"let the water flood out/let the light flood in."

There is a style of pot
made of broken vessels,
the cracks in the ceramic repaired with
gold.

Some days you feel shattered.
The veins inside your elbow are fissures
and your heart cracks them wider
with every beat and blow.

The word kintsukuroi sits on your tongue,
but it makes you think of tarnish,
of Midas’s curse and the way
your mother clutches her wallet, thin, threadbare.

You could paint each broken edge of you with gold,
press them together, pray.
You could dig up your hot glue gun from the back of your desk,
find the duct tape under the kitchen sink,
and build, repair, make new.

You think of the way your mother looks at you,
your hollows, your fissures, thin, threadbare.
You want to offer up your bandaged hands,
promise they’re watertight,
and let her fill them from a deep cold well.

But first remember this:
You are a broken heart,
not a shattered vessel.
You do not have to hold things.

ejl. (via ink-splotch)
(Reblogged from ink-splotch)
First forget inspiration. Habit is more dependable. Habit will sustain you whether you’re inspired or not. Habit will help you finish and polish your stories. Inspiration won’t. Habit is persistence in practice.
Octavia E. Butler (via mangaluva)

(Source: maxkirin)

(Reblogged from geekybombshell)
A word after a word
after a word is power.
Margaret Atwood (via ink-splotch)

(Source: writingquotes)

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14littlejazcicles:

cloaga:

Slytherin wasn’t the only founder to leave a concealed chamber at Hogwarts— before her death, Helga Huffelpuff created a secret room which would help all students, regardless of house affiliation or purity of blood. It’s been called many things throughout the centuries; today it’s known as the Room of Requirement. 

HEADCANON ACCEPTED

(Reblogged from ink-splotch)
After a month of thinking about the bizarre truth inherent here — that real women with fake names are somehow considered exponentially less authentic than completely fake men harboring a real, hidden sadness — I’ve come to one conclusion; that the cult of personality surrounding artists exists because of an unfeeling world that loves nothing more than breaking sensitive, talented people. The oppressive systems that surround us have forced us to assume personas like castles have moats — they can’t protect you forever but they might work for a little while to keep the bad guys from coming in. That’s not safe or good for human hearts, regardless of their respective privileges in regard to class or gender.

unw0man:

Last night I tried on this kind of amazing wig and took some selfies as the Beauty Queen Autopsy character. The discussion on my personal fb was sweet but kinda silly as *everyone* felt the need to point out that I’m always pretty. The fact is, as Unwoman I do glamorous/weird/anachronistic, and beauty is part of it, but I could never be mistook for a beauty queen with a curly mohawk or a tattered corset. Beauty queens by their very definition require looking good to everyone with high enough status (in a largely white-supremacist & patriarchal capitalist society) to judge them. This ends up being very WASP-y (in a narrower way even than my European genes determine), inoffensive, thin, high-end without being avant-garde… not really things I’m trying to conform to normally, but certainly interesting to experiment with. 

Matt writes lyrics from this great perspective of a hot proudly sexually liberated woman. I have no fucking clue how he does it, but as someone who kinda identifies as that, I fully endorse his take on that, which is one reason this collaboration works so well. 

It’s important to me that my character have a backstory and nuance. I don’t want this to be just another dead fallen angel. She has real personal power that’s not just the conventionally acceptable beauty that gets erroneously called power. Every time she exerts her agency is a nice “fuck you” to the people who would rather see her lying cold on a slab… which in Hollywood would be the appropriate punishment for being as untamed as she is. Yet, visually, she’s coming from a place of pure conformity, as perhaps someone who as a young woman was told beauty was power.

Also I’m kind of in love with Lana Del Rey who I wish would address some of these issues too but I guess it’s up to us.


-Erica

(Reblogged from unw0man)

i have an idea

lindabelchervoice:

can you imagine how different the world would be if the idea of virginity meant the first time you had a mutual orgasm with someone else? how it would erase a lot of homophobia and transphobia and fucked up connotations of ownership?

how straight dudes would actually have to put some effort in in order to brag in the locker room?

