adventures in authoring

there was a period on 4chan a few years back where someone allegedly figured out how to embed some sort of virus file in an image, which was this image of hirohiko araki eating a donut. if you saved the image it would put a screamer on your computer. i think the virus code in the image was blocked immediately so the original image couldn’t be posted anymore but people didn’t know that so it eventually spun out of control and whenever someone posted this image (the clean version) people would freak out because they thought just viewing the image would destroy their computer. even today looking at jojo’s bizarre adventure author hirohiko araki enjoying baked goods gives me a brief fight or flight response.

Adverbs aren’t evil; said isn’t dead
Please stop hitting the wall with your head

Active is grand but not always the best
Sometimes it’s passive that passes the test

Some write with style, others write plain
Let’s all agree that writing’s a pain

The ‘rules’ can be broken, twisted, or bent
All that matters is that you are content

Make your own story and write your own way
This has been a writer’s PSA

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I went to go see Sarah J Maas on Sunday in Toronto and while I enjoyed the 8am-3pm waiting time (solely because of my friends), I was a little disillusioned. I’m probably just someone who’s insanely picky or naive when it comes to signings (I’ve only been to like 4 or 5), but I was really surprised with how strict the guidelines were for the event.

We arrived at 7:50 am and were promptly told the guidelines. We were to not leave or we would lose our spots (if you had to go to the washroom or get coffee/food, you’d have to tell security), which is understandable because there were A LOT of people (we were like 150-155 of 250). Then we had to buy the book, get a wristband, and leave our books with the staff and if you already owned a copy, oh well *shrug* (which you couldn’t get signed–though when my friends asked SJM to sign a different book other than A Court of Wings and Ruin, she obliged). For reference, usually a receipt as proof of purchase is usually sufficient.

SJM is a sweetheart in person, even if some of her responses to questions were a liittttleeeee problematic, but hey, they’re her characters. She complimented my friends and me on our makeup and outfits, which was awesome. I just found the guidelines for her signing a lot more strict than I’ve ever experienced. Granted, she’s a much more famous author than some of the authors I’ve met–for reference, there were well over 300 people at her signing.

What really jarred me though was the view of people crying beside the main line because they didn’t make it in time to be one of 250 people to personally meet SJM and get their books signed. It’s true that time management would have been useful (there were people there since 3am, but again, someone who didn’t research or ask questions or had experiences with popular authors would probably make the same mistake). I know exceptions can’t be made for one person or else that would open up the floodgates, but it was still a really sad scene.

Overall, the experience of meeting SJM was great. She and her husband were adorable as he stamped two books and she signed ACOWAR and talked to the fan. It was the strict guidelines and some of her responses that made us question the event and dimmed our excitement. (I.e. Feyre being a hufflepuff–which a very specific whattttt?! moment).

Of course, this is just my opinion. Sunday could have been someone else’s perfect day. People seemed to be having fun and even though we could barely hear her from our spot–the place was super full, so we couldn’t even see her, people were actively trying to hear her responses. The hearing issue was at times to the extent where we just wanted to meet her.

My Tips for Author Signings: Always be earlier than you think you need to be. Be considerate of the people running the event, even if you don’t agree with their rules. Have fun!

When someone starts spouting nonsense about Lewis Carroll and they clearly don’t know what they’re talking about.
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This is only a geeking out post, the review will be in a few weeks . But this lovely lady Claire Laminen sent me her book to read and review , and I am so excited ! She has lots of social media so hit her up and follow , cause this book sounds so Good! That cover is gorgeous! I can’t wait to take it out for pictures once I’ve read it ! I’d start now but I’m still struggling to finish a different book , either way 💕💕💕💕💕

Originally posted by roseydoux

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Ash by Malinda Lo

A lesbian retelling of Cinderella

Summary: In the wake of her father’s death, Ash is left at the mercy of her cruel stepmother. Consumed with grief, her only joy comes by the light of the dying hearth fire, rereading the fairy tales her mother once told her. In her dreams, someday the fairies will steal her away, as they are said to do. When she meets the dark and dangerous fairy Sidhean, she believes that her wish may be granted.

The day that Ash meets Kaisa, the King’s Huntress, her heart begins to change. Instead of chasing fairies, Ash learns to hunt with Kaisa. Though their friendship is as delicate as a new bloom, it reawakens Ash’s capacity for love-and her desire to live. But Sidhean has already claimed Ash for his own, and she must make a choice between fairy tale dreams and true love.

Warnings: death of parents, abusive stepmother

The Roscoe Adventures

Author: @dylanobsessed
Rating: IT IS FLUFFISH & DEF HAS SOME SMUT SO ( for real there is smut )
Pairing: Stiles x OC ( reader kind of )
Notes: i suck at making it stiles x reader cause i can never write the right way ??? maybe i’ll get better with practice lmao
Words: 2198 ( oops )

It’s been awhile since Stiles and I decided to take our annual camping trip — which is just a secluded area we stumbled upon a couple of years when we were supposed to be hunting for the latest supernatural creature lurking around Beacon Hills. We used the back of Roscoe as our tent for the night, having it set-up with various blankets, pillows, and everything else we needed to make this camping trip feel complete. Pulling into the lot it caught me off guard a little bit, seeing as it seemed to take us nothing to get here when on other trips it never felt this short. Not that I minded in the least.

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