alex, eighteen. i write sometimes.
naeksworld sent: Now that the Lynburn Legacy is finished, what can you tell me about the titles of each book contained within? Unspoken, Untold, Unmade... I recall Cassandra Clare played some role in the naming. But would do they meeeeean? (Also, I joined Tumblr, just now, so I could 'Ask You Anything'. This is what my life has become!)

sarahreesbrennan:

Huzzah, welcome to tumblr!

Well, Unspoken was originally called ‘Listen for a Whisper’ because I am terrible at titles.

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And then when it sold, my editor said gently to me that we’d be changing the name.

Right, I said. Good call, I said.

Any suggestions? she asked.

I… don’t… I said. I’ll think about… that…

Great, she said.

I sent her a few lists of names. They weren’t… I’m terrible at titles. (Like, whose genius idea was it to call The Demon’s Lexicon The ‘Watch Out The Bible Belt Burn This On Sight’ ‘Word People Aren’t Immediately Familiar with?’)

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They don’t like anything! I cried. INJUSTICE! I was in France at the time, at a writers’ retreat with Cassie Clare, Holly Black and Robin Wasserman. They were in the pool. I sat beside the pool, contemplating the bees.

Nothing will make them HAPPY, I said. They don’t like ANYTHING, I said. And I still have to think up a Gothic-sounding SERIES title, I continued.

What about Unspoken? asked Cassie. Because they communicate without speaking!

Sure… I said. I mean, I’ll SUGGEST it. But they won’t like it.

What about the Lynburn Legacy for the series title? asked Robin. Haha, or something better than that.

Look… I said. Enjoy all your big heads full of IDEAS and all, guys, but let me just write an email and you’ll see how this goes over.

Great ideas! said my editor. Now we’re all set!

CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR BRILLIANT IDEAS AND THANKS, JERKS, I said.

And they were all like: 

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(OKAY, JERKS.)

After that, I wanted titles that both began with ‘Un’ (symmetry!) and that were to do with words, because so much of the series is about words, and writing, and communication. ‘Untold’ worked perfectly because there was so much that needed to be told, and hadn’t been—between Jared and Kami, in Kami’s family, and in the town. ‘Unmade’ for a long time was called ‘Unbroken’ but then the lady who wrote Seabiscuit took the title.

I was mad. I cursed the name of the lady who wrote Seabiscuit!

But then, ‘Unmade’ occurred to me. I like it, because promises are made and unmade. And so are people.

… Really, Unbroken was always too cheerful a title…

And so this is the story of the titles of the Lynburn Legacy. Don’t ask about the time someone suggested the title ‘Unvanquished’ because it was a real bad time.

I don’t think I’ve ever said this, but I’ve always loved the title Unmade, tbh. It reminds me of the “do you know what it’s like to be unmade” in Avengers, and as I love black widow to DEATH this is obviously a good thing for me.

Do yourself a favor. Learn to code. Here's how.

boomeyer:

I’ve said this to my non-techie friends countless times. It’s no secret that being able to code makes you a better job applicant, and a better entrepreneur. Hell, one techie taught a homeless man to code and now that man is making his first mobile application.

Learning to code…

thesylverlining:

dave-youfool:

dylanthescientist:

princetanaka:

just a small town girl. Living in a racist, insensitive, sexist, homophobic world,

(cant take the midnight train ‘cause im fuckin scared)

Just a city boy, shot by cops in south Detroit
"He coulda had a gun hiding anywhere"

Bullshit, racists,
Up and down the boulevard
Trash cops, assholes in the night
(it goes on and on and on and on)

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ethelreds:

BE PREPARED | A mix of my personal favourite villain songs from various animated Non/Disney films.  A collection of villainy and bone-chilling evil… or, in some cases, jazz. 

IN THE DARK OF THE NIGHT (rasputin; anastasia) POOR UNFORTUNATE SOULS (ursala; the little mermaid) YOU’RE ONLY SECOND RATE (jafar; aladdin ii: the return of jafar) OOGIE BOOGIE’S SONG (oogie boogie; nightmare before christmas) MOTHER KNOWS BEST (mother gothel; tangled) GASTON (gaston; beauty and the beast) THE GOSPEL TRUTH II (hades; hercules) RUBER’S SONG (ruber; quest for camelot) SNUFF OUT THE LIGHT (yzma; kingdom of the sun/the emperor’s new groove) HOW CAN I REFUSE (preminger; princess and the pauper) ARE YOU IN OR OUT (sa’luk; aladdin and the king of thieves) NO MORE MISTER NICE GUY (lord rothbart; the swan princess) TOXIC LOVE (hexxus; ferngully) PLAYING WITH THE BIG BOYS (hotep and huy; the prince of egypt) HELLFIRE (frollo; the hunchback of notre dame) FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE (dr facilier; the princess and the frog)  BE PREPARED (scar; the lion king)  
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ethelreds:

BE PREPARED | A mix of my personal favourite villain songs from various animated Non/Disney films.  A collection of villainy and bone-chilling evil… or, in some cases, jazz. 

