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ruingaraf:

i will never be over helena harper being a revenge-driven heroine who shot her sister’s boyfriend in the leg when she found out he was an abusive dickbag

and totally reaped the professional consequences of that action

and also has no romantic story arc because she’s too busy taking care of her sister and saving the world

Filed under truth helena harper resident evil 6 CAPCOM ACCIDENTALLY A BADASS LADY what I do love most about RE is that it covers the gamut of women emotions without once calling them weak for it

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Inspiration isn’t what gets your book written. Discipline is.

Inspiration is fickle: it shows up when you least expect it, all sexy and exhilarating and reminding you why you put your butt in that chair and turned off Tumblr and forced yourself to trudge through the valley of no-good, very-bad first drafts. Enjoy that inspiration while it’s there. Enjoy it thoroughly because it is rare and precious.

Just don’t expect it to show up every day. The only thing that needs to show up every day is yourself—and your determination to see this through to the end.

Malinda Lo, on writing with discipline. (via lettersandlight)

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Filed under truth note to self writing I really should be writing

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If you only write when you’re inspired you may be a fairly decent poet, but you’ll never be a novelist because you’re going to have to make your word count today and those words aren’t going to wait for you whether you’re inspired or not.

You have to write when you’re not inspired. And you have to write the scenes that don’t inspire you. And the weird thing is that six months later, a year later, you’ll look back at them and you can’t remember which scenes you wrote when you were inspired and which scenes you just wrote because they had to be written next.

The process of writing can be magical. Mostly it’s a process of putting one word after another.

Neil Gaiman in conversation with Chris Hardwick. (via terribleminds)

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Filed under truth note to self writing

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17% of cardiac surgeons are women, 17% of tenured professors are women. It just goes on and on. And isn’t that strange that that’s also the percentage of women in crowd scenes in movies? What if we’re actually training people to see that ratio as normal so that when you’re an adult, you don’t notice?

…We just heard a fascinating and disturbing study where they looked at the ratio of men and women in groups. And they found that if there’s 17% women, the men in the group think it’s 50-50. And if there’s 33% women, the men perceive that as there being more women in the room than men.

Source: NPR: Hollywood Needs More Women  (via albinwonderland)

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Filed under truth misogyny

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At $10 an hour you’d have to work 1,250 hours to cover the UW’s $12,500 tuition (more, once you take out taxes). In a 12-week summer, that’s more than 100 hours a week.

What really made me feel ancient is that the 1981 UW student guide shows the Med school charged only $1,029 a year back then. Today: $28,040!

Now, I didn’t go to the UW. But I’m going down Husky memory lane because last week The Seattle Times featured a crop of harried UW students looking rueful and broke. The story said skeptical state legislators often say how “they worked their way through college. And then they ask: Why don’t students do that today?”

Of all our delusions, we old farts cling to this bootstrap one the most. We worked our way up on sweat and chicken grease, we say. Can’t this generation? What’s wrong with them?

What’s wrong is that after we got ours, we cut it off for them.

The reason a summer at KFC could pay for a year of UW med school in 1981 isn’t that we were so hardworking and industrious. It’s that taxpayers back then picked up 90 percent of the tab. We weren’t Horatio Algers. We were socialists.

Today, the public picks up only 30 percent of UW tuition, and dropping.
Danny Westneat, “Yes, summer job paid tuition back in ’81, but then we got cheap” (via emonydax)

(Source: apolloadama, via teachingsavvy)

Filed under truth I busted my ass and got a good scholarship and STILL needed parental assistance to pay for college and my parents only helped so I wouldn't have to deal with student loans and be in debt forever because they at least saw that things were tanking fast and the last thing I needed going out into the world was a growing mountain of debt