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Ok so because that NaNoWriMo advice post has been making the rounds… let’s talk about NaNo, comrades. Fears? Hopes? Plans? Tell me everything.

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Cool purchases!

  • Heroínas Portuguesas (Portuguese Heroines), a book about women our history has forgotten but who have done great things anyway, things like I don’t know bEING A PRIEST FOR 18 YEARS
  • Portugal em Ruínas (Portugal in Ruins), basically a long long essay, but I bought it for the pictures and to support the photographer’s work.
  • A Cidade dos Mortos (The City of the Dead), a documentary about the thousands of people who have built their lives inside a cemetery in Cairo.

I almost screamed when I found the DVD. HELL YEAH.

goddamnshinyrock:

On the edge of the hollow Maladict was lounging against a tree. There was this about vampires: they could never look scruffy. Instead, they were … what was the word … déshabille. It meant untidy, but with bags and bags of style. 

Polly and Mal, from Monstrous Regiment by Pratchett, who flirt for the whole fucking book and no one will convince me otherwise. 

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Dear New Followers:

Where are you from and what are you doing here?

myskullbegintofall asked:
hey anna, have you read the raven boys? is it any good?

Ok so first of all, this is my book one tag, this is my book two tag, and this is my general tag. Don’t click them. They’re full of spoilers.

Is the series any good, you ask? Ah well.

I started The Raven Cycle in hopes that it would skip right over the YA tropes that make me dislike so many YA books - tropes like a “not like other girls” narrative, a female protagonist who only ever learns that LIFE IS FUN when she meets a new guy or fifty, a love triangle, etc etc etc - and focus instead on small town kids being smartasses and looking for dead kings and playing with magic they don’t quite understand.

So huh… that didn’t quite happen. The first book is very good, but the second book doesn’t really live up to its predecessor, if I do say so myself. It drives straight into every trope, and while yeah, Maggie Stiefvater goes that extra mile to make sure she’s not playing any trope too straight, they’re still there. It’s kind of like… when you like unpopular things but you pretend to like them ironically, so people won’t think you actually like them and ruin your reputation. The tropes in The Raven Cycle feel that way to me.

THE PROBLEM THOUGH

is that both the setting and the big adventure are 110% charming and the characters will eat your soul and you’ll find yourself criticising the second book for its technical flaws while loving it with every cell of your being anyway and rationally I don’t even like these books that much but emotionally I would sell my new wide brim hat for the third book on my desk right about now.

Please read The Raven Cycle. This has been a PSA.

peent:

what’s an asexual’s favorite color?

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eposetties:

my fave trope is “best friends who make out when sad/drunk/etc but aggressively avoid it and never bring it up again bc they may or may not have intense feelings for each other” and by fave i mean this makes me the saddest 

branaivanovic:

Harry Potter: Re-imagined 

-Ginny Weasley

-Neville Longbottom

-Luna Lovegood