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February 07 2018

Why Your Writer Friend Hates English Class


They’re a writer, they love books, right? Creative writing is a part of English (Or your language, whatever class you analyze literature), right? Why does my friend roll their eyes during analyzations, scoff at the classics you’re supposed to study, and tend to do decently in the class but surprisingly not better than the non-writer friends?Shouldn’t they get all the devices and themes?

Truth is English class is often an insult to writers, especially writers like me– those who write to get out a story, to world build, to character develop, to escape, to find themselves– to them, English class can be an insult to our craft.

Craft over Art

First, I’d like to clarify what I mean by “craft” over “art”. I consider my work a craft, not an art. Art is poetry or poetic prose– full of deep meaning, expression, perspective, a reflection of the world, and each part of the craft has a specific purpose.

Craft is the skill. Craft is building worlds and characters and a strong interesting plot and belivable dialogue and relationships and . Craft is what you’re suposed to master to tell a good strory. Only one you’ve mastered the craft can you manipulate it for a purpose.

Let me be clear. I will manipulate my craft to characterize or emphasize a moral quandry or worldbuild or trick the audience or do something with the plot. I’m not doing it to emphasize that huge deep meaning involving the theme.

My writing is a craft, not and art. My writing is a beautiful mess of developed characters in a setting that works with a plot that I’ve worked hard to tie together. It’s fricken beautiful, but you don’t gotta look at the symbolism and theme to get that.

“Literary Merit”

English teachers will give you the impression that books are sorted into two categories: Books of literary merit and books that are Not. The Not books are, literarily, bad. Why? Cause instead of using long paragraphs to descibe and narrare and filling it with literary devices and symbolism and deep meaning there are plenty of quality books that are good books because they were well written and well-developed, and because of that they are Good Books.

Keep reading

no excuses writing meme, askbox version


(Nicked from iambickilometer):

drop one of these bad boys in my askbox and i will post, without editing

  • FIRST — the first two sentences of my current project
  • LAST — the most recently written two sentences of my current project
  • NEXT — the next line. meaning i will finish the sentence I’m on and write a new one, which you’ll get.
  • [insert prompt here] — you post a prompt, and i’ll write three sentences based on that prompt, set in the same time/setting as my current project
  • THE END — i’ll make up an ending, or post the ending if i’ve written it
  • BEFORE THE BEGINNING — three sentences (or more) about something that happened before the plot of my current project
  • POV — something that’s already happened, retold from another character’s perspective
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Dirck van Baburen, The Procuress (detail), 1622

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Matho Chanhotaspan emaciyapi. Oglala Malakota kin Oceti Sakowin.
(I am Burning Ash Bear. I am an Oglala Lakota of the Oceti Sakowin)



thinking about the statement that all maladaptive coping mechanisms were helpful and, well, adaptive, at some point, and that they become maladaptive when the circumstance changes or when their detriments outweigh their benefits, and how the framework of “this is no longer helpful to you” is probably better than “this is a bad habit/this is bad for you.” How much better “you don’t have to live like that anymore” feels than “that’s a bad habit you picked up when you were in a bad place.” “It’s ok, you can look now,” vs “you’ve been tainted/infected/sullied by a previous bad circumstance.”

This was one of the most valuable things a therapist ever said to me. If you have a thing that you know is bad but you just can’t stop doing it, then ask yourself: What are you getting out of it? Or what do you expect to get out of it? Or what do you think will happen if you stop?

And then find some way to tell yourself “You don’t have to live like that anymore”


Star Trek is going to be rated R, directed by Quentin Tarantino, and written by the guy who wrote The Revenant.

Star Wars is getting the Game of Thrones writers to write and produce a brand new trilogy.




In S01E01 Chidi tells Eleanor he’s speaking French and that The Good Place is translating it into English for her to understand. Right before that, he mentions that as a professor, his work took him all around the world - including the ENGLISH SPEAKING COUNTRY OF AUSTRALIA. We even see Chidi in Australia via flashbacks COMMUNICATING with his friend (aka The Red Boot Dude). Chidi never explicitly said he spoke only French, just that, in that moment, it was the language he was speaking - probably because, being raised in Senegal, it’s the language he’s most comfortable with.

Chidi is a highly educated professor. It isn’t out of the realm of possibility - especially on a show that basically belongs in the fantasy genre - that he can know both French and English.

So there.

