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chocolateinthelibrary:

So my family stayed at my aunt’s beach house last weekend and

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there

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is

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literally

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a Harry Potter-themed

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reading nook

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in the cupboard under the stairs

gokuma:

mad-lynn:

fuzzytek:

The backlog of rape kits has put justice on hold for a lot of people. Back in 2009, more than 11,000 untested kits were found in a Detroit Police Department storage facility. Some were more than 25 years old.

Mariska Hargitay speaks on some of the issues surrounding the rape kit backlog in Detroit, Michigan. #endthebacklog (x)

It costs between $1,000 – $1,500 to test every single rape kit. There are over 10,000 kits left in Detroit’s rape kit backlog. Your donation can go directly to testing them. Donate to the Detroit Crime Commission’s backlog initiative by clicking here.

I am pretty explicitly anti-police in every respect. But I support Wayne County prosecutor Kym Worthy and her push to catalogue the egregious backlog of unprocessed rape kits in Detroit. 

Her work has already identified countless serial rapists in southeast Michigan, and will continue to identify these rapist pieces of shit as she moves forward.

Who cares if this process leads to conviction or not. Just give us the list. We can take care of the rest.

"After Detroit tested the first 10% of its backlogged kits, authorities were able to link cases to 46 serial rapists." (x)

Just think about it: 46 serial rapists. And the evidence against them was out there, all the time, in those backlogged kits. And that’s just 10% of them

House of The Rising Sun (cover)
9,447 plays | Ashley Johnson


joelmillur:

house of the rising son❊ cover by ashley johnson

There is a house in New Orleans
They call the Rising Sun
And its been the ruin of many a poor boy
And God I know I’m one

lisathevampireslayer:

[AGGRESSIVELY SINGS THE BUFFY THEME SONG EVEN THOUGH THERE ARE NO WORDS

Fluff rice with a fork, never stir it with a spoon.
Vaseline is the best night time eye cream on the market.
You can buy alcohol and chips with your parents’ gas station credit cards.
If you force something, you’ll break it. That could be good or bad.
It’s important to read the care tags on your clothing and follow those instructions.
Related: don’t wash and dry j. crew wool sweaters.
Changing your car’s oil is not optional.
Whatever physical objects you acquire you will one day have to put into a box and move.
You’re allowed to disagree with negative feedback.
It’s always worth reading the instruction manual.
Nostalgia, like any drug, can be a poison or a remedy.
Pets are like human friends but better in every conceivable way.
Good doctors listen more than they talk.
You can’t fix a burned roux.
Floss.
Just because someone is an authority figure does not mean they are intelligent/competent/right.
Measure twice, cut once.
Get your nice jeans and dress pants tailored by a professional.
If you’re uncomfortable wearing it you will not look good.
You’re not required to drink alcohol while in a bar.
There are a few things that cure all ills: the beach, your favorite album on vinyl, and fresh garlic.
Kindness is not weakness.
Baking soda is not baking powder.
Taking Excedrin P.M. while still in public is not advisable.
Terrible people will succeed. Wonderful people will fail. The world is not fair.
Appropriate footwear is always key.
You can absolutely be too forgiving.
Real humor punches up, not down.
Reading the assigned chapters will actually help you learn the material.
There are no adults. Everyone is as clueless as you are.
Applying eyeliner well is a timeless art.
You can always leave. Awkward dates, suffocating jobs, hometowns that you outgrow, relationships that aren’t growing in the right direction.
You can always come home again.
But it won’t be the same.
Life is too short for bad books, boring movies, shitty people, and margarine.
Never underestimate the importance of eyebrows.

36 Things I Wish I Figured Out Sooner - Whitney Kimball  (via seabelle)

tastefullyoffensive:

Like Father, Like Son [via]

Previously: Artist Dad Colors in Drawings Made by His Kids

Quick tips on expressing character 

keyboardsmashwriters:

Anonymous asked you:

i’m sorry if you answered a question like this before, but i couldn’t really find anything, so i apologize. i’m writing a scene where one character beats up another character in front of a large group of people, and the one getting attacked can’t fight back (which is part of the plot but it’s long and detailed so i won’t go into that). she had no idea about this plan to attack her beforehand, and i’m not really sure how i should write her humiliation or how she deals with the pain.

Firstly, in order to most effectively and honestly portray a character, you’ve gotta climb deep into that character’s brain. Take their psychological makeup and spread it out in front of you. If you’re a visual person, create a chart.

Let’s take the feeling of “humiliation”. What led to this humiliation? Any or all of these things might be it:

  • Being forced into a compromising position.
  • Weaknesses (both physical and mental) shoved under public display and dissection.
  • Being treated like a “lower” or “lesser” human being.
  • Physical trauma generating a sense of fear.

Secondly, find out what the feeling of humiliation causes your character to do. Really dig deep, find out what’s realistic for this particular character. Here’s a list of examples:

  • Anger sets in and causes violent reactions or thoughts.
  • Depression turns character completely numb or off to everyone around.
  • Anxiety causes fear of others, surroundings, or even what might happen the next day.

When expressing these emotions, think in terms of showing, not telling. “Tendons swelled in my arms, and veins bulged between my knuckles as my fists shook,” versus, “I was angry and I thought of punching something.”

Of course, “telling” does have its appropriate times when used effectively. The two example sentences might even form a greater combination than they would singly if phrased like this: “Tendons swelled in my arms, and veins bulged between my knuckles as my fists shook. I wanted to punch something. Anything. I didn’t care what.”

Inner reflection is a good thing, as it conveys some things (like character voice) that simply showing through actions can’t. Just make sure to practice finding the right balance.

Thirdly, figure out how these emotions dictate their actions.

  • Anger: Thoughts of revenge or retaliation. Character might plan something to humiliate their abuser in turn. Character might try to get into better shape and become stronger so they’re never put in that position again, and/or character might gather up materials to do something dangerous.
  • Depression: Character pushes others away from helping, shuts door, cries out of thoughts of hopelessness. Character tries to find outlets to escape depression, anything from reading to drinking, or even more dangerous things. Can’t focus on daily chores or maintaining relationships.
  • Anxiety: Panic attacks cause character to lose control of breathing or go into shock. A constant sense of fear drives character to check locks all the time and keep curtains drawn on every window, maybe keep a weapon of some sort handy or 911 on speed dial. Too scared to leave home or sleep at night.

Depression, anxiety, and anger problems are always best researched so that the character is portrayed realistically and respectfully, but these are some basic examples of how the character might react. A character might even react in a combination of ways, perhaps even contrastingly. Contrast and inner conflict build a stronger dynamic.

Also, in terms of traumatizing events, make sure to check out shock, and when considering wounds/physical damage, research the heck out of that. (As an example, one type of physical trauma that I see portrayed inaccurately the most is concussions. Make sure to always get facts straight on wounds.)

Think not only in terms of instant after effects, but also long-term effects. Reveal these things physiologically, through inner reflection, and also through action. Each of these things adds depth and conveys a sense of humanness that characters should portray.

Remember that characters aren’t cardboard cut-outs, but reflections of real, complex people. If you keep this in mind and focus on bringing this human element forward, a lot of things should fall into place on their own. Or, you can try checking when characters aren’t standing out.

Good luck!