in pursuit of the common good

Day One Hundred and Twenty-Seven

-After a lengthy medical leave, I have once more donned my red and khaki and returned to my rightful place at the register. I find the store much the same as it always was. An unsettlingly muggy climate. The aisles, bustling with guests from every demographic, all united in the common pursuit of the best deals. An inescapable air of mystery and ripe infant following wherever you go. It is good to be back.

-A man in his fifties returned twenty-five unopened Hot Wheels cars. I wish that I know what could have gone so, so very wrong.

-An elderly pair of women purchase Minions toothpaste, a Minions toothbrush, and a Minions board game. Their passion leaves me certain that they are not gifts. Their choice of passion leaves me wondering one thing: Why?

-I listened on as a trio of grade school girls gathered to discuss having watched the notoriously family-friendly smash hit, Deadpool. At first, I believed them to be bluffing, however they went into such detail that I came to realize that the nine year-olds were actual consumers of this movie. The three have proven themselves to possess only the hardest of cores and are not to be trifled with.

-A young man came through sporting a shirt which showed him to be a member of the local hammer wrestling team. I have never heard of any such sport, but if it is at all like how it sounds, I am very interested.

-The Hot Wheels man approached my lane to purchase more of the same cars he had just returned. He only picked up half as many cars this time around, however. This man has been hurt before, so I am glad to see him being careful moving forward.

-Rather than the normal affirmative of “Okey-dokey,” a woman crafted her own, replying to her total with a confident, “Obi-Kobe.” Once I establish my Hammer Wrestling team, I have now been inspired to start up a Jedi Basketball club.

-A toddler screamed and cried and kicked and fought when the ball he had been clutching, a blue orb much larger than he himself, was taken away. The tyke refused to calm down until it was once again safely in his keeping. I am glad to see such a wise child, so proficient at prioritizing. After all, it is never too early to learn that ball is life.

Some (Of The Many) Things I Love About Daisy Johnson

She’s Agents of SHIELD’s Steve Rogers (But Better)

It’s simply inspiring to see a female character (and a woman of color on top) that gets the same treatment as male heroes get: Agents of SHIELD is her origin story, the mythology of the show revolves around her, she is the moral and emotional center of the narrative, and she is conceived as a Captain America type, a character to look up to, a character who inspires, a character who trusts her instincts about knowing right from wrong, and doesn’t hesitate to do anything in pursuit of that goal. She un unmovable in her drive for truth, justice and protection for the oppressed. She’s a badass, but not just because of her world-destroying powers or her amazing fighting skills, but for what she represents. That’s unusual in a female character, but AoS treats Daisy like the Marvel movies treat Steve Rogers (except she is way better).

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Hey, y’all.

So, it’s been months since I’ve made a post like this, and with the between-expansions lull, I’ve found it difficult to really keep me playing. Thus, I want to RP more.

First, some things about me: I’ve got over 10 years experience in RP. I’m a writer by hobby and profession; every day, I take time out to write and create, be it creative pursuits, journalism, and more. I’ve got a strict separation of IC and OOC, and am quite workable with schedules and real life and such- as any of my RP partners can attest.

I like to chat a lot OOC- however, I do have severe social anxiety, and trouble reaching out and connecting. Small talk is not common (but I’m a huge fucking memer at times). Respect is always at the forefront of my mind, and I want to make sure all of us have a good time.
I prefer in-game RP, by far. That said, I am open to RP over chat- Discord would be the preferred method. I’m also open to RP over tumblr asks, so always feel free to jump in my inbox.

I also am more than fine with pre-established relationships, some more mature themes, and the like. While sexual-oriented RP is not out of the question, understand that I only do it with people that I have spoken with for an extended period, and establish understanding with out of character.

Beneath the cut, you’ll find information on my characters A’rihnn Tia, Charlotte Corwell, Ransetsu Tachikake, and Anhe (IGN: Anhe Donia). All of these characters are on the Balmung server.

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A political aside

To the representatives, congressmen, senators, and elected or appointed officials…

If, when your constituents demonstrate their anger and reproach, your first defense is to contradict their assertions that they pay you to perform a task and say “I’ve made enough money to be fine. I don’t need the salary. I don’t see this as a career. I do this as a service”…

You need to step down. Immediately. And everyone listening to that needs to demand that this person step down. Public service is for the common good, and your responsibility and accountability is to the masses whether or not you’ve “made money” at it. The purpose of a philosophical deed is to gain understanding and progress in pursuit of an ideal. If you ever thought that the purpose of politics was to make money or accrue power and you never should’ve run in the first place. To see you stand there now and bitingly resign yourself to the notion that you’ll never make money at it and so are obligated to arbitrarily dispense your own opinion as an edict, fills me with rage. Your purpose is not to see your mind as an EXEMPLAR of your constituency. Your purpose is to make YOUR ACTIONS an averaging, tempered by your experiences and feelings, of the needs and opinions of your constituency. You are not given carte blanche to use your own opinions in stead of theirs. Nor are you allowed to pursue your own interests as theirs.

What the hell do you think this is? You haven’t the faintest idea of “service”.

To the idiots at FOX who play country western songs glorifying wholesale slaughter and chirp on and on about how much fun they’re having watching bombs explode in enemy territory…

Shame on you.

War is never glorious. It’s never triumphant. Those who have been through it know this to be true. There is no “success” or “progress” in being forced to kill a person to eliminate their ideas. There is nothing but sorrow and disappointment in that. If your archetype, your idea, your Philosophy is so perfect then it will be impossible to distill or alter any further. If it is that perfect, then it should be easily communicated and will easily convert those around you. If there is dissent…then there is reason for it. The challenge of the higher mind is to attempt to both create ideas that bridge all divides, and that can be communicated without the need of force. There’s no happiness or celebration in watching your enemies incinerate, and mark my words, it does nothing to their ideas.

How dare you praise the bombs. It’s revolting watching you roll around in your own filth like the pack of pigs that you are. It doesn’t matter what life is lost…if you truly view life as a sacred thing, then give its passing the respect it deserves, no matter who was just unwittingly incinerated.

It’s been a long time since I was this disgusted. A long long time.

To the President,

You are the sum of your parts.and nothing more. And that is your least charming quality.

