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romance-repulsed-aros:

Hey, shout out to all the black aromantics out there.

Being aromantic is often seen as something monstrous and horrible, and as black people are stereotyped as ‘dangerous’ and ‘scary’, the combination can be difficult.

I promise none of these things apply to you. Being both black and aromantic is an outstanding, beautiful thing that makes the world better. You’re not terrifying or dangerous or heartless. You’re not a monster. You’re not an evil being that everyone needs to avoid. Aromanticism doesn’t equal bad and especially not when you’re black.

You’re aromantic. You’re black. And you’re awesome.

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iirememberthinking:

Dear whoever is reading this: I wish you a life full of warmth and happiness and love. I hope you’re okay. And if you aren’t now, you will be.

idesirecake: blackgirllovesrock: This is how I…

idesirecake:

blackgirllovesrock:

This is how I feel ._.

so accurate…

(In response to the person asking about the ne…

(In response to the person asking about the net neutrality) there's a VERY good chance it'll get stopped and won't completely go through. It still has to go through court and Congress, and a lot of websites are going through to help get it stopped too. There's steps that can be taken to stop it, I can't link any of them, but please please PLEASE don't panic, and please keep fighting.

I am not panicking since this thing is ridiculous and if it would pass through the court and congress I´ll eat a whole mcfucking bag of peanuts/ peanut flips and fucking blackcurrant juice (a combination that never fails to upset my stomach until it gets ugly)

I am just fucking furious about the whole situation like what the actual fuck my dudes, this isn´t democratic at all!!! This is fucking illegal and OH MY GOD WHAT CAN CHEETOMAN FUCK UP BEFORE HE GETS FUCKING IMPEACHED LIKE SERIOUSLY

– Mod Paula

just saw an acephobic thing on my dash and I n…

just saw an acephobic thing on my dash and I need to vent bc jesus fucking christ can non ace ppl not try to police our orientations you have no fucking idea what it's like to be ace so shut your fucking mouth

the truth has been spoken.

I’m think I’m late to the party bu…

I’m think I’m late to the party but what’s this net neutrality thing? Will I never be able to use social media or whatever or fanfics or tumblr I’m so confused

If we fight we´ll probably be able to keep it! There isn´t really much, me a German, can do about what´s going on in America but even I tried to contact people, sign petitions and the likes to help out where I can and if they should go through with it and target Europe next you bet your ass I´ll be out there vandalising the stuff of those mighty people doing the deciding. I will fucking rage like ya´ll did and stilll do in America.

Wish I could do more, but don´t give up just now, the repeal is unconstitutional and illegal, they will have to defend it in court and then we´ll kick their sorry asses!!

– Mod Paula

Interview: Montiese McKenzie

Today we’re joined by Montiese McKenzie. Montiese is a phenomenal author who recently published her first novel entitled Blood of my Blood (congratulations!). It’s a supernatural thriller with a fascinating plot involving a mysterious disappearance and a hidden world deep in the nation’s capital. Montiese’s 2nd novel will be released in January.  It’s clear she’s an incredibly talented author with a great voice and I can’t wait to read what she has in store next. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.

WORK

Please, tell us about
your art.

I’m a writer. I write fiction and just self-published my
first book, Blood of my Blood. I’ve
been writing since I was eight years old, spent my teen years writing stories
instead of paying attention in school. In 2005, in my late twenties, I
discovered fanfiction and began to write for a few different fandoms over the
years. I still dabble in fanfic, it’s always been a great way to hone your
skills. My goal has always been get your stories out to as many readers as you
can, it didn’t matter if it was original stories or fanfiction.

What inspires you?

People. One of my biggest goals in writing is to get to the
center of people. Human beings are so complicated, with more dimensions and
facets than you can count. My inspiration from them is limitless really.
Especially when you add in people interacting with other people, which is what
storytelling is all about. Also, I grew up on soap operas so multilayered
stories with large ensemble casts are my weakness.

What got you
interested in your field?  Have you
always wanted to be an artist?

I started writing at 8, which is pretty young. It was an
assignment in my 4th grade class to write a story. We actually made
our own books, stories, covers, bindings, everything. The only thing I ever
truly wanted to be before that was a nature photojournalist for National
Geographic, which is a pretty creative job. Both of my parents are artists, my
mother wrote stories and my dad is a graphic artist and musician so I guess I
came by it honest.

