The particular structuring of desire (as neurotic, psychotic, or perverse) derives from a child’s effort to translate the parental formula — Mother [in relation to] Father — into a comprehensible sexual formula for a relationship between boys and girls, a formula that will make the relationship of man to woman clear. But the relation of mother to father does not provide the formula for a sexual identity, nor give the key to what a cohesive or harmonious relation of man to woman would be.
—  From ‘Essays on the Pleasures of Death From Freud to Lacan’ by Ellie Ragland

35 Characters of 2015

17. The Twelfth Doctor (Doctor Who)

On the outside, Twelve is a very gruff character, but he is one who attaches himself to a few people and loves them intensely. Friends (Missy and Clara) or enemies (Missy and Davros), this is a character who wants to save the people closest to him more than anything, but people will always take their own paths and choose their own destinies. Clara’s death and his desperate fight against it gave the Doctor a lesson in letting people go and letting them make their own choices. Then, the end of the series returned us to River Song, the woman he saved to the Library all those years ago because he could let go of her either. As he interacts with her, we see how far he has come from the beginning of series 8. He loves, he laughs, and he lives happily, even if not forever, because, as River says, “happy ever after doesn’t mean forever. It just means time.” So he seizes the time he has with her instead of fighting desperately for his impossible dream of having the people he loves alive and in his life forever.


anonymous requested → sapphic daisy + gravel to tempo

I don’t feel adequate
Thinking I’m a monster in disguise

10 Life Changing Lessons To Learn From Lao Tzu

Originally posted by justbeingnamaste

Lao-Tzu, one of the most renowned philosophers and poets of ancient China, left behind many important lessons for our souls to learn. Best known as the author of the Tao Te Ching and the founder of philosophical Taoism, his remarkable wisdom and messages of peace, resilience, and living cohesively remind us what really matters in life, and how we can develop ourselves as a collective. He is a central figure in Chinese culture, but his words can apply to people all over the world.

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Typically I only post pictures of outfits where I took extra time to piece it together and to also do my hair/makeup.  I don’t want to give off the false impression that I look like that on a constant basis.  Most days I really do not feel like putting on makeup, messing with my hair, putting on a bra, or piecing together a cohesive outfit.  So this is what I look like on the average day when I want to get ready in 5-10 minutes.  My hair/dress were kind of giving me witchy vibes, so I’m pretty fond of this.

Dress ~ SWAK Designs
Shoes ~ Journeys

Flower Crown ~ Petalprops via Etsy
Bag ~ Titinastore via Etsy

a list of my favorite things that episode:

  • “have you tried greater restoration”
  • Grog grabbing Keyleth’s antler (gently!) to get her attention
  • Keyleth screaming off the ziggurat
  • “Percival–– Percival–– Percy is right.”
  • “here’s to a thousand years of you”
  • everything about Vax and Kynan just all of it
  • “stupid bunch of gits, I swear. Bahamut, are you serious?”
  • Allura’s exit after Scanlan oh so delicately tells her about Tiberius
  • “Percy has–– sorry, Percival”
  • Vex and Percy doing the “both of us are trying to go through the door at the same time” dance leaving the library
  • “the door was open”
  • “I should just go online and find out how to register to vote?”
  • the sun tree
  • “I’m a big believer in second chances. Well, I am now.”
Focusing on Continuity

One of the main reasons you need to keep track of your story and where it’s going is because of continuity. Continuity is what ties your writing together and makes it cohesive. It’s what helps your story make sense because if you don’t have continuity your story WON’T make sense. You need to make sure everything runs on the same timeline and the characters actions make sense.

When you’re checking your writing you need to make sure there are no contradictions or inaccuracies from scene to scene.  It’s important that you keep track of characters you introduced, how they have developed, where they’ve been, where they’re going, and any shifts that might have occurred within your story.

Here are some common continuity errors to be aware of:

Time—Forgetting when something takes place or lack of connections between the times things are happening.

Plotting—Inconsistencies/plot holes. Make sure you don’t contradict anything about your plot or characters with something later in your novel.

Place—Keep track of where things take place, whatever is necessary to know about those places, and why your characters are there or need to go there.

