facts about me:

  • i have a crooked smile and the crooked side has a dimple
  • one time i sprained my ankle and it was all gray and purple and blue and the size of a baseball and i told people that it was because i dropkicked someone in the face and without fail everyone believed me (i was playing basketball)
  • leather is love also i look good in it what
  • when i was nine my dad said i couldn’t eat ten pieces of pizza and i got mad so we went to cici’s and i ate twelve pieces of pizza and laughed in his face then promptly threw up outside the car
  • children love me don’t question it
  • i don’t take off bracelets??? ever???? i’ve literally worn to pieces every important piece of jewelry i’ve ever owned
  • once, i named my bellybutton. id on’t reme m ber what, but the bump on my nose is apparently now named larry or rhea depending on the day
  • i’m a lifeguard. if you’re ever drowning, call me.
  • born and raised on a summer camp~ it’s in the blood~
  • whole life has been spent working with people who have physical or mental disabilities     a) i am now considering a therapy major   b) don’t ever say the word retarded around me or i will quite likely end you
  • i read the verse in proverbs about the fountain of wisdom being more like a bubbling brook then a deep pool and i cried
  • okay but so when i was in truth and trainers at awanas i would threaten to beat up all the boys and i headbutted a bully who had my crush in a headlock and multiple times i had other boys by the collar against the wall and i’m pretty sure now they were all laughing at me but back then i was the ten year old terror of my church and super proud
  • two important moments:
  • when i was eight i was at vbs and told a friend my favorite quote, from jim elliot, “he is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose”     and a leader stared at me and then said really quietly “you’re going to be someone important someday”    and sometimes i just remember that and cry
  • when i was seventeen (oh look that’s this same year) some of my guy friends were talking and i heard one of them say “well you could ask hana to make you a sandwich” and i looked up and they all turned and looked at me and the hungry kid in question turned white and they all shook their heads and stepped away and then the one who suggested it nodded thoughtfully and said “yeah no i wouldn’t bet money on anyone surviving that”
  • those are two of my most important moments yes
  • this is a terrible list thank u for reading it

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Dannielle & Kristin compiled a list of “7 Things That Did Not Turn Your Kid Gay” on The Parents Project. Read the full article HERE

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 TOP 10 AUTUMN READING LIST 2014

Autumn has arrived right on time. Nothing reminds us more about autumn than the shuffling of orange, crispy leaves on the floor, Halloween marathons on TV, and the smell of unopened books. And if the smell of books isn’t your thing, don’t stress. Your tablet has inevitably become your new best friend. Autumn is in fact the ideal time to read a new book. There is nothing cozier and heart-warming than snuggling with a warm blanket on your favorite spot at home with a new friend. Below we have a list of interesting reads, in no particular order, to check out for your next quiet night in. 

The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell

David Mitchell’s The Bone Clocks is nothing short of epic. Holly Skyes is an atypical teenager. She is a magnet for psychic phenomena. She runs away from home only to open a mysterious vortex oozing with humor, fear and danger. Holly engages in a decade war between the immortals. We visit all phases of her life: past, present and future. Mitchell proves to be one of the most fascinating and genre bending writers of our generation.

Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss [Publishes October 28]

Auri is a mysterious young woman living in an even more mysterious and haunting world. Proven to be one of the most enigmatic characters in The Kingkiller Chronicle, Rothfussoffers us a glimpse into Auri’s life. She lives in a dark place called the Underthing. It is filled with ancient tunnels and abandoned rooms. Beautifully and lyrically written, Auri’s life introduces us a secret world only she knows. 

A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing by Eimear McBride

McBride’s debut, A Girl is a Half-Formed, is a fist to the heart and gut. It tells the story of a young woman’s relationship with her brother. Her brother suffers from brain damage, which emotionally over-exhausts their existence. McBride weaves in topics of family violence, sexuality and personal struggle. The most breathtaking quality of the novel is her prose. Written in a broken stream of consciousness, it reveals intimate and distressing thoughts. 

