thirteen clocks

Calling the James Thurber Fandom

So my son! The one you remember from such masterpieces as Ezra vs. the Rancor!

Yeah. Our latest read-aloud bedtime story was The 13 Clocks by James Thurber, because Neil Gaiman recommended the fuck out of it, and holy shit y’all.

Firstly, it was hella fun to read out loud. I mean seriously. I read the kids stuff mostly every night and it’s usually good stuff, right? But repetitive. They have their favorites. Maurice Sendak. Jane Yolen. Mo Williams. We do the same stuff over and over. Reading 13 Clocks… it was new for me too, and it was so fun to read. Stuff like:

“I can do a score of things that can’t be done,” the Golux said. “I can find a thing I cannot see and see a thing I cannot find. The first is time, the second is a spot before my eyes. I can feel a thing I cannot touch and touch a thing I cannot feel. The first is sad and sorry, the second is your heart. What would you do without me? Say ‘nothing.’”

“Nothing,” said the Prince.

“Good. Then you’re helpless and I’ll help you.”

And secondly? My 9-yr-old son. Is now obsessed. He wants to make a 13 Clocks board game. He’s been consulting with me on the design and here’s a few sample conversations:

Robin: “The goal is to reach Saralinda on top of the tower and at the end you face the Duke! And if you win you marry Saralinda.”

Me: “Cool but, have you ever thought, what if Saralinda didn’t want to marry the winner? Like, she helps out Zorn because she actually likes him, but. What if she didn’t?”

Robin: (blank stare) “She’s an NPC.”

Me: “I know, I know, but. What if she wasn’t? What if you go all that way, through all the trials, and at the end, Saralinda doesn’t want to marry you?”

Robin: “Uh…. (long pause). Well, then you still win, because, you’re good friends.”


Robin: “I need more PC characters. Not just Zorn. ..Mom? Who do you think is a good PC?”

Me: “Hagga?”

Robin: “OOOH! That’s good! I’m thinking of a card called Tears of Hagga. It gives you points that can give you more cards.”


Robin: “And there’s also other enemies like Hark.”

(I invite you to join me in my overwhelmed delight, James Thurber fandom, which one hundred percent exists.)


Robin: “How should the Todal be in my board game?”

Me: “You decide.”

Him: “I don’t know.”

Me: “Well, that’s appropriate.”


I will leave you with the initial design for the Zorn of Zorna card. Look at that sassy smirk omg:

peachplumpears  asked:

got any recs for gay gothic literature?

I do have a paranormal/urban fantasy tag and I’m not sure what your exact definition of gothic is so I made two lists.

The more “historical” ones:

More “modern” but still fit the literary gothic criteria:

I hope you find what you wanted in at least some of these!

The Foxes as "Things That Have Happened At My School"

Dan: *small explosion noises* *looks into the hallway* *about 20 kids and 3 teachers jumping on and filling the hallway with oversized bubble wrap*

Principal at an assembly: All the athletes will be participating in a blindfolded egg race for our amusement.

Andrew: *about 20 voices screaming from down the hall that sounds like mass murder* *no one looks up*

English teacher: call the school counselor down here
Student: why?
Teacher: *holds up a frog she got from???* she hates frogs

History teacher: everyone grab a ball we’re gonna see if we can break the intercom before the announcements end

Neil: *strange noise* what the hell- *looks into the hallway* *guy in a go cart goes by* oh okay *sits back down*

Aaron: we’re duct taping the student body president to the wall, come on

Matt: *one lone voice screaming lines from ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ at the top of his lungs* *no one is surprised*

Kid: that’s gay-
Social studies teacher: do not use that as a derogatory term again or I will rip off your arm and beat you with it


History teacher: chickens can’t be ninjas and that is final!

Jeremy: *thirteen separate alarm clocks go off during a 40 minute assembly*

Wymack: *teacher is lecturing* *kid laughs at something outside the door* *teacher looks out the door*


*teacher goes sprinting out* *comes back and just says:* Brandon

An “Out-of-the-Ordinary” Family // A Phan One-Shot

Genre: angst, domestic fluff, family fluff

Words: 5.2k

Relationship Status: Married

Warnings: swearing, homophobic attitudes, gender roles

Summary: Isabella Lester, Dan and Phil’s youngest child, normally loves her psychology class. But one lecture where her teacher uses Izzy’s “out-of-the-ordinary” family as an example changes all of that. Dan and Phil must help their daughter in some way.

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We see the ‘13th’ post-it note on Mycroft’s fridge. Mycroft checks his watch.

“Thirteenth stroke of the clock or “thirteen strikes of the clock” is a phrase, saying, and proverb to indicate that the previous events or “strokes to the clock” must be called into question. (x)”

So, we must call into question all the previous events in The Six Thatchers!

Also of interest: “Tick tock” Mycroft tell us in TAB…but is his ‘watch broken?’ Is he not aware of future events?

“Accordingly, with very rare exceptions, when a clock rings thirteen times it is indicating an impossible time and that the clock is not functioning correctly. A children’s riddle asks “What time is it when the clock strikes thirteen?” The answer is “Time to get a new clock!” (x)”

An ‘impossible time’? What will happen that is impossible?

Countdown (Peggy Schuyler x Reader)

Originally posted by theaterswift

Pairing: Thomas Jefferson x Reader

Requested?: For day one of my write-a-thon!

Prompt: Your soulmate clock is actually a countdown of how long your soulmate has left to live and your clock says they have three months left to live.

Words: 3000+

Warnings: Cancer, Crying, Death, Angst



Peggy has always been concerned about her soulmate.

