the catastrophe of success

Fred Weasley x Reader: After Hours

AN: This one is for all my busy people <3 Sounds dirty, but it’s not! Just sweet

Warning(s): Swearing tw

“What about Sunday, what’ve you got going on Sunday?”

“Wood wants us on the pitch at seven, then I told the guys that I would spend the afternoon with them. Are you free Wednesday?”

“Monday and Tuesday I have to tutor second years in Arithmancy so I’ve only got Wednesday to get cracking on that Herbology final essay.”

Fred let out a loud laugh.

“Well shit.” He said, his eyes sparkling. “Give me the address of your secretary, I’ll have them pencil me in for next month.”

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Then what is good? The obsessive interest in human affairs, plus a certain amount of compassion and moral conviction, that first made the experience of living something that must be translated into pigment or music or bodily movement or poetry or prose or anything that’s dynamic and expressive – that’s what’s good for you if you’re at all serious in your aims. William Saroyan wrote a great play on this theme, that purity of heart is the one success worth having. “In the time of your life – live!” That time is short and it doesn’t return again. It is slipping away while I write this and while you read it, and the monosyllable of the clock is Loss, loss, loss, unless you devote your heart to its opposition.
—  Tennessee Williams, “The Catastrophe of Success”
‘In the time of your life—live!’ That time is short and it doesn’t return again. It is slipping away while I write this and while you read it, and the monosyllable of the clock is Loss, loss, loss, unless you devote your heart to its opposition.
—  Tennessee Williams, The Catastrophe of Success.
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NYTimes: The Coming Incompetence Crisis

“The normal incompetent person flails and stammers and is embarrassed about it. But the true genius at incompetence like our president flails and founders and is too incompetent to recognize his own incompetence. [Trump] mistakes his catastrophes for successes and so accelerates his pace toward oblivion. Those who ignore history are condemned to retweet it.”

Painfully, we have not reached Peak Trump.

The Devil’s Grimoire Text 2:       THE DEVIL AND HIS DEMONIC LEGION ~ THE CORE OF CREATION

Given below is the Ruling Hierarchy of Hell, the Devil and His true Demonic Legion  -I-  it is a Hierarchy founded upon the roots of Classical Demonolgy, and is the very Core of Creation, the Heart of Abyss of Creative Emanation  -I-  in this Hierarchy it must be said - as in the Grimoire itself - the Demons are not regarded as Fallen Angels but as ancient forces which existed long before the concept of God and Angels  -I-  forces which have been given names and clothed in guises over the centuries through the cultural and religious beliefs of humans  -I-  some such as Moloch, Adramalech and Baal have been worshipped as Pagan Gods, the Devil at its apex merged with the Fallen Angel Satan of Biblical writings and honoured at the Black Sabbat of the Ancient Witches  -I-  their guises and names are Legion, for they are indeed many, I have seen them in their true forms, their veiled forms and in the guises at times conceived by humankind … all manifestations of true ineffable power  -I-  some known to many such as Azazel, Raniel, Gadriel and Azaziel are omitted here, such Spirits are Fallen Angels and not Demons but reside in a neutral zone between the Angels and the Demons, this spoken of by the Demon Beelzeboul to me in Communion  -I-  learn well of the Demons put forth here, they are of great power and the Spirits which will guide you on your journeys upon the path Infernal!


THE RULING ECHELON


THE DEVIL/SATAN ~ LORD OF THE INFERNAL KINGDOM (m) Knowledge, Power, Occult Wisdom, Black Arts, Seduction, Learning, Creation, Infernal Communion, Authority, Destiny.

LILITH ~ DARK QUEEN OF HELL (f) Seduction of Men, Infertility, Infant Death, Seership, Black Arts, Incubi, Succubi, Vampiric Attack, Hexcraft, Cunning, Black Magick, Spellcraft.

BEELZEBOUL ~ LORD OF THE HOUSE (m) Power, Authority, Wisdom, Strength, Command, Rulership, Bravery, Conflict, Victory, Protection, Commerce, Courage, Protection, Compulsion.

