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anonymous asked:

Can you give us some book recommendations?

Okay book recs. Oh my god I have so many. I have a question after this that say’s POC book recs, so I’m going to keep this post to book recs that arent poc to keep these separated just for the sake of the anon’s that asked. 

Red Rising by Pierce Brown (Trilogy with a new book - a ‘spin off series’ coming out next year) - I will fucking promote this book series until I die. This is hands down, one of the best books I have EVER read. Honestly, for me it sort of beats out Harry Potter (Which if you know me, I’m obsessed with. I mean, I had a Harry Potter Sweet 16. [I’m from Long Island. Everyone there has a Sweet 16]) Not only is Red Rising extremely diverse and beautifully written,  but the storyline is incredible and the characters literally jump off the page. I dont think I’ve ever read a more human character than Darrow. Honestly PICK UP THIS BOOK. IT NEEDS MORE FUCKING ATTENTION. 

^^^^bolded it so people know that this is the best book ever and needs the read. 

Abarat by Clive Barker (Four books so far) - Now, this may not be everyones cup of tea. Maybe because I’m a painter, I appreciate him more. But his books are wonderfully illustrated with his paintings that follow along with the beautiful storyline. I recommend this book to the fucking stars. Its a fantastic story with amazing paintings. (Clive Barker, for those who don’t know, also created Hellraiser [Pin Head] and Midnight Meat Train along with a plethora of other stories. It’s worth the read.)

Song of Achilles (novel) - I mean, If you want to fucking CRY  then this is the book for you. It’s so fucking depressing but so FUCKING GOOD. I mean, if you know the story of Achilles, then you know why its depressing. But that doesnt take away from the beautiful story between Achilles and Patroclus. Definitely recommend this book. 

Along with that last book, a book that I feel goes hand in hand with it:

Captive Prince by C. S. Pacat (trilogy) - Now. A lot of people have a problem with this trilogy. I personally, as a (mixed, black) poc, have no problem with this book. It’s about two kingdoms, one of poc, Greek-like, and the other of boujee af french-like, white kingdom. In short, the Prince from the Greece inspired Kingdom is framed and shipped away to the french kingdom as a slave. Now, he becomes a slave (as a dark skinned man) to a white prince. There are a lot of things that happen like he gets whipped and other horrible shit. People have a problem with the book because of the dynamic between the two. They find it racist and insensitive. Here’s a great post as to why people don’t like the post, and the second comment is why I read it. I honestly find it to be a beautiful story that develops amazingly over time. I definitely recommend it. 

Kids of Appetite by David Arnold (novel) - I’ve just recently read this book and I absolutely fucking loved it. It’s an extremely diverse, beautiful story. Personally, I found the story sad, funny, heart warming, and inclusive. They brush upon the difficulties that black men specifically, have with the judicial system, by having an African man whom is loving and kind, constantly blamed for crimes that he did not commit. Again, it’s a really lovely book and this stuck with me for a very long time. I really recommend it. 

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (novel) - If you don’t want to fucking SOB then don’t read it. If you want a beautiful story, I recommend this book to the stars. Honestly, I went into the book not knowing shit about it, just that people loved it. Then I realized that it was about fucking cancer and I was about to throw my god damned book because I don’t fend well with sad things. THEN I found out that it’s also now a movie with Liam Neeson. Ugh. I havent seen the movie yet, but damn was this book magical and heart breaking and wow… Read it. I personally fucking loved it. 

Fangirl  by Rainbow Rowell (novel) - I mean, I feel like this book actually summed up my early college experience lol! I was writing fanfiction, roleplaying, cooping myself up in my room - the only difference was, I didnt have a quirky, beautiful, sweet man to hold me as I read outloud to him (if you read the book, then you know what I’m talking about). Honestly, this was a fucking amazing book and I loved it so much. it was feel good and extremely nostalgic for people of my generation (’94-’96 specifically) really well. If you loved Harry Potter, grew up with it, went to the midnight book releases and movie screenings, submerged yourself in the fanfiction, then you will love this book. I thought it was fantastic. 

which leads me to this rec. 

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell (novel) - Ugh. So in fangirl, there’s a fanfiction that the main character is writing. I know that this book is not the fanfiction, but it is named the same thing - so thats a nice connection. Again, if you love Harry Potter, if you love shipping Drarry (i dont because I find it problematic. But I feel if you like Drarry) then youd love this. I mean honestly, if you just like a cute story, with ridiculous spells, and adorable love, then read it. If you love Harry Potter ESPECIALLY READ THIS BOOK. 

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor (Trilogy) - Okay. Honestly, I havent seen many people promote this book series, but it is amazing and arguably, one of the most beautifully written trilogies that I have ever read (besides Red Rising. Ahem. Read it). It’s a wonderful story that comes together beautifully and is such a different book from your usual YA. 

The Archived by Victoria Schwab (Series of two) - So, if Victoria Schwab sounds familiar, that’s because she also goes under V.E. Schwab okay. Listen. I know that everyone loves A Darker Shade of Magic. I havent finished that book yet and I bet it’s amazing. However, we cannot forget the other amazing books she has written. The Archived is such a lovely, creative story that deserves more credit. Honestly, I’ve never read a book like it before and it stuck with me for an extremely long time. Apparently there is a third book coming out that I have actually been waiting for forever. I’m not going to say much about it, but these books are wonderful and deserve the read. 

Speaking of V.E. Schwab

Vicious by V.E. Schwab - This book deserves more recognition. Not only is the cover absolutely AMAZING, but the story is fuckign awesome. If you like Brandon Sanderson books, if you like superheros or Marvel and DC, read this fucking book. It’s fantastically written and needs to be read more. Get on it people. 

I mean, these are just some books. I purposely stayed away from some YA  series because I feel like a lot of people know about them. But I mean, some YA series that are well known that I like are:

Obviously Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas

The Darkest Minds  by Alexandra Bracken

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancy (ONLY THE FIRST FUCKING BOOK. THE REST OF THE SERIES IS SHIT AND IF YOU WANT TO JUST READ THE FIRST BOOK THATS COOL. COME TO ME AND I’LL TELL YOU THE REST BECAUSE THAT SHIT WAS RIDICULOUS. IT HAD SO MUCH POTENTIAL, IF ONLY RICK YANCY DIDN’T SHIT THE BED. ALSO THE MOVIE WAS SHIT)


So anyway.. i think this is all I’ve got right now haha. I’ll put my favourite books written by poc in the anon above this!  

Ozark Encyclopedia – D – Dogwood

Dogwood - Cornus florida

Parts used: root, bark, flower

Traditional uses: Roots and bark astringent, used for diarrhea and dermatological needs. Analgesic, chewed for headache, decoction rubbed on skin to relieve aches and pains. Root decoction is a febrifuge. Flowers taken for stomach complaints and colic. Infusion of inner bark used for a “lost voice” and sore throats. Root bark is a stimulant and tonic.

Protection from mad dogs – “Some woodcutters who live on Sugar Creek, in Benton county, Arkansas, believe that a mad dog never bites a man who carries a piece of dogwood in his pocket, according to an old gentleman I met in Bentonville.” ~Randolph OMF 142

“Mad dogs aren’t supposed to bite a person if they have a small piece of dogwood in their pocket.” ~Parler FBA XII 9954

Legend about flower shape – “Several tales about the dogwood tree are linked up with religious legends. One story, said to be very old although I never heard it until about 1935, is that the cross on which Jesus died was made of dogwood, and that He cursed the tree and doomed it to be stunted and twisted, unfit for any kind of lumber. In the center of the dogwood flower is something said to resemble a crown of thorns, while a brown mark like the stain of a rusty nail shows at the tip of each white sepal. A fanciful and romanticized version of this legend was written up by C. E. Barnes of Sulphur Springs, Arkansas, in the 1930’s and was published by many Arkansas newspapers.” ~Randolph OMF 262

Burdock, Witch Hazel, and Dogwood as a spring tonic – “Mix burdock roots, witch hazel bark, dogwood bark and take 1 teaspoonful before breakfast in the spring. This is called a spring tonic.” ~Parler FBA II 1369

Sarsaparilla, Wahoo, and Dogwood as a spring tonic – “Get equal parts of Sarsaparilla root, Wahoo root and Dogwood bark. Boil for ½ hour, strain liquid, add enough whiskey to preserve liquid, add 1 cup rock candy to the mixture, give 2 tablespoon full each morning before breakfast each morning.” ~Parler FBA II 1371

Knotting ritual for chills – “Tie a string in knots – the same number of knots as the number of chills you have had. Tie the string around a dogwood tree and the chills will go away.” ~Parler FBA II 1731

Dogwood and wild cherry for chills – “Peel inner bark of dogwood and wild cherry trees and pour whiskey over it and let set for three or four days. Take one spoonful four times a day.” ~Parler FBA II 1749

Wild cherry, dogwood, sarsaparilla, yellow dock, and goldenseal for colds – “To prevent chills and fevers or as a general health tonic, prepare and take the following: Wild cherry bark, dogwood bark, sarsaparilla root (yellow), yellow dock roots, and golden seal – all growing in our Arkansas woods, clean and boil. Boil down to a strong tea. Put in enough good alcohol to preserve it – a pint to a ½ gal. of strong tea. Sweeten with rock candy. A little sassefrass bark may be added, too.” ~Parler FBA II 1766

Twigs for colds – “Three cups of hot dogwood tea made from tender twigs of dogwood is a cure for colds.” ~Parler FBA II 1835

Root tonic for colds – “Boil the roots of dogwood when it is in bloom. This tonic is used to cure colds, fever, and [bowel] trouble.” ~Parler FBA II 1836

Bark for colic – “Dogwood bark cures the colic.” ~Parler FBA II 1867

Root for fevers – “A decoction of the…roots of flowering dogwood is a good substitute for quinine as a tonic and cold cure, bowel cure, and fever driver.” ~Parler FBA II 2214

Bark tea for malaria – “To cure malaria, make a tea of dogwood bark and drink it while the tea is still very hot.” ~Parler FBA III 2669

Pine, rattlesnake root, dogwood root, wild cherry root, and sarsaparilla root for rheumatism – “Spruce Pine, yellow pine branches, rattle snake root, dogwood root, wild cherry root and sarsaparilla root, one handful of each. Put in 1 gallon of water, boil down to 1 pint. Take one tablespoonful before each meal.” ~Parler FBA III 2979

Knotting ritual for rheumatism – “A person who has rheumatism should find a piece of string and start walking through the woods until he finds a dogwood tree. Then tie the string in as many knots as he can around that tree and walk away and never look back. He will never have rheumatism again.” ~Parler FBA III 3033


Moerman, Daniel E. Native American Ethnobotany (NAE)

Parler, Mary Celestia Folk Beliefs from Arkansas (FBA)

Randolph, Vance Ozark Magic and Folklore (OMF)

257: Dogwood Tree

The dogwood, Cornus florida, is a fine Ozark tree with many uses. The bark used to be used as a quinine substitute before the actual stuff was available to Ozark hillfolk. The roots and bark are astringent, used internally for diarrhea and externally for dermatological needs. It’s an analgesic, to be chewed for headache, or as a decoction it can be rubbed on skin to relieve aches and pains. A root decoction is used as a febrifuge, or fever cutter. The flowers can be taken internally for stomach complaints and colic. An infusion of the inner bark can be used for a “lost voice” and sore throats. The root bark is generally thought to be a stimulant and tonic. There’s also a great deal of folklore associated with the dogwood. Here are some examples from Vance Randolph’s Ozark Magic and Folklore:

“Some woodcutters who live on Sugar Creek, in Benton county, Arkansas, believe that a mad dog never bites a man who carries a piece of dogwood in his pocket, according to an old gentleman I met in Bentonville.”

“Old fishermen have told me that the redhorse and white suckers will not spawn until they see dogwood blossoms on the banks of White River. It is true that these fish shoal about the same time that the dogwood blooms, but it is doubtless a matter of temperature; certainly there is no evidence that any fish can see flowers on the shore, or distinguish between dogwood bloom and other flowers.”

“Several tales about the dogwood tree are linked up with religious legends. One story, said to be very old although I never heard it until about 1935, is that the cross on which Jesus died was made of dogwood, and that He cursed the tree and doomed it to be stunted and twisted, unfit for any kind of lumber. In the center of the dogwood flower is something said to resemble a crown of thorns, while a brown mark like the stain of a rusty nail shows at the tip of each white sepal. A fanciful and romanticized version of this legend was written up by C. E. Barnes of Sulphur Springs, Arkansas, in the 1930’s and was published by many Arkansas newspapers.”

Thorne headcanon

As much as I like black Thorne, I like @scarletbenoitkesley old headcanon of Thorne being Latino.

1. …. I can just see him being Latino

I swear to god he fits the culture so well

2. While most latinos I’ve grown up with have brown eyes, it’s possible (but rare) for a Latino to have blue eyes.

Thorne has blue eyes.

3. A lot of Latino people I know have either dark brown, black, or light brown hair.

Thorne has brown hair (someone correct me if it’s light or dark).

4. A lot of Latino people with Mexican origin I know can be white-passing.

Thorne’s is technically white (Caucasian) by MM’s website but throughout ALL 4 BOOKS ITS LIKE HE HAS NO RACE. Like, yeah it’s pretty much straightforward he is white (mainly white people have blue eyes) but other races and ethnicities can have that too.

So I’m on the bandwagon for Latino Thorne. Most latinos I grew up with (and still surrounded by) can fit most of these descriptions, and where I live they mainly have Mexican origin. SO THORNE COULD BE MEXICAN.

Painting Poison Ivy

I’m going to show you guys step-by-step how I painted each piece of my armor, using my shinguards as an example. It’s a very simple process - anyone from any skill level of painting can do it! It’s behind a ‘Read More’ so that people who are uninterested are not subjected to 9 photos of no significance. 

Above is the final product, below is the tutorial. 

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madame-miersae  asked:

5. Is it better to hurt others before they hurt you or let yourself be walked all over and hurt by others?

“Ah mean, if we’re talkin’ shifty sorts with quicker blades than fingers…” The huntress sways from side to side and shakes her hand through her hair. A wry smile begins to give way to something softer and warm, “But, guessin’ that ain’t what you mean, is it, sugar?”

She clears her throat and crosses her arms over her rib cage, heaving a little sigh. “Well, I’d much rather put my neck out there an’ get disappointed every once in a while than build a fortress of thorns.” 

Soft brown eyes cast down to the floor as her warm smile recedes just a touch. A few strands of fiery red hair threaten to slip from behind her ear. Vanaleigh speaks with just the slightest hint of something raw in her voice, “Life’s just too short ‘n’ fragile a thing to so readily cast folk out of it.”

After a brief pause, she clears her throat loudly and smacks her hands together. A smile bright as the sun reclaims its place on Vanaleigh’s face as she widens her stance. She leans in, eyes glittering with life, “Oh! Shit, you hear ‘bout that dwarf down back behind the docks? I hear tell he’s got some of the damned finest brew this side of Blackrock! Don’t know what it’s done up with, but they say it’s like drinkin’ silken fire!”