Well, after reading this last night… I kind of can’t stop thinking about all the ways this makes sense. I’ve shrugged off a ton of twin theories, because over all the idea bores me. But placing the characters in context, it really does fit the most empty spots.
If you didn’t follow the link, it’s a still from the official 7B promo. It very clearly shows Sasha walking with Jenna, both apparently blind. Both wearing sunglasses and carrying walking sticks, walking side by side. Thanks to @charleswkingston for catching it and posting it! And thanks to @a-rebel-boy for posting his suspicion that it was a sign they were going with the Courtney/Ali twin plot (from the books) after all.
So since then, my mind has been putting together a lot of pieces, and as dull as I always found the idea, there are a lot of ways it can sew up some open ends.
So, my interpretation, literally just based on that post, is:
-Ali has an identical sibling.
-I would assume to thread together all the plot holes, that twin is Bethany. Obviously this explains why we’ve never seen her face.
-Bethany is not her birth name. She is actually (placeholder name will be Courtney) Drake.
-Bethany is the daughter of Mary and Ken (Or this Drake guy, that Mary may have taken her last name from?).
-Ali is the daughter of Jessica and Ken (Or this Drake guy.)
That makes Ali and Bethany both cousins and half sisters. It ALSO makes them biologically identical, as if they were actually sisters. Jessica and Mary have identical DNA as twins, and if Ken is both of their fathers (OR someone else, but the father is the same), that means they have the same DNA both paternally and Maternally. Which actually makes them identical twins, despite having different mothers. Which, P.S., makes a ton of sense in relation to the “ADA or Ardor” post I made.
So to be clear here, We are talking about the Courtney/Ali story, not being just identical twins. But actual Identical cousins. (yes, this is actually possible.)
Ashley Benson said about her reaction to A.D. That: “I would have never guessed that it was even a possibility, so I was very shocked.” That could point towards her not knowing the biological possibility that half siblings can be identical if the differing parents were identical twins.
We’ve all pointed out how very easy it would be for Mary to have seduced Peter, since Peter would have thought that it was Jessica. The same could easily apply to Ken. Though, for all we know, it was Jessica who was pretending to be Mary.
Ooooh! Remember that Bethany was angry at Mrs. Dilaurentis, because she had been having an affair with her father? Well, if they have the same dads, then, yes… someone was definitely having an affair with someone’s dad.
Remember the entire thing about Jessica taking Bethany to the horse farm, and asking her to call her ‘Aunt Jessie?’ Well, if she is Mary Drake’s daughter, then that would be totally accurate.
OK, so Bethany and Ali are identical cousins but also twins. from here the theory starts to ramble a bit… but I’m holding steady on the Identical twins things.
Bonus: Remember when Yvonne and Toby revealed a fondness for watching Retro TV? This gives Toby the basis to acknowledge that it’s just like “The Patty Duke Show”. Which, if you’ve never seen it, is a mid-60′s TV show, where actress Patty Duke plays dual roles as cousins who are completely Identical. The theme song is iconic. “They’re cousins… Identical cousins, all the way…”
Let’s talk about Jenna and Bethany.
Remember when Jenna came to town, and she said she knew all about Ali? At the costume shop in the Halloween episode, she made it pretty clear that she learned all about Ali before she got to Rosewood. And then at Ali’s memorial service, Jenna says “My whole life, I thought I knew who Ali was.”
So imagine that Bethany and Jenna met before Jenna came to Rosewood? Maybe Jenna knows her from Radley? She would know as much about Ali as Bethany would’ve learned. And she would, of course, be a line to Bethany with info from that point on.
In the promo, we see Ali and Jenna walking side by side, both seemingly blind. So we can assume that this is happening after 'the Jenna thing’. I don’t imagine that Ali will be going blind and hanging out with Jenna any time soon, so it sort of stands to reason that this is a flashback?
So what if Bethany was actually in the shed with Jenna? So both Bethany and Jenna sustained eye damage, and would both have gone through education and recovery at the same time. This makes sooo much more sense of why 7x10 took place in a school for the blind. Maybe Bethany only lost her sight temporarily. Maybe her eye surgery was successful. Regardless, I think she’d have to have regained her sight almost completely to be carrying on in any 'A’ shenanigans. It would be hard to be blind and pretending to be Ali. And unless Bethany really did die that night, then yea, she would be pretending to be Ali at least some of the time.
Bonus: In Ezra’s lair, as well as, I believe, several ‘A’ lairs… there is a picture of Ali, with eyes cut out. Clue towards Bethany having lost her sight?
It starts to seem like this entire story revolves around 'the Jenna thing’. But it’s really 'The Bethany thing’ the night that Ali showed her true colors to Bethany.
OK, so fast forward to ‘That Night’: The part about Bethany being lured out by Ali would be true. It’s hard to say what Ali’s plan would’ve been? To stop the A notes? To kill Bethany so everyone would think it was Ali’s body? I definitely do think that it was always Ali’s intention to fake her death. “That’s immortality my darlings.” I’m just not sure what kind of timeline that would have had. If Grunwald definitely pulled Ali or Bethany out of the grave… then how were their remains found in the backyard? Someone would HAVE to have died that night, right? They can’t both have escaped, unless there was a third person buried there? Of course, Ali being identified as Bethany or Bethany being identified as Ali makes sense, So it’s possible that one of them died on 'that night’. But I don’t think so.
