Tuesday, September 2, 2014
This must be what I wanted to be doing,
Walking at night between the two deserts,
Merwin, W. S. -
Air (via volaream)

(Source: litverve)


A+X #18 - “Conclusion” (2014)

written by Gerry Duggan
art by David Yardin, Matteo Lolli, & Cam Smith


Don’t ask yourself, “Is this normal?” Instead, ask yourself:

Is this healthy?

Is this good for me?

Please don’t be the school, please don’t be the school. It was the school. When I first started writing my Phoenix Institute superhero series, I was well aware that the psychic abilities that my characters struggled with were stand-ins for issues that many struggle with in real life. My telepath needs to shut out overly strong mental voices threatening to overwhelm her. My firestarter must control his fire and thus not be a danger to anyone. My self-healer is so used to going beyond endurance that he doesn’t know how to relax. From a writing standpoint, it’s necessary. No character should be ultra-powerful and without flaws. But from a personal standpoint, it’s so much more. The negative side effects of these powers are stand-ins for problems caused by autism, mood disorder and mental illness. Why? Because I have kids who struggle with all those things. But after a while, stand-ins weren’t enough. I’d started with metaphors because I didn’t want my children’s personal struggles to be the stuff of fiction or invade their privacy. But using metaphors began to feel dishonest. I cringed when I saw young Clark Kent struggling with a classic autism over-sensory response in Man of Steel because I knew that this was a sign of extraordinary abilities for Clark, rather than the very real struggle to deal with sensory overload on a daily basis.

Special Needs in Strange Worlds: Corrina Lawson on Autism and Superpowers - SF Signal

My contribution to this excellent series that I believe Tumblr should be reading.

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Monday, September 1, 2014


There’s a difference between wanting to change your body to improve and strengthen it and wanting to change your body because you hate it. It’s important to know the difference because one of those will destroy you from the inside out.

(Source: stinkling)

Anonymous said: Re: your "rule about naked people" -- How about people who take nude photos of themselves not be stupid and use storage devices that can be hacked, like cloud storage (or take any risks close to that)? Just HOW much personal responsibility does your generation need to shed before you get it through your thick skulls that it only costs $20 for a decent external hard drive these days? :|


"The lock on your diary wasn’t very good, so it’s your fault I read your diary."

Aug. 31 10:28 am