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yurileclercseyeliner · 10 minutes ago
The selkie post:
OKAY I HAVE ANOTHER IDEA. (Again I’m on mobile I’m sorry about the novel and lack of cuts).
K E L P I E S A S B E A S T U N I T S .
“Ches, for fuck’s sake,” you sigh, “What the hell is a kelpie?”
Voila, sweet user of tumblr dot com, a KELPIE.
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(Image from Wikimedia Commons, fuck tumblr and the image quality drop)
“Ches that’s literally a girl riding a horse what exactly is mythical about this and where is the shapeshifter?”
This is another Scottish creature that is basically an intelligent, magic horse that lives in the sea and can shapeshift into a human, run across water, and a bunch of other magical stuff. Admittedly, I personally think that kelpies have a much darker origin than the selkies in my last post so bear with me while I add that little bit of context.
Okay so in practically every story involving a kelpie in Scottish folklore there is at least one kidnapping. The story that I know best begins when 16 chieftans’ sons are kidnapped by the kelpie and taken to his underwater home with only their shield-bearer escaping, who then has to rescue them all during a special feast, while also dealing with the fact that his princess friend is being manipulated by the kelpie as well. In the end all of the sons are rescued, the princess realizes what’s going on and helps the shield bearer with the rescue and later marries him, and the kelpie goes on to kidnap some other girl (I think it was the princess’s cousin?).
Okay so one thing that I want to bring up is that the adaptation of these creatures as beast units does not need to completely reflect their mythological origins, because not all mythological adaptations need to EXACTLY reference their source material. I don’t mean do things that would be a complete spit in the face to the source material, cough that Webtoon called Athena Complex cough, but just that not every mythological detail needs to be included. Include the parts that are important for the player to understand the gist of what the creature is supposed to be in your specific setting and then add your own characterization. So basically what I’m saying is that the kidnapping part doesn’t necessarily need to be a part of these beast units’ characterizations if it doesn’t make sense in the world building.
So yeah cavalry unit but it’s just the horse. In terms of them as a society I think they would live in a coastal town next to a rocky coast where a lot of sea foam forms, bc there’s just a bunch of stuff about kelpies being associated with sea foam.
Also since beast units typically need some sort of catalyst thing to transform I guess kelpies would get a standard beast stone. Sorry guys but only the selkies get cool transformation fur coats.
N e ways have a nice day. Also Scottish and Celtic folklore, though kind of disturbing at times, is super fucking rad and it needs to be used in pop culture more often.
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triggerbigger · 2 hours ago
//wait 2012 wasn’t my mysims & fanboy & chum chum year.  that woulda been 2015-2016 or so.
2012 was my naruto year bc the guy i was dating was really into it and i wanted him to think i was cool.
i used to do that a lot, like get into different things for the guys i liked.  i tried to read stephen king’s the stand bc he was my 8th grade crush’s favorite author, but i got miserably bored of it after people stopped dying.  like once the gory depictions of infectious illness stopped, i was like, “ok i’m over it”
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usasuketonkachi · 3 hours ago
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sns x poetry
wild geese by mary oliver // not anyone who says by mary oliver // oxygen by mary oliver // eileen myles // letters, summer 1926 by marina tsvetaeva // the postcard by jacques derrida
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blogthefiresidechats · 7 hours ago
My recommendations for you!
My recommendations for you!
I know I just posted an article asking for recommendations from everyone else. This article is not asking for recommendations again….this is me giving you some recommendations depending on what you’re looking for. If you are a Stephen King fan = Go check out anything from author Joe Hill. Stephen King’s son writes under the pen name of Joe Hill because he wanted to become known for his own work…
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rockislandadultreads · 8 hours ago
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Feminist Fiction: Reading Recommendations
Dietland by Sarai Walker
The diet revolution is here. And it’s armed. Plum Kettle does her best not to be noticed, because when you’re fat, to be noticed is to be judged. Or mocked. Or worse. With her job answering fan mail for a popular teen girls’ magazine, she is biding her time until her weight-loss surgery. Only then can her true life as a thin person finally begin. Then, when a mysterious woman starts following her, Plum finds herself falling down a rabbit hole and into an underground community of women who live life on their own terms. There Plum agrees to a series of challenges that force her to deal with her past, her doubts, and the real costs of becoming “beautiful.” At the same time, a dangerous guerrilla group called “Jennifer” begins to terrorize a world that mistreats women, and as Plum grapples with her personal struggles, she becomes entangled in a sinister plot. The consequences are explosive. Dietland is a bold, original, and funny debut novel that takes on the beauty industry, gender inequality, and our weight loss obsession—from the inside out, and with fists flying.