I’d wager more money that Bethany was buried by Jessica, while Ali went on the run. And then Grunwald came by and pulled Bethany out of the grave. Leaving both Ali and Bethany alive. And perhaps a med school cadaver buried in THAT place, so that Ali wouldn’t find out that Bethany was alive? (Page 5 of Ali’s autopsy anyone? Perhaps a reference to it clearly being a medical cadaver?)
After that night, we have both Ali and Bethany out there. Bethany knows Ali is alive, but at first Ali believes Bethany to be dead. (Or maybe they’re both playing together. But I think maybe not.)
Now, fast forward to season 3. It seems sort of fair to say that up until that point, A’s plan has been to draw Ali out of hiding? It certainly seems that someone is bent on proving that Ali is still alive. And proving that the body buried in her grave, isn’t actually her goes a long way towards that.
Premiere of season 3, Em gets seduced into leaving the house and to dig up Ali’s grave. Before she digs up the grave, she’s at a diner where someone has written the note “I’m sorry I left you.” That’s a very Emily to Ali message to me. So as of 3x01- this could very likely be Ali asking Emily to dig up the body, so that no one can prove she’s still alive. Or it could be Bethany pretending to be Ali, so she can use the body as proof and lure Ali out. Since Jenna is the one who was driving, I’d guess that it was Bethany having Ali’s grave dug up. (While she was there as Red Coat.)
Mona was either working with Ali or Bethany. I would assume Bethany. This explains why when Mona was admitted to Radley after her A reveal, she said “Don’t they know that’s what WE want them to think?” And why we see her talking to Ali in a red coat while she is a patient. She’s actually talking to Bethany when she says “I did everything you told me to."
There’s a lot more to think about with this. Because I feel certain that Lucas, Ezra, Toby, and and, of course CeCe are more deeply entwined with this. And I certainly have ideas, but I think this is enough for one post. But I for certain think that someone might have had a romantic link to Bethany.
How oh how is it April tomorrow? I still have a very clear moment in my memory from when I was a kid, and my mom saying “in the year 2000,″ and I was all like “no way, that’s the future!” And now here we are, well into the future.
March flew by, as has 2017 so far. Here are some of the highlights for me from March 2017.
16 ⇨ The number of times I worked out this month
Which, considering there were 31 days in March, means I worked out 51% of the days. Truthfully it feels like way more than that (any day I go to CrossFit and/or a run is still a big, big, BIG deal, ha), but I’m still happy with this number (especially when I hardly worked our a mere few months ago). I’m also really trying to focus on balance; by this I mean not go to the gym six or seven times a week, but rather something normal and consistent. For example I missed CrossFit last night to hangout with colleagues in town from Toronto, and as I type this I feel sick (cold) so I’m skipping it… balance!
5 ⇨ The kilometers I ran this month (okay, so I went on one run, but it was a great run through downtown Detroit).
I definitely had a holy crap I’m running through Detroit!!!!! moment on my run. It’s absolutely amazing the wonderful twists and turns life throws; WHO WOULD HAVE GUESS I’D EVER RUN THROUGH DETROIT?!
Here some bright n’ fun wall graffiti murals I saw on my run.
6 ⇨The number of white roses I received.
They’re pretty, eh? Along with this theme, and to throw another number into this post; 8. Eight is the number of dates I had with 1 guy. I don’t really know what I’m doing or why, but it’s new and fun and for lack of a better way of saying it, a very adult “relationship.” (In quotes because hey oh, it’s not that serious yet.)
I get dressed up in high heels and red lipstick, and we eat at beautiful restaurants, and walk around the Detroit Institute of Art. He brings me roses(!) and candy and cooks for me. He opens doors and kisses my forehead and holds my hand. It’s all very movie-ish right now; including me taking to my blog to write about it. He’s a Doctor, which is interesting to hear about; both his everyday and the American health care system.
I’m currently feeling very Sex and the City like though; dating at 32 and enjoying the city a lot!
68 ⇨ The percent of income I saved
68% is a bit misleading; I received a bonus this month for my rotation in Detroit, so my income is inflated this month. And to be transparent I get a lot of perks living in Detroit (car is paid for, allowance, etc.) so I advise to not compare your budget numbers to the ones below!
Remember when I did that do-not-buy-things challenge for myself for the first month of January 2015? well I still think it was the best thing I’ve ever done for myself; it completely broke my habit of buying clutter and things, and triggered my savings; I’d still highly recommend it.
0 ⇨ the number of books I finished
Ughhhh. This was a bad reading month. I finished a book last month, and don’t have a new one; suggestions are welcome!
5 ⇨ the number of Big Little Lies I watched (it’s, so, so good)
Have you watched it yet? Get, on, it. It’s a short series (5 episodes total) with Nicole Kidman and Reece Witherspoon and oh.my. it’s binge TV heaven.
2.4 ⇨ the number of pounds I lost
Boooohiss as 2.4 pounds seems very little for a month of eating really relatively well and working out.
