I hate to be the angry black woman. In fact, I spend most of my life trying really hard NOT to be the angry black woman just because the stereotype of “The Angry Black Woman” exists. But it literally pains me, hurts my heart to the core, all the bullshit people said about Rue…
I swear I write some of the weirdest short stories. And I share them with the world on my writing blog,Wandering Cellar Door. They are really just fresh out of my mind - yay stream of conscious? If I’m writing all these stories, I might as well put them somewhere. Otherwise they’ll stay in the pile of my spiral notebooks never to see the light of day.
So please read, comment, give me some amount of feedback perhaps, and just overall enjoy them. They may not make sense, but that’s what drabbles are for, right?
If you write fanfiction, previously wrote fanfiction, beta-read fanfiction, then this survey is for you! It would really help out my friend if we could fill it out and pass it on to other writers of fanfiction, novels, short stories, or anyone that has previously been involved or is still involved in writing fanfiction!
Perhaps that’s because I’ve always grown up in a single-parent home, but I think a lot of it has to do with just seeing and hearing just what happens when people grow apart.
Several of my friends are already married, or engaged. They’re happy, which is good for them.
But I know such a decision like that isn’t something I would make at this stage in my life. There are still so many things I want to see, do and experience - whether that’s with someone or with a friend.
Presently, if someone proposed to me, I would probably laugh in their face. I wouldn’t feel ready enough to accept a proposal. Hell, sometimes I don’t feel I’m even ready enough todate.
Overall, I think it’s just not a decision I want to make in my early 20s. I’ll wait.
What you choose to believe isyouropinion in the matter. And to me, people can do research and make their own dedicated decision about everything in this situation.
I personally support the idea that people need to be made aware. However, I won’t be donating any money. Even if I wanted to, I don’t have the extra money because it goes to things I need to pay for like school and other bills.
Overall the entire situation is a giant gray area. No matter how you look at it, many political leaders in third world countries are corrupt. Whether it’s from drug cartels, or just being power hungry, it’s tough to wade through all of this to find a leader that is truly striving for peace. And it’s not going to be easy to properly give the power to anyone without there being an unfortunately bloody war.
Throughout history, we’ve seen people persuaded by someone who is very skilled in oratory. Hitler to name one, and Obama (nothing against him) to name another. I’m not comparing them to each other. What I’m merely saying is, people are gullible. They will believe whichever sweet talker they think can solve their problems. And those choices can either lead to good things or bad things - Hitler being the obvious example here.
But when you get back to this viral video, isn’t it crazy to think just how fast this thing has spread? The hashtag #stopkony has been trending worldwide for about 24 hours now, if not 48. Even in the beginning, it talks about this being an “experiment.” So perhaps the creators set out to make a viral video. They want to see how fast they could get this topic into the hands of millions around the world.
And right now, they’ve proven a lot to the media. You don’t need to have millions upon millions of dollars to get people to rally to your cause. All you need is a video that strikes a cord with people - something people want to share. Politicians running for office, take note, this is how you get your support across the internet.
I’ve attempted this in the past. I think I got 10-15 pages in before I had to quit.
April is a hard month since I generally kick it off by being at a convention. So being away from my usual writing space is tough, but the distraction of hanging with con-goers makes writing on-the-go more of a challenge.
But I don’t want to back down from a challenge - writing or otherwise.
I’m going to go toss some ideas around, figure out what I’ve written that has 100-page potential.
Okay, I’ve been reading a lot lately, which has been a nice change - although not to my sleep schedule - and most of it is research for a previous WriMo novel (that I think I talk about a lot) tentatively titled “GNH.”
And while all this reading is really helping me figure out what should be on the cutting room floor, I’m now starting to have questions about my characters. Before, I thought I knew my cast pretty well. I understood what they all wanted out of life, family, love, etc. But now, I’m not so sure. While yes, I know how they all feel about orientation, I’m starting to wonder how they knew what their sexual orientation was.
So in wanting to figure all of this out, I’ve been up late several nights in a row trying to piece it all together.
Did some characters know through experimentation? Was it just something they knew right away? Was it obvious that they easily accepted it? Was there inner turmoil?
I’ve written up a whole bunch of little possibilities and notes on the path each character could take. In all the recent books I’ve read, I have jotted down a list of the main couple in the book and written about whether they accepted who they were, or were in denial, followed by if they admitted it and were happier, or if they kept it to themselves (whether that’s forever or because they died).
I’ve had librarians say to me, “People in my school don’t agree with homosexuality, so it’s difficult to have your book on the shelves.” Here’s the thing: Being gay is not an issue, it is an identity. It is not something that you can agree or disagree with. It is a fact, and must be defended and represented as a fact.
To use another part of my identity as an example: if someone said to me, “I’m sorry, but we can’t carry that book because it’s so Jewish and some people in my school don’t agree with Jewish culture,” I would protest until I reached my last gasp. Prohibiting gay books is just as abhorrent…
Discrimination is not a legitimate point of view. Silencing books silences the readers who need them most. And silencing these readers can have dire, tragic consequences. Never forget who these readers are. They are just as curious and anxious about life as any other teenager.
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Here it is at last, the finalized version of the massive Super Mario 3 airship project that I’ve been gradually working on since November 2011! Initially planned to be much smaller and streamlined, this titanic brute ballooned…
Besides doing the usual reducing electricity usage, water usage, and paper usage, people can do a lot of things to help in the overall green movement. You can reduce electricity usage by turning off lights when you’re not in the room, switching out light bulbs for more efficient ones, and making sure all of the appliances in the house aren’t sucking energy when not in use. Reducing water usage is mostly making sure there isn’t any leaks in the pipes, or using more water efficient toilets, washing machines and shower heads. And then reducing your paper usage by paying more bills with paperless statements or recycling paper into the proper containers instead of just throwing it in the garbage.
By reusing items or purchasing gently used items, you are preventing things from ending up in landfills. For example, instead of plastic bags or plastic water bottles, using cloth shopping bags, or steel water bottles.
While this is still a “once-ler” or one-time use society, people can do simple things to recycle like go to places that refill ink cartridges and exchange them for a full one at a reduced price. That way they aren’t just being thrown away or going out and purchasing a new one.
And one way to do that - especially for needy college students or families - is through Castle Ink.