“Boss, stop fucking around in there and get out! We don’t have time for your whiny breakdowns right now.”
Sean exited the tiny room and proceeded to slam the door so hard behind him he was sure the whole neighbourhood could hear it. But at the moment he wasn’t thinking clearly. The fact that Luna had overheard his calls had caught him completely off guard, and all he wanted to do was make things right with her again. He felt awful going behind her back like this.
“You better learn some god damn manners, kid.” he hissed, “Remember our deal. It costs me nothing to replace you.”
“You need to take a chill pill, Boss. They’re here.”
rules: using only songs from only one artist, answer these ten questions and tag 10 people.
artist: The Cab i did not realize how old they are holy shit also i don’t usually listen to this style of music i just really like this one band okay guys
what’s your gender? I am Who I Am describe yourself?
Risky Business how do you feel? One of THOSE Nights if you could go anywhere? Moon favorite mode of transportation? Bounce your best friend? Angel with a Shotgun favorite time of day? Zzzz if your life was a tv show? Grow Up and be Kids relationship status? I’m a Wonder your fear? Temporary Bliss
isn’t ten people but whatever (also if you don’t have the time to do it, that’s fine, I’m just procrastinating)
I’ve always been a big reader but I’m unsurprised to hear that kids are fed up with reading by the time they get to GCSE level. When you’re reading countless books to prepare for exams and picking through every minute detail of Shakespeare it’s hard to sit down and immerse yourself in a book. When reading becomes a chore it’s hard to motive yourself to go further. I’ve seen the same thing with friends in Uni, so weighed down with journal articles and academic books that they don’t read fiction anymore. Maybe if kids in school were given a learning experience that was fun and practical they would try and read more. Give kids diverse, interesting books. Make reading fun.
There’s so much more to this than school practices though. There’s so much snobbery and sexism in the above two articles: the rubbishing of books teenagers loves, the subtle narrative that girls books aren’t as challenging as others, the “young people are stupid” nonsense that pervades the entire debate. On top of this you’ve got journalists dragging Zoe Sugg, a successful vlogger, businesswoman and author who runs a popular teenage book club with W.H Smith. Zoe literally runs a book club that sends book sales rocketing and people still blame her for declining reading trends.
When I was growing up and the Harry Potter books were coming out, the same crap narrative was posted newspapers. The Potter books are classics now and I went on to read Austen, Steinbeck and Adiche. What’s more, I’d take Potter over Steinbeck any day. Don’t let people belittle what you read. Do your own thing.
This book is amazing I haven’t gotten past the first few pages! In the 30 years I have been a Zelda fan I have never seen this image!
You kids take it for granted how easy it is to find things on the web once upon a time it was really an adventure! Using translators for sites getting kicked off…
I always love to see artwork from the original game I need to learn how to color like this so I can copy the style it’s my favorite! Is images look like screenshots from the cartoon I wish that they had made one!!
me, in the year of 2040, sitting my future child down on the bed and drawing a deep breath:
okay kiddo, now that you're old enough, i think it's time for the talk. I need to tell you about the birds and the b–
my kid, a horrified look on their face as they wave their hands frantically:
no, no im–
the birds and the bat. bruce wayne and all of his children. there are now 268 of them now after the 45th dc reboot and i think it's about time you learned about all of them.
so the first ever robin showed up in detective comics issue #38 in 1940 and
This woman is a hero. Freddie Oversteegen was only 14-years-old when she and her sister
Truus joined the Dutch resistance during the second World War, now she’s 90.
“I remember how people were taken from their homes,” she said in a recent interview with Vice. “The Germans were banging on doors with the butts of their rifles—that made so much noise, you’d hear it in the entire neighborhood. And they would always yell—it was very frightening.”
There were times when
Freddie Oversteegen and her family were living in a boat where they were hiding Jewish couples and kids and people from Lithuania in the hold of the ship. When she turned 14 she got brief military training and learned to shoot and to march.
This story highlights the fact that women always make history on their own not asking for credits for their contribution.
So many brave women are unfairly forgotten. This is unacceptable!
Freddie Oversteegen’s story deserves to be told!
THAT THING WHEN KIDS POINT AT YOU YELLING QUESTIONS
WHEN YOU ARE VISIBLY DISABLED
It kinda sucks. It really sucks. I like
kids and I work with kids and I’m totally used to it
and it still sucks. It hurts my feelings.
