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My new series KIM REAPER comes out in less than a week (April 5th!) and I’m doing a signing tour at the Travelling Man stores to celebrate! We’ll have this special print for sale at the signings so come on down!

💀 SATURDAY 8th APRIL 💖
York 11am - 1pm
Newcastle 3 - 5pm
💖 SUNDAY 9th APRIL💀
Leeds 11am - 1pm
Manchester 2.30 - 4.30pm

Time and Time Again by Ben Elton is a book I always forget when talking about my favourites. It’s about a man who travels back in time to the early 1900s and as a history nerd I adored it, I highly recommend this book☺️🌻

the signs as places

Aries: Land used for battle since man’s primitive years. An archaeologist’s dream. The soil is embedded with countless weapons and soaked in blood.

Taurus: An opera house, covered in flowering vines. Aging wine sits in it’s most vital rooms and singing flows through the halls endlessly.

Gemini: A colorful marketplace, bustling, busy, and diverse. Millions visit it each year despite the thieves and tricksters lurking in the alleys.

Cancer: A temple at the bottom of the ocean. Over thousands of years it has become the parent of an entire ecosystem. Some say sirens call it their home.

Leo: An archaic theatre renowned all around the world. Competition, drama, and festivals honoring gods reign here. This is where people become famous.

Virgo: A grand library with sunlight streaming through a glass ceiling. Silence is only broken by the flipping of pages. Dust never collects on the books.

Libra: A rose garden enchanted with the gift of making people fall in love. Thousands have found their soulmates in the oasis.

Scorpio: A castle overlooking the sea, blackened by arson and battered by war. It’s first layers are protected by curses, but deep within the walls are adorned in gold and ancient script.

Sagittarius: A crossroads. The paths lead to distinct, beautiful locations. Not only man travels down these paths. Creatures of all kinds follow them for reasons unknown.

Capricorn: A private manor upon a mountain, full of leaves changing color. It’s a picture perfect scene molded by sheer ambition and hard work. Those who dwell there are envied by all.

Aquarius: An observatory with unknown origins. It is the strangest place on earth where paranormal activity never ceases.
For centuries sightings of otherworldly beings are reported in its walls.

Pisces: A misty sea-side fair. Pastels emerge from the fog and the rides never stop. Lovers and dreamers go there to cry, laugh, and wander.

Headlines read: POKÉMON GO AWAY; POLICE ISSUE WARNING NOT TO POKÉMON AND DRIVE;  MAN QUITS JOB TO CATCH POKÉMON FOR TWO MONTHS

My mother sees this and shakes her head. My friends squabble about it. Internet comments read: you all need to get a life, aren’t you too old to play children’s games, wish millennials would hunt jobs instead of imaginary animals, I’m so ashamed of this generation

I’m so in awe of this generation and everything it has to carry. I am stunned by the way we persevere, by the way we find comfort and peace in such small packages. MAN QUITS JOB TO CATCH POKÉMON. Man indulges in nostalgia. Man leaves home, travels. Man pursues happiness, finds it in strange places.

Pokémon: Indigo League aired in 1999 on Kids’ WB. Picture: an alarm set, two pairs of tired eyes, TV trays and cereal, volume low because mom’s sleeping off her night shift at the bar, theme song lyrics printed out and sitting on the floor. I was eight. I never recall my father in these memories. He’d either already left or I’ve blocked out his face the same way my mom used family photos to cover up fist-sized holes in the walls.

Pokémon Silver and Gold were released in the US in 2001. Picture: anthrax, terror alerts, news footage looping, smoke and screaming, teachers crying in classrooms, the way fear can permeate an entire country and my small body the same way without ever having to name a reason out loud. I was ten. I was scared all the time, but I was also spending my weekends running around outside with my brother and the neighbor boy, throwing imaginary Poké Balls at squirrels.

It’s not that I didn’t know what was going on. It’s just that sometimes when things are loud or angry or hard, especially when you’re young, the best thing you can do is keep your head down.

2016: terrorism, police brutality, student loan debts, depression, anxiety, Brexit, the US political landscape. Pokémon Go begins rolling out its release around the world and there are days, at twenty-five, that I still need to keep my head down. I know there is immense privilege in being able to put the rest of the world on hold for a while, to step back from the things that hurt us; but I also know this brief respite is important. Whether it’s turning off the news for a few days or reading a book or taking a vacation or augmented reality as self care. It is hard to live full time in a world that always looks like it’s on fire. It sits so heavy on the chest. It is easy to look out at all this trauma and forget to look back at yourself.

What I mean to say is, I might not quit my job to roam the country and catch Pokémon, but when it comes to pursuing my own happiness, no matter the means, “I wanna be the very best…”
—  LIKE NO ONE EVER WAS by Trista Mateer

Listen to the Playmoss playlist: when keith has the aux cord by fallingnarwhals by fallingnarwhals
LISTEN

when you give keith the aux cord while forming voltron and lance says “no my chemical romance you emo fuck.”

Skillet - Feel Invincible
Sinch - Tabula Rasa
The Hacker - Shockwave (Gesaffelstein Remix)
M83 - Midnight City
Sinch - Something More
Stone Sour - Bother
OMORI - Pure Imagination
The Heart Part 4 - Kendrick Lamar - IV -
Porter Robinson & Madeon - Shelter
LORN - ANVIL
alt-J - Breezeblocks
Cigarettes After Sex - Nothing’s Gonna Hurt You Baby
VARSITY - So Sad, So Sad
Bedroom - Nothing Lasts
Unlike Pluto - Sweet (feat. Mister Blonde)
Gorillaz - Saturnz Barz (Baauer Remix)
JRND & VMK - Make Dem (feat. Kédo Rebelle)
Traveling Man Lyrics - Chameleon Circuit
Mogwai - Take Me Somewhere Nice
19 - 2000 (Soulchild Remix)

I do sympathize with the Iron Fist haters. I mean, imagine if someone made a movie about a Chinese man who traveled to America and became a better cowboy than a white man. White people would probably be really offended and

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Hogwarts Geeks

Hufflepuff: “That is a very blue dress. It looks nice.”

Ravenclaw: “Thanks. I made it myself. I based it on a show I watched over the summer about a man who travels in a big blue box, but very few here know about it. Even less will be geeky with me about it.”

Hufflepuff: “You’re the TARDIS? My TARDIS?”

Ravenclaw: *sudden realization* “My Doctor.”

Both: *running down the corridors* “DO WEE OOOOOOOO”