ABADDON ~ THE PRINCE OF MISERY (m) Death, Destruction, Misery, Hatred, Perversion, Torture, Violence, Violation, Sadness, Deviation, Sacrifice, Cursing, Chaos, Transformation.

ASMODEUS ~ LORD OF THE CARNAL HOUSE (m) Lust, Wisdom, Seduction, Sexual Possession, Protection, Ouija Conjuring, Magickal Knowledge, Infidelity, Adultery, Wanton Sex, Desire.

AGALIAREPT ~ KEEPER OF GATEWAYS (m) Gateways, Portals, Divination, Initiation, Knowledge, Study, Seership, Black Magick Teachings, Mysteries, Isolation, Guideance.

ASHTAROT ~ BRINGER OF LOVE (f) Love, Seduction, Friendship, Alliances, Reconciliation, Bonds, Pacts, Egregores, Psychogones, Homunculi, Golems, Affairs, Romance, Beauty.

LUCIFUGE ROFOCALE ~ PAYMASTER OF HELL (m) Wealth, Finances, Promotion, Prosperity, Inheritance, Success, Employment, Riches, Chance, Daring, Security.

BELPHEGOR ~ DEMON OF INVENTION (a) Love, Seduction, Love Bindings, Invention, Creativity, Inspiration, Ideas, Imagination.


THE RULING HIERARCHY

ADRAMALECH (m) Plague, Disease, Malady, Destruction, Blood Sacrifice, Chaos, Possession, Wounds, Virus, Illness.

MAMMON (m) Wealth, Greed, Money Lending, Avarice, Management, Riches, Power.

BEHEMOTH (a) Greed, Sloth, Avarice, Obsession, Compulsion, Luxury, Immorality, Sin, Decadence, Debauchery, Gluttony.

EURYNOME (m) Death, Hate, Discord, Tears, Misery, Sadness, Destruction, Depression, Melancholy, Apathy, Loss.

NAAMAH (f) Seducing Men, Fornication, Seduction, Fertility, Lust, Debauchery, Desire. 

MEPHISTO (m) Pacts, Death, Revenge, Empowerment, Magickal Knowledge, Protection, Conjuring, Justice, Trade, Cunning, Charm, Etiquette.

ARIOCH (m) Revenge, Retribution, Wrath, Justice, Vengeance, Reprisals, Truth, Karma, Atavism, Memory, Death.

ALASTOR (m) Death, Destruction, Assassination, Execution, Torture, Termination, Slow Death, Pain, Hatred, Discord.

UNSERE (f) Childbirth, Fertility, Beauty, Feminine Beauty, Nature, Healing, Child Protection, Safe Childbirth, Potency.

RIMMON (a) Healing, Medicine, Health, Pharmacists, Science, Vanquishing Disease, Exploration, Experimentation, Psychology.

BALTHAZAR (m) Cruelty, Death, Punishment, Torture, Perversion, Sexual Deviation, Destruction Of Love Ones, Charm, Influence.

SATANACHIA (a) Protection, Astral Protection, Travel By Air, Magickal Protection, Seducing Women, Magick, Safe Travel, Astral Projection, Protection In Sleep, Transport.

SARGATANAS (a) Psychic Self Defence, War Strategy, Protection, Banishings, Lust, Power, Sealings, Victory, Defence 

MINOSON (a) Gambling, Victory In Sports, Games, Chance, Luck.

MULCIBER (a) Architecture, Invention, Creativity, Plans, Study, Mastery, Skill, Craftsmanship, Work, Buildings, Fortresses, Defences, Learning.

ASAFOETIDA (f) Love, Lust, Compassion, Relationships, Peace, Reconciliation, Arbitration, Seduction, Coital Union.

BAAL (m) Wisdom, Knowledge, Power, Magickal Knowledge, Command, Authority, Learning, Leadership, Death, Loyalty.Knowledge.

UKOBACH (a) Fire, Pyromancy, Death By Burning, Immunity To Burning, Flames, Sulphur, Alchemy.

