Steve/Bucky, assassin and spy AU
for sirona-gs

Steve Rogers is a spy. James ‘Bucky’ Barnes is an assassin. Working for opposing agencies would be a lot less complicated if they could stop having sex. When Bucky receives orders to eliminate Steve, they’ve both got some hard choices to face if they hope to make it out alive.

"Most writers were the kids who easily, almost automatically, got A’s in English class. (There are exceptions, but they often also seem to be exceptions to the general writerly habit of putting off writing as long as possible.) At an early age, when grammar school teachers were struggling to inculcate the lesson that effort was the main key to success in school, these future scribblers gave the obvious lie to this assertion. Where others read haltingly, they were plowing two grades ahead in the reading workbooks. These are the kids who turned in a completed YA novel for their fifth-grade project. It isn’t that they never failed, but at a very early age, they didn’t have to fail much; their natural talents kept them at the head of the class.

This teaches a very bad, very false lesson: that success in work mostly depends on natural talent. Unfortunately, when you are a professional writer, you are competing with all the other kids who were at the top of their English classes. Your stuff may not—indeed, probably won’t—be the best anymore.

If you’ve spent most of your life cruising ahead on natural ability, doing what came easily and quickly, every word you write becomes a test of just how much ability you have, every article a referendum on how good a writer you are. As long as you have not written that article, that speech, that novel, it could still be good. Before you take to the keys, you are Proust and Oscar Wilde and George Orwell all rolled up into one delicious package. By the time you’re finished, you’re more like one of those 1940’s pulp hacks who strung hundred-page paragraphs together with semicolons because it was too much effort to figure out where the sentence should end."

Why Writers Are the Worst Procrastinators - Megan McArdle - The Atlantic

The Why Writing Is So Hard field of psychology is very interesting to me.

(via amyelizabeth)

gpoy. fuck “natural talent” in its eyeball. 

(via ilikelookingatnakedmen)

I had natural talent. And I am the worst procrastinator. Fortunately, there are Deadlines.

(via ellenkushner)

I think I’d read this before, but this part just grabbed me:

“The kids who race ahead in the readers without much supervision get praised for being smart,” says Dweck. “What are they learning? They’re learning that being smart is not about overcoming tough challenges. It’s about finding work easy. When they get to college or graduate school and it starts being hard, they don’t necessarily know how to deal with that.”

That was me, through and through, and I’m not even a millenial.

(via roane72)

“The kids who race ahead in the readers without much supervision get praised for being smart,” says Dweck. “What are they learning? They’re learning that being smart is not about overcoming tough challenges. It’s about finding work easy.”

::sighs in recognition::

Talent is not enough. You have to put in the work, too.

(via gothiccharmschool)

ALL OF THIS TRUE, AND NOT JUST APPLICABLE TO WRITING FOR A LIVING. Though of course, I do write for a living, if not fiction. Well, not officially.

(via monanotlisa)

bonequeer:

radicalrebellion:

feministcaptainmorgan:

baronsledjoys:

firecannotkillafitblr:

This drives me mad. I used to work in a bookstore, and was talking to my coworker and he just yelled out “stop flirting with me!” at this ridiculous volume and it was humiliating because 
1. I wasn’t
2. I got in trouble for acting unprofessional 
3. He embarrassed me in front of a line of people
4. And he only stopped insisting that I was flirting when my boyfriend (who is now my husband) said, “dude, trust me, she’s not flirting with you” to him

That asshole respected my BOYFRIEND saying I wasn’t flirting more than he respected me saying it and I was the one who was talking! The whole scene got me in trouble at work. And the most ridiculous part is we were talking about a fucking book. In a bookstore.

One time, my ex boyfriend had a crush on some girl, and said that he thought he might have “a chance” with her.

When I asked him what made him think that, he said “Well, she talks to me.”

And this is why it is so difficult to be a girl and be friends with men who are attracted to women.

Can we also add that this is why a lot of women do the resting bitch face when out in public. Cause dudes swear a glance or a smile is flirting.

So yesterday something that perfectly illustrates this happened. I work at a fast food place and this guy comes in at 7am on a Sunday, still probably drunk from the night before, and when I smiled and said goodmorning he said “Did you just say that because you’re being paid to say that?” 

I repressed my urge to sarcastically answer, and said “Nope, I just enjoy saying hi to everyone!” To which he responded, “Oh, so you weren’t flirting with me then.”

Dude, I’m not flirting with your gross 7am-on-a-Sunday-ass, trust me.

