we don't know that either

I am a Huge Nerd for alien and human interactions that go across tumblr (space Australia and Stabby come to mind) but like for real what about the human concept of luck? Each culture has its own, too, and also superstition so like this human will go nowhere near black cats but others are just like ‘oh kitty kitty kitty’.

Try to explain to someone that doesn’t understand that breaking a mirror is more than just a glass hazard. No it’s not a mystical mirror or a religious thing. It’s just a mirror, you broke it, now you get 7 earth years of bad luck. Is to the day? Who knows. But 7 years dude.

Or like that one person who always has stuff break around them. ‘Why are they banned from the engine room?’ 'Just trust us Nyrak.’

Or what about people who things always go outrageously right for. That person where any number of the things that happen should not even be able to happen, and yet here we are.

That person that has the luck/innate skill to balance anything on their nose.

Lucky numbers. The importance of the zodiac too, while we’re at it. “The stars are not in alignment” 'have you been reading that human newspaper again Marshal?’ “No, Lydia, shut up” ,Are your species sensitive to the stars, humans?, “Nyark you know if I could explain it I would but I honestly cannot”

Good luck explaining Murphy’s Law to aliens who do not have the concept of luck or cosmic mythical interference.

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Well, I’m not on my own, I’m here with you, High Warlock of Brooklyn.
                                             — I have tremendous respect for the new Head of the Institute.

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[au’s that exist elsewhere]

there’s whispers around town about the two boys who live in the forrest. the locals will talk about them with their eyes cast downward and their voices hushed, worried that they would hear them.

there would be moments, in the dead of night, that shrieks will pierce the hot. humid air and people will shudder.

they’ll warn the foolish tourists who come to their town, seeking out the two boys who makes their home in the woods and they’ll tell them to watch out, beware.

beware of the boy with gold in his eyes because if you see him then the one with emeralds won’t be too far behind.

and if you see him, your shrieks will fill the night air, shouts and pleas for help and the locals will turn their heads, ignoring the way that goosebumps rise on their flesh and pretend that they don’t have two witches who haunt their town.

[southern gothic witch winchesters]

I love knowing that out there are many people who ship supercorp and adore Katie Mcgrath, but also ship sanvers and respect Floriana Lima
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ya characters aesthetic: Alina Starkov (The Grisha Trilogy) 

“I’m the Sun Summoner. It gets dark when I say it does.” 

being asexual is seen as “too straight” by the LGBT+ community and “too gay” for straight people. the truth is, we are neither. if straight people are “as straight as a line” and gay people are “straight like a circle”, then we’re as straight as the void. sexual attraction? i don’t even know her. you are seriously in the wrong place if you’re looking for an instant sexual connection. don’t try to “””fix””” us we’re good. keep moving please.

let’s talk cosmic consequences

Since I don’t think I’ve actually written this reasoning out yet, and I kinda mentioned it on the podcast… I’m being contrary again and not intending to.

They doubled down on there being consequences for the specific action of breaking a blood oath, which Cas did by killing Billie.

And yet none of the terrible things that happened in the last half of the season were a consequence of that action.

Cas died by Lucifer’s hand. Lucifer was out because Crowley didn’t let him go back to the cage, but he was out in the first place because Cas let him out. The events of the finale were the culmination of decisions that had been made by Cas and Crowley themselves, which resulted in their deaths.

And if we wanna trace this whole series of events back, Cas let Lucifer out of the cage in order to help defeat the Darkness, which was let due to Sam’s endless search to remove the Mark of Cain from Dean’s arm, which Dean took willingly at Crowley’s deliverance in order to stop Abaddon, who would have not been a problem anymore if Dean hadn’t convinced Sam to not finish the trials to seal the gates of hell. *deep breath*

And the Men of Letters appeared in response as a response to all of those events as a side effect - another type of consequence.

I look at Cas’s decision to kill Billie, and if have to compare it to something else contained in this season, two things are coming to mind: Dean’s original deal with Billie in order to escape the military, and Mary’s deal with Azazel.

(Side note: I have always just considered all of their stupid deals to be stupid decisions. All of their deals have been stupid decisions, but not all of their stupid decisions have been deals. Point being: I equate the two quite heavily.)

We never got to see the consequences of Dean’s deal because it was broken, but we knew what the consequences were: a Winchester would die.

Mary brought John back to life, which set off an earlier series of events and another series of consequences, which Dean listed off for her one by one by one. Sam’s powers. Being Lucifer’s vessel. Going to hell.

Other stupid decisions have a fairly defined path of consequences. And Cas’s specific stupid decision of breaking a blood oath should have consequences specifically tied to that decision.

When this show has been fairly consistent about how ‘there’s always consequences’ and 'there’s always a price that you pay in blood’ and when they mention 'consequences on a cosmic scale,’ I just don’t get why they would pull this weird gimmicky 'there’s always consequences EXCEPT FOR THIS ONE TIME.’

highfiveyearolds  asked:

Oh the pearl past forms are awesome! Any chance you could post the other gems/ a link to their past reforms? Thanks!!!!

Sure! Do you mean the past reforms they cycle through when regenerating, because the only Gem besides Pearl to do that is Amethyst

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Honestly, Elizabeth.  It astounds me that you could be hornswoggled by something as simple to fabricate as a DNA profile.