That being said, my clothes are fitting SO MUCH BETTER. So much so, let me add a self indulgent outfit collage below. I really need to start looking at the camera and/or not parting my hair to one side, but let’s ignore those two factors for a hot second, because I am feeling pret-ty good in my own skin lately. My bum is looking great (for me) if I do say so myself (s.q.u.a.t.s.), and I took a nap in my jeans the other day. I repeat. I TOOK A NAP IN MY JEANS (#youknowyourelosingweightwhen).
3 ⇨ the age Lily turned in March
On March 14th, my beautiful niece, Lily, turned THREE! Obviously I headed back to Toronto to help her celebrate her ladybug themed birthday! The night before my sister and I put together ladybug loot bags, and prepared everything for her big day. She played with her friends, blew out her candles, opened presents, and celebrated the milestone with a consistent smile on her face.
That evening her dad asked her, “Lily, what was your favourite part of today?” and she replied, “Seeing Olivia and Adele and Mason and Audrey and Auntie and Grandpa…” and the list went on! It was so cute.
1,800 ⇨ the calories I aim to hit each month
I hit over 55 days on My Fitness Pal counting calories. True, March wasn’t the most perfect month; I’d often start recording breakfast and lunch and then forget / not bother at dinner time, but still, I tried and didn’t drop off. As I type this I hope to stay consistent in the month of April.
4 ⇨ the number of times I went to the Detroit Institute of Art
I’m not sure why I enjoy the D.I.A. so much or why I put so much effort into heading to their exhibits; but I absolutely love it! I live very close too, so sometimes I walk there and then stroll around for an hour or two, or sit in their cafe and listen to the harp man play. It’s all very adulty of me, or at least I feel that, and a nudge to embrace the art in Toronto when I’m back, as I hardly ever went to the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) downtown, or Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) when I lived really close to them too!
8 ⇨ The number of new restaurants I went to this month
Okay, I actually have no idea how many new spots I went to in March, but I’ve been exploring the restaurants in Detroit, and have been so impressed. Here’s the link to my Detroit Google Map (I’ve been to the red restaurants, and still want to go to the brown ones!)
213 ⇨ The days till Courtney’s wedding!
On the day of Lily’s birthday party I was triple booked! In the morning I zoomed to the west end of the city to meet the Bride-to-be Courtney, and her other beautiful bridesmaid to choose dresses!
And with that, that’s a happy summary of my life in Detroit. I started this post on April 30, and today it’s April 5, which shows how BUSY life has been!
I’m slowly making friends and settling in and really enjoying the Detroit life. I’m still waiting to hear from work whether my stay here will continue on throughout the summer or not, but I’m really hoping it does; especially as I have so many Northern Michigan to-dos! We shall see :)
A/N-This was what had been going
through my head when I sat down to start writing chapter 8. It’s not where I
saw the chapter or the story going. I always imagined the back story of Lucas
and Zay in my head. So, cookie baking day with Zay’s Grandma Gandy became about
Lucas and Zay. I didn’t want to delete it so I decided to post as a one shot or
companion piece to A Weekend in Paris. One thing I’ve learned when Zay gets in
your head, he won’t be ignored.
Thanks to @sand1128 for the encouragement, title suggestion and proofread. Thanks to @hiheyhowdyhi and Courtney and Kayla also for the encouragement and proof reads as well. Thanks especially to Courtney for telling me to write it and get it out of my head. This turned out way cuter than I thought! Also thanks to @spamiam77 she has been a great source of encouragement to me as well! Thank you all! And I promise chapter 8 of A Weekend in Paris is next.
Thursday, July 13,
2023 Grandma Gandy’s House
Lucas had been in Texas for a month and a half and had been having the time of
their lives. They had been on the ranch for most of their visit. The only
exceptions were when they visited Austin and the day they baked cookies for Zay
with his Grandma Gandy. Riley had decided that she loved Zay’s grandmother. She
was sweet and sassy and didn’t take crap from anyone. She now understood where
Zay got some of his sassiness from. Pappy Joe had decided to tag along with
Riley and Lucas on their cookie making day. Riley thought it was cute that
Pappy Joe and Grandma Gandy had secret crushes on each other and neither one
was too old to flirt with the other.
Gandy reminded Riley of her own grandmothers. She was sweet and soft-spoken
like Amy Matthews and could be loud and outspoken like Rhiannon Lawrence had
become later in life. Riley and Grandma Gandy were in the kitchen cleaning up
the dishes they had used while the cookies were cooling. Lucas and Pappy Joe
had gone outside to look and Grandma Gandy’s car. It wouldn’t start and she
needed it to go play bingo tomorrow night. Once they were done and waiting for
Pappy Joe and Lucas to come back in, Riley was looking around in the living
room at all the pictures of Zay and his brother, Gordon. Riley had to admit,
Zay was a cute little boy.
Fact before you read: I actually love Rachel. I’m just making her a psycho bitch for now, but it gets better. I promise.
Seeing your best friend happy is amazing. Seeing two of your best friends happy is even better. Seeing your best friends happy together is the best feeling Annabeth could ever have. But, Annabeth can say that since Courtney Elizabeth Jackson was born, her two friends have not been happy together.