My defense mechanism when I’m uncomfortable at work is to smile, so I did that and said “Is there anything I can get you this morning?” to which he responded,

"There, you just smiled! What does that mean?"

At this point I was fed up, so I said, 

"I smile at everyone sir, its just what I do. What can I get you, coffee, a bagel?"

And he said “I’m gonna be watching to see if you smile at everyone. I don’t like it when girls lie to me” and then ordered a coffee and a muffin like he hadn’t just said something at 11 on the “Is this guy a serial rapist” scale (where 0 is ‘no’ and 10 is ‘Yes, run away as fast as you can right now.”).

Then he sat there for another hour and a half, staring at me from his table. When he got up and left he came back to the counter, and said “You do smile at everyone. That’s fucked up.” and walked out.

I can’t even be innocuously polite and pleasant to people at my job (where customer service is the number one thing we are supposed to be focusing on) for fear of this shit happening. What happens if he had decided to wait until my shift was over? 

New Rule: If she’s at work, SHE’S NOT FLIRTING WITH YOU.

rtamerica:

The family of Michael Brown, the unarmed 18-year-old who was shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri last Saturday, held a press conference Monday morning to discuss the preliminary autopsy and the number of bullets fired at their son.

“The Brown family wanted to have this autopsy performed on their behalf because they did not know whether the federal officials were going to conduct their own independent autopsy, and they did not want to be left having to rely on the autopsy done by the St. Louis law enforcement agencies ‒ the same individuals they feel are responsible for executing their son in broad daylight,” Benjamin Crump, the lead counsel for the Brown family, said. “So therefore, that is why they begged and pleaded to have an independent autopsy done.”

The Brown family hired renowned forensic pathologist Dr. Michael M. Baden to conduct a second postmortem analysis on their son. The preliminary report, released to the New York Times Sunday night, shows that the unarmed teenager was shot at least six times, including twice in the head, while four shots hit his right arm. Any shots that missed the deceased would not have been able to be counted during the examination.

The number of shots fired “could have been answered on day one [by the Ferguson Police Department] if you really wanted to have transparency as the objective,” Crump said, referring to Baden’s initial conclusions.

“What does this preliminary autopsy tell us? It verifies that the witness accounts were true,” the civil rights attorney added. “That he was shot multiple times and it’s going to be one of those things that we have to get all the witness statements out and look at all the autopsies, all the evidence, to put this picture together.” The report also agrees with witness accounts that Brown’s hands were up when he died, Crump said.

“What else do we need to give them to arrest the killer of my child?” Crump quoted Lesley McSpadden, Brown’s mother, as saying.

There were two shots that show the direction of the bullet was back to front, including the “kill shot,” co-counsel Daryl Parks said. These show that Brown was trying to surrender to the police and had his head in a downward position because he ‒ a 6’4” man ‒ was shot at the top of his head. “Given these facts, the officer should be arrested,” Parks concluded, saying there is “ample evidence for this officer to be arrested.”

The Ferguson police officer who shot Brown was identified by the department on Friday as Darren Wilson, a six-year veteran of the force. Wilson, like 49 other members of the city’s 53-member police force, is white.

Baden, the former chief medical examiner for the City of New York who was hired by the Brown family to conduct the autopsy, decried the lack of information coming from the St. Louis authorities conducting the investigation. “What we found in New York City was that the sooner the information went out… this calms community concerns about a coverup,” he said.

“How many bullet wounds and ‘did my loved one suffer’ can be answered on day one,” Baden added.

United States Attorney General Eric Holder on Sunday ordered a separate federal autopsy to be performed on the 18-year-old, which Baden applauded. The DOJ is looking into possible civil rights violations amid what protesters call a “breakdown of trust” between the local community and the authorities. Under this cloud of suspicion, dozens of agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation are reportedly probing the incident and interviewing witnesses.

Baden blamed the police department for not releasing the medical examiner’s initial report, and praised her as being highly respected in the field.

Prof. Shawn Parcells, forensics pathologist assistant, said that the wounds marked with an ‘X’ were possible re-entry wounds, but cautioned that he and Baden will have to compare their conclusions with those of the first autopsy, conducted by the St. Louis forensic pathologist. The arm wounds could have been when Brown either held his hands up or was holding his arms in a defensive position, Parcells added.

There is no gunshot residue on the skin, meaning that the gun muzzle was at least one foot away. They will not be able to calculate how far away the officer was until they are able to look at Brown’s clothes, Baden said.