I keep seeing angry posts on my dash about the recent AO3 statistics showing a pronounced lack of POC in our stories, and as a fanfiction writer I just wanted to say - guys, you’re right on all counts - it’s true we don’t have enough representation and it’s true there’s probably some underlying racism in how we pick our characters and whatever else, but also - this stuff about the stories themselves is interesting af, but has anyone done some research on the writers’ ethnicity? Because what I can say from my perspective - I’m white, and European, and most of the time I deliberately avoid writing POC characters into my stories because -

  1. creating a background is hard work - I don’t know enough about African American or Korean American or Latino culture, and this is the kind of thing that should be researched in depth if you don’t want to write walking stereotypes;
  2. I can’t pin down their voices - this is why I also tend to leave out characters with non standard accents - like, for instance, I write for Supernatural and I love Benny Lafitte to bits but his Louisiana drawl is really, really hard to get right;
  3. they’re not in the original story all that much, so there’s less material to work with - which, together with points 1 and 2, is self-explanatory;
  4. my introduction to tumblr was about a million posts about gate-keeping and ‘it’s not your story to tell’ - seriously, I get there are issues there but the result, as a fanfiction writer who’s learning how to write, is that you lose confidence to even try, because you see other people getting dragged and doxxed for being ‘offensive’ and ‘disrespectful’ (and something it’s justified, but other times, let’s be honest, it’s not), so I guess this is just to say - you can’t have it both ways - you can’t have stuff like if 👏 you’re 👏 not 👏 queer 👏 don’t 👏 write 👏 lgbt 👏 characters and then complain because AO3 doesn’t have enough diversity.

So, again - this is just my experience, but it seems obvious to me that if we want more diverse fanfiction (and we should), then we need a bit of everything - more representation in original content, sure, but also writers who’ve got room to manoeuvre (and try, and get it wrong, and try again without getting crucified), readers who’re ready to broaden their horizons, and more encouragement for authors from different backgrounds, because I’m sure they’ve got fantastic stories to tell and personally, I really want to hear them. 

anonymous asked:

Dean and Sam (specifically Dean *cough*) have never seen Cas broken wings have they? Because to be frank this is something I am very curious about how this would go down, how they would react or how they wouldnt react and how exactly Cas is feeling about his wings (Like I know his feelings of self doubt etc but the wings are kind of a symbol for a failed angel and I am very curious what his feelings are since I personally am not good with empathising so I cant rly imagine)

This is a very good question and no, I don’t think Dean and Sam are aware of how personal this is to Cas. We already know, and they know, that some of Cas’ powers are dimmed when Cas is not in contact with Heaven - it’s likely they’ve assumed that Cas’ inability to fly is part of that. They may consider it, therefore, an annoyance for all involved, but not something that’s actually hurt Cas in a physical way. Instead, well, we know, because we’ve seen his wings, that this loss hit a lot closer to home than, say, the loss of his time-bending skills.

I may be spectacularly wrong, but I seem to remember that the shadow of Benjamin’s wings is the first time the boys have seen angels’ wings since S8 or something? So this is what they find -

- and this is how Dean looks at Cas looking at the wings.

Now, granted - he may be thinking, Shit, this must be hard for Cas or he may be thinking Fuck, that could have been Cas, or he may simply be sorry he’d given Cas such a hard time about Benjamin in the car (and the fact he was jealous of a guy really spoke volumes, by the way), but he must have noticed, even if it’s just ash on a wall, that those broken stumps are a far cry from what a dead angel’s wings used to look like.

(Yep, I’m picking this specific example because I’m writing about Gabriel and I’m sad and now you get to be sad too. Yay.)

Plus, you know, since Cas was consistently framed with his back to the wall during that scene, Dean must have wondered about Cas’ own wings and what they currently look like. Then again, I hope both Dean and Sam have wondered about that long before now - I hope they had an in-depth and affectionate conversation with Cas about what it all meant for him - Metatron’s betrayal, Falling, living on stolen Grace, the works. I mean, we do know important stuff happens in between episodes (*coughs* MIXTAPE *coughs*), and this is one of those things that seems so important and central to who Cas is as an angel - to his health and his mental wellbeing - that, really - it beggars belief that it’s something they simply never talked about.

(As to why, if it actually happened, we haven’t seen it - I guess it wasn’t as entertaining as yet another decapitated head splashing blood at the camera?)

That said, I’m not sure that Cas could explain what losing his wings meant to him - we know enough about his true form to know that, whatever he looks like, those wing shadows angels like to flash now and then are a sort of metaphor of the real thing. Whatever their true aspect and meaning, though, from what we know I’m sure their loss made Cas feel even more trapped and restless - I guess that, since he used to be able to move through space and time at will, what he does now must feel like limping around on two broken feet? Of course, angels may be slightly more resilient than humans - we’ve rarely heard Cas complain about his wings - but it was still a huge blow, and an interesting insight into the show’s mythology. I hope the fact Lucifer still has his wings intact will create an opening of some kind to bring this up again - and, of course, if we don’t get to see Cas’ true form by the series finale, we riot.

anonymous asked:

What if aliens are even more confused about bicycles than we are? Like, we aren't entirely sure how they work but we just kind of brush that aside and use them anyways, while aliens are running around panicking b/c "holy crap humans are using something that they don't even know how it works but it does and we don't know how it works either what the hell" and they try to study it and they come back with nothing better than "it shouldn't work"

Why would you do this to me? Because now I can’t figure out if the bicycle thing is serious or not and most of what I find online says we do understand, i think, but I can’t tell and I found this which looks like a good discussion but the problem is I never took physics, I took chemistry instead which is not at all useful in situations like this (and, granted, most situations, but possibly also because it was literally my worst subject of all time) and while I am a fairly intelligent person I start seeing all these sciencey physicsy words and it’s like trying to read Japanese katakana–I can sorta understand them separately if I try really hard but mostly they’re strings of characters taunting me and my lack of knowledge that I feel I should know.