Annabeth sees her two friends often. They even made her the godmother of Courtney! But the thing is… Rachel won’t let Annabeth babysit. She’s asked on many occasions if she could watch Courtney so Rachel and Percy could go on a date, and each time was told no. Rachel won’t even let Sally, Courtney’s grandmother, watch her. Since having the baby, Percy and Annabeth have started to realize just how crazy Rachel is.
Percy works all these ridiculous hours at a warehouse. Annabeth knows he’s miserable. He wanted to go to school for marine biology. He had his whole future planned out, and it’s currently on hold because of Rachel. Annabeth will admit, it’s kind of her fault. Rachel Elizabeth Dare was Annabeth’s roommate in college freshman year. She introduced the two, and now… well, they’re here.
Rachel stays at home. She quit her job, dropped out of school, and then goes on to complain about being stuck at home with Courtney. Annabeth hates seeing it. She knows when Rachel posts about it that Percy gets upset. He’s doing all he can to support Rachel and Courtney. He doesn’t work at a job he hates for nothing. And, Annabeth has taken notice, that Rachel doesn’t seem to appreciate what he does for them.
Rachel’s parents have been letting them live at their house. Sally had been more than happy to let them live with her and Paul, but Rachel decided for them. She claimed it was because she couldn’t raise the baby without her parents. It’s so obvious how much Percy misses Sally. He’s only nineteen, he wasn’t exactly ready to move out. Especially to live with a girl he’s only been with one year. Annabeth was just as confused as Sally.
They decided it was how loyal he is.
Now, Annabeth is sitting at Starbucks, Percy sitting across from her. He looks tired. Stressed. Mad. It’s rare now that Annabeth gets to see just Percy. Rachel is usually glued to his side with Courtney. Annabeth sighs, reaching across the table and resting a hand on his arm. “What happened now?”
Percy groaned, pulling his arm away and running his hands down his face, “I had to lie to Rachel just to come meet you. She thinks I’m at work.” Annabeth frowned at that, “I’m going insane, ‘Beth. I told her that Grover is coming to town and wants to meet up. She flipped.”
Grover Underwood has been Percy’s best friend since he was five. Grover had welcomed Annabeth with open arms when they were twelve. The three had been inseparable up until college. He texted the both of them saying he wanted to meet up with them when he comes to town. They’re excited to be together again!
Annabeth rolled her eyes, “Why? She knows Grover is one of your closest friends.”
“Because, I told her I don’t want her there. I just want to take Courtney.”
Annabeth hummed, shaking her head. Not only will Rachel not let Sally or anyone watch Courtney, she won’t even let Percy. She won’t let the father of her baby take her. She says it’s because she breastfeeds, but Courtney is nine months old now and eating solid foods. She’s out of excuses but still refuses to let Percy take her.
Annabeth tapped her fingers against the table. “She can’t tell you no to taking your daughter. It’s not like you’re just going to take her and never come back.”
“I… would it make me a horrible person if I said I’ve thought about it?”
“Oh.. oh my Gods, no, Percy.” Annabeth moved her chair so she was mow sitting next to him. She reached over, pulling him in for a hug, “She’s horrible, Percy. Being with her is stressing you out. I don’t like it. Sally doesn’t like it.”
Percy closed his eyes at the sound of his moms name. He’s had this conversation with them both plenty of times to know how they feel. Sally had told him how toxic his relationship has become. How the way Rachel acts, or the things she says isn’t healthy. Courtney hasn’t gotten to see her other grandparents in weeks, and Percy hates it. He wants Sally and Paul to be in his daughters life. He knows they’re right, but…
“I love her, Annabeth.”
Annabeth took a deep breath. You see, Annabeth has had a crush on Percy since she was sixteen. She thought the feelings would go away once Courtney was born, but she was so wrong. If anything, she’s positive they’ve gotten stronger. She hates it.
“…I can’t just pack all mine and Court’s stuff up and leave. I’m not that kind of person, but..”
Annabeth raised an eyebrow, “But?”
Percy stared down at the table, “We were talking about moving out. We found a house together that we had both liked, and now she’s telling me she hates it. She said that I can go, but her and Court would stay at her parents house.”
Percy shrugged. He looked so defeated. Percy Jackson is never supposed to look like that. What kind of person tells the person they “love” that they can move out? He’s doing everything to support them, and this is how she repays him?
Needless to say, Annabeth is mad.
“That’s not right. That’s not fair to you!”
“You think I don’t know that?” he let his hands fall to the table, “Do you think I don’t know that I could be - should be - with someone better? I love her. But, I love Courtney more. She doesn’t deserve a mother like that.”
Annabeth reached over, setting a hand on his shoulder. “Everything will turn out okay. Sit Rachel down and talk to her. Tell her everything you’re feeling. Tell her you want to spend time with Courtney. Without her. If she doesn’t understand that then… Screw her.”
Percy nodded, taking a deep breath. “You’re the best, you know?”
“I know. Now go have a talk with Rachel.”
Later that night there was a knock on Annabeth’s door. She pushed all her books to the side, and walked over to answer it.
There stood Percy Jackson with his daughter in his arms. His eyes were red like he had recently been crying.
