my heart is for rent. you can stay here
for now until you find a more permanent
place to stay. you wash the dishes on your days,
and i’ll water the plants every morning.
i’ll rub your back when you idle by the kitchen counters
missing your parents out west if you hold me at night
so i can fall asleep.
we’ll play pretend until you want the real thing.
i will love you for as long as you want.
for as long as we both need.
all i ask is that while you’re here,
you don’t hammer in too many nails on the walls
of pictures of your childhood friends,
of your sister’s sons,
of your family in the holidays.
and all i ask is that when you leave,
because you will,
you don’t slam the door. it knocks
the breeze right out of me and i haven’t been able to catch it
quite like i used to.
So apparently one of the ideas for testing drift compatibility was for the pilots to dance together and the first thing that popped into my head was wow that’s gonna be real awkward for some teams.
Short list of movies Marvel could make starring ladies that would sell like crazy, no seriously:
- Black Widow. Anything with Natasha. Let Scarlet do her thing. Give her understated humor. GIve her complex emotional scenes. Give her a spy thriller. Give her an action movie. Give her an ironic post-Terantino deconstruction. Give her Mr. and Mrs. Smith with Hawkeye OR Winter Soldier OR both. Just fucking do it.
- SHIELD movie starring Maria Hill and what the hell, let’s get SWORD in there and let Maria and Abigail Brand have lesbionic world saving times wherein they kick ass, take names and end up together in the end
- Patsy Walker as a retrofuture 50s nostalgia flick that mocks the shit out of things like Mad Men and the Fedora culture would be huge. Seriously I would go like, ninety times.
- Captain Marvel because seriously I know Tumblr alone can not support a fandom but dear god we can try.
- Exiles, especially with Blink, Magik and Sunfire styled and flavored somewhere between X-Files, Fringe, and Twin Peaks, like what would happen if Wes Anderson’s aesthetic married Danny Boyle’s direction and they hung out with Stephen King and Chris Carter for a while.
- Kate Bishop, either with Elijah Bradley or Clint Barton as backup, either way an epic quasi-noir urban action flick
- Wasp, because Jan’s brilliant and witty and beautiful and c’mon, if you really have to make a 3D movie every couple of years she’d be a genius heroine to have in one
- Pepper Potts doing her own thing with Happy and Rhodey, with very rare little snippets of Tony being Tony a la The Zeppo. Hint at some battle going on outside the main story, but mostly have it be Pepper being clever as hell and make it a boardroom drama to remember, and sure, let it culminate in her + Rhodey + power suits + DESTROY EVERYTHING, but 99% of the movie should be her in amazing shoes laying waste to Wall Street with nothing but the sound of her voice
- Betty Ross + Jane Foster science bros epic adventures in defeating aliens with genius in biology and physics
- She-Hulk movie that’s 40% legal thriller, 50% Jennifer breaking dudes in half, 10% fourth wall breaking The Office like comedy.
- Not Ant-man or Loki JFC WHY
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mr. sulu, plot a course for ‘as far away from my responsibilities as possible’ yes warp 10 would be great thank
This fog only rolls over the Grand Canyon once a decade and last Friday it was filled to the brim.
how do u even start dating your crush how does that happen to someone
I don’t know how some girls are 100% straight like have you seen girls
The casting of Christ Hemsworth and Chris Pine as father and son is so good that it actually makes me uncomfortable. :l
Christ Hemsworth was the best accidental typo I’ve seen
Cinque asked. This is not a good answer. This is a oh my god I am so burnt out right this second and I found a place to go dancing tomorrow night thank fuck answer.
- Know what you’re going to say first, before you write it down. This is not (yet) a prescription for having an outline, or having the entire chapter In Your Head — I know someone who works like that, who has the whole thing entire before they put words on paper, but that is not me. This is a prescription for having a thematic argument. Be able to do the 20-second elevator pitch.
- Write down the 20-second elevator pitch. Turn it into your introduction. Make terrible, elaborate claims that you are not sure you can prove. (There’s three pages down.)
- Decide what would be necessary to prove your terrible and elaborate claims. This is the point at which you make your first outline. This is not an outline of what you will write. This is an outline of what you will do. My outlines look like long lists of slightly infuriated bracket notes. Like: [THE BYZANTINE SELF? IS IT A THING?] or [REALLY THERE SHOULD BE A WAY TO TALK ABOUT PRESENCE AS A PORTABLE QUALITY, MAYBE THE THING WITH THE TENTS?]
- Go back through your notes, which you have been taking for months, and plug into your first outline which sources will be useful for what. At this point you will discover you know absolutely nothing. You have no idea whether the Byzantine self is a thing. You have a vague recollection that there was an article about that, but not what it said.
- Your outline is now fractal. Each bracket note gets researched and written individually. This will result in a plethora of new bracket notes, as you break down the section headings into how the fuck do I prove this one then.
- Discover that you have a brilliant case study that reframes everything. Spend 15 pages on the case study. Discover that your new 15 pages mean that you have to rearrange everything else.
- Rearrange the bracket notes, and the sections. Realize that you have said the same thing twice, once well and once incredibly badly, and that the incredibly badly written one was the one that took up four pages. Delete four pages. Sink into vile despair.
- Find three places where it is appropriate to have theoretical digressions, which are a) useful; b) sexy; c) take up tons of wordcount.
- Abruptly think that you are a tiny god, who has said entirely useful things about constructed community, or whatever it is that you are writing about.
- This wears off. It never lasts. Existence is a tragedy.
- Add more philology. It makes you look cool, and like a Real Scholar. You totally used the Thesaurus Linguae Graecae, and you totally are going to quote some 12th-century poets who also used this word in this way.
- Your prose is not deathless. (Lo, not even my prose is deathless.) But even when you think your prose is crap, because you have repeated the word ‘culture’ eighty-billion times, it is not crap. Repetition is rhetorical.
- You’re writing about rhetoric! You poor soul.
- You could have been an accountant instead of writing about rhetoric. The accountant-you would have money, and vacations, and time to write that novel you really want to write.
- Accountant-you probably believes the world is shit, though. You-you only think you are shit. This is actually better.
- No, it really is better. Your fractal outline is fairly easy to complete, because you only have to do one section at a time. Thus, you are only shit at one thing at a time.
- Give up on the first draft being glorious. The first draft is going to be done.
- Miss your deadline by three days, which are the most miserable three days you have had in six months. (They are also Thanksgiving weekend, so no one cares but you.)
- Put some of your best work in the conclusion.
- For god’s sake, just hand it in.
Like that, pretty much.
To this I would only add: set aside large hunks of time to do just this project, prepare with pots of tea and/or coffee and your comfiest, most “I will be productive clothes”… and then resign yourself to interspersing all your academic writing with extended “breaks” on Tumblr.