Some Dorian headcanons:
  • Modded his battlemage leathers. Not just the shoulder cut-off, either; started with basic alti leathers and kept adjusting for the styles of magic he was using most and added some enchantments and insulation (because he’d forgotten how bloody cold it was in Ferelden)
  • Used to being called out on jaunts at short notice, hence the leathers. That and they’re comfortable.
  • Tinkers with his magic, too. Constantly. It’s a habit he’s had since he was old enough to cast, pretty much, and it served him well during research. Always working on improving his spells - speed, area of effect, whatever today’s problem is - or creating new spells entirely. Runs controlled experiments and such on his off-time, and has extensive notes and formulae on that desk in the library. Anything to make himself a better mage. That and because it’s fun.
  • A damn good pyromancer. It’s his second-best school, and the one he learned first.
  • A good melee fighter, and stronger than he pretends. A properly-used staff is more than just a focusing tool.
  • Gets roped into research by some of the other library denizens because “You have benefited from Tevinter scholarship, Lord Pavus.” Sighs and pretends to be reluctant. Loves the chance to show off.
  • Wonders why no-one down South has ever heard of flavour
  • Has some interesting scars from magical fights and minor catastrophes
  • Likes a challenge and enjoys intellectual pursuits, when he’s in a good mood. When his mood is less good, likes things that can slow his brain down and make him stop thinking - drinking and sex, mostly.
  • Gets sweary when fights are going badly. (This is basically canon, according to some of the banters.) Vacillates wildly between Tevene and Common depending on what mood he’s in, what’s currently happening and what would make most grammatical sense.
  • Has recognised a few of the Venatori they’ve fought. Doesn’t tend to mention this, because it’s a whole new level of depressing.
  • An absentminded reader. When he’s bored, his eyes tend to drift to signs and whatever parchment’s lying around. It’s not really something he can switch off. Do not leave one of Varric’s new ones open at a spoilery page around him. They will never find your body.
Enneagram 3


Healthy: Self-assured and energetic, with high self-esteem: they believe in themselves and their own value. Adaptable, well-adjusted, and charming, often attractive and popular. Realistic and purposeful with a good sense of their potential. / Ambitious to improve themselves, to “be all that they can be"—often become outstanding, a kind of human ideal, embodying widely admired qualities. Others are motivated to be like them in some positive way. High-spirited, goal-oriented, and persistent. They are effective, industrious people. At Their Best: Inner-directed and authentic, everything they seem to be. Accept their limitations and live within them. Self-deprecatory sense of humor and a childlike innocence emerge. Charitable, genuinely modest, and benevolent.

Average: Highly concerned with performance, doing the job well, being superior, and rising above others. Compare themselves with others in search for status and success. Become driven careerists and social climbers, invested in achievement, exclusivity, and being a “winner.” / Become image-conscious, highly concerned with how they are perceived. Begin to present themselves according to the expectations of others and what they need to do in order to be successful. Pragmatic and efficient, but also studied, losing touch with their own feelings beneath a smooth façade. Problems with intimacy, credibility, and expediency emerge. / Want to impress others with their superiority: constantly promoting themselves, making themselves sound better than they really are. Narcissistic, with grandiose, inflated notions about themselves and their talents. Exhibitionistic and seductive, as if saying, “Look at me!” Arrogance and contempt is a defense against feeling jealous of others and their success.

Unhealthy: Fearing failure and humiliation, they misrepresent themselves, distorting the truth of their accomplishments. They can be extremely unprincipled, covetous of the success of others, and willing to do “whatever it takes” to preserve the illusion of their superiority. / Exploitative and opportunistic, but also deceptive so that their mistakes and wrongdoings will not be exposed. Pathological lying, extreme hostility, and delusional jealousy: betraying and sabotaging people in order to triumph over them. / May become vindictive, attempting to ruin what they cannot have. Relentless, obsessive about destroying whatever reminds them of their own shortcomings and failures. Psychopathic tendencies: murder.

Key Motivations: Want to feel valuable and worthwhile, to be affirmed, to distinguish themselves, to have attention, to be admired, and to impress others.

Examples: Bill Clinton, Christopher Reeve, Michael Landon, Richard Gere, Shirley MacLaine, Jane Pauley, Paul McCartney, Sting, Tom Cruise, Sharon Stone, Tony Robbins, Bryant Gumbel, Dick Clark, Vanna White, Brooke Shields, Kathie Lee Gifford, Denzel Washington, Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Truman Capote, O.J. Simpson.

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Juliette et Justine Vanitas Premium Onepiece is based on Memento Mori and Vanitas. Paintings used are Vanitas, by Dutch painter Aelbert Jansz van der Schoor and the religious painting, Agnus Dei, by Spanish painter Francisco de Zurbaran.

Memento Mori, Latin for ‘remember that you will die’, was an artistic or symbolic reminder of the inevitability of death.

Vanitas is a type of symbolic work of art especially associated with still life paintings in Flanders and the Netherlands in the 16th and 17th centuries, though also common in other places and periods. The Latin word means “vanity” and loosely translated corresponds to the meaninglessness of earthly life and the transient nature of all earthly goods and pursuits.

Thanks to jefumejeboisjebaise for help in identifying the artists and paintings!

theaceoflyz  asked:

geranium, lavender, moonflower for the flower asks? :)

Geranium (How has your day been?): My day has been on the good side of ok! I’ve been really exhausted from PE and XC, however I found energy through a sudden burst of inspiration to finish off my common app essay! 🎉

Lavender (What’s one of the greatest gifts you have ever received?): Can I mention two things? Because if so, the best gift I have received is your friendship, and the second best was my Spotify Premium subscription. 💕☺️

Moonflower (Who inspires you?): I am inspired by people who never gave up on their dreams. Throughout life, we are told that certain pursuits and careers are not reliable, would not be good due to the average income, so on and so forth. I think that people who stick with their, what society considers, “unconventional” life dreams, to be the strongest or of us all…they stuck by what they knew to be truth when the world told them otherwise.

Gracias for the question!

yourhotaunt  asked:


it’s such a cliche,  but ben is amazed everyday that someone as good as may is his wife. no joke. while a lot of times, it’s decently common that ben is seen as a paragon of virtue in peter’s life, he wouldn’t be half the man he is without may. she makes him want to be better, and he’s endlessly proud of her. in the way she stepped up with peter after his brother’s death, in her academic pursuits, and in how she helps their community, he’s always been so amazed in how kind and how selfless his wife is. and while of course, he misses his brother, and he wishes peter could have had his parents, he loves their little family so much, and a lot of that is thanks to may, and how strong she’s always been. it’s not too far a stretch to say that even in a world with avengers, may is ben’s hero.

hc + meme  |  accepting  |  @yourhotaunt

anonymous asked:

There's plenty of people who are convinced that Chara manipulated not only Asriel, but the Dreemurr family as a whole. What are your opinions on this belief, and where do you think people came up with it?