Prosecutors may not want information released in a high-profile case like this, Baden said, but he believes that withholding information is not productive in calming the community. People in Ferguson have been protesting since Brown’s death, and those demonstrations have grown to include calls against excessive force by local police. On Sunday, authorities fired tear gas at protesters who refused to disperse before the midnight curfew mandated by Gov. Jay Nixon (D-Mo.). One person was shot and was listed in critical condition and seven people were arrested during Saturday’s Ferguson protest.

There were no signs of a struggle, according to Baden, but the family has also asked for the medical records of the officer to confirm that conclusion. There were abrasions on Brown’s face, which the forensic pathologist believes occurred when the teenager fell to the ground after being shot in the head.

All of the gunshot wounds were survivable, except the one through the top of his head, which entered into his brain, Baden said.

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the-subtle-serpent:

Now that’s what I call bed head.

I accidentally posted the picture to the wrong blog, oops.

the-subtle-serpent:

Now that’s what I call bed head.

I accidentally posted the picture to the wrong blog, oops.

six word poem 8/12/14

atonguewithbutsixwords:

Prompt: “can you do a poem that makes sense and is equally as evocative forwards and backwards?”


Everyone butchers
and calls 
it, “love”.

shannonhutchins asked: Oh man you finished "Skin Deep," which has to be one of my all time favorite stories and god I cannot wait to read the final chapter. This story is so beautiful and *cries* just thank you, thank you, thank you for writing this. You have such immense talent and this will be a story i read and re-read over and over again <3

*BLUSHES FURIOUSLY*

Thank you so much!!  I hope you enjoyed, and I hope you stick with me while I work through the series!  :)

occasionallyundulyformal said:LFHDS I AM SO FREAKING EXCITED!!!! Today is a lovely day for many reasons, and this story being finished is just one of them.

I hope you enjoyed!!  Thanks for sticking with me ‘til the end!  :3

softywolf:

This is the monthly installment of softywolf’s Top Ten Sterek Fics (x). You can check my #toptentag for previous months or the topten navigation page to find a specific month. On a final note, this list is in no particular order and my favourite(s) has an asterisk (*) beside it. Vote for September’s theme here. Vote for September’s theme here.
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August’s theme is Hogwarts AU.
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Get Me In Trouble by scottmcniceass (M | 8045)

Stiles is in his seventh and finale year at Hogwarts. Things were supposed to go smoothly— he’d work hard, hang out with his friends, the usual. Unfortunately for him, the new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher has it out for him. To make matters worse, he happens to be the most attractive person Stiles had ever laid eyes on.

it does not do to dwell on dreams (and forget to live)* by HaleyElizabeth (M | 23429)

After years spent abroad, Derek Hale is called back to the United Kingdom, and offered a job at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, as the new Care of Magical Creatures professor. After begrudgingly accepting, Derek quickly realizes that his students are a lot more than he signed up for- one of them in particular.

chantes une nouvelle chanson pour moi* by pr1nc3ssp34ch (E | 13140)


Stiles Stilinski has been at Hogwarts since his first year, okay. That’s six years of experience. He knows how Hogwarts works, how it operates. He’s not quite an expert or anything, but he’s pretty damn sure he knows this school.So why the hell have they waited like a million years to start taking transfer students?And why is he the only one who can’t get a French date?



Some rules are made with all intentions to break by theaeblackthorn (E | 23377)


When Tutshill Tornados star chaser Derek Hale leaves the team and returns to Hogwarts to become the new flying instructor, sixth year Slytherin Stiles Stilinski can’t decide what he wants more: to know why his favourite Quidditch player has quit the game, or said Quidditch player naked in his bed. Now, all he needs is a plan.



Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble by pandacowhipster (T | 13363)

When potions prodigy Stiles blows up one cauldron too many during one of his ‘experiments’, he gets assigned to making Wolfsbane Potion for the new groundskeeper. Which wouldn’t be so bad if the guy wasn’t you know, terrifying.

He Blinded Me With Library Science by mklutz (E | 6575)

Stiles blinks. “Right, the reading room. Do you have your, uh …library card?” he asks. He’s never been able to make that sound normal and not vaguely dirty when he actually means wand.

Glory and Gore by callunavulgari (T | 7073)

Allison and Stiles are aurors and pretty much the best partners ever.

Teach me something, please by Nival_Vixen (NR | 4825)

After an attempt on their family’s lives, Derek and Cora are transferred from Beauxbatons to Hogwarts. Derek needs help with Transfiguration, and Stiles is volunteered to tutor him.

