it was a brilliant series

like i have my problems with harry potter and jk rowling but it will never stop meaning something to me that rowling was a depressed 30-year single mother living on welfare when she thought of this story, that she was – in her own words– at rock bottom and she managed to put herself out there, to create this brilliant amazing series that has impacted so many people’s lives. there’s something to be said for hope.

an incomplete list of lines in aftg that will always fuck me up

“Did you know I’ve never been skiing?”

“I told her what would happen if she raised her hand again. She had no right to look so surprised.”

“His father. Your coach.”

“Who said ‘please’ that made you hate the word so much?” “I did.” / “I was seven,” Andrew said. “I believed him.”

“If it means losing you, then no.”

“Go on, tell me again how I’m too unbalanced to understand normal brotherly affection and love. Tell me this is natural.”

“Good,” Neil said quietly. “So now you understand why Andrew killed your mother.”

“Do you honestly think that if I wanted to kill someone, whether it was myself or someone else, that I would fail so spectacularly at it so many times?”

“Neil,” Wymack said, “between you and me, I don’t think you’ve ever been fine.”

“I’m tired of being nothing.”

“Would it kill you to let something in?” “It almost did last time.”

“Neil? Are you all right?” Neil smiled. It felt like it tore his face open. “No. No, I’m not.”

“Thank you,” he finally said. He couldn’t say he meant thanks for all of it: the keys, the trust, the honesty, and the kisses. Hopefully Andrew would figure it out eventually. “You were amazing.”

“Everything I needed, you already gave me. You let me stay.”

“You are a Fox,” Andrew said, like it was that simple, and maybe it was.

“Wait, he chose Neil over you? That sounds a little serious for a fling, don’t you–” Nicky glanced at Neil’s blank face and faltered. “News to you too, huh?”

“That doesn’t mean I wouldn’t blow you.”

“I won’t be like them. I won’t let you let me be.”

“Stay,” Andrew said, and leaned down to kiss him.

This was everything he wanted, everything he needed, and Neil was never letting go.

There's this Thing that y'all don't seem to get.

Gryffindors don’t give a shit about rules. The most hardline of them don’t even care about people. They care about justice. Right or wrong, black or white, there are no shades of grey. If it’s just, it’s always just; if it’s unjust, it’s always wrong. Hermione’s ruthlessness makes her a Gryffindor. She is absolutely sure that she is on the side of justice in everything that she does, and it’s such a Gryffindor trait.

Because Slytherins are ruthless, but they care about rules. Their own rules, usually, but rules nonetheless. They will impose parameters and limitations on themselves just so they have a framework to operate within. If doing something means violating their own internal code, then they’re not gonna do it. Even fucking Voldemort is like that. He broke every single fucking rule the Wizarding World ever put in place, but damn if he’d break his own.

Keep reading

We’ll be looking at the most commonly used introduction in all levels of academia: the persuasive (research) essay intro. As I’ve said before, some of this info will be basic, some of it new, and some of it will meet you where you are, but I do think there is something for everyone here.

Part 0: Before You’ve Written Anything

Introductions are hard to write, and that’s why I recommend writing them last, after you’ve finished your essay. You’ll have a better sense of what you’re talking about and what direction the essay is headed. You’ll need this for a strong intro.

Part 0.5: Flashlight or Floodlight?

Your introduction should set parameters for your essay. One metaphor I’ve heard is that an intro is either a flashlight shining down into your essay or a floodlight illuminating the whole neighborhood. Like the title, the intro should not just give the reader an idea of what they’ll be learning but also narrow the scope of the field. Be as specific as possible. If you’re writing about blue whales migration patterns and not whales in general, don’t generalize about whales. Establish the scope of the essay.

