The end of the traditional television season marks the time for us fans, if you’re like me anyway, to start pulling our hair out over the cliffhangers that our favorite shows have left dangling for the next four months. But before you end up rocking in a corner, mumbling about the fate of your favorite characters or ships, consider these ways to beat the heat, so to speak.

5. Rewatch your favorite shows

The season is over; some questions have been answered while others have inevitably been brought up. Could there be clues that you missed on first watch? Over summer hiatuses, I like to rewatch some of my favorites from the beginning to see how things have built up, look for clues, and hopefully find things I missed during the original run. It’s amazing what you can notice in season 1 of a show that’s three seasons in that you hadn’t considered relevant the first time around. This summer I’m planning to rewatch The Vampire Diaries since the show moves incredibly fast and now that we’re at end of season 3, I’ve already forgotten a good chunk of what happened during season 1. Tomb vampires? What?

4. Check out some sizzling summer shows

Who says the TV season has to be over with the summer? Just because the networks are showing sports, reality shows, and reruns doesn’t mean the delicious drama (or thigh-slapping comedy) has to end. Cable networks really get their TV schedules going into high gear during the summer. This is the perfect time to try out some new shows to fill the void in your heart left by the end of the traditional schedule. Some of my favorite shows air in the summer: White Collar and Suits on USA and my guilty pleasure, Pretty Little Liars, on ABCFamily all start new seasons this summer. And don’t forget True Blood on HBO once Game of Thrones ends.

3. Catch up on shows you’ve been meaning to check out

Last summer I made a list of all the ongoing shows I wanted to check out and binged. I was then able to follow them weekly in the fall. With only a few shows on my summer docket, I have the time to really check out those shows I’ve heard good things about but haven’t had the time to check out.

This is a great time to take recommendations from friends—or give them. I’m a huge evangelist for my favorite show, Supernatural, but a number of my friends who would otherwise be interested are intimidated by the huge episode count after seven seasons. But with the first six seasons currently on Netflix and the show not returning until October, they’ve got plenty of time to sample the various adventures of the monster-hunting Winchester brothers. Make Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime your new best friends and have a summer of marathons!

2. Jump headfirst into your fandoms

If you’re reading a site like Hypable, you probably have more than a passing interest in fandom. We all have those shows—or books or movies or video games, or what have you—that we’re particularly passionate about. But how far immersed are you in your fandoms? Do you have a few fandoms you find yourself on the fringe of, but aren’t sure how to approach, though you’d like to? The summer is a great time to dive in. Last summer I took the plunge and entered some fanfic challenges on Livejournal and ended up finding a community that has made this TV season a lot of fun.

While there can be a darker side to fandom, on the whole it should be a rewarding experience that only enhances your enjoyment of the material. What better time to test the waters—or do a cannon ball into the deep end—than between seasons when tensions are lower and communities are looking for new members? Try a fanfic challenge, look for and post on message boards, follow fellow fans on Twitter, and so on.

1. Try new fandoms

And by this I mean consider crossing some boundaries. Media philosopher Marshall McLuhan famously said, “The medium is the message,” meaning the medium that a text, so to speak, is presented in can be as influential and important as the material itself. Every fandom is different and the medium of the material can really help shape a fandom as well. Are you more of a television person but like to read? You might find a whole new experience by engaging in the fandom for your favorite book—Harry Potter, anyone? Movie people might think about joining a television show fandom, book fans might think about a video game fandom, and so on. Crossing genres is also a great way to stretch your creative muscles since you’ve gotten out of your comfort zone.

Bonus: Enjoy summer blockbusters and sports. A good summer day for me would be catching an Avengers matinee and getting home in time to catch a baseball game on TV. Summer 2012 is also an Olympic year, and there’s usually some kind of offering for everyone, even if you aren’t usually a sports junkie. Enjoy the season and its entertainment offerings for what they are.

So, dear readers, how do you beat the heat of summer hiatus?

With Donald Trump’s presidency looking less and less like a joke, these high-profile authors and writers believe the time for silence is over.

Over 400 authors have signed a petition to keep Donald Trump out of the White House.

The petition, titled “An open letter to the American people,” was written by Andrew Altschul and Mark Slouka. It unequivocally states that Trump must not become President of the United States, and explains why writers in particular are worried about the power of his empty words and fear-mongering rhetoric.

Signed by the likes of Stephen King, Junot Diaz, Daniel Handler (Lemony Snicket), Cheryl Strayed, Colm Tóibín and Jennifer Egan, the open letter lays out reasons for openly opposing Trump’s candidacy, which they believe “appeals to the basest and most violent elements in society.”

