than to alanna

“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

(re)read in 2017 →  the woman who rides like a man →   tamora pierce

“I think as a human being,” she retorted hotly. “Men don’t think differently from women– they just make more noise about about being able to.”


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) : >

Ok, so you know that when it comes to George and Alanna's kids it breaks down like this:
  • Jonathan is the responsible uncle that always sides with your parents because he’s all old and shit, and he’s a parent too. You like him the most when you’re little because he speaks kid and he’s just like your parents so you feel comfortable with him, but when you get older you’re kind of like “eh, just another dad in my life”. Then you realize that despite the maturity he actually knows all your parents’ dirty secrets and once you become an adult he’ll totally just start giving you the dirt and he’s awesome again.
  • Gary is like the chill uncle. A little goofier than Jonathan, but ultimately clearly a responsible grown up, albeit one that teases you and says silly things. Never THE favorite uncle, but always A favorite.
  • Raoul is the quiet awkward uncle that you were kind of indifferent to as a young kid because he had no idea what the fuck to say to you, but then you got older and realized that since he had no clue how to speak kid he would just talk to you like a grown up and it’s so cool. Also since he doesn’t have kids he totally lets you get away with all kinds of bullshit when he’s watching you without even realizing it, further cementing his status as Awkward but Cool.
  • Thayet is the aunt equivalent of Jonathan. A little wilder sometimes, but ultimately the responsible, sensible aunt that is like your other mother.
  • Buri is the Bad Aunt. Similar deal to Raoul, at first she’s not your favorite because you’re too little to know how cool she is. Unlike Raoul she totally knows you’re trying to pull bullshit but she’s egging you on because it’s hilarious. She’s also the aunt that likes to fuck with your parents via you. You idolize her because she doesn’t have kids and therefore she’s not boring like your parents.“Oh yeah, I bet your mom would LOVE a terrarium full of spiders. I’ll help you catch them *evil cackling*”.
  • Numair is the uncle that acts like he’s your older brother. He totally lets you do stuff that any other responsible person wouldn’t, not because he thinks it’s funny like Buri, but because he’s so irresponsible and clueless he has no idea that he shouldn’t. He’s the uncle bandaging you up in the back room saying, “Please don’t tell your mom. I’ll give you $20 dollars if you tell her this was all your idea”. He’s also the uncle that teases you, the kind that tells you your parents bought you at Kmart or that you’re on loan from another family and they’re going to come back and get you any day now. The kind of teasing that starts funny but quickly turns into you dashing around with tears in your eyes yelling “MOOOOOOM AM I PART CHIMPANZEE??” He does this out of love, but mostly because he thinks it’s funny. As the younger sister of two brothers I can tell you it’s important to have family members willing to fuck with you on a regular basis so you grow up with a solid bullshit detector and the properly sized ego. For reasons no one on Earth could possibly explain, despite all this you love him and admire him fiercely, and no matter what happens you always go back for more. He’s also the person that’s the most fun to be around.

I think for the Royal family the breakdown is the same, except Alanna is a cross between Thayet and Buri (but mostly Buri), George is kind of like Buri too, and Numair is toned down more (he seems on way less casual terms with Jonathan than he is with Alanna) whereas Gary is way more tricky and teasing with Jon’s kids (because they’re cousins, so that’s his job).

Or at least that’s my headcannon ;)

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.

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

i’ve basically been married to Mass Effect Andromeda for the past week but now I’m done. And no, with the most recent patch, the game is not as bad as you’ve probably heard (although it has a couple of truly horrendous minor plots and character arcs that I’m still ????? about GilBrodieDr.Kennedy). 

