Guys, if any of you have any triggers you want me to tag please tell me. 

  • I don’t care if it’s embarrassing
  • That’s why anon exists
  • I will literally tag whatever triggers you have
  • Especially if it’s a phobia 


What a lovely winter we’re having this spring.




after the rain, we walk the streets of the city

Holy shit I was browsing tumblr on my phone last night and I saw this and thought it was real photos since the screen was all small? And then I was just going through my likes and was all “Wait a minute…”




"The Rape Poem to End All Rape Poems."

One of the best pieces of group spoken word poetry I’ve ever seen. WATCH IT. 

Wow this had me in tears.


“Swan Song” refers to an ancient but now refuted belief that the Mute Swan is entirely silent during it’s lifetime until the moments just before it dies, when it will sing one last beautiful song. Despite having been proven false long ago, the idiom has been used many times in film, literature, poetry and television, including in the title of Supernatural’s fifth season finale.

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I wasn’t ready for that.

what the fuck 

rabbit no




what is the MAGIC

it’s called mochi!

it’s like ice cream in a soft skin!

also, it’s fucking amazing!

This is もちアイス (mochiaisu) and the “soft skin” is pounded rice cake. The white stuff you see on the outside is powdered sugar so they won’t get sticky. It’s very delicious on a hot day and you can get these at the right self-serve frozen yogurt joints. Unfortunately North America sells one mochiaisu for a dollar and some cents whereas in Japan you can get these by the boxful in any supermarket.





HEY IMPORTANT THING. I just got this email: 

BIG NEWS: President Obama just announced that he is taking major action against sexual assault by creating a presidential task force to fight rape on college campuses.1

Having the President on our side is huge at a moment when sexual assault on college campuses has reached an epidemic level. Right now, 1 in 5 women will be assaulted or raped during college.2

For over a year now, the UltraViolet community—that’s you!—has been taking action together to tackle rape culture and stand up for survivors. Together with our allies, we’ve helped bring the epidemic of sexual assault on college campuses into the spotlight and called on the Administration to address it.

That’s why the White House wants to know what solutions YOU want to see. As an advocate who has spoken out for survivors before, your input is valuable. This is a major opportunity to be heard by the President and White House.

Can you take 3 minutes to fill out a short, easy survey about what you think the Presidential Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault should do? We’ll deliver your response to the White House next week.

Presidential commissions have a mixed record—some have faded into historical footnotes, while others have changed the course of our country’s history. For example, President Reagan’s HIV/AIDS task force led to increased funding for drug trials and an end to federal discrimination against those who are HIV-positive.3

We know that searches for solutions to sexual assault and rape can end up victim-blaming instead of holding attackers accountable. It’s why we’re bombarded by media figures that blame alcohol, twerking, and teenage naivete for rape instead of the rapists.4 And just last year, campus after campus—from Yale to USC—was called out for mishandling rape cases.5

When colleges don’t take rape accusations seriously, it discourages survivors from reporting. Only 12% of survivors report the assault, and it’s more often the survivors rather than their attackers who drop out of school.6

A federal task force will create uniform guidelines that colleges should follow to stop sexual assault and punish rapists. Data and research is helpful, but input from citizens who care and know about the problem is critical to finding the right solutions.

Last year, Ultraviolet members spoke out and demanded the Department of Education start holding campuses accountable for failing to uphold Title IX—the federal law that bans sexual discrimination in education, including sexual assault. From Steubenville, Ohio, and Maryville, Missouri, to Yale University, you’ve spoken out time and again to demand justice for survivors who have been swept aside by school authorities, law enforcement, and their communities. Now the President himself is demanding more be done, and he wants to hear from you.

Take 3 minutes to let the White House know what you want the student sexual assault task force to work on.

Thanks for speaking out.

—Nita, Shaunna, Kat, Karin, Malinda, Adam, and Gabriela, the UltraViolet team

This is super big! 

Share any stories, even from friends or even if you haven’t actually been assaulted. Like I was actually stalked by and sent very vulgar and graphic messages from a male classmate more than twice my age when I was in college, and the school did nothing to protect me other than tell the man to stop talking to me, and it was the third time he’d done that to female classmates. I literally had to have someone chaperone me to and from my car because I was so scared of this guy.



Please do this. It’s super quick.

(fixed the link, because it was one that was signed in under someone else’s name)

Important enough that I want reblog on here. 


