i can’t deal with the amazing people, the fantastic food, and the weather.
omg toronto, you are better than most things
also i hung out with gwen @thekidatomic and you did not so nyah
oh god i am so tired
i miss your faces
i’m in canada
it’s chilly and nice
tour is incredible. i have met many people who are better than most of the world.
omg i will be back soon
Come out and see me do live readings, answer questions, sign stuff, and host a bunch of discussions about FANDOM STUFF. oh god i am so excited.
2/18: Pittsburgh, PA – Literazzi Event. Eljay’s Books, 3:00pm - 4:00pm, with a meet-up afterwards to eat food and discuss stuff!
2/19: Cleveland, OH – Hyatt Regency Cleveland at the Arcade, Meeting Room 1, 4:00pm - 8:00pm
2/20: Detroit, MI – Detroit MGM Grand Hotel Starbucks, 5:00pm - 9:00pm
2/21: Toronto, ON – Lunik Co-Op Cafe, Glendon College, York University. 4-8pm!
2/23: Montreal, QB – Second Cup, 800 Place Victoria, 5:30pm-9:00pm
2/24: Boston, MA – Quincy Market, 6:00pm - 9:00pm, with possible event after this!
2/25: New York City, NY – Quidditch Match @ 1:00pm, Riverside Park Fields | Event @ Taap.it Meeting Space, 11th Floor, 6:00pm - 9:00pm $5
2/27: Philadelphia, PA – Last Drop Coffee, 5:00pm-9:00pm
2/28: Washington, D.C. – University of Maryland, Art-Sociology Building, Room 1213, 5:00pm - 9:00pm; Meet-up in downtown D.C. and at Sticky Fingers Bakery earlier in the day.
2/29: Chicago, IL - Hilton Suites Chicago Magnificent Mile, 6:30pm - 9:00pm, with a meet-up at Chicago Diner BEFORE the event.
Each of those links clicks to the Facebook event page with all the info. RSVP or just show up! It will be a good time!
(This also acts as a warning that for the next two weeks, I won’t be on Tumblr much except to talk about tour stuff and put up videos and photos.)
Hope to meet some of you!
“I took the SATs on frying potatoes.” Not a logical sentence, but it *is* grammatically possible.
oh, you’re just my favorite person right now
someone get you a medal for this, for real
I am a lazy medal maker, but this is for Ophiucha:
ALL THE AWARDS
my phone just corrected “satisfying” to
sats on frying
i have literally never typed this and it is grammatically impossible to make that part of a sentence
iphone you are drunk stop it
Imagine being happily married and knowing that there are teenagers out there who are unswaying in their belief that you are, in actuality, fucking your own brother and every photo that is released of the two of you only further assures them in this
Being Gerard Way
i should tell stories about the MCR fans I had to interact with at Buzznet
wow, those were some awful, delusional people.
So I’m in the middle of my ASOS re-read right now (the Red Wedding is underway but I haven’t been able to bring myself to finish the chapter yet.)
Warning: major spoilers for ASOS ahead, especially the RW.
I keep thinking about HBO and how they’re going to do an adaptation if they never introduce House Tully (it will really, really annoy me if they don’t introduce the Tullys - I want to see the Blackfish and Edmure and Riverrun.) I mean, Edmure is a pretty important role in the sense that he’s the bridegroom at the RW, and the most common argument I see for B&W having to include them is that, without Edmure, the RW lacks anyone who can marry a Frey.
Re-reading, I ran across the passage from Catelyn’s POV earlier in the book, with the exchange between Cat and Edmure:
“I don’t see you offering to become the ninth Lady Frey, Cat.”
“The eighth Lady Frey is alive and well, so far as I know,” she replied. Thankfully. Otherwise it might well have come to that, knowing Lord Walder.
What if the writers never introduce the other Tullys, kill the 8th Lady Frey in some convenient fashion, and make the Red Wedding Cat’s wedding? I mean, I’ve seen parallels drawing meta between Cat and Cersei, and there’s a decent amount of talk in ASOS about Tywin wanting to marry Cersei off to Willas Tyrell. They could set up a narrative parallel - Catelyn is being married to an older man by her son to patch up the Frey-Stark alliance, while Cersei’s father is trying to marry her to a younger man to secure the Lannister-Tyrell alliance.
