state of our world

The Most “Moon” Things My Friends Have Ever Said

Thought this would be pretty fun & silly lol

Aries moon: I want to stop playing. Not because I’m losing, but because this game is fucking dumb”.

Taurus moon: I’m just looking to get wine-mom drunk tonight.”

Gemini moon: “Sometimes I stay up really late and enter random chat rooms for fun. They tell me their fetishes and everything…”

Cancer moon: “I feel like I really care about everyone but no one cares about me.”

Leo moon: “I skipped class because they don’t deserve my presence.”

Virgo moon: “Yeah, it’s that modern art shit that’s just a potato chip crumb on a plate. Genius.”

Libra moon: “There’s no hot people at this party, what’s the point?”

Scorpio moon: “Crime shows bore me, I always know who did it within like 5 minutes.”

Sagittarius moon: “I dropped 2 tabs of acid yesterday and became the best artist of all time.”

Capricorn moon: “Fuck you, I could beat Gordon Ramsay in a cook-off any day.”

Aquarius moon: “The state of our country right now…no actually, the state of our WORLD right now terrifies me.”

Pisces moon: “I don’t care that it’s just a game, you can’t leave those dogs in such small cages like that!”

-Admin L

Getting right to the crux of Mr. Nancy’s big speech.

Tips and Ideas for Writing Post-Apocolypse

Writing post-apocalypse/dystopian future can actually open a large range of possibilities and original ideas but there are some things we should try to keep in mind. The problem with this genre is that is a heavily research-based genre, it requires a lot of information so a lot of things can slip up or be forgotten.

Limits of the Body - This is something that seems to be largely forgotten unless in extreme situations. Yes, humans are tough, but they are also weak. We have that balance of nature within us. People can keep going whilst in a lot of pain, but something like a headache could knock them senseless. I knew someone who got shot in the leg and ran three miles because he thought he had been hit by the brick. The second he realised he had actually been shot and was safe to do so, he collapsed in pain. Quickly establish what your characters can and cannot do.

Children - Children are more robust than so many people give them credit for, they wouldn’t make it to adulthood otherwise. Children are emotionally stronger than they are physically but many children have a lot more endurance for their size than adults because they have to keep up with adults. Two good examples are The Road by Cormac McCarthy and Lord of the Flies by William Golding.

Hygiene - Namely with periods and stuff. It is hard work keeping the body clean, so personal hygiene will be poor but people tend to stop caring at a point when they realise how hard it is to maintain. A lot of people would revert to old fashioned methods of vagina health as well, so people would use reusable cloth or diva cups. The only book I know of that covers this is The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey.

Simple Killers - More people died of the Spanish flu than in the First World War (source). It is surprising how often it is “little things” that kill people off. An emotional death does not have to be all that dramatic, no bloody death or major killer. Something as simple as a small cut that festered will kill someone if not treated correctly. An asthma attack, diabetes, things we see as treatable would make quick work of us without medical aid. Also most deaths are really simple and sudden.

World Limitations - What is this obsession with guns and everything happening in the summer and unlimited cans of food? No, let’s be honest, none of these are realistic. Guns will not last, can goods will be snatched up by the shop loads, most natural disasters will happen in spring or autumn. Remember to do the key thing, make your world real and people are more likely to believe it.

Take a Page - Who are most renowned for their post-apocalyptic stories? British pre-1950s authors. Why? Their worlds are real, the possibilities of what could happen in those worlds are real. Some where and still are scarily accurate, they looked at the current and possible state of things, creating a world too similar to our own. Great examples like 1984 by George Orwell, The Death of Grass by John Christopher, The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham, Soylent Green and the Mad Max Series.

