Most of the things I know about Turalyon are from the books (Tides of Darkness and Beyond the Dark Portal) and I just loved his friendship with Khadgar. That’s too perfect to see them smile and laugh. They were still so young. And now they’re reunited !! 💛
I buried the girl I had been because she ran into all kinds of trouble. I tried to erase every memory of her, but she is still there, somewhere. She is still small and scared and ashamed, and perhaps I am writing my way back to her, trying to tell her everything she needs to hear.
Stephen King is an All-Time Great, arguably one of the most popular novelists the world has ever seen. And there’s a good chance that he’s inspired more people to start writing than any other living writer. So, as the Guardian and King’s UK publisher Hodder launch a short story competition – to be judged by the master himself – here are the ten most important lessons to learn from his work.
1. Write whatever the hell you like
King might be best known – or, rather, best regarded – as a writer of horror novels, but really, his back catalogue is crammed with every genre you can think of. There are thrillers (Misery, Gerald’s Game), literary novels (Bag Of Bones, Different Seasons), crime procedurals (Mr Mercedes), apocalypse narratives (The Stand), fantasy (Eyes Of The Dragon, The Dark Tower series) … He’s even written what I think of as being one of the greatest Young Adult novels of all time: The Long Walk. Perhaps the only genre or audience he hasn’t really touched so far is comedy, but most of his work features moments that show his deft touch with humour. It’s clear that King does what he wants, when he wants, and his constant readers – the term he calls his, well, constant readers – will follow him wherever he goes.
2. The scariest thing isn’t necessarily what’s underneath the bed
Horror is a curious thing. What scares one person won’t necessarily scare another. And while there might be moments in his horror novels that tread towards the more conventional ideas of what some find terrifying, for the most part, the truly scary aspects are those that deal with humanity itself. Ghosts drive people to madness, telekinetic girls destroy whole towns with their powers, clowns … well, clowns are just bloody terrifying full stop. But the true crux of King’s ability to scare is finding the thing that his readers are actually worried about, and bringing that to the fore. If you’re writing horror, don’t just think about what goes bump in the night; think about what that bump might drive people to do afterwards.
3. Don’t be scared of transparency
One of my favourite things about King’s short story collections are the little notes about each tale that he puts into the text. The history of them, the context for the idea, how the writing process actually worked. They’re not only invaluable material for aspiring writers – because exactly how many drafts does it take to reach a decent story? King knows! – but they’re also brilliant nuggets of insight into King himself. Some people might think that it’s better off knowing nothing about authors when they read their work, but for King, his heart is on his sleeve. In his latest collection, The Bazaar of Broken Dreams, King gets more in-depth than ever, talking about what inspired the stories in such an honest way that it couldn’t have come from another writer’s pen. Which brings us to …
4. Write what you know. Sort of. Sometimes
Write what you know is the most common writing tip you’ll find anywhere. It’s nonsense, really, because if we all did that we’d end up with terribly boring novels about writers staring out of windows waiting for inspiration to hit. (If you like those, incidentally, head straight for the literary fiction section of your nearest bookshop.) But King understands that experience is something which can be channelled into your work, and should be at every opportunity. Aspects of his life – addiction, teaching, his near-fatal car accident, rock and roll, ageing – have cropped up in his work over and over, in ways that aren’t always obvious, but often help to drive the story. That’s something every writer can use, because it’s through these truths that real emotions can be writ large on the page.
5. Aim big. Or small
King’s written some mammoth books, and they’re often about mammoth things. The Stand takes readers into an apocalypse, with every stage of it laid out on the page until the final fantastical showdown. It deals with a horror that hits a group of characters twice in their lives, showing us how years and years of experience can change people. And The Dark Tower is a seven (or eight, or more, if you count the short stories set in its world) part series that takes in so many different genres of writing it’s dizzying. When he needs to, King aims really big, and sometimes that’s what you have to do to tell a story. At the other end of the spectrum, some of King’s most enduring stories – Rita Hayworth & Shawshank Redemption, The Mist – have come from his shorter works. He traps small groups of characters in single locations and lets the story play out how it will. The length of the story you’re telling should dictate the size of the book. Doesn’t matter if it’s forty thousand words or two hundred, King doesn’t waste a word.
