It's time for me to share all the coolest stuff I saw on the internet this last quarter!
First of all, I wanted to share this fantastic language-related video where bilingual people take on Google Translate:
In the writing world, this Tumblr post gives some great advice for white people drawing/writing characters of color. This Tumblr post looks at fictional animal design, while this one looks at the causes of war. This one offers an interesting cheat sheet for how plot, character, and setting interact.
On this Twitter thread, Delilah S. Dawson talks about managing a writing career in a mentally healthy way. Similarly, on this thread, Malinda Lo gives some good advice for new, traditionally published authors.
In the book world, this Tumblr post by Maggie Stiefvater looks at the negative impact of pirating e-books (DO NOT DO IT). Meanwhile, this infographic talks about free ways you can support authors:
The semiannual YA Scavenger Hunt is also going on right now, and you should definitely check it out!
Finally, the cast for the first season of the Netflix adaptation of Leigh Bardugo's Grishaverse books has just been revealed. From left to right in the picture below: Ben Barnes as the Darkling, Kit Young as Jasper Fahey, Freddy Carter as Kaz Brekker, Jessie Mei Li as Alina Starkov, Archie Renaux as Malyen Oretsev, and Amita Suman as Inej Ghafa.
In the English major world (which, I'm sure, crosses over with those last two), here's a solid Twitter thread about the stereotype of English being a useless major and how the data doesn't support that!
In social justice, this Twitter thread looks at what the indigenous peoples of America accomplished before white imperialism and colonization occurred.
This thread talks about violence in American culture, and this tweet looks at the false connection between violence and mental illness. Additionally, this Twitter thread talks about the dark history (and present) of mental illness institutions.
This lone tweet is followed by some fantastic, hilarious comments making fun of one excuse for how artists draw Catwoman. Just to spice things up, this Tumblr post has images of a Twitter thread about the way we devalue "feminine" things, which is a topic I really care about. Also in feminism, this Vice article offers a fantastic list of 100 ways to make women's lives easier.
This Twitter thread compares gun laws to driving-related laws, which I think is fair. This one talks about fighting back against the alt-right radicalization of white teen boys. Finally, I recommend this video on legal immigration in the U.S. from John Oliver, although be aware that his (brilliant) show is on HBO, so he uses a lot of crude language.
In chronic/mental illness, this Tumblr post has some good places to go if you can't afford your medications.
This article, written by one of my recommended people to follow on Twitter. talks about the nebulous line between visible and invisible disabilities. She also wrote this article about abled people judging disability, which goes along with this thread by another disabled activist. (This all crosses over into social justice ,of course.)
Author A.S. King tweeted a couple of Twitter threads memorializing her daughter's suicide with some important thoughts about suicide prevention.
This thread talks about how autistic people (and other neuroatypicals, I'm sure) might express empathy.
Finally, this image combines three topics I like, libraries, social justice, and space:
Thanks for checking this out! Comment below with something cool you saw on the Internet recently, and I'll be back Saturday with our fall 2019 humor post.
Images via erindorney.com, LBardugo on Twitter, and iwastesomuchtime.com.
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