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The Green Wiccan Herbal - Silja

Overall Score: 4.5/5
Is It Worth Buying: YES! One of my favourite beginner books. Why don’t more people rave about this?
Quick Overview: A joy. Don’t be fooled by the title; you don’t have to be Wiccan to get something good out of this book. Amazing for people who struggle to follow dense text filled tomes. I would suggest this to anyone interested in using herbs more in their practise.

I’d like to leave a note that these thoughts regard this book and this book alone. I am not aware of the strengths, weaknesses or actions of the author outside of this book, whether they are good or bad.

I love this book. Ok, now that we have that out of the way, this is why I love it. 

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Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera

Summary: Juliet Milagros Palante is leaving the Bronx and headed to Portland, Oregon. She just came out to her family and isn’t sure if her mom will ever speak to her again. But Juliet has a plan, sort of, one that’s going to help her figure out this whole “Puerto Rican lesbian” thing. She’s interning with the author of her favorite book: Harlowe Brisbane, the ultimate authority on feminism, women’s bodies, and other gay-sounding stuff. 

Will Juliet be able to figure out her life over the course of one magical summer? Is that even possible? Or is she running away from all the problems that seem too big to handle? 

With more questions than answers, Juliet takes on Portland, Harlowe, and most importantly, herself.

Thoughts: This is a character-driven book that follows Juliet’s journey as a lesbian Latina leaving the Bronx and navigating the white feminist world of Portland. If you are new to the world of feminism, queer activism, and intersectionality, this book is a great introduction - that also serves as a critique of the whiteness and cissexism in these communities. This book is a love letter to queer women of color, who so rarely see themselves authentically represented in media. If you are a white queer woman like me, this book is a must-read to reflect on our privilege and understand the importance of QPOC-only spaces.

If I haven’t already convinced you, there is also an adorable romance with a cute girl who works at the library and rides a motorcycle. Read this book!

Warnings: 

  • Sexual harassment
  • Homophobia from family
  • Racist and transphobic microaggressions from white feminists (that are critiqued)
  • A chapter on menstruation
  • Discussion of sexual assault and trauma
  • Use of queer as a reclaimed slur
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WHO IS BTS?| members and inside jokes

YESSSSS. great introduction for people to BTS ^^

Kouri rewatches Sense8, just because

Episode 1 highlights

  • “She can spin for a girl, can’t she?” “She can spin. Period.” I remember thinking Nyx was going to be so awesome, and he turned out to be the opposite of that.
  • I love how they make Lito look so freakin’ dramatic and badass in his first scene and then it’s like “nope, he’s actually a complete dork”.
  • Sun thinking about ripping this misogynist asshat’s dick off.
  • Lito humping the wall I’m crying
  • Wolfgang pissing on his father’s grave is a great introduction to his character  
  • That flashback scene with Nomi, Amanita, and the TERF is so awesome
  • Officer Strange~
  • Will saving the kid like – the writers thought it was a bit too obvious to just give him a shirt that said “100% cinnamon roll” so they went with this instead.
  • Wolfgang stopping in the middle of a robbery to watch Euro Talent  😂 😂 😂 😂
  • Wolfgang really loves music, I feel like there should be a scene with him and Riley bonding over music after they rescue him which they obviously will
  • Poor Riley just wanted to do some damned drugs, why does everybody make her life so hard
Pre-Code Hollywood recs courtesy of my blog

Originally posted by patriciadeville

The pre-code era was a period lasting roughly between 1929 to 1934 in which Hollywood censors was a thousand times more lax. Of course, the naughtiness is not the only thing which makes pre-code Hollywood interesting, as these films coincided with the advent of talkies and the cynicism brought on by the Great Depression. Many of them featured social commentary on the economy, the changing role of women in society, the sexual double standard, the lingering traumas inflicted by World War I, abuse of power within politics, and religious hypocrisy. If you’ve never delved into this period, here are some films I would recommend to get you started:

Baby Face (1933)

Barbara Stanwyck plays a destitute young woman who sleeps her way through the business world hierarchy in order to grasp power and money, the bare essentials of the American Dream—but does this guarantee happiness or even a stable future? A great introduction to just how much pre-code Hollywood could get away with as well as being a satirical look at the American values.