6. Write all the time. And write a lot
King’s published – wait for it – 55 novels, 11 collections of stories, 5 non-fiction works, 7 novellas and 9 assorted other pieces (including illustrated works and comic books). That’s over a period of 41 years. That’s an average of two books a year. Which is, I must admit, a pretty giddying amount. That’s years of reading (or rereading, if you’re as foolishly in awe of him as I am). But he’s barely stopped for breath. This year has seen three books published by him, which makes me feel a little ashamed. Still, at my current rate of writing, I might catch up with him sometime next century. And while not every book has found the same critical and commercial success, they’ve all got their fans.
7. Voice is just as important as content
King’s a writer who understands that a story needs to begin before it’s actually told. It begins in the voice of the novel: is it first person, or third? Is it past or present tense? Is it told through multiple narrators, or just the one? He’s a master at understanding exactly why each story is told the way it’s told. Sure, he might dress it up as something simple – the story finding the voice it needs, or vice versa – but through his books you can see that he’s tried pretty much everything, and can see why each voice worked with the story he was telling.
8. And Form is just as important as voice
King isn’t really thought of as an experimental novelist, which is grossly unfair. Some of King’s more daring novels have taken on really interesting forms. Be it The Green Mile’s fragmented, serialised narrative; or the dual publication of The Regulators and Desperation – novels which featured the same characters in very different situations, with unsettling parallels between the stories that unfolded for them; or even Carrie’s mixed-media narrative, with sections of the story told as interview or newspaper extract. All of these novels have played with the way they’re presented on the page to find the perfect medium for telling those stories. Really, the lesson here from King is to not be afraid to play.
9. You don’t have to be yourself
Some of King’s greatest works in the early years of his career weren’t published by King himself. They were in the name of Richard Bachman, his slightly grislier pseudonym. The Long Walk, Thinner, The Running Man – these are books that dealt with a nastier side of things than King did in his properly attributed work. Because, maybe it’s good to have a voice that allows us to let the real darkness out, with no judgments. (And then maybe, as King eventually did in The Dark Half, it’s good to kill that voice on the page … )
10. Read On Writing. Now
This is the most important tip in the list. In 2000, King published On Writing, a book that sits in the halfway space between autobiography and writing manual. It’s full of details about his process, about how he wrote his books, channelled his demons and overcame his challenges. It’s one of the few books about writing that are actually worth their salt, mainly because it understands that it’s about a personal experience, and readers might find that useful. There’s no universal truths when it comes to writing. One person’s process would be a nightmare for somebody else. Some people spend years labouring on nearly perfect first drafts; some people get a first draft written in six weeks, and then spend the next year destroying it and rebuilding it. On Writing tells you how King does it, to help you to find your own. Even if you’re not a fan of his books, it’s invaluable to the in-development writer. Heck, it’s invaluable to all writers.
This is for the amazing @ackerchou who has graced us with Season 2 Voltron Actor!AU headcannons and I LOVED THEM ALL. I’m writing dancing Lance and kiddie Coran and Allura next. Watch me. Pls check them out because I wanna write a fic for all of them. And because she is awesome and made me feel better on a day I felt bad. There’s aren’t many spoilers for season 2 in this fic but just in case it is tagged. I hope you enjoy it!
was slightly ashamed to admit that he hadn’t watched the original Voltron
before trying out for a part in the new series. In fact, he sort of, kinda, had
never even heard of Voltron before until his first day on set as a Galra stunt
double. That is until there was a surprise visit from the original cast from
the 80’s Voltron series.
was only slightly mortified that he was the only one who didn’t know who they
since he had thought that Akira was an older stunt double and he had nearly
flipped Akira on his shoulder when the man surprised him.