Stone Mattress by Margaret Atwood

Stone Mattress is Margaret Atwood’s first short story collection in eight years. This is music to your ears if you are an Atwood fan. Written with charm and obscurity, this is as enticing as the rest of her work. 

Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult

Jodi Picoult’s highly anticipated new novel does not disappoint. A book like she has never written before, Leaving Time introduces a seamlessly weaved story of the disappearance of Jenna Metcalf’s mother, Alice. Jenna refuses to believe that she was abandoned by her mother and tirelessly searches for evidence. Her mother, once a scientist who observed grief found in elephants, wrote every detail of her scientific work in her journal. This journal provides Alice with the clue she needs. Don’t be thrown off by the connection, we promise this is Picoult’s most powerful story yet. 

Revival by Stephen King [Publishes November 11]

In the early 1960s, in a typical New England town a shadow is casted over a small boy playing with his toys. Jamie Norton, the minister of the town transforms the local church. Jamie was once a free man, who lived a rock and roll type of life: he was a nomadic musician addicted to heroine. His partner in crime was his friend Charles Jacobs. The minute Charles and Jamie reunite after years, things go sour. Their bond is an evil source. Revival is profoundly disturbing and has been labeled as one of the most unpredictable and terrifying conclusions Stephen King has ever written. It is a masterpiece. 

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Emily St. John Mandel will take you on one of the best well-crafted post-apocalyptic journeys of the year year. She tells the story of the adventures of eccentric artists: from band players, play writers, actors and musicians, who travel the world to maintain culture and art alive after a castrotophic disease has eliminated almost all civilization. Strange, and poetically written, Mandel does an exquisite job in pointing out the beauty and significance of art. 

How to Build a Girl: A Novel  by Caitlin Moran

In the same spirit of her quirky, feminist memoir, How to Be a Woman, Caitlin Moran explicitly tackles the realities of growing up a teenage girl. Her voice is brash and honest. No topic from masturbation, to identity and music are left out. It is hilarious and outspoken. 

You by Caroline Kepnes

In You, Caroline Kepnes writes a story about a thrilling romance in a dark fashion. It is disturbing and unexpected. This is not your typical romance novel. Guinevere Becks stumbles into a bookstore one day, where Joe works. He is immediately smitten by her, Guinevere is his dream girl. She is beautiful, witty, strong, and the sexiest girl he has ever laid eyes on. To her surprise, Joe is also perfect for her. Their mutual obsession turns into a perverse passion. Think Gone Girl but with an unmarried couple. Despite the fact that it seems that both lovers were tailored made for each other, You is nothing short of creepy. We urge you to find out. 

Texts from Jane Eyre: And Other Conversations with Your Favorite Literary Characters by Mallory Ortberg [Publishes November 4]

This is a treat for all literature fans, especially classic lit lovers. What if Jane Eyre or even Jay Gatsby had unlimited texting? Ortberg’s book will have you LOLing at every page. She has fabricated imaginary conversations by our most recognized literary characters. We predict Gatsby would have sent Daisy at least 50 text messages a day. Just imagine if Mr. Rochester could text Jane Eyre, it would have been a passionate torture beyond belief.

[We hope we did not interrupt your day, but, frankly we can predict your excitement over each book once you read it. They are all true to their genre, but composed in a uniquely beautiful standard. They are far from boring and perfect to keep you company in the upcoming winter days. Let us know if you have read any of these yet or which ones you plan to read!] 

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It’s time for the top 15 monthly fics for the month of September! I’m a bit behind, but here’s a list of the top 15 College fics. *I’ll make you a brownie if you get why that picture and font were used* These are in no particular order! Suggestions for fics for next month’s theme (“really long 75k+ fics to get you through fall break”) are open now. Happy reading!

As always, you can find other themed fics here.

No Homo *** (Complete: 84,064: Explicit)

Stiles’ sophomore year starts something like this:
3 FourLokos
+ 1 peer-pressuring cat
- 1 best bro to end all best bros
= 1 Craigslist ad headline that reads “str8 dude - m4m - strictly platonic”.
Derek is the fool who replies.