Still Lives by Maria Hummel
Kim Lord is an avant-garde figure, feminist icon, and agent provocateur in the L.A. art scene. Her groundbreaking new exhibition Still Lives is comprised of self-portraits depicting herself as famous, murdered women—the Black Dahlia, Chandra Levy, Nicole Brown Simpson, among many others—and the works are as compelling as they are disturbing, implicating a culture that is too accustomed to violence against women. As the city’s richest art patrons pour into the Rocque Museum’s opening night, all the staff, including editor Maggie Richter, hope the event will be enough to save the historic institution’s flailing finances. Except Kim Lord never shows up to her own gala. Fear mounts as the hours and days drag on and Lord remains missing. Suspicion falls on the up-and-coming gallerist Greg Shaw Ferguson, who happens to be Maggie’s ex. A rogue’s gallery of eccentric art world figures could also have motive for the act, and as Maggie gets drawn into her own investigation of Lord’s disappearance, she’ll come to suspect all of those closest to her. Set against a culture that often fetishizes violence, Still Lives is a page-turning exodus into the art world’s hall of mirrors, and one woman’s journey into the belly of an industry flooded with money and secrets.
The War Widow by Tara Moss
The war may be officially over, but journalist Billie Walker's search for a missing young immigrant man will plunge her right back into the danger and drama she thought she'd left behind in Europe in this thrilling tale of courage and secrets set in glamorous postwar Sydney. Sydney, 1946. Though war correspondent Billie Walker is happy to finally be home, for her the heady postwar days are tarnished by the loss of her father and the disappearance in Europe of her husband, Jack. To make matters worse, now that the war is over, the newspapers are sidelining her reporting talents to prioritize jobs for returning soldiers. But Billie is a survivor and she's determined to take control of her own future. So she reopens her late father's business, a private investigation agency, and, slowly, the women of Sydney come knocking. At first, Billie's bread and butter is tailing cheating husbands. Then, a young man, the son of European immigrants, goes missing, and Billie finds herself on a dangerous new trail that will lead up into the highest levels of Sydney society and down into its underworld. What is the young man's connection to an exclusive dance club and a high class auction house? When the people Billie questions about the young man start to turn up dead, Billie is thrown into the path of Detective Inspector Hank Cooper. Will he take her seriously or will he just get in her way? As the danger mounts and Billie realizes that much more than one young man's life is at stake, it becomes clear that though the war was won, it is far from over.
Kill the Farm Boy by Delilah S. Dawson, Kevin Hearne
Once upon a time, in a faraway kingdom, a hero, the Chosen One, was born . . . and so begins every fairy tale ever told. This is not that fairy tale. There is a Chosen One, but he is unlike any One who has ever been Chosened. And there is a faraway kingdom, but you have never been to a magical world quite like the land of Pell. There, a plucky farm boy will find more than he's bargained for on his quest to awaken the sleeping princess in her cursed tower. First there's the Dark Lord who wishes for the boy's untimely death . . . and also very fine cheese. Then there's a bard without a song in her heart but with a very adorable and fuzzy tail, an assassin who fears not the night but is terrified of chickens, and a mighty fighter more frightened of her sword than of her chain-mail bikini. This journey will lead to sinister umlauts, a trash-talking goat, the Dread Necromancer Steve, and a strange and wondrous journey to the most peculiar "happily ever after" that ever once-upon-a-timed.
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poisonedwilds · 9 hours ago
The Cruel Prince (by: Holly Black)
This is one of the most hyped up books that I’ve seen on BookTok and it was pretty good
Something that I really loved to read about was how different all three of the sisters were and their dynamics with each other.
