katwaterflame:

josiephone:

Apparently some vegans are telling people not to eat honey to support bees.STOP. STOP NOW.DO YOU EVEN KNOW HOW BEES WORK?Buy honey (local if possible) -> support beekeepers -> support bees.I swear people don’t even think this stuff out. Beekeepers provide bees with an environment in which they can live, and are encouraged to thrive. Bees then have a big huge giant person who can deal with any threats to the hive. Yes, honey is a winter food supply for bees, but beekeepers (unless they’re dicks, in which case they’d be shooting themselves in the foot) will NEVER take too much honey from a hive, and will always ensure that bees have enough food. Think about it, you’re not going to starve a source of income/hobby, are you?So now.Support beekeepers.Support bees.buzz.

I had to reblog just for “DO YOU EVEN KNOW HOW BEES WORK?" because it made me realize that some people really don’t!

katwaterflame:

josiephone:

Apparently some vegans are telling people not to eat honey to support bees.

STOP. STOP NOW.
DO YOU EVEN KNOW HOW BEES WORK?

Buy honey (local if possible) -> support beekeepers -> support bees.

I swear people don’t even think this stuff out. 
Beekeepers provide bees with an environment in which they can live, and are encouraged to thrive. Bees then have a big huge giant person who can deal with any threats to the hive. 
Yes, honey is a winter food supply for bees, but beekeepers (unless they’re dicks, in which case they’d be shooting themselves in the foot) will NEVER take too much honey from a hive, and will always ensure that bees have enough food. Think about it, you’re not going to starve a source of income/hobby, are you?

So now.
Support beekeepers.
Support bees.

buzz.

I had to reblog just for “DO YOU EVEN KNOW HOW BEES WORK?" because it made me realize that some people really don’t!

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Major Writing Errors: How to Fix Them

mumblingsage:

thedancingwriter:

All writing advice is subjective, but there are some mistakes in writing that WILL ensure your novel’s failure, not only to your readers but to those who might be your potential agent or publisher. I’ve never really come across these mistakes when I used to review short stories for my literary magazine (I might have, I just don’t remember), but as a self-employed editor, I most certainly have come across them—and have made one or two myself.

  • Happy Beginnings. Many first chapters must start out with some sort of tension. In the first two books of The Stars Trilogy, they start out with heavy tension. Amelia from When Stars Die is terrified of the impending trials that will determine her readiness to be professed as a nun, and she is also seeing shadows no one else sees. That is when this book begins. In the sequel, Alice is slated to be executed for being a witch. In the most recent book I’m writing, the chapter starts out with my teen protagonist trying to get drunk: he is a recovering alcoholic, too. These are not happy beginnings. You don’t want your story to start out with your protagonist having a perfect life. Something that essentially upsets your character must occur.
  • Fearless Story. Something needs to threaten the character throughout the book, whether this is the threat of death, the threat of psychologically coming undone, the threat of losing things the character love, and so on and so forth. A story without fear is not a story at all. Throughout When Stars Die, Amelia’s primary threat is the threat of death: her death and her younger brother’s death. Think about your favorite books and what threatened the characters in these books the most.
  • Loaded Dialogue. In real life dialogue is loaded, but readers want to read a more concise version of that dialogue. I didn’t have too many issues with loaded dialogue in When Stars Die, but I did in its sequel. Let me give you a few examples of loaded dialogue, and then how to fix that dialogue.

“Gene, can’t you stop drinking just for one freaking night?”

“No, Josh. You just don’t understand me. You don’t understand what this does for me.’

“I might not understand, but I do know this isn’t the best way to deal with your problems.”

“Then obviously you’ve never had problems before.”

“Obviously you can’t handle your own problems!”

Here is a more concise version:

Josh glares at the shot glass. “Shit. Just stop already.”

“Give me a reason.”

“Do you really need one?”

I look beyond Josh, swirling the vodka. ”Your life’s perfect.”

Josh digs his nails into the palms of his hands, the knuckles whitening. “Screw you, Gene. Screw you.”

  • Predictability. Sometimes there are some very astute readers who can already tell what is going to happen. For example, I am an astute reader. I already knew who the culprit was in Cheryl Rainfield’s Stained, but that didn’t make the book any less enjoyable. I also had one reader who adored When Stars Die, even though some of the twists were not twists for her; however, many other readers of mine did not see the twists coming. These twists keep your book from being predictable. Knowing what’s coming can kill the tension.