The Chemistry Between Us *** (oneshot: 26,041: Explicit)

Meeting Derek Hale wasn’t special, or frightening, or any of the other things everyone had made it out to be. It was, actually, pretty much the opposite. Stiles didn’t even realize the guy was Derek Hale until the moment had passed. Derek: the most infamous student at Beacon Hills University. Stiles: the freshman who falls for him anyway. Awkward encounters, concerned friends, and lots of not-so-casual sex ensue. (A ‘fuckbuddies to lovers’ college AU.)

The Company I Keep *** (Complete: 67,551: Explicit)

Stiles has a favorite table at the library. Then some asshole comes along and steals it from him.

Howlin’ For You (oneshot: 33,050: Explicit)

A college AU with strippers, crime bosses, and a mystery to solve.

Game On (oneshot: 6,393: Teen)

Derek first sees him from across the quad four days into fall semester. He’s sitting on one of the long benches, a marker pen in his mouth, grinning at something the kid lounging on the bench beside him is saying. When he laughs properly he pulls the pen out and throws his head back, his neck a long, lean line Derek is entranced by. He flicks the page in his book and highlights something, tossing the cap up in the air and catching it with his teeth.

Losers (Complete: 34,234: Mature)

Where Derek is new to college, eager to spend his time learning, and Stiles is everything he didn’t want in a room mate. He’s loud, he’s into sports, and he keeps trying to make Derek do things.

Or, the one where Derek falls for a jock, Erica will cut you if you disturb her studying, and Jackson is a closeted romantic who pretends to hate everything.

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anonymous said:

Some quotes that make your heart ache a little bit every time?

Yes!

  • These words are red because you have touched me holy. - Gregory Sherl
  • Beautiful, sobbing, high-geared fucking and then to lie silently like deer tracks in the freshly-fallen snow beside the one you love. That’s all. - Richard Brautigan
  • Love, for you, is larger than the usual romantic love. It’s like a religion. it’s terrifying. No one will ever want to sleep with you. - Richard Siken 
  • Give me the kind of love that turns my past into an etch-a-sketch and shakes the broken out of me. - Shane Koyczan
  • Some things, once you’ve loved them, become yours forever. And if you try to let them go, they only circle back and return to you. They become a part of who you are, or they destroy you. - Kill Your Darlings
  • I taste the good and the bad in you and want them both. We call this bravery. - Anita Ofkanski 
  • I can even say it though only once and it won’t last: I want this. I want this. - Margaret Atwood
  • You have my permission not to love me. I am a cathedral of deadbolts, and I would rather burn myself down than change any of the locks. - Rachel McKibbens
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John Green Shares 18 of his favorite Novels That Were Not Bestsellers, But that You Should Read:

1. This Bloody Mary is the Last Thing I Own by Jonathan Rendall

2. One of Us by Alice Dreger

3. Round Ireland with a Fridge by Tony Hawks

4. The Unthinkable Thoughts of Jacob Green by Joshua Braff

5. Thirsty by MT Anderson

6. Boy Proof by Cecil Castellucci

7. Fly on the Wall by E Lockhart

8. The Untelling by Tayari Jones

9. The Golden Rule by Ilene Cooper

10. Show Way by Jacqueline Woodson

11. The Enormous Room by E. E. Cummings

12. Regarding the Pain of Others by Susan Sontag

13. Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather

14. This Blinding Absence of Light by Tahar Ben Jelloun

15. Kendra by Coe Booth

16. The Optimist’s Daughter by Eudora Welty

17. Will You Miss Me When I’m Gone: The Carter Family and their Legacy in American Music by Mark Zwonitzer

18. The Last Summer of Reason by Tahar Djaout

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1. Wear soft clothing. What’s good for the outside is good for the inside.