This was an idea from one of my lovely Jai sister-wives, @mimigemrose. I loved this idea so much when I saw your post, I don’t know if anyone else has done it yet as I am quite late with this (sorry) but I do hope you like it :)
Work had been extremely hectic lately and I needed a getaway. Initially, I was supposed to get out of the city with a friend - you know, nothing too outlandish and nothing too boring. We decided to rent out a house down by the beach, after a mutual friend’s recommendation. The only problem was the text that I had gotten the night before. I managed to prize my eyes open to look at the purposely-dimly lit screen of my phone. It was almost four in the morning and one text message was displayed on my screen - ‘so sorry i can’t make it tomorrow, i promise i will make it up to you xx’. I sighed and slumped back into my bed, my frustration could wait til the morning.
* after the time machine creates the fracture one of paul’s first words to jack are “make sure will’s okay”
* paul commenting on jack’s inability to respect people’s personal space when jack reads paul’s private emails right in front of him
* beth listening to toto on the car radio
* the nickname beth gave herself
* the hours between amaral and paul’s emails to each other after she asks him what he’s doing for dinner
* if paul surrenders to the chronon syndrome he sends out an email about how killing amaral “broke his fucking heart”
* emily burke’s signed copy of alan wake’s last novel
* how lonely and out of place charlie looks in the lifeboat
* martin hatch at riverport university before the fracture introducing himself to you and then disappearing
when you turn around and look for him again
* you can also see him in the time machine if you look closely
* the liam burke psyche eval: he has deduced-quite correctly-that he was being trained for a specific scenario Monarch believes will happen. He is also painfully aware that if and when that scenario arrives, he will not be part of the solution.
* TIME KNIFE made me laugh so hard I cried dammit
* the equally funny A CIVILIAN’S GUIDE TO TIME TRAVEL
* beth’s second journal is the most tragically depressing thing, wow. how she spies on jack before he ever meets her. how weak paul is when she finds him and how she basically shoots first instead of talking and what that might’ve changed. I’ve come to accept my mission was a lie.
* the way courtney hope plays beth in 2010 vs. 2016
* watch how remedy constantly emphasizes jack reaching for/touching/holding beth’s hand until you reach that climactic scene where he absolutely cannot (this is why your heart hurts)
* ps: paul’s ‘mystery woman threat neutralized’ post-it on the july 2010 whiteboard ouch
* that beth has been dead for SIX YEARS when the difference for jack seeing her before she died was only like minutes
* when paul gets back to 1999 he literally has no one to explain to him what was going on at the end of time ie who beth was and why she was trying to kill him which is REALLY TRAGIC when you consider
* when paul gets back to 1999 he literally has no one
* in episode 2, if you choose personal, and paul and jack talk in the interrogation room and jack asks him, “do I stop before you’re dead?” paul is so visibly hurt he can barely talk. “when you’re ready to cooperate, I’ll be here.” my heart!
* also paul’s hurt face when he sees the lab entrance records and hatch has set sofia up (which makes it even more powerful if you pick him choosing to believe her in the face of that “evidence” anyway)
* if you choose control, let us all contemplate paul willing to give up his humanity in order to save it til the end aggggh jack why couldn’t you see
* re: that: paul calling jack his greatest disappointment at the final confrontation in the above scenario :( he was so hurt and they could’ve done so much good if they worked together
* these lines of dialogue:
“come with me and we can see this through or hold on to your hope and burn with it.”
“answer me this question, paul: in everything you’ve seen, do I stop before you’re dead?”
“I never felt good doing this; it was the only thing I knew how to do.”
“I will keep the lights on when the world goes dark.”
especially the last one
* because you can fucking time travel but you can’t even save the people you know you’ve lost! how awful and how beautiful
I s2g no cast has ever made me smile or laugh harder than the Suicide Squad cast. You know how some ensemble casts are like “we’re a family” but you can tell it’s forced or for promotional purposes? With the Suicide Squad cast it’s so different. Their bond is so real like you can tell they’re actually close. I love that Karen is the cast’s adopted daughter who they all acknowledge can kill them in a heartbeat. I love how close the girls are- Karen and Margot and Cara. I love their stories about each other and how they really are gang for each other. I love that there were so many females in the Suicide Squad cast that they formed their own girl gang like that is cute and lit af.
Freaking Jai and Joel and Will who are the unholy trinity. Joel “too pure for this world” Kinnaman and his leaking spoilers every two seconds. Jai’s “you’re either food or you’re family” mentality and how the cast just loves him so much. Jay and Adewale who are hilarious af, make you laugh til you cry and lowkey shady but literally too precious. They’re like the quiet kids in class that you randomly find out are savage af. Viola’s dynamic with everyone pretty much confirms the “friend or food” dynamic. In her case she is the chef because Viola is queen.
Will and Margot’s pre-established friendship which lead to an even stronger cast in the end because everyone is like “oh my god Will Smith 😍😳😮🙀✨” and Margot is like “Who, this guy? I saw him picking his nose the other day.” and Will is like “Margot has been trying to tattoo me for the past 3 years” like omg :’)))) Like y'all can say whatever y'all want about Suicide Squad but y'all cannot deny that the cast really loves each other, and that their dynamic is truly genuine.
She was legitimately trapped in the dollhouse for 2 years, as indicated by the tally marks. Her name is Sara Harvey, as she herself confirmed when the police found her in 6x01, and also a girls named Avery and Claire confirmed in 4x14 that their friends named Sara Harvey went missing. Sara Harvey was in the dollhouse for 2 years.
