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New description of “Blood of Olympus” found on Amazon.com, BookDepository.com etc:

"Though the Greek and Roman crewmembers of the Argo II have made progress in their many quests, they still seem no closer to defeating the earth mother, Gaea. Her giants have risen-all of them-and they’re stronger than ever. They must be stopped before the Feast of Spes, when Gaea plans to have two demigods sacrificed in Athens. She needs their blood-the blood of Olympus-in order to wake.

The demigods are having more frequent visions of a terrible battle at Camp Half-Blood. The Roman legion from Camp Jupiter, led by Octavian, is almost within striking distance. Though it is tempting to take the Athena Parthenos to Athens to use as a secret weapon, the friends know that the huge statue belongs back on Long Island, where it might be able to stop a war between the two camps.

The Athena Parthenos will go west; the Argo II will go east. The gods, still suffering from multiple personality disorder, are useless. How can a handful of young demigods hope to persevere against Gaea’s army of powerful giants? As dangerous as it is to head to Athens, they have no other option. They have sacrificed too much already. And if Gaea wakes, it is game over.”

ignitesthestars:

schled:

ignitesthestars:

schled:

ignitesthestars:

schled:

pseudologia-fantastica-me:

arrafrost:

lacigreen:

fulloflightning:

don’t blame women for the fact that someone they trusted betrayed them in such an intimate way

solidarity with my ladies

for real i’m so sick of everyone blaming women when their asshole partners share their PRIVATE, CONSENSUAL pictures with the public

[x]

THIS IS FOR EVERY GENDER

Let’s be real clear. This isn’t a male vs female thing. Naked pics of guys have been leaked, presumably by their ex-girlfriend’s, too. This is a COMMON SENSE thing. OBVIOUSLY sharing with the world such private photos that were to be for your eyes and your eyes only is not only wrong, but disgusting and cruel, no matter your gender and no matter the gender of your partner/former partner. But what do we know of naked pics, particularly when you’re somewhat famous? They seem to get leaked a LOT. So what’s the most surefire way to know such photos of yourself will NEVER be leaked? DON’T TAKE THEM!!! Seriously, I don’t care if you’re male, female, famous, or Joe Blow down the street. Taking naked pictures of yourself is a stupid (some might say arrogant) thing to do, and you really are only asking for trouble.

yes how dare you trust your significant other with something personal and private.

it strains belief really.

It’s a two way street. You’ve put yourself out there, and like I said, OF COURSE you should not expect to be betrayed in such a vicious way, but use these celebs as an example. IT HAPPENS! Don’t let it happen to YOU!

Dude, seriously. What the fuck are you talking about. You are blaming the victim here. The logic you’re using is like saying hey, don’t tell your partner anything secret about yourself. Don’t be intimate with anyone. Don’t share anything ever, because it might come back to bite you in the ass. Don’t make yourself vulnerable to people you’re supposed to care about and who are supposed to care about you.

Yes ~it happens~ But when it happens, the fault is squarely on the shoulders of the person who leaked the photos. Don’t turn around and spout this bullshit about ~oh you shouldn’t take naked photos~ in the first place, because taking naked photos IS NOT A BAD THING. THERE IS NOTHING WRONG ABOUT TAKING PHOTOS OF YOURSELF, WHETHER THEY’RE FOR YOU, OR SOMEONE ELSE, OR THE ENTIRE WORLD. Women who take photos of themselves aren’t stupid or wrong (or fucking arrogant, how dare you) for doing it. The people who spread them without the consent of the subject are the only ones who are wrong in this situation, and that is literally the only part that matters.

Stop shaming women for enjoying their bodies and their sexuality, and for wanting to share that with who they want, and only who they want.

Okay, I’m a woman, and I’m no gender traitor. I am not trying to SHAME women (and btw, it’s you who keep trying to make this a gender issue, I’m trying to explain it’s a COMMON SENSE issue that has nothing to do with gender and men are the victims just as often). You know what I believe in? Logic and accountability. I don’t know how many times I’ve said it now, but I’ll say it once more. I am NOT denying that a HUGE portion of the responsibility lies with the person who leaked the photos. Clearly he or she is an asshole who should never have been trusted with your heart, never mind photographic images of your naked body, in the first place.

