Nicole
she/her/hers
This blog is a little of everything and a lot of inconsistency. I am Queen of the Queue and over-tag everything, so don't be afraid to ask me to tag something for you. I am planning a hobbit hole and you should talk to me about your dream house. Also Tamora Pierce. And The Posterchildren. As well as anything that's weighing you down (I am nearly guaranteed to be on your side).
Profile picture courtesy of Raya

 

The prince fought valiantly.
He slayed the dragon.
The princess cried for days.
She loved that dragon.

The stories fairytales don’t tell (via caliginosity-)

markdoesstuff:

theuppitynegras:

navigatethestream:

genderhawk:

oppressionisntrad:

anarchist-memes:

We are forced to live in a system that steals from us daily, Kill snitch culture.

Important things to keep in mind!
- never take from ‘mom and pop’ type store. Its likely you’ll actually harm them, whereas taking from a walmart wont effect much.
- never take items that a worker is assigned to monitor (usually super expensive items), theyll be in trouble for it. and its usually a minimum wage worker and usually they lose hours or pay, or they even get fired.
- similar to the above, never take things that are usually locked up for the above reason
- if its a store you know gives their near-expiration products to workers/charity, try to avoid taking the near expiration products.
- if youre taking clothing, avoid leaving hangers. it sounds weird, but itll make it seem like it was more likely an error in the computer than a theft, since the empty hanger sitting there will seem suspicious. 
- also for clothing, try not to take more than one item at once, as it will look suspicious if theres 10 medium shirts missing, and it won’t be written off as just a stocking error. and it will lead to workers being penalized
- basically just always consider ‘will this harm a worker’ and if the answer is yes then dont do it
like i was homeless for a while when i was younger and i tried to follow those guidelines to avoid doing harm to people who were probably not much better off than me while trying to get food for myself.

And remember, the more thefts the greater the security. So if you HAVE funds, use them to support local businesses instead of removing product from big buisnesses.

i love how this is totally devoid of any sort of racial analysis whatsoever as if security measures and treatment within stores is equal across the board when you steal you’re not only affecting workers, you’re making it shittier for the people of color who are already suspected of stealing from stores and are trying to shop there BECAUSE WE DON’T HAVE THE OPTION OF SHOPLIFTING TO FUCK OVER THE CAPITALIST SYSTEM AND GETTING AWAY WITH IT. THE PRISONS ARE ALREADY FILLED TO THE BRIM WITH BLACK BODIES SERVING HEAVY AMOUNTS OF TIME FOR NON-VIOLENT CRIMES AS IT IS. you make shopping for everyday survival a fucking pain in the ass because we’re the ones getting followed around and suspected as criminals BEFORE anybody else, let alone radicals who are doing it as “look at me i’m fucking over the system” sort of epically privileged ass backwards praxis you wanna shoplift to make a statement, that’s your businessbut don’t pretend your Crimethinc remedial anarchist praxis is sage advice for people who don’t have white privilege on their side

straight up white people I see you stealing and I’m getting followed in the store I’m snitching on y’all just to prove a point.the biggest shoplifters (criminals in general actually) is y’all so…

as someone who got blamed for theft at a store i worked at and fired (and watched white people steal all the time but was restricted from ever stopping them)
just… fuck, this is a terrible post. the first three parts are so gross and awful

markdoesstuff:

theuppitynegras:

navigatethestream:

genderhawk:

oppressionisntrad:

anarchist-memes:

We are forced to live in a system that steals from us daily, Kill snitch culture.

Important things to keep in mind!

- never take from ‘mom and pop’ type store. Its likely you’ll actually harm them, whereas taking from a walmart wont effect much.

- never take items that a worker is assigned to monitor (usually super expensive items), theyll be in trouble for it. and its usually a minimum wage worker and usually they lose hours or pay, or they even get fired.

- similar to the above, never take things that are usually locked up for the above reason

- if its a store you know gives their near-expiration products to workers/charity, try to avoid taking the near expiration products.

- if youre taking clothing, avoid leaving hangers. it sounds weird, but itll make it seem like it was more likely an error in the computer than a theft, since the empty hanger sitting there will seem suspicious. 

- also for clothing, try not to take more than one item at once, as it will look suspicious if theres 10 medium shirts missing, and it won’t be written off as just a stocking error. and it will lead to workers being penalized

- basically just always consider ‘will this harm a worker’ and if the answer is yes then dont do it

like i was homeless for a while when i was younger and i tried to follow those guidelines to avoid doing harm to people who were probably not much better off than me while trying to get food for myself.

