here_inmyhead: Raggedy Ann as animated in "Raggedy Ann & Andy: A Musical Adventure." (1977) (Serena/Calem :: Hugs)
Stardust writer Neil Gaiman reveals how Gone With The Wind kept his refugee cousin alive during WWII.

In this video, best-selling writer Neil Gaiman reveals how his cousin, Helen, smuggled the book Gone With The Wind into the Warsaw Ghetto during World War Two. She would read the novel at night and tell girls in the ghetto what had happened the morning after. The story gave him a personal insight into how writers can offer an “escape” from suffering.

Gaiman has written an exclusive piece on his trip to Syrian camps for Yahoo. It is contained within this article here.


I want me and my books to be like this for people someday. ;;

I almost teared up reading about Ayman and everything he does for the Syrian refugees. What a wonderful, wonderful person. ♥

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here_inmyhead: Raggedy Ann as animated in "Raggedy Ann & Andy: A Musical Adventure." (1977) (Calvin & Hobbes :: Repression)
Racist crowd whines about Annie being black in the remake of a famous musical.

As someone who thought the original Annie was gag-inducing, this new version actually looks pretty cute. This comment gives me a little more hope for humanity (bolding mine):

This is really sad. And it's so sad that its even pretty pathetic from a purely literary perspective. In the original story the whole point of Annie being a red head was to show that she was less desirable than the pretty blonds and the smart brunettes. She’s a disadvantaged outsider who uses charm innocence and grace to win the cold hearts of the echelon elites. Only once the wealthy have recognized her value does she have any and a scandal ensues. That the producers of this latest production have used a precious little black girl in place of a red head to retell this charming fairy tale, shows they understand the concept perfectly. The story was always about the children we throw away. A black child has every right to stand there and play that role. It's a role about those confined to poverty and about how kindness conquers all. And what’s sad is that all those people crying about “white Annie” obviously missed the entire point of the story in the first place. And seriously guys, you can’t remake Roots with white people because that didn’t happen to white people and a fictional fairy tale is no where near on the level of a true political hero and any such comparison is born of silly knee jerk pride and reactionary ignorance. This movie is about little orphaned girls and orphans come from all of us.

*applauds* Well said. I'll be looking forward to seeing Quvenzhané Wallis this Christmas. :D

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here_inmyhead: Raggedy Ann as animated in "Raggedy Ann & Andy: A Musical Adventure." (1977) (Zira :: Evil Laughter)
‘Hyrule Historia’ overtakes ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ for Amazon’s No. 1 spot

For anyone who has ever loved Zelda, this is happy, happy news indeed. :D

He's taken down Ganondorf, now he's kicked E.L. James off her throne. Link is truly the Hero of Time. ;D

Another win for Nintendo! ♥

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here_inmyhead: Raggedy Ann as animated in "Raggedy Ann & Andy: A Musical Adventure." (1977) (Feferi :: Giggle)
George Takei Responds to Traditional Marriage Fans

Did I mention that Takei is my hero?

19 Creative Ways People Have Satirized Anti-Gay Arguments

I've seen some of these before, but it's always nice to look at them again~ ♥

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here_inmyhead: Raggedy Ann as animated in "Raggedy Ann & Andy: A Musical Adventure." (1977) (Madoka/Homura :: HAPPINESS FINALLY)
Remember when I made a signal boost on my LJ in support of LGBTQ YA novels?

The good news is Stranger, the "Yes to Gay YA" post-apocalyptic novel, will finally be published on Winter 2014.

*boogie dances*

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here_inmyhead: Raggedy Ann as animated in "Raggedy Ann & Andy: A Musical Adventure." (1977) (Garry & Ib :: Embodiment of Spirit)
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] amelia_seyroon at Important Causes Made Easy
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] dorknessrising at Important Causes Made Easy
Seriously, you don't get easier than this. Buying cereal teams up with the internet to fight hunger in your city.

General Mills has partnered with Feeding America (the network of local food banks throughout the USA) in a mission called Outnumber Hunger. It works like this: for every code you enter off the back of a participating cereal box, General Mills will donate $0.65 to your local food bank (or the food bank in any zip code you want, really).

You get to eat your favorite General Mills cereal, and you get to help people in your community not starve. Everybody wins.

Join us to Outnumber Hunger!

