Elizabeth Olsen photographed by Frances Tulk-Hart at her apartment in NYC, 2013.

Marina Silva


Hello All,

It has come to my attention that the Brazilian Candidate for President, Marina Silva, may be against gay marriage. That would put me in direct conflict with her. As you know I have fought for marriage equality in my country and see it as a reflection of the quality of a candidate. I did not know this was her stand on this issue when I made the video supporting her.  I only saw her debate where she said she supported gay marriage and have come to find out after the fact that her party has pulled her support of this issue. I can not, in good conscience, support a candidate who takes a hard right approach to issues such as Gay Marriage and Reproductive rights even if that candidate is willing to do the right thing on environmental issues.

I am not an expert on Brazilian politics but I can say that Women’s Rights, Gay Rights and Environmental Rights are all part in parcel to a kind of world view that I ascribe to. To have a world view that does not include all three of those positions makes it impossible for me to endorse a particular candidate.

I have to apologize for not doing a better job of vetting this decision. I apologize if I have let anyone down or made them feel somehow I had done an about face on those issues that I clearly have made an effort to confront and fight.

At this time it would be good to know definitively where Candidate Silva stands on these issues and in no uncertain terms. It is a little bit murky and unclear presently. Until that time, based on what I have been able to glean from the few posts here, and what is available on the internet, I am withdrawing my endorsement. I would ask that her campaign would not use my video endorsement until they either state their support for gay marriage and the reproductive rights of women or make it clear where they stand on these important issues. Short of that my support is null and void.

I apologize to the Silva campaign for not having a better handle on their policies and creating this inconvenience. I was disappointed to see her support for gay marriage be dropped by her party the day after she gave it in a speech. I ask that you honor my wishes in good faith.


Mark Ruffalo


Jessica Chastain photographed by Amy Troost for Madame Figaro, September 2014.

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby photo call at the 2014 San Sebastian International Film Festival

01 and 40

01: When did you first start writing?

Well I always loved writing as a kid, whenever there were assignments and such, and once I wrote a “book” (it was a story and I cut and glued paper and drew it, haha) about a girl who wouldn’t eat salad and then she got sick and learned that she had to (and her name rhymed with lettuce, ughhhhhhh, creative genius). Then when I was around fourteen I started writing off of feelings that songs me (Jason Mraz, I owe you that bro), which eventually lead to fanfics and then originals. Hooray!

40: Which is your favorite original character, and why?

Once again, can’t choose just one, will talk about a random one. So Sebastian, he’s a god (I mean literally), and he’s sO STUPID (I’m mad at him right now, don’t mind me). He’s pretty damn stupid for a 500-year-old, but I actually really like that about him. It’s because he’s so good that he’s always trying to stay “fresh” in a way that he’ll not let what he’s been through harden him. So it’s almost like he’s trying to stay gullible? And it works, too (well, not always), because he comes off as really trustworthy and respectful, and a friend… And the ones who just met him feel really comfortable around him already. And despite all the secrets he carries, he’s just genuinely pleasant to be around (also Behind Blue Eyes is about him, bye).

2,4,8,10,13 and 18 :)

02: What was your favorite book growing up?

Aww, it was Pollyanna! I read a lot as a kid, but that one had a really big impact on me, what a beautiful story. I also remember that my class went on a “field trip” to a book editor and I was gonna buy it because it was my mom’s favorite as a child, but then they sold out. But theeen it turned  the school got a copy for their library so I borrowed it from there and read it. And a couple years ago I found the same edition on a second-hand bookstore and bought it ❤ 

04: Have you ever thrown a book across the room?

Not that I remember… BUT, the only reason why I didn’t throw Mockingjay across the room with that scene in the end was because I was in the middle of a class. Really wanted to though.

08: What’s the best piece of feedback you’ve ever gotten?

Honestly, I am incredibly lucky to have met, on this journey, other amazing “”“aspiring”“” writers (we’re all writers, come on), and we all end up having each other’s back. I’m always coming up with new shit and there these amazing people are to recieve. I love, I am absolutely passionate about different people reading my story at different stages, before or after certain changes. Each one values something more, and is bothered by something the other didn’t care about, and it’s like you have dozens of voices in your brain telling you how be better. It’s freaking awesome! I love all those people, and whatever they’ve said to me. Being more specific, however, I had a friend (who’s really more of an idol, she’s so damn good) tell me I was building up tension and suspense really well, and complemented the construction of a character who’s sort of the presage of the tension in the story. And any time someone gets something I only implied, it makes me rather teary.

10: What’s your biggest writer pet-peeve?






13: What’s your favorite writing quote?

Man, I really suck at this, I should keep a catalogue of quotes or something :/ there’s so many I love and none comes to mind right now… I’ll leave these two then, one from (actual queen) Cornelia Funke, writer of the Inkworld trilogy, and another from Winston Churchill, which is not specifically about writing but does apply, and it’s one of my favorite things ever in life…

Books loved anyone who opened them, they gave you security and friendship and didn’t ask anything in return; they never went away, never, not even when you treated them badly.” – Cornelia Funke

Never give up on something that you can’t go a day without thinking about." – Winston Churchill

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15: What would you say has inspired you the most?

