Here’s what the Tumblr staff could’ve and should’ve done with their spare time during this lovely Spring Break but didn’t...

1. Give us a fully functioning messaging system with inbox, outbox, drafts, the works. If Facebook can do it, if FFN can do it, if freakin’ LiveJournal and MySpace can do it, so can Tumblr.

2. Delete all the racist and pedophile blogs. They’re out there and they need to go.

3. Up the Follow limit! 5,000 is NOT enough, especially with new people with new fandoms and new issues joining this accursed website every day.

4. If somebody hasn’t been active in 5 years, their URL should be up for grabs.

5. Make it easier to track Anon Trolls. Not just the annoying ones but folks that are lowdown enough to tell someone to kill themselves or are racist, ableist, transphobic, homophobic, all of the -ists and -phobics and then once they are exposed, the staff should take decisive action (see #2)

6. If I want to attach gifs to my text/link posts, I don’t want to see any of those gray boxes of DOOM. I know there’s a way of fixing that but make it easier to do it.


11. Up the Post limit! (see #3 and replace 5,000 with the current number)

12. Get rid of the ads. 

13. Fix trntbl permanently. I tried to use it recently and things went terribly wrong. My computer froze.

14. Fine tune the Compass feature. It’s hit or miss, now. Mostly miss.

15. If I put a typo in a tag, I want to be able to fix it without having to start all the way over and keep the typoed tag.



A companion cover (and a bit of a sneak peak) for one of trumpetnista’s upcoming chapters of Shattering Expectations. If you’re not reading it, you should be.
Gladiator of the Month: Congratulations, Iris!

Name: Iris

Location: Southeastern Michigan, USA

How long you’ve been Gladiating: Late Feb/March 2013- present

Complete this phrase: Gladiator in a hoodie.

Favorite scandal: I have to say Defiance. Although I disagreed with a lot of the elements of it or even the necessity of it, the fallout from it has prompted some character developments and Olitz developments that I truly adored.

Favorite quote/dialogue:

Fitz: What’s wrong?

Olivia: (exhales)

Fitz:You pace in circles when something’s wrong. When you’re just thinking it’s back and forth. When something’s wrong, circles.

Olivia: Did you need something, Mr. President?

Fitz: You know you used to sound sexy when you call me Mr. President. Now it sounds like I’m just a gym teacher.

Olivia: Did you need something, Mr. President?

Fitz: The Sally Hemings-Thomas Jefferson comment was below the belt.

Olivia: Because it’s so untrue?

Fitz: You’re playing the race card because I’m in love with you? Come on! Don’t belittle us. It’s insulting and beneath you and design to drive me away. I’m not going away.

Olivia: I don’t have to drive you away. You married and you have children. You’re the leader of the Free World. You are away by definition. You are away. You’re unavailable.

Fitz: So this is about Mellie?

Olivia: No, no, no! This is– I smile at her and take off my clothes for you. I wait for you. I watch for you. My whole life is you. I can’t breathe because I’m waiting for you. You own me, you control me, I belong to you–

Fitz: You own me! You control me. I belong to you. You think I don’t want to be a better man? You think that I don’t want to dedicate myself to my marriage? You don’t think I want to be honorable? To be the man you voted for? I love you. I’m in love with you. You’re the love of my life. My every feeling is controlled by the look on your face. I can’t breathe without you. I can’t sleep without you. I wait for you, I watch for you. I exist for you. If I could escape all of this and run away with you? There’s no Sally and Thomas here. You’re nobody’s victim, Liv. I belong to you. We’re in this together.

Fun fact: I’m normally quite introverted on the internet but I have to say that being in the SCANDAL fandom, getting into the Gladiator Arena with all its diversity has really opened me up, not just in the tech world but in real life, too. I feel more comfortable being my crazy ass self off the bat instead of waiting and I’m thankful that my boss had 2x11 on her DVR that day. I truly am…

Congratulations, Iris! You are a commited Gladiator, I’ve known about and witnessed your love for all things Scandal ever since I joined the fandom. Your choice of favorite dialogue is definitely a favorite of mine as well. That entire scene still continues to send  chills down my spine, so I give you an A+ on that. I’m also glad to hear that this crazy fun filled Scandal fandom has changed you personally, on a deeper level. The show itself is filled with some complicated lessons, and in turn, we, as the dedicated fans, do our best to interpret them. True colors do show in this fandom and I am so happy that you are now able to show yours in and outside of it. That’s what a fandom should allow people to do. Also, I call the last incident, fate, you were meant to find Scandal. Without further ado, I thus crown you as Gladiator of the Month of September 2013. Congratulations once again, and keep Gladiating!

Today a chilling fear and cast of great darkness has fallen over us. My dear Sara is only 10 years old, and we got an unthinkable diagnosis: brain cancer.
Sara had fell while playing about a month ago and the doctors diagnosed her with a slight concussion. She had been complaining of a headache and my parents took her to the doctors expecting something completely different. Now there is this ravenous beast that wants to tear my family apart, and I have no words, only tremendous heartache and great rage. The doctors are going to perform surgery today to see what kind of tumour it is and what we can do to help her combat this.
I ask for you to please send prayers. I am praying myself, both for Sara and for the faith and strength we will need in order to get through this.

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Season 5 Episode 9 Baby, It's Cold Outside
  • Airdate:11.19.2015.

Olivia is feeling more and more frustrated as she takes on “First Lady” type responsibilities at the White House. Meanwhile, Mellie proves just how powerful she can be, and Jake and Huck continue the hunt for Rowan.

Unless something different happens, Oltiz is still supposed to be together next episode.  


I just saw that James Avery just passed away and all I could think of was this scene from Fresh Prince. The ending moment between Will and Uncle Phil was unscripted and it shows how caring and loving James Avery was towards the people he interacted with. Judge Phillip Banks was the first positive black male role model I saw on TV (other than Dr. Heathcliff Huxtable…) and I want to post this in tribute. Mr. Avery, thank you for being a part of my childhood and you will be sorely missed.


This is my SCANDAL OTP. These are my k'nuckleheads and our Olitz. These people, both separately and together, drew me into the show. These are the most relevant characters. This is the only ship that matters. 


Ms. Rhimes and her enablers may have selective, destructive amnesia when it comes to these two but I don’t. NEVER FORGET. NEVER, EVER FORGET!


Although my Baby Boy has a lot of good moves in his arsenal of UNF, my hands down favorite is still the Pelvic Press of DESTINY. Here’s hoping that we get another one very soon and there’s some wonderful Olitz citrus involved in the process!