places i'd rather be than here

Rise Against {Sentence Starters}
  • "I don't know how much more of me you expect."
  • "Your excuses just don't add up!"
  • "Stack the mistakes you've made on top of the lies to hide them."
  • "How can you ask me to just forget?"
  • "I'm not listening to you, now. I wasn't listening to you, then."
  • "You can't change your mind, expect me to care!"
  • "How could something so right turn out so wrong?"
  • "I know that nothing will be the same again."
  • "You can't just snap your fingers and expect me to be there."
  • "There's nothing simple when it comes to you and I."
  • "The best parts of this have come and gone."
  • "If you think that your words will ever make a difference, think again and carry on."
  • "You took advantage of the trust that I gave."
  • "Are we getting closer, or are we just getting more lost?"
  • "There's only so much I can handle, only so much I can take!"
  • "I see a dying fire inside your eyes."
  • "No place that I'd rather be than right here, right now."
  • "When will you stop and realize the worth and value of your life?"
  • "Take my hand and I'll promise not to ever let it go."
  • "I can’t look away or pretend not to see."
  • "I've seen enough to know it's lonely where you are."
  • "Don't suppose that you care?"
  • "But we've had some times I wouldn't trade for the world."
  • "I know there’s nothing left worth staying for."
  • "We'll have no one to blame, but ourselves now."
  • "You got what you came for, now I think it's time to move on."
  • "Your voice is wasted 'cause I'm not listening."
  • "Maybe we've outgrown all the things that we once loved?"
Marianas Trench || Astoria Sentence Starters
  • "I'm warning you."
  • "Don't remind me what the price is when I'm left to my own devices."
  • "What happened to never say die?"
  • "Whatever doesn't make me stronger kills me."
  • "It's gonna be a long year."
  • "Tell me I survive."
  • "What's another bridge burned?"
  • "You came alone, all dressed up in bad news."
  • "You can lay with me while you think of him."
  • "Might as well say fuck it."
  • "Is it bad enough to call it off?"
  • "I can't help but want you, too."
  • "Sometimes you can't yell loud enough."
  • "Sometimes a whisper's just too much."
  • "Don't say you don't miss me that much."
  • "I guess we're even now."
  • "Lately, I've been looking good."
  • "Don't you want to kiss me someday?"
  • "Tomorrow's a day away."
  • "By tomorrow, this will be yesterday."
  • "I'm fixing to change my luck."
  • "Just come back to bed."
  • "I thought you might be here."
  • "What if the one true love's the only one that you get?"
  • "I get so attached."
  • "What if there was still a way of taking care of this?"
  • "So nice to see you here."
  • "Fill me in on how you've been."
  • "I hate to admit it, but I miss the war."
  • "I'd rather be a riot than indifferent."
  • "This means war."
  • "I don't shake because I'm never even rattled."
  • "I just wish you'd open fire on me."
  • "You should come over."
  • "And then there were none."
  • "We'll toast what could have been."
  • "All of my plans have depended on you."
  • "We can laugh at the doom."
  • "There's no place like home."
  • "I wanna throw them out, but I'm just not able."
  • "I can sing, but I can't dance."
  • "Shut up and kiss me."
  • "You should stay away from me."
  • "I miss the way that you saw me, or maybe the way that I saw myself."
  • "There's nothing left to lose."
  • "I won't come back to you broken."
  • "I know where you are."
  • "That's a nice way to say I'm alone."
  • "I thought we got each other's hearts?"
  • "I thought you got yourself a way out?"
  • "I've been lying and I don't know why I do."
  • "This should be the time of our lives."
  • "I've been so lost without you."
  • "What's lost is never gone."
  • "I'm not ready for what's to come."
  • "I will help you, my friend."
  • "You're not quite here, but you're not quite gone."
  • "I can't try if you won't."
  • "I'm coming for you."
  • "I'll never be taken alive."
  • "Every start begins with saying goodbye to you."
  • "This never was the man I hoped to be by now."
  • "How did we survive?"
  • "Can you find forgiveness for a dear old friend?"
  • "I'm in over my head."
  • "I hope your heart can still be mended."

sellaphix  asked:

My 8-year-old 70lb black border collie mix barks loudly and incessantly at passing neighbors when she is outside in the yard. She's tied out on a line, and there is no fence. There is no place where she can be that she doesn't have a clear view of the street. I'd say she's 'reactive' rather than 'aggressive'. I'd prefer she not bark because it could scare or disturb our neighbors. Can you refer me to some reputable resources? Thanks so much!

I don’t really have resources for you because I can’t think of any that will tell you succinctly what I can here: you’ve set your dog up to bark, and you need to change how you’re managing your dog a) so she stops barking and b) for her own sake.

