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I love poetry, action films, Doris Day, gender equality, musicals, humanism and detective fiction.

April 13, 2014 at 11:05pm
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A man once asked me … how I managed in my books to write such natural conversation between men when they were by themselves. Was I, by any chance, a member of a large, mixed family with a lot of male friends? I replied that, on the contrary, I was an only child and had practically never seen or spoken to any men of my own age till I was about twenty-five. “Well,” said the man, “I shouldn’t have expected a woman (meaning me) to have been able to make it so convincing.” I replied that I had coped with this difficult problem by making my men talk, as far as possible, like ordinary human beings. This aspect of the matter seemed to surprise the other speaker; he said no more, but took it away to chew it over. One of these days it may quite likely occur to him that women, as well as men, when left to themselves, talk very much like human beings also.


Dorothy L. SayersAre Women Human?: Astute and Witty Essays on the Role of Women in Society

Book Geek Quote #445

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April 7, 2014 at 5:21pm
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Book competition! Send us your cat and dog selfies! →



Make your pet famous! If you have a cute, crazy or hilarious photo of your dog or cat looking like they’re taking a selfie, simply send it to Summersdale and it could feature in our new books Cat Selfies and Dog Selfies, coming out in October 2014. All you have to do is send the snap (as high-res as possible, please) to auntie@summersdale.com with your name, your pet’s name and your contact details.

As if that wasn’t enough, there will be a £100 cash prize for the best photo in each book, plus£25 worth of Summersdale books for every contributor featured in each book. We’ll also be sending every successful entrant a copy of the book their pet is in. See link for Ts&Cs.

It’s time to show the word what a talented selfie-snapper your puss or pooch is – send your photos in now!

Because you know your pet is just dying for their 15 minutes of fame!

Your dog/cat is so awesome, you know it deserves to be in a book!

March 27, 2014 at 4:44pm
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On a bunch of books →


I need some new books, and you are way overdue for another reading list. Pretty please!

Okay, okay. What is it about September? I’ve been getting this question at least once a day for a while now.

I don’t have time at the moment to put together a curated list, but I can give you a quick…

Reblog to remember.

March 26, 2014 at 1:05pm
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On panicking →


I am 25 years old, and I live a very “day-to-day” life style. I have absolutely nothing planned for life. I have no savings, no long term goals, no specific dreams of any sort (other than the vague “contentment with life”). When asked what my dreams in life were, I couldn’t even think of a…

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I think I’m allowed to tell you that Joseph Gordon-Levitt signed on as a producer for the ‘Sandman’ film, and I had a fantastic day spent with Joe talking ‘Sandman,’ and his knowledge and commitment to it impressed the hell out of me.


Neil Gaiman’s acclaimed comic book ‘Sandman’ returns after 25 years, CNN.com (via clickthefrog)

It’s true.

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March 13, 2014 at 8:53am
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important good things about farscape

  • gender norms??? more like gender BORES farscape has no time for that shit
  • male protagonist allowed to emote
  • female deuteragonist allowed NOT to emote
  • the show almost…

March 4, 2014 at 7:58am
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getting sick of female YA authors crying about every little bit of criticism they get. “oh boo hoo I’m a girl and I’m getting criticized so it must be sexist”

like hey yeah maybe you’re just bad at writing? maybe you need to break out of your circle jerk of well-to-do…

February 27, 2014 at 12:50pm
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"Things Were Just Like That Back Then": Thoughts on Westeros, Sociology, and Historical Accuracy in A Song of Ice and Fire →



Seeing this post reminds me that someone I’ve known for years, and who has a rather expensive college degree, said these exact words to me in regard to ASOIAF/Game of Thrones this past Tuesday at a gaming tournament:

"Things were just like that back…

February 23, 2014 at 6:40pm
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*breathes into paper bag*



February 19, 2014 at 9:04am
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Sidney Crosby is struggling: twenty reasons why →

Team Canada has won all three of their games so far in Sochi, so naturally, everybody is panicking. The biggest concern: Sidney Crosby has yet to score all the goals and all the points, which makes no sense, since we built him to do exactly that.

Crosby was initially supposed to be paired with Chris Kunitz in this tournament, since Kunitz came pre-loaded with chemistry, but it didn’t work, and when it became apparent that Kunitz was only a star player when he wasn’t surrounded by other star players, he was bumped down the depth chart in favour of Patrice Bergeron and Jamie Benn. It still produced nothing.

Fortunately, Drew Doughty’s star turn was enough for Canada to get past Finland, but the nation is concerned that it won’t be enough going forward. Getting Sidney Crosby back to form is priority one, and that means finding him linemates with whom he clicks.

Why is this so difficult, though? Why does the best player in the world appear to struggle playing with others? Does he smell? Is it just a matter of small sample size? Is it luck, since Crosby is still generating a tonne of chances? Both B and C? (Probably.) But what if it’s something else? Here are 20 theories:

1. Crosby only plays well with Nova Scotians. Next Olympics, his linemates should be Nathan MacKinnon and that hockey-playing lion.

2. Turns out he’s only good if he’s wearing a Pittsburgh Penguins jersey. It is, thus, extremely lucky that he was drafted by Pittsburgh.

3. Crosby forces all potential linemates to undergo rigorous, Bachelor-esque challenges to earn shifts with him. It’s very emotionally exhausting.

4. Before they jump over the boards, Crosby taps both of his linemates on the shoulder and says, “Just remember which one of us is a f***ing champion.”

5. The shutdown power of Patrice Bergeron is an unstoppable force. If he’s within 100 yards, Crosby goes completely quiet.

6. His linemates are sick of hearing him ask, “Does this ice make my ass look small?”

7. He won’t stop mocking his linemates for being inferior hockey players. “Hahahah!” he often shouts, arrogantly. “You call that a pass? Hardly. Let the Cros show you how it’s done.”

8. He misses Evgeni Malkin.

9. He misses Tanner Glass.

10. With so much space to make plays, Crosby is agonizing over his characters’ motivations and trying to get the dialogue in Act II just right.

11. Crosby can’t do anything unless Dan Bylsma tells him to do it. “Crosby. Put puck in net,” Bylsma usually says, and Crosby replies, “Commencing score sequence”.

12. It’s those damn asymmetrical armbands. Crosby can feel it. Don’t ask how. He just can.

13. Drew Doughty is Rogue.

14. When he was invited to Sochi, he thought it was for ice dancing. He’s trying to play through the disappointment, but his heart’s just not in it.

15. When he sleeps, a vent in his room releases a dangerous gas. When queried about it, a Russian official said, “Oh, it’s definitely poison.”

16. He refuses to play well until everyone stops calling him The Kid. “I’m a man!” he shouts in the locker room while lying on his stomach, kicking his legs and pounding the floor with his fists. “A MAN!”

17. He thought he was going to have all of Canada on the ice with him. Instead it’s just five other guys.

18. Coaches keep telling potential linemates that they only have to worry about shooting when they’re on a line with Crosby, so they always just stand in place at centre ice after the faceoff, waiting for an opportunity to do the one thing they’ve been asked to do.

19. He’s purposefully playing poorly to force Babcock to put him with his preferred linemates: Jarome Iginla and Bill McCreary.

20. Someone told him the Russian word for water is “vodka”. He is so drunk.

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