I love these shows, but by God they have a lot of problems.
Come one, come all, to this brand new, commitment-free writing group! Started by me: your friendly neighborhood writer/commitment-phobe!
The basic premise is that every two weeks, an assignment (not a prompt) will be posted to the blog. You have two weeks to respond to the assignment and submit your work (to an email address coming soon). Once you’ve done so, your work will be sent to another writer for feedback, and you in turn will offer feedback on another piece.
You only need to give feedback when you yourself submit work, and you never need to feel obligated to respond to an assignment unless you’re moved to do so!
There are other ways to participate as well, including by adding onto our “scrapbook” posts, and by submitting book reviews, which will get your next piece read by not one, but two fellow writers!
All you have to do is follow this blog and start submitting your work once the first assignment goes up!
Assignments begin on October 1st. Spread the word if you think you might have friends and followers who could be interested — the more writers are involved, the more feedback will be available!
This is the project I ended up coming up with! If you think you might be interested in responding to the assignments from time to time, please follow the blog!
Am I next?
That’s the question aboriginal women are asking Prime Minister Stephen Harper in a new online campaign to renew pressure on his government to call a national inquiry into murdered and missing indigenous women.
Coming on the heels of Harper’s "sociological phenomenon" blunder, the campaign is the brainchild of Holly Jarrett. She’s the cousin of Loretta Saunders, a 26-year-old Inuit student at Saint Mary’s University who was murdered earlier this year. At the time of her death, Saunders was working on her thesis on murdered and missing aboriginal women.
"She had come through a lot of the same kind of struggles that a lot women affected by colonialism and residential school stuff," Jarrett told PressProgress Friday, a day after launching the Am I Next campaign.
"We wanted to move it forward for her. She was really passionate about telling her story, to stand up and tell the brutal truth," said Jarrett, an Inuit from the Labrador coast who’s now based in Hamilton, Ont.
After organizing one of the largest petitions at change.org calling on the government to launch a public inquiry into hundreds of missing and murdered aboriginal women, Jarrett decided to launch the Am I Next campaign.
It’s inspired by the Inuktitut word ain, a term of endearment for someone you love in her native language.
Here are some of the faces of the viral campaign:
This is what comes to mind when people try to tell me there is no (or less) racism in Canada. Hundreds of aboriginal and First Nations women are missing, abused, and murdered, and our country and GOVERNMENT doesn’t care. It doesn’t. Indigenous women don’t matter to our government and it’s horrifying. Please click some of the above mentioned links and learn about these women and this campaign.
Hey followers, the CW is currently holding a contest for posters.
What’s the prize for this contest? ”Winners will receive social notoriety.”
That sounds great, right?
Actually, it’s pretty shitty. The CW is taking advantage of its fans, most of whom are not professional artists, to get free artwork. They’re using the promise of exposure to lure you to make art for them instead of hiring and paying actual artists.
We call this spec work. READ MORE ABOUT WHY SPEC WORK IS BAD. Spec work demeans the value of art for everyone, especially artists who work for a living.
I know what some of you are thinking. “I’m a nobody in the art world. I need exposure. This is a great opportunity for me. Stop being such an elitist, Euclase. Everyone should have a chance to get their work seen.”
Yes. And after your work gets seen, do the jobs come rolling in? Maybe, if you’re lucky. But what will definitely happen is that The CW will keep doing this. And so will other companies who think it’s okay to take advantage of its fans. If the CW wants artists, they should hire artists or license artists, not make up a contest to get art for free.
You can enter this contest, and you might win exposure now, but you won’t get any jobs later on because there won’t be any. Because every art job out there will be a contest that pays in “social notoriety.”
I remember thinking that Dean was my favourite, and he was. I still cherish who he was. But I am strictly speaking towards season 1-5. Maybe season 6 but not forward, for reasons that have nothing to do with what I want to discuss now.
Basically, I never realized how rich and deep Sam’s character was. Nor did I realize how well he appropriated to everyone. Every lost soul. Every kid who didn’t fit in because they were too small in the face of bigger classmates. To every child who stood up for someone. To every kid who felt pressured into doing something that they don’t want to do. Who has their own dreams, even if it’s drastic, risky and ill-advised by your family. Sam spoke the voice of choice. And I can never, ever, blame Sammy for wanting to go to school.
To me, Sam is the boy the world hates because of what destruction he is endured with but the world needs. Because he is so good. And he knows that his blood is unclean. And yet..
He is the man who saved the world he never felt a part of.
The boy demon king.
Who was meant to lead the legion of demons and win the earth and rule as the new god.
And yet, Sam, always defiant, broke that prophecy and saw what his demon blood had in store for him and said fuck that. And made his own future. Even though that mean throwing himself backwards into Hell.
Beautiful. Strong. Heartbreaking. Brave.
I’m only 10 eps into my S1 watch but I am having Sam feels like whoa. I mean, Dean is my boy and all, but Sam’s story is so fucking amazing and he just sells it. God I miss S1, back when everything was simple. Back when it was just Sam and Dean hunting. Back this show was all about urban legends and Americana culture and family and unreliable narrators and two lost kids trying to find their place in the world. Back when the story had less to do with relationship drama and complex plots and more to do with thematic simplicity and… Basically, I miss this show’s potential, because somewhere along the way that potential was stripped away and I’m pretty sure they will never get it back and that is just heartbreaking.
The Adventure of the Three Garridebs (via canonholmesftw)