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.

thecarvingwitch:

prokopetz:

sixsaltysweets:

I’M DEAD

Fun fact: if you know your feline body language, you’ll notice that the lynx is deferring to the housecat. As far as these two are concerned, the housecat is the higher-ranking cat.

OH MY GOSH

widdlez:

mistthecherry:

dressesthatilike:

b&w

Wow I actually would wear the 4th and last one :O

CUUUUUUTE! get in my closet

rifa:

check-your-privilege-feminists:

Tumblr: spreading the world apart, one group at a time.

THIS is the shit that bothers me with tumblr

abigaillarson:

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Working on my “Tesla” illustration for an upcoming exhibit <3

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» put a ship in my ask

askboxmemes:

vomit / don’t ship / ok / cute / adorable / sexy / perfect / beyond flawless / hot damn / screaming and crying / i will ship them in hell

perfectworldprompts:

Prompt: After the rock collapse in Geosenge and Lysandre dies, professor sycamore finds himself in a odd and terrifying situation: He has seemingly been transported back to when Lysandre was just beginning his creation of Team Flare and the whole crazy scheme with the legendaries. This goes on for years and years since every time sycamore fails to stop him, he just wakes up the next morning, a year before it happened again and again until finally he stops Lysandre .

onlylolgifs:

Accidentally hurting someone vs. accidentally hurting an animal

okay but imagine after the end of pokemon xy sycamore gets in touch with the other pokemon professors all freaking out and they’re just

oh so it finally happened to you too huh we were taking bets on when there’d be a team of psychopaths in kalos

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tags: #pokemon xy