Polar Bear Club - “Drifting Thing” cover by Mark Boniface


The real problem with books-turned-movies isn’t “omg they didn’t include every single word in the book” it’s “omg they completely overlooked the main theme, threw out any significant allegories, took away all the emotional pull, an turned it into a boring action movie with a love triangle in it”

(Source: queeralienselfies, via psychoticlaughter)


Can I just say that I am tired of people judging a character by ‘moral’ standards. Like jfc it’s fiction, get a little wild for fuck’s sake.

Don’t choose your favourite characters like you choose your best friends. Choose characters that challenge you, that make you question your values, choose characters that are messed up because those are the most interesting characters and empathy doesn’t come from understanding the people you like or relating to people who are the same as you.

If fiction doesn’t make you want to step out of your comfort zone then you’re probably watching/reading it wrong.


Hey there QQ! I have an interview on Thursday with a major publishing house in the city. Do you have any important DOs and DON’Ts for interviewing in the publishing industry?

Sorry to everyone else waiting on answers from me. I’m a bit behind on my inbox, but I saw this…

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It happens more often than not,
That I must step outside this life.
Stop living up to expectation
And start living out all my intentions.
This is one, this is real,
I am human, I can feel.
To be the one you laugh at, is to be
Is to be a failure in your eyes,
I’m the one that you despise.
I’m a failure in your eyes.

(via fuckyeahtimmcilrath)

The girl on The Black Market's cover reminds me of Sansa Stark.

(Source: syntheticmomma)



This is not about personal preference. My feelings about the people on this list range from adoration to indifference to disgust. But none of these people had as positive reaction as Laverne Cox and Lupita Nyong’o did. In fact, many of them actually have a higher percentage of “no” than “yes”. With the exception of Benedict Cumberbatch, Laverne Cox received more reactions than anybody else, AND she has one of the highest “yes” percentages of anybody on the voting list.

So what is the point of voting, if the results of the voting don’t matter? We were told to vote for who we believed should be on the list, we did, and two of the people who received the most affirmative votes were not included.

So what was the point? Did you include them in the voting as some sort of kick-back, or an attempt to placate their fans, without any intention of including them? You included Megyn Kelly in a list entitled “pioneers”, and yet Laverne Cox has done more pioneering for the rights and interests of trans women than Megyn Kelly has ever done. You included two men who run dictatorships and commit human right violations routinely, people in media who haven’t really done anything spectacular within their fields, two politicians who had overwhelmingly negative reactions and…the Koch brothers?

Perhaps you had other criteria for the title “influential”. Perhaps a trans woman who campaigns for the rights and awareness of issues relating to trans women (one of the most denigrated groups in the world) didn’t meet that standard. Perhaps being awarded several humanitarian-related awards and being the key note speaker at several events wasn’t enough. Perhaps a woman who dares to speak out about these issues at the risk of her very identity being derided and attacked, because she wants to make her community better and she wants to help young girls just like her accept themselves and grow up in a better world just wasn’t influential enough for you.

And I guess a young actress who swept the awards season isn’t what you would call influential. I guess a woman who took on an emotionally trying role in a film that highlighted the atrocities on our nation’s past wasn’t good enough. A dark skinned woman who has just been deemed the most beautiful woman in the world, bringing hope and happiness to millions of black girls and women who are often insulted because of their skin—that just didn’t quite meet the same standards as being in a few films in one year. 

Or maybe, just maybe, the accomplishments of these two women challenge societal norms too much. Maybe what they have done and what they stand for is too uncomfortable for your readership and your editor. Maybe you just think the people the Koch brothers and Rand Paul influence are more important than the people Laverne and Lupita influence.

And that is a damn shame.

Bullshit. All bullshit.

(via i-will-walk)

standing----still said: Dear QueryQuagmire, I bow before your magnificence with an offering of Cheez-Its, and humbly inquire: What qualities do you look for when interviewing potential interns? How much experience do they typically have?


I feel like I’ve answered something similar before, but I can’t seem to locate it anywhere in my archives. So here’s what I look for in an intern:

  • A high school diploma (or equivalent) and at least one year of secondary education with the stated intention to continue that education. In other words: college students.
  • Good communication skills. I need my interns to be forthcoming with information and unafraid to approach me. I also need them to be able to communicate with authors without being paralyzed by fear. 
  • A decent sense of humor. After all, they will be putting up with me.
  • A reading habit. This seems obvious, but I shit you not I once interviewed a potential intern who could not name a single book she’d ever enjoyed reading. Another interviewee could only name books she’d been forced to read for class. Another named “Atlas Shrugged” as their favorite book. These are the only three unacceptable answers to the question “What’s a book you recently enjoyed reading?” This question is a test, and you can pass the test by answering with literally anything other than the three examples I just listed.
  • Professionalism in presentation. Yes, I judge books by their covers. I expect my interns to look neat and grown-up. This means you need to take a shower, dress like you’re entering an office and not a night club, and fucking tie your tie correctly. If you’re the guy who had your dad tie your tie one time seven years ago, and you just loosen the knot every time you need to put it on or take it off, I will fucking notice.*
  • Some kind of work or volunteer experience is nice, though not necessary. So if you’ve worked a part-time job, volunteered at a school, or interned for another company, that’s definitely something you’ll want to put on your resume.
  • Willingness to admit mistakes and take responsibility. There is nothing less attractive than an intern who immediately goes on the defensive when something goes wrong. You’re an intern. Of course you’re going to make mistakes. It’s understandable. Just own up to them and we can make it a learning experience.

*Please note: I will absolutely, under no circumstances, ever judge an internship candidate based on their physical appearance outside of general neatness and cleanliness. I give zero shits about your tattoos, your piercings, your weight, your ethnicity, your hair color or style, your observable medical conditions, your height, your general attractiveness, whatever. None of that is an indication of the care you put into your work.


Thank you for your response! This is very helpful and reassuring to hear. I’ll be looking for publishing internships this fall and I’ve been driving myself crazy with the thought that I won’t be an impressive candidate unless A) I have experience working for at least five different college lit journals, or B) I manage to save my interviewer’s baby from a crocodile. I feel more confident in the experience I do have now.

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I got my college’s radio station to play “Of Flesh and Blood” by Jenn Fiorentino on the air. Super happy.