If you’re quite happy to let your body be seen by the world, as Dylan Sprouse seemed to be, more power to you. But if that’s not what you want, if you don’t want your parents, siblings, friends or the entire world to see those pictures, these celebrities should be an example to you of what NOT to do.

When it first started happening, with people like Vanessa Hudgens, I felt as I think most decent people did: “Poor thing, what a terrible thing for someone to have done to her.” But that was, what, easily 6 years ago now? And it’s happened to countless celebrities since. And there comes a point when any logical person says “Again? Really? There is a lesson here, and no one seems to be learning it”. This is not about blaming the victim, this is about taking responsibility for your own actions. If you don’t want your pictures out there, and we all know by now that there’s a good chance that they WILL get out there, be safe and don’t share them at all. It’s not like you’ll be missing out on a whole lot. Nor will your partner. He/she can see the real thing. It’s not the end of the world NOT to share pictures of yourself, but you may feel like it’s the end of the world if you DO and it goes wrong.

Let’s use an analogy. Say you’re a smoker, and tragically, you develop lung cancer. You can blame the cigarettes, and the cigarette companies, absolutely. You can be angry, and upset, and devastated, and you have every right to be, because it’s a truly awful thing that’s happened to you. But you also knew it was a possibility. Is this your fault? No, not exactly. But if you’re telling me that you’re not remotely responsible for your own actions, having chosen to start smoking in the first place, and to continue smoking to the point that it makes you sick, then you’re crazy.

By the logic YOU are employing, we should all be able to have unprotected sex, because we love and trust our partners, and if the result of that unprotected sex ends up being STDs or pregnancy. “Oops. But I trusted you! How could this be? I didn’t know there was such a thing as a consequence!”

And you know, it’s not even always the evil ex who ends up sharing these things! Computers, mobile phones, they can be stolen! Your pictures could end up in the hands of someone you don’t even know, through no fault of your own or your partner’s, and God only knows what they will do with what’s on your device. Once those pictures exist, you can so easily lose control of them, it’s scary.

It all boils down to this: people should be good enough to know that if something that personal is shared with you, you have no right to share it with anyone else. Full stop. No matter how your relationship ends. But if you know that chance exists that it could be shared, and you can’t even stomach the thought, just don’t take the pic in the first place. I know I personally would much rather be safe than sorry.

okay, my question is this. why are you so determined to make the focus of this conversation about the person being victimised? why is your goal in this situation to make absolutely sure that i and anyone reading this is absolutely one hundred percent aware that photos they take of themselves could be distributed in some way, and to tell them that they therefore shouldn’t do it?

you don’t think that people who take those photos know that? women aren’t stupid. we live in the internet age, people are aware of the risks. women are told over and over and over again to not ‘let themselves’ be victims. and that is the only thing that the conversation is about.
 how to not be victimised. how to not be one of those stupid women who should have known better than to - what? take a photo of their naked body?

and incidentally no, i would not blame a woman who believed their partner when they told her they did not have an STD, if she happened to contract an STD from them. yes, i acknowledge that there are steps that could have been taken to prevent that, but the blame is STILL on the person who lied, not on the person who was lied to.

the danger with making the conversation about what the victim should have done to protect themselves is that you put the onus on them for what happened. don’t take naked photos of yourself. don’t wear short skirts. don’t walk alone in the dark. i walk alone in the dark every night on my way home from work, am i asking for something to happen to me? maybe i shouldn’t walk alone in the dark. but then i wouldn’t be able to get home from work. should i sleep at the office? should i find a job where i don’t have to walk home when it’s dark? well it’s not dark in the summer months when i walk home, only in winter. so maybe it’s okay for me to have that job in summer, but in winter i need to find somewhere else to work.

do you see what the discussion has become? it becomes about what the woman should do to stop herself from being victimised. not about the perpetrator. the focus changes from the person who did the horrible thing, to the person who it was done to.