after all this, Lance still wouldn’t stop laughing.
course he had a video of Keith nearly flipping over the original leader of Voltron who was at least twice Keith’s age (but damn
did he still look good) and very well
known in the world of Voltron. The video even had Keith apologizing over and
over to an amused Akira, while everyone stood around staring.
would remember this next time Lance wanted something.
he was hanging back in the background while the old cast of Voltron took a tour
of the new set to see how far Voltron had come. There was awe and admiration
thrown left and right from both the cast of the 80s and the cast of the 2010s.
It was a strange sight to see the different cast members who played the
paladins together, each very different in their own way and yet so perfect for
each character they played.
happy 36th birthday, christopher robert evans! (june 13th, 1981)
i feel deeply connected to my inner child. when i see a bounce house and those little cups of ice cream, i’m like, “shit. where’s mine?” i’m not ashamed of the parts of my youth that i’m still connected to- whether it’s cartoons or disney world or christmastime. i think they’re a real representation of my true self before the world had its impact on me.
‘I’m not ashamed of the parts of my youth that I’m still connected to, whether it’s cartoons or Disney World or Christmastime. I think they’re a real representation of my true self before the world had its impact on me.’
Hey can you write one where the avengers go to recruit a girl they heard about? She lives in the deep woods and uses magic. When they find her they weren’t expecting someone so young since she’s only like 14-15. They start having second thoughts but she shows them that she can handle herself. She also wants revenge cause hydra killed her family trying to get to her.
A/N: I made the reader a little older and i hope it’s not a problem. I really liked the request and i have a big idea how to continue this. I hope you like it and if so let me know in order to post a Part 2 and maybe more ;) Enjoy (and sorry for the mistakes)
It was Saturday and everyone in the Avenger
tower was finally able to relax. The whole week represented a lot of missions,
hours of training and a serious lack of sleep. Today had to be their day off.
Nat was trying to find an interesting film on the TV but for now with no luck.
Steve was in his room immersed in his thought for the present again. Tony, as
always, was doing something in his laboratory with Bruce but this time they
weren’t eager to make a progress so fast, so they were mostly telling each
other jokes rather than work. Clint and Vision, unusually, were cooking
whatever they could think of while Peter, Wanda and Thor were ready to become
tasters. Everything was going fine until a familiar and detestable sound
reached their ears.
“Good morning, Avengers.”, said Colson, “How
are you in this sunny and beautiful day?”
“Oh, hey Son of Col! We are perfect.”, Thor
answered with a bright smile on his face.
Now everyone was in the living room looking at
the man in a black suit showing on the huge TV.
“If you have to tell us something good then go
on, if not…better fuck yourself.”
“Well, I’m glad to see you too, Romanoff.”, the
man looked with a smile at the red-head and then turned again to the whole
gang, “Okay, I will go to the main part. Three days ago something extraordinary
happened in woods north of Minnesota.”, bellow him appeared some photos, “As
you see, some of the trees are burnt but definitely not from a fire, and this
one.”, a photo showing something like spikes coming from the ground became in
“What the hell is this?”, Peter exclaimed, “How
is that even possible?”
“That’s what you have to find out.”
“What?! No!”, Tony said angrily. “No! Not going
to happen! We have a day off, Colson!”
“I know you do, but it’s important. Given the
fact it’s like 7km away from a Hydra base, it may be someone used for an
experiment. And we need only three or four of you to go and check.”, the man
“I’m in!”, Wanda said with no hesitations.
“Count me, too”, Clint raised his hand to show
that he’s ready.
“Peter, you are not going.”, Tony declared.
“Why not? We only have to check what’s going
on, that’s all.”
“He is right Tony, and I will go, too.”, Steve
stated and the four of them received the needed information.
