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seananmcguire:

urbanmongoose:

LOOK AT THIS GREAT BIG PILE OF ADDERS

I don’t care if they’re venomous, I just wanna pick ‘em all up and cuddle them. 83

Babbies puffy venoumous babbies.

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  • Question: I've just finished re-reading Parasite, and I was wondering if Tansy was named after Tansy Rayner Roberts? Because in my head, she's TOTALLY got an Aussie accent. - nzbekitty
  • Answer:

    seananmcguire:

    She was not, although I adore Tansy Rayner Roberts.  She is an excellent human, and a good advertisement for not destroying this puny planet.  Tansy Cale was named after the herb, which some people still use as an insect repellant, and which used to be believed to be a good antiparasitic.

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blackamazon:

another-concrete-r0se:

themindsetofimperfection:

afrogirlwonder:

Relevant

I’ve been waiting for someone to make this a gif

damn near 30 years ago and still relevant

Can someone show me a similarly frank conversation about rape culture in any of your progressive faves….

I’ll Wait

(Source: matildaswormwood)

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m-oshun:

No unicorn was ever born who could regret

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Writing tips from Bodice Rippers

forthegothicheroine:

Though much of my reading material these days boils down to horror and fantasy, I always have room for romance.  And as someone hoping to write a gothic romance of her own within the near future, here are some things within old-school romance novels that might (or might not) help us all in our literary endeavors…

  • Pulp can be fun.  ”Serious” romance writers like Nora Roberts have done much for the respectability of the genre, and that’s great (as is her work!)  But honestly?  All those over the top moments modern romance distances itself from?  I kind of like them, and I suspect I’m not the only one.
  • There is a fine line regarding acceptable behavior from heroes and heroines.  Maybe it’s how it’s written, maybe it’s how seriously it seems to be taken, but when I’m in the mood for a pulpy fantasy, I’ll let my leads get away with behaving in perfectly beastly ways.  But it is a line that can be crossed- when I am queen of Romance Land, I will have the head of Dominic from Wicked Loving Lies put on a pike as a warning to other heroes.
  • Mary Sue is not the devil.  Annoyingly perfect heroines are a staple of old-school romance, but you can develop a taste for them.  Skye O’Malley runs a battle-ready Irish clan, was always her father’s favorite and has a twenty inch waist after multiple pregnancies, but she’s charming enough that I don’t really hold it against her.
  • Love triangles are boring.  I’ve yet to read an old-school polyamorous romance (they seem mostly relegated to new-school erotic printings), but what I have found are heroines who marry all of their love interests over the course of their long, multi-husbanded life.  And of course, there are situations where one suitor is obviously evil and pursues the heroine against her wishes, especially in gothics.
  • That whole ‘porn for women’ thing depends on the author and the publisher.  You’re not going to find any pre-marital sex in seventies Harlequins or Avons (at least, I haven’t found any), but Bertrice Small and Rosemary Rogers make me wonder why anyone was shocked by Fifty Shades of Grey.
  • Happy endings aren’t a guarantee.  This is probably what surprised me most about old-school romance; sometimes it’s tragic, and sometimes it’s happy in a way you weren’t expecting at all, like the princess’ star-crossed lover getting killed, and her hooking up in the last chapter with a Ned Stark-esq older nobleman who is much more mature and suited for her.  I am not making that example up.
  • That said, don’t rip your audience off.  If your heroine falls in love with the dashing and wicked vampire next door, the reader will feel cheated if he dies and she marries the boring dude briefly mentioned in chapter one.  Trust me.
  • Good covers are a lost art.  Come on, modern publishers- I know it’s a lot cheaper to use stock photography and color tint it, but I want the painted covers back!
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broken-gaydar:

starrygraveyard:

andr3wdost:

nathanieljosephruess:

herfunnyvideos:

lockedinabirdcage:

GUYS I JUST REALIZED WHY PAPER BEATS ROCK OH MY GOD

PAPER SYMBOLIZES WORDS WHICH SYMBOLIZES BRAINS

AND ROCK SYMBOLIZES BRAWN.

BRAINS OVER BRAWN.

MIND OVER MATTER.

PAPER OVER ROCK.

You clever little shit.

then what the fuck does scissors mean

lesbians

what

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Don’t waste time blaming yourself when you can spend time planning how to destroy our enemies.

- Lillian Lynburn is much wise. Unmade by Sarah Rees Brennan. (via toricentanni)
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blackumi:

What in f**ks name is this flying water

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odinsblog:

Racial bias in America: from higher suspension rates in preschool, to disproportionate rates of capital punishment, to everything in between, structures of authority routinely allow anti-Black racial bias to color the “facts”, and warp the narrative. And frequently (whether unintentional or otherwise) the police and the media often work together to further criminalize innocent Black victims

1Criminalizing Blackness in America

2. 14-year-old Tremaine McMillian attacked and choked by police, literally while holding a puppy…because McMillian made them “feel threatened” and gave them “dehumanizing stares

3. Author and CNN contributor keithboykin: how the AP slandered Renisha McBride even in death

4.  The Associated Press: when can skin color alone determine who is and who isn’t a looter? (hint: don’t be Black)

5. Lauren Davidson: Disturbing Study Proves That Cops View Black Children Differently 

This implicit racial bias does not magically stop at innocuous events like the VMAs, or in »Hollywood. So far, it doesn’t ever turn off. There are two Americas and racial bias is as ubiquitous as the air we breathe

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magpieandwhale:

onlylolgifs:

Cat realizes he’s a cat

What a brief, great existential crisis.

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Remember that I’m still a monster. I can listen to you scream and cry and beg and I still won’t let you out.

- The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, Holly Black (via fuckyeahyoungadultlit)

(Source: book-monger)

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When a white teenager named Steve Lohner was stopped by the police last month and refused to show his ID after carrying a loaded shotgun on the streets of Aurora, Colorado (the same city where a mass murderer killed 12 people and injured 70 others in a packed movie theater in July 2012), the teen walked away with nothing but a citation.

But when a 22-year-old black kid named John Crawford picked up a mere BB gun in a Walmart store in Dayton, Ohio last week, customers called the police, who then shot and killed him.

Here lies a racial disparity that’s difficult for honest people to ignore. How can black people openly carry a real gun when we can’t even pick up a BB gun in a store without arousing suspicion? The answer in America is that the Second Amendment doesn’t really apply to black people.

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Keith Boykin, "Does the Second Amendment Only Apply to White People?" (via holygoddamnshitballs)

True, anyone who’s been paying attention knows this. The only time you can get gun control passed in this country is when politicians start seeing POC walking around freely with guns.

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