1. Archaeologists Hit Dirt Wall in Amphipolis Tomb →


    Archaeologists attempting to reach the next chamber in the Amphipolis tomb have struck a wall of dirt. After cleaning and exposing the mosaic floor in the third chamber, it seems that entering the fourth chamber – or hallway – will take longer than expected.

    Removing the tons of earth that…

  2. Here are the women with ancient
    anger in their veins and the cruelty
    of a goddess in their hearts.

    You will beg before her, you
    will scream; but Hera never flinched
    from the words of a mortal,

    so why should she?

    Do not stand in her way.

    She will burn down your kingdoms,
    herself with it, if it meant
    your ruin.

    —  Medea /// (d.s)

  3. pieissupernatural:

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    I just have a lot of writing tips and masterposts and just stuff in my likes and I decided to put them all into this. All rights goes to the people who made them.

    Cool Other Masterposts:



    Tips on Writing Dialogue:

    Tips on Writing Point of View:

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    Setting & Making Your Own World

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    Writing an Application:


    (Source: madisonschultes)

  4. "He knew his power would belong to whomever made the kill. That was the way amplifiers worked. Never let them touch you. Because one touch was enough to reveal it, this gift lurking inside him. It was enough to make him less a boy than a prize.” (Leigh Bardugo, The Demon In The Wood)

  5. Lone Candles: Part Seven, the Heretic (Darkling x Alina, reincarnation!fic)


    Summary: They’ve lived ten lives together. Only one has ended happily.

    Warnings: This quick update brought to you by listening to Hozier on repeat.

    THIS IS THE DARKEST TIMELINE. No happy ending. Also there’s death. Death everywhere. And the Darkling does some seriously shady shit. This is a really dark chapter and straddles the rating line between PG-13 + R. AGAIN REALLY DARK.

    Notes: Heretic is finally over! Thanks for putting up with me writing what was essentially a story in a story :’D. As always, for the fabulous whenwolfsbaneblooms!

    Rating: Drifts towards R this section for violence
    Word Count: Too long :’| part 7 of 15

    @ tumblr: previous chapters

    @ ao3

    The Second Life: The Heretic (part v)


    Their army begins with a slow march. For the first six months, they are discrete: they train, Alina breaks prisoners out using her invisibility, and Zoya uses her social connections for funding, and more bodies fill their ranks.

    Their first public display is an accident.

    One day, Alina, Aleksander, and Ivan are walking from the theatre when they see something different in the public square that they cross every day to return home. It is winter once more, and fat clumps of snow fall from the sky, swirling around the space where, just months ago, there had been a dance.

    Instead there is now an execution block.

    A makeshift hangman’s platform has been built, surrounded by men dressed in grey. Aleksander thinks he can make out the bulbous mass of Dumanovsky among them. They form a circle around one figure, dressed in a soiled linen shift, too thin for the bitter of Kribirskian winter. From a distance, it is hard to make out the prisoner’s features, but as they walk closer he can make out a few things.

    The first is that her red hair is a shock of color in the grey streets of Kribirsk. The second is that her hands are bound at the wrist, and the third is that her eyes are covered with a blindfold.

     Ivan’s arm goes around Alina’s shoulders, “Executions are supposed to be done in Pravdovret,” he says tightly.

    Alina is silent in return, but Aleksander watches her eyes land and stay on the condemned prisoner. He looks at her again, and then realizes what it is about the Grisha that has Alina so rigid.

    The prisoner is a child. Thin, and small. She trembles as they push her up the stairs of the platform.

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    Genya!  That was an awesome choice, having Genya be a child Alina rescues as she did.

    Poor everyone:( Of course nothing joyous was going to come of the climax of the Heretic’s tale, but excellent writing to make it heart-wrenching even when the reader knows what’s coming.  Very well done.

    Baghra’s careful fingers brush back his hair and gather it into a loose ponytail, away from his face.

    ACK. That’s adorable, despite the overriding despair of the scene.  Ponytail.  But more seriously, I love how with that simple gesture, you pick up on their connection.  No matter how old you get, you’re always your mother’s baby when you’re not well.  (And she’s also always convinced you’re coming to vomit or snot your hair up when sick, no matter how long you’ve been an adult.)

    I can’t wait to see how Aleksander deals with running into the Grisha in their next incarnations.  This one was shocking enough for him, but when he starts seeing them yet again after all of this?  THAT will be an interesting day.

  6. Just not a fan of the remake of Halloween. Give me the original over that any day.

  7. Lone Candles: Part Six, the Heretic (Darkling/Alina reincarnation!fic)


    Summary: They’ve lived ten lives together. Only one has ended happily.

    Notes: Because I suck at brevity, this life is going to be one more and only one more part, sorry about that! Also the teaser scene I posted a while ago is going to be in the next chapter :3

    for the lovely whenwolfsbaneblooms!