That would mean that Catelyn gets killed at her own wedding feast, a wedding she wouldn’t want anyway, but would be going through out of duty to her family and a desire to uphold her family’s honor after Robb broke his word. It would reinforce the idea that Catelyn is willing to do any duty for her family’s sake.
This might even provide a parallel of sorts to Jon’s narrative, where Jon is dealing with Qhorin’s “whatever is asked of you” command and struggling with his duty. Jon is thinking, “What am I willing to do? How far am I willing to go? Will I do my duty to my brothers in the Night’s Watch, or remain faithful to this woman I love?”, while Catelyn would have a “What am I willing to do? Will I do my duty or remain faithful to Ned’s memory?” (And, in the end, these two people who are not fond of one another at all would make the same basic decision: duty, family, and honor above all. Extra irony points because Jon spends so much time wondering about what his father would do when really his foster mother* would be facing the same sort of dilemma.)
Narratively, it’s really easy to kill the 8th Lady Frey, probably through childbirth -an extra Frey isn’t going to make much of a difference to the narrative one way or another. It would introduce extra tension between Cat and Robb (because gods know this would be the last marriage she would ever want, and having to remarry Walder Frey after having had her loving marriage to Ned Stark would be horrible beyond words, but Cat would have to do this to correct Robb’s lapse in judgment. In-book, there’s this tension because he’s sending her to Seagard post-wedding, but how much worse would it be if he was leaving her at the Twins?)
It would reinforce the idea that Cat did everything for family, duty, and honor. Catelyn being technically a Frey just pre-death would provide another angle on Lady Stoneheart hunting Freys, twisting that “family, duty, honor” credo around.
And it would torture everyone who’s ever loved Catelyn Stark even more than just the RW alone. This would probably be the best reason for the HBO writing staff to do this, particularly if they don’t want to introduce House Tully to the series. If they take Riverrun out of the series entirely, Walder Frey would have perfect reason to kill Catelyn along with the rest of House Stark: she wouldn’t have a claim on any great estate, he wants vengeance, and she wouldn’t have any family left to ransom her or provide him political connections.
I want to see the other members of House Tully, and I don’t want to see Catelyn tortured any more than she already is in the narrative, but if B&W aren’t casting Tullys, Catelyn seems like the obvious narrative choice for Robb’s replacement at the Red Wedding.
*I’m not exactly sure that “foster mother” is the best way to describe Catelyn’s relation to Jon, but not sure what else works.
for real those two images just about sum it all up
my catelyn :( :( :(
Hey, you all hate Ayn Rand here, right?
Which of you has actually read anything she’s ever written?
Go on, don’t be shy.
i’ve read the fountainhead. you could say it made me change my mind about her in the sense that it made me appreciate what a truly horrendous writer she is on top of my dislike of her philosophy.
See, that’s a decent answer.
Not a decent answer: “Er, I read one chapter of Atlas Shrugged and gave up. BUT ANYWAY FUCK AYN RAND”
eh, i think it’s fair enough to have opinions about someone like ayn rand without having read their prose. it would be different if she were someone who was known (and both admired and abhorred) primarily for her prose as opposed to her ideas/philosophy/politics/influence/etc. we’re not talking jk rowling here, you know?
that said, i do believe in knowing as much as possible about that which one yells about on the internet (not that i personally do a lot of yelling about ayn rand specifically) so i’ll probably get round to atlas shrugged eventually.
no don’t read it it’s atrocious and not worth 5 seconds of your time.
i have read Anthem, The Fountainhead, and Atlas Shrugged. I regret all of it more than most things I could possibly regret. She is a horrific person with a horrific set of ideas about how the world should work and – spoiler alert! – her books are not well-written or interesting.
I missed the return of The Walking Dead last night.
MUST WRITE FASTER SO I CAN WATCH IT.
Did you ask this because I always say, “sweet summer child” as if I am Old Nan? I hope so, because it made me laugh super hard.