Woah, how long has this been sitting in my inbox. I think for several weeks, at this point. Damn.

Well, the interpretation that Chara manipulated the Dreemurrs is a common one, so it’s a question that I suppose needs to be addressed. My personal view on the matter is … Probably of no surprise to anyone.

I do not think there is reason to suspect that Chara manipulated the Dreemurrs. I think that’s nonsensical, and totally out of character for a character who dies, like actually, willingly, DIES as part of a plan to try to free monsters from the Underground.

Everyone, and I do mean EVERYONE who wanted to harm anybody else in Undertale did so out of a place of inner trauma or in pursuit of a misguided ‘greater good,’ from Asriel to Undyne to Asgore. The idea that Chara would be different is a funny joke that stopped being funny to me when I realized how widespread that belief is.

That said, it’s not like the idea that they would be capable of fooling the Dreemurrs came out of nowhere. We get precious few direct incites into Chara’s character and relation with the Dreemurrs; the only time we get to directly see them interact with anyone is when they are deceiving their Mom and Dad and working with Asriel behind their back to advance their ill-advised plan to free all monsters. So the idea that Chara is capable of cunning is hardly coming out of nowhere.

But the idea that you can take that and try to suggest it’s evidence that Chara never cared for anyone, and was lying to the Dreemurs the whole time … Chara died for them.

They DIED for their family. It’s a death that, had Asgore and Toriel realized was going on, they would have done anything to stop, but Chara was willing to throw everything they were away. Their body, their life … Even if they knew their consciousness would survive death and pass onto Asriel, they would be giving up their independence, their life as an individual to exist as a gestalt entity with Asriel for an eternity afterward, forever compromising with and negotiating with Asriel on what to do, where to go, how to live.

Whether Chara expected to vanish forever or live on within Asriel, it’s an expression of great selflessnes and a perhaps idealistic love and sincere belief that they will happy existing as part of Asriel until they died together or even, as Boss Monsters are effectively immortal, the stars burn out and time dies. That is NOT something you do with someone you don’t care about.

And I feel like, when you think about it really critically, that’s obvious. It’s clear that Chara would never have manipulated their parents that way. But, UT frames Chara as a villain, just as it frames Flowey as a villain. Even as Chara tells us that they couldn’t have done anything without our/Frisk’s help, there’s horrible, ominous sound effects in the background and they call themselves a demon.

It’s super easy to look at this and say; Chara is evil. And, from that perspective, it’s easy to look back on what we’ve seen of Chara and try to find things that support that conclusion. And if you’re too lazy to actually think about it in critical detail, yeah, you could conclude that Chara must have manipulated their family. However, that’s what I think of that interpretation. It’s lazy, and built on a desire to try to build support for our knee-jerk reaction to this character rather than an impartial, in-depth analysis.

Paul Newman (known as ol’ PL to both friends and enemies): The “L” stands for “Leonard” or “Lunkhead.” He answers to both. He is probably best known for his spectacularly successful food conglomerate. In addition to giving the profits to charity, he also ran Frank Sinatra out of the spaghetti-sauce business. On the downside, the spaghetti sauce is outgrossing his films. He did graduate from Kenyon College magna cum lager and in the process begat a laundry business, which was the only student-run enterprise on Main Street. Yale University later awarded him an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters for unknown reasons. He has won four Sports Car Club of America National Championships and is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest driver (70) to win a professionally sanctioned race (24 Hours of Daytona, 1995). He is married to the best actress on the planet, was number 19 on Nixon’s enemies list, and purely by accident has fifty-one films and four Broadway plays to his credit. He is generally considered by professionals to be the worst fisherman on the East Coast.

-Shameless Exploitation in Pursuit of the Common Good by Paul Newman and A.E.Hotchner
Transcending religion, spiritual paths, and dogma

“Some” people think ridiculing systems of magick, spirituality, and various schools of philosophy–on the basis of their absurdity or contradiction to logic–means they have transcended these silly things which people use to make themselves feel better about their existence and mortality.

This, to me, comes off as a rather “basic bitch of philosophy” response to the questions of life, spirituality, and “magic”. It seems as silly as dogmatically following one religion and chastising the rest.

I feel like transcending these systems, religions, spiritual paths, et al involves something much more sublime. First I would like to point out what merit such pursuits would even have when they come off absurd or contradictory to reason. We will discard the religions which seem to mostly desire control of populace and obedience, which they get through the use of threats and punishments (whether physical, social, or spiritual). A good number of the rest which remain have something in common. They claim the possibility of higher experience, realization, or transcendence for the human being.

If there exists a pattern, especially one with as sublime a meaning as this, then it holds merit to explore it. Contradicting quantum model theories, many exist, may completely disagree at times on why weird shit happens in the universe, but they all acknowledge weird shit happens in the universe. Good quantum physicists learn to view phenomenon from a model-agnostic perspective, considering multiple models, and knowing that every single one of them might become obsolete or false in the future.

So when I hear multiple famous, intelligent, clever, wise, and down right intriguing individuals from history claim “weird shit happens in the human consciousness”.. I might take a listen, I might sit down and study their theories and models–maybe I’ll get lucky and experience first hand some “weird stuff”. I would take after the better quantum physicist, and become model agnostic. Study every model, compare notes, place my bets on my choice of a handful while still respecting the possibility that my preferred models could any day become obsolete in the presence of a newer set of constructs, a newer model of the human experience.

Occult, magick, mysticism, spirituality all fall into the very first science–the study of the firsthand human experience, which includes all of the weird shit that our minds have experienced over the very long span of time which this wondrous and mysterious science has existed.

If you truly wish to transcend these all, then take each experience which each model presents. Use your mind, your consciousness, as your laboratory and partake in the prescribed formulae and experiments. Once you have studied the “weird shit” yourself, and can become good at predicting the nature of that weird shit, or learn to lead other people into experiencing that weird shit–then I will admit you have transcended these models, paradigms, and spiritual paths.

