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May 23 2018

writing-prompt-s:

the-cottonball-system:

anti-pedo-patrol:

pedos-can-burn-please:

passionateaboutponies:

passionateaboutponies:

salty-blue-mage:

voguegypt:

IF YOURE EGYPTIAN AND LGBTQ+ GET OFF ANY QUEER DATING SITES, THE POLICE ARE TRACKING AND HUNTING PEOPLE DOWN AGAIN. DELETE YOUR ACCOUNTS.

This is very real.


https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.nbcnews.com/feature/nbc-out/amp/human-rights-groups-urge-egypt-halt-crackdown-gays-n806641

I DON’T CARE IF YOU HAVE ONLY ONE FOLLOWER PLEASE EVERYONE REBLOG THIS!!!

THIS POST IS SCEDULED TO GO UP ONCE AN HOUR ON THIS BLOG UNTIL 24 HOURS SINCE THE FIRST POST BECAUSE IT’S THAT IMPORTANT THAT EVERYONE SEES IT!

!!!!!!¡!!!

@eleanor-hates-pedos @anti-pedo-patrol @anti-cgl-moana @anti-ddlg-inc

FOR MY FOLLOWERS!!!!

Stay safe everyone!!

-A

This is one of the reasons why I always reblog this post on VPNs

greedyagain:

taysweetbae:

phantoms-lair:

occupyvenus:

sexylibrarian1:

anxiousnerd:

flyme-toneverland:

submissivefeminist:

vittyyluvscookies:

Am I wet? Am I on my period? Did I pee my pants?- next on wtf is going on down there.

I’m so glad this is a universal wondering among vagina-owners, haha.

‘Vagina-owners’

Tune in next time for: Are these menstrual cramps? Am I pregnant? Is it just gas? I wouldn’t have to ask these questions if I didn’t have a damn uterus

Next week: Is it a bladder infection? An ovarian cyst? Do I have endometriosis? Oh God please do not let it be cervical cancer! A 20/20 special

Y'all are forgetting the all-time classic: Is it just my period or is my appendix about to burst? Some nice tea and a heatpack or 911 and emergency surgery?

There is actually a test for that last one!

Place your hand over the pain, press down slightly and release. If the pain doesn’t change by any great margin, you’re fine. If it suddenly becomes some painful you can barely stand, Get thee to an Emergency Room

reblog for the safety of vaginas and their owners

The appendix test works with or without a vagina so reblogging for everyone.

hey if ur lgbtq rb this with all ur past labels nd the one u use now

dirkqently:

i’ll go first straight, bi, pan, demi, then lesbian

Writing Asks

insomniac-arrest:

Send a story/fic title and a symbol!

💡-What was the motivation behind the story?

💎- What was your favorite part?

⛰️-  What was the hardest part?

🎭- What was the feeling or mood you were going for?

🏟️- Who was your intended audience?

🔬- Was there one scene you were building up to/knew you had to get just right?

🗝️-What were you thinking when you wrote it?

🎥- Were there any tv shows, books, or movies that influenced this verse, if any?

📈- Was there a clear character arch you wanted____ character to go on?

🎢- Were there any scenes you were nervous about? For audience reception or otherwise?

☠️- Did you consider killing off any of the characters? Did you?

✉️- Did you title your chapters? What title do you like best?

☀️- Was there symbolism/motifs you worked in?

🎵- Did you have a playlist/piece of music that went with this story?

📜-Do you want to write something like this again in the future?

💁- Did readers influence change any part of this story?

✏️-Would you go back and change anything if you could?

⭐- What’s a scene/paragraph you’re proud of?

📣-What was the best piece of encouragement you got? 

🔦-Did you learn anything while writing it? About yourself? Writing?

🎁- Any writing advice for people who want to write something like this?

bonus:

😊- Leave your favorite line from my story in the ask and I’ll tell you what I was thinking.

😮- Leave a description of your favorite scene in the ask and I’ll tell you what I was thinking.

😛-Leave your favorite dialogue in the ask and I’ll tell you what I was thinking.

😂- Leave your favorite funny scene in the ask and I’ll tell you what I was thinking.

😥-Leave your favorite angsty scene in the ask and I’ll tell you what I was thinking.

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jordan-n-g:

aesths:

sinkies:

well here’s baby

luv this guy

I just learned that this little guy is called “Geoffroy’s cat”. I LOVE IT

May 22 2018

coolcatgroup:

theweirdwideweb:

the only person who is allowed to poke my stomach is my cat because he’s a very important baker who has biscuits to make

Here’s an important baker right here

f/f book recs muslim wlw edition

kadenatho:

There aren’t many muslim wlw books out there so getting these books was a struggle lmao anyways, I will be updating this list as i read more books. 

