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Today feels like an excellent day for outlining or planning a creative idea you have put off for a long time.
I think we all should do that, today. What do you think?
I am doing it, I am putting together a presentation and the first chapter of a story I have wanted to write for a long time, a genre and format I have never tried before.
I humbly suggest those of you who have something like this you have been putting off join me in this thread with a note about your project. Seriously, today is the day to do it. Let’s all start our own project that we have been putting off or abandoned. Would love to hear a bit about your plans and progress!
Challenge accepted! I’ve been coming up with ideas for makeup tutorials focused on people who need glasses. Most of the ones I’ve seen are ‘how to make your eyes pop from behind glasses’ which is awesome and fun, but there aren’t enough ones on ‘tips for putting on makeup when you’re half blind.’ I hope to get started this summer when I’m done grad school, but I reserved tumblr and youtube names for when I get started! If anyone wants a heads up when I get going, it’ll be at spectacularmakeup.tumblr.com and Spec-Tacular Makeup on youtube. Because I cannot resist a specs pun. If anyone has ideas, suggestions, or questions they’d like me to cover, lemme know!
There is a strange emptiness to life without myths.
I am African American — by which I mean, a descendant of slaves, rather than a descendant of immigrants who came here willingly and with lives more or less intact. My ancestors were the unwilling, unintact ones: children torn from parents, parents torn from elders, people torn from roots, stories torn from language. Past a certain point, my family’s history just… stops. As if there was nothing there.
I could do what others have done, and attempt to reconstruct this lost past. I could research genealogy and genetics, search for the traces of myself in moldering old sale documents and scanned images on microfiche. I could also do what members of other cultures lacking myths have done: steal. A little BS about Atlantis here, some appropriation of other cultures’ intellectual property there, and bam! Instant historically-justified superiority. Worked great for the Nazis, new and old. Even today, white people in my neck of the woods call themselves “Caucasian”, most of them little realizing that the term and its history are as constructed as anything sold in the fantasy section of a bookstore.
These are proven strategies, but I have no interest in them. They’ll tell me where I came from, but not what I really want to know: where I’m going. To figure that out, I make shit up."
so i came up with a joke the other day while i was showering
and it’s quite possibly the dumbest thing i’ve ever thought
but i laughed for a good five minutes out loud in the shower
my mom thought something was wrong with me
okay here goes; an attorney defends a man sued for walking around town in his underwear. it was a brief case.
omg this is fantastic
That’s 3 puns at once how is that possible
'nḫ(w), (w)ḏ3(w), s(nbw)
Expression “may he live long, prosper and be healthy”
This is it guys. My life is complete.
Who are your favorite female authors, be it film, prose or comics?
They have to be living authors, please.
Ooh, this could get long. Gail Simone, of course. Tamora Pierce, Mercedes Lackey, Sarah Rees Brennan, N. K. Jemisin, Catherynne Valente, J.K. Rowling, Gail Carson Levine, Jane Yolen, Libba Bray, Arina Tanemura, Monica Hughes, Ursula K LeGuin, Svetlana Chmakova, Seanan McGuire (and Mira Grant), Rosemary Kirstein, Elizabeth Peters, Kristin Cashore, Natsuki Takaya, Naoko Takeuchi, Fuyumi Soryo, Hisaya Nakajo, Yuu Watase, Emura, Aya Nakahara, Patricia C. Wrede, Matsuri Hino, Jane Espenson, Suzanne Collins, and Hazel Hutchins.
I agree with you. There are loads of hidden political messages in a sci-fi show and in no way is it just fiction that's meant to be fun/scary to watch.
Oh honey, I hate to break it to you, but the messages aren’t hidden, and if you don’t think Doctor Who is political then you haven’t been paying attention.
"The Unquiet Dead" is about bodily autonomy and agency.
"The Long Game" is about the power of the media to deceive and distract, themes which are brought up again in "Bad Wolf."
"The Christmas Invasion" is about the Bush Administration and challenging the idea of taking pre-emptive action in "self defense".
"The Impossible Planet"/"The Satan Pit" and "The God Complex" are all about faith, trust, and religion (These themes also feature to a lesser extent in "Gridlock").
"Planet of the Ood" takes up themes first introduced in "The Impossible Planet" and discusses slavery, colonialism, and how an alien race is othered in order to justify their enslavement.
"The Beast Below" is about how a society can deceive itself and believe its actions, however terrible, are justified.
"Cold War" is about…the Cold War. I mean, really, everything about the political message in that episode should’ve been revealed by the title.
And we haven’t even begun discussing the political messages in Classic Who. Sarah Jane Smith was being her bad ass feminist self and taking down sexists and misogynists long before you learned how to be a sarcastic troll.
For God’s sake, the entire premise of this show is political: the Doctor has fled Gallifrey and the Time Lords because he will not accept their rules or their boundaries. He travels through time and space and he interferes. The fundamental theme of Doctor Who is about questioning power, challenging authority, and living by your own code of ethics.
And guess what? It’s not just Doctor Who. Everything in your life is political. Every piece of entertainment you consume has political messages about race, about gender, sex, and sexuality, about religion and class and history and our bodies and our relationships and just about everything you could possibly think of. Pretty much the only non-political entertainment you could consume would be cat videos on the internet (but let’s be real, I’m sure someone has written a political analysis of cat videos).
I’m not any less of a fan for taking a complicated look at these themes and engaging critically with them. Honestly, I feel sorry for you if you haven’t done that, because you’re missing out on all of the fun.
Quick nitpick. I’m fairly certain it’s on record somewhere that the Christmas Invasion was inspired by the Thatcher administration, not Bush ( though I imagine its message applies to both).
I should make it clear that there are plenty of other political messages I didn’t mention here, and many different ways to read the episodes I listed. As an American, I viewed “The Christmas Invasion” and thought it was a critique of the Bush administration (Plus, there’s a little call out to the American President? Harriet Jones receives a call from the American President, who wants to take charge of the situation, but she puts him down with the words “He’s certainly not turning this into a war.” Since President Bush was the actual American President at the time this episode aired, I assumed that was a way of making it clear that it was a criticism of his administration. But that might just be my personal reading of it.)
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