(Reblogged from lindabelchervoice)

Once Again Things I Do Not Approve Of

coffeepotbadger:

1. Everything universities do that make education less available to students who aren’t middle class white kids, including but not limited to professors who will not give out reading assignments in a sensible fashion, pointlessly withholding information, charging exorbitant fees, and anyone who acts like their class is the only thing their students have to deal with all day.

2. Tardiness.

3. Learned helplessness.

4. Weak coffee.

5. Random crushing existential dread.

6. Condescending authority figures.

7. Buzzfeed listicles that assume all college students are binge-drinking, procrastinating, money-wasting adult-children who can’t do laundry and never do their course reading.

8. The cultural assumptions that beget aforementioned listicles.

9. Bottled water in non-emergency situations.

10. Dust jackets on books. They exist only to get in the way.

(Reblogged from coffeepotbadger)

socialjusticekoolaid:

Today in Solidarity: Protesters gather in Oakland against the Urban Shield conference and police militarization

Ever wonder where cities get all their fancy ideas on how to militarize their police force? It’s not just from the Pentagon— it’s conferences like Urban Shield, that highlight the latest in tactical equipment and practices for suppressing the very people you’re sworn to serve. #staywoke #whodoyouprotect #whodoyouserve 

(Reblogged from cwallie)

30 Uncommon Character Development Questions ( send me a number )

lightandwinged:

edhelernil:

  1. What position does your character sleep in? ( i.e; stomach, side, back, etc. ) Describe why they do this — optional.
  2. Does your character have any noteworthy features? Freckles? Dimples? A scar somewhere unusual? etc.
  3. Does your character have an accent? What does it sound like?
  4. Do they have any verbal tics? Do they have trouble pronouncing certain words or getting their thoughts across clearly?
  5. What are their chief tension areas? 
  6. If you were to pick one song — and only one song — to describe your character, what would it be and why?
  7. How does your character perceive themselves? Positive? Negative? Neutral?
  8. Are they a quick thinker or do they need time to sort through their thoughts?
  9. Does your character dream or are their nights filled with an empty blackness? Describe a dream they’ve had or a night they couldn’t sleep and what they did to preoccupy their time.
  10. If they had a choice, would they prefer a subway or a bus for public transportation?
  11. What do they think of creation? Do they believe in evolution or do they believe in God? What is their religion like?
  12. Describe 5 unusual characteristics your muse has.
  13. Have they ever been so overwhelmed they had to stop and take a break from something? 
  14. Are they a team player or do they prefer to be solo?
  15. Can they multi-task or must they focus on one subject at a time?
  16. What are their best school subjects? What are their worst? List five of each.
  17. Is your character an introvert or an extrovert? How do they handle big crowds of people?
  18. Are they a leader, do they prefer to follow, or would they rather just stay on the sidelines altogether?
  19. If your character was suddenly challenged, would they rather run away or stay and fight?
  20. If your character was allowed to murder one person without any consequences, who would that person be and why?
  21. Your character has been granted 3 wishes; what would they wish for and why?
  22. Does your character trust people right off the bat or does it take them some time to warm up to someone?
  23. Do they prefer romance or affection? What is the quickest way to your character’s heart?
  24. Does your character have any enemies? If so, who and why?
  25. Do they have any weird bedroom habits? Any unusual kinks?
  26. How does your character prepare for bed? Do they sleep at all or can they stay awake for days on end without trouble?
  27. If your character had one thing to say to their parents before they died, what would it be?
  28. Are they afraid of death? Do they have any regrets?
  29. Does your character get restless when things are too quiet or do they favour solitude and silence? Why?
  30. Finally; if your character was forced to eat one thing for the rest of their life, what would they choose and why?

Send me some numbers to answer in the morning!