You’ve put your pup in a situation where she has no privacy, nowhere to go to get away from everything passing by. She can’t retreat and she can’t even investigate what goes by because she’s tethered. This situation literally creates reactivity from frustration. Other dogs get to stare at her and bark or do whatever and she can’t hide or chase them off or even greet them - the same with people.

It’s just generally a bad idea to leave dogs tethered unattended, and especially in a situation where they’re in clear view of the passing world with no privacy. To stop the barking, you need to change how you let your dog be outside and what privacy she has.

Unfortunately, because she’s had so much practice and built up so much frustration, it may be a pain to discourage even if you build a fence or only take her out on lead when you can stay with her.

Sword Art Online {Sentence Starters}
  • "The main reason I got stronger was so I’d be able to survive."
  • "In every world, once you die, you're gone."
  • "It's impossible to work hard for something you don't enjoy."
  • "I'd rather die with someone than let them die before my eyes."
  • "Please, from now on, go and help people in my place."
  • "It's possible to live in such a way that other people's happiness makes you happy too."
  • "For the first time since I arrived here, I was happy."
  • "It is pointless to question who someone really is. All you can do is believe and accept."
  • "There is one thing I've learned here. To keep doing your best, up until the very end."
  • "A person is very strong when he seeks to protect something."
  • "Sometimes the things that matter the most are right in front of you."
  • "Real pain is the result of losing someone you care about."
  • "All this time, I seriously thought that it's better to die than to live your life alone."
  • "Just consider hardships as another part of training."
  • "Everybody can fight. It's just a choice of whether you should."
  • "I wondered if everything here, if everything that happened with you, was only a dream. I was really scared."
  • "No matter what, my heart will be forever yours. And I will fight until the day I see you again."
  • "It felt like every day that passed here stole another piece of my real life away."
  • "Even if I die, you keep living okay?"
  • "I too, was looking for something. Something real in this world."
  • "I'd rather trust and regret, than doubt and regret."
  • "In this world, strength is just an illusion. There are more important things."
  • "I'll find you. And fall in love with you all over again."
  • "My only thought was winning, moving forward, and getting stronger."

anonymous asked:

I am writing a novel where all characters are people of color. I would be fine with a cover that showed no identifiable characters. A real deal breaker for me would be to end up with a white character on the cover art, anywhere. No character is fine, scenery or objects, sure. At what stage, if any, should I bring this up? I know I wouldn't usually have control over art as an author applying to a publisher, but I'd rather self publish than have another unrepresentative novel cover out there.

The term “deal breaker” is something of a diagnostic here, so let’s tease this out a little to give you a better sense of exactly what the deal is that you are likely to be presented with. Then you can consider whether it’s worth breaking. (Or signing on to in the first place.)

The kind of control you’re looking for, if I read your intentions correctly, is cover veto. This means not merely consultation, but the right to look at a cover concept and say “no,” and be taken seriously; or the right to dictate design to the art director, laying out what will appear on your cover and what is not permitted to.

If if it’s a contract with a conventional publisher that we’re discussing, then unless you are an incredibly powerful writer with a worldwide audience—think Stephen King, or J. K. Rowling–or someone with a huge high-selling genre-book franchise along the lines of James Patterson or Nora Roberts—you will probably never achieve cover veto.  Such broad concessions on cover content and design are not made to the writer unless huge amounts of money are in play and the publisher knows that if the concession is not made, the writer will walk. Even for such writers, however, the agreement to cover veto will be negotiated for at the dealmaking stage and enshrined in black and white in the contract. It would not be something they need to bring up later in the production process: it will have been factored in from the beginning.

The best any writer of lower sales or less popularity working with a traditional publisher can hope for is cover consultation. At the end of the day, however, the art director working in-house at your publisher will (wrongly or rightly) be assumed to know far better than you what will sell in a given market at a given time; what graphic and artistic trends are in play in your genre, which ones are fading, which ones are up-and-coming, and which ones are heading toward their peak. Your editor, your company’s art director and the artist that the art director hires on will be the ones finally responsible for your cover looks like. The sales department — meaning the reps who will be pressing your book on big retailers and independent bookstores alike – may get some input into the process as well.

This means, essentially, that your cover is going to be the work of a committee. And sometimes committees can do very good work—

– and sometimes, not so good.

…You get to live with the results either way.

If you’re lucky enough to eventually get into a position like mine, where you have an editorial staff and an art director both of whom trust your taste, and who are willing not only to listen to your suggestions but to implement them, then you’re in about as good a situation as you’re ever likely to be. But there is no guarantee that things will go this way. And even if they do, all you’ll ever be able to do is hope that things keep going that way. Because after years of that, just when you’ve started feeling comfortable, you may suddenly wind up with a new editor who doesn’t believe you know what you’re talking about, or an art director who thinks all your taste is in your mouth. As a result you may find that everyone now nods and smiles at your suggestions and then does exactly what they please… producing covers that delight everybody but you. (Or nobody, including you.) They may even sell brilliantly, and no one will care that the art, or lack of same – or the fact that one or more of your cover characters has been whitewashed – is driving you crazy. You’re just the writer, after all, and what’re you’re going to do, leave your publisher over a cover?

