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In case you didn't know, writing is very important to me. I have been writing stories all my life. One of the items on my Ultimate Bucket List is to attend the Clarion Writer's Workshop, http://clarion.ucsd.edu. Clarion is the oldest writing program of its kind, and it is highly respected. Many of the greatest figures in science fiction and fantasy honed their skills and launched careers there.

Until I can attend, I decide to participate in the Clarion Write-A-Thon. As a participant, I will raise money to help writers write and Clarion mentors so we can share critiques, ideas, encouragement and good writing. It's the same approach they've used successfully for years in the workshop. I know it will provide me with just the kind of push I need to work on my novel. Completing my novel is important to me and helping other writers is a noble cause.

The Clarion Write-A-Thon starts June 24, 2012 and finishes on August 4, 2012.

I hope you'll help out by going to http://clarionwriteathon.org/members/profile.php?writerid=128931 and sponsoring my writing. Every contribution that comes through will show on my page and will drive me to do more and better, while also helping out future writers.

Thanks in advance! Please check back often to see how I'm doing and what I've written.

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“I think [Thor’s] motivation is much more of a personal one, in the sense that it’s his brother that is stirring things up. Whereas everyone else, it’s some bad guy who they’ve gotta take down. It’s a different approach for me, or for Thor. He’s constantly having to battle the greater good and what he should do vs. … it’s his little brother there,” the actor says. “I’ve been frustrated with my brothers at times, or family, but I’m the only one who is allowed to be angry at them. There’s a bit of that.” - Chris Hemsworth (Source)

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omgthatdress: Edward Molyneux dress ca. 1935 via The Kyoto Costume Institute

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“We live in a country where Wall Street’s recklessness caused tens of millions to struggle to put food on the table and keep a roof over their heads, and the rest of us to strive mightily simply to maintain our standard of living without falling into poverty.

“But only months after these jokers wrecked the entire economy, they’re back swilling the champagne and living larger than ever before at the expense of the rest of us.”

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How to be classy in three easy steps:
1. Open this tab.
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Just do it.
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“I believe all suffering is caused by ignorance. People inflict pain on others in the selfish pursuit of their happiness or satisfaction. Yet true happiness comes from a sense of peace and contentment, which in turn must be achieved through the cultivation of altruism, of love and compassion, and elimination of ignorance, selfishness, and greed."
— Dalai Lama (Source: slychedelic)

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A letter 17 year old Zooey Deschanel wrote to the editors of Vogue. Vogue ended up publishing the letter.

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"Start telling the stories that only you can tell, because there’ll always be better writers than you and there’ll always be smarter writers than you. There will always be people who are much better at doing this or doing that - but you are the only you.

"Tarantino - you can criticize everything that Quentin does - but nobody writes Tarantino stuff like Tarantino. He is the best Tarantino writer there is, and that was actually the thing that people responded to - they’re going ‘this is an individual writing with his own point of view’.

There are better writers than me out there, there are smarter writers, there are people who can plot better - there are all those kinds of things, but there’s nobody who can write a Neil Gaiman story like I can."
- A bit of writing advice from Neil Gaiman. (via faramirs)

I said it on the Nerdist Podcast, and I believe it. It’s as true for any area of the arts, not just writing. Perhaps it’s true for life.
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(This is my permission slip I keep on my writing desk, next to my other permission slip that reads, “The biggest, most important piece of advice I could give to any aspiring writer is very, very simple. If you are an aspiring writer, write. Don’t think about writing. Don’t plan to write. Don’t hope to write. Just write.” Thank you, Mr. Gaiman.)

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thedailywhat: Misquote of the Day: Yeah, so, um… that’s not a compliment.

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It only takes 20 minutes for the NYT to shift the blame.

After allowing them onto the bridge, police cut off and arrested dozens of Occupy Wall Street protesters.


In a tense showdown over the East River, police arrested hundreds of Occupy Wall Street demonstrators after they marched onto the bridge’s Brooklyn=bound roadway.

Don’t let this simply vanish, people. Don’t let them get away with this. Force the NYT to own this, and accept responsibility for lying to their readers, to protect the 1%.

They’re terrified of us.

They know that we’re coming for them.

This is only the beginning.

(image via Reddit. Quote via Daily Kos)

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Amy: So you and me, we should get a drink sometime.
Rory: Okay.
Amy: And married.
Rory: Fine.

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Alexander McQueen, F/W 2006-2007.
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Very nice fan art.

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Archie Comics Sues Its co-CEO for Sexual Harrasment This is a different sort of “women can do anything that men can do” story than our usual ones, unfortunately. Archie Comics Publications has been doing a number of things that’s impressively beyond our expectations for them lately, like introducing an out gay character and tackling Don’t Ask Don’t Tell in nearly the same breath. And now for something just as unexpected, but completely different: The co-CEO of Archie Comics, Nancy Silberkleit, is being sued for workplace bullying and sexual harassment by her own company.

“Crazy 8 Press, the new internet-based publishing venture, has unveiled plans to sell original novels and short stories by established authors directly to their readers. Crazy 8 Press will initially offer new titles on a bimonthly basis, with an increased publication pace to follow. Crazy 8’s founders are veteran science fiction/fantasy authors Peter David, Michael Jan Friedman, Robert Greenberger, Glenn Hauman, Aaron Rosenberg, and Howard Weinstein. Together they have written hundreds of books and comics over the past 30 years, with combined sales of more than 15 million copies.”
Crazy 8 Press

Eeyore: It’s not much of a tail … but I’m sort of attached to it.
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“Perhaps, like McCarthy, Roth has simply lost interest. (McCarthy once said that he found reading fiction “a rather odd thing to do.”) Non-writers who have bailed on novels and short stories often say they’ve exhausted their patience for flagrantly “untrue” narratives. One blogger explained it thus: “I put it down to having experienced enough real life narrative and drama such that made-up stories no longer appeal.”
“I’ve stopped reading fiction” - Laura Miller - Salon.com

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A tiny water boatman is the loudest animal on Earth relative to its body size, a study has revealed. Scientists from France and Scotland recorded the aquatic animal “singing” at up to 99.2 decibels, the equivalent of listening to a loud orchestra play while sitting in the front row. The insect makes the sound by rubbing its penis against its abdomen in a process known as “stridulation”. (via BBC Nature - ‘Singing penis’ sets noise record for water insect)

ridingcropinthemortuary: Let me introduce you to the best advertisement of all time: Homoerotic, Interracial Priests selling Ice Cream. (he has a spoon - A SPOON)

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Cleaning out

Feiffer's People was the first play I ever did in college. It convinced me that I needed a theatre degree. Also, my wonder twin, Linda, sent me the Mary Kate and Ashley sunglasses as a joke. And that's my anthem from my pagan days. I found all these things today.

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Responsibilities? Grades? Expectations? Life?

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An art installation of a melting fan sits on display in a subway station, June 9, 2011, in Atlanta. Sweltering temperatures across half the country had people doing what they could to stay cool. (David Goldman/AP Photo)
Today in Pictures.

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