Part 1: The Opening

This is one of the most important parts of the intro because it frames how your reader will view your writing. I bet at one point you were told to write a “hook.” You absolutely should. This is how you get your reader’s attention and hopefully never let go. Don’t open with a vague generalization or platitude. This is a great opportunity to really show off your research. You can begin with a case study, an interview, a quote, relevant/interesting data, or an anecdote. Have your writing intersect with reader interest: what will stir them? You can appeal to their pathos, with a sad story related to your topic. Whatever it takes. Write multiple leads into your essay: try it with the anecdote, the quote, the case study, etc. Write these quickly, and see which one works best.

Part 2: Tone

You should also establish your tone in the introductory paragraph. Will you be formal or funny? Conversational or conventionally academic? What do you aim to do with your tone? Win people over? Showcase your incomparable knowledge of the field? Whatever your tone is, it should be consistent throughout the essay.

Part 3: Your Research Points

After hooking the reader and establishing your topic, it’s time to talk about what you’re going to write about, preferably in the order it will appear in your essay. Please make it abundantly clear to your reader that these are the points you will be proving. There’s nothing worse than a seemingly directionless essay.

Part 4: The Thesis

Your thesis statement is an absolute requirement, as it steers the ship of the essay. Every paragraph you write should end by referring back to the main point you are arguing. So, it should be clear up front what you are arguing and why. As for where to put your thesis? That’s a matter of preference but usually before or after your research points. It’s easy to lead one into the other.

Part 5: Wrapping It Up and Moving On

I usually make a few notes on how the essay is structured if it is a longer paper that has two or more parts. But really your introduction should not be more than a page double-spaced. Just make sure you’ve hooked the reader, established the scope of the essay, established your tone, previewed what you’ll be writing about, and stated your thesis. Then you’ll be looking good!

If you have any questions at all, feel free to shoot me an ask or a message!

Check out the rest of the Writing Tutor Series: tips for college writing | writing brilliant paragraphs

one of my favourite dr who things is that one time when they literally got rid of time travel for some of jon pertwee’s era

they answered the question of “how can we reinvent this a bit?” by literally getting rid of one of the core tenets of the series, and it was loved - it was a brilliant and unexpected change to the show

they turned dr who himself into a james bond figure and introduced the master, a moriarty figure, and a regular group cast with unit

nothing is ‘sacred’ in dr who, it thrives on self-irreverence

Black history month day 22: Renowned neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson.

Benjamin Solomon “Ben” Carson Sr. was born in Detroit, Michigan on September 18, 1951. When he was eight, his parents separated and he moved with his mother and brother to his mother’s sister’s home. Carson’s mother struggled with severe depression, resulting in several psychiatric hospitalizations and an attempted suicide. She was however very involved with her sons’ education, limiting their time watching television and requiring them to read and write book reports on two library books per week.

Carson had dreams of being a doctor since he was eight. He did well in school and scored very highly on the SAT for the Detroit school district. When it came time to choose a college, he narrowed the choice between Harvard or Yale, but could only for the $10 application fee for one school. He chose Yale after seeing them win a televised G.E. college bowl against Harvard. He received a full scholarship. Later he attended medical school at the university of Michigan and was excepted into the neurosurgery program at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Carson was the Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Maryland from 1984 until his retirement in 2013. He was indisputably a pioneer in neurosurgery, his achievements including performing the only successful separation of conjoined twins joined at the back of the head, the first successful neurosurgical procedure on a fetus inside the womb, and the first completely successful separation of type-2 vertical craniopagus twins. He also developed new methods to treat brain-stem tumors and improved techniques for controlling seizures. At age 33 he became the youngest head of pediatric neurosurgery in the country. He has written over 100 neurosurgical publications and received numerous accolades, including over 60 honorary doctorate degrees, dozens of national merit citations, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States.

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Tank Girl. 


“Black and blue, the face of Tank Girl.” 

“The volatile Molatov girl.” 

“Tank Girl cover, c. 1995.” 

“One hour ahead of the posse.” 

“We all have friends at Bell’s end.” 

“Duck season?… Rabbit season?” 

“All new 21st Century Tank Girl cover, the cock rocket.” 