People. People have inspired me the most. I can’t go too deep in this otherwise I’ll never stop, but at the end of the day, so many who are people just like me have gotten to where I want to be, and show me how I can get there, and tell me what I need, and make me learn it myself, and encourage to keep me going.

17: Would you like your books to be turned into TV shows, movies, video games, or none?

ALL OF THOSE! Yes! That would be absolutely amazing… I already picture some of my stories as movies and it’s the best haha

28: Which do you find hardest: the beginning, the middle, or the end?

Um… not sure, I think it depends on the story… but I’ve learned to be quite patient. Right now for example I’m writing the first book of a trilogy, and I have a VERY vague idea of how the second one might go, but pretty much nothing on the third, and I used to freak out a lot about that but now I’m fine… maybe not even the first one’s gonna turn out how I thought it would…

40: Which is your favorite original character, and why?

OH HELL NO! Okay, you are literally asking me to choose between my children. I can’t and I won’t. But I’ll chose one then and say why I love them. I think I’ll go with Sam, cause she was “officially” my first original character. She is so incredibly brave, and fights for what she believes in (in an almost irrational way, actually), and she’s had so much drama and difficulties in her life and she doesn’t let that own her for a single moment. I mean, if I was in her place, I’d probably just mope around all day and listen to sad music, idk. And, on the other hand, she’s also never let herself think of her as anything more than others for the privileges she’s had (I miss her now, damn that Dreamland writer’s block).

48: If you could write the next book of any series, which one would it be, and what would you make the book about?

Ooh, that’s a good one. You know what though, I honestly don’t know… If I can answer with a TV show, however, I do have an idea for a Doctor Who episode that I think is kinda nice :)

  • 01: When did you first start writing?
  • 02: What was your favorite book growing up?
  • 03: Are you an avid reader?
  • 04: Have you ever thrown a book across the room?
  • 05: Did you take writing courses in school/college?
  • 06: Have you read any writing-advice books?
  • 07: Have you ever been part of a critique group?
  • 08: What’s the best piece of feedback you’ve ever gotten?
  • 09: What’s the worst piece of feedback you’ve ever gotten?
  • 10: What’s your biggest writer pet-peeve?
  • 11: What’s your favorite book cover?
  • 12: Who is your favorite author?
  • 13: What’s your favorite writing quote?
  • 14: What’s your favorite writing blog? c;
  • 15: What would you say has inspired you the most?
  • 16: How do you feel about movies based on books?
  • 17: Would you like your books to be turned into TV shows, movies, video games, or none?
  • 18: How do you feel about love triangles?
  • 19: Do you prefer writing on a computer or longhand?
  • 20: What’s your favorite writing program?
  • 21: Do you outline?
  • 22: Do you start with characters or plot?
  • 23: What’s your favorite & least favorite part of making characters?
  • 24: What’s your favorite & least favorite part of plotting?
  • 25: What advice would you give to young writers?
  • 26: Which do you enjoy reading the most: physical, ebook, or both?
  • 27: Which is your favorite genre to write?
  • 28: Which do you find hardest: the beginning, the middle, or the end?
  • 29: Which do you find easiest: writing or editing?
  • 30: Have you ever written fan-fiction?
  • 31: Have you ever been published?
  • 32: How do you feel about friends and close relatives reading your work?
  • 33: Are you interested in having your work published?
  • 34: Describe your writing space.
  • 35: What’s your favorite time of day for writing?
  • 36: Do you listen to music when you write?
  • 37: What’s your oldest WIP?
  • 38: What’s your current WIP?
  • 39: What’s the weirdest story idea you’ve ever had?
  • 40: Which is your favorite original character, and why?
  • 41: What do you do when characters don’t follow the outline?
  • 42: Do you enjoy making your characters suffer?
  • 43: Have you ever killed a main character?
  • 44: What’s the weirdest character concept you’ve ever come up with?
  • 45: What’s your favorite character name?
  • 46: Describe your perfect writing space.
  • 47: If you could steal one character from another author and make then yours, who would it be and why?
  • 48: If you could write the next book of any series, which one would it be, and what would you make the book about?
  • 49: If you could write a collaboration with another author, who would it be and what would you write about?
  • 50: If you could live in any fictional world, which would it be?

Things I Never Learned In High School




  • How to do taxes
  • What taxes are
  • How to vote
  • What political parties are
  • How to write a resume/cover letter/anything related to getting a job
  • How to write a check/balance a check book
  • Anything to do with banking
  • How to do loans for college
  • How to jump start a car or other basic emergency things
  • How to buy a car or house

but I’m so glad I know the fucking pythagorean theorem

thank you

didn’t learn any of this in college either

yoooooo (part II)