writer, cartoonist, stand-up comic, web developer. boston. i care about important things

maxkirin:

Hello, dear followers!

It is with great excitement that I finally reveal… WRITERS UNITE! A book by writers, and for writers. Made with the help of over 200 Tumblr Writers, compiled by yours truly, and with a cover by the fantastic Plaguesworth!

Best of all, though, this book is available for FREE!!!

What exactly is this eBook about? Well, here’s the gist of it:

WRITERS UNITE! is a book of writing advice, inspiration, and tips. Over 200 Tumblr authors answered the question:

"What is the one piece of advice you wish you would’ve known when you first got started writing?"

This FREE eBook is a compilation of their writing advice, and their stories. You can have access to this nexus — this fountain of knowledge — at no cost whatsoever. Take it, learn, and drink with us!

When writers unite, great things happen~ ♥︎

medievalpoc:

Over 700 Jefferson County High School students are staging walkouts and protests over proposed changes to the Advanced Placement History curriculum. According to Colorado Public Radio:

Last week, a school board member proposed that advanced placement history classes be required to promote free enterprise and patriotism and be required to avoid classroom materials that encourage social strife or civil disobedience. Two high schools in Jefferson County closed Friday after dozens of teachers called in sick in protest.

According the online petition to be delivered to the School District:

Jeffco Public School Board has just proposed a change of curriculum stating that, “Materials should not encourage or condone civil disorder, social strife or disregard of the law. Instructional materials should present positive aspects of the United States and its heritage.”

This means that important parts of our history such as the Civil Rights Movement, Native American genocide, and slavery will not be taught in public schools. If these important lessons are not taught, children will not learn from them, and what will stop them from happening again? This is a severe form of censorship intended to keep the youth ignorant and easy to manipulate. I’m hoping to get enough signatures to prove that this is a public issue, so, please, if this is important to you, please sign. Do not let our youth grow up in ignorance; we all deserve the truth!

You can sign the petition here.

You can read more articles at The Denver Post, CBS Denver (with video), and Colorado Public Radio.

Thanks to theseacaptainsdaughter for dropping a link in my inbox.

Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop (9.25.14): Protesters in Ferguson are back out tonight, demanding Police Chief Jackson’s resignation and the immediate arrest of Mike Brown’s killer, Darren Wilson. #staywoke #farfromover

on a daily basis i find myself
becoming less and less concerned
with other people’s idea of what poetry is
and also with my own idea
of what poetry is.
- joshua jennifer espinoza, from i’m alive / it hurts / i love it (via aberdeen)

brownglucose:

comedycentral:

Click here for more of Jon Stewart’s coverage of the recent House Committee on Science, Space and Technology hearing.

This is a prime example of why more STEM experts need to be in politics. Clearly lawyers are incompetent as hell when it comes to science.

rosalarian:

When I said this, I didn’t mean it like “Don’t you DARE try to be a writer unless you’re doing it like this!” I meant it as a way to say hey, don’t worry so much when you’re writing. Stop thinking about this Great Story you have in your head and why is it not coming out like my perfect vision oh god I must actually be a horrible writer oh dammit this is terrible I’m a hack oh no! I’ll never be published and I’ll never be Successful or Important and why am I even trying dammit dammit dammit!
Which, of course, is way easier said than done. I haven’t met a creator in my life who doesn’t suffer from at least a touch of impostor syndrome, and I know I fall into this trap a lot. But the more you can avoid thinking about it, the more work you get done.
When you’re getting the ideas out, don’t think about editors, don’t think about readers, don’t think about writing a golden shiny piece of perfection. Just write.
Think about all that other stuff later. It’s distracting. Just write.
Just write.
rosalarian:

When I said this, I didn’t mean it like “Don’t you DARE try to be a writer unless you’re doing it like this!” I meant it as a way to say hey, don’t worry so much when you’re writing. Stop thinking about this Great Story you have in your head and why is it not coming out like my perfect vision oh god I must actually be a horrible writer oh dammit this is terrible I’m a hack oh no! I’ll never be published and I’ll never be Successful or Important and why am I even trying dammit dammit dammit!
Which, of course, is way easier said than done. I haven’t met a creator in my life who doesn’t suffer from at least a touch of impostor syndrome, and I know I fall into this trap a lot. But the more you can avoid thinking about it, the more work you get done.
When you’re getting the ideas out, don’t think about editors, don’t think about readers, don’t think about writing a golden shiny piece of perfection. Just write.
Think about all that other stuff later. It’s distracting. Just write.
Just write.

rosalarian:

When I said this, I didn’t mean it like “Don’t you DARE try to be a writer unless you’re doing it like this!” I meant it as a way to say hey, don’t worry so much when you’re writing. Stop thinking about this Great Story you have in your head and why is it not coming out like my perfect vision oh god I must actually be a horrible writer oh dammit this is terrible I’m a hack oh no! I’ll never be published and I’ll never be Successful or Important and why am I even trying dammit dammit dammit!

Which, of course, is way easier said than done. I haven’t met a creator in my life who doesn’t suffer from at least a touch of impostor syndrome, and I know I fall into this trap a lot. But the more you can avoid thinking about it, the more work you get done.

When you’re getting the ideas out, don’t think about editors, don’t think about readers, don’t think about writing a golden shiny piece of perfection. Just write.

Think about all that other stuff later. It’s distracting. Just write.

Just write.

mizzhabibi:

This white boy can get it lol and by “it” I mean likes lol #WhiteBoysForTruth #LoveThisPost #NonMuslimsThatThinkLikeThisGiveMeLife
mizzhabibi:

This white boy can get it lol and by “it” I mean likes lol #WhiteBoysForTruth #LoveThisPost #NonMuslimsThatThinkLikeThisGiveMeLife

mizzhabibi:

This white boy can get it lol and by “it” I mean likes lol #WhiteBoysForTruth #LoveThisPost #NonMuslimsThatThinkLikeThisGiveMeLife

"but nobody’s perfect"

i’ll accept that when it’s a heart doctor who couldn’t close a suture
i’ll accept that when it’s a lawyer who couldn’t win a case
i’ll accept that when it’s a roller coaster operator eating a sandwich who forgets to turn off the ride and cars fly off the loop-de-loop

but i can’t, i won’t abide imperfect police

it’s as if you’ve forgotten your purpose, but remembered to load your gun. you see yourself as enforcer, as executioner, and your actions aren’t punishable by the same law - the same lies. for every young black man you shoot in the back, for every pregnant woman you slam to the ground, asthmatic man you choke to death, boy’s head you break windows with, my distrust of you grows, shoots up another foot

you, with power over the lives of so many, go home
lay down your killing tools and ask yourself
why you fear so much

dynastylnoire:

rubyknits:

america-wakiewakie:

BREAKING: Terrebonne deputy shoots, kills 14-year-old | WWLTV
Louisiana State Police are investigating a fatal shooting involving a 14-year-old boy and a Terrebonne Parish deputy Tuesday night in Houma.
The incident happened in Kirkglen Loop after deputies were called to the scene just before 6 p.m.
Louisiana State Police Trooper Evan Harrell said the initial report said several armed suspects ran into a home.
Harrell said what happened exactly is under investigation, but state police can confirm that the 14-year-old was fatally shot. He said a weapon was was recovered “in close proximity” to the 14-year-old’s body.
There are three other suspects in custody — two juveniles and an 18-year-old, Harrell said. A fifth suspect escaped out the rear of the residence. Harrell said the home was abandoned at the time.
Relatives on the scene identified the 14-year-old as Cameron Tillman, whose picture you can see above. They say he was shot four or five times in the back, and that he was a student at Ellender High School.
"The individual that was fatally wounded, his family, everybody deserves a proper investigation, and that’s what we’re here to do," Harrell said. "And until we get everything nailed down, squared away, we’ll be out here as long as it takes."
The investigation is ongoing.
Editor’s Note: I do not trust cops one bit. Getting other cops to the scene to “make sure things are done properly” won’t do jack shit to counter the thin blue line. There is no such thing as justice for black folks in this country. 

