Yesterday was the first day of my residency at @hurricaneisland - spent the day exploring the Coastal Trail and sketched some mushrooms!
In response to the GoFundMe Campaign for Darren Wilson, people are asking GoFundMe to close the account due to the fact that it incites hate and obviously violates their terms and conditions
The donors and the comments attached to the campaign are sick and simply racist. They asking for the “Killing of N*****s”, “purging the savages” and to support a “fellow White” individual that has the right to murder Black people.
Pass this around. Report the Darren Wilson page as for the violation
I will add their contact info as soon as I find it.
Where's a good place to start with DWJ books? Anywhere?
"Anywhere" is always a good start, but how can I pass up to rec DWJ books!!! Here’s a guide of some personal favorites.
- Howl’s Moving Castle: By far her most famous work, largely in thanks to the Ghibli film adaptation, but while the Ghibli film makes for a truly excellent movie (I love it dearly!), it also has the distinction of not being a very good adaptation. The premise of book and movie remain the same, however: the young hat-maker Sophie becomes cursed by the Witch of the Waste to be an old woman, and on her quest to break the curse she finds herself caretaking for the infamous Wizard Howl and his moving castle.
Sequels include Castle in the Air and House of Many Ways, both stories explore the world of Howl’s Moving Castle but with different leading casts.
- The Chronicles of Chrestomanci: Probably the closest thing that counts as a book series from DWJ. The books explore the role of Chrestomanci, a powerful appointed enchanter who polices the use and misuse of magic across multiple parallel worlds.
Consists of six novels and a short-story collection, recommended in this reading order: Charmed Life, The Lives of Christopher Chant, Conrad’s Fate, Magicians of Caprona, Witch Week, Mixed Magics, The Pinhoe Egg.
- Deep Secret: A book tailor-made for tumblr’s lifestyle. Follows a very cranky computer game programmer who is also a magical agent that protects the multiverse while simultaneously attending a sci-fi/fantasy convention. He teams up with a sullen, homely college girl and her teenaged cousin. Includes classic con memories like: that awkward moment when your ex-hookup is also a pro furry porn artist, discussions on centaur-human sex and the political ramifications thereof, and how to navigate con raves while dealing with the fall of an empire. Has a spin-off sequel titled The Merlin Conspiracy.
- The Homeward Bounders: A boy accidently discovers mysterious beings who make the world and the people who live in it a tabletop game. He’s discarded off the playing field (his home) and cursed to immortally wander across multiple worlds to find his home again. Despite how silly that sounds as a premise this book tore my heart out and stole my lunch money and made me cry for an entire day, So, you know, I really love it.
- Archer’s Goon: Howard and his sister “Awful” (so nicknamed) come home from school one day to find a goon demanding 2000 words from his writer father on behalf of someone called Archer. From there on it leads to discovering their town is ruled by seven sibling wizards bent on world domination. I’ve read this book so many times the spine is breaking apart.
I could make the list so much longer because there’s so many more favorites (Hexwood, Fire and Hemlock, Eight Days of Luke, Unexpected Magics, Time of the Ghost—-ugh!!! so many!!! check them all out too) but I was restrained and limited myself to describing five.
drought tip: catch water in jugs or whatever while waiting for the water to warm up
Ok here is a compilation of all the software and useful tools I’ve come across whilst writing. Some of them I’ve reviewed on here already, more coming soon.
Got an idea? Well get planning! Here’s some useful outlining, brainstorming and mind- mapping software:
- Tree Sheets
- Visual Understanding Environment (VUE)
- Oak Outliner
- Work Flowy
- The Outliner of Giants
Just want to get writing? You want a word processor:
- Google Docs
- Microsoft Word
- My Writing Spot
- Open Office
Making notes? Here you go:
Timelines giving you a headache? Try these:
Now perhaps you want to organise those notes. Got a lot of research? Character sheets? Images? Well here’s some tools to keep all that together:
Are you easily distracted? The following tools will keep you on track:
Even more productivity tools to help keep you focussed on your task:
- Cold Turkey
- Productivity Owl
- Simple Blocker
- Strict Workflow
- Time Doctor
- Waste No Time
- Website Blocker
So you’ve got something down? Need to edit?