Aside from Gorillaz, Jamie Hewlett is most known for his earliest crazy creation, Tank Girl, which started as a strip in a magazine called Deadline in 1988. Instantly, people fell in love, and it quickly became a comic series. 

Tank Girl is immensely popular, even to this day, for a reason. It’s a good look into Jamie’s art and how it influenced his later works. Crazy scenarios, fucked up characters, that eccentric, apocalyptic feel… Artists all over the world look to these comics as inspiration. 

The character Tank Girl is also immensely popular. She’s badass and weird and gross and vulgar and sexual and violent. She smokes, and fucks, and shoots, and has fun- She’s dating a bloody kangaroo for God’s sake! Tank Girl isn’t sweet or pretty or kind or gentle. She’s fucked up, in the best way possible. 

Tank Girl as a whole is such a bizarre and brilliant series, and the pictures here in Jamie’s artbook (including some fantastic parts of the comics) really show that. Really amazing, really raw and weird and beautiful. ❤️ 

There are many different kinds of analytical essays, but this is a guide to the most common one, most likely your essay for a literature class.

1. Actively Reading

Most analytical essays are for some sort of text, some form of literature. Whatever it may be, read it once all the way through and then again actively, meaning you engage with the poem, story, or novel you’ve been assigned. The best way to do this is to write notes in the margins, identify literary devices, recurring images, and to highlight/underline excerpts that may be useful to quote later on.

2. Formal Analysis

This is when you consider the formal elements of your text, putting aside themes and other concepts that would be considered “content.” Formal analysis has two stages:

  1. First is a close examination of the working parts of a text: the literary devices, images, use of language, etc. In the formal analysis stage, you parse out only the formal components: rhyme, meter, recurring images of flowers, etc.
  2. Second, you must decide what effect these quirks in form have for the reader. The use of literary devices always has a purpose and/or intentional effect, and you have to decide what that is. The devices may be used for an overall effect, and smaller effects may culminate in some general effect.

3. Making Your Point

This is when you form an argument/thesis based on your findings. For example: In the poem “The Lake Isle of Innisfree,” William Butler Yeats uses a variety of devices to express languor and the notion of an idyll. At this juncture, I have decided that all the literary devices culminate in this effect. After forming a thesis, it is now my job to make a case for myself and prove my thesis using evidence from the text. I will single out literary devices, describe their effect, find evidence in the text, and explain how that supports my argument:

  • Literary device #1: meter
  • Formal analysis: The anapest meter has an effect of slowing down the reader, as if they were trying to walk through honey.
  • Evidence from the text: “And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made” (This is where that highlighting earlier comes in handy!)
  • Then I should elaborate here (see my model for paragraphs) and explain how this supports your overall argument (see thesis above)

4. Structuring the Essay

The five paragraph model works well for a simple analytical paper. Of course you are not obligated to use it. If you are unfamiliar with it, it looks like this:

Introduction:

  • Hook
  • Thesis
  • Overview of points you will make

Paragraphs 2-4:

  • Transitional phrase
  • Claim
  • Supporting evidence

Conclusion:

  • Quick recap
  • Restate your argument in absolute terms

5. Quick Tips

  • Don’t forget to use proper citations!
  • You haven’t really finished until you’ve revised and edited
  • Reading it out loud or having a friend read it out loud will help you catch mistakes
  • Avoid generalizations; stick to your topic
  • Write a hook that isn’t a bland platitude but something genuinely interesting
  • For more tips, check out my masterpost “Tips for College Writing (and All Good Writing) That You May Not Get in the Classroom

Check out other posts in the Writing Tutor Series: how to write brilliant paragraphs | tips for college writing | writing a strong introduction

Disney films that are *actually* underrated

Treasure Plant

If you already know me, you could probably guess that this would be on the list considering I never shut up about it.

