As a black person this makes me really proud but at the same time it really frustrates me because the news never focus on the positive qualities of blacks which in reality actually out weighs the negatives but the media only focus on the negatives.. why does a 4 year old black boy cussing makes huge media headlines but a 4 year black girl genius does not……that’s what really frustrates me.
Days of Magic, Nights of War | listen [here]
A mix simply to feel the epic. Find yourself in a fantasy world, where the magic rules and everything is possible. Imagine your perfect place within, let the music sink into your heart and soul and fight with all of the enemies that might discourage you from being the best you. Find the truth and the light and just think. Let yourself believe in magic and feel the darkness leaving.
The fact that the ALA shared this link is so gloriously bitter and angry and I love it.
Is there a portmanteau for that? Angritter? Bangry?
My library card already gets me multiple “real” books, e-books, audiobooks, magazines and movies per month. For free.
Kindle Unlimited offers nothing from big presses, and no guarantee the authors will get paid fairly for their work. Libraries buy the book up front for a higher price (and a better binding). Kindle Unlimited offers the authors a variable percentage of a as-yet-undetermined-and-unannounced amount of money.
While Amazon touts Kindle Unlimited at “Netflix For Books!” the reality is Netflix signed contracts with everyone whose work they offer so that actors, screen writers, best boys, and the rest of those people get paid for the shows and movies you watch. Amazon does not.
That means your favorite author isn’t being compensated for their time or work. If you love a book series and want to see the next one get published: buy the book or hit the library. Starving authors quit writing because they like eating.
Not only is your favorite author not being compensated for their work, but the editors who help shape your favorite author’s work, the marketing departments who work really, incredibly hard at getting the word out for their authors (in an increasingly glutted marketplace and often, in smaller and mid-sized houses, with low budgets), the designers who create beautiful covers and carefully lay out the interiors of your favorite books so that you can read them easily, etc etc also all lose out when Amazon strong arms publishers into giving them huge discounts that can—and have!—put small publishers (particularly vulnerable ones like LGBTQ and feminist presses) completely out of business.
I really, really encourage everyone to do the following two things:
1) Order books from Powell’s, not Amazon. I bought Edan Lepucki’s “California” from them, and they offer flat $4.95 shipping on orders under $50, and free shipping on orders over $50. They have used and new books and they offer discounts on big sellers. The prices aren’t AS low as Amazon but they’re comparable. I know it’s impossible to completely eliminate buying things on Amazon, but at least try a little bit.
2) Check out your local library. I lived in LA for about 6 years before checking out the LA Public Library System. I was a fool! Now I get ebooks on my Kindle without ever having to go to the library. (pssst - If you don’t finish the book in the three weeks you have it on loan, turn off your Kindle’s wifi and it won’t go away.) I pick up physical books at the location less than a mile from me. I get audiobooks for long drives. I still buy physical books that I want to have for more than three weeks, but for most of my reading, the library is the way to go. If you’re cynical, think of it as getting a better return on investment from your tax dollars.
A super girly and peppy blonde girl who wears bright pink dresses and skirts everyday is best friends with a quiet goth girl who of course sports all black clothing and big lace up boots. Someone jokes and yells to them “Hey look, a fairy and a vampire!” The blonde turns around and flashes a fanged grin and says “She’s human actually.”
This has been done before, I’m sure.
abalidoth replied to your post “the only reason I can keep track of apogee/perigee/aphelion/perihelion…”
And the general term for perigee/perihelion when you’re orbiting an arbitrary object is…. ;)
Why, periapsis, of course!
there are plenty of things i find sexy in a fictional context but not in real life.
for instance: boys.
Against the tide we struggle
with the skin we’re in,
the skin we’re in.
Against the tide we struggle
to keep our heads above the deep
and our hearts above the lie.
Clarice Ferguson was targeted as a member of the next generation of mutants by the Phalanx; the technological alien race couldn’t absorb mutants, and decided to kidnap and experiment on ‘em. She was entombed within the Phalanx as a test subject on the assimilation of tissue, experiencing the first traumatic awakening of her power. Blink is a teleporter who could move matter in the blink of an eye. Her effective range was to the dark side of the moon and back, and she uses this power offensively and defensively.
BLINK, by Sarayu Ruangvesh.