But I’ve done it, I played it, I’m happy with it, which I know I don’t reblog ME much but - I love Mass Effect, dearly - so I’ve overall had a good week and now I’ve gotten it out of my system. Hoping the good vibes can see me through to finally:

  1. Finishing this prompt I’ve been procrastinating on for the last three weeks
  2. Start the next chapter for heathens
  3. Finish the next chapter of Only Dream Forever
  4. Start work on outlining my STH bid
  5. Finish outlining the next chapter of I Come With Knives
  6. AND LAST BUT CERTAINLY NOT LEAST finally solidifying the second act outline for Irreparable.
  7. Bonus: sketch out a Kamala Khan perspective for Retrievable.

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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As I was reading The Woman Who Rides Like a Man, the idea stuck to me that a lot of the time Alanna represents the mainstream white feminism to the women of Bloody Hawk (akin to how women of color see it in our world).

Idn Nazzir, the bad guy, is a conservative backward man who believes women have their own place, but as Ali Makhtab points out, a lot of his supporters are other women:

“Many of those who take the shaman’s leadership are women,” Mukhtab went on. “You frighten them. You are too new; you are too different. Will they have to behave differently, now that you are of the tribe? Better that you die and become a legend. Legends force no one to change.” (Pierce, 43).

True, Alanna has absolutely no desire to change these women or to influence their way of life, but her presence alone is enough to influence them, especially since she takes up a position of influence with the important men of the tribe practically the second she arrives– that none of the women of the tribe have. 

Even Kara and Kourrem, who actually get to know Alanna, are terrified that she’s going to try to force them to stop wearing their veils (Pierce, 80). And when they first meet her, they’re not sure that it’s appropriate to take them off, since she acts more like a man than a woman.

Alanna doesn’t think that her presence alone could have such massive impact, like when Coram points it out:

“Lass, ye’re settin’ these poor folk on their ears… they haven’t changed in centuries, and ye’re forcin’ them to accept things yer own people can’t accept–not easily.”

“But don’t you see? To the Bazhir, I’m a legend. They take things from me they wouldn’t take from anyone else. I don’t ask them to change for stupid reasons.” (Pierce 94-5)

Which really speaks of her arrogance, ignorance, and white privilege. And this doesn’t mean that Alanna doesn’t represent feminism (she does in her own white culture), but a very limited scope of it, because her kind of feminism doesn’t respect and embody anyone outside of herself and her culture.

Alanna refuses to change in order to please any man, but at the same time, especially in a culture vastly outside of her own, she throws their customs into their faces. Which is why I think, the women, not only distrust her, but work against her as well. 

Of course eventually, once Alanna proves useful in other ways, the women of the tribe do begin to accept her. But in the later books, Alanna mentions that the Bazhir don’t see her as a woman or a man, but rather as a sexless being.

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.

What if we stop talking about sad things and we talk about her?

Melissa Mcbride

Originally posted by dixonscarol

Melissa McQueen, light of my life. The Sun of TWD. The sun of this world

Originally posted by cookiesordeath

Melissa Mcbride aka the best actress of the fucking world. You can find her in every review of twd described as an outstanding actress, brilliant, unique, alien, magnificent, beautiful actress. Every person who was worked with her and every person who was seen her acting say the same

“ She an unique and beautiful talent”

Originally posted by emilylkinney

So, why don’t we just talk about her? All the season? Until Carol appears again with her future husband Daryl Dixon?

I’m not sorry.

I don’t have regrets

I just love this woman so much, she is an angel, she is my Queen.

Originally posted by oohhshiny

I could put quotes about how talented and beautiful she is from everyone of the cast etc.. but I would need like.. hundreds of posts hahaha. But still..

-”She is the greatest single actress I’ve ever work with”- Andrew Lincoln

-  “Melissa McBride shines in this week’s stellar episode of The Walking Dead (..) If any character in the show has made meaningful changes, it’s definitely Carol.”- review

- No one better in the acting game than @mcbridemelissa- Alanna Masterson

- “Melissa Mcbride shines in every episode even though it is shitty writing”- review from an Spanish magazine

-” Who does she have to kill to earn an Emmy nomination?”


Let’s love Melissa :)

Originally posted by kikitha2210

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.