All done? Perhaps you’d like some e-publishing tools:
- Mobipocket Creator
I’m feeling generous, have some more cool stuff:
Enjoy! I may update the list as I find more, or I’ll make a second list.
All I can say is…wow. Not a good feeling.
Officer Darren Wilson’s gofundme has more money donated than Michael Brown’s memorial fund. White privilege at it’s finest.
I don’t usually post about stuff like this, but please share this in hopes of more people donating to Michael Brown’s family. You can find the gofundme page: here.
are you fucking kidding me this guy is getting MORE MONEY for KILLING AN INNOCENT 17 YEAR OLD!!!!!!! AND HE IS ON A PAID LEAVE FOR THIS. He shouldn’t be receiving money at all. What the fuck America.
Why I don’t associate myself with the human race…
I just donated to the Michael Brown fund. Every little bit helps and it’s going to be used by his family on lawyers, his funeral cost, and travel expenses as they seek justice, consider donating if you can.
You keep saying that Harley would be happier without the Joker and acting like she actually hates him. I'm not trying to argue, but do you have anything to support that? I don't know a lot about Batman so I'm actually curious, is that the way the original comics tell it, or is it like your personal interpretation?
That’s actually a good question! I’m going to give a cover-all spoiler warning for DC Media here, but I’m specifically discussing the DC Animated Universe and the Arkham Universe. There’s also going to be a few descriptions of abuse and violence, so if that’s the sort of thing that triggers you, I suggest you tap the “J” button right now and auto-scroll past this post without looking at it.
First off, the Joker is abusive, both physically and emotionally. He makes no secret of the fact that Harley’s affections go one-way unless he needs something from her. He often physically injures her and leaves her for dead so he can make a getaway.
In the Arkham universe, it’s made incredibly explicit in the movie “Assault on Arkham” that Harley wants nothing more than to be rid of him forever, even trying to murder him at one point when he was caged. However, once he’s escaped, she quickly and very uneasily changes her tune and swears total allegiance to him because he was threatening to kill her new teammates and new lover if she didn’t.
So that speaks a little bit to Harley hating the Joker, but let’s look at the DC Animated Universe. See, Harley didn’t originate in the comics. She was created for “Batman: The Animated Series,” which was part of a greater continuity that also contained Superman, Justice League, Justice League Unlimited, Static Shock, Batman Beyond, and the Zeta Project among others. So the DC Animated Universe version of Harley is the original or “prime” Harley from which all other versions of her descend.
In the DC Animated Universe, Harley is with either the Joker or Poison Ivy for most of her appearances. “Word of God” statements from her creators make it canon that Harley is romantically involved with Poison Ivy whenever she is not with the Joker, and even though the network would not allow them to explicitly state this onscreen, it was pretty obvious even to the children who were watching that they were closer than “close friends.” And in the episodes where Harley is with Ivy, Ivy makes it really clear that the Joker is bad for her and she actually wants her to be “happy” and not just “subservient and loyal.”
Now, the DCAU version of the Joker meets a grisly end in the film “Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker.” After kidnapping Robin (Tim Drake), Batman and Batgirl arrive to recover their captured ally, only to find he’s been brainwashed, tortured, and twisted into “Joker Junior,” an adoptive son for Joker and Harley. Joker tried to get Tim to kill Batman, but he broke through his conditioning and turned the gun on the Joker instead, fatally impaling him through the heart with a flag that said “BANG.” During the fracas, Harley was knocked down a seemingly bottomless pit and assumed dead, but no body was found.
However, this is Detective Comics, and no one who falls down a bottomless pit is ever dead for very long. At the end of the movie, you find out that the “Dee Dee Twins” who’ve been working in a gang that styles themselves after the Joker for the whole movie are actually Harley Quinn’s twin granddaughters, and she’s very upset with them for getting mixed up with criminal clowns, because she’s worked her whole life to give them a good home so they don’t end up like her.
Here she is yelling at them for associating with characters like the Joker!
So basically the real original canon Harley Quinn’s whole character arc leads to her giving up a life of crime as soon as she was rid of the Joker, and eventually becoming a badass grandma who knows that she deserved better and insists that her granddaughters learn from her misfortune.