Talking shit takes nothing more than a clever tongue, but in the end your noise gets drowned out by everyone else who finds themselves convinced. Do you think you have it all figured out? Or will you admit yourself clueless and join the research team?

[fun fax: E-Prime from top to bottom, bitches!]

INTJ opinion on other types

As written by an INTJ.

INTJ: Fellow member of the master race, not much to say. Usually will have a strong affinity towards a newly met INTJ or hate them due to their rivaling intellect.

INTP: Level headed, usually very intelligent and rational. Will frequently rival INTJs in sarcasm and humor. Less direct, more abstract and theoretical in discourse and thought. Generally likeable from the Ni dominant standpoint.

INFJ: Somewhat scary; they somehow retained most traits of an INTJ but unlocked the comprehension of these things called ‘feelings.’ Fear them, respect them, they’re pretty conniving and sharp too.

INFP: You guys are pretty cool, usually. You have intriguing artistic pursuits, but can simultaneously somewhat keep pace with the INTx abstractness of life.

ISTJ: The only person known who had time and extra brain-space to memorize Roberts Rules of Order and Oxford’s Book of Verse. Plays by the book too much, doesnt usually have a humorous personality. Usually very book smart.

ISTP: Funny quirky kinda guys. Usually the ones at the party to make an awkward comment in my experience. Amicable, likes harmony and being part of a group, doesn’t want to stand out too much.

ISFJ: Silent Night was written by ISFJs, I’ve never heard one talks above 12 decibels. Usually they lurk in the background and interact with other IxFxs. IDK how to assess because they always hide???

ISFP: You guys can be pretty funny, usually too feelings motivated in your decisions, hard to debate when we only critique feels, but anyway keep on keeping on with your artsy pursuits. Eventually we’ll rule the world and need people to paint pictures and stuff.

ENTJ: LOVE YOU GUYS. The evil power duo is the INTJ and ENTJ, with the extroverted one being the face and charisma of the campaign while we work on the logistics and execution. Fear us for we will out-do you in anything if working together.

ENTP: Tend to be on the more argumentative side, good for when we want a debate, bad when they’re obstinate. Generally will get along with Ni Dom people, intelligent in debates, brings more people skills and broader perspective in expertise, gift of the common NT genes.

ENFJ: A little bit TOO genuine or authentic? Most have struck me as try-hard and people pleasing not to say they’re decisive and usually make good group player who offer substantive and good feedback

ENFP: You guys are actually pretty cool when you’re not too hyper, lots of good fun energy for the limited time that we feel like interacting. Good job pulling us out of our happy comfy zones.

ESTJ: Y'all are too stubborn. Being stubborn is alright if you’re logical about it but for its own sake, annoying. Can be cool if they have intellectual pursuits of mutual interest.

ESTP: I like how blunt you guys are, it’s refreshing. Love the can-do approach to life and getting things done. You guys can be the colonels in the INTJ army when we take over the world.

ESFJ: ESFJs are the mother hens of basically everything, they are good for HR and managing people when I feel incapable of being diplomatic. Generally more gushy feely than I feel comfortable with.

ESFP: Please. Seriously. Calm down. Life isnt a merry go round going at 5000rpm, and you shouldn’t drink coffee in quantities equivalent of filling an oil tanker. Usually the life of the party, very excited, too energetic for our tastes and not good with the abstract discussions that INTJs like.

nipponiwazaru  asked:

How would you sort the LiS characters into the four Hogwarts houses? I've seen other people's headcanons but I was curious how you would go about it. Somehow I think Max would be that weirdo that splits evenly between the four houses.

I thought about it and asked boclerk, we were thinking that Max fits Gryffindor the best. She has ambition, but lacks the drive and ruthlessness of Slytherin. She can be loyal, though not very hard-working like a Hufflepuff. And, if her grades and focus are anything to go by, she’s not much of an intellectual –leaving Ravenclaw out. Max is, however, very brave and willful. She sticks her neck out for others even before she knows the extent of her powers and is not afraid to stand up to authority figures.

Victoria fits Slytherin to a T. Ambitious, ruthless, driven. But a good example that Slytherin =/= Evil. Her taste in decor also fits the more modern and clean appearance of the Slytherin common room.

Other Slytherins:
-Juliet: Willing to piss off the Vortex Club for a good story, asks Max and Dana for details about Kate’s suicide/attempt directly after the incident. Seems to care more about building her journalism rep than being well-liked by her peers.
-Rachel: Ruthless in pursuit of own gain. Seemed to be a skilled manipulator willing to do anything to leave Arcadia Bay and become a model.

Chloe is also a Gryffindor. She has the potential to be a Ravenclaw, but prefers the pursuit of adventure (like a pirate). Lacks ambition in both universes. Was kicked out of private school for “rebellion of a non-mandatory institution”–showing a lack of value in education, hard work, and reputation.

Other Gryffindors:
-David: values bravery over all else.
-Evan: seems to be the only one willing to openly oppose the Vortex Club. 

Kate could be a Hufflepuff or a Ravenclaw. I think Ravenclaw is more fitting though. Of the main cast she’s the most academically rounded–having a great GPA and being skilled in both drawing and photography. Once in the hospital, she performs acts of charity– giving some of the gifts sent to her to other patients. She’s still doing her book report in the psych ward. IDK, she gives off kind of an air of academic elitism that I associate with ‘claws.

Other Ravenclaws:
-Warren: blinded by science
-Brooke: elitist drone user
-Alyssa: quotes Robert Frost as a ‘thank you’ gift.

Dana Ward is the Hufflepuffiest Hufflepuff. She is an exemplary example of the positive traits of Hufflepuff. She’s loyal to her friends and lovers, hard-working, and has an attitude of ‘kind, but will take no shit’. She gets an abortion alone, and alerts Logan, but ultimately takes responsibility for herself. Another kind of person would excommunicate Juliet and Max for their shitty behaviour towards her, but she’s willing to let it go.

Other Hufflepuffs:
-Stella: no one works harder than Stella, and cut audio has Kate admitting Stella thought the video was bullshit and stood up for her.
-Joyce: the hardest working mom in Arcadia Bay.

-Nathan: Now, I know this one is gonna get me a lot of raised eyebrows, however, let me explain. 

1. I think sorting villainous characters into Slytherin is the lazy route, especially when it doesn’t suit them. Nathan isn’t very ambitious, content to stagnate or ride out his life on his family’s wealth and reputation. Nor does he try to sabotage others for the edge in a competition, like Victoria.