The best way to avoid continuity errors is to keep track of things. Prewriting often helps with this AND continuing to outline your progress throughout your novel. If you’re taking long breaks between writing scenes, it helps to go back and reread what you wrote. Remembering key character traits is very important because it helps your readers connect with your story and understand where your characters are going. 

-Kris Noel

Holy crap do I love the Weasleys, what with their brilliantly timed sarcastic banter, garage full of Muggle curios, Daring Plans™, proclivity for explosives, and rather infamous shenanigans.

I just really freaking love the Weasleys.

Send a number + character and I’ll draw them | 9 - Making 3 different expressions

Decided to do 3 more expressions for Makoto too, since Haru was requested twice, just to have 6 each:D
Also, how do I stop imitating expressions as I draw them? My face hurts…

Clara Oswald and Ashildr Me have their own TARDIS.

This is not a drill. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.

Is this real life?

Moffat, did you give us an ending for two female characters full of agency and empowerment?


I have all the feels.

  • what she says: i'm fine
  • what she means: diamond city radio lacks a cohesive theme. galaxy news radio plays as a solid 30's-esque jazz and pop station. it may be because of the limited number of songs, but each track feels carefully hand-picked, as if three dog made his own playlist and broadcasted it across the capital wasteland on repeat. radio new vegas and mojave music radio have the themes of big band/traditional pop and country western, respectively, with a few songs transcending station. both themes fit the mojave perfectly as it's a wasteland of both bright vegas lights and empty desert. the first mistake diamond city radio made was recycling songs from fallout 3, as they ruin the station's potential to feel fresh and new from the get-go. as for the new songs, they seem to have been randomly selected by throwing darts or something. both time period and genre vary wildly (with at least one song being from as late as *gasp* the 60's). the only connection i could garner is that quite a few of the new songs they've introduced are more humorous in nature ('rocket 69', 'pistol packing mama', and 'grandma plays the numbers' are a few examples) but there's not strong enough unity there for things to really sound natural. also i will never get over 'orange colored sky' being featured in fallout 4 and not in new vegas, even when it was used in new vegas advertising and would've fit the game's theme perfectly.



The Story of the Lost Child by Elena Ferrante

Ferrante Fever is real. The fourth and final book of the Neapolitan Novels may not be the best (Book Two 4 EVA), but it closed out what was one of the most profound and satisfying reading experiences I’ve had in recent years. Ferrante’s Italy is where the personal is political, the male gaze is visceral, and the past clings to the present with potent force. Bonus points because the flimsiness of the central romantic relationship of the series can be consummately mapped onto Angela, Jordan, and Rayanne from My So-Called Life.


The Sellout by Paul Beatty

It turns out that the most important political novel of the year is also the most hilarious. What Beatty’s satire about “post-racial” America lacks in cohesive plot it makes up for with a voice that is so unabashedly profane, so unflinchingly silly and smart that it’s impossible to look away. And I could not believe how many perfect jokes are embedded within so many individual sentences.


A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

Trigger warning: literally every other page of this hefty novel about the bleak lives of four college friends requires a trigger warning. But Hanya Yanagihara’s greatest feat is that she makes A Little Life’s unrelentingly devastating subject matter so compulsively readable. I can’t remember ever being so addicted to despair, and I listen to a lot of Fiona Apple. Prepare to put the rest of your life on hold while this book destroys your weekend.

Side note: If you loved A Little Life but want a more realistic yet similarly artful, captivating take on what it’s like to love an existentially unhappy person, might I suggest All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews? The 2014 novel contains all of the anger and frustration and real talk that  around the discussion of suicide that the weird alt universe of A Little Life sometimes lacked. And yes, it’s even funny, at times.


Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff

It’s so much more than the story of a marriage! Don’t let yourself be fooled into thinking that Fates & Furies is a domestic drama, a Gone Girl without the psychosis. Lauren Groff’s novel is epic in scale and subject matter, and it’s got some of the best, most perfect sentences I read this year.


Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh

Suspenseful as shit, Eileen is the story of a prim little nobody in a small town in 1960s New England whose interior life is full of anger and lust and just the right amount of perversion. How Eileen went from meek mouse to a tougher (and perhaps wiser–unclear) city lady is one of the most satisfying mysteries of 2015.