This film flopped at the box office, but I’m honestly not sure why? It has absolutely gorgeous animation. Like, they could have gone with a palette of grays and blues like most scifi films do, but Treasure Planet actually has a large color palette, especially when it comes to the scenery. It shows off all the beautiful colors of space instead of making everything chrome against a dark backdrop. There are likable characters, including a an anti-hero, disabled pirate, a female Naval Captain that’s a total no-nonsense badass, and a sulky teenager. Arguably one of the darkest films Disney has done in the last twenty years. Disabled main character with only one eye, one arm, and one leg. Literally all of the character designs are gorgeous. The plot is a little boring at times, but it’s fairly easy to get lost in the world that’s been created.

Plus, we get visuals like this!

Brother Bear

Brother Bear was another box office flop but this one also had rather negative reviews. The early 2000′s was not kind to Disney animation. 

Yes, it does have a transformation plot, which I know is kind of iffy depending on the person, but overall it’s a great film. The music is amazing, bless Phil Collins signing onto another Disney project. The characters are great, I don’t think there were any I didn’t like except maybe the moose (because as an adult I don’t find them as funny as I did as a child, but I don’t really dislike them either). The relationship between the brothers was amazingly done. Usually when people want to talk about animated sibling relationships, they mention Lilo and Stitch, which is also great, but I really like how the brothers interact in Brother bear. They’re all closer in age (which is like my sister and me, so I can connect with it more), and I think that worked well when they added in the anger and grief and self-blame in the story.

Atlantis: The Lost Empire

There’s not really much I can say about this one, because truthfully I’ve only seen it a handful of times. Something about it kind of freaked me out as a child (I think it was that giant leviathan creature that attacked their submarine thing????), and I only recently found my old VHS player and haven’t had the time to watch it again.

Atlantis has it all. A beautiful world. Well-rounded, interesting characters. A romance that didn’t feel ridiculously forced. The voice talents of Michael J. Fox, Cree Summer, and Leonard Nimoy. A balances of a more adult plotline, while still retaining a kid friendly atmosphere.

Unfortunately, it does lack some coherency in the plot, and because of it’s fast-paced nature, there isn’t a lot of time for character development. The creators also borrowed a lot of elements from the Ghibli film castle in the Sky, but ultimately it’s still a great film visually speaking.

(PS: it was hard to pick a screencap that shows how visually stunning this film is. So much blue.)

The Black Cauldron

Honestly, The Black Cauldron is one of my favorite Disney films, but I can recognize that it has a lot of problems story wise. As in, they tried to stick the contents of two full length novels into an 80 minute film. Yeah, it didn’t work. The characters are interesting, albeit under-developed, visually it’s very beautiful, and it has just the right amount of creepy to give 5 year old me nightmares as a child (the Horned King was a brilliant concept). The author of the book series the Chronicles of Prydain, which the film is based on, found the film enjoyable on its own, but admitted it didn’t follow the books well. It was also another box office flop, making $21.3 million in revenue, which was less than half of the budget to make the film. This is the film that Disney pretends they didn’t make and is frequently referred to as the “worst Disney film” however we all know that that right belongs to films like Home on the Range, Chicken Little, and Mars Needs Moms.

There is speculation that Disney has plans to make a live action series based on the original books, so fingers crossed!

Robin Hood

It’s underrated, but I can kind of tell why. Everyone already knows the story of Robin Hood, because there’s at least ten different films and TV series about the guy. He’s been on OUaT, and there was a parody movie with Cary Elwes!

The animation is, decent, but not great, but the budged was only 5 million, so??? Meaning that a lot of the characters action were redrawn from previous films such as The Jungle Book and Aristocats. However, this was pretty common in old Disney films because the animators were paid for shit and it’s not plagiarism if you’re ripping off yourself. It is a little sloppy though.

Either way, it’s still a decent film. The songs were fun and had a delightfully folk sound to them, if you’re into that! The characters are pretty cute, the story is straight forward, and there’s not actually anything to really dislike about the film. It’s just a silly comedy that has it’s ups and downs.

