julieoftarth
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Aug 25th, '18, 03:48 #826

Libkat! I love your fic! Welcome to the board. :) 
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Apple_Queen
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Aug 27th, '18, 12:09 #827

Hello all!

I’m Apple Queen. I’ve recently started rewatching GoT from the start whilst laid up with morning (=all day) sickness and from this have discovered that I ship JB so hard! Can’t believe I only thought they were kinda cute first time through! It’s actually inspired me to write my first fic/ficlet since I was a teenager (probably 10+ years ago), which I am now terrified to share...

I’ll just briefly try to describe myself using appropriate terms...
I work for the NHS, which makes me a Stark.
My husband would definitely be a Lannister though, so I guess I’m a Lannister by marriage.
But part of the reason I think I like JB so much is that I feel I can really empathise with Brienne. I grew up (and still do to some extent) feeling out of place and undesirable, and it didn’t help that I’m also far too tall!

I’m really looking forward to chatting with some like minded people :)
Apple Queen xx
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Aug 27th, '18, 12:21 #828

Welcome!
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Laura1013
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Aug 27th, '18, 12:49 #829

Welcome!!!!!! JBO is a fun place and we all REALLY Jaime and Brienne a lot!! So glad you found this little corner of the inter webs


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Mikki
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Aug 27th, '18, 14:46 #830

Hello and welcome Apple!
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Aug 27th, '18, 18:44 #831

Hello everyone!
I'd like to introduce myself, my name is Federica, I'm from Italy and of course I'm a JB shipper!

Actually I've been around this forum for almost half a year, but firstly I was too shy too sign up properly and just enjoyed the topics silently...but since this fandom had become an important part of my spare time and it helps me a lot to relax and be happy when real life gets you distressed and sad, I thought that participating more actively would be the right choice!

So thank you for all the times you made me laugh and smile, I hope to give my contribute as well!

The only thing I regret is to join this fandom so late...can't think about it!

My passion are fictional stories...so I love movies, tv shows, books, comic and every kind of art that can give me a great story that can inspire me and help me in times of need (and Jaime and Brienne's story is of course one of them, because it is so well written and so true that when I think about it it warms my heart, and that's not a easy thing to happen for me...it's that kind of romance that is not banal, not mainstream, but honest, difficult and heartbreaking like real love should be.).
I love to write and to draw, so I hope I can try some JB stuff sometimes! 

Ok, now I stop babbling...anyway, thank you again for being so NIK GLEEFULLY WEARING HIS TINY HAT, I hope to be welcome here! :)
<<You had a taste...one taste of the real world, where people have important things taken from them. And you whine, cry and quit. You sound like a bloody woman!">>
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Aug 27th, '18, 18:47 #832

Hello and welcome Freak! So glad you decided to join us.
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Aug 27th, '18, 18:51 #833

Thank you Mikki! I'm glad too :)
<<You had a taste...one taste of the real world, where people have important things taken from them. And you whine, cry and quit. You sound like a bloody woman!">>
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Aug 27th, '18, 18:56 #834

If you write and draw..JB Week is coming... :)
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Aug 27th, '18, 19:05 #835

I know...it's a great opportunity!
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Aug 27th, '18, 19:31 #836

Welcome FreaktheMighty

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Aug 27th, '18, 19:32 #837

Thank you Julie!
<<You had a taste...one taste of the real world, where people have important things taken from them. And you whine, cry and quit. You sound like a bloody woman!">>
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CTippy
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Aug 27th, '18, 21:56 #838

Ciao Federica e benvenuta! Che bello avere un'altra italiana a bordo! :D

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Aug 28th, '18, 03:21 #839

Welcome Lib, Apple, and Freak! It makes me so happy to see so many people joining!!! So excited to have you here!!

