emailing newspapers


100 Acts of Resistance

The first 100 days of Trump regime is critical and where he has the best chances to push for his agenda in the next four years. In townhalls I’ve attended and questions i see people always ask online is wanting specific directions and what concrete things can we do to resist Trump and GOP.

Below are 100 basic action items you can take to resist the Trump and GOP agenda in his first 100 days and in the next four years. These generic action items can be applied to take action on any current issue or on any specific issue you’ve been passionate about for a long time. 

While it’s encouraged to do as many of these as you can, especially in Trump’s first 100 days, the point of the list is to give you different options on actions you can take that will fit within your time and abilities, and it is by no means exhaustive. The goal is to motivate you to take an action no matter how small, and hopefully provide a jumpstart to take bolder actions in resisting fascism: 

  1. Follow all your representatives on social media, esp on Twitter and Facebook
  2. Save all the numbers of your elected officials on your phone & designate a schedule within your day or week to call them
  3. Visit your elected officials’ website, subscribe to their newsletter/events calendar/follow their bills
  4. Call your Senator #1
  5. Call your Senator #2
  6. Call the Senate Leader (Mitch McConnell)
  7. Call your Congressperson
  8. Call the House Speaker (Paul Ryan)
  9. Call the VP office (Mike Pence)
  10. Call the White House Call Donald Trump Hotels
  11. Call your Governor
  12. Call your Mayor/County Executive
  13. Call your City/County Council Member
  14. Call your State Senator
  15. Call your State Representative
  16. Write* your Senator #1
  17. Write* your Senator #2
  18. Write* your Congressperson
  19. Write* your Governor
  20. Write* your Mayor/County Executive
  21. Write* your City/County Council Member
  22. Write* your State Senator
  23. Write* your State Representative
  24. Write the House Speaker
  25. Write the Senate Leader
  26. Write the VP office
  27. Write the White House
  28. After initial letter or call, follow up with your elected officials
  29. Write letters to editors of local newspapers
  30. Attend a protest in your area
  31. Plan/organize a protest in your area
  32. Attend a townhall (with your representatives)
  33. Attend a city/county council meeting
  34. Attend a legislative hearing
  35. Attend a school board meeting
  36. Attend your rep’s public event
  37. Attend a neighborhood community meeting (esp with law enforcement)
  38. Attend a community event (with community leaders & grassroots orgs)
  39. Participate in a community conference call/grassroots webinar
  40. Plan/Host a community event
  41. Sign a petition
  42. Get at least five other people to sign a petition
  43. Start a petition on a local issue
  44. Invite a friend to participate in a protest
  45. Invite a friend to attend a townhall
  46. Invite a friend to a community event
  47. Invite a friend to community call/grassroots webinar
  48. Get a friend to write a letter to the editor of a local paper
  49. Get at least one friend or family member to call/write their elected official, esp those with GOP reps
  50. Schedule a meeting with one of your elected officials
  51. Read and Share news articles (help spread facts, not propaganda news!)
  52. Follow reputable journalists on social media, esp on Twitter & FB
  53. Follow local, regional and national newspapers on social media
  54. Follow government agencies on social media
  55. Follow activists on social media
  56. Follow civil rights organizations on social media
  57. Subscribe to text alerts and newsletters from civil rights organizations
  58. Participate in an online campaign to spread public awareness or get attention of Congress
  59. Volunteer for local affiliates of nationwide civil rights organizations
  60. Volunteer for local democratic party
  61. Volunteer for a local progressive organization
  62. Volunteer in a political campaign
  63. Volunteer for a local community service project (
  64. Volunteer for a civil rights organization (local & national)
  65. Volunteer for an immigrant and refugee organization (local & international)
  66. Volunteer for an LGBT rights organization (local & national)
  67. Volunteer for reproductive rights organization (local & national)
  68. Volunteer for a healthcare/public health organization (local & national)
  69. Volunteer for an anti-poverty/hunger organization (domestic or international)
  70. Volunteer for an anti-homeless organization (local & national)
  71. Volunteer for an anti-trafficking/anti-slavery organization (domestic & int’l)
  72. Volunteer for an humanitarian organization (domestic or international)
  73. Volunteer for a voting rights organization (local & national)
  74. Volunteer for a veterans organization (local & national)
  75. Volunteer for a disabilities organization (local & national)
  76. Volunteer for a climate change organization (domestic & international)
  77. Volunteer for a non-partisan organization (local or international)
  78. Volunteer for a non-governmental organization of your choosing
  79. Donate to a civil rights organization (local & national)
  80. Donate to an immigrant and refugee organization (local & international)
  81. Donate to an LGBT rights organization (local & national)
  82. Donate to a reproductive rights organization (local & national)
  83. Donate to a healthcare/public health organization (local & national)
  84. Donate to an anti-poverty/hunger organization (domestic or international)
  85. Donate to an anti-homelessness organization (local & national)
  86. Donate to an anti-trafficking/anti-slavery organization (domestic & int’l)
  87. Donate to an humanitarian organization (domestic or international)
  88. Donate to a voting rights organization (local & national)
  89. Donate to a veterans organization (local & national)
  90. Donate to a disabilities organization (local & national)
  91. Donate to a climate change organization (domestic & international)
  92. Donate to a non-partisan organization (local or international)
  93. Donate to a non-governmental organization of your choosing
  94. Donate to a local democratic party
  95. Donate to a political campaign
  96. Register to Vote
  97. Get at least one friend or family member to register to vote
  98. Vote on municipal, state and national elections
  99. Get at least one friend or family member to vote
  100. Run for office

