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I VPN’d myself into Australia. You’re welcome.   (Trailer via FB page 11/29/19)

1 month ago

I VPN’d myself into Australia. You’re welcome.  (Trailer via FB page 11/29/19)

No particular theme this time, just some fic I have read recently that I absolutely loved.

sing for the angel a psalm of shadows by Raven

So I’m personally kind of obsessed with the fact that Aziraphale did temptations for Crowley as part of the Arrangement. I keep wondering what it’s like when Aziraphale tempts people. This fic finally answered my burning questions, and HOW. You will never be able to get these images out of your head, and you will be grateful for it.

Lead me to the banquet hall by obstinatrix & wishwellingtons

This fic destroyed me emotionally. It’s a character study of Crowley, and his love for Aziraphale, through food and their different relationships to it. It features Aziraphale having an emotional meltdown over Crowley’s fridge, and Aziraphale feeding cheesecake to Crowley in a heartbreakingly tender fashion.

my saloon will do quite nicely by tinsnip

The Bentley is quasi-sentient, passive-aggressive, communicates via the and ships Crowley with Aziraphale. This fic is very funny.

A Street in a Strange World by Giddygeek

This is another marvelous “the night at Crowley’s flat” fic, this one featuring a really lovely conversation between Aziraphale and God Herself. 

Not So Blue by pineapplecrushface

This fic is SO SWEET AND FUNNY. I shrieked like a teakettle while reading it. One thing I love about it is the sense you get that the whole world is fundamentally refreshed and new because of the way Adam remade it.

Something to do with these sacred words by Solshine

In which Crowley has been openly confessing his love for Aziraphale since nearly the beginning. I think this fic gets exactly right the reasons why Aziraphale held back from loving Crowley for so long – namely, it’s not because he distrusted Crowley or doubted his own mind, but because he was desperately afraid of the consequences for Crowley’s safety.

the technology is neutral by Deputychairman

Aziraphale and Crowley hook up in a seedy gay porn cinema in the 80s. This fic features a wonderful philosophical conversation about the nature of love and sex, and a beautiful sex scene full of angst and repressed longing.

how big the hourglass, how deep the sand by Handful_of_Silence

Tearjerker alert: you may need a box of tissues for this one, but I promise there’s a happy ending. A desperate man tries to summon a demon, and accidentally summons Aziraphale, much to Aziraphale’s sorrow. Meanwhile, Crowley has no idea where his angel has gone. 

The One in Which Crowley Discovers Wanking by for_autumn_i_am

This fic is just as funny as the title promises, but it’s also deeply deeply romantic and touching? I love when authors take cracky premises and take them seriously.

I’ll Stand On the Ocean Until I Start Sinking by copperbadge

In which Aziraphale saves Crowley from drowning in the Flood by smuggling him onto the Ark, and Crowley discovers a passion for babysitting. Cute. 

@placetnemagistra this explains the sudden resurgence of comments!

5 months ago

more aziraphale/crowley fic recs

For @flurgburgler. All fics have a happy ending (even if it’s a battle to get), so I hope this makes a bad day better.

Let’s get this started!! (I still haven’t figured out the best way to make rec lists. Is there a preferred format?)

Also, if there is a link for ‘podfic,’ that’s an audiobook narration made by a fan and available for download. Podfic– making sure fanfic is accessible to everyone: anytime, anyplace. Including, multitasking adulting and fandom.

Legendary Lovers; Your Hand In Mine

Podfic by Nantook Podfic by Tenoko1 Rating: G Wordcount: 2,955

Summary:Crowley had, Aziraphale noticed, sunk further into his seat by increments, but in a way that left him nearly slumped against Aziraphale’s side.

And, oh, neither side would have liked that, at all.

But, then again, what did it matter?

Bless Your Wings and Live Life Eternal

Rating: M Wordcount: 9,605

Summary:Crowley had been expecting the forces of Above and Below to target him, for Beelzebub or Hastur to seek retribution once the shock faded and the crime remained.

