Human Hunger

[Cross posted and backdated from a sideblog. Originally posted on 28 Nov 2013 and tagged #encouragement, #Lady of Untying (emotional vulnerability, human fragility, feeling, etc.).]

Your needs don’t make you too much. They don’t make you selfish or weak or greedy. They make you human. We all have needs. And those hungers aren’t something we should feel ashamed of. They’re normal, we didn’t get enough of them as children hungers. Affections we’ve been deprived of by the people who are supposed to care for us. Connections we needed to feel whole and spaces we needed to feel safe. Cravings we’ve been taught we didn’t deserve. Appetites we’ve learned to suppress and fill with guilt. Again and again we’ve neglected our needs because we’ve been taught that they were too much— that we were too much. But we don’t have to any longer. You don’t have to. Whether you need support, alone time, affection, connection, validation, or reassurance that you are loved — it is more than okay to ask for what you need. Making your needs known isn’t about being demanding or selfish. It’s about self-care. It’s about creating a safer space for yourself. It’s about using your voice and speaking your truth. It’s about giving yourself permission to take up space. It’s about listening to your hungers and honoring them. It’s about honoring yourself.

Daniell Koepke  (via internal-acceptance-movement) (via littlerestlessone)

Darkling: Ophiuchus (Ch 9)

[Cross posted from my fandom tumblr where I started sharing some excerpts as I uploaded each chapter. Backdated to align with when the chapter was uploaded – 27 Nov 2018.]

Ch 9: Wyvern [ao3]

Characters: Harry Potter, Draco Malfoy, Severus Snape, Albus Dumbledore, Narcissa Black Malfoy

Add: [3] Hermione Granger, [4] Original Non-Human Character(s), [5] Aurora Sinistra, [7] Ron Weasley

Ship(s): Draco Malfoy/Harry Potter, Draco Malfoy & Harry Potter, Hermione Granger & Harry Potter & Ron Weasley

Tags: Dark Magic, Alternate Universe – Canon Divergence, Alternate Universe – Dark, Dark Harry Potter, Accidental Marriage, Accidental Bonding, Blood Magic, Parseltongue Magic, Dark Culture & Customs

Add: [3] Runes, Study of Ancient Runes (HP), Runic Magic; [4] Knights of Walpurgis, Mythical Beings & Creatures; [5] Astronomy, Forced Proximity; [7] Ron Weasley/Lavender Brown (background); [9] Creature Inheritance, Creature Draco Malfoy, Creature Fic

Ch Summary: Added to Tags – Creature Inheritance, Creature Draco Malfoy, Creature Fic.

A/N: Hanukkah will begin this upcoming Sun [2 Dec], but I didn’t want to wait until the next chapter to wish any Jewish readers: Hanukkah sameach, Chag urim sameach, or Happy Hanukkah!

Excerpt from a different take on the ‘Harry finds out about crossbreeds and that the Malfoy line is part wyvern’ scene from the original fic:

Harry took another step forward and fought through his wariness to kneel down next to what clearly looked like robes. […] A lump shifted and moved around for a moment before something poked its head out.

Harry frowned and stared at it, suspicious with how familiar that shade of silver the eye was. He nudged the clothing and saw the tell-tale crisp white button down shirt, black trousers, green and silver tie, and Slytherin jumper. He flipped open the flap of the satiny soft fabric of the bag next to the shoes and stared at the small silver stitches, D.L.M., before turning back to the thing. It was about as small as a grass snake with pearlescent white scales, but it had two arms and a set of gossamer thin wings. He cleared his throat and glanced around to make sure that no one else was there before whispering, “Malfoy? Is that – Is that you?”

End Notes: Crossbreeds and the wyvern Malfoy line are elements from “Oath Breaker”. Right now, I’m looking at Draco having a yearly mandatory shed [early Oct to line up with the Draconids because I’m just in an Astronomy Mood] and stress induced partial shedding (not literally year round, but possible at any point). Why mention this now? I don’t want to leave out a scene where Harry and Draco have to deal with the shedding, but I don’t have it planned out for Part One (other than some later partial stuff).

Darkling: Ophiuchus (Ch 8)

[Cross posted from my fandom tumblr where I started sharing some excerpts as I uploaded each chapter. Backdated to align with when the chapter was uploaded – 22 Nov 2018.]