Gryffindor: He puts on a tough front but cracks under pressure and crumples when confronted.

Ravenclaw: Maybe? He does have a high GPA, but how this relates to his actual academic achievements is questionable based on his father’s choke hold on the school. He is creative and passionate about his art.

2. Hufflepuff =/= nice person. See Zacharias Smith for details.

What we know of Nathan outside of/including whatever shitty thing he’s done:

 He dedicates himself to what he’s passionate about. Photography and getting high. He’s a hard working and in the opinion of both Max and Jefferson, a fantastic photographer. He’s constantly working on parties, doing errands for Jefferson/his dad, getting high, and still actually shows up for class.

He’s very loyal to Victoria, Max’s actions towards her affect the Max-Nathan relationship as well as the Max-Victoria relationship. Loyalty seems to be ingrained and taught in the Prescott family, however misplaced.


Instructions for a Body by Marty McConnell

[transcript below]

I am surprised that Marty McConnell’s “Instructions for a Body” hasn’t made it onto our tumblr before now! It was one of my first body anthem poems: pieces that made me feel more at home with myself. I’m happy to be the one to share it here.

The picture painted in this poem is of the magnificent body, the one that is a gift in every shape it arrives in or comes to. An absent gallbladder deserves the same reverence as fingertips. Muscles and aches are praised together. Although the title labels the poem “instructions,” there is nothing prescriptive here, except a directive to take joy and embrace your own body and its capacities. Marty instructs gratitude and celebration. She pays careful attention to the details of the body and its miracles, then leaves the living up to the listener. I think we can take it from here.


“Praise the miracle body:

The odd and undeniable mechanics of hand,

Hundred-boned foot,

Perfect stretch of tendon.

Praise the veins that river these wrists.

Praise the prolapsed valve in a heart.

Praise the scars marking a gallbladder absent.

Praise the rasp and rattle of functioning lungs.

Praise the pre-arthritic ache of elbows and ankles.

Praise the life line sectioning a palm.

Praise the photographic pads of fingertips.

Praise the vulnerable dip at the base of a throat.

Praise the muscles surfacing on an abdomen.

Praise these arms that carry babies and anthologies.

Praise the leg hairs that sprout and are shaved.

Praise the ass that refuses to shrink or be hidden.

Praise the cunt that bleeds and accepts,

Bleeds and accepts.

Praise the prominent ridge of nose.

Praise the strange convexity of rib cage.

Praise the single hair that insists on growing  from a right areola.

Praise the dent where the mole was clipped from the back of a neck.

Praise these inner thighs brushing.

Praise these eyelashes that sometimes turn inward.

Praise these hips preparing to spread into a grandmother’s skirt.

Praise the beauty of the freckle on the first knuckle of a left little finger.

We’re gone  

In a blizzard of seconds.

Love the body human while we’re here,

A gift of minutes on an evolving planet,

A country in flux.

Give thanks for bone and dirt

And the million things that will kill us someday,

Motion and the pursuit of happiness, no guarantees.

Give thanks

For chaos theory, ecology, common sense

That says we are web,

A planet in balance or out,

That butterfly in Tokyo setting off thunderstorms in Iowa.

Tell me you don’t matter to a universe that conspired

To give you such a tongue,

Such rhythm or rhythmless hips,

Such opposable thumbs.

Give thanks or go home a waste of spark.

Speak or let the maker take back your throat.

March or let the creator rescind your feet.

Dream or let your god destroy your good and fertile mind.

This is your warning.

This your birthright.

Do not let this universe regret you.]


Swan Queen Week - Day 5 - Magic Without a Price

Pairing: Swan Queen
Length: 2200 words  
Rating: T
Summary: WhenRegina cast her curse, she intended to land her subjects in a world without magic. Little did she know, there was no such thing, and the best her spell could do was to keep this world’s magic at bay until the savior arrived.
A/N: Slightly modified soulmate tattoo AU—since I had a feeling lots of other people would do it—where the first sentence you ever hear your soulmate say, whether to you or not, appears tattooed on your arm on your 18th birthday. I wanted to flesh out the middle more, but I’m disgustingly behind, so maybe I’ll revisit this some other day. Takes place over the course of the first season.

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Religion intends to unite them with common bigotry…and the license to oppress minorities…

Of course the bible is a jumble of (a few) good…and (a majority of) bad/immoral ideas…because it was the product of people who wanted to suppress and control their communities…in the pathetic pursuit of self-aggrandizement…and amassing wealth…

The enlightenment came with the spread of secular humanism…

Text of Pope Francis’ Speech for Congress

Mr. Vice-President,
Mr. Speaker,
Honorable Members of Congress,

Dear Friends,

I am most grateful for your invitation to address this Joint Session of Congress in “the land of the free and the home of the brave”. I would like to think that the reason for this is that I too am a son of this great continent, from which we have all received so much and toward which we share a common responsibility.

Each son or daughter of a given country has a mission, a personal and social responsibility. Your own responsibility as members of Congress is to enable this country, by your legislative activity, to grow as a nation. You are the face of its people, their representatives. You are called to defend and preserve the dignity of your fellow citizens in the tireless and demanding pursuit of the common good, for this is the chief aim of all politics. A political society endures when it seeks, as a vocation, to satisfy common needs by stimulating the growth of all its members, especially those in situations of greater vulnerability or risk. Legislative activity is always based on care for the people. To this you have been invited, called and convened by those who elected you.

Yours is a work which makes me reflect in two ways on the figure of Moses. On the one hand, the patriarch and lawgiver of the people of Israel symbolizes the need of peoples to keep alive their sense of unity by means of just legislation. On the other, the figure of Moses leads us directly to God and thus to the transcendent dignity of the human being. Moses provides us with a good synthesis of your work: you are asked to protect, by means of the law, the image and likeness fashioned by God on every human face.

Today I would like not only to address you, but through you the entire people of the United States. Here, together with their representatives, I would like to take this opportunity to dialogue with the many thousands of men and women who strive each day to do an honest day’s work, to bring home their daily bread, to save money and –one step at a time – to build a better life for their families. These are men and women who are not concerned simply with paying their taxes, but in their own quiet way sustain the life of society. They generate solidarity by their actions, and they create organizations which offer a helping hand to those most in need.