(Reblogged from littlemure)
explore-blog:

Ann Friedman's Disapproval Matrix for handling criticism is a thing of genius, not to mention essential internet-age literacy. She explains:

Critics: These are smart people who know something about your field. They are taking a hard look at your work and are not loving it. You’ll probably want to listen to what they have to say, and make some adjustments to your work based on their thoughtful comments.
Lovers: These people are invested in you and are also giving you negative but rational feedback because they want you to improve. Listen to them, too.
Frenemies: Ooooh, this quadrant is tricky. These people really know how to hurt you, because they know you personally or know your work pretty well. But at the end of the day, their criticism is not actually about your work—it’s about you personally. And they aren’t actually interested in a productive conversation that will result in you becoming better at what you do. They just wanna undermine you. Dishonorable mention goes to The Hater Within, aka the irrational voice inside you that says you suck, which usually falls into this quadrant. Tell all of these fools to sit down and shut up.
Haters: This is your garden-variety, often anonymous troll who wants to tear down everything about you for no rational reason. Folks in this quadrant are easy to write off because they’re counterproductive and you don’t even know them. Ignore! Engaging won’t make you any better at what you do. And then rest easy, because having haters is proof your work is finding a wide audience and is sparking conversation. Own it.
The general rule of thumb? When you receive negative feedback that falls into one of the top two quadrants—from experts or people who care about you who are engaging with and rationally critiquing your work—you should probably take their comments to heart. When you receive negative feedback that falls into the bottom two quadrants, you should just let it roll off your back and just keep doin’ you.

Complement with Benjamin Franklin’s trick for neutralizing critics, Daniel Dennett on how to criticize with kindness, and Anne Lamott’s definitive manifesto for handling haters.

explore-blog:

Ann Friedman's Disapproval Matrix for handling criticism is a thing of genius, not to mention essential internet-age literacy. She explains:

Critics: These are smart people who know something about your field. They are taking a hard look at your work and are not loving it. You’ll probably want to listen to what they have to say, and make some adjustments to your work based on their thoughtful comments.

Lovers: These people are invested in you and are also giving you negative but rational feedback because they want you to improve. Listen to them, too.

Frenemies: Ooooh, this quadrant is tricky. These people really know how to hurt you, because they know you personally or know your work pretty well. But at the end of the day, their criticism is not actually about your work—it’s about you personally. And they aren’t actually interested in a productive conversation that will result in you becoming better at what you do. They just wanna undermine you. Dishonorable mention goes to The Hater Within, aka the irrational voice inside you that says you suck, which usually falls into this quadrant. Tell all of these fools to sit down and shut up.

Haters: This is your garden-variety, often anonymous troll who wants to tear down everything about you for no rational reason. Folks in this quadrant are easy to write off because they’re counterproductive and you don’t even know them. Ignore! Engaging won’t make you any better at what you do. And then rest easy, because having haters is proof your work is finding a wide audience and is sparking conversation. Own it.

The general rule of thumb? When you receive negative feedback that falls into one of the top two quadrants—from experts or people who care about you who are engaging with and rationally critiquing your work—you should probably take their comments to heart. When you receive negative feedback that falls into the bottom two quadrants, you should just let it roll off your back and just keep doin’ you.

Complement with Benjamin Franklin’s trick for neutralizing critics, Daniel Dennett on how to criticize with kindness, and Anne Lamott’s definitive manifesto for handling haters.

(Source: explore-blog)

(Reblogged from blackhorseandthecherrytree)

youpromisedmebroadway:

stand up for girls and women who don’t like to read. stand up for girls and women who can’t read. stand up for girls and women with low IQs. stand up for girls and women who can’t write. stand up for girls and women whose access to education has been prevented. for those with learning disorders. for those who mix up “your” and “you’re” because it’s not that big a fucking deal tumblr. stand up for women who are called ableist slurs for these things and stop implying that the only way to be a feminist icon is by being an intellectual.

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Osh-Tisch: Princess of Two Spirits (1854-1929)

rejectedprincesses:

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This week we focus on Osh-Tisch, whose name translates to “Finds Them and Kills Them” in Crow. Osh-Tisch was a biologically male-sexed person who lived as a woman, and was one of the last Crow Nation baté (Two Spirit spiritual leaders) – oh, and you can be sure, she earned her name.

She is also far from the only awesome lady in this story.

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(Reblogged from rejectedprincesses)