IN THE DARK OF THE NIGHT (rasputin; anastasiaPOOR UNFORTUNATE SOULS (ursala; the little mermaidYOU’RE ONLY SECOND RATE (jafar; aladdin ii: the return of jafarOOGIE BOOGIE’S SONG (oogie boogie; nightmare before christmasMOTHER KNOWS BEST (mother gothel; tangledGASTON (gaston; beauty and the beast) THE GOSPEL TRUTH II (hades; herculesRUBER’S SONG (ruber; quest for camelotSNUFF OUT THE LIGHT (yzma; kingdom of the sun/the emperor’s new grooveHOW CAN I REFUSE (preminger; princess and the pauperARE YOU IN OR OUT (sa’luk; aladdin and the king of thievesNO MORE MISTER NICE GUY (lord rothbart; the swan princessTOXIC LOVE (hexxus; ferngullyPLAYING WITH THE BIG BOYS (hotep and huy; the prince of egyptHELLFIRE (frollo; the hunchback of notre dame) FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE (dr facilier; the princess and the frog)  BE PREPARED (scar; the lion king)  

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WARNING FOR THOSE WITH OR RECOVERING FROM EATING DISORDERS, ESPECIALLY ONES WITH OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE HABITS, WHO ARE THINKING OF DOWNLOADING THE IOS 8 UPDATE. PLEASE REBLOG.

frilton:

The new IOS8 update contains an app named Health which CANNOT BE DELETED.

The app allows you to choose which aspects of your health you choose to monitor, but available categories include “Body Measurements”, which includes body weight, and “Fitness”, which contains sections for…

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http://hashtagpll.tumblr.com/post/97671740947/normanbuckley-from-now-on-whenever-a-pll-fan

normanbuckley:

From now on, whenever a #PLL fan goes apoplectic about the timeline, I’m going to direct them to this quote from one of Jacob Clifton’s brilliant recaps:

"I mean, this show is about swallowing crazy things on the regular, so I’m not sure why this would be a particularly…

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jaythenerdkid:

undeadseanbean:

nonhoration:

earthlydreams:

This is so cool! But what country are they from? “Africa” is really vague.

Their names are Duro-Aina Adebola, Akindele Abiola, Faleke Oluwatoyin, and Bello Eniola and they’re from Lagos, Nigeria. There’s a neat video about them here.

#when will people start giving names to young non-white scientists??#bc that shit is getting old

boost the fuck out of this, and make sure you include their goddamn names and country of origin.

jaythenerdkid:

undeadseanbean:

nonhoration:

earthlydreams:

This is so cool! But what country are they from? “Africa” is really vague.

Their names are Duro-Aina Adebola, Akindele Abiola, Faleke Oluwatoyin, and Bello Eniola and they’re from Lagos, Nigeria. There’s a neat video about them here.

boost the fuck out of this, and make sure you include their goddamn names and country of origin.

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The internet just changed: Net Neutrality is dead.

donc-desole:

nerdfaceangst:

nerdfaceangst:

cthulhu:

chairhiro:

feigenbaumsworld:

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Last Wednesday, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler announced a proposal for new rules that would allow for a “ fast lane” of Internet traffic for content providers who are willing (and able) to pay a fee. [1] The proposal reverses the FCC’s previous commitment to net neutrality and open internet and allows ISP’s like Comcast or Verizon to slow down and censor services that don’t pay the toll.

We have to be totally honest, this situation is seriously grim. But there is still hope. The FCC already knows that the Internet community wants net neutrality, but they think they can put their spin on these new rules and sneak them through. If we can prove them wrong right now with a massive public outcry, we can literally save the Internet once again.

We need to stop the FCC now. Big business groups are already ramping up lobbying efforts with the FCC in swarms since Wednesday’s announcement in support of censoring the open Internet and to ensure this dangerous proposal moves forward. [2]

This is a critical moment. In the last few weeks more than 65,000 people have taken action with us. Can you help us get to 80,000 by the end of the day today?

