disgustinganimals:

colonel—dog:

buzzfeed:

sometimes “if i fits, i sits” isn’t the best motto.

so is there a scientific animal behaviorist or whatever reason for cats just trying to squeeze into everything?

a clever ruse. don’t fall for it. they’re just trying to avoid responsibility. i rarely see cat owners ask their cats to do the dishes after they attempt these sorts of sheningans, so clearly cats are onto something.

thegirlwithgoldeyes:

thegirlwithgoldeyes:

She had curves in all the wrong places. She had a boob sticking out of her kneecap and I’d never seen an ass on the back of someone’s head before

She had legs that went on forever. And ever, and ever. Legs going on into the endless primordial void from which we all came from and to which we shall all return. Her toes touched infinity, her hips perched on the cessation of existence.

(Source: davidsvortex)

tesahrey:

Shot by @undergroundnyc

Sometimes a relationship is hard to explain.
Not friends. Not enemies.
Just two strangers with some memories.

(via hazelhirao)

(Source: hedonistpoet)

ofbard:

OH MY GOD

ofbard:

OH MY GOD

(Source: wadewilsn)

sam-im-a-princess:

nothing-rhymes-with-ianto:

abatchofcumber:

thetardiswantscasinit:


lokistoletheimpala:


can we talk about Legolas in the back tho


I feel like I need to rewatch the entire series just focusing on Legolas.  





It’s worth it.

Did Orlando Bloom spend the entirety of the series trolling with his facial expressions?

YES. YES HE DID.

sam-im-a-princess:

nothing-rhymes-with-ianto:

abatchofcumber:

thetardiswantscasinit:

lokistoletheimpala:

can we talk about Legolas in the back tho

I feel like I need to rewatch the entire series just focusing on Legolas.  

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It’s worth it.

Did Orlando Bloom spend the entirety of the series trolling with his facial expressions?

YES. YES HE DID.

(Source: jacknicholson)

The main reason I don't really like nickels all that much is because it feels, to me, not very thought out. Abi never planned to make them a couple and admitted that she never saw anything between them, but the fans did and so she wrote them together and that just feels to me like she's just writing for, well, likeability. It just feels really last mintue thrown together because she thought it'd make a good extra story to C&R and I dunno man I just needed to rant I hope you don't mind.
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slashsailing:

You are always free to rant, I just hope you’re ready for my essay of a reply because I certainly agree with this in some ways so I’m going to try and explain my thoughts, and my current devition for Nickels as eloquently as possible. Let’s hope it goes well. 

Firstly, and honestly, I never saw it coming. I never needed it to happen. I was not one of the fans at the end of Touch & Geaux or whenever it was that saw something between them and desired to have the relationship actualised. Even when I reread early Nick/Kelly moments pre-S&A there doesn’t seem much groundwork for any future romantic relationship—but I’ll talk a little more about how and why I’m mostly okay with that now a little later.

The main point of this initial drivel is to admit that I was in the midst of my final semester at university, I was swamped, and I wasn’t even going to read Shock & Awe. I did not need Nickels in my life. I was apathetic towards its conception. 

But I did need to know how Kelly faired and it intrigued me that Nick was going to feature and something was going to happen between them. I have second-generation Irish sentimentality for Nicholas and I will follow wherever he leads like a puppy—don’t judge me. I’ll admit though, at this point, I’m still highly skeptical. How do two friends who have never really looked at each other sexually or romantically (at least in a serious way—because there’s obviously that voyeristic moment of Kelly’s/exhibition moment of Nick’s that we’re told about later) end up falling in love with each other? 

To me, it was a little out of the blue. So I’m with you there. Or up until I read Kelly say, “See, everytime I think about you now, I get these butterflies… And it’s weird because it’s you, and you’re you. But I like it too. And… I like that it’s you. So I’m not sure what to do with that.” 

Like, from where I’m standing… regardless of what happened in with the fans asked for and what motivations led to writing Nickels, it never appears disingenuous. It doesn’t read like it was shoved in for the sake of it. Like, sure, ultimately, they were never even supposed to make it as far as Shock & Awe. Abi toyed with killing them both which would have meant no Nickels. But they did make it.

And while I have no idea about her motivations or intentions or the public outcry for Nickels—I read the books in March in the space of two weeks instead of doing university work and tbh I haven’t delved much into what Abi has or hasn’t said about the texts outside of what they say for themselves—I can say that as a writer we toy with a lot of paths for our characters and likeability generally isn’t a reason we take a certain route. Although I’m not here to argue about authenticity, I think Abi’s reasons for keeping Nick and Kelly around, even if they were tinted with shades of trying to appease her readers, were probably a little more organic than that. 

Characters evolve to writers just as much as they unfold and evolve on the page for readers. So I think it’s fair to say you can see things happening once you’re nudged in the right direction that you had never seen before. Notice here I said the right direction. Because, to me anyway, Nickels works so well and it was the right direction for them. 