sum thoughts about beauty
  • beauty of the kind that women are expected to perform is innately, inherently harmful to us & works to alienate us from ourselves and our bodies, to force us to police ourselves, to make us waste time and money and energy (emotional and physical) trying to live up to a standard that we can be subjected to violence for failing to meet, and in many cases to physically restrict us and to cause us physical harm. it is not merely standards of beauty that must be challenged or redefined or expanded, but the very concept of beauty as something that women must live up to in order to be treated as vaguely worthwhile (useful / usable) must be eradicated in order for us to be able to truly + freely occupy our own bodies without anxiety, self-consciousness, self-hatred, and fear (n of course this entails eradicating patriarchy).
  • women need to be able + allowed to say that we are parsed as beautiful or as ugly as a means of describing our lived experiences with beauty and the ways in which we are treated, without being accused of being vain or of having low self-esteem, without anyone attempting to knock us down a peg or to comfort / reassure us–we need to be able to state facts about how the world receives + reacts to us without our words being misdirected or trivialised, as if our recognition of the reality our embodiment + how it affects us is necessarily connected to our sense of self-worth (as if our sense of self-worth must come from beauty), as if we are merely talking about how we feel about ourselves rather than trying to open a dialogue about how beauty works on us.
  • of course beauty’s impacts on our self-esteem are very real and cannot be ignored (see the earlier point about beauty alienating us from ourselves and forcing us to police ourselves), but to act as if the impacts of beauty are all in women’s minds, and to focus on women’s minds as the sole battleground on which a war against “beauty standards” is to be waged, serves only 1) to ignore how beauty is wielded against us externally in our everyday lives (those of us who are parsed as beautiful and those of us who aren’t); and 2) to ensnare us once more in the same trap from which we are trying to escape, in acting as if any specific beauty standard is the problem and all we need to do is to accept that this one thing about ourselves is beautiful–rather than problematising the idea that our worth (including our self-worth) should come from beauty (speaking, again, specifically of “beauty of the kind that women are expected to perform”) in the first place
  • obviously, the things that are considered beautiful in women, while constantly shifting, are more or less affixed to upper / middle class white cis (+ non-intersex) womanhood, and the reasons that certain women are considered “undesirable” (and therefore, in many ways, inhuman) are often heavily tied into racism (and, hugely, antiblackness & colourism), classism, transmisogyny, ableism, etc. (see, white women being considered “delicate” while brown & black women are masculinized due to histories of colonialism)
  • as such, women of colour & trans women (not to say that the two groups are either mutually exclusive or completely analogous) have extremely complex relationships with beauty, and this needs to be treated with nuance + with compassion. when you’ve been dehumanised for e.g. racialised aspects of your appearance, when you have a very real and visceral sense of how your race + gender are embodied, how they are being parsed as things that are inherently ugly and aberrant/abhorrent, and how those appellations (that is, ugly and abhorrent) feed into and become each other–and, not for nothing, but it is largely dark-skinned women and especially dark-skinned black women who are parsed this way–it is very tempting to look to beauty (meaning, the beauty reserved for upper / middle class white (cis) womanhood) for a sense of self-worth–but, again, while this may make us temporarily feel better, it does nothing to combat the harm that beauty does in the first place.
  • that being said, I do think that there is a way to declare that racialised features, e.g. dark skin, are beautiful without meaning beauty as in “beauty of the kind that women are expected to perform,” but rather, a kind of beauty that is perceived as innate and arises / is recognised and articulated in contradiction to and rebellion against racist & antiblack / misogynoiristic dehumanisation based on the inscription of race onto bodies–that is, not saying “this thing is worthwhile because it is beautiful, and therefore I am worthwhile because I am beautiful,” but rather, “this aspect of myself is beautiful because it is worthwhile, and because I am worthwhile, when I and people like me have been told that we are not worthwhile + have been oppressed through the inscription of race onto our bodies & the racialisation of these aspects of our bodies.” this kind of thing is, again, responding to a deeply felt knowledge of how race is embodied that I think we need to be given room to articulate.

Chrissy Costanza

Against The Current


Santa Ana, CA

Here is another walk I did before the start of production on Season 2. One of the reasons I wanted to do some walks before we started with a new vendor studio was because I spent a lot of time going over walks in season 1. I knew doing some walks up front wouldn’t necessarily eliminate the need for doing retakes on walks but I wanted to at least give them a starting point. In general the idea of a character walking exactly the same way all of the time is a character killer. No one walks the same all the time. We all certainly have unique movement because of how we are built and our personalities but our emotional state changes our movement even within those set parameters. There is a whole world of different ways a character can move to tell the audience something.

So, for me these were more for their functional purposes than anything even though I tried to figure in character on top of it all.

Speaking about violence in capitalism.

I know all my readers aren’t anarchists like me. And many of you are in the US. So, this is for you. We have to work on speaking to people in our lives who passively embrace the social order no matter who is governing, no matter who they support in elections.

