1. likeafieldmouse:


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  2. Charmed and The Difficulty of Getting the Innocent-of-the-Week to Listen To You

    So I’m a big fan of Charmed. My brother is bigger so - so big that he used to borrow these, like, large guide books from the library, that had bestiaries of all the demons fought, breakdowns of all the major arcs, and even script printouts and episode stills. It did a lot of things right in the earlies - a small ensemble cast of family members, so the character development was never too much to handle; romantic plots that, at least in the first two seasons or so, were actually secondary to the action without feeling unimportant; the Halliwell sisters’ individually were interesting sources of power without ever being either imbalanced or less than formidable.

    But one of the parts that struck me as a potential fault of the show, the one thing that often broke my suspension of disbelief, was how easily they often got people who still don’t know what’s going on to accept the help of three women who refuse to make it any clearer.

    And maybe that’s a selfish nitpick about a show where, more often than not, people looked evil magic in the eye and we never heard them comment on it again, like the episode I’m about to mention. But this fact, on a whole in some fantasy stories (and even some other stories), is what makes moving naturally into the climax even harder.

    In ‘The Wedding From Hell’, the sisters three all converge on a wedding that Piper is catering for when Phoebe has a vision of a demonic birth and Prue discovers that the ceremony’s first priest was found flung out a window with a ceremonial dagger used to kill demons. Blahblahcoincidenceblah - but really, this part seems to flow perfectly normally considering. Leave that be.

    But let’s move backwards a bit. How did they put two and two together? When Phoebe first had the vision, she was worried that she was having a vision of Piper’s baby, since she got it after finding out that Piper had taken a pregnancy test. In order to ask her about it, like good siblings are wont to do, she barges into Piper’s place of work - the groom’s mother’s estate, at the moment - while preparations are still in full swing. While there, they notice two things - a woman shouting at the groom that ‘there’s still time’ for him to make the right decision, and the priest walking up the stairs toward the bride with a sharp knife in his hand. While Piper and Phoebe chase to the kitchen to get one of the estate security guards, they hear him go through the window.

    So now they know about the girl, Allison, which strikes Piper as particularly odd since… all the reception napkins and wedding invitations have Allison’s name and not the name of the present bride, Jade (whole name: Jade DeMon… totally original, eh? Give it a break, this was less than halfway into Season One).

    So Prue decides that the best way for their plan to vanquish evil and save the day is with Allison’s help. Yep. The help of the young woman who, by all accounts, simply knows that she’s never heard of Jade before, doesn’t know her then-fiance to be a cheater, can’t explain why he looks at her so blankly, and at this point silently suspects that it is just some really fucking weird and inexplicable but otherwise just-like-a-family-of-wealth-to-do (re)arranged marriage.

    So… she asks Allison to come with them (on their mission to potentially make a demon woman explode).

    And Allison… says yes? After only a couple minutes of wheedling about not letting the love of your life pass you by?

    This is, at best, a stranger asking her opinion on crashing a wedding. And at worst being invited to tag along on the birth of pandaemonium. What about that sounded like pleasant weekday afternoon entertainment?
    I don’t know what to think about shows that deal with the alleged real-world effects of seeing beyond the veil of the mundane and yet make it seem so simple to win people over without also casting the veil aside for them. Allison, like most humans would have, should watch Prue Halliwell and ask her why she seems so obsessively interested in the romantic goings-on of a girl she doesn’t know. But she doesn’t. A lot of people don’t, in stories like these. I guess forty-five minutes isn’t a lot of time to show people actually saying ‘this makes no fucking sense’ enough times before they do agree. But when I ask myself in similar stories I’m writing, ‘why would someone say yes to this so easily?’, I come up blank, and end up dropping the whole plot.

    Magic could never be so easily sold that I can trust that something good lies beyond the veil without even seeing… the veil itself. And if it is so well-bought, I become afraid that such magic is cheap or bad.

    Which isn’t true, even of Charmed, but when I see it, it makes me a little less impressed.

    The level of magnificence that lies in wait for he who has good reason to doubt should be directly proportional to his level of trepidation, and vice versa.

    Maybe because there’s this balance between saying no believably and saying yes in time for us to be satisfied by action that is almost impossible to strike. After all, from the little I know of Doctor Who, if I were approached to be his companion it’d take at least an episode and a half before I even consider a yes. But then imagine all the cool stuff you’d have to wait til Episode Two to see - by that point, you may already have given up.

    Anyway, rant over.

