shirasheep:

Q: A major concern in A Song of Ice and Fire and Game of Thrones is power. Almost everybody – except maybe Daenerys, across the waters with her dragons – wields power badly.
George R.R. Martin: Ruling is hard. This was maybe my answer to Tolkien, whom, as much as I admire him, I do quibble with. Lord of the Rings had a very medieval philosophy: that if the king was a good man, the land would prosper. We look at real history and it’s not that simple. Tolkien can say that Aragorn became king and reigned for a hundred years, and he was wise and good. But Tolkien doesn’t ask the question: What was Aragorn’s tax policy? Did he maintain a standing army? What did he do in times of flood and famine? And what about all these orcs? By the end of the war, Sauron is gone but all of the orcs aren’t gone – they’re in the mountains. Did Aragorn pursue a policy of systematic genocide and kill them? Even the little baby orcs, in their little orc cradles? In real life, real-life kings had real-life problems to deal with. Just being a good guy was not the answer. You had to make hard, hard decisions. Sometimes what seemed to be a good decision turned around and bit you in the ass; it was the law of unintended consequences. I’ve tried to get at some of these in my books. My people who are trying to rule don’t have an easy time of it. Just having good intentions doesn’t make you a wise king.

Hey, G.R.R. Martin, you think Middle-earth was prosperous? It had lots of kings and queens that were good kings and queens but it was never in a constant state of “oh we have a good king everything is perfect now.”

Remember Feanor the King of the Noldor in the West, and the Kinslaying that happened during the exile back to Middle-earth? Yeah they pissed of a lot of people. And killed a lot of innocent people that shouldn’t have been killed. That was a bad decision. At least, the way they went about it.

Oh and remember that time when Isildur had the chance to destroy the One Ring but because he isn’t a perfect kingly human, he decided to keep the evil thing? On the one hand, it would have been easy to just destroy it… but… why? Why destroy it? Why let go of power? I’m sure he didn’t think about it at all, I’m sure he was just like “Oh cool, I got the Dark Lord’s Ring!”

What about when Thorin and Thrain couldn’t quite settle their racist differences and their armies coulda almost killed each other for the treasure Under The Mountain? You know, rather than being perfect and wise and just, getting along and sharing? You’d think that them being the good guys in the story they’d be able to not fight each other based on the colour of their skin.

Remember when Theoden King was stupid enough to let someone named GRIMA WORMTONGUE into his service? HAHAHAHAHA.
"Tell me, Wormtongue… can I trust you?"
"Why YES. Yes, of course you can trust me, my name IS Wormtongue, after all."
Tolkien may not have mentioned his tax policy but Theoden kinda did get everyone fucked over because of this.

Or do you remember how Saruman The Wise, one of the Maiar (you know, those “Wizards” sent by the Valar to help Middle-earth in the fight against Sauron), betrayed ALL the free peoples? I’m sure it was an easy and simple decision for him. And while on the subject of the Maiar, what about their masters, the Valar? Where’d you get that word from, G.R.R. Martin? Valar? From J.R.R. Tolkien, maybe?

I’m also thinking about Numenor, remember that kingdom that got swallowed in the Sea? Yeah their last king, Ar-Pharazôn, one of the most powerful they ever had, got stupid and got power crazy and was like, “ooooh I’mma go get n’ kill the t’rrists out East and I’mma capture Sauron Bin Laden and take him back prisoner and sheeyit” which lead to the entire Kingdom being destroyed. Good job, Ar-Pharazon. You are a good and wise king and make good decisions all the time.

This next part isn’t really a royal or political matter, but remember the incest between Turin and Nienor? Eew. Like, EEW. They had sex and everything. Had kids and a bloodline that would eventually take the throne. Brother and sister. Had sex.

Aragorn’s tax policies and maintaining an army… the story ended at the end of the Third Age, not to mention that Tolkien died in the middle of writing literally everything still. He may not have had a chance to write a new novel taking place during Aragorn’s reign, but we do know that Aragorn wasn’t perfect. He married is distant cousin, he and Arwen are COUSINS too much incest up in this fantasy what the fuck. And after the Battle of Pelennor Fields he took the last of Gondor’s and Rohan’s armies to the Black Gate for basically suicide. Most people would be in so much protest if any country did something like that today. That was a fucking hard decision. "Hey Soldiers. We’re going to war. We’re all going to die. But it’s all good, all for the greater good, so no worries. Let’s go! Easiest war tactic ever made!!!"

And also, he fucking wasn’t even at his throne for decades, dude. Not saying it wasn’t a good decision, it was, but besides King David and Aragorn, what other King remains in exile in the wilderness for long periods of time trying to find her way back to make her claim to the throne?