And remember, the more thefts the greater the security. So if you HAVE funds, use them to support local businesses instead of removing product from big buisnesses.

i love how this is totally devoid of any sort of racial analysis whatsoever

as if security measures and treatment within stores is equal across the board

when you steal you’re not only affecting workers, you’re making it shittier for the people of color who are already suspected of stealing from stores and are trying to shop there BECAUSE WE DON’T HAVE THE OPTION OF SHOPLIFTING TO FUCK OVER THE CAPITALIST SYSTEM AND GETTING AWAY WITH IT. THE PRISONS ARE ALREADY FILLED TO THE BRIM WITH BLACK BODIES SERVING HEAVY AMOUNTS OF TIME FOR NON-VIOLENT CRIMES AS IT IS.

you make shopping for everyday survival a fucking pain in the ass because we’re the ones getting followed around and suspected as criminals BEFORE anybody else, let alone radicals who are doing it as “look at me i’m fucking over the system” sort of epically privileged ass backwards praxis

you wanna shoplift to make a statement, that’s your business

but don’t pretend your Crimethinc remedial anarchist praxis is sage advice for people who don’t have white privilege on their side

straight up white people I see you stealing and I’m getting followed in the store I’m snitching on y’all just to prove a point.

the biggest shoplifters (criminals in general actually) is y’all so…

as someone who got blamed for theft at a store i worked at and fired (and watched white people steal all the time but was restricted from ever stopping them)

just… fuck, this is a terrible post. the first three parts are so gross and awful

(Source: anarchismwillwin)

the-exercist:

lescicatrices:

the-exercist:

manvmiles:

The best lift doors ever…
Snapped at the Technogym Wellness Valley. A message to employees and visitors to take get more active. Gotta love this.
Plus: Other oddities, amusements and fascinating things I’ve stumbled across being a slightly obsessed runner.




To quote an excellent article by Lesley Kinzel:
“[W]hat’s wrong with positively encouraging people to use the three minutes they’d spend in an elevator to exercise instead? Nothing, on the surface. Unfortunately though, these efforts don’t happen in a vacuum — they happen in context with a lot of other, less positive messages. They happen in the same culture that condemns any perceived laziness and less-than-perfect physical condition as moral failures. And that’s where things get a little more complicated.
“While stairs-encouragement may have some positive effects, it has negative ones too. Culturally, it places a heavy value on the ability to climb stairs in the first place, and marks this as both “normal” and the perferred state of things. It reinforces the idea that disabled bodies (or bodies that just aren’t in good enough shape to run up a few floors) are somehow broken, mismanaged or defective, and together with the plethora of other ableist crap we live with every day, this has a powerful and cumulative impact on their quality of life. In a world that sees good physical condition as a signifier of morality and good character, this is a problem.
“Disabled folks’ ability to get around is essentially being sacrificed in favor of feel-good cosmetic changes that let public institutions pat themselves on the back for being so forward-thinking. Ironic.”
So no thanks - The message here isn’t that employees and visitors should get more active, the message is that they should feel guilty for needing or wanting access to mobility aids. That’s not something that I can get behind or support.

there are plenty of social justice causes on Tumblr that I can support, but this one just makes my blood boil each time I see it.  Is this seriously a thing?  Who’s going to give someone in a wheelchair a hard time about not being able to take the stairs?  Is it impossible for someone disabled to see this and simply think “obviously they are not referring to me?”  This seems like a major case of making a mountain out of a molehill.

Several people have reblogged this post in order to share their stories. If you do not have the time to scroll through the notes, you may want to click here, here, here, here and here for a start.
For some outside reading, in addition to the article linked about, you can also see here, here and here.
There are lots of people who feel that it is their duty to police wheelchairs, disabilities and medical problems of all kinds. Memes have even been made for the purpose of mocking wheelchair users. Not to mention that many people would rather photograph a disabled person and post it online to laugh about than actually help someone in trouble. We live in a culture that outright doesn’t value people with disabilities, and you really thing that no one would ever make a person feel bad about their mobility aid?
Remember that this isn’t just about people who use wheelchairs - It is about all disabilities and personal situations that may make the stairs an impossibility. When people are explicitly and repeatedly told that they are lazy and that their medical problems are entirely their own fault (or that the problems don’t even exist!), it’s not surprising that they’ll feel hurt by campaigns that outright deny their needs. If this advertisement “obviously” is not “referring to me,” then where is that distinction made? Where are disabilities being taken into account? Where are the campaigns that remind everyone about how elevators are often necessary and good? 
Why should the health and accessibility of disabled bodies be pushed aside in order to promote the health of able bodies?

the-exercist:

lescicatrices:

the-exercist:

manvmiles:

The best lift doors ever…

Snapped at the Technogym Wellness Valley. A message to employees and visitors to take get more active. Gotta love this.