I didn’t become disabled and get an
instant magical free training in how to teach kids about disability
and diversity. I also didn’t sign up for a delicate unpaid
education-and-outreach job every time I go to the frickin’ grocery
store. (I actually don’t have time for that).
BUT. And this is a big butt.
I am actually learning to love it, this
stupid important unpaid job that I didn’t even get to choose.
I know I know, I have an unfair
advantage because I already thought kids were ridiculous and
hilarious to begin with. And I worked with them before I started
using a wheelchair. But working with kids and having to have the
disability conversation in so many iterations so many times over is
teaching me a whole lot about this whole situation! And it got much
less stressful after I realized this helpful key secret:
kids don’t actually have a problem with
Especially compared to the adults you
encounter who will or won’t ask about it and will or won’t hire you
or date you or what-have-you, so many kids have absolutely no problem with disability. Unless the media // the
adults around them have gotten to their brains before you, this whole
conversation might be alarmingly simple, quick, and painless:
“hey why are you on that?” [“on
that” refers to my wheelchair].
(whenever possible I put down what
I’m doing in order to smile and make eye contact for this. It will
probably be less than 20 seconds).
“oh my wheelchair? Great question!
I have a disability that makes my bones crack easily, so it’s safer
and faster for me to use a wheelchair sometimes. It’s just how I
help my body be at its best!”
“did you have any other questions?”
[I only throw that in on good days]
[kid goes to play]
My advice is to expect Scenario One. All you gotta do to prepare is have a one-sentence explanation of your assistive device / disability that you
feel comfortable with. Kids do not give a shit about your diagnosis, and you don’t need to prove anything to them. All they need from you is a simple,
I * always * explicitly use the word disability
for a few reasons. I used to just casually say “I fractured my leg”
which was also true, but kids learn really early on to feel pity
for someone who has an injury, so they would say things like “ohh I
feel bad for you” or “oh when will you get better” which always made the conversation longer and more uncomfortable. Then I realized
I had a lot of power in shaping their interaction with disability
(and their response to it) in these brief encounters, and also I GET
TO DECIDE HOW I ANSWER! So I revised my answer to frame my injuries
(and my wheels), as a normal, casual part of my life. Feel free to
use my exact wording if it helps you:
“oh my wheelchair? Great question!
I have a disability that (very basic explanation)
so it’s safer and faster for me to use a wheelchair
sometimes. It’s just how I help my body be at its best!”
Okay I studied sociolinguistics in
college so here’s my geeky little break-down:
“oh my wheelchair?” ←
gives a nice nonchalant “oh this old thing” vibe and sends the
message that it’s okay and normal to talk about wheelchairs.
“great question!” ←
teaches the child that disability is not shameful
“I have a disability that
___” ← addresses the taboo right away, deflating any
tension, awkwardness, and curiosity in the rest of the conversation.
Suddenly you have all the power here, since there’s no
“so it’s safer and faster for
me to use a wheelchair” ← emphasizes the positive attributes
of assistive devices. You could also say “it helps me do
everything I want to do” or “my wheels are faster than my feet”
or whatever you want. Again, simplicity works for you in this.
“It’s just how I help my body
be at its best!” ← hopefully kids are already getting some
messaging about taking care of their bodies: brushing their teeth,
eating a snack, sleeping enough, etc. This line should be relatable
to them and also caps the conversation in a helpful way: it’s almost
like saying “this is just how it is” and creates a sense of gentle, positive closure.
My personal opinion on the matter of disclosure is
that the vast majority of kids don’t care at all about the fancy name
of your disability. I don’t emphasize simplicity because I think kids need to be talked down to, I emphasize simplicity because it keeps the conversation clear, casual, and quick. In the adult world, disclosure is practically
demanded of disabled people: even if they don’t ask, everyone wants
to know what, exactly, is “wrong” with you. So my choice in not
naming my specific disability in these conversations with kids is
conscious and political. Not disclosing my diagnosis keeps our
conversation out of the medical sphere (disabled people are so
over-medicalized anyway) and gives us a chance to connect
human-to-human. Some people feel that sharing a diagnosis will raise
“awareness” for their illness or disability but I’m not sure that awareness is what I
need from kids. I don’t need them to be aware that my bod has wonky
collagen production, I need them to know how to interact with me
respectfully. I’m not adamantly against specific diagnosis
disclosure, (again, YOU GET TO CHOOSE what you say in these
situations!) but I also don’t think it’s necessary or important and I
think more often than not, it derails the conversation. Especially if you already didn’t have time
for this to begin with. Guaranteed, a diagnosis
disclosure will add time to this convo.
