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Hi! I'm Jessa. 15. Ridiculously excited for Big Hero 6. I adore Maggie Stiefvater and Kiersten White. I'm LDS (Mormon). Obsessed with history, mythology, Studio Ghibli (particularly the movie Castle in the Sky, which is the visual representation of my soul), Marvel, and whatever I am currently writing.
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onebigclusterfuck:

I will reblog this until the day I die




"When you’re at the pool lounging on a beach chair and some little kids are running and the lifeguard screams out “no running” do you respond “excuse, not all of us are running”? No, you don’t. The lifeguard didn’t have to specifically state who they were talking to because you’re intelligent enough to comprehend that the comment wasn’t being directed at you."
— Found a quote that shuts down that “not all men” argument pretty well. (via mykicks)




gummybearattacktheworldofdespair:

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turnaboutkid:

cozmopolitan:

ifweweremartians:

a-wak-e:

cozmopolitan:

a-wak-e:

The lie is over now.
The truth is out.

Its time to wake up and accept the fact that the people on the top, don’t have your best interest in mind. All they ever wanted, want and will want is money over your and your children’s dead body. Its Eugenics. Nothing new.

Wake up and Care and Share before too late.

you people are the reason why measles are back in new york

If measile is back, then it should only affect those who aren’t vaccinated. But is affecting those who are. THINK.

Vaccination doesn’t work, and even if it did… it only protects for couple years max.

Don’t seek vaccination … but nutrition my friend. Nutrition is the true medicine.

vaccines are bullshit and cause adverse reactions like death

where is your proof

hOLY FRICK YOU DONE PISSED ME OFF AND I DON’T GET MAD EASILY SO CONGRATS

SIT YOUR IGNORANT FEARMONGERING SELF DOWN AND LISTEN UP BECAUSE THIS IS GONNA BE LONG

THE HUMAN IMMUNE SYSTEM IS MADE OF TWO PARTS: THE INNATE SYSTEM AND THE ADAPTIVE SYSTEM. YOU NEED BOTH WORKING TOGETHER TO PROTECT YOU FROM DISEASES, BUT THE ADAPTIVE SYSTEM IS DESIGNED TO ONLY PROTECT YOU FROM THINGS IT’S ALREADY EXPERIENCED. IT CAN TAKE UP TO TWO WEEKS TO KICK IN AGAINST AN INFECTION IT’S NEVER SEEN BEFORE, AND GUESS WHAT FARTNUGGET YOU CAN BE DEAD OR SCREWED OVER FOR LIFE IN TWO WEEKS. BUT WHEN IT SEES A DISEASE IT CREATES MEMORY CELLS THAT REMEMBER THAT DISEASE AND CAN KICK IN IMMEDIATELY WHEN IT HAPPENS AGAIN, USUALLY QUICK ENOUGH TO PREVENT YOU FROM GETTING SICK AT ALL.

THE POINT OF VACCINES IS TO USE A NATURAL BODY RESPONSE TO PROTECT PEOPLE BY HELPING IT DO WHAT IT DOES ALREADY. YOU USE ATTENUATED NONVIRULENT FORMS OF THE DISEASE TO PREP THE IMMUNE SYSTEM SO IT WILL REMEMBER HOW TO RECOGNIZE AND FIGHT THAT DISEASE IN THE FUTURE. THAT IS HOW YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM WORKS SO DON’T YOU DARE START CLAIMING THAT YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM MEANS YOU DON’T NEED VACCINATIONS. THAT’S THE ENTIRE POINT. YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM CAN’T DO IT ALONE. THAT’S WHY SMALLPOX KILLED 500 MILLION PEOPLE BEFORE VACCINATIONS STOPPED IT.

VACCINES DO NOT CAUSE AUTISM HOLY FRICK THERE HAS NEVER IN THE HISTORY OF MEDICINE BEEN PROOF OF THAT AND I CHALLENGE YOU TO SHOW ME SOME. THERE WAS ONE DOCTOR WHO PUBLISHED A STUDY IN 1998 SHOWING VACCINES MIGHT CAUSE AUTISM. IT WAS FAKE AND PROVED WRONG OVER AND OVER AGAIN AND IT WAS DISCOVERED THAT HE USED UNETHICAL AND INVASIVE PROCEDURES ON CHILDREN AND HE WAS BANNED FROM PRACTICING MEDICINE. 