If you’re struggling with making something unexpected happen, come up with a list of outcomes that could occur in certain situations. Concentrate on description, dialogue, and action. Write what could occur with your description. With Amelia’s character, she often describes things rather negatively because of her surroundings, so when she comes across something positive, the surprise lies in the negative she is still going to find. You can create a twist using your dialogue to shock the other character. Refer to my dialogue example above. Josh is put off by Gene’s ambivalent attitude about his drinking problem. As for action, there needs to be unexpected outcomes that occur. For example, in When Stars Die, you think Amelia is supposed to kill a certain antagonist, but she’s not the one who does it.

  • Ambivalence. You love the book when you draft; however, when you begin to revise it, you hold a certain amount of ambivalence toward it. You already wrote the book, so you lose your excitement because you think nothing new can happen. But a lot of new things can happen. Delve deeper into your characters. Flesh them out. Find better ways to tell your story. Look at all characters, including your antagonists, and see how you can make them better. Look at sub-plots and find ways to make them stronger. Revisions are essentially about cutting the fat, about making the book much better than its draft, about trying to make the second draft different from the first. I love the process of revisions, because I already know what revising a draft means.

Message me with any questions or comments. Next post will be on writing a novel without an outline, which is crazy, because I can’t do this. This post will be for those who absolutely do not want to outline, even if they are stuck on their stories.

Ohh, “Loaded Dialogue” is a thing I’ve had issues with (in my writing & in what I read) for years without having a term for it. Thanks! 

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psychedelic-ranger:


breathinginthestarlight:

anightvaleintern:

douglocked:

readasaur:

spoilersspoilerseverywhere:

tenkenryu:

simplycrazyhunter:

Squirrel Girl needs a movie.

omg yes

LISTEN UP YOU MAGGOTS
THIS CHARACTER IS BY FAR THE MOST POWERFUL, THE MOST INTERESTING, AND THE MOST WORTHY OF BEING YOUR ROLE MODEL EVER.
FIRST OFF SHE NEVER ONCE GOES GRIMDARK NOT ONCE AND WHEN SPEEDBALL WENT AND DID HIS STUPID CLIVE BARKER POINTS POINTED INWARD ARMOR THING SHE CALLED HIM OUT ON IT AND OUTRIGHT DECLARED SUCH A THING WAS CHILDISH AND MADE HIM INEFFECTIVE AS A HERO BECAUSE A HERO HAS TO BE APPROACHABLE.
ALSO LETS TALK ABOUT HER SUPERPOWER. YOU TAKE ONE LOOK AT HER AND THINK SHE’S JUST A LOSER RIGHT? WRONG. SQUIRREL GIRL HAS THE MUTANT POWER TO NOT ONLY HAVE SQUIRREL TRAITS BUT CAN ALSO COMMAND THE ABSOLUTE LOYALTY OF SQUIRRELS. HOW MANY SQUIRRELS? TRY EVERY SQUIRREL EVERY WHERE. FLYING SQUIRRELS, TREE SQUIRRELS, I BET YOU SOMEHOW SHE CAN EVEN COMMAND THE LOYALTY OF SOME SHITASTICALLY RARE POISON SQUIRRELS.
BECAUSE OF THIS POWER SHES MANAGED TO TAKE ON FOES THAT WOULD NORMALLY JUST INCINERATE HER ON THE SPOT. SHE TOOK ON DOCTOR VICTOR VON DOOM FOR PETE’S PATOOTS NOT A DOOM BOT THE ACTUAL DOCTOR DOOM AN ACTUAL SORTA ALIEN GOD CALLED THE WATCHER HAD TO ACTUALLY FACT CHECK THAT SHIT BECAUSE EVEN HE DIDNT BELIEVE IT AND THAT FUCKER NEVER INTERVENES FOR SHIT BUT HE HAD TO IN THIS CASE BECAUSE THE WORLD JUST COULDN’T BELIEVE SQUIRREL GIRL DEFEATED THE GENUINE DOCTOR DOOM HE WAS LIKE “OH HELL YEAH I HAVE TO COME DOWN AND FACT CHECK THIS SHIT THE UNIVERSE NEEDS THIS WHAT IM SURE GALACTUS CAN WAIT.”
ALSO HOLD ONTO YOUR PANTALOONS BEACUSE THIS LADY ACTUALLY TOOK ON GALACTUS AND WON.
GALACTUS YES THAT GALACTUS THE GIANT DUDE THAT EATS PLANETS SHE TOOK ON A SPACE GOD WITH NOTHIN GBUT MOTHERFUCKING SQUIRRELS.
SHE NEEDS A SERIES. A MOVIE, A FANBASE SHES JUST THAT AWESOME.
ALSO SHE’S PART OF A LOSER HERO TEAM CALLED THE GREAT LAKES AVENGERS AND ITS STAFFED BY A DUDE WHO CAN COME BACK TO LIFE WHEN HE DIES LIKE KENNY FROM SOUTH PARK
FUCK
IM DONE HERE JUST USE WIKIPEDIA ALREADY DONT TAKE MY WORD FOR IT