They had been careful. Crowley’d been downright paranoid.

Just not careful or paranoid enough to keep from getting blindsided.

Because when they came, they didn’t come for Crowley.

They took Aziraphale.

Crowley had already lived in a world without Aziraphale. He wasn’t going to do it again.

all i need, darling, is a life in your shape by  deadgreeks

AKA @mortuarybees Rating: G Wordcount: 14,243 Tags: PINING, miscommunication, bedsharing, mistaken for a couple, Found Family, Adam’s godfathers

Summary:After everything, Aziraphale and Crowley, by unspoken agreement, begin sharing their lives.

Build Our Kingdom by Mackem 

aka @befuddledmackem Wordcount: 9,355 Rating: G

Summary:“Ready for lunch?” Crowley drops to his knees to start unbuckling the straps on the basket as though this is something they do all the time; as though he hasn’t just effortlessly catapulted Aziraphale back in time almost fifty years.

“You remembered,” Aziraphale breathes as wonder courses through him. He mentioned something once during an awkward moment, half a century ago, and now here kneels a demon atop a picnic blanket.

“Hmm?” Crowley barely shoots him a sidelong glance as he concentrates on opening the basket.

Aziraphale’s eyes do not move from him. “You remembered,” he repeats, no less stunned. “Crowley, you really didn’t have to.”

Crowley’s hands still. Eventually, his eyes still on the basket, he murmurs, “Well, we did The Ritz, didn’t we?”

Be Ye Therefore Merciful by AmberDiceless

Podfic by Kerravon ePub cover Wordcount: 9,506 Rating: T

Summary:Crowley does something utterly unexpected, and Aziraphale must face an opponent who cannot be thwarted. Hints of pre-A/C.

Love Hath Made Thee A Tame Snake by thehoyden

Podfic by isweedan Wordcount: 3,484 Rating: E

Summary:He was the bloody Serpent of Eden, and he wasn’t going to stand for this kind of flagrant trespassing. 

in tongues of lilting grace by obstinatrix

Podfic by @kd-heart Wordcount: 1,396 Rating: M

Summary:The bus is somewhere on the outskirts of Didcot when Aziraphale, without saying a word, reaches across and takes Crowley’s hand.

Show/Tell by walkalittleline

Podfic by FayJay (I recommend EVERYTHING she lays her hands to) Wordcount: 3,373 Rating: M

Summary:It took Aziraphale approximately five thousand nine hundred and forty-five years—give or take a few months—to fall in love. It didn’t take Crowley nearly as long. 

Ad Astra by @drawlight

Podfic by FayJay Translation into Русский by  Tiferet (taubenblautiferet) Rating: E Wordcount: 8,064

Summary:Some things can only be said in the dark. 

Salinity (And other measures for brackish water) by @drawlight 

Podfic by FayJay Translation into Русский by Red_evil_twist Translation into 한국어 by  somewritings_fromSH Rating: T Wordcount: 3,455

Summary: It’s an odd thing, getting on after the End of the World. Crowley takes to sea-watching.

Angel Network by SpinnerDolphin

ePub Cover here Good Omens x Lucifer (Netflix) x-over Wordcount: 84,110 Rating: T

Summary:Aziraphale keeps a list.

Islington, caged beneath London (Check the locks upon leaving).  Raguel, LA (be certain his rent is paid). Michael, Heaven, but adores Earth (keep away from bulls). Castiel, alternate universe (don’t ever go to that horrid place). and, lately, Lucifer Morningstar, LA, who seems the sanest of the lot. It’s all very confusing Amenadiel, LA, is also on the list, but Aziraphale reported to Amenadiel in the Rebellion and, well, some things are too strange for him even to tolerate.

Crowley’s just tired of flying over the Atlantic. 

And turns out his boss? Well, he’s kind of alright.

