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berlynn-wohl:

Not too long ago, I talked on my blog about how epithets (”the taller man,” “the younger man”) are not only bad, but completely unnecessary.
I got a couple of responses that were, shall we say, a bit rich in sodium chloride. I was accused of not understanding that some people have to write scenes with two characters of the same gender. LOL well I’ve only written two hundred M/M fics, so yeah, I guess I wouldn’t know anything about those struggles XD
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Epithets are a non-solution to a non-problem. They are speed bumps in prose, forcing a reader to discern which character is being referred to – just for a fraction of a second, but long enough to be disruptive to the experience.
Also, although I love that fan fiction is not bound to the standards of commercial fiction, I do think it’s telling that no professional author uses epithets, and any publisher or editor who receives a manuscript with epithets in them will tell the writer to remove the epithets and try again.
Nevertheless, some people believe that epithets are a preferable alternative to using a character’s name or their pronoun “too much,” on the grounds that this can also be distracting. So I’ve decided to make this post, wherein I, with the help of two characters of the same gender, will show you some sentences that have epithets, and then demonstrate how and why the epithet is unnecessary.

“Bob shoved his hand down the back of Mike’s trousers, cupping the other man’s ass.”

“The other man” is not needed. Just use “his” instead. In the first half of the sentence, we made it clear who was shoving their hand down whose trousers, so in the second half of the sentence, the reader doesn’t need a “hint” about who’ll be doing the groping.

“Bob placed his hands on Mike’s thighs, which thrilled the taller man.”

Okay, I just had to stop reading, go to IMDb, and find out who is taller, the actor who plays Bob, or the actor who plays Mike. Turns out Mike is one inch taller. This could all have been avoided if the sentence had instead read, “It thrilled Mike to feel Bob’s hands on his thighs.”

“Mike heard a gasp from the brunette, the only sound he could muster.”

Super simple: “Bob gasped, the only sound he could muster.” In the original sentence, filtering the action through one of the character’s senses added nothing to the prose. If you wish to use a filter like this, try something a little more evocative instead, like “Bob gasped, the only sound he could muster, and it was music to Mike’s ears.”

“As Bob entered the taller man, the brunette cried out at being penetrated. The florist was worried that he had hurt the barista, but Mike assured the older man that everything was alright and he could keep moving.”

Is this an orgy? How many people are here right now? And why does it matter at this particular moment that one of them is a florist?

Perhaps the above example is a bit exaggerated. But watch as I re-tell this exact action, removing all epithets, without having to use names to an annoying degree: “The penetration was so intense, Mike couldn’t help but cry out. Bob froze, fearing he had proceeded too quickly. With a deep breath, Mike assured him that everything was alright, and to keep moving.”
Hopefully, Mike and Bob have helped me convince you that, if you feel that you have a problem with using the characters’ names and pronouns too many times, epithets are not the solution. Instead, try changing up your sentence structure. Sometimes things can be simplified by breaking a more complex thought into two sentences. Alternately, sometimes a compound sentence will allow you to retain a continuity of action that eliminates the need for naming the characters over and over.
But whatever the case, I always recommend erring on the side of using more pronouns. Once you’ve completed your first draft, give it a couple days (that is, forget the fic a little bit), then go back and re-read. If you have trouble discerning who is doing what to whom, then it might be a good idea to put the character’s name in instead of their pronoun. Names, like the word “said,” are pretty much invisible to the reader. Yes, you can use them too much, but it takes a quite a lot to notice the repetition.
And if you believe that hating on epithets is just “the new trendy thing that’s in vogue right now,” I would like to refer you to this amazing post from 2004 about how epithets are bad. Here’s another, undated but from the LiveJournal era. Here’s an LJ post from 2007 about poor epithet choices that writers make. Here’s a Tumblr post from 2012 on the subject.  Also, this essay from 2015 from a professional writer.
Happy writing, and feel free to message me if a particular sentence or paragraph is giving you trouble; I’d be glad to take a look at it. :)

My main piece Berlynn lays down the law about epithets. Listen to her. Please, for the love of all that is good and horny in the world, do not send me a manuscript with epithets. Do not. Please. I’m literally begging you.

FOR THE RECORD, I did read a published book that was riddled with epithets - the author seemed to believe they could use a character’s name only once on a page. and yes, I was SO ANNOYED that I had paid actual cash money for that book.(btw it was Dragon Age: Last Flight by Liane Merciel and it was awful. at one point the author apparently forgot that the two characters speaking to one another were both elves and referred to one as ‘the elf.’ I’m still not sure which one it was.)

