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11:10am September 19, 2014

residentanglophile:

Why do all of my story ideas come when I have the least amount of time to write them?!

So, just the other day, a new story popped into my head, which, of course, is utterly ridiculous seeing as I have two long, unfinished stories and a few shorter ones not yet completed!  Not to mention gobs of schoolwork that I try to ignore every night ;)

Here it is so far: Edith and Anthony both have a child from previous relationships/marriages, but they’re both single parents now and, being busy raising a child on their own, they have never met.  Their children (Anthony’s son and Edith’s daughter) become the best of friends and get into all sorts of mischief together.  Eventually, their parents’ paths cross and it plays out a bit like The Parent Trap, mixed with elements from Now and Then and A Friend of the Family.

Anyway, dear followers, distract me from my appellate brief for a few moments and indulge me.  Thoughts on this one?  Canon/Modern AU?  Worth pursuing when I’m done with my appellate brief in a few weeks?  Or is it too similar to the other stories that I listed?  I’d love to hear your feedback :D

I would read anything you wrote about Andith…but this sounds just the sort of thing that makes me settle down with a mug of cocoa and WALLOW!!!

In other words, yes, I think it’s a lovely idea!

9:58pm September 18, 2014

showtunesdream:

Free time! Am I going to clean something or work on my fic?!

Nope. 

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My muse is too tired to be creative right now.

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You are permitted to be lazy…fanfic is meant to be fun to write as well as to read. So, go ahead, snooze. Here’s a secret: you’ll probably think up all sorts of interesting plot bunnies…In…Your…Sleep!

9:55pm September 18, 2014

showtunesdream:

#marriage

Yup, totes Andith, I agree!

Can just see Robert Bathurst playing Sir Anthony impersonating Cruella de Vil!

9:50pm September 18, 2014

“It’s been a lying sort of winter," he added. "Look, I must go. I’ll telephone to you again when I can.”

— 

Lord Peter Wimsey, in Dorothy Sayers’ Thrones, Dominations

What was it he had said on the telephone, about a lying winter? She picked up the book from the bedside. A stray quotation from Peter should always be sought first in John Donne. She found it there, quite quickly.

 Methinks I lied all winter when I swore

My love was infinite, if spring makes it more.

(via querulousgawks)

#what I aspire to in all my fanfic

9:47pm September 18, 2014

“Accepting rebuke, he relapsed into silence, while she studied his half-averted face. Considered generally, as a facade, it was by this time tolerably familiar to her, but now she saw details, magnified as it were by some glass in her own mind. The flat setting and fine scroll-work of the ear, and the height of the skull above it. The glitter of close-cropped hair where the neck-muscles lifted to meet the head. A minute sickle-shaped scar on the left temple. The faint laughter-lines at the corner of the eye and the droop of the lid at its outer end. The gleam of gold down on the cheekbone. The wide spring of the nostril. An almost imperceptible beading of sweat on the upper lip and a tiny muscle that twitched the sensitive corner of the mouth, the slight sun-reddening of the fair skin and its sudden whiteness below the base of the throat. The little hollow above the points of the collarbone.
He looked up; and she was instantly scarlet, as though she had been dipped in boiling water. Through the confusion of her darkened eyes and drumming ears some enormous bulk seemed to stoop over her. Then the mist cleared. His eyes were riveted upon the manuscript again, but he breathed as though he had been running.”

— Dorothy L. Sayers, Gaudy Night

One of my favorite quotes - when she finally realises she loves him!

9:28am September 18, 2014

Downton Abbey Rewatch + 3x03

No, no, no…this didn’t happen!

9:25am September 18, 2014

adamsforthought:

gelana78:

revfrog:

residentanglophile:

mbhh:

Downton Abbey, Series Three, Episode 2

Mandatory reblog because of my shipping problem ;)

Ditto.

Sometimes I get mad about how Fellowes fucked up my ship. Then I see things like this and my heart just pours sympathy for the poor andith folks. Sorry guys.

Ok this kills me. I can only imagine the pain of the more hardcore shippers. Hugs for all.