yes, the situation could have been avoided if she didn’t take the pictures. but like. that’s obvious? you don’t think she knows that? you don’t think everyone knows that? if the pictures didn’t exist, they never could have been distributed without permission. but you can reduce everything to that point. we need to turn our focus away from ‘if i hadn’t done x, they wouldn’t have done y’ and towards ‘they straight up should not have done y’.

women have the right to be able to take photos of themselves and enjoy their body and their sexuality. they have the right not to have those photos distributed without their permission, regardless of whether it’s a partner or theft or something else. they have the right to not be castigated for taking the photos if that does end up happening.

the only person who has done something wrong in this situation is the person who distributed the photos.

also, i never called you a gender traitor. i just think that you’re focussing your lens on the wrong person in this situation, and i think that it’s a shitty thing to do. i’m also done with this conversation now, because i’m just repeating myself at this point. 

If you really think that equating being raped, with having a picture reposted without permission is even remotely the same thing, you haven’t got a clue what you’re talking about.

In fact, the argument you’re making is FOR the rapist. FOR the drunk who put someone into a coma. “It’s not my fault, they were asking for it, how can I take responsibility for that?” Actually no, you chose to rape someone, they didn’t ask for it. You chose to get blind drunk. Just like you chose to take a picture of yourself.

We have become a society of shirkers. Everything is someone else’s fault. And may I say, I think it is YOU that is belittling other women, by insinuating that this is something that just happens TO them, and that they have no choice in the matter. The choice begins with them. In this digital age, this is a cautionary tale for the 21st century. It’s up to the individual as to whether they actually take heed or not.

Your argument “they straight up should not have done y” I agree with 100%. From both sides. No picture = no picture to repost. Full stop.

Women in this day and age, don’t pretend they’re taking those pictures because they want to. The majority are doing it because they think they should, because they think it’s what their partner wants. How about teaching young girls that they shouldn’t do anything they’re not 100% comfortable with in the first place? That they shouldn’t feel they have to do something like that for their significant other in order to keep them interested?

And note: I’m referring to women here, because that’s all you seem to want to do. I truly wonder if you feel the same sympathy towards a man when HE is the victim.

On that subject though: you’ve got men like Anthony Weiner that get caught photographing and sharing their weiners, receiving no sympathy, just ridicule. The world thought he was an idiot. Explain to me why when a man takes nude pictures that get leaked, he’s a moron, but when a woman does it, she’s a victim?

(Source: dutchster)

ignitesthestars:

schled:

ignitesthestars:

schled:

pseudologia-fantastica-me:

arrafrost:

lacigreen:

fulloflightning:

don’t blame women for the fact that someone they trusted betrayed them in such an intimate way

solidarity with my ladies

for real i’m so sick of everyone blaming women when their asshole partners share their PRIVATE, CONSENSUAL pictures with the public

[x]

THIS IS FOR EVERY GENDER

Let’s be real clear. This isn’t a male vs female thing. Naked pics of guys have been leaked, presumably by their ex-girlfriend’s, too. This is a COMMON SENSE thing. OBVIOUSLY sharing with the world such private photos that were to be for your eyes and your eyes only is not only wrong, but disgusting and cruel, no matter your gender and no matter the gender of your partner/former partner. But what do we know of naked pics, particularly when you’re somewhat famous? They seem to get leaked a LOT. So what’s the most surefire way to know such photos of yourself will NEVER be leaked? DON’T TAKE THEM!!! Seriously, I don’t care if you’re male, female, famous, or Joe Blow down the street. Taking naked pictures of yourself is a stupid (some might say arrogant) thing to do, and you really are only asking for trouble.

yes how dare you trust your significant other with something personal and private.

it strains belief really.

It’s a two way street. You’ve put yourself out there, and like I said, OF COURSE you should not expect to be betrayed in such a vicious way, but use these celebs as an example. IT HAPPENS! Don’t let it happen to YOU!

Dude, seriously. What the fuck are you talking about. You are blaming the victim here. The logic you’re using is like saying hey, don’t tell your partner anything secret about yourself. Don’t be intimate with anyone. Don’t share anything ever, because it might come back to bite you in the ass. Don’t make yourself vulnerable to people you’re supposed to care about and who are supposed to care about you.

