Lizzie Bennet Diaries spin-off Welcome to Sanditon premiered its first episode yesterday – but that’s not all. Catch up on everything Sanditon with our handy guide.

The premiere episode of Welcome to Sanditon was released yesterday, however if you were paying attention you may have noticed that episode 1 wasn’t the only Sanditon-related thing to hit the internet. So you may be wondering – what in the world is going on in Sanditon?

New ‘Welcome to Sanditon’ characters:

The premiere episode of Welcome to Sanditon saw the introduction of three brand new characters. We hinted at these introductions last week when we published the twitter accounts of several possible Sanditon characters.

Tom Parker:

welcome to sanditon casting tom parkerThis was Mayor Tom Parker’s first appearance. He seems set on reestablishing Sanditon as a health and fitness destination, regardless of the desires of the rest of the town’s population.

Social media: Twitter
Played by: Joel Bryant

Clara Breton:

welcome to sanditon casting clara bretonClara Breton is the owner of of the Sanditon Scoops ice cream shop, which can be found on Twitter and Facebook. She seems opposed to the Mayor’s plans – we can see some drama on the horizon.

Social media: Twitter
Played by: Lenne Klingaman

Edward Denham:

welcome to sanditon casting edward denhamEdward Denham is assistant to the mayor, and runs the @SanditonCA twitter account. Prior to his appearance on episode 1, we saw him answering questions on the Sanditon Reddit – and we still haven’t heard him speak.

Social media: Twitter
Played by: Kyle Walters

Other characters:

If you have been keeping an eye on the list of Official Characters over at @SanditonSeries, you may have noticed a few more characters who we have not yet been introduced to onscreen.

During the Lizzie Bennet Diaries DVD and mini-series Kickstarter, fans could buy the opportunity to be an official Sanditon character. Meet the two backers who did:
Robyn Worth: (@WorthRobyn), Head Librarian at the Sanditon library.
Sarah Richard-Preston: (@Sassyfaff), a visiting Australian writer, who has uploaded her first Domino video.

In addition to Clara’s Sanditon Scoops, there are some other official Sanditon businesses:
Sanditon House B&B: (@SanditonHouse, Facebook), The B&B where Gigi is staying.
SanditonCinematheque: (@SanditonCinema, Facebook), A Sanditon cinema.

And keep an eye on @MaryPofSanditon, as this is another account which will surely come into play at a later date.

‘Welcome to Sanditon’ transmedia updates:

New characters aren’t all that we got yesterday. In conjuction with Theatrics, Pemberley Digital launched the Domino Beta Portal, where fans can upload videos as their Sanditon persona. That’s right – you can use the Domino application. Think of it as a mini Sanditon social network – you can create a profile, add photos, follow your friends, and more. While videos are not required, here is the template to achieve the Domino interface if you do choose to upload a video.

If you don’t want to participate as a character in the Welcome to Sanditon universe, never fear. The creators of the show have made it very clear that you will be able to enjoy and understand the story without participating in the roleplaying element.

At the same time, the team reinforces that as fun as the roleplaying element is, it won’t necessarily impact the story itself. In a Google Hangout Q&A, Transmedia Producer Alexandra Edwards says, “Don’t think you’re going to crowdsource how our webseries ends.” That being said, Showrunner Jay Bushman adds “We will absolutely reference things that are going on in the wider community when we can.”

If you are having trouble with the Domino application, you can contact @DominoSupport or submit a report to Theatrics. There is also a Welcome to Sanditon wiki to help you keep track of the story updates, and the Welcome to Sanditon homepage which will act as an archive for the entire story.

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.