No, seriously, it has become something of a running gag that Squirrel Girl can defeat any villain.
Any. Villain.
She is like “Instant Fun, just add Squirrel Girl”.
I strongly recommend reading her adventures, they are just super-great. ^__^
(Minor correction, it is actually the Great Lakes Champions, not Avengers.)

(She also has a healing factor and enhanced strength among some other squirrel-themed powers.)

Marvel set up a system of gauging superheroes powers and based it largely on which characters have defeated and lost to other characters to determine what those power levels are.  Due to Squirrel Girl having defeated so many strong villains, they were forced to put every single power category at 7 out of 7.
She is the only Marvel character in history to achieve this.

The red are what fans think her power ratings should be.
Blue is canon ratings.
[source: http://marvel.com/universe/Squirrel_Girl ]

nOT TO MENTION HOW GOD DAMN CUTE SHE IS LIKE JUST LOOK AT HER WITH HER FLOOFY TAIL AND LEATARD AND BELT SHE LOOKS BOTH CUTE AND BADASS THOUGH LIKE
DAMN GIRL

LET ME EXPLAIN YOU A THING ABOUT SQUIRREL GIRL, BECAUSE SQUIRREL GIRL IS SO OFTEN UNDERRATED AND TREATED AS A JOKE, WHEN REALLY SHE IS A STRONG FIERCE INDEPENDENT SUPERHERO WHO DON’T NEED NO MANHER NAME IS DORREN GREEN AND SHE IS A MOTHA FREAKIN COMIC QUEEN OKAYSHE IS A MUTANT AND SHE HAS A COLLEGE EDUCATION (or hs depending on what ‘verse/comic you read) AND W/E CAUSE SHE IS A SMART COOKIE AND ON TOP OF THAT SHE HAS A JOB AS A NANNY OF LUKE CAGE (NEW AVENGER/POWER MAN) AND JESSICA JONES’ BABY LIKE DO YOU KNOW HOW DANGEROUS THAT LINE OF WORK ISSHE CAME OUT IN AN IRON MAN COMIC AND HER GOAL WAS TO IMPRESS IRON MAN BUT TONY STARK WAS BEING A WIMP DINGER BUTTNUGGET SO HE DIDN’T WANT HER TO BE HIS SIDEKICK AND WAS TRAPPED BY DOOM AND THAT’S WHEN OUR AWESOME HEROINE BEAT VON DOOM WITH HER TERRIFYING ARMY OF RODENT HOMIESSHE ALSO BEAT DEADPOOL. D E A D P O O L. MERC WITH A MOUTH MEGA SUPER UNSTOPPABLE REGENERATIVE 4TH WALL SMASHING ASSASSIN DEADPOOL AND THEN THEY LATER TEAMED UPSHE’S ALSO #1 FAN OF THE NEW WARRIORS (the new comic has a hero named Hummingbird who hangs out with Scarlet Spider and is Mexican and cute af and perfect that ya’ll HAVE to read up on, she’s amazing) AND BASICALLY DID SOME 4TH WALL BREAKING SHIZZNAZZ WHEN SHE WAS SETTING SPEEDBALL STRAIGHTALSO SHE HAS REGENERATIVE SKILLS AND ALSO A RETRACTABLE WOODEN KNUCKLE SPIKE AND SUPER STRENGTH AND CLAWSAND SHE DATED WOLVERINE. LIKE. THE WOLVERINE. AND SHE ALSO BEAT HIM IN A HAND TO HAND FIGHT (or when they were sparring, depending on your interpretation and whether you’re a whiny little buttmonger who doesn’t think lowley little Squirrelgirl who beat Thanos and the Mandarin and Deadpool can beat Wolverine)SQUIRREL GIRL JUST MAKES ME SO FREAKING EMOTIONAL. LIKE I CAN’T WITH HER. I JUST CAN’T IF SQUIRREL GIRL GOT HER OWN MOVIE I WOULD SPONTANEOUSLY COMBUST AND THEN CRY LIKE A CHICKEN AND THEN MAYBE BAKE A CAKE AND BUY A TICKET BECAUSE H O L Y S H I TSQUIRREL GIRL

psychedelic-ranger:

breathinginthestarlight:

anightvaleintern:

douglocked:

readasaur:

spoilersspoilerseverywhere:

tenkenryu:

simplycrazyhunter:

Squirrel Girl needs a movie.

omg yes

LISTEN UP YOU MAGGOTS

THIS CHARACTER IS BY FAR THE MOST POWERFUL, THE MOST INTERESTING, AND THE MOST WORTHY OF BEING YOUR ROLE MODEL EVER.

FIRST OFF SHE NEVER ONCE GOES GRIMDARK NOT ONCE AND WHEN SPEEDBALL WENT AND DID HIS STUPID CLIVE BARKER POINTS POINTED INWARD ARMOR THING SHE CALLED HIM OUT ON IT AND OUTRIGHT DECLARED SUCH A THING WAS CHILDISH AND MADE HIM INEFFECTIVE AS A HERO BECAUSE A HERO HAS TO BE APPROACHABLE.

ALSO LETS TALK ABOUT HER SUPERPOWER. YOU TAKE ONE LOOK AT HER AND THINK SHE’S JUST A LOSER RIGHT? WRONG. SQUIRREL GIRL HAS THE MUTANT POWER TO NOT ONLY HAVE SQUIRREL TRAITS BUT CAN ALSO COMMAND THE ABSOLUTE LOYALTY OF SQUIRRELS. HOW MANY SQUIRRELS? TRY EVERY SQUIRREL EVERY WHERE. FLYING SQUIRRELS, TREE SQUIRRELS, I BET YOU SOMEHOW SHE CAN EVEN COMMAND THE LOYALTY OF SOME SHITASTICALLY RARE POISON SQUIRRELS.

BECAUSE OF THIS POWER SHES MANAGED TO TAKE ON FOES THAT WOULD NORMALLY JUST INCINERATE HER ON THE SPOT. SHE TOOK ON DOCTOR VICTOR VON DOOM FOR PETE’S PATOOTS NOT A DOOM BOT THE ACTUAL DOCTOR DOOM AN ACTUAL SORTA ALIEN GOD CALLED THE WATCHER HAD TO ACTUALLY FACT CHECK THAT SHIT BECAUSE EVEN HE DIDNT BELIEVE IT AND THAT FUCKER NEVER INTERVENES FOR SHIT BUT HE HAD TO IN THIS CASE BECAUSE THE WORLD JUST COULDN’T BELIEVE SQUIRREL GIRL DEFEATED THE GENUINE DOCTOR DOOM HE WAS LIKE “OH HELL YEAH I HAVE TO COME DOWN AND FACT CHECK THIS SHIT THE UNIVERSE NEEDS THIS WHAT IM SURE GALACTUS CAN WAIT.”

ALSO HOLD ONTO YOUR PANTALOONS BEACUSE THIS LADY ACTUALLY TOOK ON GALACTUS AND WON.

GALACTUS YES THAT GALACTUS THE GIANT DUDE THAT EATS PLANETS SHE TOOK ON A SPACE GOD WITH NOTHIN GBUT MOTHERFUCKING SQUIRRELS.

SHE NEEDS A SERIES. A MOVIE, A FANBASE SHES JUST THAT AWESOME.

ALSO SHE’S PART OF A LOSER HERO TEAM CALLED THE GREAT LAKES AVENGERS AND ITS STAFFED BY A DUDE WHO CAN COME BACK TO LIFE WHEN HE DIES LIKE KENNY FROM SOUTH PARK

FUCK

IM DONE HERE JUST USE WIKIPEDIA ALREADY DONT TAKE MY WORD FOR IT

No, seriously, it has become something of a running gag that Squirrel Girl can defeat any villain.

Any. Villain.

She is like “Instant Fun, just add Squirrel Girl”.

I strongly recommend reading her adventures, they are just super-great. ^__^

(Minor correction, it is actually the Great Lakes Champions, not Avengers.)

(She also has a healing factor and enhanced strength among some other squirrel-themed powers.)

Marvel set up a system of gauging superheroes powers and based it largely on which characters have defeated and lost to other characters to determine what those power levels are.  Due to Squirrel Girl having defeated so many strong villains, they were forced to put every single power category at 7 out of 7.