Tolkien’s Middle-earth is full of humans and elves and other peoples making bad decisions, good decisions, bad ones that became stupid. Good ones that ended up fucking everyone over. It’s never black and white. Tolkien’s stories and the political strife that was constantly weighing upon Middle-earth and all of Arda spanning thousands of years and more than three ages are unmatched.
And Tolkien did it all without needless descriptions of sex.
Although, I admit, for all his prose and beautiful language and stories, the thing that Tolkien was lacking in his mythologies, were the well-written words and imagery that Martin was great at.
"Even his manhood was ugly, thick and veined, with a bulbous purple head." - A Storm of Swords
"She had high firm breasts with nipples the color of dark chocolate that hardened instantly when Sandy brushed them with his fingers" - The Armaggedon Rag
"And suddenly his cock was out, jutting upward from his breeches like a fat pink mast." - A Feast For Crows
"The queen slid a finger into that Myrish swamp, then another, moving them in and out" -
A Feast For Crows
Beautifully written, G.R.R. Martin.

strangers-project:


I spent the last two years in New York City as a struggling singer/songwriter/actress. It’s gotten to the point in the last few months where I’m completely broke, work intermittently as a background actress in film/television, go to every single open mic night/casting call/jam/karaoke night even to live the “dream.”
I absolutely LOVE my life, but they never tell you growing up that there is a possibility that you might not succeed in your dream. I suppose as long as I’m still creative, making music and singing, I’ll be happy and “succeeding” in my own right.
A few years ago my mother passed away from stage 4 breast cancer, and before she died, she told me that she hoped I would never give up. But at this point… I’ve thought about giving up. A lot.
So here I am… walking around midtown Manhattan with $100 dollars to my name, $2,000 dollars on a credit card, and $50 thousand dollars worth of student loans, sharing my struggle with you.
I hope one day I can look back on this time and be thankful that I went out and tried to pursue something that most people are scared to do. Even if I fail to write a hit song, be in a Broadway show, or be a famous actress, I will have succeeded in truly LIVING. So I suppose I’m not quite ready to throw in the towel.
Plus: if I give up now, my mom will probably haunt me!!
xoxo
Broke and Hopeful in Manhattan

strangers-project:

I spent the last two years in New York City as a struggling singer/songwriter/actress. It’s gotten to the point in the last few months where I’m completely broke, work intermittently as a background actress in film/television, go to every single open mic night/casting call/jam/karaoke night even to live the “dream.”

I absolutely LOVE my life, but they never tell you growing up that there is a possibility that you might not succeed in your dream. I suppose as long as I’m still creative, making music and singing, I’ll be happy and “succeeding” in my own right.

A few years ago my mother passed away from stage 4 breast cancer, and before she died, she told me that she hoped I would never give up. But at this point… I’ve thought about giving up. A lot.

So here I am… walking around midtown Manhattan with $100 dollars to my name, $2,000 dollars on a credit card, and $50 thousand dollars worth of student loans, sharing my struggle with you.

I hope one day I can look back on this time and be thankful that I went out and tried to pursue something that most people are scared to do. Even if I fail to write a hit song, be in a Broadway show, or be a famous actress, I will have succeeded in truly LIVING. So I suppose I’m not quite ready to throw in the towel.

Plus: if I give up now, my mom will probably haunt me!!

xoxo

Broke and Hopeful in Manhattan

I love you. I’m sorry I hit you. — Me
amydrawssometimes:

What do we do when we run out of lettuce? NOTHING. Do you expect us to pull it out of our asses? Yelling at me just makes you an asshole.

amydrawssometimes:

What do we do when we run out of lettuce? NOTHING. Do you expect us to pull it out of our asses? Yelling at me just makes you an asshole.

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phiftycent:

princem4rtian:

poyzn:

This is like installing Windows on a Mac.

I am physically required to reblog this or my heart will stop beating.

oh my god

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Last night I was playing Ni No Kuni while Shira played the Sims and I was just thinking how it was a good summer for RPGs.

Ni No Kuni, Persona 3 and 4, Final Fantasy 10 and 12, Joan D’Arc, Child of Light, Borderlands (Always forever Borderlands), Dragon Age Origins, Torchlight 2.
I think those were the main ones. Are we counting League of Legends? I’m counting League of Legends

College orientation at #ACOrientation Jesus Christ what have I gotten myself into #personal #pictures #school also it’s windy and this picnic food sucks.

College orientation at #ACOrientation Jesus Christ what have I gotten myself into #personal #pictures #school also it’s windy and this picnic food sucks.

Dual Birthday selfie. Continuing the tradition since last year. #SheRa #shirasheep #birthdays #love #regram #awww #theshipthatsailsitself #draaaanks

Dual Birthday selfie. Continuing the tradition since last year. #SheRa #shirasheep #birthdays #love #regram #awww #theshipthatsailsitself #draaaanks

August 26, 2013

She shows up on his New York doorstep
Two friends who were strangers meet.
Five days later and the rest is history.
New York happened with a side of Montauk
And helpings of wine.
Main course was conversation and long walks.
They loved, love, will love.

In which I am

playing Sims 2 for shirasheep to try and troubleshoot her crashing problems

shirasheep:

Sketchy cartoony self portrait warm up thing. Goddamn messy buns are hard to draw from that angle (see how much more I am giving up the higher is goes…) 

shirasheep:

Sketchy cartoony self portrait warm up thing. Goddamn messy buns are hard to draw from that angle (see how much more I am giving up the higher is goes…) 

Lounging all night with @shira____ #SheRa #shirasheep #personal #pictures #life #love #Friday #theshipthatsailsitself

Lounging all night with @shira____ #SheRa #shirasheep #personal #pictures #life #love #Friday #theshipthatsailsitself

no-encore-today replied to your photo “So, shirasheep and I are having cheap American beer even though it’s…”

My great great aunt was the last Pabst of the name. She never married or had kids, so the name died out with her, but I take a tiny bit of pride in knowing I’m related to the famous Pabst beer makers!

I used to live in Georgia and PBR was my go-to for simple hang-outs with friends. You are right to feel proud of your heritage :D.