Everyone had a soulmate, a person they were destined to be with for the rest of their lives. Some people meet their soulmates as children. Others meet theirs by accident. And some don’t meet their soulmates and die not knowing whom the universe had destined them to be with. Peggy was one of those who dreamed of meeting her soulmate when she was young but it didn’t happen. 

Well, not to her.

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designing some astronomical clocks/rose window hybrids for a building I’m working on


Happy 30th anniversary, Labyrinth!

“It’s only forever; not long at all.”

Can you find your way to the center of the Labyrinth before the clock strikes thirteen?
Help Sarah save her baby brother, Toby, from Jareth the Goblin King! Along the way, you’ll meet Hoggle, Ludo, and hordes of goblins.
There are outfits to wear and treats to enjoy, as well as lots of hidden details. 

“Is that the… Goblin Kingdom?”

“Yes,” Yuuri said, he waved his free hand and a thirteen hour clock appeared hanging in the air.

“I’ll give you thirteen hours. Thirteen hours to take back your brother before he has to stay with us forever.” Viktor turned his gaze from the city. 

“You’ll take me instead? If I do it?” 

Read As the World Falls Here

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☆·.¸¸.·´¯`·.¸¸.“You have thirteen hours

                                    in which to solve the labyrinth…”·.¸¸.·´¯`·.¸¸.

Has anyone ever thought about the implications of the thirteen hour clock? It is strange that Jareth says time is short, when in fact, in his world, time is much longer.

Perhaps it goes back to the “nothing is as it seems” quote. Or even hints as the theme of taking nothing for granted. Anyone would think thirteen hours meant the same measurement we’ve all known.

With thirteen hours on the clock, that would make a typical Underground day twenty-six hours. But not regular hours, oh no! Since there is an extra number, five additional minutes are added to each hour. AND, also, with that 13 comes five extra seconds in each of those minutes. 

So, in the labyrinth: 

  • 1 minute=65 seconds
  • 65 minutes= 1 hour
  • 26 hours=1 day (Or perhaps even 39 hours, since an extra revolution of the clock would not be that implausible)

For a short comparison:

Average Earth day= 1440 minutes

Average Earth year= 8760 hours

Underground Day= 1690 (Underground) minutes or 2,535 minutes (if 39 hours)

Underground Year= 9490 (Underground) Hours

So, what does this mean? For starters, it means Sarah had a good deal longer than thirteen hours in which to solve the labyrinth. In fact, she likely had around fifteen regular hours. Or she would have, if she had not made the “piece of cake” comment, which ended up costing her three of them.

This also implies that time moves very differently in Jareth’s world. Even without the Goblin King’s clock-spinning shenanigans.

Because of this I believe the glittery King finds the real world very disorienting. He also tends to believe less time has passed in the Aboveground because it does, in fact, move more slowly for him in his realm.


See that itty bitty plaque down there? It says…

At first glance, Ghost Clock appears to be a grandfather clock hidden by a large white sheet tied with a rope. A close look, however, reveals a masterful deception: this entire sculpture was hand-carved from a single block of laminated mahogany. With meticulous detail, Castle re-created in wood the contours of soft, supple cloth, then completed the illusion by bleaching the “drapery” white and staining the base of the “clock” a walnut brown. This work is the last in a series of thirteen clocks the artist created in the 1980s; unlike the others, it lacks an inner mechanism. Its haunting stillness and silence suggest eternity—the absence of time.

so apparently people (trump’s) are telling voters to text or call in with their votes? i just watched this on rachel maddow’s show? (11/3/16)


this is a trick to get people into thinking they’ve already voted, and then they don’t need to show up on november 8th! cause they already voted! duh! and then hillary will get less votes and trump will win.

do not let your vote be taken away from you. only going to the polls and filling out a ballot counts. you cannot text, call, skype, whatthefuckever they are trying to get you to do for your vote.

go vote. fill out a ballot at your polling station. that is the only way that your vote counts other than mailing in an absentee ballot. don’t let assholes trick you. be smart. fuck that noise.

when the two collide, it’s no coincidence–or a series of vignettes as Stella Anderson watches her son, Blaine Anderson, grow up.


Stella Anderson knows that her son Blaine is gay before he even starts kindergarten.

It begins with The Little Mermaid. Blaine is five and fully of lively, exhaustive energy, but when he sits down to watch this movie with Stella when he asks (which is at least once a week) he’s always quiet, rapt, leaning close towards the TV with his worn stuffed elephant clutched in his hand. He knows all the words to the songs, even tries to sing along, and though Blaine isn’t even in school yet Stella can see a budding performer there. He’s so different from Cooper, who is theatrically over-the-top; Blaine is subdued in ways that his brother will never be.

Stella watches Blaine fondly, itches to reach out and smooth back one of Blaine’s thick, errant dark curls but knows that he’ll squirm and swat her away and she’ll just laugh. Before Blaine she had never believed that you could love someone as much as you could love your own child.

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The only thing more humbling (and exciting!) than being included in Vanity Fair’s 11 Shows You Should Binge-Watch Over The Holiday Break is the fact that we’re mentioned alongside such incredible shows like Twin Peaks and Broadchurch and Black Mirror! Holy sheet!

Here’s an excerpt:

The 100: Bear with me on this one. Despite its teenage pedigree and familiar, Hunger Games–esque post-apocalyptic setting, The 100 is surprisingly great television. Sure, it looks like a somewhat grimy Abercrombie & Fitch ad from the outside, but this show has bona fide sci-fi action-adventure pedigree if you can stick with it past the first few rocky episodes. The closest binge-watch comparison I can make is to Battlestar Galactica, (but with teens!) and we all remember how addictive that show was.
Where can I watch it? Season 1 is on Netflix Instant.
How long will it take me? Thirteen episodes clocking in at about 9.5 hours.

Read the whole post with all the other awesome shows –> HERE.