*letters, postcards, fax, email, open letters on newspapers

aph-awesomeprussia  asked:

What are the stages of drafts? I'm trying to write my own book but I dont know how to draft properly and I feel like I'm gonna be stuck in a gutter if I don't know

Yesssssssssssssss someone finally asked it!!!

I’ve been waiting for the perfect opportunity to explain this and show everybody my inverted pyramid :D :D :D

I present, The Inverted Pyramid of Revising a Book

Now I’ll explain each section of the inverted pyramid:


  • This should be self-explanatory. You write the first draft. For novels, 75-150,000+ words of the world inside your head.


  • Go back and fix it all up. Did you tell the story you wanted to tell? Did you include scenes and events that add up to the conclusion you present?
  • Are there any unnecessary scenes you could delete, or scenes that are redundant to other scenes? Get rid of them. If this means entire chapters have to go, wave bye-bye.
  • Do your main characters have believable back stories and arcs, and do they act appropriately in character at all times?
  • Is there any point in time when your characters do something that they literally WOULD NOT DO? Change that up.


  • Now pay attention to the deeper aspects of the story. Delve into the world your characters live in. Do they react appropriately? Does any part of society influence them more than others?
  • What does your world look like? Delve into the setting. The cultures, the technology, the history.
  • Work with your secondary characters and how they interact with your main characters. What role do they serve overall? Does the main character’s journey affect them at all, or vice versa?
  • Tighten up plot points. Stay concise if possible.


  • Now that the major parts of your story have been patted down, you can begin focusing on the technical stuff. Start broad.
  • Do you have redundant sentences? Do you start multiple sentences the same way?
  • Throw in short sentences.
  • Drop the pronoun from the beginning of a sentence every now and then.
  • Use commas instead of ‘and’ if you find you use ‘and’ a lot.
  • Does the flow of sentences and paragraphs fit with the tone of the scene?
  • Chop sentences apart. Use quick, sharp words.
  • Or combine sentences and flowery language and soft words.


  • Now that you’ve really patted this thing down, find people willing to read your work (hopefully for free).
  • Ask them to point out inconsistencies. Are they confused by anything?
  • Beta readers can tell you when things are boring or exciting. They’ll laugh. They’ll fangirl. They’ll beg you for more chapters.
  • Your brain is soft from so much revising. Beta readers are fresh, and will pick out things you’ve glossed over from seeing it so many times.
  • Shake things up and host a video chat for you and your betas! It’s a great way to make friends :)


  • NOWWWWW you’ve finished all the major revisions and your story makes sense!!! All that’s left to do is get the broom and sweep it up (or the vacuum cleaner, or generate a black hole from the Large Hadron Collider to suck out all the errors because that’s super-effective**).
  • This is the nitty gritty stuff, and I highly recommend either forcing yourself to read really, really slow, or better yet, read your book out loud, start to finish.
  • You’ll trip up over misplaced commas and periods.
  • You’ll literally hear when a sentence is awkward.
  • Your brain will get confused when there’s a missing word.
  • Fill in the gaps, hammer down the boards, tidy up the place like you’ve got guests coming over.


