17 9 / 2014


Vintage Color Photographs of Women at Work, 1939-1945

Did someone say “girl power?” See more photographs here: http://bit.ly/1rySKWA

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17 9 / 2014

Sunrise in Helsinki

I love early fall, when every morning is filled with fog and sunrise and every night is filled with darkness and creepy shadows.

Sunrise in Helsinki

I love early fall, when every morning is filled with fog and sunrise and every night is filled with darkness and creepy shadows.

16 9 / 2014

5 comics movies I would watch rather than Ant-Man

It’s not exactly a secret that I’m not really a fan of the whole Ant-Man movie concept. Sure, Henry Pym is the father of Ultron but as it stands, Henry Pym is likely to be only a tangential character in the Ant-Man movie, given that it also features Scott Lang. According to rumors, Age of Ultron will rewrite canon so that Tony Stark will actually become the father of Ultron, in his quest to not…

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14 9 / 2014

"I urge you to please notice when you are happy."

Kurt Vonnegut (via laviesepoursuit)

This is pretty nice right here.

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11 9 / 2014

It seems that fall is my time for learning about writing and I am yet again taking a writing course. This time it is the Story Puzzle with David Farland/Dave Wolverton. Below is the result of the first assignment.

Marli woke up to the sound of engines. Or, to be more precise, she woke up to the sudden lack of the sound of engines.

“Get it up,” she muttered, still more than half asleep, her…

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10 9 / 2014

I feel pretty… brilliant

So a while back a redditor shared these images of a shawl his wife had knitted. I thought the pattern looked oddly familiar. Finally I recognized it to be made from a pattern that had been sitting in my Ravelry queue for ages. The inspiring pictures finally gave me the push to order the yarn start the project this summer and I finally finished it this weekend.


I mean look at it. That’s some…

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09 9 / 2014

Worldcon After Action Report

My first ever World Science Fiction Convention aka Worldcon – and the accompanying con plague – is over! And what a marvelous time it was. I’m fairly new to the whole con scene so I was woefully under-prepared for what met me. It was a good con to start with regardless as it was apparently one of, if not the biggest Worldcons so far and I had loads and loads of fun.

(For the record, I am aware…

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07 9 / 2014




Zoe “Social Justice Rogue” Quinn has been lurking in 4Chan’s raiding IRC channels the last couple of weeks, gathering chat logs.

Turns out, the ENTIRETY of #GamerGate was completely manufactured by 4channers, and they played EVERYONE that joined in on the #GamerGate tag and the #NotMyShield tag. Everyone. None of it was true.

Favorite tweet from this? 

I make video games, did y’all really think I didn’t know how the internet works?

Okay, I know I just reblogged this, but reblogging again to say that even knowing the extent to which the whole “SJW” label is a manufactured concept applied to people to make them acceptable target for abuse, even knowing how much of the worst ~*SJW*~ stuff out there is either completely made up or manufactured by trolls (who usually end up mistaking each other for “real SJWs” and turning into a vicious circle jerk of ridiculousness), even knowing how many of the ~*feminist internet controversies*~ of the past couple years have basically been exactly this…

It’s still shocking.

The extent of this, the level of malice aforethought, the amount of self-righteous justification.

I really kind of doubt it will make a difference to the people who decided Zoe Quinn is indefensible and of the devil already, because they’re proof that believing is seeing. If you have subscribed to a particular narrative, if you have invested in a particular worldview, if the way you see yourself and your position in the world relative to others depends on demonizing people as “Social Justice Warriors”, you will jump on any example you can find and even if that one is disproven it won’t do anything to revoke the *feeling* of justification you got from having believed it.

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07 9 / 2014


"All I did — what I did was — was release the videotape to you, because I had to," Jackson told reporters on Aug. 15 when asked why he released the robbery footage. "I’d been sitting on it, but I — too many people put in a [Freedom of Information Act] request for that thing, and I had to release that tape to you."

Writing for The Blot, Matthew Keys reports that the police department did not receive any specific requests for the videotape.

"A review of open records requests sent to the Ferguson Police Department found that no news organization, reporter or individual specifically sought the release of the surveillance tape before police distributed it on Aug. 15," Keys writes.

Journalist Andrew Perez also said that he has tried to get the documents to show who sent FOIA requests for the recording.

"I requested all requests for the videotape too, and they produced a ton of docs but no requests for the tape," Perez tweeted.

Perez also tweeted that, when asked, Ferguson Police spokesperson Tim Zoll couldn’t think of any specific requests for the tape.

Your daily reminder the Ferguson Police Department participated in a large-scale conspiracy to slander and demonize Michael Brown, while protecting his murderer, fellow officer Darren Wilson. How and why anyone could still be defending these armed thugsis beyond me. #staywoke #farfromover 

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06 9 / 2014

Anonymous said: Ms. Bardugo, I loved your first books, but I was terribly disappointed to see you give in to political correctness in Ruin & Rising. You had a great story and then you ruined it with unnecessary lesbianism. Authors don't need to make statements, they just need to write good books. I hope you'll remember that in the future.





I was really tempted to ignore this because I don’t believe in giving anon wangs a platform, but the term “unnecessary lesbianism” made me laugh so hard that I caved.

Authors can write good books and make statements. I’m going to make some statements now. (Get ready.)

Queer people and queer relationships aren’t less necessary to narrative than cishet people or relationships. In fact, given the lovely emails and messages I’ve received about Tamar and Nadia (and given the existence of anon wangs like you), I’d say making queer relationships visible in young adult fiction is an excellent—and yes, necessary—idea.

I do agree that story trumps statement or we’d all just write angry pamphlets, but queer people exist both in my world and the world of the Grisha trilogy. I don’t see how including them in my work is making a statement unless that statement is “I won’t willfully ignore or exclude people in order to make a few anon wangs happy.” If that’s the statement I’m making, I’m totally down with it.

Also, I’m going to take this moment to shout out Malinda Lo, Laura Lam, Alex London, David Levithan, Emily Danforth, Emma Trevayne, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson, and Cassandra Clare, and to link to Malinda’s 2013 guide to LGBT in YA.  Because why just give attention to bigots when you can talk about awesome books and authors instead?

Quick question to the general populace: who wants to join my band Unnecessary Lesbianism? I only play the triangle, but I know we’re going to make it big.

Isn’t this lovely. I’m really honoured to be on Leigh’s list which has all authors I love and respect (as I do Leigh herself). I was just reading an interview with David Levithan, who has helped change the face of children’s publishing, and he talked about this very thing and listed several authors he loves and admires too: 


I think, while there is still a long way to go, that it is really beautiful we can talk about this, and celebrate it, and have a lot of authors and books to talk about, and come together in love and respect and hope for a changing world despite, you know, the absolute raving bags of seagull poop who talk of writing about love as ‘scandalous’ ‘for sales’ ‘to make a statement’ ‘to be politically correct’ or whatever other absolute obvious nonsense they talk about to disguise the fact that the hatred in their own hearts makes them uncomfortable and they just want the discomfort to go awwwwwwway.

Quick question to the anon: how on earth does two people loving each other make a book ‘not good’? How and why does it *ruin* a book for you? And if it does… the whole world is full of so many different loves. If it does, the whole world is going to be ruined for you. Unless you change. I hope you do, because until you do, it’s not the world that’s rotten and twisted: it’s you. Not the world, not stories, not authors, not characters, certainly not love, but you, you, you.

I hope you’ll remember that in the future.

ahahahahahaha unnecessary lesbianism!

bigotry gives you a stupid.

Okay, totally in love with the phrase “unnecessary lesbianism” now.