THE DIAGNOSIS OF AUTISM HAS IMPROVED SINCE 1970. CORRELATION DOES NOT IMPLY CAUSATION. YOU KNOW WHAT ELSE HAS INCREASED SINCE 1970? INTERNET USAGE. MAYBE THE INTERNET CAUSES AUTISM, IF YOU’RE GONNA USE THAT LOGIC.

AND HOLY FRICKING HECK EVEN IF YOU REALLY BELIEVE THE LIE THAT VACCINES ARE LINKED TO AUTISM, ARE YOU REALLY THAT SCARED OF AUTISM THAT YOU’D RATHER YOUR CHILD DIE HORRIBLY OF A COMPLETELY PREVENTABLE DISEASE THAN BE AUTISTIC

THIOMERSAL IS AN ORGANIC MERCURY-CONTAINING COMPOUND THAT WAS USED AS A PRESERVATIVE IN VACCINES IN CONTROLLED AMOUNTS BECAUSE GUESS WHAT DOUCHECANOE EVERYTHING IN THE WORLD IS CHEMICALS AND THESE GUYS ARE PAID TO KNOW HOW TO COMBINE THEM PROPERLY. IT WAS NEVER SHOWN TO CAUSE AUTISM AND THE SIGNS OF MERCURY POISONING ARE WELL-KNOWN AND NOTHING LIKE WHAT PEOPLE ARE CLAIMING VACCINES DO. EVEN SO, IT WAS PHASED OUT OF VACCINES IN 2001. THE ONLY ONE THAT EVER STILL USES IT IS THE INFLUENZA VACCINE AND GUESS WHAT? AFTER A CRAPTON OF TESTS DONE BY PEOPLE SMARTER THAN YOU WHO ACTUALLY KNOW WHAT THEY’RE DOING AND HOW CHEMISTRY AND MEDICINE WORK, IT WAS FOUND THAT THE ONLY SIDE EFFECT WAS- WAIT FOR IT- SLIGHT REDNESS AT THE INJECTION SITE.BECAUSE AGAIN, THIOMERSAL IS NOT PURE MERCURY YOU ABSOLUTE TURDSTAIN AND IS NOT THE LEAST BIT COMPARABLE TO TOXIC WASTE. AND DO YOU EVEN KNOW HOW MUCH 25 MICROGRAMS IS? THAT’S 0.000025 GRAMS. GRAMS. THAT IS AN ABSURDLY SMALL AMOUNT. I CAN’T EVEN CONVEY HOW SMALL THAT IS. PROBABLY THE SIZE OF YOUR BRAIN.

IM NOT TOUCHING THE BILL GATES THING BECAUSE I DONT KNOW ENOUGH ABOUT IT. SOMEONE ELSE CAN DO THAT FOR ME. OR YANNO YOU COULD GOOGLE IT AND ACTUALLY EDUCATE YOURSELF FROM OBJECTIVE SOURCES AND NOT SOURCELESS FEARMONGERING JPEGS REPOSTED SO MANY TIMES THEY’RE ALMOST COMPLETELY ILLEGIBLE.

HEEYYYYYY GUESS WHAT ALL THE FOOD IN THE WORLD WON’T HELP YOU IF YOU’RE THROWING IT UP OR CRAPPING IT OUT OR IF SOMETHING COMPLETELY UNRELATED TO FOOD IS KILLING YOU FROM THE INSIDE OUT. YEAH MAN PEOPLE NEED FOOD AND WE SHOULD HELP MORE WITH THAT BUT YOU ALSO GOTTA PRIORITIZE THINGS THAT KILL SO MUCH MORE EFFECTIVELY THAN STARVATION.

YOU SHOULD BE HAPPY THAT WE’VE GOT ALL THESE VACCINES NOW. PEOPLE WHO LIVED IN THE 1700’S WOULD BE CRYING TEARS OF JOY IF THEY HEARD THAT WE HAD WIPED OUT SMALLPOX AND POLIO AND WE COULD PREVENT ALL THESE OTHER DISEASES. LOOK AT THAT LIST. THAT’S NOT A LIST OF POISONS. THAT’S A LIST OF THE DISEASES WHOSE BUTTS WE’VE KICKED AND THAT DESERVES THE BIGGEST HELL YEAH IN THE HISTORY OF MEDICINE.