Island of Lost Souls (1932)

Once banned for being “against nature,” this cult horror film deals with science sans morality. The hot, sticky atmosphere and gross subject matter allow the film to remain scary even to a 21st century viewer.

The Divorcee (1930)

A thorough take down of the sexual double standard. When her husband casually cheats on her, a woman sleeps with his best friend to “balance the books.” At that, her allegedly liberal husband shows just how backward he is by claiming women are supposed to be better behaved than men, which leads to a nasty separation and numerous sexual escapades on the part of the wife. Even eighty-seven years onward, this film remains a mature look at marriage and sexuality, daring for its time and still touching today.

The Bitter Tea of General Yen (1933)

Amidst civil war and treachery, an American missionary and a Chinese warlord fall in love despite their differing philosophies (not to mention the whole race thing). While the theme of miscegenation might not be too controversial today, I imagine its heavy criticism of religion still would be. (Alas, the film’s argument for racial tolerance is undercut by the casting of the very white Nils Asther as the titular Chinese general, but it’s still a good film to check out, one of director Frank Capra’s best movies.)

The Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933)

A musical about out-of-work chorus girls trying to nab wealthy husbands. Aside from being very funny and naughty, the musical numbers are all superbly choreographed by Busby Berkley, culminating in “Remember My Forgotten Man,” a piece highlighting the plight of WWI veterans. (It also features the best way you could ever call someone a ho: “As long as they’ve got sidewalks, you’ve got a job!”)

Employees’ Entrance (1933)

Malcolm McDowell once said he felt movies before the 1970s did not have truly evil characters in the lead. He never watched Employees’ Entrance, a movie where the central figure is a corrupt, raping, heartless, tyrannical department store manager who not only never answers for his crimes, but is even presented as something of a heroic figure in the context of the Depression due to his opposing the insistence from the higher-ups that he lay off his lower level employees. Complete with suicide (both attempted and successful) and despair, this movie is kept from being unbearable with doses of comedy and lively direction.

beginner’s guide to horror movies

Okay, so you’ve seen a few scary movies and enjoyed them, and now you’re looking to expand your horror prowess. Maybe you’ve been reading/listening to a lot of creepypasta, and you feel like you’re ready to take the plunge. Or maybe you just have a feeling that you’d like horror, but have no idea where to start. 

I’ve been a huge fan of all things creepy and scary for years. I was just reading an article called, “Horror Gems You Haven’t Seen Yet” and realized that I actually had seen almost every film on the list, so I guess that makes me an expert. So, my new baby horror fans, allow me to introduce you to the genre.


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Boss!Harry AU - Part 1

So here’s part one of the Boss!Harry thing I’ve been working on recently. I’ve got more parts written for this that I’m working on and I think it’s a pretty great story that I’ve got planned. I hope you like it as much as I’ve liked working on it! Enjoy x

The storm is in full force outside with the rain hammering down against the windows of the loft space you had found weeks ago for the party. It was one of the first assignments Harry had given you, inviting you in to his office on your very first day and telling you that you were going to organise the biggest party the company had ever thrown…or at least this century. After the initial fear and the realisation that nobody was going to help you, you’d gone out of your way to find this place to prove yourself to him; the ceilings are high and the open upstairs looks over the main floor below, with two bars at either end of the room, and plush sofas and cushions around the outside.

The weather man had told you all for days ahead that the storm was coming and your boss had unexpectedly insisted that you brought your clothes in to work today so you could jump in to his car instead of going home beforehand. He was unusually nice to you, in comparison to everybody else, but you put it down to being new, and that maybe after a few months he’d start to treat you with same contempt he does others.

He’s so judgemental and moody all the time at work. Any attempt at a joke from the office gets a sarcastic laugh followed by silence and he never notices when anybody does anything right for him. If they do something wrong, however, they’d be lucky to make it to the end of the week without having one of their big projects taken away and be given to somebody else as punishment for being unable to complete something as simple as a brief for a meeting.