I have made a rec list of f/f books w/out muslim wlw rep, you can check it out here

Rughum & Najda by Samar Habib

Summary: RUGHUM & NAJDA is a love story set in the Islamic Golden Age of 9th century Baghdad, at the end of the caliph Al-Ma’mun. Rughum is a devout Muslim while Najda is a Manichaean.

Okay a little background. According to Samar Habib who is a professor in Arab history and civilization with particular focus on homosexual women in the middle ages:

“This story is based on a couple referenced in an actual 9th century source, there is a little story about them called “Najda and Rughum” we know they actually existed but we don’t have their story. It was one of about 12 similar narratives that were about two women lovers. There was about 12 different books of that kind circulating, none of which survived. The only thing that survived to tell us what the story of Rughum and Najda is, is in the 9th century source that I had found. I used that to basically base the story in Baghdad of the 9th century on them. Then I used the other bits of information that I had gathered through my research to bring that period to life.”

So, basically this is a ficto-history novel. The novel is historically accurate and grounded in social realities of that time, the lesbian subculture, the terms they use to identify each other, the way the characters debate and talk about same sex love are all historically accurate. What made the book very exciting for me was knowing that the women are actually recorded in a 9th century source, like one of the characters, poet Bathal who changed the words of a popular song to sing in praise of the love of women in front of the caliph actually existed. Mind blown. You will get introduced into a world of muslim wlw at that time, there are several love stories but that of Rughum and Najda is central.

This book was so great to read, it has everything and more that I want in f/f romance. Strong independent women, sword fights, cross-dressing, travel, love, sex and a lot of suspense. The language used is beautiful sort of like medieval Arabic poetry, and y’all know I love poetry lmao I felt like I was transported into a world of Arabian tales. I loved the characters, their similarities and how they navigate their differences– I honestly didn’t want the story to end. After I finished reading, I was shook and speechless. The last chapter, let me not get into it– the story really touched me and got me thinking about life and bigger things, the story is more than a tale of forbidden love. The author often goes out of the story to give some historical facts which was a bit distracting but I honestly didn’t mind because I was curious about that period and the historical context of the story.

This is a must read, I am sure I will read it again to digest everything.

Moon at nine by Deborah Ellis

Summary: Fifteen-year-old Farrin has many secrets. Although she goes to a school for gifted girls in Tehran, as the daughter of an aristocratic mother and wealthy father, Farrin must keep a low profile. When Sadira starts attending the school they become inseparable and fall in love. 

The book is set in 1980s Iran, after the Shah was overthrown, it’s a true story.

A little background. According to the author:

At the beginning of the summer of 2013, I met a woman who told me about her early years in Iran, a story that eventually became this book. She wanted to share her experience, but she needed to keep her identity secret to protect the members of her family who are still in Iran. Some of the details have been changed, but this story is essentially hers.”

Where should I even begin with this book, you guys I have never cried reading a book. This story made me cry so hard and my heart physically ached, because of the truth of this story and what the consequences of being gay could be— this book really hit me hard, it forced me to look at the ugly reality. Even tho this is a YA story, I wouldn’t recommend it for lgbt people below 15.

It’s fast paced, kept me guessing till the last pages, I think everyone should read it.

Bareed mista3jil – True stories published by meem

A little background:

Bareed mista3jil (Arabic) translated into English means “Mail in a hurry”. So this book is basically is a non-fiction. It is a collection of 41 true and personal stories of lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning women from all over Lebanon. There are both English and Arabic versions of this book but the book was originally written in English in 2009.

What I really like about this book is the diversity in the stories. The book doesn’t focus on a specific experience or voice rather it is a collection of stories written by the women themselves from all over the country, so they have different religions, sects, backgrounds, social status etc  

This book will make you look at LGBT outside the western construct (since that’s where we mostly get our lgbt rep) and learn what having different sexual/gender identities is like in the Arab world. The different themes in the stories include coming out, discrimination, family, self-image, relationships, sexual diversity, religion, self-discovery, emigration, activism and community.

Everyone should read this book.

I couldn’t find this book anywhere, thankfully I was able to find a scanned copy someone shared. The copy is clear and was easy to read on my computer.

Nightingale by Andrea  Bramhall

Summary: Hazaar Alim comes from a Muslim Pakistani background and her parents are devout traditionalists, Hazaar is gay, she falls in love with Charlie (a white woman) and has to choose between her tradition/family and Charlie.

So this book is like a fusion of romance and thriller. It’s a fast read. I really enjoyed reading the romance between Hazaar and Charlie. However, there are things that made me uncomfortable while reading this book. The “white savior” stuff is strong in this one, the part about Islam and Pakistani community made me roll my eyes cause it was just so stereotypical. I wonder if the writer has actually gotten feedback from an actual Pakistani during the review process. Even tho I have been reading f/f romance for years now, this is the first f/f romance book I have read with a muslim character—which was at the end of 2017 I believe. It made me start looking for more muslim wlw rep in books and now here we are lmao

Loving you wasn’t enough by Fatima Warsame

Summary: Ebyan is a Somali American, a devout muslim, loves her family and culture and is proud of her African roots. She meets Noreen a girl from a muslim Indian background in uni, Ebyan’s heart is ignited the moment they lock eyes. They grow very close and fall in love.

I read somewhere that the writer wrote this to open conversation on same sex love in the muslim community. The writer herself is a Somali American muslim. There are things I didn’t quite agree with in this book but I won’t get into that here. I have written a review on this book, so you can check it out if you want. This book is filled with so much angst and moral conflict/struggle, I really enjoyed reading about Noreen and Ebyan’s relationship especially the first half when they were getting to know each other and stuff and I also enjoyed reading about their differences, whats with me and loving stories about people with different beliefs/background lmao. I got frustrated towards the end.

I have the ebook versions of these books, you can dm me if you can’t find the books. btw i would love to hear your thoughts on these books after you read them.

caffeinatedvagitarian:

cannibalhello:

caffeinatedvagitarian:

headcanon that teddy lupin has a little “business” at hogwarts where he will change his appearance to someone and then go do whatever it is that person needs to do. like if someone needs to break up with their boyfriend but are too scared to do it, they’ll hire teddy and teddy will change into them and do it for them. or if they need to go serve detention but the professor is really shitty to that person and they can’t handle it, teddy will go to detention for them so that the person doesn’t have to deal with that professor. or if they are nervous about a date with someone, teddy will turn into that person so that they can practice talking to that person until they feel they can calmly do so. teddy just being a helpful person getting paid in sweets or tutoring or a drink in Hogsmeade

Teddy is not available to serve detentions with Professor Longbottom, who can recognize his mannerisms too well (“Honestly Teddy, your godfather makes that same face.”) or McGonagall, who took one look at him the first time he tried and announced that he could serve his own detention the next night.

I approve of this addition. 11/10.

Arwen Shenanigans: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

gallusrostromegalus:

mrspookyfox:

gallusrostromegalus:

So I was just home for a bit to visit my parents/help them move a bunch of stuff into storage while they finally Install AC into thier house, which means I got to see Arwen, and Arwen got to see my dog, Charleston Chew.

Arwen is a Husky/Kelpie mix that was trained in prison as an Autism Service Dog and when she’s not wroking she gets up to All Kinds Of Bullshit. She’s eight years old now and still a little asshole, but beginning to slow down, and as such has decided to take Charlie on as an Apprentice Asshole.

[Image Description: Two dogs on leashes standing on a boardwalk with thier butts toward the photographer, who is holding the leashes with one hand and taking the picture with the other, like a moron.  Arwen, the dog on the left, Is fat and very fluffy, and looking for rabbits to eat.  Charlie, the dog on the right is skinny with noth much hair, and also looking for a bunny dinner.  They are both a simmilar black-and-tan pattern that makes people ask if they’re rottweilers or dobermans, despite being neither.

This picture is taken about 2.68 seconds before the dogs locate a bunny and pull the photographer of thier feet as they launch themselves after it like short, hairy rockets.  The Photographer suffers minor injuries, and the rabbit is unharmed.]

Some of the nonsense Arwen taught Charlie this time around:

  • Arwen recognizes herself in mirrors, and likes to check her own ass out in the full-length mirror in my parent’s bathroom.  Charlie has, after a year and a half of glaring suspiciously at the glass door of my oven, figured out that there is not another dog in there, but hadn’t quite grokked that it’s HIS reflection.  
    I came upstairs a few times to find them sitting in front of the mirror, where Arwen would carefully paw at the glass a few times until Charlie did the same, then, when he was watching the reflections, bop him on the nose.  The last day we were there, Charlie was sitting in front of the mirror, bopping it, then, with the most intense look of concentration I’ve ever seen, carefully pawed his own face.

  • Back in March, my parents took Arwen down to the lake and to the end of the boat dock to watch the sunset because it was warm enough to do that, but Dogs can’t see enough colors to really appreciate sunsets, so Arwen was  looking into the water instead and there happened to be some carp hanging out around the dock and to quote my mother:
    “I knew the exact second she spotted them because it’s the same face she makes when she realizes you have a treat for her.  Thank goodness i let go of the leash in time.”
    Arwen is sometimes affectionately called “Short Bear” for her wierd style of climbing trees, but given the way she forcibly launched herself into the water and stayed under for a good minute before tirumphantly re-surfacing with a carp in her mouth and a gleeful expression of “HOLY SHIT THE LAKE IS FULL OF SNACKS!!” we’re probably going to have to add ‘seal’ to the list of probable creature’s she’s related to.