They all took on different approaches in response to being thrust into an unfamiliar world, so I really love how Holly made them each individual in the aspect of how they dealt with it.
Jude, our lovely protagonist, and the always ambitious manipulator seems like she’s trying to fit in with the faerie. Or rather be BETTER than them, which is quite hard since they are all, frankly speaking, far more powerful than she is. (For now)
Taryn, the middle child that I absolutely despise, seems to have accepted her ‘fate’. Which is apparently to be married to a fae and be a ‘peace offering to another court’. Fighting back isn’t really her thing.
And Vivi, the oldest and only half-fae out of the three siblings, whom I also happen to love decides that rebelling against Madoc and making things as hard as possible for his new wife is the way to go
The start of the book was a bit slow because it introduced the whole backstory thing, but it does pick up pretty quickly (especially towards the end) 
But as the book continues to go on, the storyline and all the characters are really interesting and I got really hooked to it
I know that a lot of people hype this hook up as an enemies to lovers book, but I honestly don’t know if I would even consider it that
Tbh, Cardan seems more like Jude’s bully and the build-up as to why he hated her was a little lacking
I actually like how Jude’s whole ‘enemies to lovers’ thing with Cardan is used as a subplot in the books
The whole reason that I stayed with this book and continued to read it was because Jude. She is the epitome of a strong female protagonist.
I love how Jude didn’t say ‘I don’t want power, I just want to be normal’ like a lot of female protagonists in fantasy novels do (*cough cough* Alina)
She knew exactly what she wanted and she was willing to do anything to get it. It didn’t matter to her if she had to step on a few people to get there. And I loved that about her.
This isn’t a ‘typical romance’ story about a young beautiful maiden who was brought from another world and falls in love with a fae prince who does nothing but belittle her and make her life miserable
This is a story about a determined and ambitious young girl who knows that she might never be as powerful as the fae are, but is determined to keep fighting and scheming, despite the risks and costs
This book is absolutely enthralling and filled with secret plots that Jude is always managing to somehow uncover. It is dark and twisted and I love that more than I would if this were just another love story
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ginger-student · 11 hours ago
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June 14th, 2021
85/100 days of productivity
I started reading Lolita. Sorry for the blurry picture, but I tried to take it with instagram filter... 
I saw the movie a few times, but the book is MUCH better! And I only read a few pages. 
Also, tomorrow is the day when I find out whether I will change this blog from premed to medblog :) I hope I will be accepted, this time I worked hard and have clear mind about what I want to do with my life. 
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so for summer reading this year they're including a staff prize, for whoever reads the most, so i thought i'd enter because, you know, free money, but now i'm gonna have to read better books lol because you record what book you read and i can't let people know i live like this
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mafia404 · 15 hours ago
I can't believe only 83 of us voted for this. They have the best highschool love story! It doesnt only focuses on the mc's but their friends and other relationships.
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dawn-8080 · 16 hours ago
Bold of you to assume I read passerine
I figured you have-
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dont-be-a-dick-plis · 20 hours ago
I'll make you read my bookmarked fics by their first line because i'm bored and you probably are too
(we'll talk about bokuaka first because boy do i read about them)
⭐️fine line by starsqwub (19k)
General Audiences
No Archive Warnings Apply
“ The ball slams down onto the court like a bolt of lightning. Your eyes dart to the ref, awaiting his signal hungrily; it’s all of eternity packed in a second while you ask, 
in or out? 
Win or lose? 
The whistle blows— ”
•where do i even start. this is the first bokuaka fic i read. it introduce me to the characters and the ship and to this day i can't think about a better first experience. the capital P Pining you'll have with this one, 'cause you haven't read mutual pining until this good boy (or heart lines. we'll talk about that masterpiece later). i found the author's writing style beautiful and soothing. I like how they did something so especial with simple words and simple situations. it's a pretty fucking great fic•
⭐️love, volleyball, and a ghost cat named kuroo tetsurou by semipeaceful (12k)
Teen And Up Audiences
Major Character Death
“Akaashi couldn’t tell if the murmuring in his ears was from the rain or from the crowd of spirits that lingered by the grassy knoll.”