THIS IS (insert random female name here) HARVEY.
To minimise confusion for this post, let’s call her Courtney. I doubt she will be called Courtney in 6x20, but just so this is easy to follow, I’ll call her Courtney just like the books.
All this time, we have known Courtney. Forget Sara, we’ve only seen Sara that one time in 6x01. All this time, it’s been Courtney.
Marlene has said there is a reason “Sara Harvey” worked with CeCe to torture random girls.
CeCe intentionally kidnapped Sara Harvey, to give Courtney a motive to help her; that is, CeCe needed an assistant to help her do her dirty work so she made a deal. CeCe said to Courtney: “help me play this game, or your sister stays with me in my dollhouse”. So Courtney worked with CeCe to save her twin. That is a very strong and understandable motive.
But wasn’t the real Sara Harvey finally released in 6x01? Yep.
But the game didn’t stop until 6x10. Although she was free from the dollhouse, she wasn’t free from CeCe.
This unknown girl that we saw in 6x18 is the real Sara Harvey finally back in Rosewood after running away when the game was finally over. The real Sara Harvey came back now that Charlotte; her kidnapper, is officially dead and she has nothing to be scared about anymore.
Hence Courtney was staying in CeCe’s old room at The Radley to try and find out where Sara fled to. Courtney is still trying to find her twin sister, Sara, and that’s why she’s been acting weird in 6B: she helped CeCe in order to save her twin, and then when the game is finally over, all she got was a shock to her hands and no sister because she fled from Rosewood. Sara is holding anger towards the girls because “if it weren’t for those bitches who pissed off Charlotte, none of this would have happened”.
appreciation post 💙
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While I applaud the casting of Zoe Kravitz and Courtney Eaton to bring some much needed diversity among the Wives, I felt that the filmmakers should have also thought about adding an Asian actress as part of the girls Furiosa liberated considering that the setting is a post-apocalyptic Australian wasteland. Australia nowadays has quite a sizable number people of Asian descent, so it would have been nice to see an Asian face included in the supporting female cast.
Now, don’t get me wrong: I love Laganja Estranja. Post-show, she is one of the queens who has gotten such good traction and never fails to make me gag. However, on the show, she was a little green. Her look may have been up to par, but Laganja was just not emotionally ready for the Race.
Yes, Laganja Estranja is probably the most high-strung stoner you’ll ever meet. It’s not her fault the rest of the cast was boring; spend eight weeks with Courtney Act and you would need to self-medicate too.
Still, Laganja’s breakdown is sad on the rewatch. The only reason it’s here at all is, despite the tension surrounding it, this is still her moment. It’s iconic and has birthed so many catchphrases:
So, let’s get into it: Laganja’s breakdown starts, of course, with a video from home. Her parents come out in support of her drag career. The moment is pretty lovely, which means a lot to Laganja. Then something happens. Laganja probably doesn’t remember exactly when, but Bianca del Rio tries to lighten the mood after her emotional awakening.
Of course, this was Laganja’s moment and she’ll be damned if she’s not the bird her parents want her to be. I think Laganja’s constant use of marijuana is a metaphor for wanting to get to the top and showing that she can rise above like smoke. Or she just likes red eyes, either one…
Eight episodes later, Laganja’s video is brought up again. There are so many forces at play here: Laganja vs. the Human Race, Laganja’s Wig vs. Gravity, Trinity vs. Enunciation. You might feel very attacked if you try to keep tracks of all the fights happening simultaneously.
In closing, let me present this photo. I think it sums up Laganja’s breakdown quite nicely.
The thinking man’s guide for Photographers on Tumblr – Part IV
Today I am going to up the ante a bit in terms of the content of this post and discuss psychology and the relation it plays to your behavioural habits when using Tumblr and other social media outlets. What has this got to do with photography and creating a successful blog you might ask, well it plays a big part in why we post online in the first place.
I ended the last post by saying that my warning is not to end up like a rat or a pigeon in a BF Skinner psychology experiment. BF Skinner was a Harvard Psychology professor who used pigeons and rats in experiments to demonstrate the use of reinforcement to strengthen behaviour operant conditioning. Why am I telling you this? Because it’s operant conditioning that is the main reason that every one of you whether you are aware of it or not keep coming back to Tumblr, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and so on. Even knowing the psychology behind it myself I keep coming back to so I’m in this boat with you. *Pecks at keyboard like a pigeon.
Skinner would use the pigeons and rats in what was known as a Skinner box to study how he could modify their behaviour using rewards and punishments. In their case the reward for pushing buttons was food. In all of our cases the reward is the little heart on Tumblr or the retweet on Twitter or the like on Facebook and so on. I don’t think there have been studies into the precise behavioural patterns of users on Tumblr but there has in regards to Twitter so I will use the work of Courtney Seiter as an example.