We all have people in our lives who excuse the violence of poverty in our communities, states, nations, and world (which is all related) with shallow references to economic pragmatism.

The Medicaid cuts in the Republican healthcare act in the United States are actually cuts. At the moment, the public discourse is beginning to shift on this because pundits are debating what the legislation means. The proposed healthcare act from Senate and House are not attempts to repeal Obama’s healthcare act’s expansion and to restore the old healthcare norms. That would be bad enough, but that’s not an accurate representation of what will happen should the proposed legislation pass in some form. Tens of millions of people, many of them working people and working people’s dependents, not that it should matter, will lose access to care services and financial aid.

And the cuts aren’t actually for the purpose of reforming healthcare via economic pragmatism. The cuts are to pay for tax cuts that will benefit approximately 400 families. Tens of millions will face illness, pain, debt, and death to benefit the growing accumulation of hoarded wealth, entirely unearned, for several hundred families. Money is being taken from a program open to all and being given to rich people. That’s what’s going to happen.  

Remind your family and friends who have excuses for the violence in US governance of healthcare and regulation of the economy what they are supporting. Put your ass on the line. Their contempt for you is nowhere near the level of suffering they’re actively imposing on poor people all across the country.

In Congress, July 4, 1776

When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the Earth the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights that among these are life liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed - That whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to Institute new government, lying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while Evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty to throw off such government, and provide new guards for their future security. - Such has been patient sufferance of these colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former systems of government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over these states
To provide this, let facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his assent to laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless subjected in their operation till his assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of representation in the legislature, a right Inestimable to them in formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved representative houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the legislative powers, incapable of annihilation, have returned to the people at large for their exercise; the state remaining in the meantime exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convolutions within.
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these states; for that purpose obstructing the laws of naturalization of foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage the migrations hither, and raising conditions of new appropriations of lands.
He has obstructed the administration of justice, by refusing his assent to laws for establishing to judiciary powers.
He has made judges dependent on his will alone, for the tenure of their offices, in the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of new offices, and sent hither swarms of officers to harass our people, and to eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, standing armies without the consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the military independent of in superior to the Civil power.
He has combined with others to subject us to jurisdiction foreign to our Constitution and acknowledged by our laws giving his assent to their acts of pretended legislation.
For quartering large bodies of armed troops Among Us.
For protecting them by a mock trial from punishment for any murders which they should commit on the inhabitants of these states.
For cutting off our trade with all parts of the world.
For imposing taxes on us without our consent.
For depriving us in many cases of the benefits of trial by jury.
For transporting us Beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences.
For abolishing the free system of English laws in a neighboring Providence establishing theirin an arbitrary government and enlarging its boundaries so as to render it once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these colonies.
For taking away our Charters abolishing our most valuable laws and altering fundamentally the forms of our governments.
For suspending our own legislatures and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated government here, by declaring us out of his protection and Waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas ravaged our coasts burnt our towns and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large armies of foreign Mercenaries to complete the works of death desolation and tyranny already began with circumstances of Cruelty and perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages and totally unworthy the head of a Civilized Nation.
He has constrained our fellow citizens taken captive on the high seas to bare arms against their country to become The Executioner’s of their friends and brethren to or to fall themselves by their hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our Frontiers the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare is undistinguished destruction of all ages Sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these oppressions we have petition for redress in the most humble terms. Our repeated petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by Every Act which may Define a tyrant is unfit to be a ruler of a free people.

Nor have we been wanting in attention to our British brethren we have warned them from time to time of attempts by the legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us we have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration in settlement here we have appealed to their native Justice and magnanimity and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations which would inevitably interrupt our connections in correspondence they too have been deaf to the voice of Justice of consanguinity. We must therefore acquiesce in the necessity which denounces our separation and hold them as we hold the rest of mankind enemies in War and Peace friends.

We therefore the representatives of the United States of America in general Congress assembled appealing to the Supreme judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions do in the name in by authority of the good people of these colonies solemnly publish and declare that these United Colonies are and of right ought to be free and independent states that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British crown, and that all political connection between them and the states of Great Britain is and ought to be totally dissolved, and that as free independent states, they have full power to levy war, conclude peace, contract alliances, establish commerce and to do all other acts and things which Independence States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other Our lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

After North Korea's ICBM Launch, Now What?