She is the only Marvel character in history to achieve this.

image

The red are what fans think her power ratings should be.

Blue is canon ratings.

[source: http://marvel.com/universe/Squirrel_Girl ]

nOT TO MENTION HOW GOD DAMN CUTE SHE IS LIKE JUST LOOK AT HER WITH HER FLOOFY TAIL AND LEATARD AND BELT SHE LOOKS BOTH CUTE AND BADASS THOUGH LIKE

DAMN GIRL

LET ME EXPLAIN YOU A THING ABOUT SQUIRREL GIRL, BECAUSE SQUIRREL GIRL IS SO OFTEN UNDERRATED AND TREATED AS A JOKE, WHEN REALLY SHE IS A STRONG FIERCE INDEPENDENT SUPERHERO WHO DON’T NEED NO MAN

HER NAME IS DORREN GREEN AND SHE IS A MOTHA FREAKIN COMIC QUEEN OKAY

SHE IS A MUTANT AND SHE HAS A COLLEGE EDUCATION (or hs depending on what ‘verse/comic you read) AND W/E CAUSE SHE IS A SMART COOKIE AND ON TOP OF THAT SHE HAS A JOB AS A NANNY OF LUKE CAGE (NEW AVENGER/POWER MAN) AND JESSICA JONES’ BABY LIKE DO YOU KNOW HOW DANGEROUS THAT LINE OF WORK IS

SHE CAME OUT IN AN IRON MAN COMIC AND HER GOAL WAS TO IMPRESS IRON MAN BUT TONY STARK WAS BEING A WIMP DINGER BUTTNUGGET SO HE DIDN’T WANT HER TO BE HIS SIDEKICK AND WAS TRAPPED BY DOOM AND THAT’S WHEN OUR AWESOME HEROINE BEAT VON DOOM WITH HER TERRIFYING ARMY OF RODENT HOMIES

SHE ALSO BEAT DEADPOOL.

D E A D P O O L.

MERC WITH A MOUTH MEGA SUPER UNSTOPPABLE REGENERATIVE 4TH WALL SMASHING ASSASSIN DEADPOOL AND THEN THEY LATER TEAMED UP

SHE’S ALSO #1 FAN OF THE NEW WARRIORS (the new comic has a hero named Hummingbird who hangs out with Scarlet Spider and is Mexican and cute af and perfect that ya’ll HAVE to read up on, she’s amazing) AND BASICALLY DID SOME 4TH WALL BREAKING SHIZZNAZZ WHEN SHE WAS SETTING SPEEDBALL STRAIGHT

ALSO SHE HAS REGENERATIVE SKILLS AND ALSO A RETRACTABLE WOODEN KNUCKLE SPIKE AND SUPER STRENGTH AND CLAWS

AND SHE DATED WOLVERINE. LIKE. THE WOLVERINE. AND SHE ALSO BEAT HIM IN A HAND TO HAND FIGHT (or when they were sparring, depending on your interpretation and whether you’re a whiny little buttmonger who doesn’t think lowley little Squirrelgirl who beat Thanos and the Mandarin and Deadpool can beat Wolverine)

SQUIRREL GIRL JUST MAKES ME SO FREAKING EMOTIONAL. LIKE I CAN’T WITH HER. I JUST CAN’T

IF SQUIRREL GIRL GOT HER OWN MOVIE I WOULD SPONTANEOUSLY COMBUST AND THEN CRY LIKE A CHICKEN AND THEN MAYBE BAKE A CAKE AND BUY A TICKET BECAUSE
H O L Y S H I T

SQUIRREL GIRL

(via iwonderandiwander)

atwellling:

edstarksbastard:

- Agent Flynn, sir? It’s been three months now and I’ve yet to be sent on my first assignment.

- Peggy, relax, war’s over. We’ll handle the rough stuff.

#what really kills me is her face #that brief moment where she thinks it’s an invitation #and then is forced to remember these aren’t the commandos #they aren’t even peers #she’s not worth a beer to these men #and then they turn the lights out #and she stays and she does the work #because she’s peggy carter and fuck you #that’s why (via peggylives)    

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pininglock:

friendly reminder that sherlock loves to dance and nobody danced with him at john’s wedding

How is this reminder friendly? This is the exact opposite of friendly.

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autosage:

things to say if someone asks why you are so quiet

  • "i don’t have much to say"
  • (shrug with a smile)
  • "i like listening"
  • (with clenched teeth) “there are wasps in my mouth”

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