  • What this translated to in the most recent visit is that she’s now team-fishing with Charlie.  Charlie is from Arizona and is extremely distrustful of any body of water deeper thhan his ankles but he’s a good sprinter and was taught how to hunt by cats so he pounces on things.
    So we go down to the off-leash section of the lake with is a sort of small inlet with a short-but-steep cliff around the beach and a set of gated stairs. Arwen jumps from the stairs to the top of the cliff, then walks out until she’s at the mouth of the inlet, while charlie stands at the shore, complaining about this bullshit plan.  
    When she gets to the mouth of the inlet, she belly-flops in, taking a sandy section of cliff in with her, then dives and swims as fast as she can towards the shore.  This flushed all the fish that had been sunning themselves in the inlet towards the shallow water at the shore, whereupon Charlie takes an spectacular leap and pounces on another carp, trying to grapple it with his paws until Arwen got there to actually bite the thing.
    This also resulted in me, a dumbass human shrieking “NO DAMMIT, DON’T EAT FUCKING CARP IT’S GARBAGE FISH” and running out into the lake to seperate them from the fish, which meant pulling it out of Arwen’s mouth and throwing it back into the lake-
    -Almost hitting my poor neighbor Dottie as her grandchildren paddle her by in the canoe.  This woman hates me, and rightly so.

  • When we got her, the adoption agency warned us that Arwen was “Chatty” which is a polite way of saying “This dog likes to yell a lot, especially if the humans are also being loud”.  It took a while, but Mom eventually trained Arwen to stop yelling by bending over so Arwen makes eye contact, holding a finger up to her mouth and going “SHHhhhh…” which is her signal to take it downa  few notches.  Sometimes dogs need you to be quiet to realize they should be quiet.
    So Arwen’s at Youth Correctioanl Serivces, doing therapy work with one of the Kids there, and he’s having a bad day and yelling angrily about absolutely everything.  Being upset is ok, and expressing emotions is OK but rasing your voice and swearing isn’t an effective means of communication so the therapist is trying to get him to slow down.  The Kid doesn’t want to listen to him, and keeps yelling, so Arwen jumps up to stand in his lap and put her face in his and exhales very loudly, which makes a sort of “ HHHHHHhhhh..!” sound.
    Kid stops, confused, and Arwen gives him a kiss for it.  They repeat this a few more times in the session, where Kid starts raising his voice and Arwen goes “HHHHHHhhhh!” at him until he slows down and lowers his voice again.
    “What is she doin’?” he eventually asks, becuase this is new behavior.
    “OH.” Mom goes, suddenly realizing.  She explain’s Arwen’s SHH! command “-since her mouth won’t make a shush sound, she’s trying her best.”
    “You Shushin’ me dog? You shushin’ Me!?”  He asks her.
    Arwen: WAAAAAARRR-!
    Kid: SHH!
    Arwen: HHHH!
    Kid: “… Alright.”

  • When I leash up the dogs for a walk, they have to be sitting and quiet or I won’t leash them to go outside.  Arwen has got this down, but Charlie’s still working on it, and managed to Sit, but was yelling in excitement.
    Charlie: AAAA!  AAAYAAAA!  AAAA!!
    Arwen, kicking him in the face so he’ll look at her: HHHHHH!
    Charlie: “..?”
    She proceded to do this Every. Single. Time. charlie made noise in her vicinity because even though he’s her favorite dog, she’s also still a shithead that likes to boss him around and play games like “I’m gonna sit right next to the toy basket but not actually look at it and mock-charge charlie every time he tries to get a toy, ebcuase making him sneak up on me is HILARIOUS.” so he eventually gets the idea that “HHH!”  means “SHUT UP!”
    …We get home to Durango and My Fiance is playing games online with headphones and getting excited and yelling, so Charlie jumps on the couch, paws him in the face and goes “HHHH!  HHHH!” and I fall out of my chair laughing.

  • We’re walking on one of the trails and there’s a super-family of geese, where six adults have shoved thier broods into one large horde of fluff that’s easier to herd and protect as a group.  Charlie is already backing up at the preliminary warning honks, becuase he knows from cats and that things that puff up and hiss at you also tend to be Sharp And Mean, but Arwen looks at this as decides that this is really Six Entrees and roughly 20 desserts, and I have half a second to lock her leash before she completely launches herself mouth-first at Goose Dinner. 