Plus: Other oddities, amusements and fascinating things I’ve stumbled across being a slightly obsessed runner.

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To quote an excellent article by Lesley Kinzel:

[W]hat’s wrong with positively encouraging people to use the three minutes they’d spend in an elevator to exercise instead? Nothing, on the surface. Unfortunately though, these efforts don’t happen in a vacuum — they happen in context with a lot of other, less positive messages. They happen in the same culture that condemns any perceived laziness and less-than-perfect physical condition as moral failures. And that’s where things get a little more complicated.

While stairs-encouragement may have some positive effects, it has negative ones too. Culturally, it places a heavy value on the ability to climb stairs in the first place, and marks this as both “normal” and the perferred state of things. It reinforces the idea that disabled bodies (or bodies that just aren’t in good enough shape to run up a few floors) are somehow broken, mismanaged or defective, and together with the plethora of other ableist crap we live with every day, this has a powerful and cumulative impact on their quality of life. In a world that sees good physical condition as a signifier of morality and good character, this is a problem.

Disabled folks’ ability to get around is essentially being sacrificed in favor of feel-good cosmetic changes that let public institutions pat themselves on the back for being so forward-thinking. Ironic.

So no thanks - The message here isn’t that employees and visitors should get more active, the message is that they should feel guilty for needing or wanting access to mobility aids. That’s not something that I can get behind or support.

there are plenty of social justice causes on Tumblr that I can support, but this one just makes my blood boil each time I see it.  Is this seriously a thing?  Who’s going to give someone in a wheelchair a hard time about not being able to take the stairs?  Is it impossible for someone disabled to see this and simply think “obviously they are not referring to me?”  This seems like a major case of making a mountain out of a molehill.

Several people have reblogged this post in order to share their stories. If you do not have the time to scroll through the notes, you may want to click herehere, here, here and here for a start.

For some outside reading, in addition to the article linked about, you can also see here, here and here.

There are lots of people who feel that it is their duty to police wheelchairs, disabilities and medical problems of all kinds. Memes have even been made for the purpose of mocking wheelchair users. Not to mention that many people would rather photograph a disabled person and post it online to laugh about than actually help someone in trouble. We live in a culture that outright doesn’t value people with disabilities, and you really thing that no one would ever make a person feel bad about their mobility aid?

Remember that this isn’t just about people who use wheelchairs - It is about all disabilities and personal situations that may make the stairs an impossibility. When people are explicitly and repeatedly told that they are lazy and that their medical problems are entirely their own fault (or that the problems don’t even exist!), it’s not surprising that they’ll feel hurt by campaigns that outright deny their needs. If this advertisement “obviously” is not “referring to me,” then where is that distinction made? Where are disabilities being taken into account? Where are the campaigns that remind everyone about how elevators are often necessary and good?

Why should the health and accessibility of disabled bodies be pushed aside in order to promote the health of able bodies?

iwhaleyou:

idontcareaboutyourblog:

One of the best visual representations of the double standards subjected to all women on a daily basis. Reconsider the next time you toss about the words in column 3.

this is important

iwhaleyou:

idontcareaboutyourblog:

One of the best visual representations of the double standards subjected to all women on a daily basis. Reconsider the next time you toss about the words in column 3.

this is important

(Source: tristyntothesea)

He waited until the train was in motion to make his move—a true sign of someone who knows how to make the environment work to their advantage. Then he leaned forward. “Hi.” “How you doing?” “What are you reading?” “What’s your name?” “I really like your hair.” “That’s a really nice skirt.” “You must work out.”

It was painful to watch. She clearly wanted nothing to do with him, and he clearly wasn’t going to take the hint. Her rebukes got firmer. “I’d like to read my book.” And he pulled out the social pressure. “Hey, I’m just asking you a question. You don’t have to be so rude.” She started to look around for outs. Her head swivelled from one exit to another.