On the Fourth of July, North Korea marked a milestone by firing an intercontinental ballistic missile that soared high into space before turning around and landing in the sea near Japan. The North’s state media said the missile, Hwasong-14, flew 580 miles, reaching an altitude of 1,741 miles, and flew for nearly 40 minutes.

The successful test of a missile of this kind, which could theoretically put Alaska within its range, is something that President Trump said earlier this year “would never happen.” Now that analysts — including those in the U.S. military — confirm it did, the world is grappling with what to do next.

“Testing an ICBM [intercontinental ballistic missile] represents a new escalation of the threat to the United States, our allies and partners, the region and the world,” Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in a statement Tuesday night. “Global action is required to stop a global threat.”

In the short term, the 15 members of the U.N. Security Council will meet Wednesday. This is the body that has imposed numerous sanctions packages on North Korea, which have proven ineffective in getting North Korea to change its behavior.

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dan vs. is so good and everyone should watch it

i swear if it hadnt aired on the hub, it would be so popular online

listen it has everything, a relatable angry loser, a kindhearted best friend, a kickass beautiful woman, a mangy intelligent kitten, subtle adult jokes and commentary on the state of our world,

its the best show ever i swear its so good


please please please

watch it if you haven’t already

i don’t know how to express this without sounding melodramatic and ungrateful for the opportunities i’ve had in my life. but i just…feel so fucking empty right now. and i’m trying very, very hard to keep going, and to wring enjoyment out of things, and to be hopeful, and to simply endure and trust that it will pass. 

and it’s frustrating how quickly these feelings creep back in, and how strongly they’ve taken over. and i am incredibly sensitive and have always taken things hard, which is sometimes good but also drains me. and i feel like i’m treading again and it’s rattling my self-worth. and i’m struggling to remember who i am or what i am and it’s just very lonely to be in my head right now.
Daenerys ignored Jon Snow's advice, and it could mean a popular fan theory is about to come true
The "Mother of Dragons," Daenerys Targaryen, might be your favorite character, but she may not be a force of good on the HBO series.
By Megan Willet & Kim Renfro, INSIDER

Here is a really well written article about both Daenerys good and bad qualities.  The authors of the article make a lot of great points about Daenerys as well as Jon.

Warning: Spoilers ahead for “Game of Thrones.”

Daenerys Targaryen is, in many ways, one of the most appealing characters in HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” She’s powerful and determined, and she inspires people to follow her again and again.

Now she’s close to forming an alliance with Jon Snow, the other main hero of our tale. Together, they’ll be a dragon-riding, direwolf-wielding duo who will slaughter the White Walkers and save Westeros. They could both perhaps be “The Prince That Was Promised,” Azor Ahai reborn.

But would a writer like George R.R. Martin really let his series end so simply?

Some fans don’t think so and point to a few troubling characteristics of Daenerys both on the show and in the books that could lead to her eventual turn toward a darker path.

Let’s explore just why some people think Daenerys could become a villain.

Daenerys is a vengeance-seeker.

Throughout the series, Daenerys is convinced of her own moral compass. If she ever witnesses something she views as wrong — such as rape or slavery — she immediately attempts to put a stop to it and punish the wrongdoer.

This a noble trait, but seeing the world in black and white and believing she is the sole bringer of justice is one of Daenerys’ downfalls.

We saw this early in the series when she saved a healer and maegi named Mirri Maz Duur, one of the Lhazareen women raped by the Dothraki, who had conquered their village. To Daenerys, saving Duur was an honorable thing to do, and she enlisted Duur to help heal Khal Drogo after he was injured.

Instead, Duur made Drogo’s condition worse and killed Daenerys’ son, Rhaego, when he was still in the womb using blood magic.

Daenerys doesn’t understand why the woman turned on her when Daenerys had saved her. But Duur viewed it quite differently:

“Saved me? Three of those riders had already raped me before you saved me, girl. I saw my god’s house burn, there where I had healed men and women beyond counting. In the streets I saw piles of heads: the head of the baker who makes my bread, the head a young boy that I had cured of fever just three moons past. So tell me again: Exactly what it was that you saved?”

Duur herself was seeking vengeance for the death of her people. In retaliation, Daenerys murdered Duur in Khal Drogo’s funeral pyre and emerged with her three dragons.

Was the scene epic? Of course. But this wouldn’t be the last time Daenerys murdered or harmed people who disagreed with her perception of what is right and wrong.