You clean up your face in the bathroom mirrors where your eye make has smudged a little from the downpour between leaving the car and entering the building. He was still a little rude by taking the umbrella for himself but the lift was a shock all on its own; any more and you’d have been asking too much of the world. The bathroom is cold without as many people’s body heat radiating like it is in the main room and you make the trip quick so as to avoid freezing to death, making your way back in to the party, mingling with the other guests.

“Drink?” A smiley Harry hands you an empty glass as he catches up with you heading towards the bar. He’s got an open bottle of champagne in his hand and a ‘you know you want one’ look on his face. You give him a small thanks as he fills the glass before you’ve even say yes, sliding a hand down to the small of your back afterwards, and gently escorting your to the bar. With his fingers lingering on your bare skin, you silently congratulate yourself at wearing the backless number that had been hanging on your bedroom door for a while, unworn until now.

It isn’t a crush - not really. There’s just something about him which makes you long for his attention and want to impress him all the time. Remembering his favourite coffee from the artisan coffee shop next door to the office earns you a smile each morning, making sure you arrange for all his meetings to finish by six each night seems to help in making him less grumpy with you than he is with everyone else, and staying late to help him out when he has too much work on his desk…well, that’s more for your enjoyment than his.

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Writing An Academic Essay (Tips & Advice)

1) Have a good great introduction - The most obvious make or break portion of your essay will be your thesis/opening statement. You want to sum up your entire essay in your intro so the reader will understand the basis of your essay beforehand. An introduction can range from one sentence to a whole paragraph- use what works best for your paper!

2) Transitions - You want your reader to smoothly go from one paragraph to another. For example, if you’re writing about food and say, “There are many components of food that make it so appetizing, such as flavor, appearance, and scent,” you want to go on to break down these components. Explain it. Use transition words.

Flavor makes food appealing because…

For example, the colorful aspects of candy draw in people by…

The smell that complements a big, juicy burger captures one’s attention through…

3) Layer your paragraphs - You want to use parallel structure throughout your paper and write evenly. If you have an opening sentence, three details, and a concluding sentence for each paragraph, make sure you keep that pattern for the rest of your essay. It creates a rhythm for the reader to follow and makes your essay more readable.

4) Be concise - Eliminate everything you think your essay doesn’t really need. Avoid being repetitive. The person reading your essay will most likely grow bored if you say “For example…” a lot or if you keep bringing up the same points. A thesaurus is handy in cases like these!

5) Make your conclusion memorable - Your conclusion should be what you expect the reader to get out of the information you supplied. “These aspects are important because…” Sum up everything in a few points. Your conclusion should be a reworded version of your introduction, but with extra details and finality. If you connect things in your essay in the end, it’ll make the reader go “Hmm, I understand,’’ but do not add anything that wasn’t originally in your essay. Remember- be concise!

Happy essay writing, and if you need any help or have a question, feel free to shoot me an ask! This is just a few basics but I’m considering going deeper with this in a few upcoming posts. Stay tuned!

Writing for Beginners

Anonymous asked: “I’ve been trying to get back into writing recently but realized I have no idea what I’m doing. Any advice for beginner writers?”

Of course! While I have a ton of different posts on plot, setting, creating characters, I don’t know that I have all that many to as a true introduction to writing. 

Some writers will firmly recommend taking classes on writing as a way in, while others I’ve met are firmly against this. I’ve taken classes both in academic and non-academic settings and while I feel I’ve benefitted from these experiences, I don’t really think they are a make or break thing in the world of fiction writing. If anything, classes only made me feel more confident about my writing. 

When you’re just starting out, you might have a story in mind and can’t wait to begin. There’s nothing wrong with that. This excitement is the reason any of us write. While there’s no harm in just writing and seeing where the story takes you, there are a few things I recommend considering: 

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Kinda Funny Live 2 has been uploaded to YouTube in it’s full capacity!

