a small piece of fiction

procrastination on the project proper has lead to a not WHOLLY implausible crossover between my novel (~10 yrs later) + amarguerite‘s (much better, finished!) novel about the 1830s paris music & theater scene.

here’s a google docs link for those who might be interested!

(eta: it’s also a continuation of a thing margz wrote for a writing meme a couple months ago, here!)

I was born in a valley with its name stolen
from England, a town of corn and cows,
one traffic light, the swagger of New York’s shadow
shattering against Vermont’s border, so though we are
muddy trucks I am also psalm by the river, we also get high
and climb the mountains to watch the sunset in glorious orange
over our homes. We dream of zombie apocalypse,
and whose place we’d first run to if we ever had to fight off infection
from something wanting to eat the life out of you. This fiction
so often a metaphor for your ironies weighing bodies with the whirl
of a whole planet’s gravity attempting to balance compassion
with savagery to teach an animal to love. If love meant give up
everything you were to nourish another’s breath, your God must
have embraced atheists as ready as death without the faith that
resurrects, what a trust in what you can’t see before it happens
closing fast ‘round the neck to bury your journey before you’ve
breathed the first step. Too many of us die young in a car crash,
most of us fucked up, some of us doing God’s work in an ice storm,
bringing sustenance to those closed in by the cold.
If this is a symbol for what we are, I love you All,
as long as you catch us after the fall, in the aftermath
of all our tragic woe bleeding past like a present
to the future we sow in the moment waiting for
our savior to grow from the soil we’ve tended,
from this kindness we know, as deep as thirst relieved
by the sky when it falls.
—  Cambridge, NY \ j.m.b.

I am so thankful and so happy that the first ever guy from my city in WWE is Neville.

To see how successful he’s been in his rise to the main roster, it just makes me beam with pride every time I see him perform, I’m so happy for him.

& my god I hope they don’t mess it up

anonymous asked:

You've probably already been asked, I apologise, but where are you from?

England! Its gross

Heeey, I’ll be writing up the next part of Flowers and Disasters soon, I have some ideas I’d like to turn into drabbles!

However I have AP exams as well as Science NECAPS along with other academic responsibilities to prepare for next week, so I don’t know if I can write this weekend or if it’ll have to be done after.

Regardless I have ideas and that probably means that I’ll be writing them soon! (Perhaps I’ll draw some stuff too… Y'know, to go along with these drabbles haha)

May 2, 2002
Slavery Purchased America’s Freedom: While the white Americans profit from slave trade, they actually benefited from the slave system to fund the war against England. As one historian put it, Americans actually purchased their freedom with products grown by slaves and then traded to the French during the War of Independence. Before the war, agricultural products such as rice, indigo, and tobacco all produced by enslaved Africans were America’s most valuable exports. Without the slave trade and slavery, America would never have been able to generate the wealth to gain its freedom from England, at least in the 1700s. As a member of the British Parliament acknowledged after the war. I know not why we should blush to confess slavery was an essential ingredient of American Independence.

Week 6: Cyber bullying and trolling

Donath (1999) described trolling as ‘a game about identity deception’, misleading other users into believing this that are not true about who you are and what you believe. Another version of trolling is tricking by providing false information or instructions. 

This form of trolling can also extend to posting links that do not go whether other users expect them to go, for example a link that has breaking or shocking news such as Australia has declared its independence from England and when you click on the link you are directed to the ‘troll face’ meme. Another example of this is a ‘rick roll’ which works with a similar idea but the link takes you to a YouTube video of Rick Astley’s ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’, this particular example of trolling has progressed further than simply taking the user to the YouTube video as many people say they can identify when they will be taken to the video. Wilson, Fuller and McCrea (2013) used the Urban Dictionary definition to explain that ‘your victim must not know that you are trolling; if he does, you are an unsuccessful troll’ which explains the adaptation to new methods of using this song as a device in trolling.

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What some parties consider trolling others consider cyber bullying. For example, Boyd (2014) found in her research that adults had a much wider understanding of bullying than teenagers did. Boyd explained that teen’s definition of bullying was similar to Dan Olweus’s definition that bullying has three main components, repetition, aggression and an imbalance of power. Whereas, adults that Boyd spoke about seemed to class any sort of harassment as bullying.

‘Celebrities read mean tweets’ on Jimmy Kimmel shows celebrities reading tweets that they have been tagged that are insulting towards them, the tweets are sent by ‘trolls’ or ‘haters’. 

The Canadian Safe School Network made the video ‘kids read mean tweets’ to campaign against cyber bullying. This video shows how under different circumstances the same action, posting a mean tweet about someone, can be trolling or it can be cyber bullying depending who the tweet is directed at and whether there is an imbalance of power as Olweus’s definition suggests.


Boyd d 2014, ‘Bullying: Is the Media Amplifying Meanness and Cruelty?’, in It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens, pp 128-52.

Donath JS 1999, Identity and deception in the virtual community. In: Smith MA and Kollock P (eds) Communities in Cyberspace. London, UK: Routledge, pp. 27–58.

Wilson J, Fuller G, Christian McCrea 2013, ‘Trolls and the Negative Space of the Internet’ The Fibreculture journal, issue 22.