(also, yes to the OP. epithet abuse is the worst. I don’t know how many fics I’ve noped out of because of it.)

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firebreathingeli:

Step 1: Lay towel out flat and remove any clingy pets 

Step 2: Fold one corner over until it is flush with the edge of the towel

Step 3: Once again, remove your dog that can’t go 30 seconds without attention

Step 4: Fold towel in half the long way and flip over

Step 5: Ollie, please. 

Step 6: Roll the towel from the non-triangle end 

Step 7: Tuck the left over flap into the top of the towel

Tada!

Please play with Ollie this is very important and thank you

Ollie had a very good time playing! He got his favorite green monster toy for me! Here is a picture of Ollie and his monster toy

so u just gonna fold it like no dog sat on it … 🤢

Are you calling my precious bean dirty?

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Ronan Farrow Dings NBC for Blowing Harvey Weinstein Scoop:

adolin:

lavenderhealing:

… and I want you to realize, that Ronan is doing this for his sister.  He tried over and over to get justice for his sister and failed.  

I guarantee, after this victory, he’s going after is father. 

Someone on ONTD dug up recent interviews with Woody Allen where he talks about his (daughter) wife and it’s legit one of the creepiest things I have seen even in the middle of this Weinstein shitstorm. God I hope Ronan gets him. He’s the hero we all need.

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chrissihr:

Hi, readers!

*hops up on soapbox to shout into the void*

As a fanfiction reader, you may have noticed AO3 is running a banner at the top of the site this week for its fundraiser. The fundraiser isn’t just an opportunity to support the archive. For a single, $10 donation, “you may choose to become an OTW member. Members have the right to vote in organizational elections. Membership lasts for one year from the date of the most recent qualifying donation. If you are already a member, donating US$10 or more today will extend your membership to one year from today. By choosing to become a member you are agreeing to receive emails about OTW elections and a ballot.“ 

It’s really fucking hard to run even a small fansite for a few hundred members. I’ve done it. It’s thankless, miserable work and you often end up shelling out hundreds of dollars of your own money to keep those small sites running, then lose all your hard work when the site is inevitably forced to closed because four admins can’t afford to keep it running for those few  hundred members. The Archive is MASSIVE comparatively. I can only imagine what a beast it is to run. If you can spare the $10, you’ll be getting your money’s worth for the year, I assure you.

Did you know the Archive of Transformative Works does more than just host your favorite fanworks? The Archive is involved in lots of projects! Projects include Fanlore, Legal Advocacy, and a peer-reviewed academic journal, Transformative Works and Cultures, as well as Open Doors, which imports at-risk fanwork archives to AO3 so you can keep accessing fanworks that might otherwise be lost.

Go through your old coats and dig up some quarters, then consider using it to become a member of the Archive because Tumblr could be bought out any time, but the fans run the Archive.

*hops off soapbox*

Thank you so much for this wonderful post! It’s so nice to see people loving on the OTW and AO3. 

But, seriously, folks like you who run fansites with a few friends and limited resources are heroes, and the Archive of Our Own wouldn’t exist without you. Dedicated fans prove that we can build a home for what we love, and the founding of the Organization for Transformative Works was possible because of that spirit of passion and hard work. 

Which is just one of the reasons why we’re committed to preserving at-risk archives. Our Open Doors team partners with site administrators to import fanworks to AO3 so that they won’t be lost if the original site shuts down. We believe that fannish history and culture is important, and it’s our mission to protect and promote it. 

So thank you again for your kind words and for encouraging people to donate. We appreciate every bit of support we get. ♥

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So, are those boots actually Starfleet-issue or just something they picked up along the way? Because just look at those high heels.

in keeping with trek’s naval origins (bosun’s whistle! yeomans! boldly going!), the boots and pants resemble naval uniforms– moreso Royal Canadian Navy than American WWII oddly enough. Heeled boots were standard military issue.

That being said, those are some next level heels…

@greenjimkirk another reason for heels is that mounted cavalry was the original…and heels are required so your foot doesnt slip thru the stirrup and get stuck. same for navy- a lot of safety stuff has changed so they wear more standard safety boots iirc. but heels prevent ur foot from slipping thru stair steps, esp those spiky corrugated(?) steel steps common in industrial applications. for example the Jeffries tubes all have metal stepped ladders and if your leg fell thru and behind it would be a DISASTER.

those types of boots also slide thru mud if the toe is low grip. also silty soil etc way better than many all purpose hiking boots and the heel keeps you above the worst of the muck (similar to cowboy boots) and can be used to get a good toehold while the heel gets traction.