I would also like to enter into dialogue with the many elderly persons who are a storehouse of wisdom forged by experience, and who seek in many ways, especially through volunteer work, to share their stories and their insights. I know that many of them are retired, but still active; they keep working to build up this land. I also want to dialogue with all those young people who are working to realize their great and noble aspirations, who are not led astray by facile proposals, and who face difficult situations, often as a result of immaturity on the part of many adults. I wish to dialogue with all of you, and I would like to do so through the historical memory of your people.

My visit takes place at a time when men and women of good will are marking the anniversaries of several great Americans. The complexities of history and the reality of human weakness notwithstanding, these men and women, for all their many differences and limitations, were able by hard work and self-sacrifice – some at the cost of their lives – to build a better future. They shaped fundamental values which will endure forever in the spirit of the American people. A people with this spirit can live through many crises, tensions and conflicts, while always finding the resources to move forward, and to do so with dignity. These men and women offer us a way of seeing and interpreting reality. In honoring their memory, we are inspired, even amid conflicts, and in the here and now of each day, to draw upon our deepest cultural reserves.

I would like to mention four of these Americans: Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Dorothy Day and Thomas Merton.
This year marks the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, the guardian of liberty, who labored tirelessly that "this nation, under God, [might] have a new birth of freedom”. Building a future of freedom requires love of the common good and cooperation in a spirit of subsidiarity and solidarity.

All of us are quite aware of, and deeply worried by, the disturbing social and political situation of the world today. Our world is increasingly a place of violent conflict, hatred and brutal atrocities, committed even in the name of God and of religion. We know that no religion is immune from forms of individual delusion or ideological extremism. This means that we must be especially attentive to every type of fundamentalism, whether religious or of any other kind. A delicate balance is required to combat violence perpetrated in the name of a religion, an ideology or an economic system, while also safeguarding religious freedom, intellectual freedom and individual freedoms. But there is another temptation which we must especially guard against: the simplistic reductionism which sees only good or evil; or, if you will, the righteous and sinners. The contemporary world, with its open wounds which affect so many of our brothers and sisters, demands that we confront every form of polarization which would divide it into these two camps. We know that in the attempt to be freed of the enemy without, we can be tempted to feed the enemy within. To imitate the hatred and violence of tyrants and murderers is the best way to take their place. That is something which you, as a people, reject.

Our response must instead be one of hope and healing, of peace and justice. We are asked to summon the courage and the intelligence to resolve today’s many geopolitical and economic crises. Even in the developed world, the effects of unjust structures and actions are all too apparent. Our efforts must aim at restoring hope, righting wrongs, maintaining commitments, and thus promoting the well-being of individuals and of peoples. We must move forward together, as one, in a renewed spirit of fraternity and solidarity, cooperating generously for the common good.

The challenges facing us today call for a renewal of that spirit of cooperation, which has accomplished so much good throughout the history of the United States. The complexity, the gravity and the urgency of these challenges demand that we pool our resources and talents, and resolve to support one another, with respect for our differences and our convictions of conscience.

In this land, the various religious denominations have greatly contributed to building and strengthening society. It is important that today, as in the past, the voice of faith continue to be heard, for it is a voice of fraternity and love, which tries to bring out the best in each person and in each society. Such cooperation is a powerful resource in the battle to eliminate new global forms of slavery, born of grave injustices which can be overcome only through new policies and new forms of social consensus.

Here I think of the political history of the United States, where democracy is deeply rooted in the mind of the American people. All political activity must serve and promote the good of the human person and be based on respect for his or her dignity. "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” (Declaration of Independence, 4 July 1776). If politics must truly be at the service of the human person, it follows that it cannot be a slave to the economy and finance. Politics is, instead, an expression of our compelling need to live as one, in order to build as one the greatest common good: that of a community which sacrifices particular interests in order to share, in justice and peace, its goods, its interests, its social life. I do not underestimate the difficulty that this involves, but I encourage you in this effort.

Here too I think of the march which Martin Luther King led from Selma to Montgomery fifty years ago as part of the campaign to fulfill his "dream” of full civil and political rights for African Americans. That dream continues to inspire us all. I am happy that America continues to be, for many, a land of "dreams”. Dreams which lead to action, to participation, to commitment. Dreams which awaken what is deepest and truest in the life of a people.

In recent centuries, millions of people came to this land to pursue their dream of building a future in freedom. We, the people of this continent, are not fearful of foreigners, because most of us were once foreigners. I say this to you as the son of immigrants, knowing that so many of you are also descended from immigrants. Tragically, the rights of those who were here long before us were not always respected. For those peoples and their nations, from the heart of American democracy, I wish to reaffirm my highest esteem and appreciation. Those first contacts were often turbulent and violent, but it is difficult to judge the past by the criteria of the present. Nonetheless, when the stranger in our midst appeals to us, we must not repeat the sins and the errors of the past. We must resolve now to live as nobly and as justly as possible, as we educate new generations not to turn their back on our "neighbors” and everything around us. Building a nation calls us to recognize that we must constantly relate to others, rejecting a mindset of hostility in order to adopt one of reciprocal subsidiarity, in a constant effort to do our best. I am confident that we can do this.
Our world is facing a refugee crisis of a magnitude not seen since the Second World War. This presents us with great challenges and many hard decisions. On this continent, too, thousands of persons are led to travel north in search of a better life for themselves and for their loved ones, in search of greater opportunities. Is this not what we want for our own children? We must not be taken aback by their numbers, but rather view them as persons, seeing their faces and listening to their stories, trying to respond as best we can to their situation. To respond in a way which is always humane, just and fraternal. We need to avoid a common temptation nowadays: to discard whatever proves troublesome. Let us remember the Golden Rule: "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” (Mt 7:12).

This Rule points us in a clear direction. Let us treat others with the same passion and compassion with which we want to be treated. Let us seek for others the same possibilities which we seek for ourselves. Let us help others to grow, as we would like to be helped ourselves. In a word, if we want security, let us give security; if we want life, let us give life; if we want opportunities, let us provide opportunities. The yardstick we use for others will be the yardstick which time will use for us. The Golden Rule also reminds us of our responsibility to protect and defend human life at every stage of its development.

This conviction has led me, from the beginning of my ministry, to advocate at different levels for the global abolition of the death penalty. I am convinced that this way is the best, since every life is sacred, every human person is endowed with an inalienable dignity, and society can only benefit from the rehabilitation of those convicted of crimes. Recently my brother bishops here in the United States renewed their call for the abolition of the death penalty. Not only do I support them, but I also offer encouragement to all those who are convinced that a just and necessary punishment must never exclude the dimension of hope and the goal of rehabilitation.