… So the answer to the question you need to ask yourself at this point will determine how you handle this situation as you go forward. You can probably make a case that a conventional publisher with access to all the usual distribution channels will be able to get your story in front of more pairs of eyes then you’ll be able to manage by self-publishing. So the question is this. Which is more important for you: to have your story reach (theoretically) the largest possible number of potential readers, or to have the cover be exactly the way you want it?

This may sound a bit harsh. But believe me, I understand the urge to do it right, or the way I think is right, even if the more homegrown results look little rough around the edges. …There is this problem,  though. Whether you make your book’s cover yourself (or hire someone to do it for you) or go the usual production route through a conventional publisher, unforeseen events may still conspire to keep a good cover from being seen or to render a bad cover almost a bizarre kind of good luck charm. That godawful aberration you see above, the cover for the first edition of The Door Into Fire, nonetheless accompanied the book inside it through two consecutive nominations for the John W. Campbell award. The content, apparently, trumped the cover’s execution. In fact people were heard saying “For God’s sake ignore the cover and just read this book.” So it just goes to show you – you never can tell…

Finally: let me be clear that I agree with you that correct representation is a very big deal. I look forward to the day when more publishers agree with this position as regards cover art.

Sorry not to be more helpful about this. Whichever way you go, good luck!

Nice Days At The Park
  • Young Woman: *pleasantly reading a book in the park* What a peaceful day.
  • Old Man Who Smells of Soot and Oats: You, lady! Stop reading that book this instance!
  • Young Woman: Excuse me?
  • OMWSoSaO: *snatches the book away from the young woman and rips it into pieces* It's Faulkner! Absolute garbage! Forbidden Garbage!
  • Young Woman: My book! What is your issue, you strange old man!?
  • OMWSoSaO: I was a contemporary of Faulkner's. The hack stole all of his greatest works from me. As I Lay Dying was based on the events that lead me to become a homeless old man in this very park at the vulnerable age of twelve. And look at me now, I'm a complete mess!
  • Young Woman: As I Lay Dying is based on your life? Interesting. That'd make a very good documentary. A groundbreaking documentary even. Hmm...
  • OMWSoSaO: I was the mom who died at the beginning.
  • Young Woman: I hardly believe that's true. But, it's of no matter. No one makes it big in the world of film by telling the truth. We'll doll you up, make up some stories about how Faulkner treated you awfully as a child, and pay some people to pretend to know you. Then daddy Cannes has a nice Palme d'Or waiting for me. Come with me, old man.
  • OMWSoSaO: *fist pumps* Wooooo! I'm gonna be a movie star!
  • *at the young woman's mansion*
  • OMWSoSaO: Do you really live here, lady? This house is ridiculous.
  • Young Woman: Of course I do. You see, I'm quite important in the art world. You may have heard of me. I'm Demoiselle Analise.
  • OMWSoSaO: Listen lady, the only art I've interacted with in the last sixty years of my life is the macaroni art that the elementary school sometimes throws out. And that's only when I'm hungry.
  • Young Woman: Whatever, you'll get to know me much more as I groom you to be my perfect documentary specimen. Now please, follow me into my abode. *struts elegantly into her mansion*
  • OMWSoSaO: *waits outside of the mansion, eyes wide*
  • Young Woman: What are you doing, old man? Chop chop!
  • OMWSoSaO: Are you sure I'm allowed inside?
  • Young Woman: Of course, you're allowed inside. It's my house!
  • OMWSoSaO: I don't know about that. Looking at it from the outside, it gives off this mood. A bad mood. A mood that says it doesn't want someone like me inside of it.
  • Young Woman: What nonsense. *grabs old man's arm and leads him into the mansion*
  • Original Rembrandt: *flies off of the wall and straight towards the old man and young woman*
  • Young Woman: *narrowly dodges the painting* GOODNESS, MY REMBRANDT!
  • Original Rembrandt: *hits the old man in the head, snapping his neck, and instantly killing him*
  • Young: GOODNESS! What is this!? Witchcraft!? Alchemy!? Freemasonry!?
  • Shadowy Spirit: *manifests* It is I.
  • Young Woman: Who are you?
  • Shadowy Spirit: I am avarice made manifest by your life of excess. I am a reflection of your inner darkness and I've taken your house as my residence. I control each part of it as if it were my own body, and I refuse to let anyone as lowly as that man into my home.
  • Young Woman: This would make a great documentary!
  • Shadowy Spirit: What?
  • Young Woman: You're sleeping on an artistic goldmine, spirit. We could take the film world by storm!
  • Shadowy Spirit: Yeah, but aren't you disturbed by my existence at all? I'm not exactly a good thing. Or a rational thing at that.
  • Young Woman: Disturbed? Why would I be? You're but a reflection of myself, and I love myself more than anything. Not to mention, you're a walking Palme d'Or! Can't you picture it. An epic documentary chronicling my descent into greed starting from my childhood, and ending at the creation of a dark supernatural entity that took the life of an innocent, if disturbed, old man. All because of the uncaring monster that lives within the minds of all humans, avarice!
  • OMWSoSaO: *gets up off the ground and cracks neck back into place* Jesus Christ! If I weren't so resilient your dumb painting would've killed me!
  • Young Woman: You're alive!?
  • OMWSoSaO: Of course I'm alive. I've had my neck fatally snapped more than once. I've been around the block more than once. And I mean that both figuratively and literally. My ex-wife lives around here and she's got a restraining order. I'd rather not get thrown in jail again, and I don't want to be involved with your dumb documentary anymore. I'm taking painting, though. It'll make a good dinner.
  • Young Woman: Fine, I don't care, you stinky old man. I don't need you or the painting. I've got a much better documentary on my hands thanks to the darkness from deep within my broken soul.
  • OMWSoSaO: Bah! *walks off with the original rembrandt tucked under his arm*
  • Young Woman: We're going to become international superstars! Just you and me, spirit! Our faces will be on IMDB lists for years to come!
  • Shadowy Spirit: I don't want to be involved with this.
  • Young Woman: Nonsense, you're me. I know what you want to be involved with more than anyone! We've got a bright future ahead of us.
  • *the documentary went on to be a critical and commercial failure*
Signs as told by Ron Swanson
  • Aries: This is a competition. We need to win it. Please do your jobs.
  • Taurus: Why do people eat anything besides breakfast food? Because people are idiots.
  • Gemini: Normally, if given the choice between doing something and doing nothing, I'll do nothing. But I will do something if it helps someone else do nothing. I'd work all night if it meant that nothing got done.
  • Cancer: History began July 4th, 1776. Anything before that was a mistake.
  • Leo: Dear frozen yogurt, you are the celery of desserts. Be ice cream or be nothing.
  • Virgo: That Yelp thing gave me a great idea on how to criticize people in places.
  • Libra: I am not a sore loser. It’s just that I prefer to win and when I don’t, I get furious.
  • Scorpio: Creativity is for people with glasses who like to lie.
  • Sagittarius: I would rather bleed out than sit here and talk about my feelings for 10 minutes.
  • Capricorn: I believe luck is a concept invented by the weak to explain their failures.
  • Aquarius: I don’t drink alcohol from that portion of the color system.
  • Pisces: There are only three ways to motivate people: money, fear, and hunger.