The reports filed during the making of the show said these were custom jobs, they were awful to wear as they fell apart, poking you with the nails coming through the innersoles. William Theiss, the costume designer, might have been a total mutant genius but he didn’t even have Velcro to work with.

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The Kowiachobee Animal Preserve is a five-acre facility in Naples, Fla. and holds more than 100 animals — from a 6-year-old African Lion named Shaumbay to a raccoon named Dexter.

Last month, Kowiachobee was hit by the eye of Hurricane Irma, a Category 3 storm. After an already wet season, the hurricane created more flooding on the property. Grace and John Slaby, along with many volunteers, are now repairing cages damaged by the storm.

“We had anywhere from a foot to a foot and half of water across the entire property,” says 50-year-old John, describing the flooding at its peak.

A Home To Big Cats And Raccoons Recovers After Hurricane Irma

Photos: Cassi Alexandra for NPR

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Using blue and pink glass, artist-in-residence Elinor Portnoy created cast-glass clouds this week at The Studio.

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Photograph of the XS-1 in Flight

On October 14, 1947, Captain Charles “Chuck” Yeager became the first human to break the sound barrier during powered level flight while flying the experimental Bell X-1 aircraft.

File Unit: X-1 Photographs, 12/11/1946 - 10/21/1947. Series: Flight Test Project Files, ca. 1945 - ca. 1959. Record Group 255: Records of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 1903 - 2006 .

Photograph of Captain Charles E. Yeager, 5/1948

Read Chuck Yeager’s notes from the moment that he broke the sound barrier:

“The needle of the machmeter fluctuated at this reading momentarily, then passed off the scale.  Assuming that the off scale reading remained linear, it is estimated that 1.05 Mach i was attained at this time.”

Pilot’s Notes from the Ninth Powered Flight of the XS-1 (First supersonic flight)

Read more Pilot’s notes from these test flights in the 

X-1 Correspondence file in the National Archives catalog.

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On Friday the 13th,
we’d also like to remind you that
black cats are not evil or bad luck.
They’re just cats.

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Hey everyone!  So, it was suggested that we start doing this, and I think it is a wonderful idea.  This fandom needs to show some love.  I know some of you do it all the time, hallowed be thy names, but some of you read on Kindle or maybe are embarrassed or just forgetful like me.  This is a day meant to inspire you to put all that aside.  Just for one day.  I figure, we’ll do this once a month, so I really don’t think that’s asking too much considering all the amazing content we get to enjoy for free.  Now that I’ve shamed all of us who need to be better about this, let’s get our inaugural Feedback Friday going!

What is Feedback Friday?

A day where we ask fans to leave feedback for their favorite writers, artists or bloggers.  Just one comment.  Just one.  Anything is fine.  It doesn’t have to be War and Peace.  Maybe you love someone’s gif sets or comic edits.  Maybe someone has fantastic meta.  Maybe it is someone you just like seeing on your dash because they make  you smile.  Maybe it is an artist who you imagine their works in your head when you write.  Maybe it is a writer who made you have to put your phone down and walk it off.  Maybe it is just someone who entertained you for 15 minutes while you were on the bus.  Whatever it is, it is time to say THANK YOU to these people who give so much of their time and talent with only the hope of some feedback in return. 

How should I leave feedback?

It is really all up to you.  On Ao3, by a message or ask on their tumblr, by rec’ing a fic or reblogging a piece of art or an edit or gif set with a nice comment, whatever you feel most inspired to do.  

But,  I want to leave more than just one comment!

Great!  Of course, more is welcome, but for today, I’m just asking for one comment.  One.  I have almost 4,000 followers.  Assuming half of you aren’t porn blogs, that would mean 2,000 wonderful messages directed at our fanartists, bloggers and writers. Imagine what a day it would be!  Imagine how many people would be happier AND more inspired to create.  

I feel stupid leaving comments and don’t know what to say!

Go on Anon!  Anon is fine.  If you aren’t comfortable using your pseud, just drop them a nice Anon message.  “I love your art.”  “Your fics are great.”  It doesn’t have to be anything fancy.  Seriously, we are all that desperate for validation.  

Thank you to everyone who steps up and participates.  Fandom is what you make it.  You have to be the kind of fan you want others to be for you, so take the time today to make someone’s day just a bit brighter.  Put something good into the world.  I think it is safe to say, we all need some of that. 