Also from the article linked above:
Andre Tillman, Cameron’s brother, was inside the abandoned house at the time of the shooting. He said somebody knocked on the door. “My little brother thought somebody was just clowning, because somebody is always clowning by the door. He opened (it) and the man just shot him. He didn’t have nothing in his hand.”

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dynastylnoire:

rubyknits:

america-wakiewakie:

BREAKING: Terrebonne deputy shoots, kills 14-year-old | WWLTV
Louisiana State Police are investigating a fatal shooting involving a 14-year-old boy and a Terrebonne Parish deputy Tuesday night in Houma.
The incident happened in Kirkglen Loop after deputies were called to the scene just before 6 p.m.
Louisiana State Police Trooper Evan Harrell said the initial report said several armed suspects ran into a home.
Harrell said what happened exactly is under investigation, but state police can confirm that the 14-year-old was fatally shot. He said a weapon was was recovered “in close proximity” to the 14-year-old’s body.
There are three other suspects in custody — two juveniles and an 18-year-old, Harrell said. A fifth suspect escaped out the rear of the residence. Harrell said the home was abandoned at the time.
Relatives on the scene identified the 14-year-old as Cameron Tillman, whose picture you can see above. They say he was shot four or five times in the back, and that he was a student at Ellender High School.
"The individual that was fatally wounded, his family, everybody deserves a proper investigation, and that’s what we’re here to do," Harrell said. "And until we get everything nailed down, squared away, we’ll be out here as long as it takes."
The investigation is ongoing.
Editor’s Note: I do not trust cops one bit. Getting other cops to the scene to “make sure things are done properly” won’t do jack shit to counter the thin blue line. There is no such thing as justice for black folks in this country. 

Also from the article linked above:
Andre Tillman, Cameron’s brother, was inside the abandoned house at the time of the shooting. He said somebody knocked on the door. “My little brother thought somebody was just clowning, because somebody is always clowning by the door. He opened (it) and the man just shot him. He didn’t have nothing in his hand.”

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dynastylnoire:

rubyknits:

america-wakiewakie:

BREAKING: Terrebonne deputy shoots, kills 14-year-old | WWLTV

Louisiana State Police are investigating a fatal shooting involving a 14-year-old boy and a Terrebonne Parish deputy Tuesday night in Houma.

The incident happened in Kirkglen Loop after deputies were called to the scene just before 6 p.m.

Louisiana State Police Trooper Evan Harrell said the initial report said several armed suspects ran into a home.

Harrell said what happened exactly is under investigation, but state police can confirm that the 14-year-old was fatally shot. He said a weapon was was recovered “in close proximity” to the 14-year-old’s body.

There are three other suspects in custody — two juveniles and an 18-year-old, Harrell said. A fifth suspect escaped out the rear of the residence. Harrell said the home was abandoned at the time.

Relatives on the scene identified the 14-year-old as Cameron Tillman, whose picture you can see above. They say he was shot four or five times in the back, and that he was a student at Ellender High School.

"The individual that was fatally wounded, his family, everybody deserves a proper investigation, and that’s what we’re here to do," Harrell said. "And until we get everything nailed down, squared away, we’ll be out here as long as it takes."

The investigation is ongoing.

Editor’s Note: I do not trust cops one bit. Getting other cops to the scene to “make sure things are done properly” won’t do jack shit to counter the thin blue line. There is no such thing as justice for black folks in this country. 

Also from the article linked above:

Andre Tillman, Cameron’s brother, was inside the abandoned house at the time of the shooting. He said somebody knocked on the door. “My little brother thought somebody was just clowning, because somebody is always clowning by the door. He opened (it) and the man just shot him. He didn’t have nothing in his hand.”

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