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Dear MC fanfic grammar-freak

I thought that you were gone, but apparently, you’re back, and you still don’t understand the premise of fan fiction.
So please allow me to explain.
Fan fiction is a story written by fans about someone else’s creation, be it a TV show, a book, a film, a comic book, a piece of art, etc.
Fan fiction writers who are confident and brave enough often publish their work online.
Fan fiction by nature is mostly not professional writing (although, you can find some super-talented fan fiction writers).
That means that unlike a book, a magazine, play or script, it doesn’t go through professional proof reading. Sometimes the author does contact a proof reader, but even then there can still be mistakes that were not spotted.
Also unlike most other written media, fan fiction is given to the readers for free. The time and effort put into the work by the author are not paid to them in any way.
Another important thing to note is that fanfiction writers come from all over the world. In some fandoms, you can find a wide selection of fanfics in foreign languages and in some fandoms, you will find that the majority of fics are written in English.
And that means that if somebody isn’t a native English speaker, they might make grammatical errors and god-forbid, use the wrong word to describe something.
You know what? That’s perfectly fine.
You know why? Because the author doesn’t owe you anything.
You are receiving a free product, and that means you do not get to complain.
Of course, you can make suggestions, and even offer to help the writer improve their English - but leaving nasty reviews about their English is just rude. And you know it because you leave them anonymously.
But let me ask you this: besides English, what other languages do you speak? Do you happen to speak Hebrew, French, German, Italian? Maybe Romanian, Tagalog, Spanish or Portuguese? I speak at least 4 of the languages mentioned above at basic communication level or higher. How about you?
And if you speak a second language (as it is evident from your condescending reviews that English is your native tongue), how well do you speak that language? Is your grammar perfect? Would you not be offended if time after time after time someone rudely commented about your level in that other language?

And as you may have figured out - English is not my native tongue, but my English is still excellent and understandable. I also pay $30 a month for a professional proof-reading program. It’s not something I have to do, especially because my English is pretty good and I write fics for fun, and not for payment.
So if you spot a mistake in one of my fics, either send me a polite PM and explain how to correct it or stop reading the fic or get over it, because I don’t owe you anything.

And for heaven’s sake, you must absolutely stop doing this kind of shit to other writers as well, or at least be brave enough to stand behind your words by using your social media ID instead of hiding behind a guest/anon status. 

Someone [pt. 5]

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Riley is back in school the next day, and just as Maya expected, they fall into their old routine. She takes the subway to and from school, and the group resumes hanging out in the courtyard at lunch. Maya finds herself biting back jokes from time to time, things no one but Lucas would get. Sometimes it feels like an intrusion, having all these people between them. But Maya’s glad to have her best friend back, and that’s all that matters.

Weeks go by, and admissions letters begin to trickle in. Riley gets into Cal State, the only school she was really interested in. Lucas gets into U of C, like he’d originally hoped, and a couple other schools spread across the country. Farkle gets into everything, but tries to pay his tuition on the spot when he gets his letter from MIT. Zay gets into a couple schools, including U of C with Lucas, but his smile is the widest when he gets his letter from Rice in Houston. It’s the middle of March, decision time. Maya doesn’t open her letters with the others. She gets rejected from Cal State, which she couldn’t afford to go to anyways, and Columbia, which was a pipe dream, and gets into Rhode Island. She’s waitlisted for Parsons and Pratt. But even if she gets in…she’s starting to realize exactly how out of reach it might be, financially, for her to go to school at all. The others don’t ask her too much about it, know she’ll tell them when she’s ready. Maya keeps Riley in the loop though.

One day they’re sitting in the bay window, and Maya feels a pressure in her chest that stops her breath in her lungs.

“Maya?” Riley looks up from the Ikea catalog in her hands. Her smile drops off when she sees Maya. “Hey, are you okay? What’s wrong?” She leans forward, putting her hands on Maya’s face.

“I…” Maya isn’t sure she can explain it. One minute they were looking at desks for Riley’s dorm room in California, and the next she was thinking about her best friend living three thousand miles away. And she can’t breathe.

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Fairytale Imagine #1 - Ben Bruce - 'Sin'-derella
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But her Godmother, above all things, commanded her not to stay till after midnight, telling her at the same time that if she stayed one moment longer the coach would be a pumpkin again, her horses mice, her coachman a rat, her footmen lizards, and her clothes become just as they were before.

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rneme  asked:

zoo's are exactly the same as keeping animals as pets, if rescuing animals and holding them in a safe, clean and fun environment specialized for each animal is so cruel then why do you support keeping pets. unlike zoo's pet owners aren't trained in taking care of pet's and have little to no knowledge of animals. zoo's only hire trained professionals with degrees, even to just simply clean cages. unfortunately i can't link proof because your submit is not open, that says something. -continued-

-continued- so why is it that zoo’s who constantly save endangered species and take good care of those that have been abused or unable to work properly in the wild. it is a simple fact that many animals are no longer able to sustain themselves in the wild do to human intervention so zoo’s are like care places for these animals, as well as for disabled animals. don’t foolishly reblog whatever fits your agenda you’re just spreading misinformation that makes you look all the worse.

-sigh- Here we go.

Zoos are not the same as keeping a pet because there is a huge difference between keeping a wild animal and keeping a domesticated one. We are not supposed to keep wild animals as pets. It just doesn’t work and that’s been shown with many, many instances where humans did try to keep wild animals as pets. Domesticated animals, you know, actually like humans (usually) and their behaviors have been altered to be domesticated. Keeping a dog is no where comparable to keeping a lion. 

