And So He Spoke

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tamorapierce:

owlmylove:

when i find stretch marks on my thighs i make a point of smooching them because they’re just doing their best at keeping the all-powerful immortal Being within me from ripping my mortal shell asunder in a blaze of heavenly glory and eviscerating the cosmos in my divine wrath

You know what?  You just changed an aspect of myself I’ve hated since ballet class in sixth grade.  Thank you!

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rainamermaid:

memewhore:

sean3116:

sixpenceee:

As someone who wants to study the human consciousness I found this very interesting.

Scott Routley was a “vegetable”. A car accident seriously injured both sides of his brain, and for 12 years, he was completely unresponsive.

Unable to speak or track people with his eyes, it seemed that Routley was unaware of his surroundings, and doctors assumed he was lost in limbo. They were wrong.

In 2012, Professor Adrian Owen decided to run tests on comatose patients like Scott Routley. Curious if some “vegetables” were actually conscious, Owen put Routley in an fMRI and told him to imagine walking through his home. Suddenly, the brain scan showed activity. Routley not only heard Owen, he was responding.

Next, the two worked out a code. Owen asked a series of “yes or no” questions, and if the answer was “yes,” Routley thought about walking around his house. If the answer was “no,” Routley thought about playing tennis.

These different actions showed activity different parts of the brain. Owen started off with easy questions like, “Is the sky blue?” However, they changed medical science when Owen asked, “Are you in pain?” and Routley answered, “No.” It was the first time a comatose patient with serious brain damage had let doctors know about his condition.

While Scott Routley is still trapped in his body, he finally has a way to reach out to the people around him. This finding has huge implications.

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HOLY STEAMING SHITFUCKS

WHY IS EVERYONE NOT LOSING THEIR SHIT ABOUT THIS

What a fucking nightmare, just kill me.

I know a girl who was hit by a drunk driver and in that state for a year. When she woke up the first thing she did was tell off the doctor who tried to convince her mom to pull the plug. She heard *everything* while being called brain dead.

(via clevergirlhelps)

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Anonymous asked: I ACIDENTALY DELETED THE WHOLE BEGINNING OF MY STORY, IT WASN'T MUCH YET, BUT I'M TERRIBLE AT REWRITING THINGS

thewritingcafe:

My laptop has a terrible internal battery and whenever the charger is unplugged, it dies anywhere from five to twenty-five minutes. About a week ago, there was a spider nearby. I hate spiders. I hate bugs in general. This spider was a big white one that I had seen a few times before, but was never able to kill because it was too fast. So I left my laptop and spent half an hour waiting for this spider to show itself again so I could kill it.

While I was waiting with a broom in one hand and a shoe in the other, the charger came unplugged from my computer and it died. And I lost 5k words from my Camp NaNoWriMo novel, which I hadn’t planned out at all since I decided to just wing it.

After getting over my desperation and frustration, I was kind of grateful that had happened because:

  1. I was going to have to rewrite it anyway, and so will you.
  2. First drafts are terrible. No one but me was ever going to see that part anyway.
  3. I started reevaluating my story and where it was going. Now I have a fuller plot with a better idea of what’s going on.
  4. Losing your work is a terrible thing, but it’s kind of an unlucky and unwanted right of passage for writers.
  5. Rewriting from memory is an exercise that tests just how much you know about your story.
  6. You know your characters, settings, and plots better the second time you write them, even if you have a full outline.

If you’re at that point where you don’t want to redo the beginning because you just got past it and it’s tiring to do it all over again, start writing where you left off and go back to the beginning later.

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apromptripost:

mermaidsbite:

huffingtonpost:

People have offered many potential explanations for this discrepancy, but this ad highlights the importance of the social cues that push girls away from math and science in their earliest childhood years.

Watch the powerful Verizon advertisement to really understand what a little girl hears when you tell her she’s pretty.

I was fortunate, this didn’t happen to me… until I was a STEM major in college :/

Submitting this as #promptadvice because how we frame our words MATTERS. Examine the assumptions you put into your writing. All of ‘em.

