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    My Least Favorite Trope (and this post will include spoilers for The Lego Movie, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Matrix, Western Civilization, and—cod help me—Bulletproof Monk*.) is the thing where there’s an awesome, smart, wonderful, powerful female character who by all rights ought to be the Chosen One and the hero of the movie, who is tasked with taking care of some generally ineffectual male character who is, for reasons of wish fulfillment, actually the person the film focuses on. She mentors him, she teaches him, and she inevitably becomes his girlfriend… and he gets the job she wanted: he gets to be the Chosen One even though she’s obviously far more qualified. And all he has to do to get it and deserve it is Man Up and Take Responsibility.

    And that’s it. Every god-damned time. The mere fact of naming the films above and naming the trope gives away the entire plot and character arc of every single movie.

    — Elizabeth Bear - My Least Favorite Trope (via feministquotes)

    Why I didn’t enjoy Guardians of the Galaxy, in a nutshell.

    (via gingerhaze)

  2. roadiethecat:


    Important, always-relevant comic done by the wonderful Ursa Eyer.



  3. Yissss.

    (Source: iraffiruse, via roadiethecat)

  4. smithsonianlibraries:

    Labor day is over, everyone back to work! (unless you’re still at the beach, in which case carry on.)

    Image of a bookbinding shop, from Recueil de planches, sur les sciences, les arts libéraux, et les arts méchaniques : avec leur explication, t. 8

    This is really a fascinating series, depicting tools & technology used in just about everything - if you’re a European in the mid-18th century, that is. Weaving, agriculture, construction, and of course wig-making. This series has it all.


  5. book-of-hosea:

    My boss is a real hard-ass!

    Please read my comic because I am now unemployed (according to this comic)

    This is my favorite non-profanity-laced Book of Hosea comic so far.

  6. Concept Art by Mary Blair

    Mary Blair 4eva

    (Source: thedisneyprincess, via roadiethecat)

  7. dynamoe:

    Cat day?


    (Source: mymodernmet, via dynamoe)


  8. stuffman:


    People have written a lot of touchy-feely pieces on this subject but I thought I’d get right to the heart of the matter

    Helpful reminder to creators everywhere.

    (via emmyc)


  9. OR SCBWI: Art Directors, Agents, and Editors, Oh My!


    Like many (if not all) of my peers at Ooligan Press, I want to be a published author. The program provides us with a comprehensive understanding of the publishing industry, but most of us who want to write professionally need to supplement our Ooligan education with critique groups, professional development training, and conferences. My interest…Read more

    The post OR SCBWI: Art Directors, Agents, and Editors, Oh My! appeared first on Ooligan Press.

    I wrote this piece. Read it if you want. :)

  10. For all of my ooliganpress friends.

    (Source: eatmorebikes)

  11. undergradhist:

    Professorial Coping Strategy #1: Grading Bingo

    Good list of things to discuss when talking to my mentees about writing.

    (via shitmystudentswrite)


  12. One day I will own all of the Kate Beaton shirts and my life will be complete.