A Crisis of Faith, or, The Why of EMP

Watching The Lying Detective again, it becomes clearer and clearer that we’re in some variation of a dream, a trip, an alibi, Sherlock’s mind palace - some sort of false reality.  There’s plenty of good meta on this: see the EMP masterlist (someone lmk if there’s a more recent list to link to). There was a compelling case for it before TST & TLD, but I resisted, because I didn’t get why they would do this. 

(I’m a bit like John Watson when he gets angry at Sherlock - not interested in the how, but the why.  Plenty of amazing meta writers worked out the how of TJLC, but I had to write a 13k word meta before I could accept the why.)

Anyway, I can deny it no longer, EMP is happening.  But… why?

Here’s my best guess (and, not coincidentally, my greatest hope): EMP is happening because they want to get even more metafictional.

I haven’t watched all of Moffat’s Doctor Who episodes. In fact, they used to annoy me – Moffat uses the sci-fi setting to set up really fantastical plot twists. In Sherlock, Moffat’s plots are bounded by reality, plausibility, science. Or, well, they were.

To be fair to Mofftiss, BBC Sherlock is still bounded by plausibility.  They’ve gone to the trouble to present multiple in-universe mechanisms for us to be watching a false reality.  Interestingly, these are all introduced in the second series.  We get drug-induced dream sequences in ASiB.  We get drug-induced hallucinations and memory-altering substances and the mind palace in THoB.  We also, in Series 2, get the first truly metafictional storylines: Irene Adler and the destructiveness of love; Henry Knight haunted by his own story, a distorted truth; and of course, Moriarty, telling Sherlock’s story all wrong.

Prior to Series 4, I thought this was more or less the limits of their metafictionality. Sure, they’ll throw in a lot of imagery and symbolism, but they wouldn’t go further than that, would they?

Of course they would.  They ended Series 2 with a character called The Storyteller writing Sherlock to death.  That was half a show ago.  They had go somewhere after that.

But where exactly are they going?

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(The following is purely fan-made content!)

Slurpuff is well known for it’s amazing sense of smell, thus it is beloved by bakers and pastry chefs alike. These chefs proceeded to experiment with the creation of the Whipped Dream treats which allow Swirlix to evolve. Using different combinations of ingredients in the Whipped Dream gave rise to a wide variation of Slurpuff forms. 

Standard (Meringue): Whipped Cream
Dark Forest Cake: Dark chocolate + Cherries 
Apple Pie: Pastry + Apples 
Trifle: Raspberry + Custard 
Pavlova: Passionfruit + kiwifruit
Strawberry Shortcake: Strawberry + Sponge
Wedding Cake: Fondant + Cream

More variations, this time: Slurpuff!

I tried very hard to make them look delicious…..

Dream Variations

by Langston Hughes

To fling my arms wide
In some place of the sun,
To whirl and to dance
Till the white day is done.
Then rest at cool evening
Beneath a tall tree
While night comes on gently,
Dark like me–
That is my dream!

To fling my arms wide
In the face of the sun,
Dance! Whirl! Whirl!
Till the quick day is done.
Rest at pale evening…
A tall, slim tree…
Night coming tenderly
Black like me.


The SoLaMi Dressing coord set just released in December 2016 also comes with a color variation of the original Dreaming Girl CR. It’s pretty nice because this was a coord I always wanted but never got to have. (The other variations were released with the original Cyalume Charm and in a big Millefeui set I think?) 

It doesn’t have any official shoes or accessory, but it looks pretty good paired with the SCR Triangle shoes. (Those look good with everything.)

Funny thing, since the Dreaming Girl CR coords don’t have official accessories, your accessory, if you were wearing one, disappears after Cyalume Change. (Alternatively you would get one if you weren’t wearing one but changed into a CR that had one… confused yet?)


Look, y’all know what we’re like by now, so @thefairfleming​ and I present:

The Stallion Who Mounts The West*, aka the Jon x Dany Crack Western AU: an OTP: Here’s A Thing Joint

Fandom: A Song of Ice and Fire/Game of Thrones
Pairing: Jon Snow/Daenerys Targaryen
Rating: Gen now, but will probably get filthy because that’s how we roll
Summary: Jon is a lonely rancher, isolated, tormented by past love. Dany is a dispossessed drifter, looking to reclaim what’s hers. Sexy hijinks ensue.

* - sorry**
** - not sorry


It’s like something out of a movie. The sort of movies Jon’s always scoffed at, with their romanticized versions of a West that never existed, one with noble cowboys whose guns only ever shot a villain’s hand no matter where they were aimed, winsome ranch wives and attractive drifters, no racial strife and none of the tedium that comes with setting fence posts or battling an endless variation of pests. All dream and no reality. All hat and no cattle. A drifter is as unlikely to be attractive as he’s likely to be an escapee from the prison down the interstate.

But as the woman riding at a slow clip down his isolated drive comes into focus, Jon realizes he may have to reevaluate his ideas on the relative appeal of drifters.

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northrn  asked:

Purple! 👩🏽‍🎤😈👾🤳🏼🤷🏼‍♀️☂️🍆🎆🔮💜☮️♋️

What’s your astrological sign?
I’m a Leo!

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
I don’t remember but it probably came from @0pen-mind-open-heart . This wasn’t from her but someone told me to never define myself or judge myself by what I’ve done but rather by what I want so that’s the best piece of advice I remember.

When’s the last time you followed your instincts?
The fact that I don’t remember tells me it was a long time ago, I prefer logical reasoning

What’s your favourite food?
Any variation of garlic bread

What’s your secret dream?
Being able to help every person I come across, even if it’s with something small

I did some. Pokemon variations.

Sweet Dream: The result of breeding a Mr.Mime and a Hypno, the Sweet Dream variation is a master of good aura. It has the ability to keep good dreams consistent, as well as summon them. This type of Hypno is great with families, as having it around gives a sense of good things to come and emotional balance. Sweet Dreams are identified by their relaxed posture and white “gloves”, often earning them the nickname “Dream Conductor”. 

Nightmare: Despite their name, Nightmares are incredibly docile. A Nightmare is the result of a Sableye and Hypno breeding. It’s named after its specialty, which is greedily gobbling up nightmares and consuming bad aura. Some say its greed is from the Sableye in its blood - but whatever causes its hunger earns it places in medical centers and psychological institutions to help calm patients and identify triggers. It’s identified by its sharp teeth and glowing blue eyes, which earns them the nickname of “Boogeymen”. 

i’m just waiting for robert and aaron to talk about what happened, and aaron says “did you mean it?” all shy and tentative bc he still isn’t sure of robert being this open and loving, and robert just turns to him and replies, steady and sure: “i swore to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. and that’s what i did, aaron.”


Finished up some pokemon variants I attempted a while back but then abandoned for a while, but here’s some Pansage variants mixed with Nidoran, comes in two colour variations; Purple Haze and Blue Dream and then another mixed with Mawile known as the Bug Trap.

Also some sketches of a Scraggy/Scrafty variant [it’s head plant is based on an echeveria] and a Girafarig variant [based the head plant on a giraffe trees leaves a bit]

I rlly love Pansages!


(Hey I finally finished this! Woo! But yes. Dreams are strange weird places and the dream world is even more bizarre. Split into different worlds and zones where pokemon and humans alike frolic and play while their unconscious bodies lay in bed. But darkrai always linger in the shadows, though to protect themselves they have to evolve and adapt to their surroundings so that they blend in, adding fuel to the potential nightmares.

Behold, the Dream Variations!

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To fling my arms wide
In some place of the sun,
To whirl and to dance
Till the white day is done.
Then rest at cool evening
Beneath a tall tree
While night comes on gently,
   Dark like me—
That is my dream!
To fling my arms wide
In the face of the sun,
Dance!  Whirl!  Whirl!
Till the quick day is done.
Rest at pale evening …
A tall, slim tree …
Night coming tenderly
   Black like me.

Dream variations_Langston Hughes.

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Solavellan. Post-trespasser. Inspired by certain lines in @feynites‘s fic, Looking Glass. I thought a lot about how Lavellan would react to everything, how she would feel about the two of them being on opposing sides, and then this popped into my head. Sorry if this is awful, it’s been awhile. 

It was always him, she realized, wandering through a dream filled with distorted variations of the orb and the green light of the veil twisting around all things.

The orb. The fade. The veil. The green light. It was always him.

It was Solas who had urgently grasped her hand and showed her how to close the rifts.

It was Solas who helped her understand the mark—the terrible, strange nightmare she had woken up to after the conclave.

It was Solas who stood with her on those lonely, chilly mornings and distracted her from her new stresses with riveting tales about history, and elves, and the fade. The one voice of equal companionship in a mad encampment of Andastrian strangers who thought her to be some kind of miracle.

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burnttoast--blog  asked:

What are some tips that I can have on my HS yr , to focus better, better grades etc.

Ayy, this is the perfect question, burnttoast-. My response will be coming to you from a Type-A personality viewpoint, where striving for perfection is the norm and Blair Waldorf is queen.


You’re already familiar with the cliché questions – “what would you do if you really had all the money in the world…  if every job paid the same… if you didn’t have to answer to anyone?” Sit down and answer them. All of them. If the list scrolls beyond one page, let it. Envision the toughest, highest dreams for yourself, and hold yourself to them.

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for all your life, you’ve known sin
but never like this - not like the craving
to know how his mouth might taste against yours;
your vices come in variations
of wine and blood,
his hidden dreams behind silver teeth.

they call you a snake, and you know
too well temptation -
your own two hands clasped tightly in prayer
remind you not of sanctification,
but of his thin frame pressed so close
to yours
that not even air could intercede.

he is godless and you are godly -
yet for all the hours you have spent
knelt in Sunday prayer
your only epiphany came when sunlight
fell across his face, and you understood
why lucifer fell.

—  morningstar // aethernauts