(Source: youtube.com)

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I read several dozen stories a year from miserable, lonely guys who insist that women won’t come near them despite the fact that they are just the nicest guys in the world.

..I’m asking what do you offer? Are you smart? Funny? Interesting? Talented? Ambitious? Creative? OK, now what do you do to demonstrate those attributes to the world? Don’t say that you’re a nice guy — that’s the bare minimum.

“Well, I’m not sexist or racist or greedy or shallow or abusive! Not like those other douchebags!”

I’m sorry, I know that this is hard to hear, but if all you can do is list a bunch of faults you don’t have, then back the fuck away..

..Don’t complain about how girls fall for jerks; they fall for those jerks because those jerks have other things they can offer. “But I’m a great listener!” Are you? Because you’re willing to sit quietly in exchange for the chance to be in the proximity of a pretty girl (and spend every second imagining how soft her skin must be)? Well guess what, there’s another guy in her life who also knows how to do that, and he can play the guitar. Saying that you’re a nice guy is like a restaurant whose only selling point is that the food doesn’t make you sick. You’re like a new movie whose title is This Movie Is in English, and its tagline is “The actors are clearly visible”.

David Wong, 6 Harsh Truths That Will Make You a Better Person  (via coolgrandpa)

(Source: violetmaps, via ehnlee)

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tamorapierce:

operativesurprise:

Something as simple as this is all it takes to start pushing against gender stereotypes. Pierce could have easily made the girls pink and the boys blue the whole way through, but she didn’t. These are genuinely non-gendered colors she picks, and to all the kids that read this, they suddenly began to associate, however lightly, non gendered colores in their own minds

I’ve been fighting blue/pink all my life.  For one, I love blue and for years I hated pink.  I got over that mostly.  For another, you can’t help but pick up on the emotional connotations very early if you’re paying attention.  That girls and boys are supposed to like these colors and not the others.  If I got baby gifts in the past I got yellow or green. 
And then, I’m in a separate universe.  I can kick the barrel over and start fresh.  And I did.
One of the manliest guys I knew at a bank I worked at wore pink—pink power ties, and the occasional strong pink shirt.  He only looked hotter than ever.  The other guys gave him such a hard time, and he just laughed.  Wherever he went, the women swarmed around him, because he had It, and he knew it, and he knew pink just made him look hotter.

tamorapierce:

operativesurprise:

Something as simple as this is all it takes to start pushing against gender stereotypes. Pierce could have easily made the girls pink and the boys blue the whole way through, but she didn’t. These are genuinely non-gendered colors she picks, and to all the kids that read this, they suddenly began to associate, however lightly, non gendered colores in their own minds

I’ve been fighting blue/pink all my life.  For one, I love blue and for years I hated pink.  I got over that mostly.  For another, you can’t help but pick up on the emotional connotations very early if you’re paying attention.  That girls and boys are supposed to like these colors and not the others.  If I got baby gifts in the past I got yellow or green. 

And then, I’m in a separate universe.  I can kick the barrel over and start fresh.  And I did.

One of the manliest guys I knew at a bank I worked at wore pink—pink power ties, and the occasional strong pink shirt.  He only looked hotter than ever.  The other guys gave him such a hard time, and he just laughed.  Wherever he went, the women swarmed around him, because he had It, and he knew it, and he knew pink just made him look hotter.

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thebooker:

bookphile:

Hello! 

I, bookphile, will be hosting a Tamora Pierce Tortall Universe read-a-thon from August through October (because there’re 17 books come on now). Why? Because she’s my favorite author and more people on tumblr need to know about her books!! There are five series of books in the Tortall universe (three with 4 books, one with 2, and one with 3).

Details:

-Send me an email (ramanicossack@gmail.com) by July 27th saying you want to join the read-a-thon. And if you want to join only for a specific series, or all of them. I will open entries again when we’re close to finishing each series, just to give more people a chance. I will create a group for us on goodreads for discussions. And maybe host discussions on a chat board after each series.