Bad Grace verse by @quantum-witch

ePub cover Wordcount: 90,913 Rating: T/M

Summary:“Good Omens” sequel - In which there is a stolen book of prophecies, a plot to bring about the Second Coming of Christ and thus truly end the world, an Antichrist heading into puberty, a demon and angel facing complicated emotional entanglement, and Horsepersons and Sins and Disciples, oh my! 

Your Own Side verse by NotASpaceAlien

ePub cover Parts: 7 (complete) WordCount:  304,050 Rating: T/M/E

Summary:“Everyone has to take sides in something.”“Yes. But I reckon you can make your own side.”

Eden!verse by ImprobableDream900

Art masterpost Russian Translation (WIP) by  Sonnet23 Parts: 3 main, 6 side stories Wordcount:  546,043 Rating: G/T/M

Summary: When Crowley gets captured by angels and dragged up to Heaven, Aziraphale knows he has to rescue him—no matter the consequences.

Literally anything by FayJay

Gold standard narrator/writer Listen up, fives, a ten is speaking I ain’t even mad

WHOO!!!!!

My head is killing me! I have to lie down! In a dark room! Hope this helps you find some fics, @flurgburgler because my head hurt too much to make it longer, sorry.

Oh, @tenoko1, thank you so much for including Salinity and Ad Astra both on this list! So many of these are amazing and there are several here that I haven’t read yet and I love that it keeps growing my reading list longer. There is nothing better than having so many wonderful fics to dig into. 

Thank you!! Saving this for later.

6 months ago

Good Omens fic recs

6 months ago

Following up on actual vintage Bentley used....For the love of all things holy or not please tell me you didn't set that fucking...

This site is not only full of deliberate disinformation and hoaxes, it’s rife with anti-intellectualism. 

I encourage people to research anything that sounds fantastic and totally different than what they were taught - even in my posts.

If you see a blog post with startling information, do the CRAAP Test! (developed by Sarah Blakeslee and her team of librarians at California State University, Chico)

Currency: What is the copyright, publication, or posting date? Does the date matter? Is the information outdated?

Relevance: For what audience or level is the information written (general public, experts/scholars, etc.)?

Authority: Who is the author, creator, or publisher of the source or what organization is responsible for the source?How do you know if the author is an expert on the topic (e.g examine the author’s credentials and/or organizational affiliation)?

Accuracy: What indications do you see that the information is or is not well researched or provides sufficient evidence?What kind of language, imagery and/or tone is used (e.g. emotional, objective, professional, etc.)?

Purpose: Why was this source written (e.g.to inform, teach, entertain, persuade)?How might the author’s affiliation affect the point of view, slant, or potential bias of the source?

More help:

The Ultimate Cheatsheet for Critical Thinking

Judging Source Quality

The Layperson’s Guide to Online Research

Media Bias/Fact Check Use the search feature to find the bias (left, right, center, and in-between) of any news source.

Snopes fact check

How to Spot Fake News from FactCheck.org

What is a “Good” Source? Determining the Validity of Evidence

Fake News and News Bias

Always check your sources!

8 months ago

This site is not only full of deliberate disinformation and hoaxes, it’s rife with anti-intellectualism.  I encourage people to...

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9 months ago

You gotta have a plan…

Today I got curious about nutmeg and wound up learning something I never would have expected: it looks Incredibly Cursed™️ when raw!

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The outside fruit is normal enough, but the nutmeg seed itself is encased in this strange scarlet webbing, called the aril, and looks exactly like the demon-infected heart of a video game monster. That haunted webbing is the source of mace, an apparently common spice that I have literally never heard of but which is the source of the classic doughnut flavor, among other things. (It’s not related to the self-defense aerosol.)

I think most people know you can also get balls high off freshly-ground nutmeg and possibly die after the absolute worst trip imaginable, potentially lasting several days.

So, that’s fun! Doughnuts are flavored with Deeply Cursed Monster Hearts and I find this utterly delightful.

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ALARMING! I love it!

