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To dream of a lover potion/tea

Originally posted by thebeautyinfood

Ingredients:

  • Chamomile
  • Lavender buds/flower
  • Rose petals or Rose water
  • Mint
  • Honey
  • optional: pictures and reminders of your lover/loved one.

Steps to make:

  1. Boil the water
  2. Put the lavender, chamomile, mint, and rose into a tea steeper
  3. Pour the into a mug and steep your tea for how ever long you like
  4. Add in the honey to your tea to sweeten it
  5. Drink just before bed with the optional objects around you to remind you of your lover/loved one. It would be helpful to think of some of your favorite memories of this person.
  6. Drift off to sleep and let your self dream of your loved one(s).
Dragon Drawing Prompts!

Dragons!! Here’s a whole bunch of dragon drawing prompts for you! Have followers send them in, do a few at random, or make a challenge out of them! You can even write stories based off of them! Just have fun using these to fight your creativity block!

Swamp Dragons

  • A big, crocodile-like dragon hiding under the water and snatching down prey that gets too close
  • A dragon that burps up swamp gas to deter humans from its home
  • A dragon that eats even the biggest of snakes in a swamp
  • A dragon whose horns resemble the swamp’s plants

Cave Dragons

  • A cave dragon colony that lives like ants in an old mine, preventing miners from taking any more minerals
  • A cave dragon napping with some bats during the day time
  • A big dragon that lives deep in a cave, with tons of raw precious metals in its hoard

Forest Dragons

  • Forest dragons burrowing and making tunnels that intertwine between the roots of old trees
  • Small forest dragons climbing trees like squirrels and jumping from treetop to treetop
  • Rainforest dragons with vivid colorations, hiding perfectly in their tropical habitat
  • Rainforest dragons with huge, butterfly like wings
  • Tiny dragons living in the hollows of trees, hoarding anything shiny, even some shiny acorns

Arctic/Antarctic Dragons

  • A thick-furred dragon roaring at people because it isn’t familiar with them being near its habitat
  • A dragon that cannot fly, but instead swims, just like a penguin
  • A dragon that swims under the ice and then crashes through the ice to make prey fall into the crack

Mountain Dragons

  • Dragons living in hot springs beside a volcano, incubating their eggs in the warm water
  • Mountain climbers reaching the top of a mountain and being scared away by a dragon
  • A dragon dozing off outside and waking up covered in mountain top snow

Field Dragons

  • A large-winged dragon gliding above a field and casting a huge shadow
  • A deer-like dragon running past humans so quickly that their hats fly off
  • A small, hawk-like dragon dive-bombing prey

Underwater Dragons

  • A dragon living in an underwater cavern with an air pocket
  • A dragon living in a kelp forest, blending in with the kelp
  • Dragons that travel in pods and resemble orca whales
  • A dragon that flings itself out of the water and glides above it, like a flying fish

Desert Dragons

  • Dragons stealing treasure from long-buried monuments in the sand
  • A dragon breathing fire so hot it creates chunks of glass, which the dragon makes its nest out of
  • A dragon accidentally stepping on a cactus, and other dragons try to pry the cactus out of the other’s foot
  • Dragons so heavy and callous that even when a huge sandstorm passes, they are unaffected

Urban Dragons

  • Dragons living in old subway tunnels and collecting loose change they find on the ground
  • Dragons living in the sewer systems of big cities, only seen by those needing to clean the sewers out
  • A small dragon living near a plaza, swiping jewelry right off of unsuspecting pedestrians
  • A dragon living near a power plant and being curious about the people working there
  • Neighborhood dragons that are very used to being around people and will even let some people pet them

Awhile back I saw someone asking if there was a list of the Warriors books in chronological order (ordered by time). It’s somewhere deep in the tag, I tried to find who it was–

Warriors Wiki actually has a little thing at the bottom that tells you what books come before and after the one you’re looking at.

There isn’t an actual list on the wiki itself (from what I could find). I wrote down my own list based on the wiki’s order so I wouldn’t have to check it every time I finished a book. I figured I’d share it with you guys– The list of the books in order by time is under the cut!