-You do not have to participate in all the series (re-)reads. So if you only want to read one series and participate and don’t want to read the rest of the books that’s fine. Or if you want to join in later, because you don’t want to (re)read the earlier books, that’s fine, too. I strongly recommend you do not join later on if you have not read the early books because you will be confused. But you must join before book 1 of each series begins to be read, and you must read the entire series not just one or two books. 

-I will be posting quotes from the books, reblogging fan art, asking questions, leading discussions on this blog and the book club.  You’re welcome to do whatever you like, reblog, comment, etc. If you want to reblog something or post something for me to see please tag it with either bookphile or tortallbookclub, make sure you don’t have more than 5 tags per post or else tumblr won’t let me see them (their rules not mine). You can also submit posts to me.

-After we finish reading all the books, I will host a giveaway, in which a winner will get to pick a series (with all the books) as prize.  But only people who participate in the read-a-thon will be allowed to enter. I will not be making the link to the giveaway public on this blog.

The series will be read in this order (dates are tentative):

The Song of the Lioness Quartet August 1st to 10th 

From Goodreads: The Song of the Lioness quartet is the adventurous story of one girl’s journey to overcome the obstacles facing her, become a valiant knight, and save Tortall from conquest. Alanna douses her female identity to begin her training in Alanna: The First Adventure, and when she gains squire status in In the Hand of the Goddess, her growing abilities make her a few friends — and many enemies. Books 3 and 4 complete Alanna’s adventure and secure her legend, with the new knight errant taking on desert tribesmen in The Woman Who Rides like a Man and seeking out the powerful Dominion Jewel in Lioness Rampant.

4 books. The Lioness books aren’t that thick and read quickly, so ten days should suffice, plus that’s two weekends.

The Immortals Quartet August 11th to 24th

From Wiki: The Immortals quartet, by Tamora Pierce, is the story of Veralidaine Sarrasri (known as Daine), an orphan with an unusual talent: she can speak with animals.

4 books. The Immortals books are a bit thicker, so I’m giving them a bit more time, but again, that’s two weekends.

Protector of the Small Quartet August 25th to September 14th

From Goodreads:  Ten-year-old Keladry of Mindalen, daughter of nobles, serves as a page but must prove herself to the males around her if she is ever to fulfill her dream of becoming a knight. 

4 books. While the first two books aren’t that thick, the last two are. Plus the writing and world gets much more complex. So this will take a couple of weeks. I’m guessing quite a few people will be going back to school as well.

The Daughter of the Lioness Duology September 15h - Sep 28th

Sixteen is a rebellious age for most young people, and Aly is no exception. With her mother, the lady knight Alanna, forever being summoned to some crisis or other, and the young men of Tortall little more than diversions, Aly is bored and restless. But everything changes when Aly, sailing alone down the coast of Tortall, is captured by pirates and winds up a slave to the Balitangs, a kindly noble family of the Copper Isles. Enter Kyprioth, patron god of the Isles, also known as Trickster, who is looking to shift the balance of power back to his raka worshipers. But deals with gods are never simple matters; she doesn’t count on becoming personally involved in the raka revolt, or with an unusual young man who has his own plans for Aly..

Only two books, but they’re quiet thick, so I’m giving it two weeks, one for each book. School will be back in session so I’m taking that into account.

Provost’s Dog Trilogy September 29th - October 19th

Hundreds of years before Alanna first drew her sword in Tamora Pierce’s memorable debut, Alanna: The First Adventure, Tortall had a heroine named Beka Cooper - a fierce young woman who fights crime in a world of magic. This is the beginning of her story, her legend, and her legacy….

Three books, also quiet thick, so one week per each book. 

Please respond by July 25th, I mean, I’ll do it, even if no one else does, but I wouldn’t mind company. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask.

Awesome! I’m going to save Alanna: The First Adventure until August for this. :)

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