Visitors stroll in a clear tunnel beneath a pond of waterlilies in St. Louis, 1965.
Photograph by Bruce Dale, National Geographic
imagine being raised by your otp tho
This is a photo of the best and worst purchase I have ever made in my life. It is a kotatsu. For those of you unfamiliar, a kotatsu is a Japanese heated table. The top of the table comes off, you put a blanket on in the cold seasons, and then put the table top back on. There are small space heaters underneath the whole table and when you stick your feet under there, it’s a toasty oven of pure bliss. It’s great on heating bills because I don’t turn on my heat, just my kotatsu. It’s the best and the worst purchase because it’s fucking awesome yet it’s so awesome I never want to leave the thing and end up missing school because who the fuck wants to get out from under a toasty oven of pure bliss? Not this bitch. My advice to you, is that you should totally get a kotatsu but only if you have the will power and self control to not get trapped under there. It’s so addicting, I even sleep under it sometimes…
i am so getting a kotatsu
I will own one…one day.
black swan :: behind the scenes
I made a list like this a long time ago, but I can’t find it.
- Bisexual males who aren’t gay stereotypes or overly sexual.
- Male leads who aren’t tall/handsome/the same as every other male lead in speculative fiction.
- Adults who aren’t automatically antagonists.
- Adults who actually do something useful.
- I really love outcast characters who aren’t portrayed as “haha this kid is weird let’s use them for comedic moments and laugh at their interests or mannerisms and their mere existence”.
- Better characters in general.
- I love characters.
- Teenage characters who don’t spend most of their time engaging in pseudo-philosophical deprecating ideas because they mistake their superiority complex as a dislike for happiness and/or adults.
- Friendship between two males that isn’t a “bromance” or queer baiting (see Sam and Frodo). EDIT: I didn’t mean to say that Sam and Frodo were queer baiting, I meant to say they were an example of what I wanted to see.
- I love European-based fantasy, but I’m sick of every world being similar variations with the same heavy Germanic influence.
- I’d like to see people get more into the fantasy aspect in terms of the genre. Give me some talking trees that cry maple syrup and who have pink leaves that, when they fall off in autumn, turn into little birds. I want to see less of “how can I put a twist on this” and more of “what is something that does not exist”.
- Realistic and common high school settings. I’m sick of boarding schools and schools for super special art/music/dance/acting students where everyone has a great talent.
- Cowboys in space. Maybe with swords. Cowboy-pirates in space.
- I really want to see a Renaissance + Roman Catholic + Southern European inspired fantasy.
- I also want to see a fantasy based on ancient Alexandria.
- I want Westerns to make a comeback, or at least for other genres to take on Western settings/tropes even in a parody fashion (like in Community).
- North America is beautiful and I’d love to see more of that setting in fantasy worlds.
- Those stories where a little light grows brighter and brighter, whether that light is hope or happiness or life or other good things that shine in times of darkness.
- Monotheistic fantasy religions that aren’t viewed as bad.
- M/M romance that isn’t full of tears and negative emotions and magical sex that cures all bad situations.
- Stories that give you that Son of Rambow feel.
- Stories that give you that Wes Anderson feel.
- Stories that give you that Terri feel.
- I see a pattern here.
- More third person POVs in YA.
- YA stories without a hint of romance (unless it’s in the romance genre, obviously).
- Super detailed and amazing plot twists/reveals.
i really want to carry a torch in a cave just like one time
Things I should be doing: Writing
Things I am doing: Imagining random shit from the story I want to write without actually thinking them through and then forgeting about them.
James and Kumari working this awesome multi-pitch beast - Flaming Gallah (31) at Bungonia Gorge. Sendage was close … stay tuned ;-) … Thanks guys for such an exciting and somewhat scary hanging-around !!!
F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby (x)