It has lots of Rooster Teeth family members in it:

  • Gus Sorola
  • Barbara Dunkelman
  • Geoff Ramsey
  • Michael Jones
  • Bruce Greene
  • Adam Kovic

Plus it’s just a really awesome show that Kinda Funny worked really hard on. Check it out when you have the time!

Also if this does well maybe Rooster Teeth will start uploading Let’s Play Live shows, maybe, so support the shit outta this. Plus, it’s also just a really great introduction to Kinda Funny if you’ve never watched them before.

Unfortunately it doesn’t seem watchable on certain platforms, so if it’s blocked for you try using a different device.

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BIBLIOPHILIC WITCH REVIEWS » Non-Fiction :: Witchcraft
Of Witchcraft and Whimsy by Rose Orriculum (@orriculum)

Of Witchcraft and Whimsy is a fantastic witchcraft 101 book. It gives a great introduction to many of the foundational basics of the practice, defines many terms not always covered in similar texts, and addresses many common misconceptions found in the more easily accessible publications out there. I will absolutely be recommending this book to many looking for a basic introduction of witchcraft along with my usual suggestions. Not only was the information sound, but the author repeatedly used inclusive language to shut down many discriminatory arguments found within the community while also reminding the reader to be respectful of closed traditions and of their local laws.

There were a handful of times I felt the author could`ve taken more time to go more in depth on certain topics. I think these same topics could have been better supported with sources or a “further reading list” to present why some of the misinformation often addressed and argued over within the community is incorrect. I also feel that a disclaimer should have been included at the beginning of this book outlining that when reading any occult book, including this one, the reader should always be critical and discerning.

Finally a note on being self-published and in e-book format. This book did not escape the basic self-publishing grammatical errors. There were several incorrect words such as “or” instead of “of”, missed capitalizations for new sentences, and a few sentences that need some editing to clarify the meaning and/or create better flow. I’m also very unsure how I feel about the use of links. If the reader is reading while connected to the internet this makes a much more interactive and informative experience, but an Internet connection is required and if the author changers their Tumblr URL or deletes their blog the book suddenly finds itself lacking where it depending on links to detail a topic.

★★★★✰

Cover from Amazon. Portrait from author’s blog.

Recommended Books for People Interested in Classics

Classics is the most important and interesting a really interesting subject, but it can also be incredibly overwhelming. Especially for people who just got interested. So here’s a little tip: Read a bit of everything, so you can find the area you’re truly interested in.

I will continue to update this list.

Note: I have placed the books in categories for easy reference 

Mythology:

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller - yes, I know, this is a fiction book. But it gives a great introduction to events in the Iliad - trust me, it’ll make much more sense if you read this first. 

Oh My Gods by Philip Freeman - this book is a really great place to start with mythology. It talks about both Greek and Roman myths, and even has the events of the Iliad, the Odyssey, and the Aeneid.

Rome:

SPQR by Mary Beard - where do I even begin with this book? It’s flawlessly written, and contains so much brilliant information. And it covers so much of Rome’s history! It also discusses daily life, the economy, and religion, among other things. Just. Read this. 

The Twelve Caesars by Suetonius - people say he reads like a gossipy tabloid, which is kind of true, but even with all of that, I really enjoyed this. It contains so much information about the first twelve emperors of Rome. 

The Death of Caesar by Barry Strauss - although it isn’t quite as beautifully written as Mary Beard’s work, it definitely gets its point across. This book talks all about Julius Caesar, his allies and enemies, and the transition between Republic and Empire.

Horrible Histories: Rotten Romans - the title is a bit misleading, because the Romans aren’t rotten (don’t listen to me I’m very biased) - I know this is a bit childish, but it’s actually a great book! It gives a great overview of the Romans, if you ask me. 

The First Man in Rome by Colleen McCullough - this is the first book in the Masters of Rome series, which is one of my absolute favourites. It covers a large span of history - from the time of Gaius Marius (Republic), to the time of Julius Caesar. Along with being such a fantastic series, it gives you a lot of insight into daily Roman life. 