When I took a trip to Dominica, a cab driver once spontaneously pulled over to the side of the road, hopped out of the car, ran off into the bushes, and returned carrying a handful of fruit.

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“I bet you don’t know what this is!” he said excitedly as he split one open.

He was right, I definitely did not.

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(He also did this with several other fruits and vegetables–apparently one of his major sources of amusement was how few foods Americans can actually recognize in their natural state.)

So cool!!!

9 months ago

Today I got curious about nutmeg and wound up learning something I never would have expected: it looks Incredibly Cursed™️ when...

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Leaf Sheep Sea Slugs (Costasiella kuroshimae) (Photo source)

A dating service where matching is based on people’s search history exists. You’re a serial killer. You go on a date with a writer.

Serial Killer: metaphorically, if you were to kill someone, how would you do it?

Writer: Air shot between the toes, it’ll look like a heart attack.

Serial Killer who is obviously in love already: *sucks in a breath* ok

Writer: how long would it take to die if you were to potentially stab someone in the guts

Serial killer: anywhere from 2 to 30 minutes

Writer, already bringing a ring out: *shaking* thanks

A++ addition

Writer: *shows the serial killer the murder scene they’re writing* babe, i’m not sure if this would actually work?

Serial killer: *kisses writer on the forehead and leaves, comes back later, a suspicious scent of blood coming off them* it works baby, you’re doing great

I LOVE THIS

Oh no, murder comedy is my jam

I love this, I love all of this, but quick question, does the author know? Like are they aware that their significant other is a serial killer or do they just think that they have a morbid sense of humor? It’d be even funnier if the author had no fucking clue, like how Aurthur Conan Doyle was apparently stupidly gullible, and on top of it they’re a horror or crime novelist. Like the serial killer works at a butcher shop or something so it’s completely normal for them to come home smelling like blood, no murders going on here, no sirey. Just my darling coming back home from a long day at work.

Now fast forward a bit and the author has managed to get their first book published, with loving support from the serial killer who helped them fine tune all the murder scenes, and it’s a big hit. Enough so that a detective with the local police department has noticed some disturbing similarities to several active cases, including details that were never released to the press. Obviously he brings this up to his superior and convinces him that there’s something to the theory, but it’s all circumstantial right now. He stakes out the author’s home and is super convinced that the author is the murderer, but they don’t seem to do anything??? Like they literally are at the house all day, that’s it. Most they do is leave for groceries.

So you get this dynamic of the serial killer mining the author for creative murder schemes, the author being lovingly encouraged by the serial killer, and finally the detective who is just so sure that the author is the killer and that if he sticks it out long enough he’ll FINALLY have proof.

Plot twist, The serial killer and detective use to go out so it gets sub what personal. 

“You need to stop seeing them. I think they are a serial killer.”

Serial killer breaths in. “Look-”

…perfect

I don’t like actual murder mysteries, but this is perfect

I want this so badly!!

9 months ago

A dating service where matching is based on people’s search history exists. You’re a serial killer. You go on a date with a...

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9 months ago

Owls are masters of disguise, blending seamlessly into their surroundings. 

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9 months ago

Adorable 😩❤❤

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Everything I Have To Tell You About Love by Neil Gaiman
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1 year ago

Everything I Have To Tell You About Love by Neil Gaiman

1 year ago

Seanan, I know Fairy Gardens are a bad idea (spiders) but would it be a more bad idea to create the in St. Patrick's Day? ...

What should be enough to secure loyalty to an employer? A chance to move on to something else has fallen into my lap. Do I jump off the cliff?

1 year ago

What should be enough to secure loyalty to an employer? A chance to move on to something else has fallen into my lap. Do I jump...

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1 year ago

Sneaking out of work like...

Having a migraine and being productive at to work are not mutually exclusive. At least not for me today.

1 year ago

Having a migraine and being productive at to work are not mutually exclusive. At least not for me today.

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Owl docking into the mothership