Yes ~it happens~ But when it happens, the fault is squarely on the shoulders of the person who leaked the photos. Don’t turn around and spout this bullshit about ~oh you shouldn’t take naked photos~ in the first place, because taking naked photos IS NOT A BAD THING. THERE IS NOTHING WRONG ABOUT TAKING PHOTOS OF YOURSELF, WHETHER THEY’RE FOR YOU, OR SOMEONE ELSE, OR THE ENTIRE WORLD. Women who take photos of themselves aren’t stupid or wrong (or fucking arrogant, how dare you) for doing it. The people who spread them without the consent of the subject are the only ones who are wrong in this situation, and that is literally the only part that matters.

Stop shaming women for enjoying their bodies and their sexuality, and for wanting to share that with who they want, and only who they want.

Okay, I’m a woman, and I’m no gender traitor. I am not trying to SHAME women (and btw, it’s you who keep trying to make this a gender issue, I’m trying to explain it’s a COMMON SENSE issue that has nothing to do with gender and men are the victims just as often). You know what I believe in? Logic and accountability. I don’t know how many times I’ve said it now, but I’ll say it once more. I am NOT denying that a HUGE portion of the responsibility lies with the person who leaked the photos. Clearly he or she is an asshole who should never have been trusted with your heart, never mind photographic images of your naked body, in the first place.

If you’re quite happy to let your body be seen by the world, as Dylan Sprouse seemed to be, more power to you. But if that’s not what you want, if you don’t want your parents, siblings, friends or the entire world to see those pictures, these celebrities should be an example to you of what NOT to do.

When it first started happening, with people like Vanessa Hudgens, I felt as I think most decent people did: “Poor thing, what a terrible thing for someone to have done to her.” But that was, what, easily 6 years ago now? And it’s happened to countless celebrities since. And there comes a point when any logical person says “Again? Really? There is a lesson here, and no one seems to be learning it”. This is not about blaming the victim, this is about taking responsibility for your own actions. If you don’t want your pictures out there, and we all know by now that there’s a good chance that they WILL get out there, be safe and don’t share them at all. It’s not like you’ll be missing out on a whole lot. Nor will your partner. He/she can see the real thing. It’s not the end of the world NOT to share pictures of yourself, but you may feel like it’s the end of the world if you DO and it goes wrong.

Let’s use an analogy. Say you’re a smoker, and tragically, you develop lung cancer. You can blame the cigarettes, and the cigarette companies, absolutely. You can be angry, and upset, and devastated, and you have every right to be, because it’s a truly awful thing that’s happened to you. But you also knew it was a possibility. Is this your fault? No, not exactly. But if you’re telling me that you’re not remotely responsible for your own actions, having chosen to start smoking in the first place, and to continue smoking to the point that it makes you sick, then you’re crazy.

By the logic YOU are employing, we should all be able to have unprotected sex, because we love and trust our partners, and if the result of that unprotected sex ends up being STDs or pregnancy. “Oops. But I trusted you! How could this be? I didn’t know there was such a thing as a consequence!” Or anyone that gets crazy drunk and attacks someone, well hey, it can’t be THEIR fault. They’re not responsible for their actions, right?

We have become a society of shirkers. Everything is someone else’s fault. And may I say, I think it is YOU that is belittling other women, by insinuating that this is something that just happens TO them, and that they have no choice in the matter. The choice begins with them. This is a cautionary tale for the 21st century. It’s up to the individual as to whether they actually take heed or not.

And for the record, it’s not even always the evil ex who ends up sharing these things! Computers, mobile phones, they can be stolen! Your pictures could end up in the hands of someone you don’t even know, through no fault of your own or your partner’s, and God only knows what they will do with what’s on your device. Once those pictures exist, you can so easily lose control of them, it’s scary.

Every action (good or bad) has a consequence (good or bad), it’s our responsibility as human beings to try to make the right choices, choices we can live with.

