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Zomg I sang in public

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In June, I took a deep breath and signed up for my first ever open-mic night. The event was Late Night Lit: Collisions and was part of the 2017 Emerging Writers Festival. The headliners were amazing, which didn't help my nerves, but the organisers and the crowd were all so warm that I didn't completely lose my voice before I went up.

I sang a bit of Peera Ho, a Punjabi Sufi song that I've loved since I first heard it around 20 years ago, and then I segued into a multilingual poem in English, Urdu and French about identity and language. 

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wonder-trev: eaglesfire: ellidfics: supernaturalanddogs: Wonder Woman is an exceptional...

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Wonder Woman is an exceptional movie.

The wartime commentary is spot on. Diana’s character development is very well paced and incredibly satisfying. She’s a wonderfully multifaceted character who’s compassionate, affectionate, sexual, powerful, and strong all at once. Steve Trevor is kind and brave and gentle and patient and refuses to fall into conventionally masculine tropes. The movie acknowledges the treatment of Native Americans under American colonialism and has a Native American character. It has POC, and a scene that shows Sikh soldiers, acknowledging the participation of POC in the World Wars, something I have never seen before.

It’s an unequivocally genuine movie, which brings to life a story that’s both heart wrenching and heartwarming at the same time. Do yourselves a favour and watch it.

I spotted a couple of Senegalese colonial troops as well.  Nicely done, Ms. Jenkins.

You know what else Wonder Woman did?  It represented mental illness in a realistic, but not PITYING way.  Charles obviously has PTSD.  They all know it and they don’t pity him for it.  They don’t baby him, they don’t mock him, he’s treated with understanding and compassion by ALL of the characters, not just Diana (when it would have come off as a ‘gentle woman healing the war weary soldier’ trope instead of the genuine kindness and understanding it was.)

When he can’t do the job he was hired to do, the others don’t get angry with him, they adapt on the fly, and there’s no recrimination later.  When he says that he should stay behind because he was no longer useful, Diana’s immediate response isn’t to assure him that she has faith that he’ll pull it together when he’s needed, or placate him with a comment about how they started this together and would end it together as well.  No… she asks him who will sing for them if he doesn’t come along.  And most amazingly, she doesn’t say it as if this is an unimportant duty that she’s giving to him because she doesn’t want him to feel useless, she says it with the full confidence that Charlie’s ability to sing is just as valuable as his ability to shoot.  More so, in fact, because the skill to bring happiness and emotion is far better, to her, than the ability to kill.

It’s so remarkable that she could be shown to feel that way in a superhero/war movie, and even more remarkable is how Charlie accepts it.  His masculine pride didn’t get in the way, he didn’t react defensively and strive to prove himself by some reckless stunt later in the movie.  He took her words with the genuine feeling they were meant to have and took pride in singing for them and later following Diana’s lead.

Hell YEAH Patty Jenkins, you’re the best.

For anyone who wants more information about Chief’s first scene (where he speaks Blackfoot to Diana), read this amazing article!! (The people making Wonder Woman allowed him to allowed choose his own clothing to make sure he was properly represented and not culturally appropriated)

https://indiancountrymedianetwork.com/culture/arts-entertainment/film-review-eugene-brave-rock-speaks-blackfoot-wonder-woman-dcs-best-film-ever/?utm_content=buffer3f6a8&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

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keyofjetwolf: fromchaostocosmos: last xmas you gave me a heart what the fuck am i supposed to do...

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last xmas you gave me a heart

what the fuck am i supposed to do with a heart

also i’m jewish

This may be the most @docholligay post in existence.

I have several things I could do with the heart, assuming it’s been properly preserved.  Please send it my way.

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How My Little Toddler Girl Conquered a Haunted Funhouse

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So my daughter earned a reputation today among the Haunted Forest funhouse workers at the Renaissance Faire. She’s two, by the way.

While my wife rested on a bench, I took my little girl towards the mock-up wooden castle with the skeletons perched all over it. The entrance attendant who took my money at the gate eyed my toddler in her Rapunzel outfit and gave me a side-eye. Her look said plainly, “If you want to pay $6 to have her run screaming after the first ten feet, it’s your dime.”

Immediately past the ticket station, my daughter realizes she’s surrounding by skeletons and immediately laughs and points. “Skeleton! Look, Daddy, skeleton! Oh, there skeleton too!” Her grin could swallow the world. “SKELETON!”

The gate attendants look at each other in confusion. These people don’t realize they’re dealing with a girl who, earlier in the day, ran up to a woman wearing a fox tail because my little Kiddo thought she’d found a werewolf.

See, my daughter refuses to go in car rides without her dollar store glow-in-the-dark skeletons to play with. She hugs the monsters in pop-up books. She howls during Werewolves of London. She can name every Universal Monster and distinguish a gug from a shoggoth.

The maze is unprepared for her.

A few feet inside, I see a a hooded skeleton peer at us from around a corner. He’s confused. After all, this schmuck has brought a ibby bibby girl into his forest, and he has no idea what kind of experience I’m expecting him to give.

My daughter waves at the reaper. “Hello skeleton! Come!”

He slowly comes out. She and the ghoul make friendly small talk until she notices a zombie horse and runs off after “skeleton horsey!” This level of enthusiasm generally continues.

A skeleton tied to a stake belches smoke. She laughs.

A coffin shakes, hands straining to force open the lid. “Hi, ‘pire!”

My daughter has found dark Disneyland, and she loves it. Well, the part where a blast of air shoot you in the butt? That she can deal without, but the monsters make her day.

We approach the curtained door of a structure, and before I can think about whether I should risk entering the room three grown women push it aside and rush out of the dark. “It’s too scary!” One whispers to me as they pass, bolting for the entrance.

My 2-year-old walks in and tries to make friends with the monsters.

Finally we reach the exit. Standing at attention is a skeleton knight with bulging bloodshot eyeballs. The Kiddo is so damn excited to see him, she smiles and waves at him for a full minute.

Then I tell her we have to go.

She starts crying.

Walking past later a few minutes later, I see the grim reaper talking to the attendants. He spots us, and Death himself points at my daughter. “Look, it’s that little girl!”

They loved her.

He lets us get a picture of her holding the scythe.

@seananmcguire I thought perhaps you might appreciate this

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