Greece:

Ancient Greece by Robert Garland - this book is probably the only book on ancient Greece I own. It has so much information about so many things - from whether the Greeks believed their own myths, to the role of women, to a timeline of ancient Greek history. It’s just so, incredibly comprehensive. 

Note: these are the books that I personally recommend. Not everyone is going to agree with this list. 

If you have any questions, or book recommendations for me, feel free to message me! 

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The introduction went great!!! She heard the orphans cry and immediately came over to check on them. She sniffed them, gave them kisses, and then looked around as if to wonder how they got out of the nursing box. LOL She seemed a little confused about the extra commotion to find nipples, but she settled right in with her blended litter. 4 are hers and 3 are orphans whose mother was killed by a coyote a few days ago. #catstagram #catsofinstagram #dilutecalico #calico #gingercat #tabby #tuxedocat #adoptdontshop #kitten #kittens #kittensofinstagram #orphankitten #bottlebaby

2017 GIVEAWAY

Hi everyone! I’m not great at introductions so let’s just jump right into the giveaway.

ONE WINNER WILL RECEIVE:

In Transit
Shuffle Along
Dear Even Hansen (OBC)
Waitress (OBC)
Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812 (OBC)
Falsettos (2016 Revival)
The Humans
Hamilton (OBC w/ Rory O’Malley)

RULES:

  1. You must be following this blog @stephaniebaeblock
  2. To enter, you must reblog this post.
  3. You may reblog as many times as you want (but please be kind to your followers lol)
  4. This giveaway is international!

The winner will be contacted through chat (not the ask box) and will have 48 hours to respond.

THIS GIVEAWAY ENDS WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 11TH, 2017 AT 5PM PST

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nerddaydreamer18  asked:

Hi @ohtze! I love your Star Wars meta & am particularly intrigued by "Death and the Maiden." Do you have any book recommendations to learn more about literary tropes? Also, what are some of your favorite books of all time? Thanks!!

Re tropes: nothing off the top of my head that I would personally recommend. It always tends to be talked about as part of a larger body of work, rather than the main topic? I’d definitely read anything on archetypal literary criticism, though.

Honestly if you’re looking for an easy-to-use, tropes-all-in-one-place compendium, tvtropes.org works. It’s not classical archetype-oriented, but it’s a great introduction to modern/pop-cultural artifacts.

Favorite books of all time (genre is in brackets):

  • The Darkangel Trilogy, by Meredith Ann Pierce (dark science fantasy/tragic romance, sO GOOD OH GOD I THIRST I CRAVE SO FORMATIVE ON MY MIND I’M SHAKING)
  • The Silver Metal Lover, by Tanith Lee (dark science fantasy, robot fucking everywhere)
  • Silmarillion, The Hobbit, and Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien (epic fantasy, Elves Making Stupid Decisions™)
  • Dune, by Frank Herbert (science fantasy, #my aesthetic)
  • The Foundation Trilogy by Isaac Asimov (science fiction, excellent world-building, terrible female characters. Like, all three of them. In a story spanning hundreds of thousands of years)
  • Memory, Sorrow & Thorn Trilogy by Tad Williams (epic fantasy, precursor to the “Game of Thrones” style of fantasy. If you’re looking for a nice mix between Tolkien and G.R.R. Martin, this is it)
  • Lady of the Forest, by Jennifer Roberson (historical romance, retelling of the Robin Hood and Maid Marian legend. Shameless fluff, but well written)
  • Flowers in the Attic, by V.C. Andrews (”family drama.” Incest. Incest everywhere)
  • The Chalice and the Blade, by Glenna Mcreynolds (pornographic historical romance. High-key medieval smut between former-male-escort-turned-Danish-sorcerer and Welsh magical-girl-destined-to-do-the-deed-on-the-Wild-Hunt. I shit you not)
  • This vampire novel set in Toronto, Ontario that was really good but for the life of me I can’t remember the name, it’s been ages

There’s more, but I’m forgetting the names. It’ll come to me eventually.