It all boils down to this: people should be good enough to know that if something that personal is shared with you, you have no right to share it with anyone else. Full stop. No matter how your relationship ends. But if you know that chance exists that it could be shared, and you can’t even stomach the thought, just don’t take the pic in the first place, and then none of this is even an issue. I know I personally would much rather be safe than sorry.

(Source: dutchster)

ignitesthestars:

schled:

pseudologia-fantastica-me:

arrafrost:

lacigreen:

fulloflightning:

don’t blame women for the fact that someone they trusted betrayed them in such an intimate way

solidarity with my ladies

for real i’m so sick of everyone blaming women when their asshole partners share their PRIVATE, CONSENSUAL pictures with the public

[x]

THIS IS FOR EVERY GENDER

Let’s be real clear. This isn’t a male vs female thing. Naked pics of guys have been leaked, presumably by their ex-girlfriend’s, too. This is a COMMON SENSE thing. OBVIOUSLY sharing with the world such private photos that were to be for your eyes and your eyes only is not only wrong, but disgusting and cruel, no matter your gender and no matter the gender of your partner/former partner. But what do we know of naked pics, particularly when you’re somewhat famous? They seem to get leaked a LOT. So what’s the most surefire way to know such photos of yourself will NEVER be leaked? DON’T TAKE THEM!!! Seriously, I don’t care if you’re male, female, famous, or Joe Blow down the street. Taking naked pictures of yourself is a stupid (some might say arrogant) thing to do, and you really are only asking for trouble.

yes how dare you trust your significant other with something personal and private.

it strains belief really.

It’s a two way street. You’ve put yourself out there, and like I said, OF COURSE you should not expect to be betrayed in such a vicious way, but use these celebs as an example. IT HAPPENS! Don’t let it happen to YOU!

(Source: dutchster)

pseudologia-fantastica-me:

arrafrost:

lacigreen:

fulloflightning:

don’t blame women for the fact that someone they trusted betrayed them in such an intimate way

solidarity with my ladies

for real i’m so sick of everyone blaming women when their asshole partners share their PRIVATE, CONSENSUAL pictures with the public

[x]

THIS IS FOR EVERY GENDER

Let’s be real clear. This isn’t a male vs female thing. Naked pics of guys have been leaked, presumably by their ex-girlfriend’s, too. This is a COMMON SENSE thing. OBVIOUSLY sharing with the world such private photos that were to be for your eyes and your eyes only is not only wrong, but disgusting and cruel, no matter your gender and no matter the gender of your partner/former partner. But what do we know of naked pics, particularly when you’re somewhat famous? They seem to get leaked a LOT. So what’s the most surefire way to know such photos of yourself will NEVER be leaked? DON’T TAKE THEM!!! Seriously, I don’t care if you’re male, female, famous, or Joe Blow down the street. Taking naked pictures of yourself is a stupid (some might say arrogant) thing to do, and you really are only asking for trouble.

(Source: dutchster)

Um, so just a reminder that we’re probably going to get the cover art for “Blood of Olympus” NEXT MONTH! (Or perhaps early June, but still!)

So “Staff of Serapis” is awesome, and also makes it very clear that Rick plans to do a proper Percy/Kane crossover book/series. YES!

I just want him to keep writing about Percy and Annabeth forever and ever … Is that so wrong? :D

rrriordan:

As just unveiled on Huff Post Live, the cover for the e-single version of “The Staff of Serapis,” available May 20 in all e-formats.

rrriordan:

As just unveiled on Huff Post Live, the cover for the e-single version of “The Staff of Serapis,” available May 20 in all e-formats.

http://greenconverses.tumblr.com/post/77569493114/like-seriously-can-we-talk-about-annabeth-chase

greenconverses:

Like, seriously, can we talk about Annabeth Chase in the Mark of Athena? Really talk about this girl who went on a solo quest that killed dozens and dozens of her siblings over the years because she knew it was the only way she and her friends stood a chance of bringing harmony to two warring…

My own mini “Wall of Rocco” #percyjackson #rickriordan #johnrocco

My own mini “Wall of Rocco” #percyjackson #rickriordan #johnrocco