Often kids will ask what happened
to you, assuming that you’ve had some kind of accident. I have a
congenital disability, so even when I * have * fractured and had an
‘accident’ and that is why I’m wheeling instead of walking, I usually
just casually say: “oh, nothing happened! Same old me. I have a
disability…” and continue my spiel from there.
They will also ask
what’s wrong with you (which is the hardest to stomach) and I
do the same thing: “oh, nothing’s wrong! I just have a
disability…” etc. If I’m just absolutely not in the mood or if a
kid seems weirdly aggressive (which is almost never the case, but it does happen), I’ll cheerfully say “oh nothing’s wrong, but thank you so
much for asking!” and that usually shuts down the conversation.
Lovelies, I know how fucking painful this is. Ugh it sucks so much. But it does get easier and gentler and sometimes kids say really goofy things that you get to laugh about later. This conversation is yours. You get to do as you please with it. Have fun. If you want, for little ones throw in an afterthought: “plus it gives me magical powers. But don’t tell anyone.” Having someone look at you like you could be legitimately fucking magical might make your day.
Hell, you ARE legitimately fucking magical. Go you for reading this and thinking about this and doing you.
The Christmas Song "Trump's nuts Roasting on an Open Fire"
Trump’s nuts roasting on an open fire
as he keeps nipping at his foes.
you’ll cry creepy uncle
every time he arrives
for he keeps clawing at your clothes
everybody knows some money and entitlement
can help to make the season white
mothers of color with their kids out of sight
will find it hard to sleep at night.
They know that truuump is on his way.
he’s got black boys in hoodies locked up on his sleigh
and every working man is going to cry
when they learn that Letch don’t care how you live or if you die
Sooo I’m offering this simple phrase
to kids from 1 to 92
although it’s been said many times, many ways
Merry Christmas to you
Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas
Donald Trump, fuck you
i really feel some typa way about these “dad hacks” for taking care of their kids like that video of that man putting his daughter’s hair through a fucking vacuum cleaner because he cant bother to tie a proper pony tail. like that isn’t horribly negligent and dangerous. or this video i just saw of a man (loosely) tying his baby to the potty so it becomes “mobile” instead of bothering with properly training the baby, never mind that the baby can fall and be really hurt. like we praise them for being quirky and cute but when it comes down to it it’s just men trying to get away with bare minimum and subtly undermining the proper effort that mothers put into taking care of their children. it’s saying that these techniques that women have cultivated for millennia are a waste of time. dads, please learn to properly take care of your kids. dont make a game of everything. dont try to cut corners. you’re not babysitting some kids you’re raising your children. and the rest of yall need to stop praising men for doing a little more than absolutely nothing when it comes to domestic work.
being the Avatar basically gives you All-Speak, so Aang would sound a little antiquated but still perfectly understandable
as the chief’s kids, Katara and Sokka would have learned a few basic trade dialects/the one universal one, which pretty much everyone would be able to understand
Toph grew up in a high-profile family so she probably had formal language tutoring/lessons, likely in formal Earth Kingdom, common trade languages, and maybe even some Fire Nation for practicality
fighting in the Earth Rumbles would have taught her Earth Kingdom swears
Zuko would have learned High Court Fire Nation as a prince as well as formal Earth Kingdom, probably
post-exile, he would have learned the trade language as well as several regional dialects, but could get by with speaking low Fire Nation when traveling through Fire Nation-occupied parts of the Earth Kingdom
most of the Fire Nation soldiers are passably bilingual at this point, and between them and the townspeople they’ve probably evolved a whole new kind of language (in the same way that Yiddish evolved from German and Slavic influences along with Hebrew).
Suki and the Kyoshi Warriors would speak a really, really mutated form of archaic Earth Kingdom, since they sort of noped off of the mainland several hundred years back and have been doing the whole isolationism thing for an indeterminate period of time
the Northern and Southern Water Tribe probably shares some vague basal similarities, but differ as wildly as European French and Louisiana Creole
The southern tribe at this point probably has more similarity to the Earth Kingdom trade dialect in which they most frequently communicate than it does with the Northern tribe’s language. They’re still close enough to be mutually understandable, but different enough to essentially be two different languages.
