Not Poignant
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Everyday Sexism began as a social media project, when the author shared her experiences with street harassment. Soon, she was getting millions of tweets and retweets from other women around the world sharing their stories of sexual harassment, discrimination, and assault. Bates shares some of these stories in the book but also offers inspiration toward a real change in the normalization of sexism in our world.

“Often shocking, sometimes amusing and always poignant, everyday sexism is a protest against inequality and a manifesto for change.” (Barnes and Noble)

“You may think you’re familiar with the facts in Everyday Sexism. But nothing can prepare you for the emotional punch of hearing the stories of so many real women, from so many backgrounds, each struggling in a world that refuses to see them as fully human. Laura Bates deftly makes visible the spider web of oppression that holds us back and binds us all together.” (Jaclyn Friedman, co-author of Yes Means Yes: Visions of Female Sexual Power and a World Without Rape)

i hate advocating for the deaths of the mason children, but i feel like the whole one of them comes running looking devastated and tom comes back and does the dornia resurrection thing to them would have been more poignant if hal had been hit by the shrapnel, or ben’s spikes had exploded, or matt had been caught in the attack by that espheni hatchling. like everything would have been so much more significant, including pope’s return and realization that seeing one of the mason boys dead didn’t bring him any satisfaction at all

September’s Members of the Month are [all true treasures in the Fitzsimmons fandom]:

  • agent-85: This talented, detail-oriented shipper has written a handful of multi-chaptered fics and many wonderful one shots (including a Star Trek AU!) that are tear-inducing in several ways. On top of that, she gives insightful meta and is overall a huge sweetheart 
  • eclecticmuses: This extremely well-rounded gal not only makes lovely gifs and writes great fic, but also is an incredible fanartist! She’s made some really poignant and amazing drawings of Fitzsimmons that will simply make your heart flutter. Definitely check her out!
  • widowshulk: One of the most resilient members of our fandom! She is always working on something and makes lots of beautiful edits every day. If that weren’t enough, she’s a great writer who takes simple
    prompts and creates engaging stories. This sweetheart is absolutely worth getting to know!
  • somefitzsimmonsfan: There are few people sweeter than this girl, one of the hearts of the Fitzsimmons fandom! Her big heart is only surpassed by her even larger talent. She writes fanfic, makes gifs, and contributes some fantastic meta for all of us to think about. If you don’t already know her, she’s one you should follow.
  • interstellaroswin: This creator makes amazing art—if you’re looking for AU gifsets, look no further! Or maybe you want to listen to some songs that make you cry about Fitzsimmons—she puts together fantastic fanmixes, an underappreciated gift. She is incredibly skilled and we are so lucky to have her in our fandom. 

Disclaimer: There are many amazing members in this network; unfortunately we  only pick five a month to promote, and it’s a really complicated picking process (a lot of which involves randomization to be fair). Everyone will definitely get a chance to be promo-ed, so please please do not take it personally if you are not yet. Your time will come.

01.09.15 // Now that I’ve submitted my final essay and my dissertation, I have officially completed my Masters degree! It’s been a long, gruelling year and the intensity of a 12-month academic year has definitely been a challenge! However, I’m really glad it’s all out of the way as I can now finally focus on my GAMSAT next week. It’ll be strange to be out of academia this year, and even weirder not to have to constantly write essays and stay on top of reading every week! Anyway, I thought I would commemorate this moment by posting this photo that I took whilst on campus yesterday. There’s no real meaning behind it, but I’m sure you can attach some sort of symbolism to this to make it more poignant than it is. However, I won’t be doing that because I’m officially taking off my English Literature hat! 

kammy-keets asked:

#1, #3, #9, #13 for the writing meme?

  • 1. Describe yourself how you would describe a character you’re introducing

    If you would look to your left, you will see a gross blob. It is vaguely human shaped and attempts to communicate with humans, to evoke emotions and, sometimes, to befriend. However, due to its inability to understand the complex friendship rituals that homo sapiens engage in, it is unable to be successful in any of its endeavors.

    However, even if it fails convey to everything else, it hopes that you will all at least be kind to one another.

  • 3. What is your absolute favorite kind of fic to write?

    I really enjoy a good cry, I find it cathartic and freeing, really. So if it’s emotionally moving, that’s a plus. But honestly, my favorite thing is trying to put myself in another character’s point of view. I think it’s why I enjoy writing in second person so much –it feels more poignant, more visceral? A character’s mental and emotional landscape is my favorite sandbox to play in. I think that’s why everything I write tends to be (very) third person limited. 

  • 9. Do you ever have plans to write anything other than fic?

    Well –yes, no? I have very few original characters and even fewer plots, but there is one that I consider my baby. If I were to ever write anything that even borders on original fiction, it would be that.

    If you’re curious for the plot, check under the cut. 8]

  • 13. Favorite fic from another author?

    This was so tough, since this implies one. The fic with the best plot, with the best characterization, best prose? Or maybe the one that I felt had the greatest impact on me, changed my life?

    Overall, I’d go with The Thirteen Letters, by dropddeaddream and WhatAreFears.

    But I feel it’s worth mentioning rahndom. I hope this doesn’t embarrass her greatly, and I can’t even remember the fic, I was maybe 10 when I read it, but it was so influential that, over 10 years later, I still remember the writer. I remember being so in awe, thinking, ‘Wow, one day, I’d like to write like that.’ I think, part of the reason why I write at all is due to writers like Rahn, from way back when I was a baby child, so. Shout out to Rahn and your super old fics that were probably erased from the internet. Even if what I say and what you wrote back then embarrasses you, they were a very formative part of my childhood and they hold a very special place in my heart!

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soooo guys.. I give you the first two and a half minutes (or so) of FTDWR in storyboard form. If it were like… animated or something.

Unfortunately I have absolutely no skills when it comes to animating so yeah… storyboard it is. Plintoon I don’t know how you do it, it’s freakin awesome.

It’s really just sort of an opening-credits-thing-to-the-tune-of-Sisyphus rising’s-lovely-Frost-Ballad but whatevers. enjoy! 

EDIT: I posted the storyboard on youtube as well since people are having trouble getting it to load. I put the link on my tumblr. Hope it helps!

Gift fic for miss Trish, based on her highschool AU art.



Meanwhile this fic is 4000 words of pure PWP and is strongly, strongly, STRONGLY NSFW. Hey look enjoy a standalone fic that isn’t connected to any other universe!

Also really not fucking edited.


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Happy Poigdom week everybody! Here is an entry for Friday’s Batteries Prompt! I wanted to upload it SO BADLY on Friday but I was experiencing wifi troubles and was detained. :(

Anywho! I did a comedic storyboard starring Augus and the very first time he meets Ash ever! boy oh boy XD! It’s entitled “Arriving Unannounced”

Basically it’s just a big compilation of Ash being a dork, Augus putting up with Ash’s endless shenanigans, and basically both of them doing cute fluffy things that neither of them would normally be caught dead doing ;P characters may or may not be accurately represented at certain points. yeah, it’s just absolute ridiculousness.

annnnnnd here is the youtube link! :D