oh god why am i doing this

Dec 14

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Dec 01

TEAM LEO: laughingmagpie: cottonball: yssadalawa: my short story for my fiction... -

laughingmagpie:

cottonball:

yssadalawa:

my short story for my fiction class deals with my filipino superheroine who doesn’t wanna be one when her sassy chinese friend and calm black friend try to convince her to join their SUPERHEROINE TEAM.

my young adult fiction will never…

Most people operate under the assumption that optimistic art can never be “deep” or fully matured.  If we’re not bitching about society, how can we be artists?  Dark shit is popular, if you look at movie-version reboots of comics.

One of the best new writers I’ve read recently was Paul Tobin, who wrote a book called Prepare to Die!  It’s about a superhero who gets the shit kicked out of him by a supervillain.  In the last moment, the villain tells him to “prepare to die.”  The superhero takes it seriously, preparing to die over the course of the ensuing two weeks.   The result, especially the end, is a pretty funny look at why we need old-fashioned comic book heroes rather than, say, an exploration of human separation or other heavy thematic shit you can read in any classic of postmodern literature.  

The other advice I can offer is that when you receive criticism for your work in class, the reasons behind the criticism are usually right.  The advice they give you is usually terrible.  People are very good at picking up the weak points in writing, even if they aren’t good writers (frequent in fiction classes) or avid readers themselves.  They are usually awful at figuring out how to fix weak points. 

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Nov 12

ellen and i slowly start to hate this class more and more

yssadalawa:

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There is a significant difference between humanitarian aid and “recolonization,” as you choose to characterize it.

Humanitarian aid is meant to provide a basic safety net to regions which cannot provide that safety net themselves.  That is, when a water crisis strikes a nation without the infrastructure to provide its people with water from elsewhere — as in, there would be massive deaths due to dehydration and famine — the goal of an aid organization would be to either provide a country with water filtration systems or some other source of fresh water.  Now, this becomes an issue when the filters are sold to the people at prices lower than what you could sell the same filters for as scrap — the people sell them because, hey, you just made 10 shillings profit off some bucket with sand in it.  Life is survival.

Colonization is a malicious imposition of one’s cultural practices upon another.  It’s not just saying “we are wealthier than you,” it’s saying “we are better than you, become like us.”  Providing water to impoverished people isn’t that.  It’s basic survival.  As global warming becomes a greater issue, this is going to be even more important.  Major bodies of water are drying up very quickly in desert areas.  This has nothing to do with colonization.  This has to do with saving lives.  You’d have a better case if you argued those lives aren’t worth saving, because you’re just returning them to greater suffering.  But it certainly isn’t recolonization; go talk to anyone who’s ever done aid work for Doctors Without Borders or some other organization and they’ll tell you that they want their organizations out because they can’t do enough, not because they’re doing too much.  An aid organization doesn’t exactly have the manpower to colonize a small African nation.

Also, the assumption that firsthand experience is necessary to discuss poverty is absurd, if not dangerous.  Short of some catastrophic loss of funds, none of us should be expected to suddenly become poor.  But poverty needs to be brought to light by everyone because, to borrow from the Jesuits, communal solidarity is a foundation for breaking down the barriers which allow for the systemic imposition of the cycle of poverty.  If no one is allowed to speak honestly about their feelings on poverty, then no one outside of impoverished communities gets to hear about it.  This might be a flaw of a flawed system, but it’s the simple reality.  We do not often mingle with the poor unless forced.  How many times have you walked down a city street with your blinders on?  Discussion, even if that discussion includes bad policy and awkward sympathy, is the only way these things get exposed to the rest of us.  And that exposure hopefully makes people pay attention.  There can be no justice in a society in which the majority feels no concern for its minorities.

Jul 11

well, isn't that embarrassing.: in retrospect, i'm wondering how Bryan, Mike, and the whole team is feeling about this! -

yssadalawa:

ree-roy:

yssadalawa:

I’m sure they’re really excited for this great opportunity, but what does that mean for them creatively?

We knew, right from the onset, that ATLA was going to be three books. It had a beginning and an end. They told their story, and they told it well!

But then here’s Korra, whose next season is…

I agree with you. I’m wondering if they have enough inspiration and plot lines for continuing the story because it’s obvious LoK was supposed to be just one season.

Hopefully it’ll work out in the end. But damn, the pressure is really on for perfection in everything huh?

Yeah!!! The pressure is definitely on, and I actually feel nervous for the team hehe. I want them to succeed, and I believe I’ll support them no matter what, but it’s going to be hard being the

~*fan*~

if you see the rest of your fandom putting your favorite show down. 

I’m cheering for you, Bryke and Korra team!

You know what it means? Filler!

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Jul 03

cottonball:

numlits:

chongthenomad:

sylaha:

ATLA, you are so MINDBLOWLINGLY WELL WRITTEN. ;_; 

…HOW DID I JUST NOTICE THIS JUST NOW MY GOD

WWWWHHHHHHAAAAAAAA- !?

oh god, this episode WAS well written, lol no wonder mike liked this episode so much

Foreshadowing =/= good writing

cottonball:

numlits:

chongthenomad:

sylaha:

ATLA, you are so MINDBLOWLINGLY WELL WRITTEN. ;_; 

…HOW DID I JUST NOTICE THIS JUST NOW MY GOD

WWWWHHHHHHAAAAAAAA- !?

oh god, this episode WAS well written, lol no wonder mike liked this episode so much

Foreshadowing =/= good writing

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Jun 29

Ok can all writers read this please -

Thank you.  Dialogue tags are retarded most of the time.

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Jun 23

yssadalawa asked: after i watched the finale, i thought, "i wonder what mike thinks about this"

I’m kind of mixed.  I mean, the ending was exactly what I expected, which I can’t really bang on too much because it was a kid’s show and they had to end it on a high note.  

Murder-suicides are pretty weird for Nick, though.  

I think this was probably the best episode of the series barring the first hour-long guy.  I was looking for less M Night Shyamalan bullshit with Amon — it would’ve been very nice to see him as a guy who didn’t need some crazy reveal and was actually a legitimate threat.  But the backstory was solid enough.  It just would’ve been nice to have been used with a different villain, one not so convicted to his ideas.  

Reverse de-bending was basically another lion turtle.

But the writing was more mature than most of the series, as much as I hated almost all the major plot elements.  I almost feel like Amon being Tarrlok’s brother was a serious cop-out for having to find a deeper explanation for why Amon can de-bend.  And if the romance had been better developed, that last kissy scene would have been fine with me.

Aww man.

Aang ex machina.

Jun 14

yo man looks like korra’s got an inverted T wave in there uh oh

and what is going on with that P wave enlarged left atrium much korra?

yo man looks like korra’s got an inverted T wave in there uh oh

and what is going on with that P wave enlarged left atrium much korra?

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Sep 21

Why theological study is necessary

A recent discussion with a friend gave me an interesting perspective on theology — that for Christians, theology is arguably dangerous and subversive.  Scholarly study of the Bible undermines the mandate that the Good Book was divinely inspired and divinely authored.  

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