That said, the animals is zoos are rarely rescued animals. They were breed in captivity and the animals are traded among zoos.

“Today, many of our new animals come from other zoos.” - (note: this is a pro-captivity website)

The wild animals are traded between zoos like they are a commodity. All the pandas in the world actually belong to China, for example. They are just out on loan. I don’t know what fantasy land you are living in if you believe all the animals were rescued. In fact, many of the animals were just captured from the wild. 

In 2003 the UK government gave permission for the capture of 146 penguins from a British territory in the South Atlantic (Tristan da Cunha). Those who survived the seven-day boat journey from Tristan to a wildlife dealer in South Africa were sold to zoos in Asia.

In 2010, Zimbabwe planned to capture two of every mammal species found in Hwange National Park and send them to North Korean zoos. This included rhinos, lions, cheetahs, zebras and giraffes as well as two 18-month-old elephants. The plan was only stopped after international pressure by a coalition of organisations including CAPS.

70% of elephants in European zoos were taken from the wild.

A CAPS study found that 79% of all animals in UK aquariums were caught in the wild. Sea Life aquariums admitted to taking animals from the wild as recently as 2013, but refused to provide information on how many of the animals held by them were wild-caught. (And yes, aquariums are just as important as zoos).

You also claimed that zoos are fun for the animals, except this is false. When taking a wild animal and placing them in an artificial enclosure, this can have horrible effects on their mental health, which is actually more common than you think. Zoochosis is a pattern of behavior found in captive wild animals. “In captivity, animals may face a number of challenges for which evolution has not prepared them. The climate, diet and the size and characteristics of the enclosure may be completely alien to the species as it exists in the wild.

Captive animals may no longer be able to have control over their environment, nor carry out evolved behaviours aimed at enhancing their welfare or survival prospects. Instead they must rely on humans to provide for many of their physical, social, biological and other needs.

If the captive environment does not cater for the species-specific needs of the animal, there can be a deterioration in both physical and mental health such as the development of abnormal behaviour, disease and even early mortality.” Some of the common behaviors animals in captivity have shown include pacing back and forth, biting bars, and even self mutilation (hitting their head against floors and walls, for example). 

Video evidence of pacing around 

Video evidence of bar biting - which I don’t know about you, but animals bite bars when they want to be released. I used to put my bunny in his cage when he did something bad and immediately he would start biting and shaking his cage. 

Video evidence of swaying and head bobbing

Other behaviors seen: playing with excrement (in species that do not naturally), rocking, constant regurgitating.

The man made enclosure the animals live in are of mediocre size and can no way provide them with what they need to be happy mentally and fulfill what they instinctively do physically. Elephants can walk up to 50 miles a day… Please tell me how a round area to which I can see the other side of is allowing elephants to get the physical activity that they do in the wild.

Zoos are too small for some species, biologists report

Basically keeping a large animal like the elephant in a enclosure is equivalent to keeping a large rabbit in a cage where they can not run away or hop. You’d probably see the latter as animal neglect, right?

And actually a lot of pet owners research about the animal they are about to adopt.

Now, University of Flordia explains how easy it is to become a zoo keeping at the Jacksonville zoo!

"Although the only specific education requirement at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is a High School education, it is often the college degree that gets you that closer look.  Although a degree in Zoology or Animal Science would be nice, a bachelor in one of the other life sciences will do just fine.  Although not a requirement, there is a small handful of keeper training programs related to institutions of higher learning.” - UF College of arts and liberal sciences 

It then states that you could take a quick program at the local Santa Fe community college to become a zoo keeper! I actually thought it was a common fact that you didn’t need to have a degree to be a zookeeper. I mean, most zookeepers do have some sort of degree but it isn’t required. The be a volunteer for the animals at a zoo you literally just need to graduate high school. While we’re on this subject, yes. I don’t have my submit box open because it’s not needed? A majority of blogs on this website don’t utilize their inbox. This blog is not a submission. Don’t be such a rotten apple about things.

Zoos do not save endangered species. Here’s why: Breeding programs are rarely successful, Zoos breed just so they can have more captive animals for zoos (to keep the captive population up), and many zoos do not have introductory programs back to the wild.

There are thousands and thousands of endangered animals, but zoos collectively only take in about 100 of them. Funding is wasted because the majority of those animals will not breed in captivity or even in their natural habitats. Most zoos have no connections with reintroduction programs as verified by zoo director David Handcock. 
He himself has said, ““There is a commonly held misconception that zoos are not only saving wild animals from extinction but also reintroducing them to their wild habitats. The confusion stems from many sources, all of them zoo-based… In reality, most zoos have had no contact of any kind with any reintroduction program.” 

More funding goes to zoos than actual programs that help protect the animals’ habitat directly and wild life preserves. The best way to combat extinction is to fight it at the source and protect the animals, not by taking them away. Taking these animals and breeding them in captivity is compromising their chances for a successful introduction in to the wild because the enclosures they are kept in are too small to mimic anything natural.

Before I end my spiel…

- UK zoos have been found to been linked to circuses. “CAPS exposed a UK zoo in 2009 that was a member of the trade body BIAZA (which supposedly upholds the highest standards) as having a breeding connection with a controversial animal circus

- Animals are regularly culled (killed) in zoos where there is a surplus of animals. (EX: Marius the giraffe)

I can also provide you with examples of animal cruelty in zoos which include physical punishment, solitary confinement, and lack of care. 

But let me just link you to this: Last year the Virginia Zoo Director, Meghan Morgensen, pleaded guilty to drowning a wallaby in a bucket of water. 

So here’s what I have to say to you, dear rneme: Open your god damn eyes.