Art by Skyecrystal

Hi everybody! I started this tumblr because I wrote a fanfic called "Falling" and fanart for it kind of drew my attention to tumblr, but since then my tumblr has become a place where I squee over a bunch of different fandoms and random things that catch my attention. I love being able to talk to people who actually GET it!

You can read Falling and my other stuff at ff.net or ao3.

I do post a lot of Falling-related stuff here, particularly bits of canon and deleted scenes I couldn't fit into the story, which are all collected on the about page.

I do maintain three other blogs -- leaderinblue (a Falling Leo Roleplay blog, on hiatus), shardsoftangshen (a Tang Shen AU Roleplay blog), and askthehamatofamily, which is a Falling!Gang ask blog (when I have time to answer things).

And please say hi! I'm just a fandom geek who wants to share my geekery with everybody who'll stay still long enough to listen.

(Header image is by discosmackdown, sidebar image is by skyecrystal)

When I do charity events dressed as Batgirl, all the children of color are absolutely overjoyed. They literally embrace me and I can see them realize that their own race and skin color is not a hindrance to their creativity, as everything they see and experience has been telling them ever since they were old enough to process media.
The white children are hesitant and some attempt to quiz me or insist that I’m not ‘right’ or ‘real’. They are repeating what they have been told and what they have seen all their lives. I explain that Batman believes that anyone can be a hero if they are a good person and work hard, no matter what they look like. So of course Batgirl and Robin can be Black or Chinese or Spanish or anything, because that doesn’t change who they are.
The kids accept this and by the end of the event we’re all holding hands and talking about video games. I think representation is more important than ‘accuracy’ and I won’t be involved with an organization that doesn’t agree with that.

Jay Justice, on whether costumers who dress for charity events should only portray characters ‘accurately’ or not, with implications that ‘accuracy’ means that a non white person should limit themselves to canonical characters of color. (via msjayjustice)

Jay Justice is more Batgirl than anyone I know.

(via gailsimone)

Why is devil’s food cake called that? Because natural cocoa is actually dark red. More info on the history of WHY it changed colour here.

“In 1828,” says Smithsonian magazine, “a Dutch chemist found a way to make powdered chocolate by removing about half the natural fat (cacao butter) from chocolate liquor, pulverizing what remained and treating the mixture with alkaline salts to cut the bitter taste. His product became known as “Dutch cocoa,” and it soon led to the creation of solid chocolate.”

Where natural cocoa is a deep red, Dutch chocolate is a darker brown. After its invention, unprocessed cocoa, with all its bitterness, fell out of favor. This new sweet chocolate, “cheap and brown, and its colour association shifted to match,” says Edible Geography, came to erase older ideas of chocolate—even though it’s still possible to buy chocolate in an array of subtle shades. 

This is one of the coolest thing I’ve read in a long time (F is the natural cocoa).