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friendly-neighborhood-patriarch:

…oh no

This is the IT version of the condom pinned to the ‘be safe’ note.

Millennials are killing floppy disks.

I think it’s safe to say - I could write ‘PORN’ on the ones I still have floating around, make magnets out of them and make Christmas presents this year out of them. Wry, acerbic, ironic gifties. I think I might be able to find a drive to read them first. Might.

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catsbeaversandducks:

Anchorage Resident Tim Newton Awoke To The Sound Of Something Running Across His Deck

“Tim was awakened by noises on our deck last week - and looked outside. In astonishment, he grabbed his camera.. and can you believe it? Mama Lynx and her SEVEN kits!! She called to them and they all lined up right outside in front of where he was standing (he was inside the screen door!) Amazing ALASKA WILD LIFE!!! They proceeded to run and play on our deck, and then in our yard.”

Photos/text by Tim Newton Photography

big pawed stilt cats

Most people who live in lynx country will never see one. This lucky jerk gets them delivered to their front door.

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Invincible Iron Man #11
‘He just goes around the world and holds babies.’

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spymastery:

As I mentioned doing just yesterday, I’ve come up with an Inktober prompt list for anyone interested in using the month for writing, as well. They’re simple enough and vague enough to be multi-fandom or original, character- or ship-centric. Doesn’t matter! 
Do your best not to focus on word count. Just get a little something done every day, and by the end of the month, you’ll be on your way to being a more prolific author.

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I think raising our awareness and understanding of unconscious bias/implicit bias can help us address issues of inequity and inclusion. It is not the complete answer.  The impact of unconscious/implicit bias also needs to be acknowledged. Organizations, schools, workplaces, places of worship will want to address the impact of unconscious bias, and the ways in which it can be addressed.

There are systemic challenges and historic legacies that also impact many aspects of our lives (housing, education, the criminal justice system, etc.) We also will need to take at our individual identities, our own power, privilege, access, and how we have lived in the world.  
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Surprising to many, Americans’ strongest negative bias is toward the elderly. There seems to be a very strong pro-youth bias in the U.S. such that most of us prefer the younger versions of ourselves and others. Here are a few questions for you: if you could be any age for the rest of your life, would you choose to be over 50 years old? What characteristics or thoughts come to mind when you think about getting old or the elderly? Many Americans, regardless of their race, gender, or socioeconomic status, hold more positive associations with younger people and many negative associations with elderly people.
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Excellent question, although I am a bit biased in that I provide implicit bias training to law enforcement agencies. You are correct in that the Obama administration encouraged IB training more-so than is currently the case. Fortunately, however, discussions of IB and IB training have become common among police chiefs and commissioners across the country to the point where IB training is trending toward becoming standard practice. What I’ve noticed is that with many, recent high-profile officer involved shootings, there’s mention of implicit bias as a potential factor. My team and I are currently focused on extending awareness training toward impacting measurable outcomes.
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Because we all want to be seen as non-judgmental (because we want to be seen as “good people”), and because most people do not understand bias. They think all bias is a choice, whereas most bias has nothing to do with choice…it is one of the by-products of the automatic decision-making done by the human brain. Part of addressing unintentional bias is paying less attention to our intentions and more attention to our actual behaviors, decisions, and outcomes.
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I do not know that taking a test or being aware of your bias on its own will make your life any better, but it does give you the opportunity to do something. I see that awareness as pretty important, as it is difficult to change what you do not acknowledge. Let me use myself as an example. A few years ago I discovered that I am much more likely to interrupt a woman than I am to interrupt a man. This surprised me because a) I did want to be doing that, b) I was not trying to do that, and c) it did not reflect my values, beliefs and aspirations. It is not ideal to interrupt people, but it becomes a different kind of problem when it falls on some more than others. Being aware of it allowed me to do something about it…doing something about it meant that I was doing a better job of being the person that I claimed to be, by more consistently delivering on my values, beliefs, and aspirations through my behavior. It also changed the lived experience of the people that interact with me. Each of us have to pick our battles, but I think this is an issue that matters greatly. I believe we could take a little better care of each other, we could make decisions based more on fact and less on fiction, we could have organizations, communities, institutions, and policies with fewer consequences for real or perceived identity. I believe  we have some obligation to be intentional about how we treat others. If we do not wish to be judged unfairly, then we have to do our fair share of work as well.    
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