Another moment of Daenerys’ vengeance gone awry is when the Great Masters crucify 163 slave children as mile markers on her way to Meereen as a way to intimidate her. When she sacks the city, Daenerys crucifies 163 Great Masters as a punishment.

In “A Storm of Swords,” however, Daenerys begins to regret her actions, despite her initial sense of righteousness:

“She had them nailed to wooden posts around the plaza, each man pointing at the next. The anger was fierce and hot inside her when she gave the command; it made her feel like an avenging dragon. But later, when she passed the men dying on the posts, when she heard their moans and smelled their bowels and blood …

"It was just. It was. I did it for the children.”

Daenerys, though she suppresses the thought, realizes some of the masters may not have been guilty of the death of these children. She tries to convince herself that she was right to take their lives.

And in season six, episode five, show watchers saw Daenerys murder the powerful khals in their straw hut. These weren’t nice men — they spent a significant chunk of time insulting Daenerys and talking about how they intended to rape and kill her — but watching her burn them alive was still an unnerving moment for some viewers, especially because it looked like she took pleasure in watching them die.

Daenerys’ rationalizations for all these events should give her fans pause. Murdering evil people may seem like the right thing to do, but what would happen if Daenerys’ moral compass were ever skewed?

It wouldn’t be the first time she burned people who disagreed with her, after all.

Dragons as nuclear weapons.

In “A Dance With Dragons,” Daenerys compares her dragons to monsters:

“Mother of dragons, Daenerys thought. Mother of monsters. What have I unleashed upon the world? A queen I am, but my throne is made of burned bones, and it rests on quicksand. Without dragons, how could she hope to hold Meereen, much less win back Westeros? I am the blood of the dragon, she thought. If they are monsters, so am I.”

This wild and changeable nature of dragons is directly tied to Daenerys. When she equates herself to a dragon, she means it: She can be just as destructive and changeable as her dragon children.

What’s more, Martin has talked about ties between the dragons and nuclear weapons. Both are powerful to have but can easily lead to utter destruction.

“Dragons are the nuclear deterrent, and only Dany has them, which in some ways makes her the most powerful person in the world,” Martin told Vulture in a 2014 interview. “But is that sufficient? These are the kind of issues I’m trying to explore. The United States right now has the ability to destroy the world with our nuclear arsenal, but that doesn’t mean we can achieve specific geopolitical goals. Power is more subtle than that. You can have the power to destroy, but it doesn’t give you the power to reform, or improve, or build.”

We saw the full force of this when Daenerys attacked the Lannister army with Drogon. Director Matt Shakman chose to show the battle from Jaime and Bronn’s perspective to bring the horrors of dragonfire into sharp relief.

“I wanted to tell the story of what it was like … when war changes forever and a truly horrific weapon like napalm or an atom bomb is suddenly unleashed and what that does to the men on the ground,” Shakman told Insider.

Daenerys is sitting with her finger on a red button that could take out all of Westeros. She may not want to destroy the kingdom, especially before she ever has the chance to rule there. But by virtue of wanting to conquer Westeros, she could be bringing more death and destruction into a country still ravaged by war.

There’s a chance Daenerys could be viewed as a villain instead of the returning hero of House Targaryen.

Daenerys and the Mad King.

While Daenerys has remained fairly sane so far, the Targaryen dynasty has a history of mental illness, mainly because of intermarriage. Daenerys’ father, King Aerys II, was called the Mad King because he became paranoid and started killing people and hiding wildfire around King’s Landing.

Daenerys starts to worry about this possible “taint” in her blood, as do many other characters throughout the series. But it’s not so much that Daenerys could go crazy — though that’s certainly a possibility — as that she could follow in her father’s footsteps by punishing those who disagree with her or whom she views as her enemies.

Tyrion warned her against this tactic at the end of season six, and the two reached a compromise where Daenerys instead burned just one of the slaver’s ships and had Grey Worm execute two of the three slave masters.

Once she arrived in Westeros, Tyrion once again counseled Daenerys against immediately using the dragons to burn King’s Landing or other cities, telling her she didn’t want to be the “queen of the ashes.”

But their alternate plans failed because of Tyrion’s miscalculations of what Jaime and Cersei would do, and Daenerys got tired of sitting around and doing nothing. She rode Drogon into battle against the Lannister army and laid waste to their soldiers and loot. She didn’t choose a select few leaders to punish — she went for everything in sight.

