t just the archetype of the super strict, no-nonsense authority figure that is constantly stifling a more free-spirited character while attempting to keep order in times of chaos. He was far more complex. William is a character that is nervous and perhaps a bit unsure. He’ll do what he thinks needs to be done, but he’s careful to keep these other feelings hidden. Instead, he tries to portray confidence, yet he constantly criticizes himself. Even though he always gives his best effort, he feels that his best still far short of the impossible standard. This was strange to me because it was as if the impossible had happened. William suddenly became relatable. I know that I’m often my harshest critic. I write stories, but I often grow to hate my own works because all I can see is the flaws and how far the end result was from the story in my mind. I try to hide my own nervousness and act more confident. In fact, the biggest difference between myself and this character is that I was emotional while William did his best to hide many of emotions beyond annoyance and anger. Perhaps he feels these emotions make him appear weak and he needs to appear strong.

Maybe that William is so relatable is part of the problem. With all the fantastic characters in the series, William is oddly one of the more human in many respects. However, I know I don’t often want to be reminded of a few of what I think of as insecurities, so I was passing them to another person with whom I equated William. I might be wrong, but I think that William reminds us too much of that one boss, supervisor, professor, principal, teacher, parent, etc. that seemed completely strict, uptight, and more concerned about the rules than anything. We just wanted this person to relax and not be so strict, but they never seemed to be able to. Perhaps these negative connotations are killing the character and making it hard to look past the surface.

My hope is as that time goes on, more will take the time to really examine William and find there’s more to him than just a super strict boss with no sense of human. Perhaps, there will even be other views of the character than my own, which would be wonderful.

It also makes me wonder if I was too quick to judge those overly-strict people in my life as well.

story of a monstrous serpent

theres one story in the book “Unexplained!” by Jerome Clark, that i literally cannot find anywhere on the internet. but it’s a really bizarre bit of folklore that i thought people might enjoy

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“The story that follows exists only as an anecdote told to folklorists decades ago, but was told as a true story, and it is by any standard as strange as any tale ever related about a fabulous beast. Even harder to believe than many of the accounts related in these pages, it is reported here not because it is convincingly documented - it isn’t - but because of it’s eerie, even mindboggling, character.

It allegedly occurred sometime in the late 19th century in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, at a country schoolhouse. The new school had been built near the crossroads in Jenner township to replace an older, more remote one far from any road. William Johnson, then sixteen, and other students and parents often attended nighttime functions in the building. These functions, however, were anything but routine because to enter the door one had to step over the long, scaly body of… something.

That something had the body of an immense snake, though neither its head or tail was ever visible. It was assumed these were under the schoolhouse. Its body was a foot in diameter, and it had sharp scales on which it was unwise to step. Anyone who did so was instantly hurled to the ground.

The snake appeared only at the time of the month when there was no moon in the sky. Not everyone could see it, according to Johnson, but even those who didn’t would be thrown if they stepped on it unknowingly.

The original owner of the lans became so frightened that he sold the property and left. The man who purchased it raised a large family there, apparently having made his peace with the monster. Sometimes other men, often under the influence of alcohol, would attack it with sharp stakes and other weapons, to no avail. When Johnson moved away at age thirty, the snake was still making appearances

Johnson’s testimony has led Fortean writer Michael Winkle to wonder what such a creature - assuming for one giddy moment the truth of this literally monstrous yarn - could be. "A multi-dimensional reptile perhaps?” he speculates. “Such a creature might project part of its body into our universe while other parts - its head and tail, say - would remain in higher spacial dimension”“