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Mitch plans a one week trip to Paris.
Scott doesn’t feel like going out of USA.
Mitch goes to Paris.
Scott has a house party and posts a picture with captions in French.
(Let the good times roll)
Mitch goes to Fashion week day in day out. Glamming it up!
Scott attends more parties and has a slutty, I mean, GREAT time.
Mitch explores Paris doing tourist-y things.
Mitch gets a tattoo that says “pain” in French.

And that’s what you missed on Glee.

“Feminism isn’t about making women stronger. Women are already strong. It’s about changing the way the world perceives that strength.” -G.D. Anderson

In honor of International Women’s Day, here are some of my favorite female authors. Always keep fighting for equality. Demand respect. Never back down.

Teaser Cards

@markrosewater recently answered an ask about teaser cards in sets and I’ve been thinking about it ever since. What I’m referring to as a teaser card is a card the makes reference to something that’s in the pipeline but which hasn’t been printed yet. It’s a card (or cards) that will come in a later set or block.

I believe there’s a right and a wrong way to do these. Read on to see how Wizards blew it in the past and find out if Hour of Devastation will repeat the failure or deliver on the promise.

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Even the smallest bit of positivity can make the biggest difference.
—  Nicole Addison @thepowerwithin

Time for Friday Reads! Here’s what we’re working on:

Founding Mother Susan Stamberg: Broad Strokes: 15 Women Who Made Art and Made History (in That Order) by Bridget Quinn. She says it’s a “terrific essay collection with quick and pithy profiles of famous and not famous women artists – Alice Neel, Louise Bourgeois, Lee Krasner, Kara Walker, etc. Spunky attitudinal SMART writing, excellent color reproductions.”

Fresh Air producer Molly Seavy-Nesper: The Girls by Emma Cline. She says, “It hasn’t gotten scary yet, but I’m really enjoying how descriptive and poetic the prose is.”

Editor Rose Friedman: I just finished this totally entertaining detective novel. It’s called Six Four, translated from Japanese. The author is Hideo Yokoyama. It’s more about police bureaucracy than an actual crime, but it manages to make that subject into a thriller. I really liked it.

Blogger Camila Domonoske: The Familiar, Vol. 1 by Mark Danielewski

International Editor Hannah Bloch says she’s REALLY loving André Aciman’s Enigma Variations.

Blogger Colin Dwyer is taking a break from the Imperial Radch series to read Denis Johnson’s Train Dreams.

How about you?



I’m nearing the end of the incredible piece of artwork and literature that is Forest Dark by Nicole Krauss. Her writing is gorgeous, her story is twisty, it’s got a ton of Kafka references, her characters are well-built and emotive, their storylines captivating, she talks about the Old Testament and David without it reading like things I’ve read before, and to top it all off, it had a nice dose of magical realism in there. This is going to be a five-star review.

I have this aching habit of always tracing your body with my eyes.
It’s the most beautiful thing I’ve ever read.
—  Nicole Torres

Destiel Reverse Bang 2016

my art master post for Paradise Birds fashion designer au! Fic is written by this cutie @dr-johnwatson​ who was super fun to work with and love to death <3

Fic Title : Paradise Birds
Author: thestarsarefalling aka @dr-johnwatson

Rating: NC-17 (Explicit)

Word Count: ~39001
Warnings: Sexual Content, Traumatic Experience, PTSD

Summary: Castiel Novak is a successful fashion designer specializing in haute couture. When he decides to start a bespoke menswear line, it’s suggested he hire a spokes-model in order to win the industry over with his eccentric designs. When Castiel chooses male model Dean Winchester to represent the brand, he gets a little more than Dean’s good looks.

Fic Link: AO3

Today was a good day. After being in a state of tremendous anxiety (for no particular reason, as it usually goes) all day, I returned home to my birthday present from my boyfriend and a pile of other very exciting books. This was one of them: the arc of Nicole Krauss’s FOREST DARK. Krauss hasn’t published a novel since THE HISTORY OF LOVE in 2005, a book which tore me apart (in a good way). I can’t wait to see how Krauss’s gorgeous and entrancing writing has grown and evolved in the last 12 years.

To the people saying that we should stop complaining about Sleepy Hollow killing off Abbie because Nicole Beharie “wanted to leave”:

Nicole Beharie wanted to leave because the people behind the scenes treated her like crap. For god’s sake, the official twitter for Sleepy Hollow didn’t even follow Nicole Beharie’s account. They forgot to invite her to the recording of the audio commentary for the show she is supposed to be the co-lead on. No wonder she wanted to leave! Plus, they promised her a lead role in a network television show, one part of a dual-protagonist team, and then sidelined her. Constantly. For their male lead and his stories and relationships.

All this in spite of the fact that Abbie Mills and her partnership with Ichabod Crane was the reason why people were watching. Abbie was the audience connection, the “normal person” tossed into the supernatural weirdness of the plot. People weren’t connecting with Ichabod Crane’s fish-out-of-water story, or his time-spanning Purgatory marriage, or his demon son – you can’t relate to Ichabod Crane, not really, but you could relate to Abbie Mills.

And the show ignored all of this, ignored the wonderful character and the gifted actor that had fallen into their weirdo supernatural show, for absolutely no reason besides shortsightedness and an unwillingness to bend to the natural progression of the story.

But the fact that they killed Abbie off – didn’t trap her in Purgatory or Pandora’s Box but absolutely, with great finality, said “Abbie Mills is dead” – in a sci-fi/fantasy show like Sleepy Hollow? That’s the most ridiculous part of this. They closed the loopholes that this genre takes advantage of constantly, and they did that because they flat-out did not care about Abbie Mills.

So yeah, Nicole Beharie wanted to leave. Of course she did. Why would she stick around a job where she was clearly undervalued, when she could go on to do so much more?