“The immortal [Daine] had detected stood on the ground before them. He turned as she approached, his movement setting the bones that were braided into his long blond hair to clicking.
Daine relaxed and tossed her rocks aside. She wouldn’t need them for Rikash Moonsword.” -The Realms of the Gods, by Tamora Pierce
when growing up me and my dad and my brother played a game at Home Depot called “Don’t let me see you while I shop.” The rules were that I had to follow my dad around the huge Home Depot but be out of sight the whole time. This game was extremely fun for me for some reason (we also called it the “Super Spy game”) and extremely useful for my dad.
Anyway, later on I realized I could just wonder off and not necessarily follow him around and still win. This is the story of how I used to go directly into the Home Depot lights section and just immediately dissociate like I entered a fairy wonder land for hours on end.
childhood truly is a special time.
sometimes our happy places are just the Home Depot Lights Department we made along the way
Things That Happened in 2020 That Don’t Feel Like They Did:
-The Witcher came out
-The movie Parasite wins at the Oscars
-Kim Jong Un “died” like three times
-Ray Bans Official Charity Sale For $26.99 Today
-The murder hornets appearing and disappearing in like a week
-The Sonic movie came out
-Jennifer Lopez pole dances at the Superbowl
-X Æ A-12 Musk
-UFOs are real apparently
-Plane flights were like $15 at one point
-For some reason, Clone High is making a comeback
-Leaving school in March for a “few weeks lockdown” and now we’re here
-Friday the 13th was the last “normal” day for a lot of us
these all feel 5 years away at least
Dec 4: Remember that time we learned Clark Kent totally peeked at all his Christmas presents with his X-Ray vision? (Justice League, “Comfort and Joy”)
Because Clark is awesome and loves christmas.
remember that time we learned clark kent is a grown man who still believes santa exists
He’s an alien and a superhero who knows other superheros in a world with a talking telepathic Gorilla, ofc he believes, anything is game.
Thats because Father Christmas/Santa Claus totally DOES exist in the DC universe, and every year, without fail, Santa fights through Apokolips’ defenses just to give a lump of coal to Darkseid.
He W H A T
Rereading Tortall as I Age
I’m rereading the Tortall books. When I first started in 2000 or 2001 in the middle of Kel then back to the beginning with Alanna, mixed in with Emelan, then caught up and have read by publication date ever since.
Well I never really paid attention to their ages.
At this reread, I decided I really wanted to pay attention to their ages.
Alanna was easy to follow enough with her four books. I could tell she was early twenties ish when we leave her.
Then Daine begins. We leave a mid twenty something and return to the world of a 13 year old.
This is where it gets interesting.
I’ve known these characters for at least 15 years now. Daine has been my favorite because I’ve claimed Numair as my literary husband.
So I start Daines book with a handwritten timeline I coppies from Tammy’s website with everyone’s updated ages.
In the first Daine book, things are going along swimmingly.
Then we get to the scene where Jon is grilling Daine on her father and her magic and Numair is arguing with him about going with Daine to Pirates Swoop.
So I decide to check my timeline because just how old are these people now anyway. When I was 13 and reading about Daine, the big 5; Alanna, George, Jon, Thayet and now Numair were all “adults” meaning aged “40-50”.
They are not.
They are 30, 36, 32, 30 and AND 24.
Numair is 24 and telling off the King who is 32.
This country is being run by a bunch of CHILDREN in the 7th year of their reign because Jon took the throne 7 years ago at like 25.
And he’s being told off by my now 24 year old husband who is really just a trussed up post-doc who thinks he’s an academic.
He even says so to Daine that he forgets not everyone is an academic. Numair, you are 24. I was finishing grad school at 24. Oh no.
But look again. When you read the descriptions of this country, it has mandated schools for everyone, open job opportunities for anyone who can complete the training, and a king who comes down to help everyone out when some enemies attack where he lives, women can get fighting jobs and the queen regularly helps out the program of fighters that she partially oversees. Then they ask a 13 year old for help.
Is this what would happen if you left a kingdom to some mid twenty somethings? Jobs for everyone, education, talking to teenagers for help and advice. Especially teenage girls.
When I was 13 and I read about their trouble with the emperor in Carthak…
I imagined this guy
The Emperor of Carthak is 26.
Not an old man.
My brain is hurting. Where I work, I’m one of the youngest out of 100 people, and yet I’m of this age group that is governing Tortall.
I don’t know what to make of this information yet.
Share when you also were no longer 13 and started figuring out relative ages of everyone and as you got older and had different opinions about your life long literary friends.
Reading these books at 31 still holds that special magic. I grieved when I had to close Alanna and leave her, only to feel the tearful joy when she comes back in the first Daine book. It’s like Tammy knew we wouldn’t be able to let go.
(Be kind if you fact check me and I’m wrong. I did quick math from Tammy’s timeline on her website).
— The Tusaine knight looked up into the coldest eyes he ever hoped to see. “Stupid,” Alanna told him quietly, her voice shaking with fury. “That was very stupid. And you’re lucky I’m a better ’knight’ than you are, or you’d be dead.” — In the Hand of the Goddess, by Tamora Pierce
Gods do y’all remember when Alanna of Trebond was just like vibe checked a man then told him ‘then perish’ at like… age 14 cause I sure do!