“I’m sick of Mr. Stark treating me like a
kid.”, Peter breathed out as he and the other three avengers were getting in
“But you are a kid, Pete.”, Steve sat down and
put his belt on. The others followed his actions and soon they were high above
“That’s not what I mean. I may be a kid as I am
that young but I can look after myself. I can do things just like you guys. I
want and I can become a hero. It seems he…he doesn’t want me to be one.”
“You know that’s not true.”, Wanda tried to
calm the boy down, “He is just afraid. You and either I are new in all of this,
but he, Steve and Clint are deep in this dangerous world and know what it costs
to be a hero.”
“Wanda is right, boy. I share Stark’s thoughts
but not completely. If you want to be a hero, you must know that you risk the
lives of your beloved ones – family, friends, girlfriends… We all have
experienced the feeling of losing someone; we just don’t want you to go through
this at that young age.”, Clint said while checking his arrows.
“But don’t worry, we’ll be beside your back.”,
Steve patted Peter’s shoulder and till the end of the flight nobody spoke.
Two hours later the group was finally at the
mentioned place. There was no place for the helicopter to land so the heroes
had to get down with the help of a rope.
“So…which direction should we go?”, Clint
questioned as he, the last one, got on the hard ground.
“North.”, Steve looked at his compass to make
sure he was right and then led the gang towards the destination.
“Why would somebody stay so deep In the
woods?”, Peter decided to break the silence.
“I don’t think they are just staying there,
“They are hiding.”, Wanda respond back.
“Why do you think so?”
“Colson said that there is a Hydra base in the distance…I
think whoever managed to escape, is now terrified and…and angry.”
“How can you be so sure? Hydra probably sent
out somebody to see if he can cooperate and serve them.”, the way Steve
retorted back showed he had no good feeling towards the organization.
“Because I can feel it!”
“What do you mean?”, Peter was so confused
given the fact he was new and didn’t have much information about the Hydra
thing and Wanda’s powers.
“Sometimes I can either get in your head or
memories, or feel your emotions.”
Steve was about to say something back as his
anger has somehow unlocked but Clint was the one to stop them from a fight.
“Guys! We have a work to do and right now it’s
in front of us.”, Hawkeye showed the previously seen spikes, which were like 10
meters away from them, “Can you solve your problems when we are back in the
base, and I am away from your childish behavior?”
Wanda and Steve looked a little ashamed while
Peter was still standing there with a stupid expression on his face while
trying to figure the things out. While going to the strange and kind of a scary
place the gang saw some burnt trees, others had a burnt hand mark on them,
others were still up but their leaves were dry. As they were becoming closer a
change in the temperature was felt.
“It wasn’t that hot minutes before. I’m
sweating in this costume and now my body is itching like crazy.”, Parker
announced as he began scratching.
“It’s coming from the inside.”
The spikes coming from the ground were making
something like a dome. The sharp sides were touching at the top, while at the
bottom they were forming a circle. This ‘structure’ was definitely made for
some sort of protection.
“Maybe the person is inside this thing.”
“I will try to break it. Step back.”, Wanda
commanded and then, using her magic, she broke one of the spikes. As she did
so, another one grew but not upwards. Instead the spike with its sharp side
directed at her body was about to kill her if it wasn’t Steve to save her. They both fell on the ground while the others
two tried to save themselves from the other deadly formations that suddenly
appeared from the ground.
“What the hell was that?!”, Clint exclaimed as
he tried to catch his breath.
“I don’t know but we better find a way to…”,
Peter was interrupted from Wanda’s scream to watch out. But his spider senses
had already informed him about a danger. He jumped and used his webs to get on
a high tree. From up there he managed to
notice the small aperture.
“I can get there and I will. Don’t try to stop
me, we are losing time. When I get there you will attack and try to ruin this
shield. Got it?”, the young boy notified the others through his micro earphone,
“Let’s have some fun.”, Peter put his mask on and jumped from the tree. He
landed just a meter away from the wanted place but as soon as his foots touched
the spikes others began appearing. With his fastness he got in the hole seconds
before getting seriously injured.