  3. 2headedsnake:

    Matthieu Bourel

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  4. everyone wants to know 
    about the voyager 
    in his broad casket, 
    whether it stays afloat, 
    at what hour he sharpens 
    his harpoon, what scribbles 
    down in his log when it becomes 
    dark and the beacon is far. 

    no one asks the ocean 
    how the old man on her back 
    on bladed bark feels. 
    does the voyager feel smooth? 
    does the voyager feel hateful? 

    and no one ever wonders 
    about the wishes of the 
    wind, and yet 
    we wouldn’t have a story without her.

  5. Oh, hallelujah to the lamb
    Down by the river
    The Lord is on the giving hand
    Down by the riverside
    Oh, we’ll wait ‘till Jesus comes
    Down by the river
    Oh, we’ll wait ‘till Jesus comes
    Down by the riverside…

    - ‘Down By The Riverside’, a negro spiritual, as found in William Stickles’ Spirituals

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  6. rainydaydj:

    Aimer - “Dareka, Umi wo.” from Dareka, Umi wo. (2014)

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  7. seerees:

    I am a low key master at 2 am music. 

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  8. khaleersula:




    i drew a bunch of elves of color!!

    This post reminds me of something that happened a few years back.

    I once served as art director for a project where the illustration spec called for characters of a variety of races (in the real-world sense, not the Dungeons & Dragons sense - though the latter was involved as well).

    We had one particular artist, tasked with drawing a series of elves, who didn’t quite seem to get what that meant. Their output was basically “white elf”, “another white elf”, “white elf with a tan”, “white elf looking a bit pale”, “yet another white elf”, etc.

    When this was pointed out, they were like “oh, yeah, now I get it - I’ll totally fix that with my next piece”.

    They proceeded to turn in a picture of a blue elf.

    In the end, we had to provide specific quotas for specific levels of racial representation in order to get the point across. It all worked out in the end, but it’s stuck with me ever since that this artist examined the original spec, looked at our feedback, and came to the conclusion a blue elf was more plausible than a black one.

    In conclusion: this is awesome.

    Read that last paragraph as many times as you need to.

    paging peter jackson

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  9. Call it the Curse of Knowledge: a difficulty in imagining what it is like for someone else not to know something that you know. The term was invented by economists to help explain why people are not as shrewd in bargaining as they could be when they possess information that their opposite number does not. Psychologists sometimes call it mindblindness. In the textbook experiment, a child comes into the lab, opens an M&M box and is surprised to find pencils in it. Not only does the child think that another child entering the lab will somehow know it contains pencils, but the child will say that he himself knew it contained pencils all along! The curse of knowledge is the single best explanation of why good people write bad prose. It simply doesn’t occur to the writer that her readers don’t know what she knows—that they haven’t mastered the argot of her guild, can’t divine the missing steps that seem too obvious to mention, have no way to visualize a scene that to her is as clear as day. And so the writer doesn’t bother to explain the jargon, or spell out the logic, or supply the necessary detail.
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  11. lettersandlight:


    Whether you’re a planner or not, there’s one thing every writer will need as they prepare for NaNoWriMo: inspiration. We’ve challenged some of our favorite authors and the NaNo staff to inspire you by sharing what’s inspired them… and challenging you to prepare a specific jumpstart for that inevitable idea drought:

    The Inspirer: Marissa Meyer, author of the Lunar Chronicles series

    The Inspiration Sources:

    The Jumpstart: What do you love to read and write about? Write a 100-word Author Manifesto for the type of stories you’d like to be known for writing, whether that includes creating new universes, timeless human stories, or awesome girl superheroes.

    Why This Will Inspire You: It’s impossible for us creative-types to go through life without being influenced by the art and storytelling we come across every day, but we don’t always recognize our major influencers until we take a moment to reflect.

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  12. cross-connect:

    Margarita Kareva is an artist photographer from Ekaterinburg (Russia). He specializes in fantasy art photography and creates beautiful pictures inspired by fantasy books and fairy tales

    I will make photographs for free of any interesting ideas or people in any country for the accommodation and flight tickets :)

    Check out her 500px account.


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  13. On the Internet especially, this deeply baffles some people. They say something dumb, everyone tells them that they’re dumb and to stop saying dumb things, and they interpret that as an assault on their right to free speech. It’s not, of course, because no one calling this dummy a dummy actually has the power to stop him from speaking. The best they can do is usually complain to whoever’s giving the dummy a platform, and asking them to take the platform away from him. But that’s, as discussed, a totally reasonable (and legal) thing the platform owner can do. In fact, this is more a case of free speech working perfectly, than it breaking down.

    The most hilarious thing about people holding up their right to free speech is how much it weakens everything else they’ve said. When the best thing someone can say about their argument is that it isn’t technically illegal, that doesn’t say much about the strength of their words, does it?
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