Granted, it was better than her flying to the Red Keep and attacking civilians, but it was still hard to 100% root for her in this moment.

Daenerys also had a tense conversation with Varys earlier in the seventh season. She made him promise to be straightforward with her about her potential failings as a leader, but she then vowed to burn him alive if he ever betrayed her.

If Daenerys goes too far in the “fire and blood” direction, she could end up repeating her father’s mistakes — something that would end up costing her the throne, just like it ended up costing King Aerys both his kingdom and his life.

Jon Snow is the true hero.

A penchant for vengeance, a crazy father, and dragons do not together make Daenerys a villain. But let’s compare Daenerys with another heroic character in the “Song of Ice and Fire” series: Jon Snow.

In the books and show, Jon is similar to Ned Stark. He’s honorable, justice-minded, and takes no pleasure in killing. When he’s forced to take a life, Jon makes sure he’s the one to swing the sword, and he views it as a burden, not a pleasure.

For example, when he punished the brothers of the Night’s Watch who stabbed him in season six, Jon took no joy in it. He listened to every man’s last words before cutting the rope and watching them die. He did not look pleased by their deaths — unlike Daenerys, who smiled right before she watched the khals burn.

Jon also never asks for the responsibility heaped on his shoulders time and time again. Jon is forced to become the lord commander after Samwell Tarly submitted his name. He doesn’t want to be the one to take care of the Wildlings, but he feels morally obligated to help them and therefore becomes their savior. He doesn’t want to be the one to punish his brothers, even though they betrayed and murdered him, and yet he knows the responsibility falls to him.

And now, he’s king in the north after rallying the Northern houses around him. But he didn’t even want to do that — not until Sansa Stark convinced him it was the right thing to do.

Jon follows the traditional “reluctant hero” journey in many ways. He questions himself, he sometimes falls, and he picks himself back up.

It’s not unlike what Dumbledore tells Harry in the “Harry Potter” film series: “It is a curious thing, Harry, but perhaps those who are best suited to power are those who have never sought it. Those who, like you, have leadership thrust upon them, and take up the mantle because they must, and find to their own surprise that they wear it well.”

Jon never asks to be a leader; he’s just the best man for the job. It’s something Daenerys — with her Targaryen dynasty and ambitions — would never understand. When Jon and Daenerys meet for the first time, Daenerys tells him that all people enjoy what they’re good at.

“I don’t,” Jon said.

He was likely referring to leading and killing, the two things he’s been forced into since leaving Winterfell as a young man. Jon never sought out a royal title, but he’s good at owning it. That factor might make him the one person best suited for the job.

What does this mean for the series?

There’s also substantial evidence throughout the series that Daenerys will be a good ruler. She’s intelligent, she tries to listen to her advisers, and she genuinely wants the people she rules to be happy. People like Missandei and Grey Worm follow Daenerys because they believe in her ability to change lives for the better.

And even with her possible flaws, Daenerys would ultimately be a much better ruler than Cersei or Joffrey Lannister, or even King Robert.

Still, there could be a complicated friction as Daenerys tries to claim the Iron Throne. Instead of being the hero she assumes she will be, Daenerys is likely to face opposition and bring destruction and death to the kingdom.

On the other hand, she possesses weapons that, while volatile, could be the key to defeating the White Walkers (at least on the show). We know that Valyrian steel and dragonglass — two things believed to be made with dragon fire — can kill the White Walkers, so it stands to reason that actua fire from actual dragons would do the trick, too.

So while she may not be greeted in Westeros as a hero, she and her dragons could fast become their only hope. Plus, a Jon and Daenerys romance might be brewing — even though their shared bloodline grosses some fans out. Perhaps his “ice” will temper her “fire,” if you catch our drift.

In the end, only Martin knows what will happen, but Daenerys fans should buckle up. It could be a bumpy ride on her way to the Iron Throne.

Let’s get into some PRAYER

The amazing Priscilla Shirer, in her book ‘Fervent’ says this… “Prayer is the portal that brings the power of heaven down to earth. It is Kryptonite to the Enemy and all his ploys against you”. When I read this the hairs on the back of my neck stood up, my toes started tingling and my heart knew that prayer isn’t something I should take lightly, and neither should you. 