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Still Morning

by W.S. Merwin

It appears now that there is only one
age and it knows
nothing of age as the flying birds know
nothing of the air they are flying through
or of the day that bears them up
through themselves
and I am a child before there are words
arms are holding me up in a shadow
voices murmur in a shadow
as I watch one patch of sunlight moving
across the green carpet
in a building
gone long ago and all the voices
silent and each word they said in that time
silent now
while I go on seeing that patch of sunlight

A/N: It’s been quite awhile since I’ve written a fic, so I thought I’d begin working out my creativity with a simple task: the 50 themes, 1 sentence challenge from livejournal using the Epsilon theme set. Special thanks to @drowninglinguists​ for helping me out with many of these, as well as Temari’s characterization! I believe the majority of these are post-war, save for one. Can you spot it?


#01 - Motion

Admittedly, Temari is rather grateful that her boyfriend has his gaze glued to the path before them, for she blushes so ferociously the instant he wraps his arm around her shoulders and pulls her close.

#02 - Cool

“I’m totally cool,” Shikamaru mumbles beneath his breath, and his wife can only smile rather ruefully, taking her husband’s hand in her own, carefully unwrapping his fingers from around the shougi tile.

#03 - Young

Newly born is the infant placed in his arms shortly after cutting the umbilical cord; it isn’t out of fear that Shikamaru hands their son off to his exhausted wife, but purely out of love, wanting her to be the first to truly hold and comfort him.

#04 - Last

He is her first choice—her only choice—rather than her last, something he has grown accustomed to in his childhood, always picked last when playing with the other children due to his lazy nature and supposed lack of physical strength.

#05 - Wrong

She’s (usually) never wrong, something he is thankful for, even as he stands before an incapacitated asshole, fists clenched at his sides; she speaks softly near his ear, palm flat against his chest, “Shikamaru, you’ll always have me.”

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at Aulis

the jaws of the city
open,
altar-like, around me

as I wend my way
shivering
home:

decked in lost bits of myself
like Achilles’ gory bride,

hair shuddering down my back
in threadbare mats and pelts.

I am violent with love
for my shadow
as it
drenches my feet,

opening my mouth to the
frost that eats my breath
and showing it my teeth—

(see, see,
how much you are like me!)

and I walk
staunchly
down the street

as the sky
clots with clouds
above me

and Artemis is on my side

and the sacrificial knife
never touches me.

A very short talk about shadows.

I personally don’t use shadows that much in my drawings, simply because I like flat colors and how they fit with my style of drawing. That does not mean, however, that I - or anyone who draws for that matter, should not know how shadows actually work. And since I was asked a while ago to talk about it, I’m making this tiny tiny tutorial :’D

So, first things first, when you draw, you need to know where your light source is.

What is a light source? It’s the point within your drawing where light originates from. If you know where that point is (whether it be the sun, a light bulb or what have you) you can keep your drawings constant.

As a simple example; in the image above, as you can see, depending on where the light would be coming from, you would have the shadows fall differently. 
In this example, I am using the very basic idea of the sun.

In the next example;

…the light source has switched and with it, you can see a pretty big difference in the shadows. The light has moved from above to next to them. 

But that’s not all;

Just making more or less shadows isn’t enough to give your drawing that feel you’re looking for. To do that, you need to think of where your character is and what that light is. For example, above, I thought of a sundown. At dawn, the difference is light and shadow is the most powerful. You can have very bright light with very dark shadows. 

Not only the darkness, though, but you need to consider the color of the shadow too.

The one on the right had black shadows. It looks… off, doesn’t it? It looks cold and somehow dirty. On the left, however, each shade of shadow is made individually starting from the base color. 

You can use shadows to your advantage, to set a mood. Use warm shadows (ones that go towards red) for a warm, homey feel; cold shadows (that go into blue) for cold, night or melancholic scenes. 

Or, you can be really dramatic with a play of light and shadow

As long as you know where the light comes from, you can use it to manipulate a scene and make more dramatic~

Don’t be scared to play around and see how things work and what looks better and what looks worse. See what works for you and what doesn’t. Ask questions, go talk to people! Explore!

