Sara V. Marder

Freedom through expression


a quick guide to baby etiquette 

Reblogging again since it is now cold season and, despite the fact that you would think this is common sense, I still have to ask strangers to please stop touching my daughter literally every time we go out. Please remember that what we view as a simple cold can actually put some babies in the hospital!


I found these gifs I made a while back for a site that’s not running anymore, so I thought I’d post them here. It’s a description of psychiatric symptoms and states of mind using a pink box and some other stuff. 


has anyone ever told you ‘never change’
unaware of the implications of that phrase

a glorified being-stuck-in-a-rut
a stagnant pool of a soul in a trap

when nothing changes or evolves
tomorrow is no more than yesterday

the past is there to be overcome
lest we drown in the quicksand of life

sonnet-of-joy asked: Is there a particular reason you read your own audio books? Please don't take this the wrong way, I love it! I'm just wondering why you do it as opposed to having an actor do it.


But I do have actors do it: Lenny Henry did ANANSI BOYS better than I ever could have done it. The Readers of AMERICAN GODS (George Guidall, and the Full Cast Audio) and the Full Cast Audio of The Graveyard Book are brilliant.

But I do it when I can because I enjoy reading my own work aloud, because I hope that having the author read his/her own text can clarify things for a listener, and because every now and again I win awards for it, enough that I don’t feel like an amateur anyway.


Another way to present the 9 types of intelligence as exemplified by my How Do We Measure Intelligence post.

The basic idea is that different people are good at different things. These 9 probably don’t cover the wide range of smarts we all possess, but it’s a start.

As Albert Einstein said, ”Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”

“The best thing about writing fiction is that moment where the story catches fire and comes to life on the page, and suddenly it all makes sense and you know what it’s about and why you’re doing it and what these people are saying and doing, and you get to feel like both the creator and the audience. Everything is suddenly both obvious and surprising… and it’s magic and wonderful and strange.”

– Neil Gaiman (via aquestionofcharacter)