•yes, yes, i know, it's awesome and it's barely the beginning. you know what's even cooler? how i totally knew what was gonna happen. i fucking *breathes deeply* . anyway, you kind of know where everything's heading to and it still hurts so much, but in a great and one hundred percent worth it way (do not read too much into that sentence and go read this one instead thank you)•
⭐️Flightless Owl by volleydorkscentral (57k)
Teen And Up Audiences
Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
“It wasn’t anyone’s fault, really. Just an accident of fate.”
•my oh my i wonder what happened. you'll have to read it to know. i remember this one being funny and painfully sad and cute all the same•
(an honorific mention to my beloved:)
⭐️teahouse in the rain by ravenrice (29k)
General Audiences
Major Character Death
“Even through the intricacies of time and space and the mysterious ways in which the universe works, the teahouse hadn’t seen much change in its appearance”
•do yourself a favor and read this one. some self care it's important, okay? you're the main character and all that. the writing style is unique, universal talks and existentialism plus bokuto being the charming boy that he is and akaashi being... i don't even know, read it an you'll see. the world building it's amazing, the adaptation of the characters is *cheff kisses aggressively*. it isn't finish yet but i'm pretty sure it'll be soon and is just plainly great. why are you still looking for reasons like just go read it . now. have a good day while you're at it. goodbye.•
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books-in-a-storm · 21 hours ago
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A Book To Read
Title: Heart of Malice(Alice Worth #1)
Author: Lisa Edmonds
Synopsis: The first time Moses Murphy’s granddaughter killed on his orders, she was six years old. For twenty years, she was a prisoner of an organized crime syndicate, forced to use her magic to make Moses the most powerful and feared man on the East Coast. To escape his cruelty, she faked her own death and started a new life as Alice Worth. As a private investigator specializing in cases involving the supernatural, Alice walks a precarious line between atoning for the sins of her grandfather’s cabal and keeping her true identity hidden. Hired to investigate the disappearance of a mysterious object of power, Alice enlists the help of Malcolm, a ghost running from a past as nightmarish as her own. It soon becomes clear the missing object was taken by someone with a dangerous secret and an unknown agenda. When her client is kidnapped, Alice must find her and the object of power before a vengeful killer destroys the city and slaughters thousands—starting with Alice.
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nietp · 22 hours ago
Trying to convince a lesbian friend to read Monique Wittig literally why is it such a struggle 🤦‍♀️ she's like 'well my ex read one of her books and hated it' like ok? She's your ex for a reason though
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serendipityread · 22 hours ago
Norwegian Wood
By Haruki Murakami
Norwegian Wood is feeling itself, a world apart feeling which makes you pause and think. I was blank for so long after reading it ,like it makes so much sense . It’s about love , not love we know it’s about love we are not familiar with or love we have long forgotten.
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Love is so complicated everyone has there on way of expressing it ,but have we ever thought about finding one way of loving which suits us best .Norwegian wood talks about many other things ,basically it’s an story of a boy navigating through teenage to adulthood and how emotions make it hard to see clear what’s in front,I think everyone should read it at least once that’s my personal opinion i am so blinded by it’s way of words and those words making sentences that you can say i am in love. A kind of love from which there is no coming back I guess...
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someboioutthere · 22 hours ago
Can someone give me some yearning type mlm romance book/writing/fanfic YA thing idk I've got some good Mitski playing in the back and I need the mood.
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genshinwritings · 22 hours ago
top 5 favorite genshin HC writers?
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This is how I felt when I saw this-
but let me explain it. I used to have a few good writing blogs around me but they are already gone or inactive & I tend to not read anyone else's stuff anymore because I'm super picky and I don't know- it's a super bad habit of mine.
Another bad habit of mine is that I always compare my stuff to other people's stuff & I lose my confidence every once in a while because of that.. I stopped reading other people's stuff to hold the risks low of losing my own motivation
But I know that I have to change that, so any recommendations?
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