Fenced-In Acre

Writing, Life, and Other Things At Which I Don't Always Succeed


"If you have a problem with people living their lives and being authentically who they are, you really should go and do some soul-searching."

(via childishzombiejellyfish)

sanguisbather said: Okay, you know how it's like an Italian custom to kiss each other on the cheek as a way of greeting? Imagine Aro doing that to Carlisle and Carlisle's like " um... you can stop now."


Yeah I think Aro was too affectionate and demonstrative for reserved, English-bred Carlisle. lol.  Isn’t there a bit in the New Moon book where Aro kisses Jane in greeting? ESME is a big hugger but Carlisle, in the books, is not a touchy-feely guy at all really.  Esme hugs Bella like 4-5 times, and hugs Edward, and hugs Alice/Jasper when they come back. I think Carlisle might kiss Bella on the forehead and pat Edward’s back before they leave to find witnesses in BD and… that’s about it? And even in the movies, Rob and Peter had a joke about Carlisle always putting a hand on Edward’s shoulder, like it was in the script as a sign of fatherly affection so every time Peter saw Rob he’d do it or something, I can’t remember exactly. But that’s pretty much it in terms of physical touches, other than with Esme. Carlisle’s not a hugger or kisser and Aro’s just this mountain of enthusiastic (fake??) affection about to erupt and spew molten cheek kisses and embraces and hand-holding over everyone. 

In ancient times there was even this (misogynistic) idea that a male friendship was basically the most important relationship in a man’s life, greater than his marriage to a woman, because women were inferior and another man was an equal.  Considering that Aro keeps his ‘wife’ locked up in a tower for her ~safety I could see Aro subscribing to this asinine idea and thinking that Carlisle is his most significant relationship. 

But Carlisle is English (stereotypically a reserved people) and was raised in the church by a single father who also happened to be a very strict pastor who was emotionally distant (and burned people at the stake).  Aro’s ancient sensibilities and open affection no doubt would have made him uncomfortable. 

"You can stop now," is right. XD

This Guy Just Changed The Way We See Twilight. Mind Blowing.

So this is interesting. Throughout my years in Twific fandom, I fundamentally never got the Edward/Bella craze. It’s one of the primary reasons I never much enjoyed the genre of AH; I don’t like genre romance and really don’t like het erotica, so the only thing that might hold my interest with AH would’ve been the pairing. And I fundamentally didn’t agree with the pairing. But I could never really articulate what bothered me so badly about Edward/Bella except for the same things that get spouted everywhere—he’s borderline abusive, she’s a cipher, etc. etc. 

I read this and went, “Aha.” This is the Twilight saga as I read it. This was what my brain was noticing as I went through them. And this is why as a fan writer, I did not, indeed, could not, rewrite them with the nostalgia of an epic love saga but instead wrote around the edges, and chose as the character to make my connections the one who had at least a marginal ability to comment on how utterly destructive this relationship is. 

So in my circles, this song went something like this: 

Fun music!
Aww, look, silly pedantic grammar rules. 
Haha, Oxford comma


Oh he did not just imply that linguists will correct someone’s grammar according to prescriptivist rules! 

:stops song, goes on to something else: 




so i updated that orange is the new black offense thing bc it was kind of inaccurate and i added some of my faves ok here

YES this is so much better than the other that just said “DRUGS” above everyone

I’m really, really curious about Suzane’s infraction. I bet you anything it will be severely heartbreaking, mildly disturbing, and utterly tragic.


Yeah, several of the "published authors" show up at SDCC to hock their wares.


But they're not comics? Or Sci Fi?


And nor are they Twilight fanfic, supposedly. *coughthemillionviewsonlinecamefromwhatexactlycough* So no connection to anything SDCC related at all. SDCC seems to be moving toward "Anything that has fans."


All the things?


All the things.


What's next, MCM furniture?


"In Hall H this year, we will have a special panel of six-drawer bureaus talking about their popularity in the Mad Men era."


records, bromeliads and coffee are next year's additions

Favorite Opening Credits: Orange Is The New Black

"All those eyes and mouths that make up the "Orange Is The New Black" opening credits are from real women, not actors.

Set to Regina Spektor’s “You’ve Got Time,” the credits are a montage of smiles, frowns, glares and stares of formerly incarcerated women, and other prison mainstays like barbed wire, fingerprinting, handcuffs and more.

The credits were designed, at the request of creator Jenji Kohan, to get the point across that the show wasn’t just going to be telling the story of Piper Chapman.” (x)

(Source: kubriq, via childishzombiejellyfish)

The First Use of OMG Was in a 1917 Letter to Winston Churchill



I just want to point out one thing here: When was the last time the cigarette metaphored the boy in a teen romance? Ever? Has it happened ever? I seriously think it might not have happened ever.

I am reblogging this not only because it is an awesome send-up but because I want to acknowledge the awesomeness that is the verbing of metaphor. 

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I finished the draft of my dissertation

I get to be a human again for a little while.

That is, unless I actually succeed at getting an academic job and have my soul sucked out again…