Ch 8: Growth [ao3]

Characters: Harry Potter, Draco Malfoy, Severus Snape, Albus Dumbledore, Narcissa Black Malfoy

Add: [3] Hermione Granger, [4] Original Non-Human Character(s), [5] Aurora Sinistra, [7] Ron Weasley

Ship(s): Draco Malfoy/Harry Potter, Draco Malfoy & Harry Potter, Hermione Granger & Harry Potter & Ron Weasley

Tags: Dark Magic, Alternate Universe – Canon Divergence, Alternate Universe – Dark, Dark Harry Potter, Accidental Marriage, Accidental Bonding, Blood Magic, Parseltongue Magic, Dark Culture & Customs

Add: [3] Runes, Study of Ancient Runes (HP), Runic Magic; [4] Knights of Walpurgis, Mythical Beings & Creatures; [5] Astronomy, Forced Proximity; [7] Ron Weasley/Lavender Brown (background)

Ch Summary: No updates to characters, ships, or tags.

A/N: To US readers: Enjoy Thanksgiving. I have no clue what’s going on in the sports area, but my family’s gonna be watching the dog show and recovering from the turkey.

To everyone else: Enjoy an extra chapter this week.

Excerpt from the lesson on growing trees that’s been adapted from the original inspiring fic:

Malfoy twisted the lid off the jar and pulled an acorn from inside. He set it on the table and continued with his explanation, “Unless the caster chooses to specify within their incantation, Brythonic has an openness, a flexibility if you will. This spell is the word ‘grow’, but it isn’t limited to what we’re doing. It will take focused concentration to get what you’re saying to line up with your desired result.”

Harry nodded as Malfoy held his hand out, palm facing towards the acorn, and said quietly yet clearly, “Prifio.”

The outer shell of the acorn cracked and a dark shadow burst from within instead of the tender green plant Harry had been expecting. It was growing at an unnatural pace with dark shadows twisting the small tree skyward and wrapping around the bark in thick layers. The tree finally shuddered to a halt, branches ending in sharp spindly points, when it was about six feet high and at least three feet wide. Harry stared down at the thick roots and was slightly surprised to see that they were an interlocking mat meant to stabilize the tree more so than a seeker of nourishment. Granted, he didn’t have much experience with trees that weren’t in the ground. Malfoy took a deep breath and flicked his wand to raise the tree and lower it onto the floor to the right of the table. He set another acorn on the table and motioned to Harry, “We’ll use trees at about that size for targets, but just start with something small.”

End Notes: I’m not saying the hyperbolic death estimates associated with The Burning Times should be fact in a magical universe, but a part of me is rather disappointed at writing something that impacted the Wizarding world enough for them to pass an International Statute of Wizarding Secrecy off as Wendelin the Weird and her Flame-Freezing Charm fetish (she allowed herself to be caught 47 times, so I think that qualifies as a fetish).

Darkling: Ophiuchus (Ch 7)

[Cross posted from my fandom tumblr where I started sharing some excerpts as I uploaded each chapter. Backdated to align with when the chapter was uploaded – 20 Nov 2018.]

Ch 7: Maintenance [ao3]

Characters: Harry Potter, Draco Malfoy, Severus Snape, Albus Dumbledore, Narcissa Black Malfoy

Add: [3] Hermione Granger, [4] Original Non-Human Character(s), [5] Aurora Sinistra, [7] Ron Weasley

Ship(s): Draco Malfoy/Harry Potter, Draco Malfoy & Harry Potter, Hermione Granger & Harry Potter & Ron Weasley

Tags: Dark Magic, Alternate Universe – Canon Divergence, Alternate Universe – Dark, Dark Harry Potter, Accidental Marriage, Accidental Bonding, Blood Magic, Parseltongue Magic, Dark Culture & Customs

Add: [3] Runes, Study of Ancient Runes (HP), Runic Magic; [4] Knights of Walpurgis, Mythical Beings & Creatures; [5] Astronomy, Forced Proximity; [7] Ron Weasley/Lavender Brown (background)

Ch Summary: Added to Characters: Ron Weasley. Added to Tags: Ron Weasley/Lavender Brown (background).

Another chapter where it’s rather short and not really worth trimming enough to try to create an excerpt, but good news – there will be an extra chapter this week.

