laphamsquarterly:

“The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.”
—H. L. Mencken, 1921

laphamsquarterly:

“The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.”

—H. L. Mencken, 1921

24 October 2012 ·

laphamsquarterly:

“Nothing is so firmly believed as that which we least know.” 
—Michel de Montaigne, 1580

laphamsquarterly:

“Nothing is so firmly believed as that which we least know.” 

Michel de Montaigne, 1580

31 August 2012 ·

buckleyisdeprecious:

Remember to always save up some pessimism for when things get worse.

Little Buckley. Always so heartwarming. Follow this blog for your daily dose of the adorable cynic.

buckleyisdeprecious:

Remember to always save up some pessimism for when things get worse.

Little Buckley.
Always so heartwarming.
Follow this blog for your daily dose of
the adorable cynic.

6 July 2012 ·

In the Yukon. 
I took this while drinking wine on the back deck of my father in law’s house.

In the Yukon.
I took this while drinking wine on the back deck of my father in law’s house.

26 June 2012 ·

When dinosaurs roamed.

When dinosaurs roamed.

19 June 2012 ·

kateordie:

Sometimes I have the time and patience to get from an idea to a fully fleshed-out, penciled, inked and coloured comic.

Sometimes I don’t.

(via atsween)

15 June 2012 ·

marleymarley:

I missed the transit yesterday because of working 12 hours, but the transit of Venus looks so incredibly cool in this Nasa video.

(Source: felistella, via danforth)

6 June 2012 ·

buckleyisdeprecious:

I don’t want to live in a world where pet Halloween costumes exist.

buckleyisdeprecious:

I don’t want to live in a world where pet Halloween costumes exist.

6 June 2012 ·

theatlantic:

Kurt Vonnegut’s 8 Tips on How to Write a Great Story

1. Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted.
2. Give the reader at least one character he or she can root for.
3. Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water.
4. Every sentence must do one of two things—reveal character or advance the action.
5. Start as close to the end as possible.
6. Be a Sadist. No matter how sweet and innocent your leading characters, make awful things happen to them—in order that the reader may see what they are made of.
7. Write to please just one person. If you open a window and make love to the world, so to speak, your story will get pneumonia.
8. Give your readers as much information as possible as soon as possible. To hell with suspense. Readers should have such complete understanding of what is going on, where and why, that they could finish the story themselves, should cockroaches eat the last few pages.
Via Brainpickings/Reddit [Photo: AP]


I have a hard time putting my characters through trauma… I like them too much. It’s a major downfall in my writing.

theatlantic:

Kurt Vonnegut’s 8 Tips on How to Write a Great Story

1. Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted.

2. Give the reader at least one character he or she can root for.

3. Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water.

4. Every sentence must do one of two things—reveal character or advance the action.

5. Start as close to the end as possible.

6. Be a Sadist. No matter how sweet and innocent your leading characters, make awful things happen to them—in order that the reader may see what they are made of.

7. Write to please just one person. If you open a window and make love to the world, so to speak, your story will get pneumonia.

8. Give your readers as much information as possible as soon as possible. To hell with suspense. Readers should have such complete understanding of what is going on, where and why, that they could finish the story themselves, should cockroaches eat the last few pages.

Via Brainpickings/Reddit [Photo: AP]

I have a hard time putting my characters through trauma… I like them too much. It’s a major downfall in my writing.

4 April 2012 ·

Basically, the cutest.

Basically, the cutest.

13 March 2012 ·

About Me

Stasia Evaline Schmidt.