You know, despite living in Southern California for eighteen years, I actually like the cold and the snow. Generally, I would think of myself as a summer person. I love wearing a band t-shirt and shorts, and any weather that facilitates that is good weather to me. But in the last few years, I have been wanting to be around colder weather. I’m excited to travel this week because I hope it’s freezing and there’s lots of snow!
I’ve always been a huge huge huge huge /huge/ Beatles fan but Paul is the worst. Always has been. Paul is ACTUALLY the reason the Beatles broke up because he’s SUCH AN ASSHOLE the other three couldn’t stand him anymore. so yeah, I’m with you.
right? like i can still listen to the beatles and it wasn’t enough to ruin them for me (SPOILER ALERT I fucking love the catchy pop they did in their early years even though it’s not all “complex” and shit I DON’T CARE)
but if i recall correctly, wasn’t he super gross and racist to Yoko Ono? And hasn’t he been abusive/gross to most of his wives? and his whole CALL ME SIR thing makes me want to never see his face again. like he treats the world so horrifically because he has tons of money and i hate that.ugh.
that paul mccartney posting going around.
i want to be friends with everyone who doesn’t know who he is.
i fucking despise that man
(despite recognizing the importance of the Beatles and having grown up on them and listening to everything)
like most every interview he’s ever given i’m like
shut up i don’t care anymore
actually he may be the first example of liking an artist for something they do and then experiencing him out of that and just hating it.
so whatever. THEM’S THE BREAKS.
DO IT. OH MY GOD DO IT. Is it still awful? I had a couple friends from high school who didn’t bully me say it wasn’t so bad? But idek. It was horrific. Like, to describe some of the shit that happened to me and others would require a couple trillion trigger warnings. That town is violent against those who don’t follow heterosexist or binarist norms. fuck it.
but yes! I escaped. It took me 10.5 years, and I finally did it. I know deeply what that feeling is like and I SUPPORT YOU.
oh my god IT IS LIFE-RUINING GOOD. Like, one of the best movies about a romance I have ever seen. It’s so detailed and realistic and IT DESTROYED ME IN THE BEST WAY POSSIBLE. my god that movie that movie
I don’t know that I do anymore, but I did growing up! I actually spoke about it for a long time today with a new friend I made on a hike. (NOT THE MAKE OUT BOY.) We found out we were both from Riverside, California, though he graduated a decade before me. That place wasn’t friendly to us because we were perceived to be gay and both of us waited until after high school to come out because of it, despite that both of us also were beat up before anyone ever knew we were gay.
The thing is, an environment like that makes you think awful things about gay people even though you’re gay. That sort of internalized homophobia took years to engage and root out because I was raised to believe that gay folks were all sexual deviants and horrible, amoral people. And this was despite that I’ve known since I was a kid that I was gay. So you cope with that contradiction sometimes by being homophobic in thought or action or whatever.
I suppose in my case, it was mostly self-hate. I taught myself that in order to survive, I had to “act” straight, deny gayness, and openly denounce it. It was something I had to do when I was becoming a Catholic, too. (lol IS ANYONE SURPRISED THAT MY ISSUES ARE RELATED TO THE CATHOLIC CHURCH.)
So yeah, despite knowing I was gay, I grew up in a social setting that taught me I was inherently a terrible person, so that’s one way it’s possible for a gay person to be homophobic. Obviously, there are other ways, too, but that was a personal example.
Those were movies that didn’t come to my town. Though even if they had I’ve been too poor to see many movies so I might not have seen them anyway. I still haven’t seen Shame since it wasn’t ever going to come here. So… /shrug.
my point was not that anyone needs to see those movies or that they have to spend money.
my point was that there’s all this love for shipping of straight men and support of it as this wonderful, lovely, slightly progressive thing.
but those same people rarely go out of their way to support people who fall under the gay umbrella
that’s the point
um there is nothing to be held accountable for, your feelings as a gay man outweigh the feelings of slash shippers hth
yes, generally, you are correct!
but i mean if i like somehow spread some internalized homophobic grossness about the Internets, i should be held accountable for that. I suppose I was trying to say that just because I’m gay doesn’t mean I can’t express homophobic thoughts, but that gay shipping is my life, y’all.
also i just really needed to tell the internet i made out with a boy because that NEVER HAPPENS.