Dinosaur

I don’t even know what to say about this film other than it’s gorgeous and no one ever talks about it. Like, this is the first true Disney film that relies entirely on CGI. No Pixar involvement. Just Disney and CGI. This is the most successful film of 2000 and I’ve never heard people talk about it even though it has great characters, an interesting story, and great visuals.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

While I personally don’t believe Hunchback is all that underrated (I usually see it in just about every top 10 or 20 list), it’s still a great film that deserves more praise than it gets.

Hunchback is beautiful, inspiring, dark, has excellent morals, amazing characters amazing music.It’s basically the complete package of everything you could want in a Disney film and it’s enjoyable for all ages.

The only thing I didn’t like about this film was the gargoyles and it’s kind of implied that they’re more like imaginary friends instead of real creatures, so they get a pass.

Fic Rec List

I suck at describing why I like a lot of these. Basically they are all well written, diverse and exciting fics. They made me feel all of my feelings, some are damn hot and will make you need Jesus, some will make you yell at your screen and others will make you sad and in need of a cuddlebuddy.

9/10 times if I’m being too slow with updates it’s because I’m busy reading or re-reading all of these.

EXO


@soobadnoonecanstopher - Honestly, read any of Lori’s work because it’s all great. These 3 fics got me so hooked on her writing and I’m obsessed.

2AM  (Minseok)

IGU (Baekhyun)

The Boxer (Yixing)

@pebble-xo - The Secret will give you about 5000 feelings and I’m still processing the latest update for it, go read now!

The Secret (Baekhyun)

Good Enough (Sehun)

@gwaenchanhajagiya - Like I love all of it. Soft Yixing, Pathcode inspired writing, Fluffy Jongdae and then the freaking brilliant Engraved series. <3 <3 <3

Engraved (Kyungsoo)

Cerca Trova (No pairing)

Little Big Secret  (Yixing)

Hot Chocolate Kisses  (Jongdae)

@xiustories (formerly solarexact) I’m not sure if some of these will move over to @smuttyfairy but I love these as well

Sex  (Minseok)

Muse (Yixing)

Chemistry (Baekhyun)

Allegiance (Baekhyun)

Royals (Sehun)

@xosincerelya - Do you want to be conflicted? Because this is such a well written fic and it will make you yell at the screen and want to hug it at the same time.

Guilty (Kai, Baekhyun)

@xiumin-on-this-shit - My guilty pleasure fics!  There are so many chapters to keep you happy and reading and I just fell into these and loved everything. Highkey want to live in All My Idols. Like now.

Good Girl/Bad Girl  (OT12)

I Am An Alpha (OT12)

All My Idols (Multifandom)

@oh-beyond - These are two of my fav stories right now. There is a whole lot of variety in her masterlist, something to suit everyone :)  

The Saviour (Baekhyun)

Monster Stalker (Baekhyun)

@3kpop2jagi1

All’s Fair (Baekhyun)

Higher (Suho)

@krismebaobei

Poison (Kai)

@pandabearlikes

Foretold (Kai)

@enaasteria

Apartment 5108 (Sehun)

@kpopfanfictrash

One Shot (Chanyeol)

@suho-mochi

Incipient (Suho)

BTS

@btssmutgalore - I never thought I’d hate and love Kookie and Yoongi so much in fics but then these happened. Holy hell…and the smut is A+

Monster (Jungkook)

Self Control (Yoongi)

@war-of-hormoan - These are frigging amazing.

Aisles (Jungkook possibly Hoseok but idk)

For You (Taehyung/Jin)

Weights & Measures (Yoongi)

@noona-la-la-la

Unexpected (Yoongi)

Big Bang

@t-yangs

The Scandal (G-Dragon)

@mybias-and-i

Underground Rapper (G-Dragon)

The four times Merlin & Arthur were called a love story after the series finale:
  • “To be fair, we did, very genuinely, think of the episode as a love story between two men. Which is what I think it is.” 