Your sympathy is much appreciated, you kind folks you!  Hugs back and thank you - Cyrano7/Baron Munchausen on FF.net/very hardcore Andith shipper…

10:46pm September 17, 2014
cassiemortmain:


The Crawley sisters – drabble box set
My fluffy gift to all M/M, E/A and S/T shippers for STEAMM Day!
The idea for this came to me when the lovely yankeecountess sent me three STEAMM-y drabble prompts. I decided to write one for each sister, and this post is the result.
Here’s a teaser from each one.
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1. Mary x Matthew – “dancing”
The first servants’ ball since before the war was in full swing. Mary stood to one side, watching as Edith and Thomas stepped out together, while Matthew gave Mrs Patmore a turn around the room before vanishing from her sight.
Before she realised it, he was at her shoulder. She gave him a slightly strained smile and they watched the dancers for a moment or two.
“What about it?”
“Why not?”
2. Edith x Anthony – “wedding”
On the morning of her wedding day, Edith wakes to the same feeling of excitement she’s had since the wedding preparations began. Each vase of flowers, each shining champagne flute – all of them are there for her.
In Edith’s bedroom, Mary helps her with her dress. As she moves over to the mirror, she looks at herself and can’t quite believe what she sees. The day she has been waiting for is here. At last, I’m a bride too.
3. Sybil x Tom – “babies” (set in my s5 AU)
“Mr Branson, you can go in now.”
Tom held Aislín’s hand tightly as he walked through the door to Sybil’s room. The sunlight was streaming through the window, hitting the bed just where his wife was resting with their son in her arms and lighting them both with a heavenly glow.
Sybil heard them come in and looked up at him with a face lit equally with joy and exhaustion.
“Tom! Oh, come and meet our boy! Isn’t he wonderful!”
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I’ve never quite got Mary and Matthew - but this went a long way to explaining.  And Edith and Anthony actually married!!  Thank you!  Thank you!!  Thank you!!!

cassiemortmain:

The Crawley sisters – drabble box set

My fluffy gift to all M/M, E/A and S/T shippers for STEAMM Day!

The idea for this came to me when the lovely yankeecountess sent me three STEAMM-y drabble prompts. I decided to write one for each sister, and this post is the result.

Here’s a teaser from each one.

***

1. Mary x Matthew – “dancing”

The first servants’ ball since before the war was in full swing. Mary stood to one side, watching as Edith and Thomas stepped out together, while Matthew gave Mrs Patmore a turn around the room before vanishing from her sight.

Before she realised it, he was at her shoulder. She gave him a slightly strained smile and they watched the dancers for a moment or two.

“What about it?”

“Why not?”

2. Edith x Anthony – “wedding”

On the morning of her wedding day, Edith wakes to the same feeling of excitement she’s had since the wedding preparations began. Each vase of flowers, each shining champagne flute – all of them are there for her.

In Edith’s bedroom, Mary helps her with her dress. As she moves over to the mirror, she looks at herself and can’t quite believe what she sees. The day she has been waiting for is here. At last, I’m a bride too.

3. Sybil x Tom – “babies” (set in my s5 AU)

“Mr Branson, you can go in now.”

Tom held Aislín’s hand tightly as he walked through the door to Sybil’s room. The sunlight was streaming through the window, hitting the bed just where his wife was resting with their son in her arms and lighting them both with a heavenly glow.

Sybil heard them come in and looked up at him with a face lit equally with joy and exhaustion.

“Tom! Oh, come and meet our boy! Isn’t he wonderful!”

***

Read More

I’ve never quite got Mary and Matthew - but this went a long way to explaining. And Edith and Anthony actually married!! Thank you! Thank you!! Thank you!!!

10:40pm September 17, 2014

blowmiakisscolin:

poppypicklesticks:

anotherstarinthesky:

empresspinto:

nigga-chan:

People need to realize the significance of this post, because when I reblogged it it was just blank so I think some people may not understand what this is trying to say

Adopting an animal (or buying from someone close to you who has recently had puppies, kittens, etc) is not like simply going to the store and buying a toy. You do not just get to throw it away once you are done with it and it stops being cute in your eyes

This is a real living thing that has emotions, needs, and wants, not something to be thrown away when YOU are done after YOU entered at commitment to raise and care for this animal. 