i am not answering any of you people who just sent me asks claiming i am homophobic because i don’t support gay ships
like okay for real, i realize this is not a blank check for me and my actions and that i should be held accountable for the things i say and do
BUT I MADE OUT WITH A GUY TODAY THAT IS SOME REAL-ASS SHIPPING YOU FOOLS
my fucking life IS NOT A CUTE SHIP ON THE INTERNET!!!!
well wait people shipping me with damon wayans jr. is actually way fucking cute
wait i’m losing the point.
the point is that i want folks to have a shame-free environment to ship and queer up things forever until the end of time. lord knows i have discovered the joys of shipping myself, specifically roslin/adama, the greatest ship that ever sailed the Shipping Sea. i love shipping!
but my point was that there were at least two fantastic movies last year (Pariah and Weekend) that had ACTUAL GAY FOLKS IN THEM and no one pays attention to us queer folks telling stories? ship holmes and watson. I will support you forever. but when i point out that people don’t fan over or seek out characters who are gay in canon at nearly the same frequency, please don’t bring some tired-ass bullshit into my ask box about me being homophobic.
:: drops mic ::
Seven minutes is not nearly long enough to cook spaghetti.
My pasta should never crunch when I bite into it.
i have literally never timed myself while cooking pasta and didn’t actually know that was a real number
It is, apparently! My friend and I just got into a “YOUR PASTA IS WRONG AND SO ARE YOU” “NO U” “NO U” argument over it.
I just cook pasta until it’s done, with timer to remind me to check every couple minutes. Though bizarrely my usual brand of rotini (BEST PASTA SHAPE) has suddenly started to take ~5 minutes instead of ~10.
ROTINI IS SUCH A GOOD PASTA SHAPE
LIKE REALLY GOOD
LIKE ANY SAUCE YOU USE JUST GETS ALL CAUGHT UP IN ITS BEAUTIFUL SPIRALS
WHY AM I YELLING ABOUT THIS
I mean, I guess it’s a thing, even if it’s not a particularly widespread problem. But most things labeled “misandry” are really just people playing that “[my gender] rules, [your gender] drools” game. And if you didn’t get over that in third grade, I suppose a word like misandry might come in useful. But other than that? Widespread and systemic fear of or discrimination against men isn’t a problem we face in our society.
Yes, somebody might occasionally write something like, “I wish all men were dead.” Or, “men are useless and should be exterminated.” But they generally don’t follow that by actually killing men.
I advise storing “misandry” right next to “I’m not anti-Semitic, but,” “reverse-racism,” and “you people always….” If you find yourself tempted to throw out any of those phrases, reconsider. You’re in a pissing-contest—and you’re probably about to dribble on yourself.
so i have never taken a lesson in ~music~ and I play strictly by ear and memory. this means one of my go-to ways of practicing music is to sit with a song I want to learn and try to play it from ear. it’s fun! it’s a good challenge.
i just need to explain that because i have been trying to figure out how to play this song. For like a year and a half. And nothing I played came even CLOSE to the real thing. Everything stumped me. I assumed a capo was involved, but that didn’t help me.
Not only have I learned that half of how I played this record was super wrong, but the guitarists in Propagandhi played fucked up chords. Many of them I’ve never even seen before.
Here’s the kicker. That song above that I couldn’t figure out? Tuned half step down, capo on second fret, as I guessed before. BUT THEN THE A STRING IS TUNED UP TO Bb. what the fuck!!!! WHO DOES THAT. HOW WAS I SUPPOSED TO FIGURE THAT OUT
geniuses, i tell you. geniuses.
- Dude #1: Fuck, I was so high last night.
- Dude #2: No, you weren't.
- Dude #1: You have no idea. Just so high, man.
- Dude #2: Please stop talking like that.
- Dude #1: So high, man. You know what I did?
- Dude #2: No.
- Dude #1: I was so high last night that I shaved off my eyebrow.
- Dude #2 [Pausing to look at Dude #1, who clearly has both eyebrows]: No, dude, you have two eyebrows.
- Dude #1: I know, isn't that fucking weird man???? I'm so high.
- Dude #2: Shut up.