    The geese, Unfortunately, falter in thier defense and minutely shuffle away from her.

    I have the dogs on harnesses for long hikes, and manage to haul her back, as the dogs share the following telepathic conversation:
    Charlie: They…Scatter? Not sharp? Maybe.. Eatable?
    Arwen: TOTALLY EATABLE.
    Charlie: HOLY SHIT! EATABLE!
    Arwen: HELL YEAH!!!
    Geese: Aw piss, they smell fear, we gotta fuck them up now.

    So I ended up slogging up the trail, holding a 55-lb dog in each ahnd  by the harness, trying to keep them from gobbling up goslings while no less than six geese tried to beat the shit out of me because I am Tallest, even though I’m the only one not trying to eat thier children.  It looked very dramatic from my perspective- time slows down during adrenaline rushes and it’s all rain and mud and feathers and dog teeth and the horrible grooved tonges geese have and eventually one of them bites the shit outta my eyebrow and we go full art-film as the blood gets in my eyes and I’m left literally seeing red. Alfred Hitchcock is doing dramatic lighting from beyond the grave. O Fortuna is playing.

    A quarter mile later we’re finally far enough away that the geese feel like they can retreat, and there are no casualties except me.  I get home and my dad thinks I’ve been jumped until he sees the goose shit in my hair. 

    The dogs are extremely gleeful about the whole thing and Charlie keeps checking the river out here for geese.

  • She also tried to teach him to flush the toilet for fresh running water but I caught them before that lesson could be imparted.  

If you enjoyed these stories, please consider donating to my PayPal or Ko-Fi as telling stories about my ridiculous life is my only source of income. A portion of donations will go towards Dog treats.

Your neighbor Dottie is the same one you threw a snake at?

I have only thrown two (2) animals and a shovel at her, and I only ever hit her with the snake. 

The shovel wasn’t even thrown really, the spade just came off the handle while I was shoveling gravel during neighborhood work day and took a flying leap at her all by itself.  Missed her by a good four feet but still understandably distressing.

Perhaps she has some sort of Karmic debt the universe is forcing me to balance out.  Or maybe I am clumsy and she lives right next to where I have many animal and yard work encounters and the rest is happenstance.

Regardless, given our history it is probably best she keeps away from me. 
I love you Dottie. 

From a safe distance.

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wesleygasm:

Blake Lively attends the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018 in New York City.

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grapeyguts:

my dudes i gotta say

i am 200% behind a fashion conscious 60 y/o dad alright

like damn

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anothercleverjedimindtrick:

coolcatgroup:

A pure moment in history

me with cats

systlin:

myheadsamesssogimmetheslash:

systlin:

I’m making VIOLET HONEY

it’s just what it sounds like. Fill a jar half full of violet flowers, pour honey over, let sit. 

It’s supposed to turn the honey purple and give it a violet scent and flavor. 

OMG ITS THAT EASY?????

YEP. 

You can do it with any edible flowers. It was apparently a very popular treat in Edwardian and Victorian times. 

I’m eyeballing the elder groves, which will flower soon, and also my roses when they bloom. 

discworldtour:

The important thing is not to shout at this point, Vimes told himself. Do not… what do they call it… go postal? Treat this as a learning exercise. Find out why the world is not as you thought it was. Assemble the facts, digest the information, consider the implications. Then go postal. But with precision.

– as opposed to whatever it was Moist was doing | Terry Pratchett, Thud!

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reapfist:

💤

Awesome Sites and Links for Writers

ghostflowerdreams:

Just about every writer out there has several go-to websites that they use when it comes to their writing. Be it for creativity, writer’s block, to put you in the mood or general writing help. These are mine and I listed them in hopes that you’ll find something that you’ll like or find something useful. I’ve also included some websites that sounded interesting, but I haven’t tried out yet.