Nick is so hesitant at first. He is so wary. It hasn’t just taken us by surprise. It’s taken him by surprise too. And plus, all of Kelly’s initial “what’s good for you and Ty is good for me too” reasons are terrible reasons. 

But it hasn’t really come about that randomly when you think about it. Nick has just told Kelly he’s bi. It’s putting thoughts in Kelly’s head that he’s never known he could or would want to entertain. Kelly’s curiosity but it’s more than that. You know if it were Ty in Nick’s place, taking care of Kels while he’s on the mend, Kelly wouldn’t have just said, “Hey, Six. Will you kiss me?” 

Nick and Kelly have something. They’re water. Patient, nebulous and easy. It’s like they’ve been gliding together comfortably all those years before never really questioning why they gelled so well. Some of the best relationships start as the best friendships, right? Which I think provides a nice contrast for the novels in general with the whole Ty and Zane relationship seeming to be born from inital dislike. 

"He felt like a door had been opened last night. A door he never knew existed." And maybe Abi was in the same boat as Kelly. Maybe she never knew the door existed either until she had someone ask her about it or whatever went down. But either way what lies behind that door now is pure gold and I am sad that you don’t feel like you can get behind it. 

Some disclaimers:

Obviously I’m not Abi and I’m not going to speak for her. Also, I didn’t join the fandom until a couple months after Touch & Geaux was released so I wasn’t here for the original talks and flailing over Nick & Kelly’s interactions in T&G but I did see their potential when I read it which is why I looked Abi up online in the first place because I needed to know if they were going to get together.

So, for those of you who weren’t around for the release of Touch & Geaux either and didn’t go through and read Abi’s archives like a fucking crazy person like I did, here are some of the highlights explaining how Nickels happened.

  • Sometimes these things just happen. Where Abi first talked about how many people read Touch & Geaux and how many times it was read and how everyone missed Nick & Kelly. AND how obvious it was when rereading their scenes with shipper goggles on.
  • It started as a DABWAHA bribe.
  • Then Abi started to really ship it.
  • And ship it even more.
  • Then all of her plans for Nick getting it on with JD (who we met in Cross & Crown, formerly planned as Rogue’s Gallery) and Kelly marrying Ty’s cousin Emma (who we met in B&C) were ruined.
  • You can look through Abi’s posts from April 2013 to get a better idea of how all of it exploded.

Yeah, it did seem to start as a joke and a gift to the fandom. Do I think that’s the reason she’s given them their own series? No. Abi strikes me as the kind of stubborn person who can’t be forced to do anything she doesn’t want to do in the first place. 

I do understand why they might seem a little thrown together. Shock & Awe was an unplanned book that had to touch on Kelly’s recovery, the guys getting together, and Nick getting his deployment orders without conflicting with the Touch & Geaux final chapter timeline or spoiling anything planned for Ball & Chain. Oh, and it had to have them together enough to warrant both of them joining the Ty & Zane in Scotland without dedicating B&C space to getting them together.

Cross & Crown was stronger and felt more them. Even though it was inserting their relationship into the already planned Rogue’s Gallery plot and setting up for the treasure hunting plans Abi already had for Kelly. (See the ruined plans post link above.)

Anyway, I get it. I get why if you didn’t read Shock & Awe or just weren’t thrilled by it and didn’t participate in things like TIR or other torture / bonus things that they don’t really make sense. I get why if you read Touch & Geaux, skipped Shock & Awe and then read Ball & Chain that seeing them together and getting chapters focusing on their relationship and their engagement must have felt fucking weird and out of place.

They don’t bother me, I adore them together, and I’ve always loved Nick & Ty’s relationship and seeing how they’re growing apart over the years. I think that’s really fun to see, but I do see how it could be weird. (Plus, friends to lovers is a trope I loooove because I’ve been there a few times in real life. Including with my husband.)

As Abi has said a few times in the last year or so since I joined the fandom, Ty and Zane can’t exist in a vacuum anymore and they never really did. Their series has always been about their relationship with a bit of their relationships with other people.

Do I think she’s writing Nick & Kelly for their likability to appease rabid fans and make money? Fuck if I know. It’s good business sense if she was but I would hope she’s enjoying it—she seems to be—all the same because it would fucking suck to think that she—or any author or creative person—wasn’t enjoying something that she spends months of her life every year working on.

terminal-bisexuality:

When gay people are assumed to be straight it’s heteronormativity.
When bisexuals are assumed to be straight it’s “Straight passing privilege”

bustysaintclair:

Kids please don’t think that it’s unusual or special to be dating someone with whom you can watch netflix and eat pizza and hold hands and also have hot sex with

It concerns me when I see millions of notes on a post that’s like “fuck me hard but also be sweet with me”

Like what kinds of relationships are you in that you think this is a revolutionary thing to ask