Our brains create two chemicals which play a primary role in how we respond to social media; dopamine and oxytocin. Dopamine when released creates what we want. It’s what causes us to seek, desire and search and is stimulated by unpredictability, by small bits of information and maybe most importantly by reward cues – in the case of Tumblr one of your posts being liked or gaining a new follower. Studies have shown that dopamine is so strong that tweeting is harder for people to resist than cigarettes and alcohol so you can assume that the possibility posting on Tumblr brings with it follows suit. If that wasn’t bad enough throw oxytocin into the mix, which is apparently referred to as ‘the cuddle chemical’ owing to its release upon kissing, hugging or…you guessed it, tweeting or posting. Studies have shown that in 10 minutes of social media time oxytocin levels can rise as much as 13%, a hormonal spike equivalent to some people on their wedding day. With oxytocin comes lowered stress levels, feelings of love, trust, empathy, generosity – everything that you would find housed within the Tumblr platform or any other form of social media. We are all rats and pigeons and although we might think we aren’t housed in a box we are logging in from our homes, our places of work, on the train or buses - all hitting away at the keys looking for that chemical reward.
Ever felt like you were addicted to Tumblr and spend way too much time on it? Have you found yourself desperately trying to gain more notes for each and every post that you make. Do you stop to consider the quality of what you’re posting or the frequency of the number of times you post without realising your need for the gratification from others users. I think myself included if we were all honest then we would own up to doing at one time or another if not daily but even worse possibly over a sequence of weeks and months. Want to know why we all jump ship from one platform to another after a period of time and why the likes of MySpace are consigned to the pages of history almost when once they ruled the pile? It’s simply because the gratification on one platform wears off and someone offers us the chance to receive it a new setting. Then off we trudge like little rats and pigeons and we find ourselves unwillingly pressing buttons again in a new home – a new box.
So how is this useful to creating a successful photography page on Tumblr. Well, armed with this new piece of information let’s look at the number of times you should post in a day. I think the majority of us when we first use Tumblr are guilty of over posting on a daily basis. It’s quite common to be putting 7 or 8 photographs up a day and that’s a polite estimate on the numbers. I myself have been guilty of posting maybe 10 in a day in the past and I certainly have come across users who post upwards of 20 times a day. Whether they are aware of it or not they are seeking that ‘instant gratification’ that gets us all hooked at some point or another as outlined above. But what’s important if you’re posting multi-times a day is the effect it will have on your blog. Will it help you to climb to the top and find success or will it ultimately start to alienate your followers and actually end up doing the reverse. Sadly the answer usually lies in the latter and this is going to kill some people but the true answer based on the success of others that have trodden before you is you should only post once a day and only then if you really have something worth sharing and not just because you feel you should be posting.
To grow a successful photography blog the key isn’t posting 10 times a day to get your face out there, quality over quantity will win through when applied with interaction. Yes it’s tempting after a successful day out shooting to want that feeling of instant gratification and post everything you’ve shot that you consider to be great but before you do stop and think and consider a few factors;
Unless you are a professional photographer with a deadline to meet that day for one of your photographs you should always leave editing what you’ve shot until the next day at least. I can hear the cries of ‘Are you mad?’ already. Well maybe, but in regards to your photographs having slept before you look at them again will mean you become more subjective. If you’re editing an hour or two after you’ve taken them and you’re really excited about them then you lose your subjectivity towards your own work. If you’re caught up in the moment you really enjoyed then everything looks great. You mind is altered by the moment so that’s why the advice is always to begin to look and edit the next day. If you don’t edit at all – well done but you’re probably in a minority and it surprises many people new to photography that just so many of us spend time editing our work before posting. It’s not a crime folks it’s why Adobe make so much money.
So having waited until the next day to sort through your files and edit them, when finished you will have to be subjective. Your followers or potential followers don’t need to see the same shot from fifteen different angles – be brave and choose the best one. Say you have ten photographs now in front of you post editing all held in a separate folder then look at them in a viewer and go through each one and choose the one that truly stands out. If you have three or four you’re really proud of you are going to have to resist that urge to post them all the same day. Again I know this will kill some people but there’s a reason you can schedule posts.
Let’s say for arguments sake it’s 1am when you finish editing and your reaction is to instantly share your post onto Tumblr. Again stop because for one you don’t want your brain running into gratification requirement mode before you try sleeping. No one needs to have broken sleep over the need to gain some notes on Tumblr or any other form of social media. The world won’t stop if you don’t post for a few hours. The more important reason is to consider when the majority of your previous notes have come during a day. So go to activity on your blog and click to the 24 hour view. On any given day usually my two peaks come between about 6am and 8am and again from 8pm to 10pm. Funnily enough they coincide between the times people are getting ready for work and when most sit down after a hard day’s work and are logging in killing time. This sounds obvious to say but rather than posting that ‘must see photograph’ at 1am post it at the time that you know people are logging on. Also consider this if you’re posting a photograph of some gothic architecture at 7am in the morning are your followers brains really set to cope with such things early on, or would the photograph be better suited to let’s say 8.30pm when brains are better set to cope. What do you want to see first thing in the morning? A smiling face, a great scene from nature or something that inspires maybe? Save the heavy stuff for the evening. It might sound obvious but there is a psychological point to it.
Going back to the posting once a day – no I wasn’t kidding and yes I meant it when I said if you don’t have anything worthy of posting then don’t post at all. But what a lot of the most successful photographers will do is post once in the morning at peak times using their 24 hour data and then reblog the same photograph during the second peak in the day. Whilst your photograph is hitting followers dashes twice in a day it still gives it more chance of being seen and it doesn’t stink of over kill.