  • OMG
  • OMG
  • OMG
  • Email the newspaper (I’ve appeared multiple times).
  • Email the local TV station (I’ve appeared on live TV).
  • Email book talk radio shows (I’ve had a Q&A for an hour on live radio).
  • ……..Marketing is hard.

I hope that helps!

N.B. **please do not ask CERN for permission to use the Large Hadron Collider to create black holes that suck out all the errors in your book. You’ll look silly, and you might destroy Earth in the process.

London tips pt.2: Theatre

Part of this series.

The basics:

What are prices like? Anywhere between 5 and 180 pounds for a standard seasonal show in central london. A fiver will get you standing at the Globe, but an Opera at the ROH could set you back 200 quid. An average west-end show will be between 30 and 90 pounds.

What’s the vibe - aka What do I wear? Anything you like, babe. London theatre is pretty laid back as a whole, so don’t fret if you didn’t bring your opera gloves. Any show will have its share of people in their full-on Sunday best, and people fresh from work, and people in trainers. You may have a gran in her pearl earrings on one side, and a teenager in a band shirt on the other side of you – approximate somewhere between that. All are welcome.

How do buy a ticket?

  1. In advance: If you live within reach of London/plan to be here for theatrical shenanigans, as soon as you hear about a play (an ad, an email, a newspaper article, rumour, anything) get online and get buying if you want the day and seat of your choice. You snooze you lose. The more popular things (read: anything with a celebrity) or the smaller venues (like the Donmar) can often sell out, or just sell out all the good seats. Those that don’t sell out may just leave you with the back rows if you don’t move fast. A simple google search will generally direct you to each theatre’s own distributor: this can be their own branded website, or sometimes one of the larger management companies like Nimax or Ambassadors theatre groups.
  2. The individual theatre’s street box office: I cannot stress this enough: If you are able to, GO IN PERSON. Rocking up at during business hours to the actual theatre you want to go to and speaking to the lil baby drama student on duty in the little glass booth will get you such treasure. Just tell them what you want, and hopefully they can help you out as see everything they have on their all-powerful booking screen and are generally sweethearts – on short notice this can be better than buying online, as theatres often have a volume of seats they only release on the day, and you can ask them for things like ‘do you have anything on a row-end/certain time/certain day/at this price’ or ‘can you sell me a standing ticket’ (for the sold out shows), or ‘where do I stand if I want to queue for returns’?.
  3. TKTS: if you wanna see the big hits (Phantom, Lion King, Book of Mormon etc), the jukebox vaudevilles (musicals based on movies, or based on ‘the songs of that popular band’), or the big celeb seasonal draws, then there’s a freestanding booth in Leicester Square called TKTS that is the big reputable ‘on-the-day’ discount seller for a lot of the big west-end crowd-pleasers. It’s on the south side of the square, and clearly-labelled TKTS. They do the big musicals and usually the west-end transfers of other theatres whose shows hit the big time (eg the NT will move its popular shows to a west end venue to clear their decks for more work at their main house, and allow them to run the play for longer) It’s same-day, so go ready with a free evening.

Rundown of the main theatres under the cut:

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The Samwell Irregulars

So I started a superhero AU. It can be found here on AO3

Also, below:

Honestly, Will should’ve known it was going to go wrong as soon as he woke up. His coffee maker broke and despite his master’s degree in mechanical engineering even he couldn’t fix it, which he hopes says more about the coffee maker than it does about him, and so he had to go to Starbucks which is never something anyone wants to do in a major city on a Monday morning. Added to the coffee problem, it’s Monday, and Mondays have been historically Not Awesome for him. Not to mention the fact it’s that Monday, the Monday his parents died, so he was already on edge before his coffee maker broke. His car wouldn’t start but he didn’t even have time to try and fix it because he’d spent so much time trying to fix the coffee maker, so he had to walk to Starbucks, and then take the T to work and so he smelled like public transportation, and his co-worker’s cologne is messing with his head and all in all, it’s just a shitty – albeit very normal – day.