EXCEPT NOW MORONS LIKE YOU ARE BRINGING THEM BACK. YOUR BIT OF NON-LOGIC THERE JUST PROVES HOW LITTLE YOU UNDERSTAND THIS. THERE’S A THING CALLED HERD IMMUNITY AND IT’S JUST AS IMPORTANT, IF NOT MORESO, THAN INDIVIDUAL IMMUNITY. SOME PEOPLE CAN’T GET VACCINES DUE TO HEALTH ISSUES. WE’RE PROTECTING THEM TOO WHEN EVERYONE ELSE DOES BECAUSE IT CAN’T SPREAD. BUT LET’S TALK ABOUT HEALTHY PEOPLE, SINCE THAT’S WHAT YOU’RE ASKING ABOUT. DO YOU KNOW HOW FAST DISEASES MUTATE? WITHIN LESS THAN FIVE YEARS FOR SOME. AND IT’S CAUSED BY A THING CALLED SELECTIVE PRESSURE. SELECTIVE PRESSURE IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU GET A TWO WEEK DOSE OF ANTIBIOTICS AND ONLY TAKE TEN DAYS’ WORTH BECAUSE YOU FEEL BETTER AND YOU KNOW BETTER THAN THOSE SILLY DOCTORS. WELL GUESS WHAT? YOU DIDN’T KILL ALL THE BACTERIA AND NOW THEY’RE FREE TO GROW AGAIN. AND SINCE THEY’RE THE ONES THAT SURVIVED, THEY’RE NOW IMMUNE TO THE ANTIBIOTICS AND FREE TO SPREAD THAT TO OTHERS. CONGRATS BUTTMUNCH YOU JUST RUINED IT FOR EVERYONE BECAUSE NOW IT’S MUTATED AND SPREADING AGAIN AND THE ANTIBIOTICS DON’T WORK. THE SAME THING HAPPENS WITH VACCINES. IF PEOPLE LIKE YOU KEEP AVOIDING VACCINES, IT GIVES DISEASES LIKE MEASLES A TOEHOLD IN THE POPULATION TO MUTATE AND SPREAD AND CAUSE ANOTHER EPIDEMIC

VACCINES DON’T WEAR OFF AFTER FIVE YEARS I DON’T KNOW WHERE YOU’RE GETTING THAT INFORMATION BUT HOLY JEEZ IT’S JUST PLAIN WRONG. THE CLOSEST THING I FOUND ON GOOGLE WAS SOME CONTROVERSY ABOUT THE HPV VACCINE LASTING 6-9 YEARS AND EVEN THAT WAS UNDER SCRUTINY AND NOT EVERY DISEASE WORKS THE SAME WAY. SOME ARE FOREVER, SOME REQUIRE BOOSTERS, ETC ETC. I COULD GET INTO WHY BUT THIS HAS GOTTEN LONG ENOUGH SO LET’S BRING IT BACK TO PEOPLE SMARTER THAN YOU HAVE STUDIED THIS AND BUILT ON CENTURIES OF MEDICAL PROCESS AND THIS IS WHAT THEY DO FOR A LIVING SO I THINK THEY MIGHT KNOW A BIT MORE ABOUT IT THAN YOU

P.S. NUTRITION? NUTRITION? I’LL JUST EAT THIS APPLE AND IT’LL FIGHT ALL THESE BACTERIA AND VIRUSES. OR MAYBE POTATO CHIPS CAUSE MEASLES. STOP AND LISTEN TO YOURSELF HOLY CRAP. 

THANK.YOU.

As a Biology major I was about to go into a huge rant but I’m glad to see it was already done :)

Captain Capital Letters up there brings up some good points people, listen to them.

I can’t begin to tell you how badly I wish I could just repeatedly reblog this until it spread across the internet. I will probably schedule it to reblog in the future for a few weeks but still. I want to put it EVERYFUCKINGWHERE. 

As a biochemist I feel obligated to reblog this every month, so any of my new followers would know how vaccines work.




"You are important. You are loved. You are needed."
— President Dieter F. Uchtdorf (via ldsfaith)




the-introspective-serpent asked: "I found myself relating very much to Sophia's character. Do you know any people like her in real life and, if so, what advice do you have for us?"

maggie-stiefvater:

Sofia, Isabel’s cousin, is a painfully shy over-achiever with bad self esteem. She has multiple blogs, actual hips, and an anxious desire for everyone to like her (and a certainty that they don’t because she’s just not good enough/ too emotional/ a little too not-skinny/ a little too clingy/ a little too something that is not quite right). Everything about her is feels. Armadillos have scales on the outside? Sofia has feels all over her, with nothing to keep them from getting to the outside world. She idolizes Isabel, who is all sharp edges and hidden emotions, as if Isabel is some sort of evolved species. And Isabel, repressed weapon that she is, can’t understand why Sofia can’t just put her emotions in a box and get on with life. Why does she bother caring what other people think?