Today I turned 28 😅 wish I was an elf or a fae so I wouldn’t age so fast😩😏 I wanted to post something nice on by birthday so… here’s Dorian Havilliard from Throne of glass series by @sjmaas been a while since I painted him, hope you guys will like it xoxo This artwork was commissioned
today i am thinking about what we leave behind. in the store, on all of the bath mats, someone has drawn a heart or left a handprint. in the pen aisle, each page of the test paper is covered in names and little drawings and fuck covid and over and over again - hello hello hello hi hello. on the street i live, three houses have perfect hopscotch lanes carefully transcribed with rules and everything - jump here! now do a spin! graffiti of a deer on the side of a building, names scrawled into setting concrete. initials carved into park bench seats. In the bathroom, in silver sharpie - i hope you’re okay out there. i love you, you’re beautiful, keep trying. geocached tubes of trinkets, jackets left out in case somebody needs it. a note on my windshield - closed your door it was a little open have a great day and stay safe! my friends and i, fully grown adults, build a sandcastle on the edge of the ocean.
inside of returned schoolbooks. inside of little secret pockets. hi hello hello hello. what a beautiful calling. you and i are in different times, and will never meet, but here is the greeting i’d owe you. if you never get to see this person, what do you say? hello! i love you. be good out there. be safe.
as the colder months approach: i wish you all a healthy, calm end of the year. i wish you tasty cups of tea, comfortable clothes, warm beds, nutritious meals in safe homes, good music, new friends and unwavering health. you deserve good things now.
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Boring old werewolf instincts:
Must win sports
Homophobia And Sexism Is Normal™
Cool new werewolf instincts:
There is no five second rule
Corvids are friends
Hang out as a pack
Unconditional love and loyalty
Being able to sleep in almost any situation or position
Irresistible urge to chase squirrels and rabbits
Hating the vacuum cleaner
Wanting to do everything with friends
Loudly and repeatedly announcing to housemates that someone is at the door
Long, shouted conversations to other werewolves across the neighborhood (bonus points at 2am)
Taking advantage of any and all free food
Fighting any animal that trespasses into the backyard
Too much energy
Eating out of the trash if it smells tasty
Being bad at sports because you don’t want to let anyone else take the ball from you. Then destroying the ball in front of everyone because you want to make a point
Trying to fight things 10x your size like a fucking idiot
Being unable to hold a grudge for more than a few hours
Trying to make people feel bad for you over mundane things that aren’t actually that bad. And somehow succeeding.
Needing to try a bit of your friends’ food, even if you’ve tried it 5645674 times before and have never once liked it
Getting way too friendly with random strangers
Being in a love-hate relationship with water
Digging. For no reason.
Thinking you’re a badass despite being a hyperactive ball of emotions and hedonism
Loud sobbing while pressing yourself up against the sliding glass door at your friends who locked you out because they were tired of your bullshit and wanted some goddamn peace and quiet
Okay this one is a gem:
“ Loudly and repeatedly announcing to housemates that someone is at the door “
So most of these are very dog oriented, which makes sense to me, since dogs are just wolves that have co-evolved with us for thousands and thousands of years BUT I wanted to add a few that are wild wolf based:
- Multigenerational households!
- Kids get really excited when someone comes home with groceries
- “I can HELP put away the food!” “Oh, and have you whisk away the ice cream like last week? I’m fine, dear.”
- Love to travel and follow food trends
- Mostly very social and must have roommates/family/significant other/kids/friends around
- However, not uncommon to travel alone for periods of time, especially after leaving home
- Big friendly communal meals with lots of ritual around who gets served in what order
- “Let grandma take her pick of the turkey first. It’s respectful, and she won’t take kindly to you cutting the line.”
- Full pantries, stocking up on basics, the kind of people who always have extra oatmeal, or batteries, or a jump cable
- Can hold conversations using body language and eye contact without saying a word
- Cuddlers, especially with the social group
- Yelling to get everyone to gather, and phone chains for anyone who lives further away
- Lots of singing, the pack has a bunch of favorite songs that everyone knows by heart, and some may be song writers
- “Can you smell this? Does this smell weird? Does this smell good?”
- Lots of candles and incense with unusual scents
- Passing houses and farms and land down through generations
- Love home renovation
- Communal child care and sometimes communal nursing
- Kids are all really into wrestling and being outside
- When someone is ready to leave the household, the younger they leave the further they tend to travel. Someone who leaves at 18 might go to another country, but someone who leaves at 26 might just move a town away.
- Whether someone moves far or close to home, it’s not unusual to move back in at home a few times before settling down
- “You know the futon is always open for you. Your cousins are in your old bedroom, but you’re always welcome!”
- Kinda grumpy about neighbors pushing property boundaries
- “Why do they have to let the damn mulberry tree hang over OUR driveway?”
- Good endurance runners
- Late walks at night, naps in the middle of the day
- Really playful, especially with kids
- Lots of rough housing and board game nights!
I’ve been looking for the one with the wolf-aspects added for a while and I found it again! Reblogging for A+ extra wolfy content!
I love love love everything about this
I love everything about this