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“Late as it is, old men, you’ll learn your place.” -Agamemnon.

Age 19. Name is Sarah. UCSD, Revelle '17. Studying ChemE. Duck tape enthusiast. Pun connoisseur. DTMBF.

Mostly a hipster blog with some serious / fandom / funny things thrown in haphazardly.

This frat guy is trying to get at my roommate and it confuses me greatly, although he’s from my area so I feel obligated to ship it.

— 5 hours ago
#personal  #roommate  #ucsd  #college 

bitchesgetshitdone:

I get so overwhelmed whenever I get an iTunes gift card

Like what music do I deem worthy enough to legally purchase?

(via pizza)

— 22 hours ago with 355804 notes
#itunes  #text 
"when she was 7, a boy pushed her on the playground
she fell headfirst into the dirt and came up with a mouthful of gravel and lines of blood chasing each other down her legs
when she told her teacher what happened, she laughed and said ‘boys will be boys honey don’t let it bother you
he probably just thinks you’re cute’
but the thing is,
when you tell a little girl who has rocks in her teeth and scabs on her knees that hurt and attention are the same
you teach her that boys show their affection through aggression
and she grows into a young woman who constantly mistakes the two
because no one ever taught her the difference
‘boys will be boys’
turns into
‘that’s how he shows his love’
and bruises start to feel like the imprint of lips
she goes to school with a busted mouth in high school and says she was hit with a basketball instead of his fist
the one adult she tells scolds her
‘you know he loses his temper easily
why the hell did you have to provoke him?’
so she shrinks
folds into herself, flinches every time a man raises his voice
by the time she’s 16 she’s learned her job well
be quiet, be soft, be easy
don’t give him a reason
but for all her efforts, he still finds one
‘boys will be boys’ rings in her head
‘boys will be boys
he doesn’t mean it
he can’t help it’
she’s 7 years old on the playground again
with a mouth full of rocks and blood that tastes like copper love
because boys will be boys baby don’t you know
that’s just how he shows he cares
she’s 18 now and they’re drunk
in the split second it takes for her words to enter his ears they’re ruined
like a glass heirloom being dropped between the hands of generations
she meant them to open his arms but they curl his fists and suddenly his hands are on her and her head hits the wall and all of the goddamn words in the world couldn’t save them in this moment
she touches the bruise the next day
boys will be boys
aggression, affection, violence, love
how does she separate them when she learned so early that they’re inextricably bound, tangled in a constant tug-of-war
she draws tally marks on her walls ratios of kisses to bruises
one entire side of her bedroom turns purple, one entire side of her body
boys will be boys will be boys will be boys
when she’s 20, a boy touches her hips and she jumps
he asks her who the hell taught her to be scared like that and she wants to laugh
doesn’t he know that boys will be boys?
it took her 13 years to unlearn that lesson from the playground
so I guess what I’m trying to say is
i will talk until my voice is hoarse so that my little sister understands that aggression and affection are two entirely separate things
baby they exist in difference universes
my niece can’t even speak yet but I think I’ll start with her now
don’t ever accept the excuse that boys will be boys
don’t ever let him put his hands on you like that
if you see hate blazing in his eyes don’t you ever confuse it with love
baby love won’t hurt when it comes
you won’t have to hide it under long sleeves during the summer
and
the only reason he should ever reach out his hand
is to hold yours"

Fortesa Latifi - Boys Will Be Boys 

(And Why That Is The Stupidest Thing You Could Ever Say To A Little Girl)

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— 22 hours ago with 203706 notes
#boys will be boys  #f the patriarchy  #poetry  #long form 
"Writing Advice: by Chuck Palahniuk

In six seconds, you’ll hate me.
But in six months, you’ll be a better writer.

From this point forward—at least for the next half year—you may not use “thought” verbs. These include: Thinks, Knows, Understands, Realizes, Believes, Wants, Remembers, Imagines, Desires, and a hundred others you love to use.

The list should also include: Loves and Hates.
And it should include: Is and Has, but we’ll get to those later.

Until some time around Christmas, you can’t write: Kenny wondered if Monica didn’t like him going out at night…”

Instead, you’ll have to Un-pack that to something like: “The
mornings after Kenny had stayed out, beyond the last bus, until he’d had to bum a ride or pay for a cab and got home to find Monica faking sleep, faking because she never slept that quiet, those mornings, she’d only put her own cup of coffee in the microwave. Never his.”

Instead of characters knowing anything, you must now present the details that allow the reader to know them. Instead of a character wanting something, you must now describe the thing so that the reader wants it.

Instead of saying: “Adam knew Gwen liked him.” You’ll have to say: “Between classes, Gwen had always leaned on his locker when he’d go to open it. She’s roll her eyes and shove off with one foot, leaving a black-heel mark on the painted metal, but she also left the smell of her perfume. The combination lock would still be warm from her butt. And the next break, Gwen would be leaned there, again.”

In short, no more short-cuts. Only specific sensory detail: action, smell, taste, sound, and feeling.