As I’ve blogged about before, I steal real human souls for each of my characters, although they change a lot to serve the story. Sofia’s heart belongs to my younger sister, Kate — she of the intensely musical disposition. Kate is ten years younger than I am, and when she was younger she was very, very Sofia. She was a tender-hearted, anxious, caring person, and she hated that she was. She had no armor against the world, and she thought that was the problem, but really the problem was that she had no armor against her cruelest enemy: herself. And the harder she tried to please other people, the less she pleased herself.

Kate’s now in college, and we’re revoltingly close, and she’s still a kindly, reserved over-achiever with feels on the outside. But I think the big difference is that she’s learned a) to laugh at herself, and b) to appreciate that in a world of repression and mean-spiritedness and selfishness, her instincts are actually a really lovely thing. I’d like to think that’s the entire theme of Sinner, really, or maybe all of my books — that you shouldn’t try to change who you are, just how you use it, and how you see it.




ladyology asked: "How long after finishing The Wolves of Mercy Falls did you know that you wanted to continue Cole and Isabel's story? (sorry if you've answered this before.) I'm not going to lie- they were my favorite part of the series, and once I had finished it, I had felt a little sad at the way they left things. But THEN. Sinner happened, and all was right in the world, so thank you."

maggie-stiefvater:

I wrote in the author’s note of Forever that I was never returning to the world of Mercy Falls, and I meant that 100%. Sam & Grace’s character arcs had gotten where I wanted them (here is a video about the end of the trilogy, if it was too ambiguous for you), and I was done exploring that world. I never intended to revisit that world.

But.

Sometime in my touring for The Dream Thieves, a line popped into my head.

I am a werewolf in L.A.

I thought, my, what a fine line that is. What a great novel would follow that line. Too bad I’m not in the business of werewolf novels anymore. Too bad I don’t have any time to write one even if I was. And I put it out of my head. No, not entirely. I kept turning it over: why would Cole be in L.A., what would happen if he did, would he and Isabel kill each other, or would they kill themselves?

Weeks later, on a plane, I made the mistake of writing the line down.

I am a werewolf in L.A.

IT LOOKED EVEN BETTER WRITTEN DOWN.

I told my critique partner, Brenna Yovanoff, that I was thinking about writing a companion novel about Cole, set in L.A. She told me, “There is no difference between thinking and doing when you’re involved.”

And it was true. A month later, I had ten thousand words of the novel, and I broke the news to my editor over edamame beans in a tiny NYC sushi restaurant. I was late on my current deadline, I told him, because I was writing a book about Cole and Isabel.

He just stared at me. Then he got over it, a little, and ate a few more bites, and then he stared at me again. It was pretty much the greatest.

I am a werewolf in L.A.

It still looks pretty damn good written down, I think.




general-olivier-armstrong asked: "It gladdens my soul whenever YA authors include older characters in their novels, so I just about fistpumped a crater in the sun when I met Leon. Leon and Cole are one of my favorite brOTPs in literature, 'kay, I just adore those two and their friendship. When did you decide to include him in Sinner, and how did you develop his character? Ugh, poorly phrased questions... I know... I just want to hear you talk about Leon. :D"

maggie-stiefvater:

Ah, Leon! Leon is Cole’s driver — well, that makes it sound like their relationship was more planned than it was. Sinner begins with Cole in Leon’s car: Leon has been hired to take him from the airport to his new home. Cole, gregarious and lonesome and manic soul that he is, immediately engages Leon in conversation and tries to charm him. Leon, however, is a fine, square soul, too upstanding and depressed to be charmed by Cole’s spanglemagic. Oh, but he gives in eventually, when Cole calls him at 2 a.m. in the morning. Thus begins their strange friendship.