[1] Gautham Nagesh. “FCC to Propose New ‘Net Neutrality’ Rules”.
http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304518704579519963416350296

[2] Edward Wyatt. Edward Wyatt. “Lobbying Efforts Intensify After F.C.C. Tries 3rd Time on Net Neutrality” http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/25/business/lobbying-efforts-intensify-after-fcc-tries-3rd-time-on-net-neutrality.html?hpw&rref=politics

 

we’re almost 3/4 of the way there!! c’mon guys, every bit counts!

will it ever stop

fucking signal boost

IF YOU ARE NOT SIGNAL BOOSTING THIS YOU ARE NOT PAYING ATTENTION.

IF THE U.S. FALLS TO THIS IT WILL OPEN OTHER DANGEROUS DOORS INTERNATIONALLY.

Last one, SIGNAL BOOST!!!

supernatasha:

part-ofthecult:

Hogwarts Founders
» Idris Elba // Lucy Liu // Hrithik Roshan // Angel Coulby

While I do love that whoever made this did a good job matching actors to characters, the one issue I have is that Hogwarts is in England and what founded several centuries ago. I’m not saying that there wouldn’t have been blacks or asians in England at the time, but it’s still a historical inaccuracy to depict them as anything other than white Englishmen, since the culture of England at the time wouldn’t have had room for blacks and asians as anything other than slaves or traders.

Please don’t take this as me being racist, this is just me with a debilitating and incurable need for historical accuracy.

So let’s see. The Sorting claims it’s origins about a thousand or so years ago in it’s song, which implies the 1000s. JK Rowling described them as “medieval," which is about 500 to 1500, again agreeing with our 1000 date. So let’s work with that. We’ve got a pretty decent timeline to work with here. 

There have been black people in Scotland since “classical times,” and black moors present in James IV’s royal court in the 1500s, plus there’s St. Deiniol in Wales in the 500s, implying black people were also in the religious court instead of all just slaves and servants. Therefore, could a strong and fearless future-Gryffindor have ancestry native to the Isles? Hmmm.

Hannibal of Carthage was definitely not white (at least not in the modern sense). As a matter of fact, many Mediterranean descended people are mixed with Central Asians, South Asians, and North Africans so… But anyway, in 1555, black men were learning to be interpreters in London to help with trading in the Ghanian region. Here’s a coat of arms with black people on it dated 1616. Also, literally how do you not know about Dido Elizabeth Belle, an aristocratic lady of Scotland from the 1700s???

The Romani migrated out what is now modern day India and Pakistan in about the 1000s, so add in that they’re wizards who can fly and all that jazz, they could’ve easily gotten there within a year or two and settled in Scotland once they learned white people weren’t treating them very kindly. There you go, that’s how a South Asian Slytherin made it to Scotland just in time to found Hogwarts.

Here’s desi people of color from the Indian subcontinent, called Lascars, who had been sailing in Europe from as early as the 1400s, possibly earlier, still fitting that there could’ve been wizards in the British Isles about a hundred or so years earlier. Art from the 1600s showing brown men in turbans. Here’s an Indian man who in the 1700s ran a successful restaurant in England and taught white people to shampoo their hair lol.

Japanese emissaries came to Europe as early as 1584 and observed there were already Chinese and Japanese slaves among the overwhelmingly black slaves, something blamed on Christianity, which was part of the reason why Japan vehemently became isolated from that point.

Also about East Asia, Mongolian Genghis Khan made it to about Poland-ish in the 1200s, so it’s not a far bet to say the Chinese (who were also conquered by Khan on his way to Europe) could’ve found their way to Scotland around that time or a few hundred years earlier. Along with a smart cookie who would go on to be the founder of Ravenclaw.

Native Americans, of course, have been present in Europe for a while. In the 1500s, Manteo and Wanchese arrived in London. There’s evidence the Vikings and Indigenous Americans were friendly long before when Columbus blah blah, and there’s even evidence of Native Americans in Holland that’s like 2000 years old. Could a kind and loyal future Hufflepuff be one of those mixed race indigenous American-Africans?

ALSO considering the fact that Binns (the history professor at Hogwarts) specifically stated that witches and wizards were being persecuted and Hogwarts was built out of sight of Muggle eyes, it’s completely possible that POC came to Scotland and built the castle happily for other magical humans to have a safe place. Since HP universe is a fantasy anyway, read these article while you’re at it.

So yeah, I understand your implication that you don’t want to be racist or anything like that (bc being called racist is ofc so much worse than actually being ignorant), but POC were not just traders and slaves in the British Isles, they were a fuckton of other things your history books aren’t telling you (or trying to intentionally steer you away from). So me having an all-brown cast for a location in a dominantly-white place I’m sure is irking the fuck out of you, and that makes me so glad to see you confronted with that “incurable” need for historical accuracy you have.

And check out this rad blog: Racebending Harry Potter.