Typically, writers use these “thought” verbs at the beginning of a paragraph (In this form, you can call them “Thesis Statements” and I’ll rail against those, later). In a way, they state the intention of the paragraph. And what follows, illustrates them.

For example:
“Brenda knew she’d never make the deadline. was backed up from the bridge, past the first eight or nine exits. Her cell phone battery was dead. At home, the dogs would need to go out, or there would be a mess to clean up. Plus, she’d promised to water the plants for her neighbor…”

Do you see how the opening “thesis statement” steals the thunder of what follows? Don’t do it.

If nothing else, cut the opening sentence and place it after all the others. Better yet, transplant it and change it to: Brenda would never make the deadline.

Thinking is abstract. Knowing and believing are intangible. Your story will always be stronger if you just show the physical actions and details of your characters and allow your reader to do the thinking and knowing. And loving and hating.

Don’t tell your reader: “Lisa hated Tom.”

Instead, make your case like a lawyer in court, detail by detail.

Present each piece of evidence. For example: “During roll call, in the breath after the teacher said Tom’s name, in that moment before he could answer, right then, Lisa would whisper-shout ‘Butt Wipe,’ just as Tom was saying, ‘Here’.”

One of the most-common mistakes that beginning writers make is leaving their characters alone. Writing, you may be alone. Reading, your audience may be alone. But your character should spend very, very little time alone. Because a solitary character starts thinking or worrying or wondering.

For example: Waiting for the bus, Mark started to worry about how long the trip would take…”

A better break-down might be: “The schedule said the bus would come by at noon, but Mark’s watch said it was already 11:57. You could see all the way down the road, as far as the Mall, and not see a bus. No doubt, the driver was parked at the turn-around, the far end of the line, taking a nap. The driver was kicked back, asleep, and Mark was going to be late. Or worse, the driver was drinking, and he’d pull up drunk and charge Mark seventy-five cents for death in a fiery traffic accident…”

A character alone must lapse into fantasy or memory, but even then you can’t use “thought” verbs or any of their abstract relatives.

Oh, and you can just forget about using the verbs forget and remember.

No more transitions such as: “Wanda remembered how Nelson used to brush her hair.”

Instead: “Back in their sophomore year, Nelson used to brush her hair with smooth, long strokes of his hand.”

Again, Un-pack. Don’t take short-cuts.

Better yet, get your character with another character, fast.
Get them together and get the action started. Let their actions and words show their thoughts. You—stay out of their heads.

And while you’re avoiding “thought” verbs, be very wary about using the bland verbs “is” and “have.”

For example:
“Ann’s eyes are blue.”

“Ann has blue eyes.”

Versus:

“Ann coughed and waved one hand past her face, clearing the cigarette smoke from her eyes, blue eyes, before she smiled…”

Instead of bland “is” and “has” statements, try burying your details of what a character has or is, in actions or gestures. At its most basic, this is showing your story instead of telling it.

And forever after, once you’ve learned to Un-pack your characters, you’ll hate the lazy writer who settles for: “Jim sat beside the telephone, wondering why Amanda didn’t call.”

Please. For now, hate me all you want, but don’t use thought verbs. After Christmas, go crazy, but I’d bet money you won’t.

(…)

For this month’s homework, pick through your writing and circle every “thought” verb. Then, find some way to eliminate it. Kill it by Un-packing it.

Then, pick through some published fiction and do the same thing. Be ruthless.

“Marty imagined fish, jumping in the moonlight…”

“Nancy recalled the way the wine tasted…”

“Larry knew he was a dead man…”

Find them. After that, find a way to re-write them. Make them stronger.

"

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I need to go back to school.

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My learning is ofwficially insignificant. My writing minor and all those classes do not make me as qualified as reading this has.

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— 23 hours ago with 101184 notes
#reference 
The beautiful United States of America

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— 23 hours ago with 354594 notes
#united states  #california  #colorful 

The couple across from me in the library won’t stop making out. Frickin awkward.

— 1 day ago with 1 note
#ucsd  #geisel  #personal  #pda  #text 
Anonymous asked: How do I get a girlfriend?


Answer:

Here’s my proven 9-step method.

  1. Take care of yourself and your appearance.

  2. Build self-confidence. Fake confidence (but don’t be concerned), until it comes naturally. Put yourself in situations that make you uncomfortable.

  3. Be an awesome person. Have interesting hobbies and interests.

  4. Meet new girls.

  5. Find reasons to hang out.

  6. Find things you have in common. Get to know her.

  7. Be a good friend.

  8. Tell her you like her. Just ask (in private, not in public). Have a date idea before you ask her out. Don’t use pickup lines. Just don’t.

  9. Depending on how she responds either

Don’t sweat rejection. Don’t be bitter if she doesn’t see you that way. If you met a great girl who isn’t interested in being your girlfriend and you can’t respect her autonomy, you’d be a terrible boyfriend.   

OR  

Be a great girlfriend/ boyfriend! Treat her the way you want to be treated and make sure she knows how you feel. Be honest about what you want and what you can handle.

