31 8 / 2014

littleelfman said: Hey hey! Do you have any suggestions of good tumblrs to follow? I'm having trouble finding ones that are worth following. :)

I don’t follow heaps but here’s a great directory for YA authors on Tumblr: http://yahighway.tumblr.com/YAdirectory. I mainly follow bits and pieces from tv show fandoms.

Also, Smart Girls at the Party. Amy Poehler’s org.

25 8 / 2014

The Inky Awards celebrate Australian and international fiction, poetry, anthologies and graphic novels written for young adults.  The longlists and shortlists are decided by teens for teens.

Gold Inky Award (Australian YA) shortlist:

  • These Broken Stars - Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
  • The First Third - Will Kostakis
  • Every Breath - Ellie Marney
  • Fairytales for Wilde Girls - Allyse Near
  • The Sky So Heavy - Claire Zorn 

Silver Inky Award (international YA) shortlist:

  • All the Truth That’s in Me - Julie Berry
  • Seraphina - Rachel Hartman
  • Acid - Emma Pass
  • Man Made Boy - Jon Skovron
  • Lockwood & Co: The Screaming Staircase - Jonathan Stroud

Voting is open until 5th of October


21 8 / 2014

Great article on the great (and problematic) aspects of the Ice Bucket Challenge. The biggest issue is that in many countries (including Australia) the terminology is different. 

The UK, Scotland, some Asian countries, South Africa, New Zealand, they all call it MND…Even in the States they have an issue because a lot of people only know it as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, they don’t even know about ALS, so the message is not always getting through.”

You can support all four types of Motor Neurone Disease (of which ALS is one) please consider sending a donation to www.mndaust.asn.au

20 8 / 2014

"Roy has lightened up a bit. He has this real funny thing with Felicity. They’ve turned into this thing where it’s like that scene in ‘Bridesmaids’ where they’re all trying to one up each other. That’s basically Emily and I this season. It’s nice to see the lighter side, because if you go back to the cartoons and comics, Roy is a little quippy."

Colton Haynes talks about Felicity-Roy relationship on Arrow Season 3 


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My first reaction was…I don’t need Roy to be quippy - Felicity’s got that handled.

Secondly…I don’t want Roy’s “thing” with Felicity to be at the expense of Felicity and Dig scenes. Seriously. I would like more (original) Team Arrow and it feels like TPTB could be leading away from that.  

But mostly, I want David Ramsey to be given more to do. More lines would be a start.

18 8 / 2014


My friend has been excited over the television adaptation of Outlander for what seems to be forever. It came up in conversation…a lot, her twitter feed was swamped with mentions, she was trying to speak Gaelic from the Starz videos (smart marketing) and I learnt that she’d named her dog after a minor character in a later book. She’s WAY into it. When it was announced that this well-known romantic, time traveling tale was being re-imagined, I failed to understand the reference. I had never heard of the series. Not once. And I read considerable quantities of historic romance. I seem to have fallen in the Outlander void.

Now my friend, Danielle, has been asking me to read it. I considered it. And then I discovered it was eight hundred pages long and really who has time to read a book that is that long? Seriously, that’s 3-4 YA books, or a really, really long saga that I actually want to read. But for an obligation read….no.

And then I folded like a cheap suit.


13 8 / 2014

I saw a fantastic gifset mash up of the Knightley “badly done, Emma” scene on Tumblr last week. It utilised Emma Approved, the Gwyneth Paltrow adaptation and (I believe) the Jonny Lee Miller adaptation. There may have been some text from Austen too.

I failed to favourite. Does anyone have the link?

12 8 / 2014


Is it not enough that their impeccable chemistry was brought together in fiction, now you wanna see Stephen leave his wife and baby for Emily? It just says something about you when you ship real people romantically, when you can’t just enjoy the art and you try to force that attraction into…

In complete agreement.  Shipping two people (as opposed to fictional characters) is incredibly intrusive into their lives.  Also, it makes you no better than the trash that write complete nonsense for the tabloids.  Be better, do better.

We know Oliver and Felicity. We have been invited into their lives.

We really don’t know Stephen and Emily. Their private lives are theirs, not ours.

Speculating on fictional characters is fine.  Speculating on real people can affect their real lives and their relationships with their actual loved ones. 

Real life isn’t a narrative you can control. 

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02 8 / 2014

I find it concerning that a character who cannot agree to sex as "… [having] nighttime fun with the Mandragora". Yes, this show is fantastical but the continued representation of this as fun and sexy feels plain wrong.

Ingrid is not in a state to consent to sexual intercourse which makes this rape.  The way the show is currently framing this, and the media, is very concerning in terms of the message they are presenting.


03 7 / 2014

YAY - love her from Fringe. She’s got the look, the acting chops and on an interesting  note….my best friend went to high school with her and apparently she had a lovely singing voice.

As does Scott Michael Foster who was cast as Kristoff….hmmm.

28 6 / 2014


Click here to watch more of Jordan Klepper and Jessica Williams’s safety tips for college students from last night’s Daily Show.