If you have nothing that is really going to add value to post in a day then use your time wisely. Maybe spend some time going through old photographs and look for new ways of editing or something you may have missed. Obviously spend ten minutes checking in on those who have posted, say your hello’s, like a few posts and then forget about Tumblr again for another day. The world isn’t going to end if you haven’t posted anything for 24 hours.
Don’t reblog your entire back catalogue in one hit thinking it will get you more notes. All you’re doing is appearing on the same dashes of the people that already followed you. OK so we may have missed one or two posts but chances are if people who follow you are daily users we didn’t miss 40 posts. Also if you’ve spent the best part of half an hour also adding tags to the posts it won’t suddenly bump you up to the top of the search pile. The clock will just restart and unless people are searching for most recent posts rather than most popular it’s going to have no real end benefit at all unless you unexpectedly gained 500 followers overnight. Chances of that happening – pretty slim I’m afraid.
Are you one of those bloggers that hits people with ten photographs in one hit and isn’t then seen for another six days or more? If you are then learn to use the scheduler and keep a presence online daily even when you’re not online. If you know you only log in every Sunday when the kids have gone to Grandma’s for a couple of hours then make it known in a post because whilst it might seem an odd thing to say these types of things do stick in people’s minds. As I have said previously people know their notes pages better than they know their own bank balances in a lot of instances and the more you integrate with others users the more you learn their habits and you’re not left wondering why they haven’t liked anything you’ve posted for the last five days and yet still seem to be online. But for the casual user who has a good body of work then the scheduler is perfect and from experience you’re better to hit people with your posts about 7 or 8pm. Just make sure when you do come to log in the following Sunday that you show your appreciation back for the love you might have received Monday to Saturday. Good will only stretches so far but people will respect when you’ve been honest that you have a real life outside of Tumblr. If they don’t then you know where the unfollow button is by now I’m sure.
Don’t blog ten photographs at once in the one post. Some might argue surely that’s better than ten single posts – Just because Tumblr has the option, it doesn’t mean you should use it. On the same theory of posting 15 angles of the same thing, be objective. If time is of a premium use the scheduler and post them over several days. If you know that on certain days less people log in then save your frustrations and don’t post, wait until a better day based on your last 7 days’ worth of notes. Also the human brain likes odd numbers over even. Don’t ask me why but it’s a well-documented fact which is why photographs of solitary tree’s will be liked more than a pair together; a single swan over a pair and so on through everything you can think of. Also people generally don’t tend to look through all ten. Your eyesight is drawn to the largest post at the top and the other nine generally don’t even get looked at. OK some people might do it but I would rarely click on enlarge and go through the other nine in greater detail. Also when you group photographs they are less likely to be reblogged by sites which cuts down the chance to widen your target audience. Users who like a couple of the photographs within the ten can also be put off hitting the like button if there’s a couple in the grouping they distinctly dislike. I’m not joking on that one either. This is built to be an honest guide and I have done it on numerous occasions where I have loved one of the photographs and skimmed the rest and seen something I didn’t like and just moved on without hitting like. Don’t crucify me I’m just being honest. If I do it I’m 99% certain I’m not the only one.
By the same respects if you want your work to be reblogged more then please don’t post mixed posts of black and white and colour versions if only to keep me happy and no other reason. The amount of times I find an amazing looking photograph and hit reblog and suddenly find there’s a colour version of the same photo underneath or one black and white with three or four colour one’s and have to scrap it is ridiculous. Brain’s work on order and a natural rhythm which is why blogs which stick to one style generally work much better than 20 different styles of photography all thrown into the mix. The same goes for a consistency between the choice of black and white or colour work.
So to summarise Tumblr and other social media platforms work because it’s designed to reward us and give us that feeling of personal gratification through the chemical injection of dopamine and oxytocin. Those little love hearts are turning us all into pigeons wildly pecking every day at our computers, tablets and mobile phones. When this happens especially early on as a user you will post a ridiculous amount of photographs and forget that quality over quantity will always win the day. If you find yourself posting more and more and considering less and less about quality because you’re chasing notes then you have a real problem that so many of us have experienced. I don’t have my notifications turned on anything anymore in regards to any social media platform. In fact I don’t even carry a phone when I’m out. If the world want’s me it will have to wait until I am done. Don’t be a slave to social media, don’t be a slave to the need for instant gratification.
Whilst it’s a cliché it’s a good one to say that Rome wasn’t built in a day. You’ve already learned that interaction is as much a key to success as quality is. The reason app developers make their apps free and offer rewards for logging on every day is to keep you playing and the heart on Tumblr or the thrill of gaining new followers is designed in exactly the same way. But box smart and do things the right way over a period of time rather than chasing the instant gratification and trying to successful quicker than is realistically achievable will help your sanity, help you stay in control and help you build continuous success rather than alienating the followers you already have. If you’d like to share or contribute to this series in any way shape or form then please send me a message with any comments or feedback you have. Please remember what is contained in the above doesn’t apply to everyone and the chances are those it does apply to will never read it but a lot of what will come over this coming series I feel needs saying and hopefully come of use to some people who genuinely do want to put the time and effort into growing their blog and reaching the top of the Tumblr pile.