So I never realized how much nail stuff I actually have… dear lord I should open up a nail salon
LADIES AND GENTLEMAN, WELCOME TO THE F R E A K S H O W
So we’ve taken out all the cabinet doors in our kitchen because we’re painting it and my cat has decided that her new favourite spot is in the empty cupboards
today was my last day in my creative writing class and my teacher gave everybody a piece of paper to write down a contract and to put it in our wallets. she said she did the same thing when she was younger and every now and then she’d brush by it and remember that she wanted to write. everybody took time to write out what they wanted and I just sat at the back of the class, sitting on the windowsill and I knew there was only one thing to write but I couldn’t bring myself to do it. at the end of the class after everybody left, I went to thank her for the year, and she told me that people should be reading my words for a long time, but they won’t be able to do that if I’m not around to write them. I showed her the blank piece of paper, and she said it was okay not to write anything, and then I wrote this. I learned the power of words in that class, I learned it was okay to vomit up half a dozen notebooks stained with blood and exploded pens because it means you have something to say.
steph you’re all over my dash
literally posted this 2.5 seconds ago wow
this is so amazing
And non-fetishised lesbians…
And respected sex workers…
And ‘bad’ mothers who are given the same chances at redemption that their male counterparts usually are…
and foster families that aren’t treated as “substitute” families…
This is a screen shot of Dean’s police database file in The Benders
lol says he is 6’4
So then there is the mug shot in Folsom Prison Blues
It looks like he is 6’3….
It could be his hair but then you look at Sam’s…
and his is almost 6’6
(Just incase you were curious— Jared is 6’4” and Jensen is 6’1”)
I just think it is funny because…
Misha and Richard are kinda obsessed with Jared’s height too
I love this post
Sorry for how late this. I procrastinated really badly *shameful face*
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This is absolutely incredible! My own annotations are so erratic—I wish I had had this post late in high school or early in college.
I major in english in undergrad and then did an MFA where we had to annotate 64 books in 2 years. For the MFA I had to write a paper about each and every single book. Basically - I’ve done this and this is my advice:
Don’t do this for every book you read for school!!!
A close reading of a text is really important if you’re going to analyze the text. If you need to write a paper or you’re preparing for a discussion then I get it. But this is too much. Follow half of these steps and you’ll be golden.
Here’s the most important piece of advice: read the damn book!!!
Why? Reading and annotating are two VERY VERY VERY different activities.
Reading is to slip into the story. It’s an experience. The author intended it to be that. All those craft choices and themes and characterization moments you analyze when you’re annotating - those are meant to be invisible to the reader. The better the writer the less distracting they are. A good story appears to have dropped onto the page fully formed and breathing exactly the way you find it when you open the covers. Backstage is a very carefully constructed framework holding the novel (or other type of writing) together. It’s like a play. The attention is meant to be focused on the story happening live on stage, and not on the lighting, sound, or set. The same goes for reading.
Reading is an experience and trying to deconstruct the story will kill the experience faster than you could even imagine. You’ll stop reading for the sake of reading. If you’re an english major reading as if you are annotating will make you seriously second guess your choice in major.
But I’ve got to write a paper? I’ve got to be able to discuss the book for class?
If you know you’re going to need to write a paper (specifically a longer 5+ page analysis paper) then you should read the book twice: once for the experience and a second time with your assignment in mind. The second read through won’t require a close reading. It’s skimming, marking, asking questions, etc. That’s when these tips are helpful. A good paper has a point of view. It’s descriptive (i.e. track the references to nature throughout the book) or it’s prescriptive (i.e. why second person was chosen for a short story). Annotation helps you look at the book through a very specific lens.
But if you’re reading for class discussion or maybe just a quick response paper (which teachers make you write to prove you’ve read the book) then just read the damn book. Enjoy it. Let it sink into your soul. Maybe stick a few sticky notes on passages you loved. Maybe underline a few quotes. If you have trouble remembering story details or have questions then write them on the inside front cover in a few words to jog your memory later. But don’t interrupt yourself too often.
Annotation is important. It’s always good to know how something works including a book. But reading is an experience for the heart. It’s not meant to be boiled down to a few notes on mechanics.
Don’t ruin reading for yourself.