LEONARD (m) Black Magick, Voodoo, Africa, Death, Hexes, Curses, Military Success.

NYBASS (f) Nightmares, Insanity, Illusions, Spellcraft, Visions, Portents, Augury, Destroying Will, Hexes, Prophecy, Paranormal, Ghosts.

HARISTUM (a) Protection From Fire, Protection, Safety, Summoning Fire.

PICOLLUS (m) Blood Sacrifice, Necromancy, Mediumship, Oracles, Death, Passing, Mourning, Grief, Revenge.

RAHOVART (a) Miserliness, Hate, Immorality, Temptation, Communication, Trickery, Possession, Deviation, Debauchery. Sin.

RIBESAL (a) Storms, Lightning, Weather Manipulation, Snow, Defends Paupers, Guardian, Successful Alliances, Direction.

XAPHAN (m) Destructive Fire, Catastrophe, Invention, Creativity, Inspiration, Rebellion, Anarchy, Revolution.

ABYZOU (f) Infertility, Infant Death, Possession, Psychic Attack, Vampirism, Altering Mindstates, Influence, Illness, Causes Strokes, Illusions, Paranoia.

VERDELET (m) Astral Projection, Pathworking, Insanity, Possession, Delirium, Confusion, Memory Loss, Mental Disorders.

PYTHIUS (a) Tortures, Deceit, Servitors, Cunning, Influence, Power, Familiars

ARPHAXAT (m) Possession, Violation, Sexual Violation, Torture, Deviation, Sodomy.

GRESSIL (a) Luxury, Indulgence, Sloth, Excess, Wanton Lust, Extremity.

BAALZEPHON (a) Knowledge, Wisdom, Authority, Power, Dictatorship, Wealth, Command, Punishment, Management.

SHABIRI (f) Inflicts Blindness, Insanity, Mental Fatigue, Hexes, Deafness, Loss Of Senses.

SUCCORBEMOTH (f) Jealousy, Envy, Possessions, Miserliness, Vendettas, Punishment, Hatred, Possessiveness, Influence.

DELIPITORAE (f) Seducing Men, Adultery, Fascination, Enchantment, Temptation, Tempting Spouses, Immorality.

LUITHIAN (m) Teaching, Learning, Study, Scholarship, Literary Skills, Literature, Occult Knowledge, Writing, Poetry, Verse.

VERRINE (f) Healing, Health, Medicine, Vanquishing Malady, Cures, Fertility, Resurgence, Well Being, Curative Medicines.

PROCULO (a) Sleep, Dreams, Rest, Comfort, Healing, Dream Prophecy, Tiredness, Lethargy.

ROSIER (a) Obsession, Possessiveness, Fixation, Obsessive Love, Enchantment, Brutality, Imprisonment, Conflict.

CAMBION (a) Incubi, Succubi, Infernal Offspring, Psychogones, Paranormal Activity, Phantoms, Spirits, Magickal Children.

CARNIVEAN (a) Obscenity, Shame, Depravity, Temptation, Decadence, Wanton Behaviour, Nymphomania, Lust, Exhibitionism.

CRESSIL (a) Impurity, Laziness, Slovenliness, Sorcery, Sloth, Apathy, Lethargy, Vice.

VERRIER (a) Herbalism, Healing Others, Health, Vanquishing Disease, Healing, Medication, Rest, Recuperation, Vitality.

ELELOGAP (a) Water, Sailing, Sea, Hydromancy, Journeys By Sea.

BALBAN (m) Delusion, Illusion, Phenomena, Mirages, Apparitions, Mental Illness. 

ANCITIF (a)Possession, Sin, Depravity, Decadence, Blasphemy, Inversion, Adversity.

SONNEILLON (f) Hatred, Discord, War, Wrath, Division, Separation, Dividing Lovers, Wickedness, Conflict, Revenge, Grudges.

OEILLET (a) Cruelty, Temptation, Greed, Excess, Lust, Sin, Sexual Virility.