Spelling & Grammar

  • Grammar Girl – Grammar Girl’s famous Quick and Dirty Tips (delivered via blog or podcast) will help you keep your creative writing error free.
  • The Owl – is Purdue University’s Online Writing Lab (OWL) it's a great resource for grammar guides, style tips and other information that can help with your writing, especially academics.
  • Tip of My Tongue — have you ever had trouble of thinking of a specific word that you can’t remember what it is? Well, this site will help you narrow down your thoughts and find that word you’ve been looking for. It can be extremely frustrating when you have to stop writing because you get a stuck on a word, so this should help cut that down. 
  • Free Rice – is a great way to test your vocabulary knowledge. What’s even better about this site is that with every correct answer, they donate 10 grains of rice to the United Nations World Food Program. So, please disable your adblock since they use the ads on the site to generate the money to buy the rice.
  • HyperGrammar – the University of Ottawa offers up a one-stop guide for proper spelling, structure, and punctuation on this site.
  • AutoCrit – the AutoCrit Editing Wizard can check writing for grammar errors, clichés and other no-no’s. It also provides a number of other writing resources as well.
  • Writer’s Digest – learn how to improve your writing, find an agent, and even get published with the help of the varied blogs on this site.
  • Syntaxis – it allows you to test your knowledge of grammar with a ten-question quiz. The questions change every time you take the quiz so users are sure to be challenged each time around. It definitely helps writers know if there’s something that they need to brush up on.
  • Word Frequency Counter – this counter allows you to count the frequency usage of each word in your text.
  • EditMinion – is a free robotic copy editor that helps you to refine your writing by finding common mistakes.
  • Proofreading for Common Errors – this is a simple tutorial on proofreading your writing by Indiana University.
  • BBC – has a section for helping you with your skills, especially in writing, from grammar to spelling, to reading, to listening and to speaking.

Tools

  • Copyscape – is a free service that you can use to learn if anyone has plagiarized your work. It’s pretty useful for those that want to check for fanfiction plagiarism.
  • Plagium – is another a copy detection system, that provides a very similar service to Copyscape and uses Yahoo! rather than Google to perform its searches. Just keep in mind that searches for simple text up to 25,000 characters remains free of charge, but any larger requires credits to be purchase.
  • Write or Die – is an application for Windows, Mac and Linux which aims to eliminate writer’s block by providing consequences for procrastination.
  • Written? Kitten! – is just like Write or Die, but it’s a kinder version. They use positive reinforcement, so every time you reach a goal they reward you with an adorable picture of a kitten.
  • Fast Fingers – offers you an easy way to improve your typing skills. It’s puts you through a quick typing game that tests your typing speed and improves it at the same time. It’s also a great way for writers to warm up.

Information & Data

  • RefDesk – it has an enormous collection of reference materials, searchable databases and other great resources that can’t be found anywhere else. It’s great to use when you need to find something and check your facts.
  • Bib Me – it makes it easy to create citations, build bibliographies and acknowledge other people’s work. This is definitely something that academics will love. It’s basically a bibliography generator that automatically fills in a works cited page in MLA, APA, Chicago or Turbian formats.
  • Internet Public Library – this online library is full of resources that are free for anyone to use, from newspaper and magazine articles to special collections.
  • The Library of Congress – if you’re looking for primary documents and information, the Library of Congress is a great place to start. It has millions of items in its archives, many of which are accessible right from the website.
  • Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names – is the most accurate list of popular names from 1879 to the present. If your character is from America and you need a name for them, this gives you a accurate list of names, just pick the state or decade that your character is from.
  • WebMD – is a handy medical database loaded with information. It’s not a substitute for a doctor, but can give you a lot of good information on diseases, symptoms, treatments, etc.
  • MedlinePlus – is the National Institutes of Health’s Web site that contains information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in language you can understand. It also offers reliable, up-to-date health information, anytime, anywhere, for free.  You can use the site to learn about the latest treatments, look up information on a drug or supplement, find out the meanings of words, or view medical videos or illustrations. You can also get links to the latest medical research on your topic or find out about clinical trials on a disease or condition.
  • Mayo Clinic –  is a nonprofit medical practice and medical research group.
  • World Health Organization (WHO) – is a specialized agency of the United Nations that is concerned with international public health. Its current priorities include communicable diseases, in particular HIV/AIDS, Ebola, malaria and tuberculosis; the mitigation of the effects of non-communicable diseases; sexual and reproductive health, development, and ageing; nutrition, food security and healthy eating; occupational health; substance abuse; and driving the development of reporting, publications, and networking.
  • Google Scholar – is an online, freely accessible search engine that lets users look for both physical and digital copies of articles. It searches a wide variety of sources, including academic publishers, universities, and preprint depositories and so on. While Google Scholar does search for print and online scholarly information, it is important to understand that the resource is not a database.
  • The Old Farmer’s Almanac – this classic almanac offers yearly information on astronomical events, weather conditions and forecasts, recipes, and gardening tips.
  • State Health Facts – Kaiser Family Foundation provides this database, full of health facts on a state-by-state basis that address everything from medicare to women’s health.
  • U.S. Census Bureau – you can learn more about the trends and demographics of America with information drawn from the Census Bureau’s online site.
  • Wikipedia – this shouldn’t be used as your sole source, but it can be a great way to get basic information and find out where to look for additional references.
  • Finding Data on the Internet – a great website that list links that can tell you where you can find the inflation rate, crime statistics, and other data.

