Metropolis (2001)

Do you have any advice and/or links for writing a character with manic depression?


First, remember to treat mental illnesses with respect. Mental illnesses are really misunderstood and stigmatized. I’ll get you a few links as a starting point, but I suggest doing a lot more research. Also, no one experiences mental illness the exact same way. People have different symptoms, different treatment. Manic depression is now called bipolar disorder. The world of psychology is constantly changing. Bipolar disorder is especially misunderstood and is often conflated with violence. People who have a mental illness are more likely to be victims of violence than the perpetrators of violence. 

What is Bipolar Disorder?

WriteWorld: Mental Disorders

Mental Illness: Your Character is not Their Disorder

Publishing: What Agents Do and Why They Are Necessary


Are you trying to save my soul?

The Hungarian flag with the remains of a felled statue of Stalin; the Hungarian Revolution of 1956.

The Hungarian flag with the remains of a felled statue of Stalin; the Hungarian Revolution of 1956.

Guide: Medieval Monarchy



Pretty solid, but some corrections need to be made:

  • Medieval kings had absolute power over their kingdoms in practice only. There were exceptions like Charlemagne and Albert the Great that somehow managed to exert centralizing power over their nations, but for the most part, the king was the nobles’ bitch until he started collecting taxes directly from the burgher/city-dwelling class.
  • Medieval kings generally did the most battlefield leading before the 1100s. They were expected to direct troops and provide a strategy, but they weren’t screaming into battle headfirst unless you were a diehard like Richard the Lionheart (who incidentally died in battle). Also, most battles in the Middle Ages were sieges.
  • Hoo boy. The king owned all that land and all those castles mostly in practice. If he tried to take it away, he’d have a huge legal battle - or actual battle - on his hands. Kings often redistributed the lands of traitors in times of war or other times when popular opinion was still strong enough to give his words weight.
  • Palaces were crazy impractical until the invention of gunpowder (and also until the kings had a large enough treasury to build something like Versailles, which was after/during the Renaissance). 
  • Thank you for mentioning kings were patrons of the arts because they were. If they weren’t, other members of his household like his wife or children would be. Music and books were the main sources of entertainment if you could afford it. Extremely wealthy nobles like the king certainly could. And thank you for mentioning charity. There was a specific office called the almoner whose entire job was to manage charity for the poor. 
  • Yooooo no one traveled on a warhorse. Palfreys for the win! Maybe kings would switch to a destrier for the shock and awe when he entered a city, but smooth-gaited palfreys were the way to move around.
  • Finally, ay dios mio, don’t watch Braveheart as indicative of medieval society.

Listen to most of what this post says and ye shall prosper.

"So You Want To Work With Autistic Kids" Primer



Hi everyone, so I made a post a few days ago about putting together a list of links for my lab partner, who wants to work with autistic children. This is what I’ve come up with. Admittedly it’s more of an “introduction to neurodiversity advocacy” primer, but I think that should come with the job, really. If you’ve got any suggestions, do let me know!

(And sorry for the odd formatting- I can’t for the life of me figure out how to make nesting bullets, even when I enter the html)

TW: mentions (but no discussion in this post) of ableism, neglect, assault, murder, abuse, ABA. All links come with their own warnings unless otherwise noted. If you find one that doesn’t, or is broken, please tell me.

About Autism Speaks:

1. Rose’s master post

General Autism:

1. About autism
2. What it really means when someone says they’re autistic
3. Diagnostic criteria suggested by autistic people (more on what it’s like to be autistic)
4. Yes, That Too’s tips for parents
5. What I Wish I’d Been Made Aware of When My Daughter Was Diagnosed With Autism
6. Tantrums vs meltdowns and shutdowns
7. Stimming
8. Not an epidemic
9. Empathy and the Empath Quotient Test
10. Functioning labels
11. Person-first language
12. Cures
13. Ableism

“Classics” and others widely circulated among autistic self-advocates:

1. The Obsessive Joy of Autism
2. Don’t Mourn For Us
3. Quiet Hands and Grabbers (TW: ableism, abuse, R-slur in Grabbers)
4. The Cost of Compliance is Unreasonable (TW for teachers forcing a child to do something they don’t want to do, huge TW for link within post)

  • Similar, but not so widely spread, is The Influence of Others, a parent’s reaction to “Grabbers” (TW: ableism, abuse)


1. An Analogy (TW: trying to force someone out of autistic behavior)
2. On forcing eye contact
3. Doing “Nothing”
4. The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly: my Assessment of Our Experience with ABA
5. More of Rose’s thoughts

  • The post linked in the above (she changed her blog title, so “caffeinatedaspie” URL links don’t work)

6. An Open Letter to Parents Considering Intensive Behavioral Therapy for Their Child With Autism (TW: detailed descriptions of ABA methods, child’s PTSD)

  • And Part Two (the link kind of gets lost at the bottom, so I put it here too)
  • As disgusting as it is, a lot of people dismiss autistic voices on the topic of harmful therapy in favor of parents’ and child development professionals’ voices. The writers of this are both, so it may be useful to convince people with that attitude

7. A list of posts by others (I haven’t read these)
8. And more

Ableism (important to understand the prejudice autistic people face): (TW for ableism, neglect, assault, murder on this entire section)

1. Murders by parents and caregivers
2. Commentary on other people’s dismissal of murders
3. Transplant discrimination
4. Medical discrimination
5. The Pillow Angel (not autism, cerebral palsy, but important to recognize what people will do out of “concern” to a non-speaking person)


1. Loud Hands: Autistic People, Speaking

2. And Straight On Till Morning: Essays on Autism Acceptance
3. I Love Being My Own Autistic Self: a thAutoons Book
4. The Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism
5. Yes, That Too’s book list


1. Wretches and Jabberers

Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN):

1. ASAN website
2. Their “Autism Acceptance Month” PSA
3. One of their videos (and amazing commentary about nonverbal communication at the bottom)

Good Blogs:

1. The Caffeinated Autistic (also goldenheartedrose on tumblr)
2. Yes, That Too (also yesthattoo on tumblr)
3. Autistic Hoya
4. Just Stimming
5. Radical Neurodivergence Speaking
6. Tiny Grace Notes (AKA Ask an Autistic)
7. ThAutcast
8. The Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism

Things recommended by people I follow (but that I haven’t really looked at personally):

1. Rose’s favorite blogs
2. Rose’s resource list
3. Yes, That Too’s list

Other resources:

1. The ‘askanautistic’ tag on tumblr- tag your post with this and autistic people who are willing to educate others will see your question

Wretches and Jabberers is really good FYI

so is this masterpost



Art by Espen Saetervik.


 Now watch closely, everyone. I’m going to show you how to kill a god. A god of life and death. The trick is not to fear him.