JEZEBETH (f) Lies, Friction, Dishonesty,  Falsehoods, Injustice, Fallacy.

MULLIN (m) Military Tactics, Cunning, Warfare, Strategic Battles, Hexes.

ORTHON (a) Possession, Altering Mind State, Blasphemy, Inversion.

AGRAMON (a) Fear, Terror, Nightmares, Hauntings, Insecurity, Anxiety, Pressure.

AGLASIS (a)Transport, Travel, Communication, Cargo, Journeys, Safe Travel.

BRULEFER (a) Love, Induces Love, Forms Relationships, Incites Passion.

KEY … (a) Androgynous … (f) Female/Demoness … (m) Male/Demon

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On this day in 1996, US Magazine names Kevin Spacey “One of 10 breakthrough artists of 1996.” 

“I don’t believe in basking. Tennessee Williams wrote a great essay called The Catastrophe of Success, about what happens when you wallow around a kidney-shaped swimming pool collecting residual checks when you should be doing meaningful work. Not only is it dangerous for your talent, but it’s dangerous for you as a person.” ~ Kevin Spacey, US Magazine, April 7, 1996

“Don’t leave” she asked, “please don’t leave”.
“You can conceal everything, you can hang around other girls, you can lie all the time and come back with your innocent little smile, you can…”.
She took a deep breath, knowing she was opening the door to a succession of catastrophes. But it was too late to turn back now.
“You can do anything"she whispered. "As long as you stay.”
It was a big, a terrible mistake; now he knew he could do everything he wanted without ever risking a single reproach. But huge as that mistake may be, it would never cause anything worse than him walking away never to return again.
—  Just stay

My favorite post from 2016 was a Splatoon comic I made, “This Festival Called Life.” The post was kind of long, so please check it out via links:

Part: [1] [2] [3] [4]

Despite the squid theme only being applied to the game late in development, Splatoon’s world addresses many things I wish I could. Marine biology, global man-made catastrophe, and intelligent species succession after the human race. I’m looking forward to the English release of the Ikasu Artbook this year.

I wish I can draw the themes that matter to me without the clutch of Nintendo. One day…

tiqueuse (disabled!carmilla AU)

This is pure self-indulgence, driven by both the popularity of hard-of-hearing!Carmilla and the fact that I’ve never seen a Tourette Syndrome AU in any fandom. So just bear with me.
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Laura just marks it down as one more annoyance, at first.

Stealing her pillow, eating her food, clogging the shower drain, bringing back “study buddies” at all hours- and Carmilla never stops moving.

Little things, mostly. Irregular, jerky movements of her fingers when Laura confronts her about not using the chore wheel. Shoulders tensing and relaxing three times in rapid succession as she drops textbooks on her desk and falls onto her bed, opening the dog-eared copy of The Castle of Otranto left there last night. Eye rolls Laura thinks are misplaced even for her, accompanied by strangely fluttering eyelids.

It’s all so at odds with her usual grace that Laura thinks nothing of mentioning it in a video.

“But we’re not here to talk about my horrible, twitchy roommate.”

On her bed, Carmilla stiffens. Laura only notices when she’s editing, hours later.

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“By the way, buttercup, sorry my neurological condition bothers you.”

Laura blinks, fingers going still on the keyboard. “What?”

“Tourette Syndrome,” Carmilla replies. “Causes involuntary movements and sounds. Look it up if you want to know the science.”

“Wait, isn’t that the swearing disease?” The instant the words are out, Laura knows she’s said something wrong. Carmilla glares at her, snapping the latest book shut.

“No. I’m surprised little Miss Let’s-All-Get-Along doesn’t know that.” Her tone is poisonously sweet. “What, you weren’t president of the Diversity and Tolerance Club in high school?”

Tense shoulders. Rapid, ragged breaths. Things she noticed suddenly come together with things she didn’t to form a clear picture. Carmilla’s eyes, though, are daring her to mention it.

Laura finds her voice at last. “Fine. I’m sorry I said that in the video. I didn’t know.”