Word References

  • RhymeZone – whether you’re writing poetry, songs, or something else entirely, you can get help rhyming words with this site.
  • Acronym Finder – with more than 565,000 human-edited entries, Acronym Finder is the world’s largest and most comprehensive dictionary of acronyms, abbreviations, and initials.
  • Symbols.com – is a unique online encyclopedia that contains everything about symbols, signs, flags and glyphs arranged by categories such as culture, country, religion, and more. 
  • OneLook Reverse Dictionary – is a dictionary that lets you describe a concept and get back a list of words and phrases related to that concept. Your description can be a few words, a sentence, a question, or even just a single word. 
  • The Alternative Dictionaries – is a site that you can look up slang words in all types of languages, including Egyptian Arabic, Cherokee, Cantonese, Norwegian and many, many others.
  • Online Etymology Dictionary – it gives you the history and derivation of any word. Etymologies are not definitions; they’re explanations of what our words meant and how they sounded 600 or 2,000 years ago.
  • MediLexicon – is a comprehensive dictionary of medical, pharmaceutical, biomedical, and health care abbreviations and acronyms.
  • Merriam Webster Online – the online version of the classic dictionary also provides a thesaurus and a medical dictionary.
  • Multilingual Dictionary – it translate whatever you need from 30 different languages with this easy-to-use site.

Writing Software

  • Open Office – why pay for Microsoft products when you can create free documents with Open Office? This open source software provides similar tools to the Microsoft Office Suite, including spreadsheets, a word processor, the ability to create multimedia presentations, and more.
  • LibreOffice – is a free and open source office suite. It was forked from OpenOffice.org in 2010, which was an open-sourced version of the earlier StarOffice. The LibreOffice suite comprises programs to do word processing, spreadsheets, slideshows, diagrams and drawings, maintain databases, and compose math formula.
  • Scrivener – is not a free program, but it’s certainly a very popular one. It's great for organizing research, planning drafts, and writing novels, articles, short stories, and even screenplays.
  • OmmWriter – is for Mac OS X, a free simple text processor that gives you a distraction free environment. So you can focus only on your writing without being tempted or distracted by other programs on your computer. They are currently working on a Windows version of their software as well, so keep an eye out for that if you’re interested.
  • FocusWriter – is another free distraction-free writing application that keeps your writing space simple and clean without sacrificing functionality. It includes a daily goal tracker—work count and time spent writing—spell checking, real-time feedback on variables like word and page count, and tabbed document browsing. The great thing about this is that it's available for Windows, Mac and Linux.
  • Q10 – is a free portable distraction-free writing tool for Windows. The interface includes nothing but a tiny bar at the bottom that displays the character, word, and page count—you can toggle the bar off for a totally distraction free workspace. 
  • Evernote – is a free app for your smartphone and computer that stores everything you could possibly imagine losing track of, like a boarding pass, receipt, article you want to read, to do list, or even a simple typed note. The app works brilliantly, keeping everything in sync between your computer, smartphone, or tablet. It’s definitely a useful app for writers when you have ideas on the go.
  • Storybook – this open source software can make it easier to manage your plotlines, characters, data, and other critical information while penning a novel.
  • ScriptBuddy – is a full-fledged screenplay software program. It handles the proper screenplay format automatically, so you can concentrate on your story. It is easy to use and the basic version is free.
  • TheSage – is a free application, which is a comprehensive English dictionary and thesaurus that provides a number of useful and in some cases unusual search tools.
  • Sigil – is ideal for e-book authors because it's a free EPUB editor with a stack of essential features.
  • YWriter5 – is a free word processor and is designed for Windows XP, Vista and beyond. It's a small but very comprehensive tool which helps you to plan your novel. It breaks your novel into chapters and scenes, helping you keep track of your work while leaving your mind free to create. You can set up deadlines, for instance, and the program’s Work Schedule report will let you know how much you’ll have to do, each day, to finish on time. You can even enter your characters, locations and items and freely organize them into scenes. This definitely sounds like it’ll be useful for NaNoWriMo writers.
  • Kingsoft Office (WPS Office) – is an office suite for Microsoft Windows, Linux, iOS and Android OS. The basic version is free to use, but a fully featured professional-grade version is also available. This software allows users to view, create and share office documents that are fully compatible with dozens of document formats, including Microsoft PowerPoint, Word and Excel. In other words, the format is similar to a Microsoft Word document (.DOC or .DOCX file) and supports formatted text, images, and advanced page formatting. Kingsoft Writer documents can be converted to Microsoft Word *.doc files in the software.

