The Spark Collector

“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” - Howard Thurman



I’ve seen a lot of guides both on tumblr and the internet in general that have the most backward piece of advice when writing blind characters ever.

“Blindfold yourself and walk around for a little bit to see what being blind feels like!”


And here’s why.

1. Unless your character has just freshly been blinded, there is literally no possible way for you to understand what it’s like to be blind. You’ve (presumably) had your sight your entire life and wandering around without it for an hour or so isn’t going to teach you what it’s like to not have that sense. It’s not even going to come remotely close. 

2. Honestly, I feel like this is obvious, but guess not: you could hurt yourself. Blind people have learned to navigate through their settings with their safety in mind, at all times. They understand how to angle themselves, how to move forward, what steps to take and how to take them. Because they’ve been blind and have had years or more to teach themselves how to do this or they have had medical professionals teach them how to do this (in the case of people who have been blinded rather than been born blind). No matter how well you think you know your surroundings, the second you take away your sight, you don’t know anything. You could do as little as stub your toe to trip and seriously injure yourself. So just don’t.

3. Probably the most important reason. You’re being an insensitive ableist jerk. Just like people who sit in a wheelchair to “see what its like”, you as someone who isn’t blind, attempting to know what its like with the privilege of being able to just taking off the blindfold, are being incredibly problematic. It isn’t fair to people who are blind that you can put a piece of cloth over your eyes and pretend to see what life is like for them just to be able to go back to your able bodied self. 

Honestly, it’s just in poor taste and from what I’ve gathered from the blind community while doing actual research, it’s downright stupid. There are plenty of other ways to research for a blind character that don’t include stumbling around your house like an idiot. What you need to do is spend more than five minutes googling and actually take the time to sift through that wonderful thing called the internet to find detailed personal accounts of actual blind people to tell you what it’s like. Then and only then can you hope to write an accurate portrayal for your character.






Real Time with Bill Maher: 6.6.14 — Anthony Weiner, Jim Geraghety, Nicolle Wallace


Holy shit, Anthony Weiner actually said something important.

It’s a miracle!

That’s been the Republican strategy since day one of Obama’s presidency. Block the President at every turn, then blame him for not getting anything done. In fact, here’s Newt Gingrich openly admitting to it.

That’s why Republicans block jobs bills — so they can blame Obama for the economy still sucking. They’ve blocked budgets, resulting in a government shutdown that they then tried to blame on Obama. They’ve tried over and over again to block Obamacare, and complain that it’s a failure as they work their asses off to try to make it fail.

It’s kindergarten politics, and we need to vote these schmucks out in November. A bunch of white guys throwing temper tantrums and shouting NO! to everything just because they don’t like the president is no way to run a government, especially if we’re going to continue to pretend to be one of the greatest nations on earth.

"especially if we’re going to continue to pretend to be one of the greatest nations on earth."