Freak- I feel the same way about joining so late! I've been working on the first book for a couple years, but haven't picked it up in ages. I started watching GOT a year ago this week (I remember because I started watching during the time Hurricane Harvey hit.) I believe I started watching a day or two before the s7 finale came out, or somewhere around that time - and I joined this forum in March/April or so. Makes me sad I haven't been around for longer, BUT I'm so grateful I get to enjoy (and pull my hair out over simultaneously) an entire 14ish (who even knows at this point) months of pre-season  :hype:! Super super excited and I'm so glad you've joined us with time to spare before the premiere!!!
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Aug 28th, '18, 07:31 #840

CTippy wrote: Ciao Federica e benvenuta! Che bello avere un'altra italiana a bordo! :D

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Grazie mille Tippy! Facciamo un piccolo branco ahah!:D
Allison wrote: Welcome Lib, Apple, and Freak! It makes me so happy to see so many people joining!!! So excited to have you here!!

Freak- I feel the same way about joining so late! I've been working on the first book for a couple years, but haven't picked it up in ages. I started watching GOT a year ago this week (I remember because I started watching during the time Hurricane Harvey hit.) I believe I started watching a day or two before the s7 finale came out, or somewhere around that time - and I joined this forum in March/April or so. Makes me sad I haven't been around for longer, BUT I'm so grateful I get to enjoy (and pull my hair out over simultaneously) an entire 14ish (who even knows at this point) months of pre-season  :hype:! Super super excited and I'm so glad you've joined us with time to spare before the premiere!!!
Thank you Allison! Actually I started watching GoT when Season 3 was ending, and I loved JB relationship of course, but I discovered the "fandom" only this year, so I missed a lot of fun and good stuff! But as they say...better late than never!
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Aug 28th, '18, 12:22 #841

Allison wrote:Welcome Lib, Apple, and Freak! It makes me so happy to see so many people joining!!! So excited to have you here!!

Freak- I feel the same way about joining so late! I've been working on the first book for a couple years, but haven't picked it up in ages. I started watching GOT a year ago this week (I remember because I started watching during the time Hurricane Harvey hit.) I believe I started watching a day or two before the s7 finale came out, or somewhere around that time - and I joined this forum in March/April or so. Makes me sad I haven't been around for longer, BUT I'm so grateful I get to enjoy (and pull my hair out over simultaneously) an entire 14ish (who even knows at this point) months of pre-season  :hype:! Super super excited and I'm so glad you've joined us with time to spare before the premiere!!!

Hurricane Harvey are you from Texas?!?!?!??


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Sep 12th, '18, 22:20 #842

Hi!  I have been lurking and reading all your lovely fics for quite some time.  I finally got up the courage to post a fic of my own on A03, and everyone has been SO RIDICULOUSLY KIND that I wanted to peek out from the shadows and say hello.  

So, hello :)

Also, can someone tell me where I can find writing challenges?  I had so much fun writing the other night that I want to push myself to keep going.  But I will need some help!

Thank you in advance.  And thank all you writers for all your lovely writings, I have read sooooo maaaaany fics over the years and it's been an absolute pleasure.
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Sep 12th, '18, 22:55 #843

Welcome! There are alot of prompts and challenges over on tumblr, but there is also a prompt thread here on the board under the I wrote something section!

Good luck!! Can't wait to read what you've written!!
Adding my two nuts in 🥜🥜
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Sep 12th, '18, 23:06 #844

Hello and welcome Andallismended! It's great you found your way to us :)

As for writing challenges: Have a look here -Link- . JB Week is approaching quickly! 
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Sep 13th, '18, 02:28 #845

Hello and welcome! YAY for more fic!
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Sep 13th, '18, 02:38 #846

Hello, Andallismended! I really enjoyed your new piece.
He that is less than a man, I am not for him. -- Beatrice, Much Ado...
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jennyssong
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Sep 15th, '18, 15:04 #847

Hello :)
 
I made my first post here last week, but haven’t actually introduced myself so thought that was probably the polite thing to do before anything else. I had lurked a bit first, as I tend to do!
 
I live in a seaside town in England with my husband and our 2 dogs (no children as yet) and work in an academic library.
 