Submissives & Rolequeer (cross post)

[Cross posted and backdated from a sideblog. Originally posted on 13 Nov 2017 and tagged #community.]

queeranarchism:

trans-mom:

“switch” or as I like to call it: “we’re both subs so someone’s gotta dom”

Random info dump, sorry some of these posts are very dense and complex:

Because I’ve spend a while thinking ‘two subs’ was a failed relationship and it took me a while to realize that it’s totally the best kind of relationship.

Like, it’s playing with power without a person in the room who gets off on having the power to violate consent. What’s not to love?

(Disclaimer: I have read, debated and blogged A LOT about BDSM. If you send me a BDSM 101 post about how it’s ‘totally not about violating consent’ I will info dump very hard. So how about cutting out me as the probably rude middle man and starting here: http://rolequeer.tumblr.com/resources/ )

Darkling: Ophiuchus (Ch 6)

[Cross posted from my fandom tumblr where I started sharing some excerpts as I uploaded each chapter. Backdated to align with when the chapter was uploaded – 13 Nov 2018.]

Ch 6: Brythonic [ao3]

Characters: Harry Potter, Draco Malfoy, Severus Snape, Albus Dumbledore, Narcissa Black Malfoy

Add: [3] Hermione Granger, [4] Original Non-Human Character(s), [5] Aurora Sinistra

Ship(s): Draco Malfoy/Harry Potter, Draco Malfoy & Harry Potter, Hermione Granger & Harry Potter & Ron Weasley

Tags: Dark Magic, Alternate Universe – Canon Divergence, Alternate Universe – Dark, Dark Harry Potter, Accidental Marriage, Accidental Bonding, Blood Magic, Parseltongue Magic, Dark Culture & Customs

Add: [3] Runes, Study of Ancient Runes (HP), Runic Magic; [4] Knights of Walpurgis, Mythical Beings & Creatures; [5] Astronomy, Forced Proximity

Ch Summary: No updates to characters, ships, or tags.

A/N: My bad for missing out on mentioning Diwali (last Wed) for those who celebrate it. I was admittedly multi-tasking between finalizing Ch 5 and last minute prep for voting when I posted.

First lesson that gets into Brythonic, but the chapter’s short enough that an excerpt would almost share the entire thing.

End NotesBoudica is known in Welsh as Buddug.

Rope Art (photo)

[Cross posted and backdated from a sideblog. Originally posted on 12 Dec 2017 and tagged #Lady of Knots, #tea in silence (meditation, contemplation, etc.). From a quick Google search, I believe the (clothed) rope model is Nadja.]

nadja_by_Tinttu

sweetlittlewallflower:

“I have nothing to give but my heart so full and these empty hands.”
― Louisa May Alcott

(via decorateyourslave)

Silent Kind Darkness (quote)

[Cross posted and backdated from a sideblog. Originally posted on 11 Nov 2017 and tagged #tea in silence (meditation, contemplation, etc.).]

And silence, like darkness, can be kind; it, too, is a language.

Hanif Kureishi, “Intimacy” (via hollowstimulation) (via ruinofeventide-deactivated20161)

Kintsugi (Ch 6)

[Cross posted from my fandom tumblr where I started sharing some sfw excerpts as I uploaded each chapter. Backdated to align with when the chapter was uploaded – 9 Nov 2018.]

Ch 6: Vulnera Sanentur (Aug 6) [ao3] / ?

Ship(s): Draco Malfoy/Harry Potter, Harry Potter/Original Male Character(s)

Tags: Sexual Slavery, Master/Slave, BDSM, Post-Battle of Hogwarts, Post-War, Past Rape/Non-con, Emotional Hurt/Comfort, Non-Sexual Submission, Non-Sexual Kink, Rape Recovery, Dom/sub, Dom Draco Malfoy, Sub Harry Potter, Non-Sexual Intimacy

Added: [3] Kink Negotiation, [4] Impact Play, Spanking, [5] Public Sex, Safewording, [6] Communication, Consent Issues

The meta talk around consent (and issues with communication) don’t exactly have easily separated portions for excerpt purposes. I did share why I got into this plot in this chapter’s end notes because this is the end of what I had written before my grandfather passed away. I do not plan on abandoning this fic, fyi.