Expedition in Bujagali, in Jinja, Uganda. Part of a 17 day road trip we took last year with #OnetouchLive.

Photography by Mutua Matheka.

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I’ve spent way too much time clicking on gorgeous photos all over this site. And I’m not done yet!

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Precious Heart  by Elaine Jackson


Precious Heart by Elaine Jackson

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Writing advice you’re not going to like.


People sometimes send me Asks wanting writing advice.  I suck at it.  I don’t really know how I do the writing, or how one should do the writing, or what one should do to get better at the writing.  All I can ever think to say is “write a lot of stuff and you will get better at the writing.”  Which is true, but hardly a bolt from the sky.

Well, as it turns out, I do have one piece of Legit Writing Advice, and I am going to share it with you, right now.  If you were in any of my writing workshop groups at a con, you’ve heard this advice already.

Warning: you’re going to fucking hate it.  But if you do it, you will thank me.

If you have a piece of fiction you’re serious about, something you might want to actually shop around, or just something you really are into and want to make it as good as you can…do NOT edit it.

Repeat.  DO NOT EDIT.


As in, print out the whole fucking thing and re-enter it, every word (or use two screens).  Retype the whole thing.  Recreate it from the ground up using your first draft as a template.  Start with a blank page and re-enter every. single. word.

I hear you screaming.  OH MY GOD THAT’S INSANE.

Yes.  Yes, it is.

It is also the most powerful thing you will ever do for a piece of fiction that you are serious about.

Now, let’s get real.  I don’t do this for most things.  I don’t do it for my fanfiction.  But if it’s something original, something I might like to get to a professional level - I do it.  You absolutely COULD do it for fanfiction.  It’s just up to you and how much time you want to sink into a piece.

You can edit, sure.  But you WILL NOT get down to the level of change that needs to happen in a second draft.  You will let things slide.  Your eyes will miss things.  You will say “eh, good enough.”

The first time I did this, on someone else’s advice, I was dubious.  Within two pages, I was saying WHY HAVE I NOT BEEN DOING THIS ALL THE TIME.  I was amazed at how much change was happening.  By the time I got to the end, I had an entirely different novel than the one I’d started with.  When you’re already re-entering every single word, it’s easy to make deep changes.  You’ll reformat sentences, you’ll switch phrases around, you’ll massage your word choice.  You’ll discover whole paragraphs that don’t need to be there at all because they became redundant.  You’ll find dialogue exchanges that need reimagining.  Whole plot points will suddenly be different, whole story arcs will reveal their flaws and get re-drawn.

You cannot get down to the fundamental level of change that’s required just by editing an existing document.  You have to rebuild it if you really want your story to evolve.  You will be AMAZED at the difference it will make.

It will take time.  It will seem like a huge, Herculean task.  I’m not saying it’s easy.  It isn’t.  But it is absolutely revolutionary.

Try it.  I promise, you will see what I mean.

*PSA: Tipsy!Lori wrote this post.  In case you couldn’t tell.

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Taino Indians Counted Out Of Existence

There are those who self-identify as Taino Indians today and they are making sure that they are counted in the upcoming 2010 census.

Present day Taínos argue that they were not entirely killed off and that many of them escaped into the mountains and others intermarried with their conquerors and survived.

this video features Roberto “Múkaro” Borrero (“A response to the claim of Taíno extinction”) and Gabriel Haslip-Viera (“The Myth of Taíno survival in the Spanish speaking Caribbean”)

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Hi, friends!

I know that for a lot of non-binary and transgender folks, swimming can be a pain (especially with a lack of gender neutral swimwear). It’s hard to want to go to a pool or to the beach and enjoy all that it has to offer without having to force yourself into swimwear that isn’t necessarily comfortable.

Just today, a company by the name of Outplay opened its doors for people looking for gender neutral swimwear! For a limited time, they’re having a pre-order sale—up to 60% off!

There are two different types of swimming binders available, and they come in both high and low binding compression:


The Swimmie mid drift binding swim top (pictured above; navy and white) is cropped, like a sports bra, allowing your mid section to be free. 

Here’s an example of a model, named Melo, wearing the low compression Swimmee binder and Tomboier shorts:



The Flatsea full-coverage binding swim top (pictured above in solid navy) is just like a swim tank! No more wearing a sports bra under a tank top!

Here’s an example of a model, named Alex, wearing the low compression Flatsea binder and Boi shorts:



The bi-colored Tomboier shorts (pictured above in navy with a white band) are a pair of swim shorts that can be paired with either swim binder of your choice.


The Boi shorts (pictured above in solid black) come in only solid colors and are longer than their Tomboier counterparts. The shorts can be paired with either top of your choice.

If you have any questions, please e-mail the Outplay company at

Disclaimer: All images are copyright to Outplay. I was given permission by Founder and President of Outplay, Marialexandra Garcia, to use these images in a blog post.

Seems pretty focused on trans masculine non-binary folks, but still cool! 

I wanted to add that I asked the OP if they knew of any trans-feminine swimwear too, and they got back to me!

"I actually don’t know, but there are some swimsuits on Etsy that cater to trans feminine people.

I just figured that the current things that were for sale on the Outplay store catered to more than just those who are trans masculine. I don’t identify with either masculinity or femininity, and I had in my mind that it would do some good to share. ^^ But if you email the folks at Outplay and suggest more options for trans feminine people, maybe they’d add some new pieces. :D

Here are the links to trans feminine swimwear:
Thank you very much!

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The Met has just made more than 400,000 pieces available for high-res download. Here’s a few to get you started.  

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mermaid by Simon Eckert

looks like lil kim

wait i didn’t see the creepy octopus

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This floor routine is straight family cookout music.


this is definitely black excellence.

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Don’t let small minds persuade you that your dreams are too big.
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