In these times when social concerns are so important, I cannot fail to mention the Servant of God Dorothy Day, who founded the Catholic Worker Movement. Her social activism, her passion for justice and for the cause of the oppressed, were inspired by the Gospel, her faith, and the example of the saints.

How much progress has been made in this area in so many parts of the world! How much has been done in these first years of the third millennium to raise people out of extreme poverty! I know that you share my conviction that much more still needs to be done, and that in times of crisis and economic hardship a spirit of global solidarity must not be lost. At the same time I would encourage you to keep in mind all those people around us who are trapped in a cycle of poverty. They too need to be given hope. The fight against poverty and hunger must be fought constantly and on many fronts, especially in its causes. I know that many Americans today, as in the past, are working to deal with this problem.

It goes without saying that part of this great effort is the creation and distribution of wealth. The right use of natural resources, the proper application of technology and the harnessing of the spirit of enterprise are essential elements of an economy which seeks to be modern, inclusive and sustainable. "Business is a noble vocation, directed to producing wealth and improving the world. It can be a fruitful source of prosperity for the area in which it operates, especially if it sees the creation of jobs as an essential part of its service to the common good” (Laudato Si’, 129). This common good also includes the earth, a central theme of the encyclical which I recently wrote in order to "enter into dialogue with all people about our common home” (ibid., 3). "We need a conversation which includes everyone, since the environmental challenge we are undergoing, and its human roots, concern and affect us all” (ibid., 14).

In Laudato Si’, I call for a courageous and responsible effort to "redirect our steps” (ibid., 61), and to avert the most serious effects of the environmental deterioration caused by human activity. I am convinced that we can make a difference and I have no doubt that the United States – and this Congress – have an important role to play. Now is the time for courageous actions and strategies, aimed at implementing a "culture of care” (ibid., 231) and "an integrated approach to combating poverty, restoring dignity to the excluded, and at the same time protecting nature” (ibid., 139). "We have the freedom needed to limit and direct technology” (ibid., 112); "to devise intelligent ways of… developing and limiting our power” (ibid., 78); and to put technology "at the service of another type of progress, one which is healthier, more human, more social, more integral” (ibid., 112). In this regard, I am confident that America’s outstanding academic and research institutions can make a vital contribution in the years ahead.

A century ago, at the beginning of the Great War, which Pope Benedict XV termed a "pointless slaughter”, another notable American was born: the Cistercian monk Thomas Merton. He remains a source of spiritual inspiration and a guide for many people. In his autobiography he wrote: "I came into the world. Free by nature, in the image of God, I was nevertheless the prisoner of my own violence and my own selfishness, in the image of the world into which I was born. That world was the picture of Hell, full of men like myself, loving God, and yet hating him; born to love him, living instead in fear of hopeless self-contradictory hungers”. Merton was above all a man of prayer, a thinker who challenged the certitudes of his time and opened new horizons for souls and for the Church. He was also a man of dialogue, a promoter of peace between peoples and religions.

From this perspective of dialogue, I would like to recognize the efforts made in recent months to help overcome historic differences linked to painful episodes of the past. It is my duty to build bridges and to help all men and women, in any way possible, to do the same. When countries which have been at odds resume the path of dialogue – a dialogue which may have been interrupted for the most legitimate of reasons – new opportunities open up for all. This has required, and requires, courage and daring, which is not the same as irresponsibility. A good political leader is one who, with the interests of all in mind, seizes the moment in a spirit of openness and pragmatism. A good political leader always opts to initiate processes rather than possessing spaces (cf. Evangelii Gaudium, 222-223).

Being at the service of dialogue and peace also means being truly determined to minimize and, in the long term, to end the many armed conflicts throughout our world. Here we have to ask ourselves: Why are deadly weapons being sold to those who plan to inflict untold suffering on individuals and society? Sadly, the answer, as we all know, is simply for money: money that is drenched in blood, often innocent blood. In the face of this shameful and culpable silence, it is our duty to confront the problem and to stop the arms trade.

Three sons and a daughter of this land, four individuals and four dreams: Lincoln, liberty; Martin Luther King, liberty in plurality and non-exclusion; Dorothy Day, social justice and the rights of persons; and Thomas Merton, the capacity for dialogue and openness to God.

Four representatives of the American people.

I will end my visit to your country in Philadelphia, where I will take part in the World Meeting of Families. It is my wish that throughout my visit the family should be a recurrent theme. How essential the family has been to the building of this country! And how worthy it remains of our support and encouragement! Yet I cannot hide my concern for the family, which is threatened, perhaps as never before, from within and without. Fundamental relationships are being called into question, as is the very basis of marriage and the family. I can only reiterate the importance and, above all, the richness and the beauty of family life.

In particular, I would like to call attention to those family members who are the most vulnerable, the young. For many of them, a future filled with countless possibilities beckons, yet so many others seem disoriented and aimless, trapped in a hopeless maze of violence, abuse and despair. Their problems are our problems. We cannot avoid them. We need to face them together, to talk about them and to seek effective solutions rather than getting bogged down in discussions. At the risk of oversimplifying, we might say that we live in a culture which pressures young people not to start a family, because they lack possibilities for the future. Yet this same culture presents others with so many options that they too are dissuaded from starting a family.

A nation can be considered great when it defends liberty as Lincoln did, when it fosters a culture which enables people to "dream” of full rights for all their brothers and sisters, as Martin Luther King sought to do; when it strives for justice and the cause of the oppressed, as Dorothy Day did by her tireless work, the fruit of a faith which becomes dialogue and sows peace in the contemplative style of Thomas Merton.

In these remarks I have sought to present some of the richness of your cultural heritage, of the spirit of the American people. It is my desire that this spirit continue to develop and grow, so that as many young people as possible can inherit and dwell in a land which has inspired so many people to dream.

God bless America!

Screenwriting: The Romantic Comedy, Part 1. What Happened?

I came across an article a few weeks ago that discussed which genre had the most original screenplays. In an industry rife with remakes and sequels, I assumed it was the world of low-budget horror where the most original works were to be found. I was wrong. It was romantic comedies that held that title.

I have a hard time accepting this because for the most part, there really hasn’t been a more derivative or lifeless genre in the movie industry for the past twenty-odd years. Sure there have been one-off successes (Bridesmaids comes to mind, but it’s a stretch to call it ‘romantic’) but for the most part as a genre it’s been pretty flat out awful.