Do you have any kind
of special or unique signature, symbol, or feature you include in your work
that you’d be willing to reveal?

Even though I was born at the end of the 70s, I grew up on
things from the 70s and before so there are lots of references to those things
in my stories. Television, books, and movies. Most of the characters I write
are older than me so it fits in with who they are as people. But there are
times when I get emails or messages from younger readers who may not understand
a reference. I love teaching people about the stuff I love so it’s cool. Golden
age of Hollywood and 70s television pop culture references are really my
favorite thing.

What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?

Hone your skills with lots of practice and school if that’s
possible for you. Don’t let the bad voices shout you down, they will always be
there, but also get used to constructive criticism early. That took me forever
and I still struggle with it because I spent so long not sharing my work, when
I finally did some reactions to it were difficult for me. If you’re a writer,
read as much as you can. There is no lesson more fulfilling than a good book.
Find a creative tribe and help each other grow, learn, and take the knocks life
as a creative can dole out. Never, ever give up on your art if you love it.

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum
do you identify?

Grey ace. I’m somewhere in the middle, which is kind of the
story of my life. I identify as a biromantic gray asexual. I love and
appreciate romance but rarely, if ever, feel sexual attraction. For a long time
I didn’t know what that meant, I think sexual attraction is a hard thing to
measure when you start talking about romantic attraction, physical attraction,
aesthetic attraction; it took me a long time to divide and define those things
and I actually still work on it.

Have you encountered
any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field?  If so, how do you handle it?

Some people have asked me how I can write sex and romance if
I’m asexual. I get that more than I ever expected and it boggles my mind. I’m a
writer, I just make it up though I do try to keep the core of my characters
steeped in the reality of how most humans are. Also being creative allows me to
tap into what a fictional person is feeling or experiencing completely separate
from myself. I’m not writing my life, I’m writing someone else’s.

What’s the most
common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?

That something is wrong with us. For so long we’ve been
taught that sexual intercourse is a basic need, like food, water, and sleep. So
when people encounter someone who doesn’t feel or experience sexual attraction,
they wonder (sometimes aloud) if it is a mental or medical condition. They
wonder “who hurt you?” They should be more concerned with why the patriarchy
insists sex is a basic need.

What advice would you
give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their
orientation?

Get to know yourself and don’t let anyone label you. I didn’t
come out as bisexual until 2009 and asexual in about 2015. It took a long time
to put words to what I experienced and felt (or didn’t feel). I would tell them
to live, experiment, have many different kinds of friends, and do what makes
your body and spirit happy. Don’t be in a rush to declare that you are
anything, for so many sexuality is fluid over a lifetime.

Finally, where can
people find out more about your work?

I have a blog, montiesethewriter.com,
which I promise I’ll be doing more blog entries on in 2018. My first novel, Blood of my Blood, was self-published
through Amazon in September 2017. It’s currently available in both eBook and
paperback. My second novel, The
Providence of Human Affairs
will be released in January 2018. This is the link
to my first book: http://a.co/6uhzMn9.

Thank you,
Montiese, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.

zero-explanations:

zero-explanations:

trust me i’m a scientist

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captainsnoop:

The FCC voted to repeal Net Neutrality, but I would like to reiterate to all of you that now is not the time to panic. It’s time to get angry and active, but not time to panic.

Clickbait sites are painting today as the definitive “end” of it all, but it’s not. This shit’s still got to go through the courts.

The FCC has tried to repeal net neutrality twice before, and both times it got repealed by the courts.

The voting public’s support for Net Neutrality is overwhelming. Last I checked, 83% of polled voters nationwide are in support of Net Neutrality staying.

Republican politicians and lawmakers are aware of this overwhelming support and have been voicing their support as well.

Doug Jones victory in Alabama was a wake-up call for Republican politicians, letting them know they are not invincible. 

Join the millions of Americans making their voices heard. Contact your representatives. Call them. Email them. Tweet at them. Anything you can do helps. Use the links provided on this website:

https://www.battleforthenet.com/

This is not a time for panic, it is a time for anger and for action. Let them know that this is not the end, only the beginning. 

viper-menae: Made a few Ace Flag themed shark…

viper-menae:

Made a few Ace Flag themed sharks and manta rays!


Happy Asexual Awareness Week to my fellow Aces <3