I think that what people don’t understand ….
It’s that we fell in love all over the world with SKAM … not the idea of skam … we fell in love with the stories , the characters , the actors, the way they act so naturally , Julie’s way to tell stories …. this NORVEGIAN’s way to tell stories that we don’t found in our countries ….
That’s all …. they don’t understand why we are all here …
So for beginner for writing books & publishing what would be your best advice? How do you get inspiration to write amazingly written stories?
My absolute favorite writing reference book is Method and Madness, by Alice LaPlante. It’s specifically for long-form writing, and basically does this amazingly logical (and accessible) breakdown on the different writing mechanics that make up a novel, and how to achieve them. It also goes over what to avoid, and it breaks each mechanic down chapter by chapter (so characterization for one, world-building for another). I treat this like my bible, and while I’ve slightly adapted it’s instructions to fit my own work, I absolutely swear by it. Another good book for beginning ideation was Writing the Natural Way, but tbh I’m not a fan of the way the author speaks to the audience. Kind of preachy, but if you can overlook it, it’s good advice. I also read The Writers Digest and follow a bunch of writers, agents and publishing houses on Twitter.
How I personally get inspiration: it depends on what I’m writing. My original fiction ideas start off as a brain itch, flash of inspiration, or nightmare, and then I can’t get rid of them and have to put them down on paper. For fanfiction, I’m attracted by holes: by needs that are not being fulfilled within a fandom, or if there’s something to prove. With Monomoth for example, I was stressed out and frustrated by the lack of SasuSaku fics that addressed the issue of PTSD and trauma, and I wanted to read one. So I wrote it (and threw in Lovecraftian horror for crack). As mentioned with The Hematic, I started it because I had something to prove.
With Meta, I’m inspired when I’m challenged to prove a theory. Once I’ve written about the theory I lose interest in it, though. I don’t like talking about things past their selling point (in-depth), especially if I’ve been thorough in my deconstruction of them.
One summer she goes into the field as usual stopping for a bit at the pool where she often looks at herself, to see if she detects any changes. She sees the same person, the horrible mantle of daughterliness still clinging to her.
The sun seems, in the water, very close. That’s my uncle spying again, she thinks— everything in nature is in some way her relative. I am never alone, she thinks, turning the thought into a prayer. Then death appears, like the answer to a prayer.
No one understands anymore how beautiful he was. But Persephone remembers. Also that he embraced her, right there, with her uncle watching. She remembers sunlight flashing on his bare arms.
This is the last moment she remembers clearly. Then the dark god bore her away.
She also remembers, less clearly, the chilling insight that from this moment she couldn’t live without him again.
The girl who disappears from the pool will never return. A woman will return, looking for the girl she was.
She stands by the pool saying, from time to time, I was abducted, but it sounds wrong to her, nothing like what she felt. Then she says, I was not abducted. Then she says, I offered myself, I wanted to escape my body. Even, sometimes, I willed this. But ignorance
cannot will knowledge. Ignorance wills something imagined, which it believes exists.
All the different nouns— she says them in rotation. Death, husband, god, stranger. Everything sounds so simple, so conventional. I must have been, she thinks, a simple girl.
She can’t remember herself as that person but she keeps thinking the pool will remember and explain to her the meaning of her prayer so she can understand whether it was answered or not.
I posted this to WTF_Nature in Livejournal way back in 2008.
Christmas in Australia
Mistletoe is generally associated with Christmas. And an Australian bird and plant are only too willing to get into the Christmas spirit.
First is a tiny bird called the Mistletoebird (Dicaeum hirundinaceum). The males even resemble a Christmas decoration.
The Mistletoebird can be found anywhere mistletoe grows, which is almost everywhere. Most Australian mistletoes mimic the leaves of the tree which they parisitise, but once you get your eye in the distinctive drooping leaves and yellow or reddish colour (not to mention the distinctive red flowers) give it away upon a eucalypt or acacia. Anyway, the Mistletoebird feeds on the fruits of the mistletoe. These fruits are rather sticky and the mistletoebird’s digestive system isn’t very long - thus once the seed within the fruit comes out the other end of the bird, it’s still covered with sticky fruit flesh. To dislodge this from their back ends the Mistletoebird’s perform a rather amusing little dance upon a tree branch, where they drag their rear ends along a branch. Of course, the seed now sticks to a branch of a potential host tree. So the mistletoe and the mistletoebird remain dependant on one another.
Also in Australia, mainly in the south-west, there is a plant called Nuytsia floribunda which many locals refer to as the Christmas Tree because it flowers near Christmas.
What many don’t realise is that the Christmas Tree is also a mistletoe (adding to it’s Christmasyness). It parisitises the roots of nearby trees, thus being able to form a tree like habit itself. This plant has been the bane of telecommunications and electricity companies in the past. Sometimes underground lines would go out for no discernable reason, but further research revealed these lines had been cut - by the Nuytsia! To the Nuytsia’s parisitic roots an underground cable would feel just like a tree root, so the mistletoe had put out it’s own strangling roots and inadvertantly cut the line.
Because 1/3 of the world can’t see
the Milky Way due to light pollution,
time-lapse artists crowdfunded an
astrophotography project called
SKYGLOW and created this video of
Dry Tortugas National Park, one of the
darkest places in the US, so you can
experience the night sky for yourself. SourceSource 2