The Invaders by Karolina Waclawiak

Contemporary American literature is rife with novels about the lives of the aging, booze-swilling denizens of fancy suburban towns where country club politics rule. Karolina Waclawiak gives new life to the genre by adding little shocking bursts of violence that jar the reader out of typical angsty novel expectations. The Guardian’s review of The Invaders called the setting “Lynchian” (which we all know is the greatest compliment in all of suburbia) and I’d have to agree.


The Diver’s Clothes Lie Empty by Vendela Vida

Vendela Vida’s slim and fast-paced novel is as unsettling as that nagging feeling when you leave your home and realize you’ve left something important behind–your wallet, your phone, your keys. You’d think this would be a recipe for a panic attack, but the humor found in these pages keeps the unease from getting too out of hand.


A Cure for Suicide by Jesse Ball

In trying to sum up Jesse Ball’s work for a friend last year, I said, “He’s kind of what would happen if M. Night Shyamalan was actually good.” I don’t mean to solely invoke a mostly mediocre screenwriter to describe an author whose work also brings to mind Kafka and Orwell, but Ball’s high concept experimental writing feature the kinds of philosophical riddles that Shyamalan seems to want to solve, complete with revelatory endings that might make you cry.


The Odd Woman and the City by Vivian Gornick

Vivian Gornick moves to the top of the list of writers (Patti Smith, Teju Cole) with whom I’d wanna walk around NYC. The cultural critic captures the cadences of the streets so well, as well as the many characters she’s encountered on her journeys.


Saint Mazie by Jami Attenberg

I love unlikeable characters–that’s how I usually distinguish myself from most Goodreads reviewers! But every now and then a protagonist comes along who is smart and complicated and witty, but also so earnestly, unabashedly good that she might make you wanna be a better person. The title heroine of Jami Attenberg’s luminous novel set around the Lower East Side of the Depression era is a tough dame with a proverbial heart of gold, a perfect antidote to the snark I so regularly ingest.


The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson

Many attempt but few can pull off what Maggie Nelson does so beautifully, combining the academic and the personal to examine and elucidate both. The story of Maggie’s pregnancy combined with her partner’s gender transition provide plenty of opportunity for comparison and contrast and metaphor, and her intimate observations are footnoted seamlessly with great works of theory and criticism.


Killing and Dying by Adrian Tomine

I read so many pages about death and loss this year that it came as a relief to consider the subjects in a different way. Adrian Tomine was my gateway into the world of graphic novels many years ago (as I’m sure he was for many readers), and he continues to innovate in the ways that he combines images and colors and words to tell stories that have new layers of sentiment and subtext.

Other Books I Loved in 2015

Get in Trouble by Kelly Link

Outline by Rachel Cusk

After Birth by Elisa Albert

The Story of My Teeth by Valerie Luisella

The Small Backs of Children by Lidia Yuknavitch

The Mark and the Void by Paul Murray

The Notorious RBG by Irin Carmon & Shana Knizhnik

Delicious Foods by James Hannaham

Among the Ten Thousand Things by Julia Pierpont

The Folded Clock by Heidi Julavits

The Sunlit Night by Rebecca Dinerstein

The Beautiful Bureaucrat by Helen Phillips

And please remember that You Blew It is a brilliant masterpiece that makes a great gift for anyone who’s ever exited a public bathroom with toilet paper stuck to their shoe (literally or figuratively).


“I think how everyone gets along so well. I love every single guy on this team. A lot of times you hear horror stories about the NHL — and about it becoming a job and how 23 guys show up at the rink, 23 different taxis type of thing — but it’s unbelievable how close-knit this group is, and just incredibly cohesive.” -Chris Kreider on what he likes best about the New York Rangers


Hatching ties pretty heavily into your draughtsmanship, so if your hatching doesn’t look how you want it to then you might want to get into the habit of doing some draughting exercises.

The better your draughting, the easier it is to draw parallel lines.

Regular, equal spacing between lines is what makes hatching look like a cohesive tone! It doesn’t need to be perfect, but if they’re roughly parallel and equal it will work.

That said! The lines don’t need to be straight. You can hatch with curved lines, or swirls, whatever you like.