His name is Grumpy Cat by nana_banana (T | 6044)

Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is a place to learn magic and possibly ways to prank people you don’t like, though they still won’t include that in the Hogwarts acceptance letter. Stiles Stilinski stalks the school, searching for the perfect prank, but he’s caught by the Head Boy. And while he definitely doesn’t plan it, Stiles finds himself running for his life through the halls of the castle in the middle of the night.

The Sound As They Broke, It Was Fearsome by skoosiepants (T | 5413)

Stiles is not intimidated by the gruesome past of the Hales, mainly because most Wizarding families can claim a gruesome past, these days. He is, however, not looking forward to dealing with Peter.

softywolf:

This is the monthly installment of softywolf’s Top Ten Sterek Fics (x). You can check my #toptentag for previous months or the topten navigation page to find a specific month. On a final note, this list is in no particular order and my favourite(s) has an asterisk (*) beside it. Vote for September’s theme here. Vote for September’s theme here.

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August’s theme is Hogwarts AU.

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Get Me In Trouble by scottmcniceass (M | 8045)

Stiles is in his seventh and finale year at Hogwarts. Things were supposed to go smoothly— he’d work hard, hang out with his friends, the usual. Unfortunately for him, the new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher has it out for him. To make matters worse, he happens to be the most attractive person Stiles had ever laid eyes on.
it does not do to dwell on dreams (and forget to live)* by HaleyElizabeth (M | 23429)
After years spent abroad, Derek Hale is called back to the United Kingdom, and offered a job at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, as the new Care of Magical Creatures professor. After begrudgingly accepting, Derek quickly realizes that his students are a lot more than he signed up for- one of them in particular.
chantes une nouvelle chanson pour moi* by pr1nc3ssp34ch (E | 13140)
Stiles Stilinski has been at Hogwarts since his first year, okay. That’s six years of experience. He knows how Hogwarts works, how it operates. He’s not quite an expert or anything, but he’s pretty damn sure he knows this school.
So why the hell have they waited like a million years to start taking transfer students?
And why is he the only one who can’t get a French date?
Some rules are made with all intentions to break by theaeblackthorn (E | 23377)
When Tutshill Tornados star chaser Derek Hale leaves the team and returns to Hogwarts to become the new flying instructor, sixth year Slytherin Stiles Stilinski can’t decide what he wants more: to know why his favourite Quidditch player has quit the game, or said Quidditch player naked in his bed. Now, all he needs is a plan.
Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble by pandacowhipster (T | 13363)
When potions prodigy Stiles blows up one cauldron too many during one of his ‘experiments’, he gets assigned to making Wolfsbane Potion for the new groundskeeper. Which wouldn’t be so bad if the guy wasn’t you know, terrifying.
Stiles blinks. “Right, the reading room. Do you have your, uh …library card?” he asks. He’s never been able to make that sound normal and not vaguely dirty when he actually means wand.
Glory and Gore by callunavulgari (T | 7073)
Allison and Stiles are aurors and pretty much the best partners ever.
Teach me something, please by Nival_Vixen (NR | 4825)
After an attempt on their family’s lives, Derek and Cora are transferred from Beauxbatons to Hogwarts. Derek needs help with Transfiguration, and Stiles is volunteered to tutor him.
His name is Grumpy Cat by nana_banana (T | 6044)
Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is a place to learn magic and possibly ways to prank people you don’t like, though they still won’t include that in the Hogwarts acceptance letter. Stiles Stilinski stalks the school, searching for the perfect prank, but he’s caught by the Head Boy. And while he definitely doesn’t plan it, Stiles finds himself running for his life through the halls of the castle in the middle of the night.
The Sound As They Broke, It Was Fearsome by skoosiepants (T | 5413)
Stiles is not intimidated by the gruesome past of the Hales, mainly because most Wizarding families can claim a gruesome past, these days. He is, however, not looking forward to dealing with Peter.

fallen-angel-nightshade:

nonbinaryanders:

justsomefuckingguy:

captcreate:

odditymall:

The Leatherdos is a hair clip that doubles as a multi-tool that combines 5 different tools in a tiny hair clip: screw-drivers, a wrench, a trolley coin, a ruler, and a cutting edge.

—->http://odditymall.com/leatherdos-is-a-hair-clip-multi-tool

This some of that James Bond shit.

Swiss Army Hairclip

Imagine you get kidnapped or some shit, how useful that might be?

FINALLY!!!