A normal day at work for Will Poindexter is not a normal day at work for most people. But then again, most people don’t work at Samwell Inc. and they don’t share a lab with several particle physicists and biochemists and microbiologists and astrophysicists. Most people aren’t any of those things.

He’s pretty sure most people want to punch Derek Nurse in the face though, so they’ve got that in common.

“Would you stop?” he demands. It’s just like any day, which means that just like any given day, Derek is encroaching on his personal space and shifting his math calculations closer to Will’s station. He’s got half a mind to casually introduce Derek’s equations to the Bunsen burner at Justin’s station, but he’s pretty sure that would be crossing the line.

“Would I stop what?” Derek asks, smiling innocently at Will.

Will’s immediate mental response is “existing” but he doesn’t really mean it. Derek just bugs the shit out of him and there’s no one reason he can pinpoint. It could be the fact he’s an astrophysicist and likes to babble at whoever will listen about the fact the boundless unlimited universe is expanding into something, it could be the fact he always sits to close to Will’s station in their lab. Maybe it’s the hair.

Whatever the reason, Derek is Will’s chief annoyance.

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All right, I sent about thirty emails off to various newspapers and news shows/outlets–hell, even to people like Ellen Degeneres and Steve damn Harvey–to see if anyone would pick up the story of DID being misrepresented in The Crowded Room. We’ll see if anyone responds.

It was said that this story isn’t about us, we don’t need to be featured in an article or a guest on a show, this isn’t about US, it’s about helping people like us.

I know the movie won’t be out for a while yet, and that was mentioned in our email, but it’s good to get a jump on it. And it was asked that the story be released around the same time as the movie. So. We’ll see.

SO I got a little excited about the fact that the B&W ship was celebrating #2D2PP for being second in the Femslash poll. (How awesome is that! As Cerys Matthew’s once said “Coming second best is close to ideal”) Anyway I thought I’d try some fan art, something quick, on the computer, but then I wanted to make something real. SO I’ve spent way to much time cobbling this silly thing together from the New York Times. Myka is still wonky (I could not get that nose), though I think HG turned out OK. I just need to stop fussing and just put it up. Hope it’s slighlty enjoyable on some level, even for a laugh!

A Battle of Wits (better-holmes-and-deductions)


Lawliet took a sip of his coffee, staring at his computer screen. “Sherlock Holmes. British detective, hm? Let’s see if you’re as good as you say you are…”

He set his cup down on the table in front of him, before leaning forward to look at the website he’d found on Sherlock. He seemed so fake, using big words to make himself seem smarter… Not that he didn’t do that, it was hilarious to annoy those with an inferior mental capacity. 

Moments later, he’d already typed up a text message, sending it to the phone number listed.

Sherlock Holmes… Private detective, solver of various crimes which stumped the police. I challenge you to take my case, Holmes.

Your instructions are simple. A series of murders have recently taken place…

He listed details of the case he had already set up. Of course, he hadn’t mentioned that he was the one to create the case, the details carefully hand-picked by L himself.

After the Kira case, L had moved back to England, so once he located Sherlock’s house, he could easily hide cameras inside the home.

I fear I may be the next victim, Mr. Holmes.

L felt an amused smirk cross his lips as he clicked send.

Now, he just had to find out where this detective lived. He easily found an article about Sherlock from a local newspaper. He emailed the picture to himself, that way he could save the image on his phone for later reference. Hm… 221 Baker street.

He looked up the address in a new tab, screenshotted it, repeating the process and saving the map on his phone. Perfect.

A battle has begun, Mr. Holmes. 

And I intend to win.

With that, the detective packed up his laptop, walking out of his apartment.