What’s just as bad as dumping the animal off just anywhere you want, whether it be on the side of the road or in a shelter, is that a lot of these animals end up dying after that. Animals are NOT always adopted and strays are not always picked up. Animals can get put down, run over, tortured, and a list of other things 

People should really think about what they are responsible for before they bring an animal into their life

Not to mention that that animal loves you, you are his world, and when you drop him off at the shelter - or worse, in the street - you are abandoning him. He doesn’t know what he did wrong, he thinks you’ll come back, maybe you just dropped him off for a bit and you’ll come back to him.
Not only did you make a commitment, but that animal loves you and throwing them away isn’t just breaking that commitment, it’s throwing away someone who doesn’t understand why you don’t love him anymore and where you went.

This is so important. Animals are NOT toys you just can’t return them because you got bored. Think first before you buy a cute little puppy for your stupid girlfriend or sister or whatever. Okay. This just make me so mad that I can’t keep talking about it. Seriously you have no heart if you do this. Seriously

This shit pisses me off

How could you be so hateful to that poor puppy who loves you 

This made me cry. HOW anyone could raise an animal from being a kitten or puppy or whatever, and then just dump them when they’re fully grown…I will never understand.

They are part of your family. They give you their heart and soul and you are their entire universe. They should be YOUR heart and soul. God knows I feel guilty when my cat is left on her own for any longer than a few hours. I miss her like mad. And she misses me, judging by the fuss I get when I walk in the door.

If you don’t love your animal with all your heart, you don’t deserve them. Because they love you fully and unconditionally, and they deserve that same love back from someone who could never even consider abandoning them.

8:30pm September 17, 2014
halfbakedpoet:

And here we see the majestic wild mop without a handle frolicking on a beach…

halfbakedpoet:

And here we see the majestic wild mop without a handle frolicking on a beach…

8:19pm September 17, 2014

OK….JUST HEAR ME OUT…

snaggleteef:

So I was thinking about it last night and I think Anthony Strallan is gay.

HERE’S WHY

-Right, since the beginning we’ve seen that he was usually a bit shy and awkward but this is a dude that is a titled landowner and pretty high up the food chain overall. When you look at other aristocrats on the show they are usually pretty sure of themselves, so why would Strallan be different? 

He lives near Downton so it can’t his first time meeting the Crawleys so you would think he’d be a bit more comfortable around them, but maybe he is so deep in the closet and so unsure and ashamed of his feelings that he feels like people are eventually going to find who he really is and that freaks him out.

-He’s obviously a bit lonely and clearly cares for Edith and enjoys their friendship, it gives him companionship and gives off the impression that he is a ‘normal’ and virile man but when the time came for them to take it to the next level (engagement, marriage) he took whatever opportunity came up to ditch her and ran without even trying to fight for her before he was expected to take the next step.

Someone telling you something that goes against what you have experienced about the person you plan on proposing to and not even bothering to talk to them about it?

Letting someone’s father dissuade you so easily and then ending it by writing a note?!

And asking someone to marry you, them saying yes, and immediately after that asking them if they are ‘sure’? WHY WOULDN’T YOU BE SO HAPPY THEY SAID YES AND SO EXCITED TO GET MARRIED?

It’s because he is very aware of what a marriage will entail, especially with a young woman, she will want and expect certain things and maybe with his first marriage he thought it would change him, things would start to be ‘normal’, and when it didn’t he avoided a second marriage like the plague.

-After S1 and him ditching Edith at the garden party, you would think he would avoid her from then on, but since he is so lonely and appreciates her friendship he takes up with her again, but is clear to establish that marriage is not an option by using his arm and age as an excuse. So he’s hoping they can continue to hang out but w/o the pressure of an impending marriage.

It’s clear Edith is after a wedding, so if that is something he is not interested in why continue to accept her friendship, knowing they both want different things?