The thing was, I had already heard this story, many many times. I knew how it would play out. I knew all the tropes. I probably could have quoted the lines before they said them. I wanted a new narrative. Time to mix it up.

So I moved seats until I was sitting behind him. I leaned forward with my head on the back of his seat.

"Hi," I said with a little smile.

He looked at me like I was a little crazy—which isn’t exactly untrue—and turned back to her.

"How are you doing?" I asked.

"I’m fine," he said flatly without ever looking back.

"I really like your hair," I said. “It looks soft."

That’s about when it got…..weird.

He sort of half turned and glared back me, and I could tell I was pissing him off. His eyes told me to back the hell away, and his lips were pressed together tightly enough to drain the color from them completely.

But no good story ever ends with the conflict just defusing. He started to turn back to her.

"Wait, don’t be like that," I said. “Lemmie just ask you one question…"

"What!" he said in that you-have-clearly-gone-too-far voice that is part of the freshmen year finals at the school of machismo.

And I’m not exactly a hundred percent sure why I didn’t call it a day at that point, but…..maybe I just love turning the screw to see what happens. I gave him the bedroomy-est eyes I could muster. “What’s your name?”

Right now I’m sitting here typing out this story, and I’m still not entirely sure why I’m not nursing a fat lip or a black eye. Because that obviously made him so mad that I still am not sure why it didn’t come to blows. There are cliches about eyes flaring and rage behind someones eyes and shit like that that are so overdone. But it really does look like that. When someone gets violent, their eyes just kind of “pop” with intention—pupils dilate, eyelids widen. And his did. Even sitting down he was clearly bigger than me and I was pretty sure he was kind of muscular too, so at that moment I was figuring I was probably going to need an ice pack and sympathy sex from my girlfriend by day’s end.

"DUDE," he shouted. “I’M NOT GAY."

That’s when I dropped the bedroom eyes and switched to a normal voice. “Oh well I could see not being interested didn’t matter to you when you were hitting on her, so I just thought that’s how you rolled.”

Writing About Writing (And Occasionally Some Writing): Changing The Creepy Guy Narrative (via veruca-assault)

instant reblog

(via koi-ms)

Holy shit.
I cant believe I almost scrolled past this.

(via wonderboygirlsadventures)

this post is gold

(via crimsdunonchalance)

double0donut:

pumpkinskull:

inkandash:

Someone asked me once, as a kind of dig at the movie, “Why someone like Zoe would have a dress?”
I looked right at him and said, “There’s only one white dress a woman like Zoe would keep. Her wedding dress.”

SCREAMING AND CRYING NO

WHY. WHY THO.

(Source: withnopowercomesnoresponsibility)

tameraali:

I just remembered that when i was feeling sad and gross a while ago, i drew a dramatically sad and naked Numair looking tragically lonely and pretty while missing Daine to cheer me up (bc drawing pretty people makes me feel better)

and then i tried to paint it and got frustrated by the hands and the general unintended lightness of his skin…

herhmione:

the thing i regret the most about getting a tumblr is that suddenly i’m staying up all night on this website instead of staying up all night reading a book

awkwardsituationist:

spring night — one hour worth
a thousand gold coins;
clear scent of flowers,
shadowy moon.
songs and flutes upstairs — threads of sound;
in the garden, a swing,
where night is deep and still.

su tung-p’o (1037-1101ce)

photos by atomiczen in new zealand’s lake tekapo and tazmania’s cradle mountain

gingerbreaddracula:

mnotecrayon:

shevinefeels:

anotherfirebender:

whiskeyfortheway:

sriusblcks:

#Viktor was obviously deeply in love with her #just remember the fact that he took her to prom #even knowing that he could’ve choose any other girl #remember how he forgot about everyone and danced with her all night #remember how he looked at her while saying ‘write to me, please’ #remember how, a few years later #on Fleur’s wedding #he danced with her one more time #probably being conscient that her heart already belonged to Ron #this is why I love Viktor Krum so much #he just enjoyed being with Hermione #and didn’t care about the future #mostly, because she wasn’t going to be a part of his. (piertotum-locomottor)

.

He was chosen to be in the tournament for a reason.

Viktor, I love you! Viktor, I do!

When we’re apart my heart beats only for you!

Not to mention that his first language was almost assuredly not English, and yet he tried so hard to understand and talk to Hermione AND write to her in it afterwards. The fandom always lables him as stupid, but wtf, he’s not exactly in his element.