    Rating: PG-13

    @ tumblr: previous chapters

    @ ao3

    The Second Life: The Heretic (part iv)


    They return to Alina’s house after the murders. 

    She is silent as Ivan makes them both tea, a heavy question in his eyes and a frown on his lips as he looks at the journals in Aleksander’s hands. Her face is pale as she eats supper, and when she is finished she retreats back into her room like a ghost fading into the walls.

    “What did you do,” Ivan spits out as soon as her bedroom door shuts.

    Aleksander stares at the journals. He trails his fingers over the bindings, in far better condition than the one in the chest. He closes his eyes, and behind them sees guards falling. Sees Alina splitting the nobleman in half.

    The answer is so very, very clear.

    “What was necessary.”

    Ivan doesn’t speak to him for three days. Alina doesn’t speak to anyone for two.

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    On Friday morning, I was at work at 6:30 for A Thing that needed to be done at such a loathsome time.  Sleepy, cold (turns out the new office building is not warm that early in the autumn, brrrr), and hungry.  I got done with the thing that needed done, checked on matters…and then stole away elsewhere for a wee bit to read this on my phone.  Salve, for cold mornings way too early at work. 

    Despite being sleepy, I think I managed to refrain from murmuring ‘mmmm, pancakes’ out loud though.  *stage whisper* It was a struggle.

    You’ve setup such an intriguing dynamic here.  If you’re ever keen to so, I’d love to hear more about the backgrounds of these incarnations.  What are Alina and Zoya’s stories, why is Ivan so angry (er, that is, before Aleksander showed up;)), how they got their gang together initially, etc.  It doesn’t need to be prose or anything, I’d just love to hear more about them.

    Even knowing what must inevitably come, it was wonderful reading the tale of how they came to build their army.

  8. bow so low: a grisha au fic - pt 5


    Title: Bow So Low

    Fandom: Grisha Trilogy

    Summary: Power is a greedy animal, all consuming and merciless. Alina thinks she can be the balance to the Darkling’s desires, but she is not immune to what is infinite. 

    Characters/Pairings: Alina Starkov, the Darkling, Nikolai Lantsov. Genya Safin. Alarkling, eventual Nikolina.

    Rating: The strong side of T bordering M for now. Warnings for death, violence, executions, blood, etc.

    Chapter Five: Trust

    One | Two | Three | Four

    Whole Story @ AO3


    Alina stared up at the dark canopy that covered her bed, as endless as the shadows that hounded her. The sheets clung to her body, the only thing she had to preserve any shred of modesty she had left. Nightmares again. She was alone, Aleksander’s side of the bed cold and empty. Still, her hand reached out to his side, fingers tangling into the sheets as if she could somehow summon his body back to her.

    Where had he gone?

    She closed her eyes, trying to banish the images imprinted on her lids, as if her mind was broadcasting them still.

    She dreamed of blood and shadows, of darkness that snaked in. She had watched with glee as the darkness slithered inside of Zoya and claimed her much as it had claimed Nikolai. Now, though, there was no satisfaction in that dream. A hollowness rang inside of her.

    She did not see herself as a traitor, but she was certainly starting to feel the weight of those words. Alina could understand why they would think that way. They didn’t understand what she was trying to do.

    Her eyes opened again.

    Slipping out of bed, Alina grabbed a dressing gown, wrapping it around herself before slipping into her boots. It was summer and warm, and she didn’t really care about who saw her. She waved off the oprichniki who had been settled outside of her door. They were not to follow her, even though she could see the hesitation in their faces at the order. The Darkling, after all, was their true master.

    Once, it would have been Tamar and Tolya outside of her door.

    Once, it would have been Mal.

    There was nobody on the grounds as she slipped from the Grand Palace into the Little Palace, from the Little Palace to the small hut near the lake. It was still abandoned, a stale scent hanging in the air from years of neglect. She sat in the chair next to the fireplace, the only light in the room coming from her skin.

    Alina wrapped her arms around herself, huddling over. She was waiting, she realized, for Baghra to return and tell her how foolish she was being.

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    I’ve really been enjoying this:D  There are so many different paths Alina could have gone down, if certain events were just slightly different.  It’s a great deal of fun reading the different interpretations and this one is fascinating.  Alina was so close to the edge of this one at points in the books.  You’ve done a wonderful job of illustrating how matters have fallen outside of the control she thought she had, while still leaving it believable that Alina herself doesn’t really realize it.

  9. Anonymous said: Why do you ship Darklina?



    Ahaha no just kidding. That’s a terrible thing to say with these two.

    Cut for R&R spoilers, probable profanity, and me talking way too long about fictional characters in a not very serious way:

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  10. People with dark souls have nothing but dark dreams. People with really dark souls do nothing but dream.

    — Haruki Murakami, Hear the Wind Sing (via wordsnquotes)