Originally, Leon was meant to be a mirror for Cole’s sense of self-preservation. Underneath all the soft focus L.A. glimmermagic, Sinner is really a book about characters dying — either fast or slow — from the inside out, and whether or not that’s fixable. I stole Leon’s soul from a real driver of mine that I’d had in San Francisco, and then I squished a bit of a piano tuner’s soul onto it, and then I figured I’d have Cole try to rescue a depressed Leon with his glorious smile and learn something when he couldn’t. It all ended with a touching and grim scene where Cole went through photos of Leon after Leon’s suicide and decided he would choose a better way. But the character arc didn’t really work. Well, it worked fine by itself. It just didn’t work with Cole’s character arc. I didn’t believe it would actually change Cole’s path — if I pulled it apart on a basic, thematic level, it would have been the same lesson he learned in the Shiver trilogy when Victor (ANCIENT SPOILER) died. It didn’t stick then; why would it stick now?

So Leon turned into something else. Something that wasn’t like Cole at all, something sturdy and reliable and ultimately changed by Cole as he changed Cole.  Someone who got himself together as Cole fell apart. Someone who offered something to Cole because he was different, not because he was the same. It was far more satisfying, and worked much better with the Jeremy piece of the puzzle.   




sixappleseeds asked: "SINNER question. First, I really liked the book. You described it in ways that made me think it was bubble-gum and french fries, happy summertime food for sunny days, and while it was that, kind of, I felt this constant thread of desperation, too, underlying everything. That tension is what made me like the story. My question is about the leap from the last chapter to the epilogue. It's a couple of years, right? It worked for me, but - what was your thinking behind writing the ending that way?"

maggie-stiefvater:

It is indeed a couple of years. Well, more than a couple. Since I’m not intending on returning to Cole and Isabel’s story*, I wanted readers to feel a definite sense of closure. Particularly because Cole’s sense of purpose was so rocky throughout the novel, and because his character arc is so near and dear to me, I wanted readers to see how he actually managed to put his change into place — what that change actually looked like when played out —, and that required a long lens.

*You’ll notice I didn’t say “never returning,” not because I think that I ever will, but because I said “never” about Mercy Falls and it made me look like an idiot, so I’m never saying never again. Except that time just there.




dippersbirthmark asked: "Cole St. Clair's character hit home. Especially that bathroom chapter, when he was thinking of escape, of suicide or hurting himself and turning into a wolf instead. It was such a strong moment for me. But moments like that, are they a testament of strength or weakness? Or something else?"

maggie-stiefvater:

Cole St. Clair has always been a very personal character for me to write: I was very much like him when I was in college, although most people didn’t know it. The thing about Cole St. Clair is that he’s so damn happy and active and buoyant and dynamic — except for the parts when he’s not. As a teen, I didn’t realize suicidal ideation could be like that. I had seen it in media, and it generally accompanied long-term depression or political scandal (Hollywood, in case you’re wondering, is not a great place to learn about psychology). It wasn’t this sneaky thing that happened when all the air went out of your sails, when you stopped moving, when you looked at the future and were bored by what you saw. It wasn’t something that happened to people with great families. It wasn’t something that happened to people who had plenty of other options.

But it was, and I tried, and I’m glad it didn’t work. Any of the times. I know Sinner looks like a flippant werewolf novel on the outside, and I hope that most people will read it as a sharp-edged love story. But on the inside of the novel is the most truthful depiction of a certain sort of self-harm that I could manage. Both its causes, its effects, and its cure. I tried to not glamorize or sugar coat it. But I also tried to not make it look dingy, because that’s when teens start thinking that they must be one-of-a-kind and broken to feel the way they do when their lives aren’t really that bad.

You asked if it was strength or weakness, and I don’t think it’s either. I think it’s just the way some folks are wired — a certain disregard for self-preservation. But it doesn’t have to be a weapon. It’s a kind of fearlessness, and if you figure it out, it can be a great thing.




angrywocunited:

Fixed it! Rinko Kikuchi as Motoko Kusanagi in Ghost in the Shell. And it should stay that way. 

This is a response to Margot Robbie in talks to lead DreamWorks’ live-action adaptation of the 1995 hit anime movieGhost in the Shell, to be directed by Snow White and the Huntsman's Rupert Sanders.

If you’re going to make live-action adaptations of Japanese anime movies, mangas and tv shows, cast Japanese actors and actresses. Refusing to do so is a direct slap on the face. Japanese anime characters are not white or racially ambiguous, they’re Japanese. Unless the Manga artist states the character is of a different race, do not assume the character is white. 

They’re doing the same shit with one of my favorite anime films Akira.

And I’m predicting this Ghost in the Shell live-action film will be the next Dragonball Evolution or The Last Airbender, I hope it flops. 

I’m tired of Americans ruining legendary and groundbreaking Japanese anime movies, mangas and tv shows.