2. You will never forget about him. But it’s alright if you don’t think about him for days at a time.

3. Find your happy place. Know where or who it is you have to run to when the shadows come.

4. Say no. You cannot save everyone.

5. Keep the things that remind you of good times and good people. Everything else should be thrown away.

6. Discover yourself. Know your likes, dislikes, favorites. Find out what makes you unique. What makes you cry, what makes you wake up excited. If you don’t know yourself, then I promise you no one ever will.

7. Read many books. There is nothing in the world so amazing as opening a book and in a split second entering into a different world. Live in these worlds and cry in these worlds. You will be so much better for it.

8. Say nice things behind people’s backs. Gossip always gets around, and how wonderful for someone to find out you have been spreading love instead of hatred.

9. Eat all the foods. Food is probably the best thing about being alive.

10. Remember that you are not who you used to be nor who you will be. Everyday you are someone completely new. Keep shining.

—  I’m almost 23 and I have so much to learn.

anonymous said:

Looking for literary tattoo suggestions! I love your taste in writing, so any ideas?

Here are some of my favourite (tattoo-able) quotes (the ones in the bold are the ones I want.):

  • Arrow meet heart, apple meet Eve - Daphne Gottlieb
  • Does his love make your head spin? Does he know where your lips begin? - Keaton Henson
  • Girls who run with wolves aren’t here for boys to love - Pearl
  • You belong to me. I belong to you. Only God knows - Unknown
  • It’s still you. It’s still you. - Margaret Atwood
  • Be crumbled. So wild flowers will come up where you are. You have been stony for too many years, try something different. Surrender. - Rumi
  • Here’s to strong women. May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them. - Unknown
  • Don’t touch me if you don’t mean it - The War Boys
  • I am the sea and nobody owns me - Pippi Longstocking
  • Her fight and fury is fiery, oh but she loves, like sleep to the freezing - Hozier

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Things I’d do to meet taylorswift:

  • fly across the country or world
  • skip school and work
  • stay up all night
  • spend all my money
  • completely embarrass myself
  • step on a hundred nails
  • dance through a fire
  • disown my family
  • OKAY this might’ve gone a little far BUT I WANT IT SO BAD
F. Scott Fitzgerald Creates a List of 22 Essential Books, 1936

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In 1936 — perhaps the darkest year of his life — F. Scott Fitzgerald was convalescing in a hotel in Asheville, North Carolina, when he offered his nurse a list of 22 books he thought were essential reading. The list, above, is written in the nurse’s hand.

Fitzgerald had moved into Asheville’s Grove Park Inn that April after transferring his wife Zelda, a psychiatric patient, to nearby Highland Hospital. It was the same month that Esquire published his essay “The Crack Up”, in which he confessed to a growing awareness that

“my life had been a drawing on resources that I did not possess, that I had been mortgaging myself physically and spiritually up to the hilt.”

Fitzgerald’s financial and drinking problems had reached a critical stage. That summer he fractured his shoulder while diving into the hotel swimming pool, and sometime later, according to Michael Cody at the University of South Carolina’s Fitzgerald Web site, “he fired a revolver in a suicide threat, after which the hotel refused to let him stay without a nurse. He was attended thereafter by Dorothy Richardson, whose chief duties were to provide him company and try to keep him from drinking too much. In typical Fitzgerald fashion, he developed a friendship with Miss Richardson and attempted to educate her by providing her with a reading list.”

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list of things i do to keep going when a day is rly hard

  • get my head wet. this could include having a cold shower or just dumping a bucket of water over my head or sticking it under the tap, whatever!! water turns the page
  • turn on a fan to a high setting and lie under it for ten minutes. do nothing.
  • change underwear, MAKES U FEEL LIKE A DIFFERENT PERSON
  • watering my plants helps? who knows why
  • twirl or pretend to be an airplane as you’re going somewhere. started doing this with my class of lil kids i teach and now i can’t stop, def helps tho
  • listen to really old jammy hip hop about being in charge of the world. get yr groove on and also ur confidence, 10/10 mood booster
  • drink vanilla milk. vanilla milk is sunshine it will put cool sunshine inside of you. you can do anything after drinking some vanilla milk. (substitutes include: chocolate milk, vanilla yoghurt)
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