Kami McArthur
Is your attack on titan giveaway with international shipping, or only US?
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International. Most, (in fact I think all) items can be shipped worldwide.

(The giveaway is here for those who don’t know what we are talking about.)

Thanks for asking. :)

Wow, colossal Titan is better at yoga than me!

Wow, colossal Titan is better at yoga than me!

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Pug goes crazy in his first ball pit!

According to this list I found about admitting patients into an insane asylum, we should all be mad. Looks like I got admitted from novel reading, but at least it wasn’t because my parents were cousins. What about the rest of you? ?

According to this list I found about admitting patients into an insane asylum, we should all be mad. Looks like I got admitted from novel reading, but at least it wasn’t because my parents were cousins. What about the rest of you? 
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Are You a Passive or Active Audience Member?

You’ll have to thank my brother for my blog post today, because he pointed out to me that there are two different ways to watch a movie or t.v. show (or, I’ll add, read a book)—actively or passively. And honestly, I think a lot of people are passive.

Since movies, t.v. shows, books, and games tend to be something people wind down to or a means to cope with stress, we sit back and relax and simply let those mediums entertain us. We’re being spoon-fed a story. We’re letting the story take us on it’s little ride. We might miss some minor details of the plot, setting, or characterization, but we get most of the story. Being a passive audience takes no effort.

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A passive audience member isn’t necessarily bad, but an active one is better, particularly for writers. Active audience members are constantly consciously putting themselves in the story. They are participating in it, actively looking for the fine details, that little snippet of dialogue that implies why a character is a certain way, exactly why that fighting maneuver worked or didn’t. They will come up with questions and actively listen or watch or read for the answers. They will make fine-tuned predictions and have little questions about the characters’ world. They will find the minuscule plot holes, not just the blaring ones. They will pick up on the gestures a character makes and what they mean.



Active audiences aren’t being spoon-fed entertainment, they are participating in the story, creating their own meaning of it. The active audience doesn’t zone out even at the “boring parts” or the “slow parts,” because they are making an effort to participate in the story even then.

Weeks ago I did a post all about action scenes, and I said one of my problems was that when action scenes started in stories, I tended to zone out more or less. I went passive. I had to retrain myself (and it’s still a conscious effort) to be active in action scenes, forcing myself to follow the details, the movements, and to participate by thinking about what happened or what could happen.

Another person might only be active during action scenes, because that’s their bent, that’s why they went to the movie or bought that book, and they might be passive during the dialogue scenes or the internal conflict scenes, or the thematic discussion—what is to them, the “boring” scenes. Like I had to become active during action scenes, this person needs to relearn to become active in those scenes.

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I went to the rodeo last night. And there was a guy from JAPAN riding a BULL here in the U.S. 

Can we take a moment to acknowledge how awesome that is? This Japanese guy followed his dream all the way to the U.S. to learn about livestock and rodeos and cowboy things, to practice, to compete in bull-riding in rodeos!

Alternatively, you can acknowledge the slightly-older-that-19-year-old competitor who has already made over $1 million from professionally competing in over 19 rodeos! 

Let’s hear it for these guys! We need their kind of gumption.

The only thing better than reading is writing.

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Strange, I thought, how you can be living your dreams and your nightmares at the very same time. — Ransom Riggs

 - Viva La Viral
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Before you listen to this, I must warn you this is one of the best things you will listen to in your whole entire freaking life.

Viva la Viral 

“Viva la Vida” - Coldplay,
“When You Were Young” - The Killers, 
“Because of You” - Kelly Clarkson,
“Livin’ on a Prayer” - Bon Jovi,
“Walking on a Dream” - Empire of the Sun,
“Starlight” - Muse 
“All of Your Love” - Hellogoodbye

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Ladies and gentlemen: a 4-Chord Song mashup.

I am BAFFLED by this. The Muse part: