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cinnacorn  asked:

Hi there! I love your books and grew up with them, I'm so excited to read your upcoming works! Anyway, I wanted to know what kind of future Kel has in regards to her career - how does she move up in the world? Does she take over the King's Own eventually?

I wouldn’t be surprised. She’s awfully good, and she’s got the right temperament. It remains for Jon to see that she’ll be accepted, but at some point, after something like ten years at New Hope, she’ll be shifted to other parts of the country to see how she manages with other lords, other groups of the Own, other groups of the army, and other threats to the kingdom. Hill men, coastal raiders. 

I think by the time she’s 45 or so, she’ll either be moved into command in the army or she’ll be head of the King’s Own. She gets along with other knights and other lords a lot better than Alanna does. She’s a lot more like Raoul in that respect. She works a lot better with the King and Queen than Raoul does, sometimes. (Raoul gets along better with Thayet.)

In the mean time she takes whatever position she gets, she doesn’t offend people by walking in and saying “I’m going to set this place right,” she talks to not just the commanders, but the foot soldiers and the servants and the local people. She does her own shopping, at least until Tobe catches up, and if somebody has a problem with her she offers to take it to the training yard. Usually the problem goes away.

“Dear Instagram trolls, body shamers, and the men and woman who think it’s ok to comment on my weight: I hope that you don’t have children. And if you do, I hope you teach them about kindness and acceptance. I hope they learn that it isn’t ok to make fun of people or call people names. I hope one day YOU learn what it takes to be a parent. A kind selfless parent. A working parent. A parent that puts themselves in someone else’s shoes. Maybe you can’t get it through your thick fucking skull, but nursing a baby for a year (and pumping in a van between takes, in the dead of summer in Georgia) is a lot of work, determination, and scheduling. So before you decide to make a comment about my chest being “too large” or how “fat” I’ve become, just know that this little girl got the best start to life. I wouldn’t have changed it for a second. I would’ve gladly continued to eat enough calories to produce milk for her little bones to grow. Also, grow the fuck up. Your mother should be ashamed for raising such a judgmental bully. I’m sure she knows how “courageous” you must be for trolling and hiding behind your Iphone and computers. P.s. I would LOVE to see any man or woman give birth to a baby, nurse the baby, and then work 17 hour days and NAIL their own stunts. P.s.s. Be kind to each other. We need it now more than ever. ❤️✌🏼️ ” - Alanna Masterson

anonymous asked:

all i want for Infinity War is for the Guardians to be enamored with Tony. I want Rocket to be squealing over the armour I want them all to just love Tony so much because Tony needs to see a team that also functions as a family because The Avengers (barring Rhodey) arent gonna be the ones to be that to him

i mean GotG has its problems and the team itself have their problems, but i so enjoyed that the movie went YES WE HAVE BEEN FORCED TOGETHER BY CIRCUMSTANCES but also yeah we kinda care about each other despite ourselves? there is a real element of affection to the entire team that i don’t think the avengers have been able to nail down across two movies.

which isn’t an entirely fair comparison because as a movie GotG was explicitly about family, found and natural. Neither Avengers movie is. But anyway -

Yes! I am excited for Tony to meet the Guardians, I hope that he gets to be fascinated with their tech and its not taken as an opportunity to mock Tony’s own Terran tech. Rocket will probably think its ‘quaint’ and that’s fine, but I can also seem him having a grudging respect for a human who has done so much. I’m excited to see Tony’s fear of space collide with his hunger and love of knowledge and the future of what technology could look like on earth. If there is any team helping Tony face his demons on that front, I think the Guardians could def handle it.


Red haired heroines ✨  This was a fun mini-series to make! I’d been missing watercolour. There were others I thought about including, but decided on these six (for now) : >

anonymous asked:

just finished reading steve's sorting and omg i LOVED it. i think i aspire to be that exact combination of gryffinpuff. anyways have you guys sorted the tortall heroines yet? i'm especially excited to read about kel cause she's my fave :)

(don’t tell; she’s my favorite too)

Alanna the Lioness is brash, fiercely stubborn, forward; she charges; and she inspires people to follow and to glorify her. This is the superpower of the Gryffindor Secondary and Alanna uses it well. People want to fall in step behind her, to tie their lives to hers. She is repeatedly flabbergasted by it—when Jon and his friends take her as one of their own, when the other pages see her as a “very small squire,” when she finds loyalty among the thieves of George’s court, among the Bazhir and her students, and when Liam follows her back to Tortall and fights for her king’s sake.

Yes, Jon, George, and Liam are all in love with Alanna, but they’re hardly alone in the way they want to follow, fight for her, and stand with her. It’s not about love—it’s about trust, a bit, and about awe. She is bright and brave and more herself than most people ever will be. It doesn’t make people feel safe, but there’s something about that genuineness that makes people want to be better.

When people hate her it’s almost always because they realize they can’t change her (Roger, the shaman in WwRlaM).

As shining bright as the lion on her shield and sleeve is, however, Alanna is a Slytherin Primary. Alanna’s knighthood isn’t, as it will be for Kel years later, about helping people. This isn’t about doing right, or good, or kindly—this is about what Alanna wants. It is ambition, selfishness, and strength. People have told her what she is allowed and what she isn’t and Alanna’s whole life has had an edge of one big long “screw you.” A well-adjusted Slytherdor, charging at what they want, tends to get it — and to leave the world changed in their wake.

Daine Sarrasri, the Wildmage, is a Ravenclaw Primary who borrows other peoples’ systems wholesale. Her greatest terror is often that she is insane, her mind and thoughts untrustworthy. This isn’t a unique fear to Ravenclaw Primaries, but it’s certain a point in favor of that sorting. She has a Gryffindor Secondary—she charges and she hates holding her tongue.

Daine’s Ravenclaw Primary doesn’t build itself, but rather borrows from the people she loves and trusts. As a girl, she takes on her mom’s Puff system but views it as a deal—you help your community and they will help you. A social contract. When her home is attacked, no one comes to help in the aftermath even though her mother would’ve helped them. This is the first broken system that sends her spiralling. She is reticent and lost until she gains enough faith in and camaraderie with her people in Tortall to begin taking on their systems of how the world should work.

And once she accepts a system, she can be confused and horrified when other people don’t also subscribe to it. In Realms, when her parents and then the dragons hesitate to help her friends back in Tortall, she tears into them with fervor.

Daine ‘Falls’ after her mother’s death— and then she falls again when Numair “dies” in Emperor Mage. That Daine’s greatest spirals come after personal loss looks rather Slytherin, actually— but Daine is not petrifying. This is not a Slytherin’s fall. She’s not terrified of losing people or of giving herself emotional vulnerabilities. In both these cases, the system she was trusting betrays her.

She was following her mother’s system of caring and community building and then her community turned on her. In Ozorne’s court she tries on the system of diplomacy and statework that the ambassadors from Tortall promise her will work. She sits on her Gryffindor Secondary and her dislike for the situation, trusting that they know what they’re doing and that they have a valid model of the world for her to follow. If they follow all the rules of the diplomatic party, everything will be alright. And then Ozorne executes Numair and Daine snaps.

She drops that system and goes on a roaring rampage of revenge, letting nothing but her fury and her Gryffindor Secondary decide her moves. Getting Numair back calms her and brings her back from her Fall—but she doesn’t reclaim the ambassador’s trust-the-system mindset.

Daine finally ends up with a model that seems to be an updated version of her mother’s Puff— the service and the defense of the people who need it, but without the ‘fair trade’ expectation she had had in her youth. She no longer expects people to fight for her the way she fights for them. Tortall is hers and she will defend her new home through any struggle.

This isn’t a deal, a back and forth. This is about doing your best for the people around you. This system is self-contained, relying only on her actions and not on anyone else’s reciprocation or honor, which makes it much stabler than her previous models. Daine takes Tortall as her own and surrounds herself with brave, fervent people just as willing to spend their lives in its defense.

Alanna’s greatest climaxes were all personal—she saved Jon. She lost Faithful, lost Thom, killed Roger. It was about those close connections, about the way she wanted her life to be (not the way she thinks it *should* be)—but Kel’s battles will all be for other people, for wider swathes of people who are “hers” because she owes them something.

Kel’s greatest crises are about bullies, being there for Lalasa, scorning the Chamber for its undignified heartlessness, saving her people. She fights different battles than Alanna—Raoul even has that speech about it. Alanna is a hero, but Kel is a commander. Alanna is a Slytherin Primary, and Kel is a Hufflepuff.

Kel’s morality is comprehensive and intuitive and it’s based completely and entirely on people. She will betray her sworn lord, her word, and even the greater cause of the war in order to save the “small” she feels responsible for. In Lady Knight, she even insists on honoring and humanizing the enemy dead — learning to see some people as not worth her empathy was almost part of Kel’s growth.

Like Alanna, she is an inspiration without any attempt to be that kind of symbol. She changes the face of page training, and not just because of her gender—when Kel starts fighting against the hazing, the other pages rise up with her. When she goes after her people in Lady Knight, she ends up with a whole army she didn’t ask for at her back. She wins over the King’s Own without trying to do anything more than a good job, coming out after four years with not just their camaraderie but their respect and allegiance. For all that communities spontaneously form around Kel, she’s no Puff Secondary. She leads.

Kel is a good example of the potential of the Gryffindor Secondary to be subtle. She is quiet. She holds her tongue and her emotions in check so much that her bullies nickname her ‘The Lump.”

This reticence is something that comes from the cultural context of her childhood, growing up in the Yamani Isles. It’s something she finds useful but she puts aside her quiet, seeming calm when her need to speak out or act against injustice rises its head—standing up and demanding an explanation at Joren’s trial is a good example.

She is quiet, careful, often respectful, but she is always and entirely herself. It’s why she considers turning down Wyldon’s offer at the start of First Test. It’s not a fair offer, and by accepting the probation she feels like she is accepting and complicit with the system. What finally changes her mind is an appeal to her Hufflepuff Primary: this will make her better able to help people who need helping, and that’s more important than anything. So she accepts the offer and wears dresses (which she hates) to the pages’ hall to show the world she is unashamed of being a girl.

Aly is a Slytherin/Slytherin, which I’m sure everyone’s just shocked about. When Aly decides to stay for the rebellion, it’s not because her understanding of the raka’s oppression has deepened—Aly has fallen in love with Ulasim, Junai, Chenoal, Sarai, and Dove and that is what makes her little Slytherin heart finally dedicate itself wholly and forever to the cause.

It’s about people— these specific faces and what they want and need— and it’s about the challenge. The House of ambition, remember? Kyprioth, a wily old Slytherin/Slytherin himself, knew exactly what buttons to press on little old Aly.

(Kyprioth is a good example of a Slytherin with a massive inner circle—he’s not bonded to a handful of individuals, but a whole people. This seeming group-bonding does not make him a Hufflepuff—this is not about community, about service, about need, or about the basic humanity of all. This is about possession. They are his and they will be great again).

Aly’s Slytherin Secondary is pretty self-explanatory— she delights in manuever, subterfuge, quick-thinking, espionage. The books are titled ‘Trickster.’ It’s hard to get much more Slytherin than Aly Homewood.

Beka Cooper is an Idealist Primary, not a loyalist. If one of her Rat breakfast buddies broke the law, she’d turn them in and not for a Hufflepuff’s ‘greater good.’ Arrest is what happens when you commit a crime and get caught. Beka would lose far more sleep over helping a beloved friend skip out on their arrest than she would locking them up in the first place. (This is supported also by the way she deals with *spoiler* in the last book. It doesn’t matter that they are one of hers). When she takes in the kids in the first book, it’s not out of empathy, pity, or kindness, but because she feels responsible.

But which Idealist? Gryffindor or Ravenclaw? Something that muddies the water here is her strong Ravenclaw Secondary. The very format of the story calls to that secondary— Beka is keeping her journal because she wants to practice and hone her skills of observation and maintaining data. She goes after things with deliberation and empiricism even inside her own head. She is not easily swayed by emotional appeals or smooth talkers. The strength of her Ravenclaw Secondary makes her idealist primary house look a bit more built than I think it is.

Beka’s got a powerful moral compass. It follows her from situation to situation and adjusts easily and well to new conflicts without seeming to have a rigorous pre-built structure. When she is presented with hard calls, she makes them. She knows what feels right in most situations and she goes after those aims with both a single-minded terrier stubborness and all her constructed, logical skills and data analysis. Gryffindor Primary, Ravenclaw Secondary.

– Alanna - Slytherin Primary, Gryffindor Secondary Daine - Ravenclaw Primary (who occassionally Falls), Gryffindor Secondary Kel - Hufflepuff Primary, Gryffindor Secondary Aly - Slytherin Primary, Slytherin Secondary Beka - Gryffindor Primary, Ravenclaw Secondary

afriendtosell  asked:

What novels/writers do you think influenced how you approached your writing?

Three fantasy quartets by Tamora Pierce— Song of the Lioness, The Immortals, and Protector of the Small—  are going to rank really high up here for a few reasons. As a kid I finally could read about protagonists who felt like real people. They were girls who fought and cried and had their period and hated their bodies and the changes that were forced on them against their will. They were problematic. They made mistakes and did stupid shit and didn’t use their head sometimes. They were imperfect. They had sex. They really liked it, and sought it out. They kicked ass with unusual talents, or forged their way through with determination. They dealt with the stupid bullshit men continuously spew out and didn’t mince words about it. It was just really refreshing, baby’s first angry feminist book. Girls aren’t allowed to be mad. At least, I wasn’t.

Alanna crossdressing successfully despite being short was also soothing. I’m sure if I had less vigilant parents I would have started shopping in the boys section from then on.

Harry Potter is a cornerstone of most people my age. I refused to read it for a while because it was all anybody ever talked about in elementary. Finally I got the first book and fell in love. It really made me appreciate the details of a book that merited a re-read. I wanted to make things re-readable. I’m pretty sure the first thing I ever wrote was Harry Potter self insert fanfiction, lost to a journal somewhere in between my many moves.

Sabriel was the first book that made me just go like whooaaaaaaaaaa. Everything about it just broke the rules. It wasn’t sparkly magic. It was dark magic, but Dark Is Not Evil. It dealt with death in a mature, spiritual way, not as something to be feared, but accepted. (Unless we’re talking about zombies. You should be afraid of zombies and other fell creatures.). I’ve bought like 10 copies of Sabriel because I tend to give them to friends. It’s that important to me.

And also the cover art of Sabriel made her look very androgynous, and I always yearn for tall slender androgynous female characters. Sabriel herself was fun because she was less “brash and badass” than Alanna, but was still super compelling and interesting. 

Growing up and realizing I would never be taller than 5′2″ was really traumatic.

Somewhere in my tweens I got exposed to anime and became a weaboo, anime tended to blend genres in ways I adored. My first big anime was Trigun, a mix of western and scifi, and I think that really influenced the things I like and the things I want to write about. I know it’s not a book but it deserves honorable mention because it got me started on reading fanfiction, which was its own rabbit hole.

I read Interview With A Vampire much younger than I probably should have, but I was hungry for erotic material and the movie had stirred all sorts of powerfully gay feelings in me. Although I gotta admit, when Lestat had sex with that nun and described her vagina like “flower petals opening up to him” I wondered what the hell was going on. Did most women have like… flaps??? 

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Were they naturally tightened up and supposed to open up like…. that???? Mine didn’t…. DID I HAVE A BROKEN VAGINA?! Maybe I should reconsider being gay… I’m not sure I can handle any part of the human body behaving like that!!!!

Gotta love the American education system.

I’m still shocked my mom let me read that book? I think she was just so Painfully Straight that she didn’t realize I was chasing those books for a glimmer of homoerotic tension. BUT EVEN THEN IM SHOCKED SHE DIDN’T BAN THEM. Mom was good about not banning books, though. The only book she ever got mad at me for reading was, surprise surprise, a book about gay men.

I still really like vampires which is why I then started reading The Last Vampire by Christopher Pike. He always had female protagonists in his novels. I was hungry for vampire stuff and his teenagers got drunk and did drugs and had sex. My kinda shit. There was tons of gross stuff alongside romantic stuff.

Animorphs has got to be reigning king for most influence on my writing style, dialogue, character interactions, the whole thing. The mix of the traumatic and the bizarre and the blood and the “Marco complaining about going on recon because there’s a powerpuff girls marathon I could be watching instead”. And then people DIED. Shit got real. I’m not being coherent but Animorphs still reigns supreme, more than anything I’d love to write a series of young adult novels that fills that same niche. Like Pike’s books, it tended to blend nasty+cool shit together, on the same page, or even the same paragraph.

And last but not least, Crossroads has everything you could expect from a Xekstrin story. It’s got drama. It’s got age gaps. It’s got tears, SO MANY TEARS. Abandonment issues. Seeeeex. IT’S GOT SAD LESBIANS. It’s got codependent relationships. It’s got found family and shitty mothers. The main character falls in love with her stepbrother. It’s absolutely trashy. You gotta read it.