The letter states:

“Because, as writers, we are particularly aware of the many ways that language can be abused in the name of power;

Because we believe that any democracy worthy of the name rests on pluralism, welcomes principled disagreement, and achieves consensus through reasoned debate;

Because American history, despite periods of nativism and bigotry, has from the first been a grand experiment in bringing people of different backgrounds together, not pitting them against one another;

Because the history of dictatorship is the history of manipulation and division, demagoguery and lies;

Because the search for justice is predicated on a respect for the truth;

Because we believe that knowledge, experience, flexibility, and historical awareness are indispensable in a leader;

Because neither wealth nor celebrity qualifies anyone to speak for the United States, to lead its military, to maintain its alliances, or to represent its people;

Because the rise of a political candidate who deliberately appeals to the basest and most violent elements in society, who encourages aggression among his followers, shouts down opponents, intimidates dissenters, and denigrates women and minorities, demands, from each of us, an immediate and forceful response;

For all these reasons, we, the undersigned, as a matter of conscience, oppose, unequivocally, the candidacy of Donald J. Trump for the Presidency of the United States.”

While there are plenty of arguments for why Trump should not receive as much media coverage as he gets, we have to acknowledge the seriousness of the situation when some of the country’s most respected artists take such a powerful stance as this.

The petition has been signed by over 7,000 people so far, and you can add your name to the list right here.

You can find out more about the group of writers who oppose Trump on Twitter, at @WritersOnTrump.

Official pictures from the Gilmore Girls revival hint that Stars Hollow’s pride and joy went on to become a teacher. Tanc Sade’s Instagram suggests otherwise.

Rory Gilmore — high school English teacher or staff writer on The Stars Hollow Gazette? When the first official photos of the Gilmore Girls revival were released by TV Line, Rory Gilmore was shown standing at the front of a classroom with some chalkboard notes that seemed to indicate she was teaching high school English. And she wasn’t just any high school teacher, but a Chilton high school teacher.

Source: TV Line

However, while promoting an upcoming charity fundraiser, Tanc Sade, everyone’s favorite Life and Death Brigade member, Finn, gave away that Rory Gilmore is an above the fold writer of the Stars Hollow Gazette. Sure it’s a long cry from covering the parking lot pavement of Chilton, but it does not strike us as the type of hard-hitting journalism that would satisfy a girl who hit the road to cover the Obama campaign at the close of the series. This issue, dated July 19, 2016, will appear sometime in the “Summer” installment of the four-part series.

Whose to say that Rory Gilmore can’t juggle two careers at once? She was, after all, the Editor in Chief of The Yale Daily News and a star student who graduated on time after taking a semester off to have a breakdown. Maybe her staff writing position is just a hobby.

This is not the first inside look into the Gilmore Girls reunion that Sade has provided. One quick browse through his Instagram and you will be treated to tons of behind the scenes goodies! Here are some of our favorites.

A Gilmore and her LDB boys


They’ve come a long way from moving Rory out

Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life arrives on Netflix soon.

Twitter announces slew of changes to give you more room to tweet, get noticed

You'll also be allowed to retweet yourself. Umm...

11:15 am EDT, May 24, 2016

Twitter has confirmed that they’ll be making a few changes to let you fit more in a single tweet. Changes to retweeting and chatting with a user are also in the pipeline.

Earlier this month we told you Twitter would stop counting photos and links as part of the 140 character limit, but it looks like the social network is taking things a step further. Not only will URLs and photos no longer be a part of the character count, but they will also stop counting usernames.

Here’s Twitter’s full breakdown of the upcoming changes:

– Replies: When replying to a Tweet, @names will no longer count toward the 140-character count. This will make having conversations on Twitter easier and more straightforward, no more penny-pinching your words to ensure they reach the whole group.

– Media attachments: When you add attachments like photos, GIFs, videos, polls, or Quote Tweets, that media will no longer count as characters within your Tweet. More room for words!

– Retweet and Quote Tweet yourself: We’ll be enabling the Retweet button on your own Tweets, so you can easily Retweet or Quote Tweet yourself when you want to share a new reflection or feel like a really good one went unnoticed.

– Goodbye, .@: These changes will help simplify the rules around Tweets that start with a username. New Tweets that begin with a username will reach all your followers. (That means you’ll no longer have to use the ”.@” convention, which people currently use to broadcast Tweets broadly.) If you want a reply to be seen by all your followers, you will be able to Retweet it to signal that you intend for it to be viewed more broadly.

One or two of these additions may be controversial. For example, giving people the option to retweet themselves if “a really good one went unnoticed” sounds like a cheap solution to fix the issue of tweets not getting noticed. Why should it be upon the user to do something to get the tweet noticed? It’ll look obnoxious if we’re retweeting ourselves — it’s the equivalent of asking aloud, “Hey, did anyone just hear my excellent thought?” even when everyone heard it but purposely ignored it.

Twitter isn’t ready to launch these changes today because they want to give developers time to prepare. This way, third party apps like Tweetbot (It’s great — there are no ads in it!) will be ready to support Twitter’s new rules right at the start of the official launch. Expect to see these features in a few months.

Sadly, we’re still waiting for Twitter to launch an “edit” button. It sucks to be unable to fx a mistake.