Now let me just tell you guys a bit about this journey God has been taking me on with my prayer life. Firstly, He led me to Priscilla’s book which is so much more than a book. It is a sharpening tool for your prayers which are your number one weapon in your spiritual life.. but i’ll get to that in a bit. She has named it ‘Fervent, A Woman’s Battle Plan for Serious, Specific and Strategic Prayer’, and if that doesn’t sound like something all of us need then I don’t know what is. God has produced something through her that makes the Devil shake in his boots because if there is anything that the devil doesn’t want is a world full of Fervent prayer warriors who wont stand for any of his meddling. 

Right, let’s get into this. 

What is prayer? 

Well, like I said before prayer is your number one weapon to use in your spiritual journey, and BONUS, it is your means of communication and petition to God. It can be anything from thanking God for the lovely lady next door, asking for God’s blessing over your day to fully fledged battle plans against the works of the Enemy. 

Yet, so often we find ourselves stuck in a box with our prayers. We pray the same thing every day with no enthusiasm behind us or any passion at all. We get stuck in a pattern of praying because we ‘want to stay good christians’ or because ‘it’s the right thing to do’. Maybe you are only a ‘Reactive Prayer’ and are able to pray passionately when you need God to help you out, but when your life is going fine.. He slips into the background and your prayers are silent. I am guilty of all of the above, and i’m pretty sure i’m not alone in that. 

So, how do you pray? and more specifically… how do you pray and not sound like a broken record? 

Priscilla uses a really helpful acronym ‘PRAY’ to teach us how to pray along the same lines as ‘The Lords Prayer’ in Matthew.

P: Praise, Let your heavenly father know that He is amazing, and you are thankful to be His. Every Father likes some kind words from their kids every now and again but no father deserves praise as much as our Father, the King of Kings.

R: Repent, we all screw up from time to time. No God doesn’t get angry, as the bible tells us that He is ‘slow to anger and rich in love’. By repenting you are cleaning your slate and giving Him your wrong doings which He will lovingly take away from you and make you new again. 

A: Asking. God wants us to ask Him for our needs and desires.  Matthew 7v7 says, "Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you”. There is so much power in asking, and He wants us to do it, but make sure you give God the praise He deserves before you get to you. 

Y: Yes! ‘All of God’s promises are Yes and Amen’. This is where it is great to pray over specific verses and scriptures that are relevant to your situation and show the promises of God. Praying verses as prayers are soooo powerful.

So that is how you should pray.. but what about the other logistics?

“But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you”- Matthew 6v6.

Through this verse, recent teaching at my church and through ‘Fervent’ I have learnt that setting aside a time and a place for God in your day is crucial. Pastor Chris Hodges came to my Church Conference earlier this year and also did a sermon on Prayer where he talked about his time and place of prayer in his day. He gets up early and spends his first moments of the day with God and treats it like an appointment and prioritises it over other things he could be doing. Now, I really wanted to be able to get up super early and do my big prayer of the day at the start of my day, but i am the furtherest thing from a morning person and i’m sure i’m not the only one! So, I have started doing my big specific prayer at night.

When I say ‘Big specific prayer’ i’m not meaning that you shouldn’t pray throughout your day.. you should totally do that! I’m suggesting that you sit down at a particular time you have set aside to hang out with Jesus and be strategic and specific with your prayers,

By specific I mean being Proactive as well as Reactive in your prayer life. 

Pray for future areas of your life and the lives of those you love. Pray against any areas that the devil could sever your relationships, be it in your family, your friendships for your relationship with your BF/GF/Marriage. Pray for your passions. Pray for your identity in Him. Pray over your past so it cannot hold you in guilt but instead ask Him to free you. Pray over the things that are weighing heavily on your shoulders. Pray over your hurts. Pray over your purity. 

I would also encourage you to write your prayers down and stick them on your wall where you can see them every morning and go over them. Use specific prayers for specific areas of your life to be your strategy against the works of the enemy whose aim is to steal from you, kill you and destroy you. He is powerful, but no where near as powerful as the Lord your God who has already won the battle and Has given you prayer to help you fight yours. 

The state our world is in is evident that there needs to be more prayer and less fear and it is up to us to not let our weapon of prayer grow dusty on the shelf… No effective warrior goes into battle empty handed. 

-31women (Gabi)