“Good,” Carmilla shoots back. And that seems to be the end of the conversation.

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“So…if you’re a vampire, what about…um…”

Carmilla raises an eyebrow. Even tied to a chair and facing god-knows-how-long without sustenance, she still manages to exude dangerous levels of snark.

“Don’t believe everything those asnine shows tell you, cupcake. Being turned just added some new toys to my brain. Didn’t fix what was already wrong with it.”

Over the next nine days, her control worsens. But even when she grimaces, neck muscles cording out, and her irregular breath sends her into coughing fits, Laura doesn’t say anything. That, she thinks, would be adding insult to injury.

And tries not to remember what she read online about stress exacerbating tics.

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There are moments- sometimes hours -of stillness.

Laura notices it when Carmilla is deep in a book, or practicing her bass (unplugged, to keep Perry from having a fit). Perfect focus- or relaxation? She finally decides it’s a combination of the two.

Maybe that’s the real Carmilla, and Laura thinks of it that way for weeks. But when she voices the thought to Carmilla as they pore over the heavy Sumerian tome, the response catches her off-guard.

“It’s all real.”

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“My parents thought I was possessed for the longest time.”

“Seriously?”

“1680s, creampuff. Science was new and terrifying back then. And it was much worse in my childhood. More vocal tics and worse physical ones.”

“What happened?”

“I learned to hold it in all day, which was an utter catastrophe. Let’s just say that four successive maids gave notice when asked to help prepare me for bed.”

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Bang.

Bang.

Bangbang.

The rap of Carmilla’s knuckle against the desk is starting to remind Laura of a gunshot. Frequent, but at irregular intervals and always followed by muttering.

Increasingly frustrated muttering.

“Um.”

More muttering, but now muffled by something in the speaker’s mouth.

“Are you okay over there?”

After a moment, “My knuckle is the color of a ripe tomato, so you tell me, cupcake. Think I’m okay?”

Laura stands, stretches, crosses the room. “You don’t have to jump down my throat.”

“Sorry,” Carmilla says without much sincerity. The Sartre open on her desk has been abandoned in favor of nursing her right hand. Laura cringes. The knuckle of the smallest finger is indeed bright red.

“Here.” Without even thinking about it, she takes Carmilla’s hand and starts massaging the injured joint. Carmilla rolls her eyes.

“That’s an exercise in futility. It’ll just start up again when you let go,” she says, once a particularly long breathing tic abates and she can get the words out.

“Then I’ll never let go.” Laura raises Carmilla’s hand to her lips and kisses her knuckle. And in that moment, everything is still.

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catastrophic-success  asked:

Hey Dante, got any good poets to recommend? I'm always looking to get my hands on new things to read and I love poetry. (I recently picked up the Hobbit almost solely for the poetry and riddles. XD) Do you have any favorites?

my favorite poets:

william shakespere

pablo neruda

charles bukowski

eminem

Then what is good? The obsessive interest in human affairs, plus a certain amount of compassion and moral conviction, that first made the experience of living something that must be translated into pigment or music or bodily movement or poetry or prose or anything that’s dynamic and expressive–that’s what’s good for you if you’re at all serious in your aims. William Saroyan wrote a great play on this theme, that purity of heart is the one success worth having. “In the time of your life–live!” That time is short and it doesn’t return again. It is slipping away while I write this and while you read it, the monosyllable of the clock is Loss, loss, loss, unless you devote your heart to its opposition.
—  Tennessee Williams
Then what is good? The obsessive interest in human affairs plus a certain amount of compassion and moral conviction, that first made the experience of living something that must be translated into pigment or music or bodily movement or poetry or prose or anything that’s dynamic and expressive – William Saroyan wrote a great play on this theme, that purity of heart is the one success worth having. “In the time of your life–live!” That time is short and it doesn’t return again. It is slipping away while I write this and while you read it, and the monosyllable of the clock is Loss, loss, loss, unless you devote your heart to its opposition.
—  Tennessee Williams – from “The Catastrophe of Success”