And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.Sylvia Plath (via socalfeminist)
Rachel Edidin talks about portraying female superhero characters at Comic Alliance (via georgethecat)
“Empowered” and “sexy” are not universally synonymous. That a woman is not a sex kitten does not mean that she’s any less comfortable or empowered or any of that stuff. See above, re: not a homogenous demographic. Stop making sexiness a universal demand. Let some characters be unsexy. And for f*ck’s sake, please, please stop drawing women who are injured, or dead, or being tortured, or punching bad guys, in sex-kitten pin-up poses. That is bad visual storytelling, and it is INCREDIBLY creepy. Let women be heroes for the sake of heroism. Women don’t have to be damaged or traumatized to be strong, or to want to make a difference. Corollary: Dropping rape into a backstory is not a panacea for making a female character complex and gritty.
Imagine you have a daughter. Imagine the kind of women you’d like her to want to grow up to be. Write them. Write women you’d want to be friends — really good friends — with. Write women you’d get in arguments with. Write women you’d be legitimately scared of. Write women like your mom, like your aunts, like your wife, like your friends, like your nieces and nephews and daughters and bosses and friends. We are not aliens… This, too, goes back to “doing things.” A lot of the time, male characters act, and female characters are acted upon. Let female characters make difficult choices — and sometimes choose wrong — and have struggles and the same real victories. Because without those things, they’re not characters; they’re just window dressing.
Isn’t it odd how much fatter a book gets when you’ve read it several times? As if something were left between the pages every time you read it. Feelings, thoughts, sounds, smells, and then, when you look at the book again many years later, you find yourself there, too, a slightly younger self, slightly different, as if the book had preserved you like a pressed flower, both strange and familiar.Cornelia Funke (via c-alcifer)
Joss Whedon: Feminist
- Interviewer: So why do you write these strong female characters?
- Whedon: Because you're still asking me that question.
A romance with color.Oscar de la Renta on his Spring 2012 inspiration (via womensweardaily)
Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.Salvador Dalí (via simko)
I don’t want realism. I want magic! Yes, yes, magic. I try to give that to people. I do misrepresent things. I don’t tell truths. I tell what ought to be truth.
Blanche DuBois - A Streetcar Named Desire
This is my ultimate dream role of all time.
“When the elephant is young and relatively weak, it is tied to an immovable stick. So later, no matter how large and strong he becomes… he continues to believe that he cannot free himself.
Many intelligent people are like circus elephants. They never question their self-imposed limitations.”
- Cold Souls
You will always have some excuse not to live your life.Chuck Palahniuk
A library is a hospital for the mind.Anonymous
It is a kind of love, is it not?Pat Schneider, “The Patience of Ordinary Things”
How the cup holds the tea,
How the chair stands sturdy and foursquare,
How the floor receives the bottoms of shoes
Or toes. How soles of feet know
Where they’re supposed to be.
I’ve been thinking about the patience
Of ordinary things, how clothes
Wait respectfully in closets
And soap dries quietly in the dish,
And towels drink the wet
From the skin of the back.
And the lovely repetition of stairs.
And what is more generous than a window?