<3

M A X  L I G H T W O O D - B A N E ;

“Maybe one day it will be just you and me, my little blueberry,“ Magnus said conversationally. "But not for a long, long time. We’ll take care of him, you and I. Won’t we?”
Max Lightwood made a  h a p p y  burbling sound that Magnus took as agreement.

- requested by @aleclightsweed <3 (more here)

(Largely Unedited Reblog of my post on) Jedi Order Projected Numbers per a decade with 100.000 younglings recruited (a pittance)

I quote:

On all Republic worlds, newborns were subject to mandatory blood-testing to detect the concentration of Midi-chlorians in a sample. If results were returned with a high percentage, the sample was forwarded to the Temple on Coruscant for recording in the Division’s database, known as the Kyber memory crystal.

I hope you don’t mind spewing words all over this but MY MATHEMATICAL AND HYERARCHICAL HEADCANONS LET ME SHOW THEM TO YOU (and hope they make sense).

I’m also gonna put this under a cut because the post is huge as it is and I don’t want to bother people with my stuff!


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For all the drum/recording nerds,

Here’s a rundown of my set-ups during the To Be Everywhere Is To Be Nowhere sessions. I took detailed notes this time, just for something like this.

Enjoy … 

1) Hurricane

  • Heads: Remo CS Black Dot (toms), CS coated (snare), PS 3 Clear (kick)
  • Q Galvanized Steel - 24″ kick/13″ rack/16″ floor
  • Snare: 7″ x 14″ Q Gentleman’s Series spun copper
  • Cymbals: 16″ K prototype hats, 24″ K Light Ride, 20″ Crash of Doom (left side FX), 20″ K Crash Ride (left crash), 20″ Dark Crash (right crash)
  • tambourine
  • Aux Drums (pictured lower right): 16″ Rogers, 18″ Ludwig Vistalite, 16″ C&C, 16″ Gretsch (outro)

2) Blood on the Sand

  • Heads: Remo CS Black Dot (toms), CS coated (snare), PS 3 Clear (kick)
  • Q Galvanized Steel - 24″ kick/13″ rack/16″ floor
  • Snare: 7″ x 14″ Q Gentleman’s Series spun copper
  • Cymbals: 16″ K prototype hats, 24″ K Light Ride, 20″ Crash of Doom (left side FX), 20″ K Crash Ride (left crash), 20″ Dark Crash (right crash)

3) The Window

  • Heads: Remo CS Black Dot (toms), CS coated (snare), PS 3 Clear (kick)
  • Q Galvanized Steel - 24″ kick/13″ rack/16″ floor
  • Snare: 7″ x 14″ Q Gentleman’s Series spun copper
  • Cymbals: 16″ K prototype hats, 24″ K Light Ride, 20″ Crash of Doom (left side FX), 20″ K Crash Ride (left crash), 20″ Dark Crash (right crash), 21″ Sweet Ride frankenhi-hats (end breakdown)
  • a blend of the loop building station (pictured: bottom left … including the stool), and several different shakers, tambourines, etc.

4) Wake Up

  • Heads: Remo CS Black Dot (toms), CS coated (snare), PS 3 Clear (kick)
  • Q Galvanized Steel - 24″ kick/13″ rack/16″ floor
  • Snare: 7″ x 14″ Q Gentleman’s Series spun copper
  • Cymbals: 16″ K prototype hats, 24″ K Light Ride, 20″ Crash of Doom (left side FX), 20″ K Crash Ride (left crash), 20″ Dark Crash (right crash)
  • tambourine, shakers

5) The Long Defeat

  • Heads: Remo Coated Vintage A, CS coated (snare), PS 3 Coated (kick)
  • Kit: C&C Tobacco Maple - 24″ kick/14″ rack/18″ floor
  • Snare: 7″ x 14″ Q Gentleman’s Series spun copper
  • Cymbals: 16″ K prototype hats, 24″ K Light Ride, 20″ Crash of Doom (left side FX), 20″ K Crash Ride (left crash), 20″ Dark Crash (right crash)

6) Seneca

  • none, but I did play everything else on this (guitars, Hammond organ, synth, etc.)