☀️He definitely says pupper instead of puppy
☀️He learned everyone’s at camps ticklish spots just by giving checkups
☀️He had to stop wearing a stethoscope because Hermes kids would sneak up to him and scream in it while it was in his ears
☀️Okay?? But Will I knee-high socks??
☀️This dork definitely says Will puns all the time
☀️I.e) *Will* you pass me that gauze? I would love you with all my Soul-ace
☀️He is so cute, he walks to each cabin every morning to kindly remind all the campers to take their medication
☀️He'a such an organization dork, for his birthday he asked for storage bins.
☀️He casually uses the word Groovy
☀️He makes up his own curse words, this dork
Hey! How do I tell if I'm ftm trans and not just a tomboy? Sometimes I seriously consider going on T or changing myself, but I really want biological kids so I won't, but I don't know how to get rid of these feelings.
Hey back! ;P I couldn’t possibly answer this question briefly, but it just so happens I wrote a book to help people figure out the answers to questions like these! The first chapter should help you figure out your identity. The second chapter should help you explore whether different aspects of physical transition are right for you. I think it might also be helpful for you to have access to the information in there, as you will learn that going on T does not mean you cannot have biological kids. (For example you could freeze your eggs before starting hormones and/or there are trans men who go off of hormones for a period of time later in life so that they can carry and give birth to a child.) I hope you will find that you don’t have to get rid of any feelings at all, but that those feelings will help guide you to find what path is right for you. Happy gender quest!
Hey, can I request headcanons for Victor and Yuuri K. as parents? (either together or separate, I leave that up to you)
Oh my god, I had so much fun thinking about this. I hope you enjoy!
Parent! Victor and Yuri Headcanons:
- When they finally decided it’s time to start a family, instead of finding a surrogate, they adopt a little baby boy. His name is some sort of Russian-Japanese culture mix, and he’s totally adorable.
- Despite what you may think, Victor is totally the mom. He’s constantly worried about their kid, despite Yuri’s best efforts to calm his nerves.
- As soon as he old’s enough to walk, they drag their kid out to the rink to teach him to skate, and it’s really cute to see the two young dads holding their child’s hands as he learns how to stand up and move in the skates.
- “Yuri, he needs to hold onto me for support-”
“Victor, no. He’s fine!”
“BUT WHAT IF HE FALLS?”
“He’s not going to fall!”
- One of the things the three like to do is watch cartoons on Saturday morning together, and really it’s just super adorable. Victor gets really immersed in the show with their kid and Yuri looks on really proud and really grateful because he just knows how lucky he is to have the two of them.
- When their kid gets older and starts actually competing in skating, they are absolutely the loudest parents at competitions and constantly being super encouraging and loving. This sometimes annoys the judges, but what can they do? The kid’s parents are two world-class skaters, and their kid definitely will be too.
Y'all are severely missing the point of people calling out bad rep. We aren’t doing it to be mean or spiteful, we’re doing it because in YA, your audience is teenagers. If you write a racist portrayal of a black person, you’re perpetuating stereotypes that white readers need to unlearn and you’re telling black readers that that stereotype is all they’ll ever be to you.
It’s imperative to put books in kids hands that has accurate representation of their cultures and sexualities and illnesses.
It’s not about you. None of this is about you and if you take personal offense at people calling things racist then you need take some time to really analyze why you’re so offended.
It’s okay to be uncomfortable in the process of unlearning harmful behavior, if you’re not uncomfortable you’re not learning. But talking over the voices of WOC who tirelessly put time into educating you for FREE, you’re not doing it right.
Favorite Sportacus Things
: The fact that he treats the kids as intelligent capable beings no matter what, even though they have a major case of Aesop Amnesia and are fickle with how they decide to go about things. And even though they always listen to him no matter what, he never asserts his influence over them to make them listen. Never, “I’m older than you and when you’re my age you’ll see!” If they’re having a hard time understanding what he’s getting across, or being outright stubborn, he takes his time and explains from a different perspective because he wants them to learn, to understand, to be able to use the knowledge he’s imparting on them. Because Sportacus really cares about these kids.
→ Conspectus | Overpopulation of the planet leads to the unethical method of culling thousands of people once every month through a customary enlistment ballot. In such a world where your future is determined by your name on a piece of paper, life becomes much easier when you choose to be desensitised of emotions such as love and affection. But such an ideal flips completely upside down when you punch a kid called Min Yoongi in the face.
→ Warnings | Pining. Many references to weapons in a metaphorical sense. Mild disassociation. Sexual content. Strong angst. Death.