–Julian Murphy (creator)

  • “I think it’s a love story, it absolutely is a love story.” 

–Julian Murphy (creator)

  • “There’s much to recommend about this mythical hokum… but it’s the droll, sweet love story between Arthur and Merlin that compels in the BBC’s excellent fantasy series.”

– the ad for the official DVD set “Merlin: The Complete Collection (Series 1-5).”  

  • “You know, it becomes a brilliant love story between Arthur and Merlin. And it’s told in the right possible way and I think fans should be happy. I would be happy if I thought of it.” 

–Alexander Vlahos (actor)

anonymous asked:

Hey :) have you know any sterek fic where Stiles have to hide what he really is (omega, human, etc)? Something like Mulan AU?

Hope these are along the lines of what you were looking for!  -Emmy

Originally posted by anastasiagreenleaf

Suddenly You’re Standing Still by gottalovev 

(7,669 I Explicit I Complete)  *sterek, secret werefox!stiles, first time

A long time ago, Stiles promised his mom that he’d never cross the Hale property lines. He has kept his word even if there hasn’t been a Hale in Beacon Hills for years, not since the fire. But suddenly Scott gets turned into a werewolf, Derek Hale is back, and Stiles has to share his biggest secret. (AU set in S1+ where Stiles is a born werefox)

Stiles Isn’t Allowed to be Awesome by neil4god 

(19,137 I Not Rated I Complete)   *sterek, stiles/omc, secret bamf!stiles, Marvel fusion

Stiles isn’t just the pack’s resident human, soft & squishy & easily breakable. Stiles comes from  long line of secret agents and could probably give James Bond a run for his money. Of course Stiles isn’t allowed be awesome which might be why some of the pack think he’s not worth their time.

Or, the one where Stiles can’t take it anymore and moves to New York without telling anyone & Derek finds out and has a melt down.

I Could be Long Gone by idratherwrite 

(26,421 I Explicit I Complete)  *sterek, secret Omega!Stiles, threat of rape

Humans alphas and betas are used to treating human omegas like objects. Stiles and his father have managed to hide for years the fact that Stiles is an omega. When Stiles arrives at Beacon Hills he meets one Scott McCall and his friends and family, who are hiding an even bigger secret.

It’s almost everything that Stiles wants.

In the Hearts of Men by dinokittyalchemist 

(50,732 I Explicit I WIP)  *sterek, historical au, prince!derek, knight!derek, magic!stiles

There is no evil in magic, but in the hearts of men. This has been said many times, but never understood. Any caught using magic will be sentenced to death. This law has forced many into hiding and many to hate the king, his family, and his knights. Stiles is one of those many, but when he finds a knight with a potentialy fatal injury he can’t just leave him there to die, can he?

The Runaway Mate AU (Series) by SometimesyougettheBear

(88,989 I Explicit I Series WIP)  *sterek, secret Omega!stiles

Stiles is brilliant. He’s one of the youngest executive forensic accountants at the well-known security firm Baroff & Sons. He’s the one everyone hates, who owns disgustingly expensive furniture, always somehow wins the cases without trying, clean cut, attractive. It’s a charmed life and Stiles means to enjoy every minute of it. Until Derek Hale walks into his room and says one word that brings his entire life to a standstill
“Omega”
Now Stiles is running for his life and Derek  is hot on the chase.

Hidden Omega by Akinasky 

(107,401 I Explicit I Complete)  *sterek, stiles/omc, derek/omc, derek/stiles/omc, secret Omega!stiles

As Stiles leaves for college, he must hide who he really is and then he meets his roommate and likes him … a lot only there is no chance for him to fill the needs that Stiles has as an Omega. Then he also finds his Alpha, Derek Hale (of course) and they all struggle to find their way and learning more about the special aspects of being an Omega and trying to have a unique relationship that will never be typical especially with Stiles, pushing and bossy Stiles as the Omega.