Although he has done it before, this time Peter
made his superhero landing on his ass.
“Shit, that hurts.”, he cursed out but as soon
as he did he was thrown against the strong wall made from the spikes.
“Tell me who the hell you are or I’ll kill
you.”, a sweet, yet dry voice reached his ears. He looked up and saw a girl
around his age standing defensive opposite him with a rage written on her face.
“I’m Pet-, shit! No, I’m Spiderman and I-”, but
the boy was interrupted by being sent to the ‘wall’ again.
“You are lying! If Hydra is sending you, which
I am sure about, you are gonna die in agony. They’ll finally see what I am
capable of! That’s what they want, isn’t it?”, the girl screamed and clenched
fists. Peter, who was thrown again, managed to see what she was doing and how
she was capable of whisking him wherever she wanted. The guy soon realized she
was a witch just like Wanda.
“I have no idea what you are talking about. We
are here to help you”, as soon as those words were spoken, the girl was ready
to make that boy shut up by repeating her previous actions but Peter was
faster. He sent webs towards her hands, sticking them on one of the spikes. She
tried to escape but with in vain. Peter used this opportunity to scan the girl.
She was his height, with a (y/h/t) (y/h/c) hair, (y/e/c) now full with anger.
Her clothes were dirty and scattered, her face slightly sunken maybe due to the
lack of food.
the whole structure was hit and a part of it ruined down. The girl used this as
an opportunity to go away and this time she managed. She began running but the
boy shoot web at her and stopped her. The witch fell on the ground and looked
at the four people standing meters away.
“I’ll kill you!”, she screamed and sent a stone
towards the group. Wanda was the one to create a shield with her magic and protect
her friends. The girl’s eyes widen as she saw that somebody had powers just as
“Stop attacking us and just listen!”, Wanda
“We are here to help you, don’t need to be
afraid.”, a man with a soft voice gave his hand to help her stand. The girl
looked up and was met by a dirty blonde hair and kind blue eyes.
“Talk to my son like that again, and I will end you” - Damian Wayne x Batmom
Summary : Damian is the victim of racism, Batmom steps in to kick some asses.
Just something that popped into my mind one night, after a day of heated argument defending some of my “people of color” friends, like some things get me instantly mad…so I had to write about it and hum…hope you’ll like it :
You didn’t mean to say it on live TV like that…but…The nerves of those people !
It was common knowledge that you didn’t particularly held journalists in your heart.
Some would say it was because any form of media in Gotham was OBSESSED with your family, and you hated the attention you all constantly got.
If you cut your hair, it’d be in the paper, if your sons were spotted hanging out in town, it’d be in the paper, if you and Bruce did something, it’d be in the paper…with ridiculous titles too : “The heir of the Wayne fortune are turning into delinquents !” when all they did was skateboarding around town. “Bruce Wayne and (Y/N) Wayne about to divorce ?” just because Bruce arrived later than you at a gala…So stupid.
Yes, some would say it was because they constantly tried to find a scandal about your family but others…like your husband, would say it was because he used to date a few of those journalists women. And yeah, it was true he did “date” some of those women but, this wasn’t why you disliked journalists.
And Bruce knew it, he’d just tease you with it sometimes to try and relax you because some douchebag wrote lies in the papers about your family…
You knew by marrying Bruce that it would be like that, that you’d always be the center of attention and honestly, when it was just about you ? Or even Bruce ? It was alright. Both of you could handle it.
But when it touched your children ? Oh no. No. And no.
And so, tonight, as someone made a comment about your youngest son..you kinda lost it. And you could already see the title of every articles and such that’ll come out the next day :
“(Y/N) Wayne loses it on live TV”
But this was too much. Your boy already struggled with this at school, he didn’t need it everywhere else…How did they even hear about it anyway ?
Uh…Who were you kidding ? They were journalists, of course they would have heard about your little outburst at Gotham Academy…