Everything feels unreal, like I took a wrong turn somewhere and I need to load a save to get back to where I could’ve made a better choice

Except I can’t go back, and I can’t fix anything

The only thing keeping me glued together is a very strict schedule enforced by my Japanese class, because we have learned the equivalent of a high school year in just 10 weeks

Sometimes I think about how this class is a fulfillment for the kid I never got to grow into – how I desperately begged my parents to let me take Japanese for my language in middle school, or choir, or anything that wasn’t the Spanish classes that were forced down my throat because “how can we help you if we don’t understand it? Better to take Spanish so we can help you”

Well guess who never ended up needing your help

Fuck you, parents, I finally got to do what I want to do

One of my favorite things about Tamora Pierce’s books is how there’s a constellation called The Cat that occasionally disappears from the sky and walks among humans. I love how In the Hand of the Goddess, when everyone is suggesting names for Alanna’s black kitten with purple eyes (who she names Faithful), someone suggests Pounce. I think it was Raoul, but I don’t have the book in front of me. Then, in Terrier, the exact same cat is Beka’s friend, and she named him Pounce.


I MADE A THING! Pretty sure this is the first thing I’ve finished since high school, and the last things I made in high school were school work and had to be finished so I could graduate.

This is the first time I’ve attempted cross-stitch since fourth grade, and the first time I’ve sewn by hand since seventh grade. I made a LOT of mistakes, but I enjoyed every minute of it even if I am sore from working on the ground all weekend.

The pattern is by @lpanne and is of the protagonists of the Circle of Magic books by Tamora Pierce. I love these characters and I love lpanne’s work. They often make things for small fandoms, including The Posterchildren, so you should totally check them out. Sometimes they also have give-aways, and I’ve won three different pieces from them which I love with all my heart.

The choice of fabric for the backing was inspired by this mix cover.

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magicinthe--making  asked:

Hi! Can you please do the Men of the Tortall universe? I'd primarily love to see George, Jon, Roger and Raoul!

Jon’s a Ravenclaw Primary– he thinks, he listens. He takes data in and changes his mind about what he thinks is right and wrong based on what he learns. Watch the way he hungers after being the Voice, and the way access to all that information and perspective settles him. It’s important to him to be good and right, sensible and fair, and he looks for those things outside himself.

For a secondary, Jon’s a Slytherin– adaptive, flexible, quick on his feet, good at turning people’s heads. He’s powerful and clever and often falls into manipulation like an afterthought. His Slytherin is not particularly wholesome or harmless either, but it is particularly charismatic. I love Jon, but I don’t always *like* him.

George is a Slytherin Primary. Well, he’s a nice warm Slytherin Primary who likes to pretend he’s a community-based Hufflepuff a lot of the time. He’s nice, he’s friendly, he invests in communities like his thieves. In later books you see his warmth in things like his welcoming of Daine in her first book. It looks pretty Puffy.

But when push comes to shove, George is a Slytherin down deep. If he can help his world and communities he will, but his first priority is Alanna (and later Aly and his other kids) and he is utterly unashamed by that prioritization. He likes caring about his communities, even about strangers, but only when it doesn’t get in the way of the important things. And the kid’s got a big heart and a lot of capacity, so most of the time he’s got the extra bandwidth to pretend to be a Hufflepuff all he wants.

For secondary– I think that’s where George’s actual Hufflepuffness lies. As an ex-king of thieves and present spy master, it seems like he should have a Slytherin Secondary. And lying and maneuvering is certainly something within his skillset. But if you look at what makes George powerful, it’s the hard work, gathered connections, and the hard won reputation of a Hufflepuff Secondary.

George does his work. People trust him. People give him secrets and responsibilities and access, even when maybe they shouldn’t. Despite everything, he makes people feel safe, and that is a frightening sort of power.

(Also it’s one of the reasons I think George is better for Alanna than Jon. Jon is shifting sands, whatever he needs to be, and George is steady ground. That’s something Alanna I think needs.)

I’m less certain on Raoul, but my money’s on Hufflepuff Primary. Maybe even Hufflepuff Secondary (though he could be Gryffindor?). But that kid build and strengthens communities just by being there. He’s got a casual but powerful sense of decency and integrity and he and Kel jam for reasons. Raoul just wants to do work, and he’s at his best when he’s just allowed to go off with a group of people he trusts and who he’s built into something strong and affirming, and to just do that work, together.

Roger… Slytherin Secondary, like Jon (and Thom maybe?). Primary I think was either Slytherin or Gryffindor.

anonymous asked:

So I was looking through your Alanna face tag, and I noticed my personal fave was missing! Thought I'd share/get an opinion. Have you seen Natalya Rudakova? She's my ideal Alanna. A little thinner than I imagine Alanna would be, but everything else is good.

Russian actress Natalya Rudakova.

She’s a good one! Face casting for Alanna is hard because she’s really not supposed to be that pretty. I think Rudakova would work pretty well, though.