There’s a lot going on around and frankly I’m a little (a lot) disgusted and disappointed by the level of ignorance I’ve seen displayed on my dash in the past few days, so I just HAD to say something, and I’m sorry if this will bother a few people.

Most of you are very young, and probably don’t know better, but it doesn’t sit right to me that so many of you believe the things that some people have the audacity to write, and I’ve seen posts with way too many notes, for this not to be a problem.

If I have to read just one more time how “white people” don’t know what racism is, or how “white people” never experienced racism, I’m going to scream. Seriously.

Perhaps that’s so in the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

Newsflash: the United States of America is a tiny country, with 316.285.000 people.

I know you all are taught that you’re the grandest nation in the world and whatever, but there’s a whole new world out there, where almost 7 BILLION people live,

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I'd rather someone eat a steak than consume dairy, and here's why:

A steak is a one death thing, you kill the cow take the meat and its done.

Dairy is years of routine artificial insemination (cow rape (the industries actually call what they place the cows in the rape rack)) years of stolen children which the mother grieves over for weeks (there is no other noise comparable with the noise of a mother cow screaming for her young that has just been taken) and countless male calves slaughtered as waste products of the dairy industry and eventual death for the mother.

There is so much more cruelty involved in dairy than people know about which is why I get so frustrated when people say they’re vegetarian for animal rights but continue to support the worst industry of all.

lucid-streaming  asked:

I live in London and i can say i have rarely come across any openly racist individuals, i'd say London is quite a politically correct society which is against all forms of racism, the general ethos here being everyone is equal and to judge a person on their interior rather than exterior. I honestly can't comprehend with the fucked up-ness in the US where black individuals are shot purely on the colour of their skin?! Why is the US so brazenly racist in comparison to other places such as London?

I wouldn’t be so quick to leave England out of it when you think about what happened 4 yrs ago.

Eon