I’m totally with this one hundred percent.

the only lingering thing that gets me is that chidi explains the language filter in response to eleanor assuming he’s speaking english, and saying something about how good his english is, and he says something like “oh no I’m speaking french, there’s a filter.”

which is necessary for worldbuilding, but fails in that it would be too awkward and clunky for him to say “well actually I’m speaking french since that’s my native language and it’s translating, but for the record I also speak english fluently” even though that’s almost definitely true

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terrifying possibly paranormal experience by anonymous

Ghosts that save lost, trapped children






people who sleep with one pillow make me sick

people who sleep with more than one pillow are shown to be more lonely and depressed

reblog and put in the tags how many pillows you sleep with

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oh my god last post for a little bit. So. We blew through all the stretch goals I had planned out. Now there are 13 designs available to choose from, all the way through to Taweret. I can’t believe how fast that went!

I’ll be posting sketches for the next pins shortly. AND there is now a backers-only post open where backers can VOTE on the next stretch goals. If you wanna have a say, get your backer on and go have a look!




If they start deporting DREAMers, there needs to be mass civil resistance everywhere in the US. People need to stand in front of the ICE Agents and physically refuse to let them commit these atrocities. They can’t deport all of us.

Even if you don’t live in the neighborhoods where this is likely to happen, you should join or start a Rapid Response Network in your area. PICO has some great information and resources here, here, and here

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The chimera I designed for our new LEGO show. I cannot express how much of a labor of love this was. It took over 100 hours just to design, let alone build and is one of the largest and most complex sculptures I’ve done.

Fun fact: This model used every single LEGO color available in standard brick.



it’d be cool not to talk about the aids crisis like it’s ancient history and something else can be the “new” aids crisis. aids is the new aids. people are still dying. it’s not a prop.

#okay but its not a death sentence anymore
 #you can be managed on meds for decades #we actually know how we can treat people #this site is so annoying

hi friend, did you know that 1 million people died of hiv-related illness in 2016, including several thousand in the u.s.? did you know it’s a constant struggle for many americans with hiv to access the health care they need to stay alive and healthy, and that on top of that they deal with profound stigma, discrimination, and criminalization? did you know only half of people with hiv in the u.s. have the virus under control through medication? did you know there’s a hidden epidemic of hiv among black gay and bi men in the american south? now you do!



Discworld x Tolkien crossover where Vimes arrests the One Ring for being an accessory to murder

@thepioden @sadgaywerewolf @tsukidoesthething




It’s really depressing how Labor Day has gone from “give laborers a day off” to “give white collar office workers and executives a day off but make retail laborers work so that executives can get a latte on their day off”

Nobody is making anyone work. If you don’t want to work on that day, don’t.

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hey so the origin of this meme is funnier then i could ever imagine

i literally thought this was another joke edit


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How on earth would you feed a city of over 200,000 people when the land around you was a swampy lake? Seems like an impossible task, but the Aztec managed it by creating floating gardens known as chinampas, then they farmed them intensively.

These ingenious creations were built up from the lake bed by piling layers of mud, decaying vegetation and reeds. This was a great way of recycling waste from the capital city Tenochtitlan. Each garden was framed and held together by wooden poles bound by reeds and then anchored to the lake floor with finely pruned willow trees. The Aztecs also dredged mud from the base of the canals which both kept the waterways clear and rejuvenate the nutrient levels in the gardens.

A variety of crops were grown, most commonly maize or corn, beans, chillies, squash, tomatoes, edible greens such as quelite and amaranth. Colourful flowers were also grown, essential produce for religious festivals and ceremonies. Each plot was systematically planned, the effective use of seedbeds allowed continuous planting and harvesting of crops.

Between each garden was a canal which enabled canoe transport. Fish and birds populated the water and were an additional source of food. [x]


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This is literally so cool. Not only does it contribute to spacial efficiency, but the canals would easily keep pests, weeds, and possibly even diseases out of the respective plots. Companion planting and bio-intensive planting would be so much easier. Water-wise systems would be inherently present. Plus it looks so super neat aesthetically. I am just all about this.

Does anyone know if this would be possible right now and if it could help with pollution or climate change?

They still farm this way! Chinampas are still in use by native people in South America today!

Not as extensively as in the past, to be sure, but these practices are still used and still produce wonderfully!

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Le désespoir by Jean-Joseph Perraud,1869.   Musée d’Orsay, Paris.

The Alt-Right is Killing People


The so-called “alt-right” has murdered more than 100 people over the last three years.  But we’re expected to concede public space to them and provide them with platforms to espouse genocide and encourage/organize further violence?  O HELL NO!

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