most mad and moonly

'k so I re-did it

this is the better version

  1. Your name and username.
  2. Where you’re from.
  3. Pronounce the following words: Aunt, Roof, Route, Theater, Iron, Salmon, Caramel, Fire, Water, New Orleans, Pecan, Both, Again, Probably, Alabama, Lawyer, Coupon, Mayonnaise, Pajamas, Caught, Naturally, Aluminium, GIF, Tumblr, Crackerjack, Doorknob, Envelope, GPOY.
  4. What is it called when you throw toilet paper on a house?
  5. What is a bubbly carbonated drink called?
  6. What do you call gym shoes?
  7. What do you call your grandparents?
  8. What do you call the wheeled contraption in which you carry groceries at the supermarket?
  9. What is the thing you change the TV channel with?
  10. Choose a book and read a passage from it
  11. Do you think you have an accent?
  12. Be a wizard or a vampire?
  13. Do you know anyone on Tumblr in real life?

I was going to practice talking in a not-annoying way more via talking to myself but then I found an article on vocal fry and ended up just reading the comments aloud in a heavily distorted mocking voice

to add insult to injury, I was outsmarted by Tumblr’s audio upload and had to go through SoundCloud instead

but okay

voice meme

  1. Your name and username.
  2. Where you’re from.
  3. Pronounce the following words: Aunt, Roof, Route, Theater, Iron, Salmon, Caramel, Fire, Water, New Orleans, Pecan, Both, Again, Probably, Alabama, Lawyer, Coupon, Mayonnaise, Pajamas, Caught, Naturally, Aluminium, GIF, Tumblr, Crackerjack, Doorknob, Envelope, GPOY.
  4. What is it called when you throw toilet paper on a house?
  5. What is a bubbly carbonated drink called?
  6. What do you call gym shoes?
  7. What do you call your grandparents?
  8. What do you call the wheeled contraption in which you carry groceries at the supermarket?
  9. What is the thing you change the TV channel with?
  10. Choose a book and read a passage from it
  11. Do you think you have an accent?
  12. Be a wizard or a vampire?
  13. Do you know anyone on Tumblr in real life?

I think my brain might have literally stopped working

I hope it starts again

I don’t like this feeling

my hands are always like 10-25% more freckled when I come back from lunch in the park

I’ve never bothered to note how long it takes them to fade—I only know they’re new ones in the first place because I know the back of my hands like something I know very well—but I figure it’s probably a few hours

the artist’s dilemma: is this total shit, or have I been staring at it too long

We tell our women “get into science, get into math, get into the pipeline.” Who wants to be in a pipeline full of acid?

Alicia Menendez - The View

I’m at the car dealership, waiting for my service recall to be completed, and this statement caught the attention of every woman in the room. Unsurprisingly, they all nodded in assent while the few men in the room looked uncomfortable.

The point is valid: even if access to STEM and other male dominated fields is made available, we need to do something about the culture in the field. Access to a pipeline full of acid, while it is still access, serves to maintain inequality.

(via glintglimmergleam)

this is why i make it a point to openly welcome women in my science classes. there’s a lot of assholes, even in animal behavior and ecology (which is seen kind of as a semisoft science anyhow) and i’ve seen countless women and girls drop classes or fail out because they didn’t feel safe being there and it’s fucking terrible.

(via moniquill)

clevermanka:

pintpotjudas:

due South + text posts

(even later to the party eating dry vol-au-vents and drinking neat gin on the stairs)

It might be because I’m more emotionally invested in these characters than I am any others, but these are the most perfect of perfect of all the text post/photo match-ups I’ve seen in any fandom.

…just did some research and I think the reason our fern is growing so well is because it’s not actually a fern

especially in college when STEM guys had crushes on me I’d get asked a lot what my “inspiration” or “creative process” was for writing and generally have no idea how to respond

but my character creation process is pretty straight-forward:

  • take an archetype or character trope
  • if they’re a main character, brainstorm situations where their primary traits would be subverted (quiet? stoic? kind? flippantly ever-amused? NOT ANYMORE), get into their headspace, and run them through those and other plots until a core characterization is established upon which to pile weird quirks
  • if they are a background character who’s meant to be slightly more engaging, give them either charmingly bizarre traits or a teensy subversion to their stereotype (tough woman thug who likes lovey-dovey pop music)
  • if they are a not-meant-to-be-distracting background character, give them unrelated, easily-synchronized traits, to be mentioned either when a detail needs to be created to fill a gap in the story or, alternatively, if you’ve come up with said details but there are no gaps to be filled, never (twenty-something with lime green earbuds, keeps forgetting to get haircut, inexplicably afraid of moths)
  • if they are only meant to exist for a paragraph, stop there, lest the guy who takes your main character’s tickets as he’s getting on the train decide to break into a ten-page monologue on his hopes and dreams
  • (I have had variations upon this problem before)
  • but basically unexpected characterization can always mutate from the needs of the story, like in this thing I’m writing now where, for Reasons, the protagonist’s CD player needed turned off after he fell asleep, so I had some random-ass background guy do it, providing him the reasoning of “couldn’t stand the quiet yet incessant noise”
  • then I was like, is that an actual excuse normal people can use or is that just something I had to do once when I was twelve because I used to have a weird stimulus sensitivity thing
  • and then I decided fuck it, I described the random-ass background guy as twitchy earlier for no real reason other than that I felt he merited an adjective or so of description—he can have misophonia
  • now he is “meticulous background thug who would be a good office worker if the sound of typing didn’t drive him to tears”
  • sometimes it stops there
  • and sometimes it really, really should, but instead goes careening out of control and then fuckin’ Cashier #4 from Chapter 2 ends up having a defining role in the plot

cbjeebies:

peispes:

How to create a character:

  1. mash some things together until they resemble a concept
  2. release the steering wheel
  3. ??? screaming ????
  4. rescue what you can from the scene of the accident

This is actually the most accurate description of character creation I have ever read.

I think one thing you can do to help your friends who are depressed is to reach out to them not in the spirit of helping, but in the spirit of liking them and wanting their company. “I’m here to help if you ever need me” is good to know, but hard to act on, especially when you’re in a dark place. Specific, ongoing, pleasure-based invitations are much easier to absorb. “I’m here. Let’s go to the movies. Or stay in and order takeout and watch some dumb TV.” “I’m having a party, it would be really great if you could come for a little while.” Ask them for help with things you know they are good at and like doing, so there is reciprocity and a way for them to contribute. “Will you come over Sunday and help me clear my closet of unfashionable and unflattering items? I trust your eye.” “Will you read this story I wrote and help me fix the dialogue?” “Want to make dinner together? You chop, I’ll assemble.” “I am going glasses shopping and I need another set of eyes.” Remind yourself why you like this person, and in the process, remind them that they are likable and worth your time and interest.

Talk to the parts of the person that aren’t being eaten by the depression. Make it as easy as possible to make and keep plans, if you have the emotional resources to be the initiator and to meet your friends a little more than halfway. If the person turns down a bunch of invitations in a row because (presumably) they don’t have the energy to be social, respect their autonomy by giving it a month or two and then try again. Keep the invitations simple; “Any chance we could have breakfast Saturday?” > “ARE YOU AVOIDING ME BECAUSE YOU’RE DEPRESSED OR BECAUSE YOU HATE ME I AM ONLY TRYING TO HELP YOU.” “I miss you and I want to see you” > “I’m worried about you.” A depressed person is going to have a shame spiral about how their shame is making them avoid you and how that’s giving them more shame, which is making them avoid you no matter what you do. No need for you to call attention to it. Just keep asking. “I want to see you” “Let’s do this thing.” “If you are feeling low, I understand, and I don’t want to impose on you, but I miss your face. Please come have coffee with me.” “Apology accepted. ApologIES accepted. So. Gelato and Outlander?”

#613: How do I reach out to my friends who have depression? | Captain Awkward

P.S. A lot of people with depression and other mental illnesses have trouble making decisions or choosing from a bunch of different options. “Wanna get dinner at that pizza place on Tuesday night?” is a LOT easier to answer than “So wanna hang out sometime? What do you want to do?”

(via startrekrenegades)

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
So much this…

When I’m at my worst, just being invited to drive with you while you run errands is often enough to keep me from doing a complete downward spiral, but please don’t guilt people for not being able to hang out… It’s the worst feeling of shame for having depression in the first place on top of worrying that you will lose those you love for being a shitty friend.

(via gallifreyglo)

artistic-motion (via cocoavalentines)

I can no longer listen to Imitosis without thinking of it as “skinny white guy with violin singing about cell division” thanks to that one Les Mis fic

scarred-and-silent:

everywordinexistence:

i miss getting party bags at the end of parties why dont we still do that party bags were the best part of the party

It was like a reward for being sociable