“Louisa May Alcott wrote Little Women for the money. And it made her miserable.
As a young writer, Alcott concentrated on lurid pulp stories of revenge, murder, and adultery–’blood and thunder’ literature, as she called it–and enjoyed writing very much. She was in her mid-30s when an editor suggested she try writing a book for girls. Alcott wasn’t very interested, but her father was a complete moron with money and had left the family in terrible financial trouble. Alcott wrote Little Women in hopes of some decent sales and a little breathing room and got way more than she asked for. The money in sequels was too good to turn down (and her father didn’t get any smarter with a dime), but Alcott hated writing what she called ‘moral pap for the young’ and longed to return to the smut and violence of her early endeavors.”—Ten Things You Didn’t Know About Books and Authors You Had to Read in High School (via bookriot)
is there anything weirder than waking up after a dream and all the details are still fresh in your mind so you’re just like what the FUCK WAS THAT WHY DID I THINK THAT WAS NORMAL HOW DID DREAM ME NOT QUESTION THAT
the thing about being someone who’s never catcalled is that you start to wonder why like is it because im ugly???
and then you realize that youre judging your worth by whether or not you are objectifiable to a man and thats so fucked up like honestly its so fucked up
but the worst part about the patriarchy is that it still sits at the back of your mind regardless like “nobody thinks youre pretty because they dont see you as a sex object” like somehow thats a desirable thing and it fucks me up
I love pirates because they have no concept on albeism. oh you have no leg? here have a peg leg. no hand?? well guess we gotta put a hook on that, give those sons of bitches a surprise. Blind in one eye, put an eyepatch on no one fucking cares, youre deaf??? go man the canons you glorious bastard.They dont care if youre disabled bcus as long as you can fuck shit up they literally dont fucking care.
I never thought about it this way. This is beautiful.
When: Sunday the 31st of of August at Noon PST, which is 3:00 PM EST and 8:00 PM in London.
As usual, I’ll be setting stream a half hour early and stream some music or something until the start time. This should give me time to iron out any unexpected livestream doomies, and you guys time to log in and kick livestream in the shins if it’s being doomy for you.
After watching Outlander 1x02, I started binge-listening to versions of The Skye Boat Song, and then it occurred to me that many people don’t know or understand the history of the song. So here’s a bit of Scottish history, which includes the original subject of The Skye Boat Song - Bonnie Prince Charlie.
As watchers/readers of Outlander know, Claire lands in 1743 Scotland, smack in the middle of Scottish uprisings against the English. Scotland had only recently become part of Great Britain (via the Acts of Union in 1707), against the popular sentiment of its people, and the English still snubbed their nose at the Scottish. This is before the Enlightenment, with Scots like David Hume, Adam Smith, and James Watt making huge strides in the public (European) eye of what Scotland was capable of, scientifically and culturally. In 1743, England considered Scotland a backwater, and while some Scots tried to coin themselves as British to embrace the new national identity, you wouldn’t find many English people doing the same.
The Jacobite rebellions (or uprisings, depending on who tells the story) came out of this sentiment. Many Scots wanted to return to an independent Scotland (more specifically, rule by a Scottish king), and they found their hero in Charles Edward Stuart (later known as Bonnie Prince Charlie). Bonnie Prince Charlie was heir to the Scottish throne, such that it was. His ancestor was James I of England/James VI of Scotland, who had inherited both the English and Scottish thrones after Queen Elizabeth died without any children. James II of England was run off the throne in the Glorious Rebellion of 1688, and the family had been living in exile ever since.
Charles was named Prince Regent in December 1743, and 18 months later led the rebellion of 1745 to reclaim the Scottish and English thrones. The rebellion ended in 1746 with the Battle of Culloden, a stunning and heartbreaking defeat, which left the Scottish firmly under the heel of the English and Bonnie Prince Charlie on the run. With a price on his head of £30,000, still no Scots turned him in, and he was eventually smuggled out of the country via Skye to a French ship. As everyone knows, the French hated the English.
While The Skye Boat Song is a lament for Bonnie Prince Charlie and the defeat of the Jacobite rebellions, it is important to note that the prince never thanked those who smuggled him out of the country (risking their lives, I need dare say), and never looked back. He and his descendants stayed in exile for several generations, while the English imposed prohibitions on many Scottish cultural activities, including possessing any weapons, the wearing of kilts, playing of bagpipes, and Scottish dancing (all considered war activities).
Now, Outlander has taken the Skye Boat Song, about an exiled prince, and changed the pronouns to make it about Claire. In my opinion, this reinvigorates the song - Bonnie Prince Charlie never looked back on the devastation he caused, and fled back to exile. Claire, meanwhile, is also in exile - but as hard as she tries to get home, for now, she is going to help those around her (and certainly not make their situation worse than when she arrived).
Sing me a song of a lass that is gone, Say, could that lass be I? Merry of soul she sailed on a day Over the sea to Skye.
Billow and breeze, islands and seas, Mountains of rain and sun, All that was good, all that was fair, All that was me is gone.