(Source: simplypotterheads)

quarter-quirrell:

nargles4life:

karasgis:

Ginny Weasley & Tom Riddle

I thought it was really cool and kinda cute until I realized it was Ginny and Tom, then it became horrific. I love it.

This is BY FAR the best fan art I have ever seen. You don’t realise what it is until you properly look at it.

quarter-quirrell:

nargles4life:

karasgis:

Ginny Weasley & Tom Riddle

I thought it was really cool and kinda cute until I realized it was Ginny and Tom, then it became horrific. I love it.

This is BY FAR the best fan art I have ever seen. You don’t realise what it is until you properly look at it.

(Source: alteregoiki)

5 Common Story Problems with Simple Fixes

fictionwritingtips:

Our stories are often plagued with these common story problems, but if we don’t know how to fix them, we’ll never improve our writing. It’s important that you remember you don’t need to scrap your novel if you keep having the same issues over and over again. Hopefully this list will help you pinpoint what’s going on and provide ways for you to improve your novel.

Problem: Unmotivated Characters

If you’re having trouble figuring out where your story should go next, the problem could be with unmotivated characters. Characters aren’t in your novel just so you can push them around every once in a while and make them do things. They need to develop over time and keep your story going in the right direction.

Solution:

Work on your character’s wants, goals, and motivations. You need to figure out what’s driving your character if you want them to do anything. Where do they want to end up? What’s standing in their way? What’s their plan? Who will help them? Think about everything your character will need to do to resolve your novel. Focus on what they want and what motivates their actions and your characters will stop being dull and lifeless.

Problem: Boring First Chapters

A boring first chapter is dangerous because you want to captivate your audience right away. You don’t want to lose readers just because of this, but sometimes it happens.  You should give enough information to keep your readers interested, while also keeping them intrigued enough to figure out what happens next.

Solution:

Putting emotion into your scenes from the beginning will not only help set the tone, but we’ll get an immediate understanding of your world. The best advice I can give is to construct a scene that helps us best understand your character. If they’re on the run, show us that they’re being chased. If they’re sad and lonely, construct a scene that lets us feel their isolation. You don’t necessarily need to open your book with action, but you do need to introduce the conflict. Think about what your character wants and go from there. Think of your first chapter as an introduction to an essay. You don’t go right into the points immediately, but you set us up for something good.

Problem: Plot Holes

Writers worry about forgetting to include important information in their novel that’s necessary to the plot. If you’re discovering that readers often point out plot holes in your story, maybe it’s time to reevaluate how you plan your novel.

Solution:

Pre-planning or prewriting your novel often solves any plot hole problems. If you take the time to write out important scenes so you don’t forget them, your story will become stronger. However, if you’re not someone who likes to do so much planning, you can tackle plot holes during the editing phase. Take notes when you’re editing so that you can catch these plot holes and figure out where you can add necessary information. A plot hole does not always mean your novel needs loads of reworking, but it is something you need to take the time to fill in.

Problem: Poor Pacing

Poor pacing can ruin a novel, but luckily it’s something you can tackle head on before you even start writing your story. Good pacing helps add tension to your novel and helps you make sure there’s enough rising and falling action to keep your story interesting.

Solution:

Planning out your novel ahead of time also helps solve pacing problems. You can create a timeline that helps you keep track and plan out when you want certain things to happen. Read up on story arcs and try to plan out your scenes accordingly. If you’re already done with your novel and you notice poor pacing, try rearranging scenes or spreading out the action.

Problem: Info-Dumping

A very common writing problem is info-dumping. This is when you tell your readers loads of information at a time without showing them anything important. Info-dumps usually occur in first chapters of novels, but they can happen anytime during the course of your story. Info- dumps can drag down your story and bore your readers.

Solution:

Cut out long paragraphs where you explain what’s going on in your novel and show your readers instead. Avoid over explaining things that can be explained through action. Letting your audience figure things out instead is a much more satisfying reading experience and it lets your readers connect with your characters on a deeper level.

-Kris Noel

theuppitynegras:

just think about y’all millions and millions of little dark skinned black girls are going to go to the supermarket with their parents this month and when they’re waiting in line at the check out aisle they’re going to look up and see Lupita Nyong’o being hailed as the most beautiful woman in the world god is amazing

This story has not been updated since November.

I’m not sure I can go on.

The author promises it will be done before September but we’ve all heard that one before.

It’s at nearly 53,000 words. I signed up for a short story. It was a mistake. My heart is now trembling. Augh.