If you like, you can repost this to your own journal to help spread the word about this program.

here_inmyhead: Raggedy Ann as animated in "Raggedy Ann & Andy: A Musical Adventure." (1977) (Shaymin & Pikachu :: Chiapet)
The other day, I got a super sweet comment from someone on DA about my Mewtwo creepypasta:

Oh, wow, I'm so glad that I could find the author and the piece so I could favorite~ This is really amazing, Mewtwo's my favorite Pokemon--and it's not often that you find such a good tribute. ^^ And before I saw the comments where you confirmed that you wrote this, I was about to ask if you knew of the author or any fanart XD

I've just recently gotten into Pokemon, and even more recently into creepypasta, so this was an amazing find for me. In fact, it's very inspiring on top of it all~ You are an excellent author, my friend! :worship:


I had it in my inbox for a while, trying to think what to say, but I hadn't gotten around it yet due to family drama involving my mother. Imagine my surprise when the same fan commented again, but this time had written a companion piece inspired by my creepypasta.

And it's really good! It fits the atmosphere and tone of my pasta perfectly, and it pulled off a tricky feat... writing from Mewtwo's POV without being too emo or soft. And it was very well-done and I told the author so and expressed my gratitude. ;;

Long ago, another DA fan asked for a link to my fanfiction page, and I gave her my FF.net account and creative LJ. Today she just thanked me and said, "I just love your writing! :D" Little things like that give my heart grow tiny wings which flutter with joy. Lord knows I'm no BNF, but having fans like these who feel close-knit to my work is totally worth it. And I wouldn't trade them for all the heaps of hollow netspeak praise in the world. :)

It's good that there are people who are confident in my writing when I'm having so much stress over it and IRL. ;;

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here_inmyhead: Raggedy Ann as animated in "Raggedy Ann & Andy: A Musical Adventure." (1977) (Shaymin & Pikachu :: Chiapet)
‘Brave’ To Focus On Mother-Daughter Relationship, Will Overlook Romance

In the TIME article, there is a key paragraph that states:

Brave’s medieval Scottish princess, Merida (voiced by Boardwalk Empire‘s Kelly Macdonald), almost never wears princess clothes. Instead, she rides a horse and shoots a bow and arrow. Her mom, Queen Elinor (Emma Thompson) insists she follow tradition and let the eldest sons of the heads of the kingdom’s clans compete for her hand in marriage. But Merida doesn’t tell her mom that she’s going to pick her own husband, as princesses sometimes do in films. This is a fairy tale without romance. Merida tells her that she isn’t marrying
anyone. Then she fights bears. But mostly, like all teenage girls, she fights with her mom.

I approve of this.

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here_inmyhead: Raggedy Ann as animated in "Raggedy Ann & Andy: A Musical Adventure." (1977) (Madoka :: Matters of the Heart)
7-year-old girl analyzes the DC reboot of Starfire.

It's not Starfire wearing a bikini the kid has a problem with. It's that she's not the Starfire she knows and loves when all she does lately is pose around and do nothing except be brainless fanservice.

Edit: How Autism Has Changed My Writing.

Unlikely to get as much attention as the other article I linked, but as an autistic, I find this incredibly gorgeous and true. Kudos to the writer!
here_inmyhead: Raggedy Ann as animated in "Raggedy Ann & Andy: A Musical Adventure." (1977) (Sigilyph & N :: Friends)
Why the Best Kid Books Are Written in Blood

I nearly cried while reading this, because I empathize so hard. I've certainly never been raped or used drugs or been a victim of violence, but I have gone through rough times (including depression and foster care) and I've used books for the same reasons that Alexie described.

Of course, all during my childhood, would-be saviors tried to rescue my fellow tribal members. They wanted to rescue me. But, even then, I could only laugh at their platitudes. In those days, the cultural conservatives thought that KISS and Black Sabbath were going to impede my moral development. They wanted to protect me from sex when I had already been raped. They wanted to protect me from evil though a future serial killer had already abused me. They wanted me to profess my love for God without considering that I was the child and grandchild of men and women who’d been sexually and physically abused by generations of clergy.

What was my immature, childish response to those would-be saviors?

“Wow, you are way, way too late.”


This. This this this. Alexie, we've just met, and there should be more people like you.

*adds The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian on her To-Read list*
here_inmyhead: Raggedy Ann as animated in "Raggedy Ann & Andy: A Musical Adventure." (1977) (SAVE FERRIS)
GENKI-DAMAAAAAAAAAAAA

Total number of video views = total amount that Shounen Jump magazine will give towards the relief of victims of the Japan quake.

And all you have to do is watch this 35-second video. :3
here_inmyhead: Raggedy Ann as animated in "Raggedy Ann & Andy: A Musical Adventure." (1977) (Kerudio :: ROBOT UNICORN ATTACK!)
Today's been a crummy day since my parents are under stress and I didn't get sleep last night, but this is the best thing I've read all day. I never had My Little Pony though I remember playing with several of them a couple times, and I hear lots of great things about the new show. Thanks to this, my respect for the little ponies has gone up tremendously. Bless those little darlings. :)
here_inmyhead: Raggedy Ann as animated in "Raggedy Ann & Andy: A Musical Adventure." (1977) (Piplup :: Nevermind)
People are playing Sonic for Charity!