But here’s the thing - it’s an insanely profitable genre. Ever since the industry came up with the idea of counter-programming, i.e. giving the sophisticated ladies something to watch while their knucklehead boyfriends watch the latest installment of Transformers, there’s been a need for romantic comedies to be churned out. And since there’s a ton of knucklehead movies, there’s gonna be a ton of romcoms.

With pretty much every Nicholas Sparks novel being exhausted and every holiday ruinously exploited (Valentines Day, New Years Day - both AWFUL), desperate Hollywood and Indies alike have decided to hit below the belt and go after that most uncomfortable of targets - women’s self-esteem.

Hey ladies! Can’t find a man? Unmarried by the age of 33? Can’t conceive? Feeling fat and ugly? Overworked with kids? Don’t know how she does it? Unrecognized at work with a nagging misogynistic boss who for whatever reason you feel the desire to fuck? Let’s have 99-lb Kate Beckinsale with mussed-up hair and no makeup play you and show a remarkable transformation via expensive clothing, soft lighting, five layers of Spanx and “empowerment” in the form of a swift knee to the boss’ crotch.

In the past week I’ve sat down with Netflix and negotiated the treacherous psychological minefield of the Romantic Comedy queue. Movie after movie was women denigrating themselves, calling themselves stupid, fat, ugly, hopeless, not worthy and undesirable. Almost universally it took a handsome bohemian man to let these ladies know that they are in fact the opposite of what they believe, this despite a quasi-fugly female / gay bestie comic relief who eventually comes around the end and tells our newly made over (and owner of her newly opened flower shop!) heroine to “go get him.” Ensue comidic running / driving / general humiliation that culminates in a choice - should be with the male model asshole or the male model bad-boy-with-a-heart-of-gold-who-keeps-it-real, because, you know, there’s only two guys in the universe. Guess who she ends up with.

One after another. Low-budget indie to multimillion dollar star vehicles, it was this same derivative crap. And they’re not funny, they’re mean spirited, with humor coming in the form of humiliation and insults. I’ve seen the true face of nihilism and it’s not No Country for Old Men, it’s the collective works of Katherine Heigl, Jennifer Aniston and Gerard Butler. Paint the face of human tragedy with a pregnancy test and a fake eHarmony profile. It’s dreadful.

Where did it all go wrong? Poor Nora Ephron and John Hughes are spinning in their respective graves. There is a very rich and beautiful history of romantic comedies, from classics like Roman Holiday to the penultimate When Harry Met Sally. Movies that made us laugh, made us think, made us cry. Romcoms today are like the cold steel of grandpa’s shotgun put between our teeth. They exist to point out our shortcomings and propose “solutions” that are based on superficiality and psychological placebos.

I want to see great romantic comedies again, and I know so many men and women want them too. They’re the stories of our lives, our pursuits of love and happiness, and sometimes they don’t always work out (cue Audrey Hepburn with that look, the one that melts my heart every time).

The commonality to all these great romcoms is a dose of sadness, with either love unrequited or the pains of separation, be it permanent or temporary. Perhaps this is the missing element to today’s romcoms, which tend to focus on a woman somehow gaining all that she perceives that she lacks (a good man, a solid career, the ability to balance life and love), whereas romcoms of the past (and by past I mean the 80s and previous), it is not about the practicality of love, rather it is a portrait of how messy and impractical love can be.

It’s important to always remember that a key element to comedy is tragedy. It’s a basic tenet displayed in the universal symbol of the theater with the masks of Melpomene (Tragedy Mask) and Thalia (Comedy Mask). The two are inextricably linked, as Nietzsche famously stated “beneath the conformist, there lives the satyr.” Dante called The Inferno a part of “The Divine Comedy,” implying a sentiment best coined by Jules Renard which is that if we “look for the ridiculous in everything, eventually we shall find it.”

The notion of romantic love in and of itself is absurd, that we’re at times willing to risk life and limb for nothing but a mere “feeling.” It is that absurdity, that impracticality, which makes it so inspiring. It speaks to our crazy, irrational selves, the reckless abandon that invokes the freedom of youth, the liberation that comes with naivety. Love is about not always doing the right thing, it is sloppy, it rarely makes sense. The greatest romantic comedies understood this.

Reality Bites, one of my faves.

The modern romantic comedy is desperately trying to create order from chaos, trying to make sense of messy lives and label and compartmentalize them, trying to find practical and marketable solutions to impractical problems. They are giving us practical fantasies, whereas the best romantic comedies gave us impractical realities.

What befuddles me more is that a vast majority of these romcoms are being written by women, and yet these stories are relentlessly cruel to women, and show women being relentlessly cruel to each other while the men stand by and watch. It’s like those girlfights in high school where one girl finds out her boyfriend has been cheating on her, and instead of going after the guy she goes after the other girl. Never made sense to me. Men in romantic comedies get away with murder while it is the women who suffer. If that’s meant to be a mirror of society, then well, we’re seriously fucked.

To repair the genre, we have to acknowledge three things. The first is that romantic love presents no easy solutions, and the second is that people should not be cruel to each other, because fate and destiny provide enough cruelty to handle. The third thing to accept may sound radical but it really isn’t, and that is to accept that romantic comedies are not the sole voice of women. Romcoms are not women’s stories, they are simply stories. Pandering to the insecurities of women is violence in the written word, and it needs to stop. Misery loves company, and it makes for rotten art. Think of all those Photoshopped covers of women’s magazines that accomplish nothing but instilling insecurity in women and false expectations in men. They are lies about what is considered life, they are fabrications of the highest order.

One of these people exist.

Armed with these three revelations, in the next segment we’ll talk about how to approach writing a romcom. In the meantime I urge you to watch a few romcoms, both modern and classic, and see if these observations I’ve made ring true. I’d love to know your take on it.

BPC || April, Day 23 || Inspirational

Banding together with others to achieve a common pursuit cannot help but engender a strong feeling of community, whether you’re baling hay or mounting A Chorus Line in a tiny theater space.
     Nick Offerman, Paddle Your Own Canoe

Whatever the problem, be part of the solution. Don’t just sit around raising questions and pointing out obstacles.
     Tina Fey, Bossypants

People are very bad and very good. A little love goes a long way.
     Amy Poehler, Yes Please