— 1 day ago with 1 note
#ask  #girlfriend  #relationship  #advice 

msjwilly:

Lol obnoxious men on the street. The joke is on you because you are catcalling at my ass which basically protects my b-hole and at my breasts which are sacks of fat anyway.

Idiots.

— 1 day ago with 229 notes
#text  #f the patriarchy 

nixpunk:

i’m not like other girls. actually, i’m nothing like other girls. and that girl u saw get on the bus earlier isn’t like other girls either. it’s surprising, really. it’s almost as if everybody is different from each other. holy shit

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— 1 day ago with 214747 notes
#f the patriarchy  #text 
"

Procrastination is not typically a function of laziness, apathy or work ethic as it is often regarded to be. It’s a neurotic self-defense behavior that develops to protect a person’s sense of self-worth.

You see, procrastinators tend to be people who have, for whatever reason, developed to perceive an unusually strong association between their performance and their value as a person. This makes failure or criticism disproportionately painful, which leads naturally to hesitancy when it comes to the prospect of doing anything that reflects their ability — which is pretty much everything…

Because it is rewarding on the short term, procrastination eventually takes on the form of an addiction to the temporary relief from these deep-rooted fears. Procrastinators get an extremely gratifying “hit” whenever they decide to let themselves off the hook for the rest of the day, only to wake up to a more tightly squeezed day with even less confidence.

Once a pattern of procrastination is established, it can be perpetuated for reasons other than the fear of failure. For example, if you know you have a track record of taking weeks to finally do something that might only take two hours if you weren’t averse to it, you begin to see every non-simple task as a potentially endless struggle. So a modest list of 10-12 medium-complexity to-do’s might represent to you an insurmountable amount of work, so it feels hopeless just to start one little part of one task. This hones a hair-trigger overwhelm response, and life gets really difficult really easily.

"

http://www.raptitude.com/2011/05/procrastination-is-not-laziness/ (via codenamecesare)

Gotta reblog this again cause it’s painfully relevant to my life

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— 1 day ago with 27329 notes
#procrastination  #reference  #quotation 

foxnewsofficial:

hey could you hold this for me a second *gives you my hand*

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— 1 day ago with 296262 notes
#pick up lines  #text 
lilyxkins:

@W&R#)(&WRWP(R@()$&%@)(*^#$)!*@&# !@#Q@(# YEAH. 
MHM.
WE GOT SERENADED
BY THE SECRET COOKIE GUY (AKA AGENT SNICKADOODLE)
AND THEN
HAD AN HOUR LONG DISCUSSION
ABOUT HIS MUSIC TASTE (WHICH IS AMAZING)
HIS WEBSITE
HIS NICKNAME
HIS DAY
HIS THOUGHTS
OH. AND HE KNOWS MY NAME. NO BIG DEAL.
Q#P$E(&@Q)#(&$)@#&$(!*@#()!@*($*@#&%$
…guess who’s getting fat off cookies.
(for all you UCSD admits, yes, we have a sexy man, in a suit, delivering cookies.  Something to look forward to.) 

lilyxkins:

@W&R#)(&WRWP(R@()$&%@)(*^#$)!*@&# !@#Q@(# YEAH. 

MHM.

WE GOT SERENADED

BY THE SECRET COOKIE GUY (AKA AGENT SNICKADOODLE)

AND THEN

HAD AN HOUR LONG DISCUSSION

ABOUT HIS MUSIC TASTE (WHICH IS AMAZING)

HIS WEBSITE

HIS NICKNAME

HIS DAY

HIS THOUGHTS

OH. AND HE KNOWS MY NAME. NO BIG DEAL.

Q#P$E(&@Q)#(&$)@#&$(!*@#()!@*($*@#&%$

…guess who’s getting fat off cookies.

(for all you UCSD admits, yes, we have a sexy man, in a suit, delivering cookies.  Something to look forward to.) 

— 2 days ago with 10 notes
#i love my school  #secret cookie service  #ucsd 

ramavatarama:

waywardvagabondslilcousin:

a woman has twins and gives them up for adoption

one of them goes to a family in egypt and is named amal the other goes to a family in spain they name him juan

years later juan sends a picture of himself to his birth mother. upon receiving the picture she tells her husband that she wishes she also had a picture of amal

he responds “theyre twins if youve seen juan youve seen amal”

(via a-chuu)

— 2 days ago with 214841 notes
#pun  #best jokes 
"You don’t have to be doing anything, you don’t have to be speaking out against this system to become victimized by it. John Africa teaches us that when something is threatening you, the only solution is to get rid of the threat, or you and anybody else will never be safe, will never be secure. You can go to school, you can make a lot of money, you can do all of that, but none of that will secure you or your family. The only thing that will secure you and your family is to get rid of what is threatening your family. That is not simply a right that you have, it’s an obligation; it’s a responsibility that you have to do that. If you think you have the right to choose not to, then fine, go ahead. But don’t open up your mouth and complain when shit happens to you and your family. Don’t open your mouth and complain. This is work that we have to do."
Ramona Africa from the MOVE Organization. (via disciplesofmalcolm)

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— 2 days ago with 55 notes
#inspirational