The beautiful places:

Opera Garnier, Paris

Developing a Character: The Memory Book


In writing, a character is often defined by what they treasure, what they fear, and overall, what they’ve experienced.  Even if your character’s saving the world or trying to win the girl, that isn’t what they’ve been doing their whole life, correct?  If you feel your character(s) are a bit cliche, it can sometimes help to spice up their stories with very specific detail.  And that detail, in many cases, can be seen in the midst of a memory.

For best results, you can write each memory out as an individual story.  Just be sure to add as much detail as you can, after all, that’s what makes your character unique from the rest!

Here’s ten experiences that you should know about your character (and how to construct those experiences) to truly connect with him or her. 

1.  What is your character’s happiest memory? 

It can be something as simple as the time they skipped school to play a card game, or the last moment they had on their home planet.  Even if it’s trivial to us, show us why it matters to them, and it’ll be important in our eyes too.

2. What is your character’s saddest memory? 

Pretty much the exact opposite of the last one.  Let us know why this is so shattering to your character, and try to be creative!  If a parent or friend died, it’s understandable that that’d probably top the sadness charts, but be careful.  What can you do to make a moment like that unlike too many other melodramatic “NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO” scenes in media?  Give us enough details about both your character and their loss.  Make us lose what they do.

3. What is your character’s scariest memory?

This is a great way to create and establish a lingering fear or even a phobia.  Even if your character has an outlandish fear, if you give us a completely legitimate backstory behind their fright, it’ll make it all the better.

4. What is your character’s most embarrassing memory?

This is super fun to come up with and even more fun to write a scene to.  Don’t spare any humiliating details here.

5. What is your character’s most prominent childhood memory?

Good or bad, simple or complex, a full scene or just an image, a snippet from your character’s childhood really shows the reader (and the writer!) what the character values in life.  This also helps to show how a character might’ve changed, in maturity or emotion, since their childhood—and why that change could’ve occurred.  Even more backstory right there, even more development!

6. Give us a shot of your character’s daily life.

Before being sent on a quest for the sacred bacon palace, before starting a road trip to drive all the way to Alaska in two days, before any conflict kicked in whatsoever, your character had a life.  Even if it’s boring as can be, how did it go?  You could even make a to-do list out of this!  As simple as it sounds, it can help show how your character prioritizes, common interests and hobbies, what stresses them out, and even tiny details like their favorite foods!

7. What’s a memorable moment your character shared with others?

This could make for a fantastic scene, and definitely develop your character in so many ways.  A scene with interaction, whether it be with a crowd (perhaps a party) or one-on-one (speed dating fiasco, anyone?), would allow you to see how your character acts around people, how they exchange dialogue, and what kind of people they prefer to be around.  You may even develop a new character for your bigger story!

8. What’s a memorable moment your character experienced alone?

Sure, it’s the reverse of the last one, but it still opens so many doors.  In this intimate and secret environment, your character may be much more open emotionally and socially—or the opposite.  This allows you to experiment with thoughts and even establish guilty pleasures.  Environment affects a solitary character, too!  Be detailed!

9. What’s an interesting romantic/sexual experience your character has had?

Even if romance isn’t applicable to your story, a scene like this (if you’re comfortable with writing it—it’s okay if you’re not!) will allow you to see a more intimate side to your character.  You’ll see them vulnerable, and therefore, probably get more out of them than in other experiences.  This may also establish why they like/dislike certain people, depending on the person they share this moment with (if they share it with anyone at all).  This can even help you explore sexuality.  Make it funny or serious, you don’t have to be explicit!  However, you do have to be specific.  Make this special, different than any other kissy-kissy goo-goo love scene.

10.  Show us your character’s bedroom.

While this isn’t exactly an experience (although, you can make a scene occur here, if you want to!), a character’s bedroom often tells more about their personality than the character itself does.  This image probably requires the most specificity.  Are those little league trophies on the dresser?  Even more detailed, are they dusty?  Clean?  What kind of posters are on the wall?  Is that a chocolate stash under the bed?  How about that broken keyboard, how long has that been there?  A bedroom can describe everything from a character’s interests to their motivation or laziness, and even their past and secrets.  Give us everything.

Answering these questions, whether in short sentences or full scenes, can reveal so much about a character to even the writer!  Don’t think too hard, and don’t try to make it perfect.  Let the characters do the work, and let them tell the story!  They’re the ones seizing the moment—it’s just your responsibility to snap the photo.


i was labelling stuff today and this lady scoffed at me and i was like hi and she was like writing with ur left hand is immoral. its 2014 and someone actually said that to my face

Bo Burnham on The Pete Holmes Show - 3/5/14