-All of the couples on Downton have had their physical moments, but through out the course of 6 years Edith and Strallan have only had kisses on the cheek all initiated by Edith. I don’t expect Strallan to start making out with Edith in Robert’s library but they came close to engagement once then where engaged after knowing each other for 6 years…you’re telling me he didn’t want to kiss her one time?? 

I just think Strallan’s reluctance to make it OFFISH with Edith is highly suspicious, I think he really did care about her but his continued acceptance and encouragement of their friendship, makes me think he saw something in Edith that made him open up a bit more and become comfortable with someone for the first time ever maybe, because his relationship with her was ‘safe’, she was young thereby had to be naive and he just couldn’t cut her out completely until he absolutely had to. 

I have read all you wrote, and I think you make some very good points.  If the series had been set after the Second World War I think I probably would have agreed with you.

But forgive me if I say that I would prefer to believe that Anthony is straight, and in love with Edith, and he acts as he does because he grew up in the Victorian era.  One just didn’t kiss one’s love before engagement, and one only kissed one’s fiancée before marriage in private.  And there was absolutely no thought given to anything else until after marriage, especially in Anthony and Edith’s class.

I have said it before, so bear with me/skip this bit if you want.  Before he went to war, Anthony *is* quite confident.  He doesn’t think anything of coming round to Downton to ask Edith out, either formally in front of her parents, or informally just for a spin.  Yet when we meet him again after the war, his self-confidence is shattered, he considers himself too old (which he never did before) and *crippled*, even though his injury is limited compared to many men who came back from the trenches.  Something must have happened to him while serving his country (and it is only too easy to think what it might have been) that has changed him.

Now this is where I start getting really angry.  With the centenary of the First World War just around the corner (when Julian Fellowes wrote series 3) and now upon us, Baron Fellowes missed the most bleedin’ obvious chance to examine the effect of the War on those who survived it and on their lives afterwards.  Edith might have tried to make contact with Anthony again to ask him to explain himself.  Dr Clarkson might have let drop that Anthony had shell-shock, and doesn’t want to burden Edith with his nightmares.  They might actually have married and Edith was then brought face-to-face with flashbacks…any of these would have tackled difficult but historically accurate issues and would have been a darn site more in keeping with the Downton Abbey we’ve all come to love than, say, the raping of Anna.

Anyway, that’s my immediate reaction to your intriguing suggestion.  Thanks for reading.

9:32pm September 16, 2014
superhighschoollevelpessimist:

eneko-wweh:

mr-egbutt:

tyleroakley:

witchhctiw:

the-solitary-witch:

warriorsatthedisco:

Its called the Death Waltz, and was written as a joke but people have attempted it on piano.

Saxes move downstage.

I’ll just leave this here.

SWEET JESUS CLICK THAT




the added directions are great.'insert peanuts''gradually become irritated''cresc., or not''untie slip knot''bow real fast, slippage may occur'

Release the penguins

superhighschoollevelpessimist:

eneko-wweh:

mr-egbutt:

tyleroakley:

witchhctiw:

the-solitary-witch:

warriorsatthedisco:

Its called the Death Waltz, and was written as a joke but people have attempted it on piano.

Saxes move downstage.

I’ll just leave this here.

SWEET JESUS CLICK THAT

the added directions are great.
'insert peanuts'
'gradually become irritated'
'cresc., or not'
'untie slip knot'
'bow real fast, slippage may occur'

Release the penguins

9:28pm September 16, 2014
embraceyourfreak asked: Do you have any pictures of dogs running so fast they look like they're hover-crafts? Love your blog by the way, totally brightens my day!

it-is-bugs:

revfrog:

doublepistolsandawonk:

thecutestofthecute:

ACTIVATING LAUNCH SEQUENCE IN 3.. 2..1

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jesus lord

I want a flying dog.

Corgis cheat. Their legs are so short, this totally happens.

9:21pm September 16, 2014

Downton Abbey Rewatch + 3x03

9:19pm September 16, 2014
cloverthebulldog:

Plllllleeeeeeaaaaaassssseeee give me ice cream! I deserve it because I am cute!!

cloverthebulldog:

Plllllleeeeeeaaaaaassssseeee give me ice cream! I deserve it because I am cute!!