My ASOIAF/JB story goes like this, I’ll try (but almost certainly fail) to keep this brief:
 
In July 2013 I went to visit my now-husband for the weekend, because we lived in different towns at the time. This was just after GoT Season 3 had aired, and it seemed like everyone was having dramatic reactions to it and talking about it and I felt like I was missing out, so I suggested we watch it all so far. I don’t watch a lot of TV at all. He doesn’t have HBO, he just knows how to torrent things. I was sewing while it was on, not giving it undivided attention, so enjoyed it and thought it was different and interesting but got confused about who all the different beardy white men were. We got as far as the birth of the shadowbaby before I had to go home again, which was a weird point to leave it – it had seemed like a political drama mostly and suddenly there was these new characters and freaky magical shit happening. My husband kept watching without me after I left, but I don’t know how to safely illegally download shows so I got left behind. He watched season 4 when it was on too, but the only bit of that I saw was episode 9, “Watchers on the Wall”, again because I happened to be visiting him the day it aired.
 
When Season 5 premiered we lived together, and I still hadn’t caught up (in fact, had pretty much forgotten everything about Season 1 except N.ed got beheaded) but ended up just watching it along with him anyway, hoping I could fill in the sizeable gaps (can you even imagine picking it up again there??). My sister and her partner and my dad were all following it by that point as well. Inevitably I was pretty lost and confused about everything, but sat with my husband and watched casually. I asked lots of question but generally got “shh, I’m trying to watch, it’s too complicated to explain, you’ll have to watch the past seasons”.
 
Season 6 rolled around and I had a colleague at my new workplace who is an obsessive fan of both show and books and wants to talk about it all the time, so I tried to pay attention to what’s going on so I could humour him and contribute something to the conversation. Season 6, Episode 8…amongst other things that happen, there is of course the Red Tent of Feelings. When Brienne arrives at Riverrun and looks down on the siege and sees Jaime, my husband goes “Oh! Yeah, these two have history don’t they” or something like that. As I recall it now, he sounded quite excited when he realised they were going to encounter each other and remembered what had gone on between them before, so hopefully he ships them too (obviously more casually than I now do!), not talked to him about it though, this kind of thing embarrasses me a bit, most things do.
 
Don’t ask me why, but something about this really peaked my interest and curiosity. I had missed all of the episodes Jaime and Brienne had together and knew nothing of their shared experience (honestly, I didn’t even know why Jaime only had one hand, I remember when I first noticed, at some point in Season 5, and said “What?” and my husband sighed and told me to watch the parts that I’d missed, and I just accepted it and moved on), hadn’t noticed them mention each other since I started watching again. So, very soon after that, I felt the need to google “Jaime Brienne” and find out what he was referring to. And I definitely read the whole of both of their character pages from A Wiki of Ice and Fire (which is book info of course, but I didn’t understand the difference at the time), and scanned the results of the image search, can’t remember if I looked at anything else. But something about it chimed with me, Deciding then that I really I needed to see the seasons I had missed, I tried to torrent them off one of those pirate sites, but didn’t know what I was doing  and just ended up with some sort of porn and scam advert virus all over my laptop. That was the end of that.
 
Summer 2017! We had just got married and GoT Season 7 was due to premier imminently, as my colleague kept reminding me. A media studies lecturer at the college where I work requested that we purchase a DVD box-set of Game of Thrones Season 1-5 for our library collection, and we obliged. So I borrowed this box set from work and watched them, between watching Season 7, as it aired, and properly paying attention and trying to follow what was going on and who everyone was this time around. Once I’d seen everything, I read the synopsis of every episode on Wikipedia to make sure I’d understood and then, because I still had lots of questions about things I started looking on the internet. And inevitably found myself reading discussions that concerned GRRM’s books, and the ASOIAF Wiki, on Westeros.org, and got a real sense that I was missing out on something a.mazing, and answers to my questions that the show hadn’t satisfied, by not reading the books.
 