Creativity, Fun & Miscellaneous

  • National Novel Writing Month – is one of the most well-known writing challenges in the writing community, National Novel Writing Month pushes you to write 50,000 words in 30 days (for the whole month of November).
  • WritingFix – a fun site that creates writing prompts on the spot. The site currently has several options—prompts for right-brained people, for left-brained people, for kids—and is working to add prompts on classic literature, music and more.
  • Creative Writing Prompts – the site is exactly what it says. They have 100+ and more, of prompts that you can choose from.
  • My Fonts – is the world’s largest collection of fonts. You can even upload an image containing a font that you like, and this tells you what it is.
  • Story Starters – this website offers over one trillion randomly generated story starters for creative writers.
  • The Gutenberg Project – this site is perfect for those who like to read and/or have an ereader. There’s over 33,000 ebooks you can download for free. 
  • The Imagination Prompt Generator – click through the prompts to generate different ideas in response to questions like “Is there a God?” and “If your tears could speak to you, what would they say?”
  • The Phrase Finder – this handy site helps you hunt down famous phrases, along with their origins. It also offers a phrase thesaurus that can help you create headlines, lyrics, and much more.
  • Storybird – this site allows you to write a picture book. They provided the gorgeous artwork and you create the story for it, or just read the stories that others have created.
  • Language Is a Virus – the automatic prompt generator on this site can provide writers with an endless number of creative writing prompts. Other resources include writing exercises and information on dozens of different authors.

Background Noise/Music

  • SimplyNoise – a free white noise sounds that you can use to drown out everything around you and help you focus on your writing.
  • Rainy Mood – from the same founders of Simply Noise, this website offers the pleasant sound of rain and thunderstorms. There's a slide volume control, which you can increase the intensity of the noise (gentle shower to heavy storm), thunder mode (often, few, rare), oscillation button, and a sleep timer. 
  • Coffitivity – a site that provides three background noises: Morning Murmur (a gentle hum), Lunchtime Lounge (bustling chatter), and University Undertones (campus cafe). A pause button is provided whenever you need a bladder break, and a sliding volume control to give you the freedom to find the perfect level for your needs and moods. It’s also available as an android app, iOS app, and for Mac desktop.
  • Rainy Cafe – it provides background chatter in coffee shops (similar to Coffitivity) AND the sound of rain (similar to Simply Rain). There’s also individual volume and on/off control for each sound category.
  • MyNoise: Online Fire Noise Generator – If you love the sound of fire crackling in a fireplace, this is the site for you.
  • 8tracks – is an internet radio website and everyone can listen for free, well it use to be completely free. Unlike other music oriented social network such as Pandora or Spotify, 8tracks doesn’t have commercial interruption (that’s if you get 8tracks Plus). Users create free accounts and can either browse the site and listen to other user-created mixes for as long as they like, and/or they can create their own mixes. It’s a perfect place to listen to other writer’s playlist, share yours or find music for specific characters or moods. Note: Joining is still free, however you’re now limited to 1 hour of free listening for each week (or more depending on how much people like your mixes). If you want unlimited access it’s $30 per year or $5.00 a month.
  • Playmoss with 8tracks no longer having free unlimited listening and no commercial interruptions many people looked for an alternative and Playmoss is what 8tracks use to be. It has all the same basic features that 8tracks has, only with extra goodies like unlimited skips, able to see the entire tracklist before playing, start at any point in the playlist, see how many playlists contain a certain song and even collaborate playlists with other people.

emphasisonthehomo:

voxiferous:

memecucker:

ace-and-ranty:

memecucker:

what if i told you that a lot of “Americanized” versions of foods were actually the product of immigrant experiences and are not “bastardized versions”

That’s actually fascinating, does anyone have any examples?

Chinese-American food is a really good example of this and this article provides a good intro to the history http://firstwefeast.com/eat/2015/03/illustrated-history-of-americanized-chinese-food

I took an entire class about Italian American immigrant cuisine and how it’s a product of their unique immigrant experience. The TL;DR is that many Italian immigrants came from the south (the poor) part of Italy, and were used to a mostly vegetable-based diet. However, when they came to the US they found foods that rich northern Italians were depicted as eating, such as sugar, coffee, wine, and meat, available for prices they could afford for the very first time. This is why Italian Americans were the first to combine meatballs with pasta, and why a lot of Italian American food is sugary and/or fattening. Italian American cuisine is a celebration of Italian immigrants’ newfound access to foods they hadn’t been able to access back home.

(Source: Cinotto, Simone. The Italian American Table: Food, Family, and Community in New York City. Chicago: U of Illinois, 2013. Print.)

Stuff you Missed in History Class has a really good podcast overview of “Foreign Food” in the US.

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