They're about to start Team Chaotix on Sonic Heroes atm. ;D
here_inmyhead: Raggedy Ann as animated in "Raggedy Ann & Andy: A Musical Adventure." (1977) (Mario/Peach :: Surprise Kiss)
WISCONSIN IS BEAUTIFUL GUYS.

Seriously, there's trees (different kinds!), colors (GREEN), lakes, barns & silos, birds, fireflies, gorgeous skies, jgdkslgdlk oh yeah Wisconsin Dells AAAAAAAAAAaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa. It's eye candy everywhere I look. The sunrises/sunsets are amazing here. *-*

Parents had me up about all night (mostly drills from Mom) and what's worse, they blasted music when I was trying to sleep. No, talking to them didn't make it better, all they did was lower the volume. Ugh, and I can still hear it. The plane ride was terrible. The cushions were nice, but I wish I could say the same about the chair itself. I was weary and wanted shut-eye, but no. My back hurt, I got a crick in my neck, and I couldn't get comfortable no matter how I positioned myself. A couple good things did come from the trip though. Mom and I went to a book shop to get ourselves something to read; Mom got Chuck Palahniuk's Tell-All and I got *dundundundun* Watership Down. I always wanted to read that book! Thank goodness for Steph's kindness and Dannie's warm and cozy bed.

The Dolan's house is comfy and amazing and they have an outdoor kitty named Striker that took a love to me right away. I got up for a closer view of the woods and she was rubbing against my legs. ;; I got to meet Matt, Brianna's future husband, and he's truly a great guy. Hilarious, warm-hearted, and fun to be around. Uncle Ricke brought a travel edition of Apples To Apples, so we had fun and laughs playing that (I kept picking Mom's cards although I was clearly trying to avoid her. ;;) I got to show a few of my music videos finally, though later people were mostly chatting. Ricke seemed genuinely interested in my work though, and was deeply focused in watching and listening to me explain things. ;; Later, Matt realized that I made these instead of watching someone else's vids and he said he was impressed. :o

Yesterday we went to Noah's Ark! Aka the biggest waterpark in the world according to the consensus. It's been what, years since I've been there? I missed the place so much. Flash Flood's gotta be my favorite. You get double the benefit; a splash from coming down, and a splash from standing on the bridge~ ♥ The first time, we were all chanting, "One more time! One more time!" Hehe. We got Dippin' Dots and crummy food (nomnom Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough dots. Not-so-nom to the so-called "chicken stix" I ate. :P), and I waited below while everyone else committed suicide on The Plunge and Point of No Return. The Stingray is amazing too! My brother and I were holding a tube, I remember getting nervous because I was facing backwards and it looked steep, and my brother said in a soothing way, "It's going to be all right." Aww. ;; My brother can be really sweet like that sometimes. Anyway, we made the drop and it was a ton of fun. Definitely one of my favorites even if we had to cut out of line twice due to the length. XD

Note to self: next time, bring shoes 'cause wearing your wet watershoes inside a restaurant is not fun. :P We went to Famous Dave's for dinner (whose mascot is a cannibalistic pig) and Brianna, Matt and I doodled wicked atrocities all over the coloring paper until our orders arrived. It was a BBQ restaurant, and I was already feeling pretty full, so all I had was a basket of fries and some ice-cold water. Nomnomnom. The moon was gorgeous that night too. I always felt like it was an alternative version of Earth, with all the gray spots being the continents such as Europe and South America. Though tonight I saw a couple of eyes and a face too. Kinda creepy and mesmerizing in a way, though thankfully nothing like Majora's moon. XD

Who needs Internet when I'm having fun? Remind me to import Phantom of the Opera and the second Cranberries CD on my computer. I've been loading a ton of stuff from the Dolan music library and all the Talking Heads/Josh Groban/various 80s stuff is gonna do me good when I get home! They even have Trans-Siberian Orchestra's "Beethoven's Last Night!"
here_inmyhead: Raggedy Ann as animated in "Raggedy Ann & Andy: A Musical Adventure." (1977) (Sir Aaron :: Focus)
Here's a unique game to play in your spare time."