I’d seen quotes from the books that were funny or profound or moving or intriguing, or just plain well-written. I am a slow reader, and the idea of how much of my time working through those fat old books would eat up (and what else I’d have to neglect to do it), had put me off starting before but I felt I could no longer resist – those books needed to be read! 7 months later I had finished, and moved straight on to the Dunk and Egg novellas (love love love them), and become totally involved/obsessed. I was reading the forums and watching the Youtube videos and listening to the podcasts and talking the ears off my husband and Dad (has recently listened to the audiobooks) and sister (read the books once in a normal, attentive but not fanatic way along with the show as it aired) about this immersive universe and fandom.
 
I really appreciate some things about the show, mostly in the early seasons, and am disappointed by other things, mostly in the later seasons, but I will always want book faithfulness in adaptations and realise that TV is a very different medium, and the unfortunate situation of overtaking the books has affected things too. I just take it for what it is, I think it’s best to compartmentalise the two entities. The books are the ultimate canon, but the show is another, separate but obviously related thing that more is happening with, in term of new material, right now. Call me a sweet summer child, but we ought to have The Winds of Winter by 2020, and that is both exciting and scary – seeing how it all really unfolds, for all our theorising and preferences.
 
That wasn’t brief at all, warned you I’d fail! But in a very spacious nutshell, that’s how I got here.
 
I am drawn to many aspects of the ASOIAF story, the weirwood network and everything related to it – ravens, Bloodraven, greenseeing, singers of the song of Earth, old gods magic, Northern stuff in general – being high on that list, for example, and I care about many storylines and characters, but when it comes to people and relationships, there’s just something especially endearing and compelling for me about Jaime and Brienne. I find it hard to name a favourite character if asked, there are so many (if we just kept the question to POVs, outside of obviously Jaime and Brienne I’d also say all 3 Stark kids, Davos and Asha, maybe), but, while I know he’s not a “good” character, my honest answer to who am I most interested by, and invested in the arc of, would have to be Jaime. I am very hesitant to say I find him relatable, to people I know, because I don’t know how they would judge me for that, considering what he has done and how he is thought of.
 
I realise how personal it is that I find his story compelling, because I struggle with guilt and self-loathing and so much of my mental energy over the years has been taken up turning over moral dilemmas, feeling like there’s never an action that isn’t the wrong thing to do in some way ("forsaking one vow or another"). Trying to be “good” and self-improve and clean up, failing and thinking “what’s the use in trying”, switching off from caring, feeling I must be inherently “bad”, and that I’ve gone too far wrong already. Sorry to be melodramatic, but if I can’t say that anonymously on the internet on a forum for fans of the character I’m relating to, where can I. I don’t know if this is what attracts other readers to him as well, maybe this is a very common human thing, wanting atonement and the motivation and opportunity to change, the courage to break away from vices, to choose to be better and different, whatever crimes you’ve committed, whatever poor track record or reputation or baggage you carry around from your past. It is important to see redemption and self-determinatiom and the will to work for it whether it is actualised and recognised or not, it is something we instinctively want for others if we feel a need for it ourselves.
 
Brienne is like one of these people I see as being inherently good, whether I’m delusional about how easily this goodness really comes to them and how much effort and practice has gone into it or not. And I love her for that, as I love the people in real life I percieve to be inherently good and courageous souls – some of whom I’m lucky enough to know on a personal level, but it is much harder to identify with someone pure and righteous and innocent than to identify with someone admiring her and aspiring to be more like her.
 
And there it is, I’ve said too much, but I’m not taking any of it back. Because it took too long to write.
 
Thank you for making this online space for us who can’t help but sail this precious ship.
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julieoftarth
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Sep 15th, '18, 15:41 #848

Welcome Jenny! Glad you found us!

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Mikki
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Sep 15th, '18, 18:24 #849

Hello and welcome jenny!
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Sep 16th, '18, 01:32 #850

Hi, Jenny.  Just dropped by to say how much I love your avatar.  It caught my eye the first time you posted and now I want to needlepoint it.
Love like nobody’s listening. Dance like you’re standing on the corpses of your enemies - Lucifer Morningstar.
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