Do you like pirates?! How about mermen?! How about pirates boning mermen?!
Say what you will about the concept, I had a lot of fun with this one, shonky prose and all.
The Merman and the Barbarian Pirate tells the tale of Raef, a naive young merman who runs away from home to find a prince of his very own. What he ends up with instead is a two-faced nobleman and a pirate with a heart of gold. Calamity!
The story is simple as all getup and the majority of the emotional tension could be solved by the characters just using their words, but, let’s face it, fanfiction has ensured that I’m well-versed in throwing myself face first into this particular cliche. Plus, queer mermen. I’m not even going to go into what I would forgive for this particular combination but spoilers: it’s a lot.
The prose, as mentioned, has moments of terribad that actually loop back around to believable given we’re riding along in Raef’s head. Of any character I’ve ever read he’s totally one I could see saying “sword of flesh” in place of “dick”, the darling.
About the only major issue I had with the piece was (spoilers ahoy!) Kemp’s inevitable declaration of love being the result of an antagonist deciding it’d be hella hot of him to make out with a lady companion right in front of her. Kemp very dramatically declares that he cannot do this! For if he is to kiss anyone!!! It must be Raef!!!!!11! And like, I get the feel and all, but there’s a fuckton riding on making this creepy old lady happy, bro - just kiss the woman. It’s not the end of the world. But no, the characters all pretend that they’re in grade school for a moment and Raef, Kemp and their crew lose out. Raef and Kemp come away from the showdown trapped in a pit where their first port of call is to stick their dicks in each other, because of course it is, and I’m left staring at the pages going, “did he seriously have lube on him this whole time?”
Other than that slight foray into dramatic daytime cinema though, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It’s ridiculous, campy fanfiction at best, but as long as you go into it expecting the literary equivalent of a bowl of fruit loops you’re golden.
As most of you probably know, someone somewhere dumped a deluge of purported nude photographs of a number of female celebrities online yesterday. The victims include the likes of Kate Upton, Victoria Justice, Ariana Grande, Kirsten Dunst, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Krysten Ritter, Yvonne Strahovski, and Teresa Palmer. But the focal point for this story has been Hunger Games/American Hustle actress Jennifer Lawrence, since the Oscar winning actress is perhaps the most famous actress on the planet right now. Without going into sordid details ( Justice and Grande have claimed their respective photos are fake, others have confirmed they are real), I’d like to make two very specific points. Ms. Lawrence and the other victims have absolutely nothing to apologize for in terms of the contents of the photos or the nature in which they were leaked. The story itself should not be addressed as if it were a scandal, but rather what it is: A sex crime involving theft of personal property and the exploitation of the female body.
Outlets as mainstream as People and CNN are referring to the photo leak as a “scandal.” All due respect, it’s not a scandal. The actresses and musicians involved did nothing immoral or legally wrong by choosing to take nude pictures of themselves and put them on their personal cell phones. You may argue, without any intended malice, that it may be unwise in this day-and-age to put nude pictures of yourself on a cell phone which can be act and/or stolen. But without discounting that statement, the issue is that these women have the absolute right and privilege to put whatever they want on their cell phones with the expectation that said contents will remain private or exclusive to whomever is permitted to see them just like their male peers. The burden of moral guilt is on the people who stole said property and on those who chose to consume said stolen property for titillation and/or sexual gratification.”
i appreciate your concern, but at my college we interact a great deal with autism speaks and support it. you shouldn't focus on what they're doing wrong, because none of it is terrible, but focus on what they are trying to do for people with all different levels of autism.
Things you apparently don’t consider terrible:
Posting a video of a mother talking about how she wanted to kill her child while that same child was in the room listening.
Supporting the eugenic abortion of autistic people.
Failing to condemn the murders of autistic children.
Supporting the Judge Rotenburg Center, which according the the UN, tortures autistic people.
It is terrible, only 3% of their budget goes towards services, there are no autistic people on their board, they literally support eugenics. They are doing absolutely nothing good.
This is widely know withing the autistic community and they are pretty universally hated by autistic people. Because they are terrible. They only even bother pretending to care about little white boys.
Read that link. Read it.
And here is the resignation letter of the sole autistic person they had in an important (but still non board) position
Here’s a flyer by a major autism advocacy organisation on them
OR, if you still don’t give a fuck about what autistic people think or want, (which seems kind of obvious from the content of this ask) here are some links written by non autistic people.
Here’s a post from the CEO of one of the oldest charities in the US for intellectually and developmentally disabled people.
Here’s a post from a major autism parenting magazine
And here are some other posts
If you continue to support them now you are in possession of this information, then it is clear that you are not an ally to autistic people, you don’t want to help us, and are probably just doing your charity work for “oh look at me, I’m a good person” points.
If you support autism speaks, you are not supporting autistic people, you are hurting us. And you are doing it knowingly and consciously.
Please spread this, not enough people know.
i’m sorry x_x **patpats** things like this (and stuff like what you see on the “clients from hell” site) always make me cranky with random parts of humanity.
Oh nothing’s actually happening yet. I’m just being a big, pathetic sook about drafting freelance agreements.
If you're still doing them? The One With The Rumour :)
“Hey,” Stiles elbows Lydia gently, juts his head across the room. “Who’s the hottie?”
Lydia looks over, smirks, “That’s Scott’s brother.”
“What?” Stiles does a double take, “That’s—that’s Derek?”
“Shit,” Stiles breathes out, “He was… Lydia, he did not look like that in high school.”
“And, you, thankfully, look much better than you did at seventeen, too. So what?”
“Fuck, he’s really,” Stiles wiggles his eyebrows, gaze still trained on Derek, “He’s fucking smoldering.”
Lydia glances across again, spots Derek mouthing I hate you at Stiles, and snickers to herself.
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So what's the Final Empire like? I keep thinking about getting it but it's money D:
I’m only like, three chapters in, but so far it’s good! I’ll have a rave about it soon and let you know :D
After seeing your post about his other book, I started listening again to the Final Empire while working on some house DIY stuff and remembered why I was so annoyed last time. Really interesting worldbuilding, but my biggest annoyance is how frequently he uses the words “paused” and “apprehensive.” It’s getting to where I’m twitching every time those words show up, which is… frequently… and making it difficult to focus on the story >.<
Oh nooooooo lol
This is just the sort of thing to drive me up the wall too