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I just hit roughly the halfway point of the new Dresden Files novel Skin Game

and I

am

SCREAMING

Posted 57 minutes ago With 2 notes

fresherluke:

this guy again,

just trying to push that last post doowwwnnnn

exam:

"I’m not there" by Pol Úbeda Hervàs

aquariantides:

adulthood is just an endless stream of phone calls you don’t want to make but have to

Posted 6 hours ago With 61,688 notes

Tagged: #bluuuuuuuug

oldbookillustrations:

Rabbits.

Katsushika Hokusai, from Documents japonais (Japanese art documents), by Charles Gillot, Paris, 188?

(Source: archive.org)

DEAR INTERNET: I have just seen Lucy.  while we went in knowing there’s a lot wrong with it and that it was probably going to suck, husbunny got very excited about it when the first trailer came out and hasn’t been able to shake that gleeful excitement ever since, because husbunny has a longstanding love affair with ambiguously spiritual pseudoscientific films about people tapping unknown biological potential for wacky brain shit ala Powder and Phenomenon.  recognizing this niche passion, I could not deny him this.  I also figured I owed him one for how much he hated Snowpiercer, whoops.

So yeah, that was a thing, and let me tell you guys

it

was so

bad

SO BAD

oh my god???

get the Rifftracks guys on this shit IMMEDIATELY it was so fucking awful it came out the other side sort of tragically hilarious?  like it gives the impression that it takes itself 100% seriously, and is so indescribably terrible, that the amount of willful self-delusion on the part of the entire cast and crew for there to be not even a smidge of irony in this must have been mindblowing

some guy behind us went “WHAT!?” indignantly when the credits started rolling and husbunny and I later agreed that his assessment was pretty much as concise and accurate a summary of the entire production as one could ever hope to achieve.

Posted 16 hours ago With 27 notes

mihoburning:

jonyoungn:

i2candance:

dancing lessons in the streets of seattle 

These are around the corner from the shop I work at, it’s always funny seeing people occasionally trying out the steps in the sidewalk

That’s adorbs

Funny these should turn up on my dash the same day that I was in that part of Seattle for the first time, and saw three of them!

arteysentimiento:

Eugène Carrière, Le Réveil, Le Baiser à la mère |Her Mother’s Kiss, 1899

solesoffire:

literature meme | short stories 1/8

The Yellow Wallpaper is a 6,000-word short story by the American writer Charlotte Perkins Gilman, first published in January 1892 in The New England Magazine. It is regarded as an important early work of American feminist literature, illustrating attitudes in the 19th century toward women’s physical and mental health.

Presented in the first person, the story is a collection of journal entries written by a woman whose physician husband has confined her to the upstairs bedroom of a house he has rented for the summer. She is forbidden from working and has to hide her journal from him, so she can recuperate from what he calls a “temporary nervous depression – a slight hysterical tendency,” a diagnosis common to women in that period. The windows of the room are barred, and there is a gate across the top of the stairs, allowing her husband to control her access to the rest of the house. (x)

I really have discovered something at last.Through watching so much at night, when it changes so, I have finally found out.The front pattern does move—and no wonder! The woman behind shakes it! Sometimes I think there are a great many women behind, and sometimes only one, and she crawls around fast, and her crawling shakes it all over.Then in the very bright spots she keeps still, and in the very shady spots she just takes hold of the bars and shakes them hard.
And she is all the time trying to climb through. But nobody could climb through that pattern—it strangles so; I think that is why it has so many heads. They get through, and then the pattern strangles them off and turns them upside down, and makes their eyes white! If those heads were covered or taken off it would not be half so bad.

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cammerelangelene:

Reboot - 1x09 - Going Through The Levels (for captainswank)

To win the chalise: listen to me. One in all, all in one - that is the key.”

Tagged: #ReBoot #gifs

Cliché

emptymanuscript:

A cliché is NOT a trope.

A trope is NOT a cliché.

Tropes are things that are used over and over again. They’re conventional actions, people (archetypes), and things, that make up story the same way rhyming schemes and set meter make up poetry. Tropes aren’t bad. They’re a tool.

Cliché’s are thoughtless generic place holders. They’re frequently the first thought to occur you precisely because you’ve seen it so often. But the Clichéness is in the (lack of) thought, not the frequency.

When you worry that you are going to be cliché, what you’re worried about is that you haven’t thought enough about your story. You’ve taken the first thought that occurred to you and just taken it. Sometimes that’s good, that’s your storyteller instinct. But particularly at the beginning it’s easy to simply take your first thought because you don’t want to think any more about it. So, yes, you do tend to use tropes, and you tend to use the one that you have run into the most in a close situation because that’s easiest for your brain. And that’s bad: not the trope, how you used it.

What I’m telling you is that the Trope isn’t the problem. The problem is how much you’ve thought about it. A trope is a tried and true method for solving a story problem. A cliché is a tried and true story method misapplied. It’s the misapplication that is the problem.

My best piece of advice for dealing with cliché is to stop worrying if your method for solving your story’s problem has been done before. It has. And somebody did it before that. And someone else did it before them. But somehow it didn’t screw their story over. Funny that. Why would it inherently screw yours?

Instead worry if what you’ve done solves your story problem the best way that it can be solved for your particular tale. That’s when you’ve beat cliché: when you’ve mastered the extremely difficult art of correct application, which must be relearned for every individual problem. Not when you’ve miraculously mastered the impossibility of saying something new. Worry about your story, not anyone else’s. Of course what’s happening has been done before. But it’s been done right and its been done wrong. The people who did it right, did so by thinking very hard and rejecting anything that could be done better until it was good enough.

If your question is, “I’ve seen this done a million times. Should I….” Stop. It doesn’t matter. If your question is, “Why does this bore me?” Then you’re on the right track. And the answer isn’t just that it has been done before. It’s that it doesn’t work for your story. The answer that does work will have been just as used, it just won’t be the first thing to pop into your head. “What would make this interesting?” “What else could they do?” “What would have more meaning?” Those are the questions to ask yourself. That’s avoiding cliché, not going on a goose hunt just to avoid eating turkey.

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Tagged: #writing #tropes

ifuckingloveminerals:

Cualstibite-1M, Quartz, Cornwallite

Clara Mine, Rankach valley, Oberwolfach, Wolfach, Black Forest, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

killbenedictcumberbatch:

valid reasons to not want to call yourself a feminist:

  • cishet white feminists are the center of the movement and often define the movement for (white) women’s suffrage as the “beginning of feminism” in america
  • their exclusion/hatred of trans women and their treatment of the cornerstones of LGBT movement
  • sex-posi feminists who insist that sex is the answer to all misogyny everywhere
  • racist and islamophobic libfems who contribute to the oppression of WOC both in their homeland as well as other countries
  • not wanting to be associated with the women (and men) who are a part of this

shitty reasons to not want to call yourself a feminist

  • you don’t hate men
  • you think feminists are whiny
  • you’re not a “hairy lesbian”
  • every perceived problem you have with the feminist movement is a result of patriarchal ideals/internalized misogyny

Posted 2 days ago With 6,659 notes