7) Black Honey

  • Heads: Remo Coated Vintage A, CS coated (snare), PS 3 Coated (kick)
  • Kit: C&C Tobacco Maple - 24″ kick/14″ rack/18″ floor
  • Snare: 5.25″ x 14″ Q Copper
  • Cymbals: 16′ K prototype hats, 24″ K Light Ride, 20″ Crash of Doom (left side FX), 20″ K Crash Ride (left crash), 20″ Dark Crash (right crash)
  • tambourine

8) Stay With Me

  • Heads: Remo Ebony Emperor, CS coated (snare), PS 3 Coated (kick)
  • C&C Satin Maple- 22″ kick/13″ rack/16″ floor
  • Snare: 7″ x 14″ Q Gentleman’s Series spun copper
  • 16 K prototype, 24 K Light Ride, 20 K Crash Ride, 20 Dark Crash
  • shaker

9) Death From Above

  • Heads: Remo Coated Vintage A, CS coated (snare), PS 3 Coated (kick)
  • Kit: C&C Tobacco Maple - 24″ kick/14″ rack/18″ floor
  • Snare: 7 x 14 Q spun copper
  • Cymbals: 16″ K prototype hats, 24″ K Light Ride, 20″ Crash of Doom (left side FX), 20″ K Crash Ride (left crash), 20″ Dark Crash (right crash)
  • Guitar: Fender Baritone Jaguar w/ Jazzmaster pickups on most guitars from 2:20 out, and Hammond organ
  • shaker

10) Whistleblower

  • Heads: Remo Coated Vintage A, CS coated (snare), PS 3 Coated (kick)
  • Kit: C&C Tobacco Maple - 24″ kick/14″ rack/18″ floor
  • Snare: 7 x 14 Q spun copper
  • Cymbals: 16′ K prototype hats, 24″ K Light Ride, 20″ Crash of Doom (left side FX), 20″ K Crash Ride (left crash), 20″ Dark Crash (right crash)
  • Aux Drums: 16″ Rogers, 18″ Ludwig Vistalite, 16″ C&C, 16″ Gretsch (outro)

11) Salt and Shadow

  • a blend of the loop building station (pictured: bottom left … including the stool), and several different shakers, tambourines, etc.

MAJOR thanks to Eric Palmquist (producer), Ian MacGregor (engineer), and Colin Strahm (Q Drums builder/drum tech), C&C Drums, Q Drums, Zildjian, Remo, and Vic Firth for making me sound good.

there’s a set of planets orbiting every physical body, they are sprinkling cosmic dust
leaving a trail of celestial secrets
everyone has their own sun that glows like a halo, a moon when they walk in the shadow
a circulating saturn to remind them to focus, and a spinning
mars that generates flames. the electricity people exude, the nourishment of the star they burst from, the kiss of a capricorn snowflake and the cleanse
of a pisces sea. when i’m writing to you, i’m talking to god in drag, maybe im talking to an ancient maynad, im in the presence of a billion year old exploded nebula.. i love everyone and everything … if you think astrology is beautiful remember you created all of this….

It appears now that there is only one
age and it knows
nothing of age as the flying birds know
nothing of the air they are flying through
or of the day that bears them up
through themselves
and I am a child before there are words
arms are holding me up in a shadow
voices murmur in a shadow
as I watch one patch of sunlight moving
across the green carpet
in a building
gone long ago and all the voices
silent and each word they said in that time
silent now
while I go on seeing that patch of sunlight

W. S. Merwin, “Still Morning,” The Shadow of Sirius (Copper Canyon Press, 2008)

C L A R Y  F R A Y  X  I S A B E L L E  L I G H T W O O D ;

isabelle looked stunning with her hair swept up in a loose knot. clary knew shed never be able to pull off that sort of elegance in a million years, and she didnt care. 

isabelle was isabelle, and clary was grateful she existed, making the world a little  f i e r c e r  with every one of her  s m i l e s.

- requested by anon. more here.