You're a psychiatrist taking care of abused and mentally ill stuffed animals. Have fun! :o

Puri has a new computer~ ♥♥♥♥♥ You know the saying, "You don't know what you've got until it's gone?" For me, it's become, "You don't know what you've got until it's back." It's been eons since I've used Winamp and downloaded so many skins for it! *_____*

It's good to have a home again~ ♥
here_inmyhead: Raggedy Ann as animated in "Raggedy Ann & Andy: A Musical Adventure." (1977) (Morty/Eusine :: Buddies)


Puri finished Haunted! The ending was... whoa. Not what I expected. :P It's a good thing though, and the ending fit with the rest of the book so I'm good. :P

The rest of the stories, wow. Talk about inspiration! Now I wanna write a book about a character with psychometry, aka someone who receives psychic visions from touching shiny things. :o Killer hot springs sound neat too, sounds creepy and dangerous. :o "Obsolete" sounds like science fiction waiting to happen. :o The Orphanage set up in "Evil Spirits" also prompts a few ideas or two. Thanks Chuck, you made me another selfish author who enjoys watching schadenfreude. :P Though I hope as hell it'd be nowhere as extreme as the guys in the book though. Ugh. I'd rather just immerse myself in my stories than cut off my toes for fame and sympathy, kthnx.

That was fun! XD

Knocking on wood here, but Mom finally bugged my dad to purchase a new laptop for me. FUCK YES~!
here_inmyhead: Raggedy Ann as animated in "Raggedy Ann & Andy: A Musical Adventure." (1977) (Morty/Eusine :: Rejected Again... D:)


Whew. I thought I got too many eggs there. I found a spare Raikou at the Shelter today, and I got messaged by the previous owner and it turned out he was trying to make a trade with someone. :o So now we've made an agreement, since I already have a Raikou anyway; I'm trading the spare for one of his seven Heatrans at 4 PM server time tomorrow. Oh boy oh boy oh boy~ ♥♥♥

Playing Eusine is so much fun! He's knee-deep in Suicunes at both [livejournal.com profile] dear_mun and [livejournal.com profile] pokedressing and he's spazzing like Daffy Duck in my headspace right now. I need to tweak his icons later, so I can have more HG/SS goodies, nomnomnom~ ♥ He's curiously approaching a Skitlord now~ ♥♥♥

Other than that, stress is built by washing bedsheets and my sister's old computer is supposed to be mailed to our house soon. Must... have... computer... AAAAAAAAAAAAaaaaaaaaaaaa

P.S. Happy 30th Birthday, Pacman! You can play some rounds on Google! :D
here_inmyhead: Raggedy Ann as animated in "Raggedy Ann & Andy: A Musical Adventure." (1977) (pkmn ❞ It was lost long ago)
Is it just me, or does the whole "string of saliva" thing exchanged between lovers after a kiss in fanart make me go, "Ewww, you're drooling!" Maybe it looks pretty in doujinshi, but often it's about as attractive as two dogs slobbering. I prefer "puffs of breath" myself. :P

Talk about a mass of unexpected fortune today! I got some stuff done on Spiritomb and I found a ton of neat Sonic art! Found SatAM, Shadow & Maria, and lots of Sonadow goodies nomnomnomnomnom <3333 Went looking for quotes by a famous person, expected nothing but boredom, but surprisingly got a wealthy quote relating to one of the characters in question in my fic. :o Buwahahahaha <3333 I am so happy <3333333 And my Dad's keyboard can't produce tildes. Damn.
here_inmyhead: Raggedy Ann as animated in "Raggedy Ann & Andy: A Musical Adventure." (1977) (Shaymin & Giratina :: Shaymin Loves You~)
~Puri's Birthday Loot~

- Sonic & the Black Knight from my brother
- 2-Disc Edition of Coraline
- Adrian Lyne's Lolita (Jeremy Irons, nomnomnom~)
- The Legendary Starfy for DS
- Les Miserables Broadway Soundtrack (!!!) (Surprise from Mom)
- Fanart of Shaymin & Zee-Tee from Blu
- Icons from Jamie
- Hedgehog pictures from Deryak
- Money from relatives/grandparents
- Member's Card/Darkrai from Nintendo
- Birthday Brawl with Philleh, in which Jeff, Shadow & Mr. Resetti showed up, Metal Gear commentary on Jigglypuff and Pit, and the SNAAAAAAAAAAAAAKE! cry when I flung Philleh offscreen. :o

And I'm expecting FFIV DS from Jean in the mail soon~ ♥ And fanfic from Vyck, nomnomnom~

The family and I went to see Ponyo on my birthday and I died of cuteness~ Now I'm feeling kinda stressful since it's been a couple days since I turned 21. @.@ Oh well. There was a super sweet secret at RP!S about [livejournal.com profile] pokedressing too, and Shaymin was one of the listed characters! ;; This is what Anon told me:

Welcome <3 Shaymin is sweet and fuzzy. She's RPed very well. That well in fact that because of it I'm starting to like the Pokemon. I never did before! xD

Thank you again, anon. ;______; Seriously.

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