Month: August 2020

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Prompt: What do you believe in?

Jack Kerouac "I believed in a good home, in sane and sound living, in good food, good times, work, faith, and hope. I have always believed in these things. It was with some amazement that I realized I was one of the few people in the world who really believed in these things without going around making a dull middle-class philosophy out of it. I was suddenly left with nothing in my hands but a handful of crazy stars."Jack Kerouac, On the RoadTweet

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Come & Get Your Black Heart

2016 has been a crappy year. Lots of good things happened to me, but my personal joy was overshadowed by everything going on in the world. I wish I could ignore everything that did happen (presidential election results, Aleppo, the spike of celebrity deaths, Orlando, among many other things) but that's not how I was built. I have heard it put forward that everything that happened in 2016 is the new normal, and 2017 will be more of the same. I hope I'm prepared! It's been a doozy. On that note, here are my top 10 tracks from 2016. Good…

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The Best Literary Revenge of All Time: The‌ ‌Betrayal‌ ‌of‌ ‌Adaptations‌

One of my dear friends once posted on Twitter that “Edmond Dantès had one of the best literary revenges of all time.” (paid link) She was mocking the Kanye West debacle at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards. Dantes was betrayed by those he assumed loved him, and he was a tale of revenge and redemption. One of the more fascinating problems with adaptation studies is that if one is familiar with the source of the adaptation – such as Alexandre Dumas, père’s The Count of Monte Cristo – you have preconceived notions of what would make a successful adaptation.…

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adrien brody as christian sanders

Safe & Secure

Rating: PG.Category: Drama.Summary: Otrere saves the future.Timeline: Backstory fic for The Alliance of Destiny: Bounty Hunters.Disclaimer: Otrere and Christian belong to Humaira and me. Otrere of the Lysander tribe was considered a bad apple. She was worthy of her status as the adopted daughter of their leader Queen Ambrosine. But her mouth was unbecoming of the daughter of a tribal leader. Otrere was born with an inquisitory nature and questioned everything that she saw. One summer day, she had brought up the idea that maybe the Lysander tribe should keep the boys that were born into their tribe instead of…

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Prompt: Release the Imagination

Today's quote is meant to help you set up your physical space to unleash the creativity inside. buy a boxset of Toni Morrison's work I tell my students one of the most important things they need to know is when they are at their best, creatively. They need to ask themselves, What does the ideal room look like? Is there music? Is there silence? Is there chaos outside or is there serenity outside? What do I need in order to release my imagination?Toni MorrisonTweet Everyone needs a safe space to create. Where's yours?

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The Black Rose: Girl Groups Through the Ages

OK, I cheated, most of the artists here aren't "girl groups" in the traditional sense. A lot of them are duets or soloists with more female vocalists behind them. Those were my only requirements for this mixtape. As long as the vocalists were primarily female (rather than female-fronted bands with male musicians), I included them. Absolutely Maybe by Nobody's AngelAll Cried Out (featuring 112) by AllureAt Night I Pray by Wild OrchidBaby Love Child by Pizzicato FiveBe My Baby by The RonettesBetcha By Golly Wow by SugababesButterfly (Romance Mix) by Smile.dkCherry Bomb by The RunawaysCinderella by i5Dahil sa iyo by…

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The Hero’s Journey: The Benefits of Children’s Films

Fairy tales have been used to advise and guide children for generations. On a deeper level, so have urban legends. Fairy stories frame their cautionary tales by grounding them in fanciful situations. The lessons they teach children are hidden behind the guise of magic, fairy godmothers, and spinning wheels. Any child born in the twentieth century and beyond will be exposed to fairy tales as told by the Walt Disney Company: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio, and Cinderella, to name a few. Not many adults choose to look past the musical numbers by examining the metaphors implied by…

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keira knightley as melody masterson


Category: Drama/RomanceSummary: Melody finds a new love.Disclaimer: Harry Potter characters belong to Jo Rowling and her people. Alias characters belong to JJ Abrams and his people. BtVS and Angel characters belong to Joss Whedon and his people. The Alliance of Destiny characters belongs to Humaira and me. "Neville!" Melody called, opening random train doors. "Oops, sorry," she apologized to her sometime friend Cho Chang, who had graduated this year. She was sucking face with her flavor of the month and recoiled briefly when Melody burst in. "Ginny!" Melody said after she exited Cho's car. "Hey Melody," Ginny said warmly. "What's…

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Prompt: Bring Me Pictures of the Spider-Bear

This week's visual prompt is a picture I took of Duffy, Mickey Mouse's bear, climbing the lamp on my desk. I used it as a featured image on my Ko-Fi and thought it was suitable for a prompt too. Duffy! Write a story about Duffy and why he's climbing the lamp. Where is he going? Where did he come from? Is Duffy his real name? I leave the cleverness to you. Let me know in the comments if you used the prompt and in what capacity.