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carohdanvers asked:

three words: yellow, blue, gray :)

Send me three words and I'll write a poem (x)

Was there colour in the world before you? 
I forget sometimes. 

Was there yellow before the golden strands of your hair?
Surely even the sun could not have been so bright, so pure.
Surely even the proud narcissus shied away from such brilliance.

Did my eyes know blue before I met you?
The summer skies cannot have been brighter than your eyes.
The ocean waves cannot have been deeper than the bruises staining your skin.

Did red exist in the cosmic palette before you?
Before the heated-brand press of your lips on my skin,
Before the pearls of your blood beading on your knuckles?

Was there colour in the world?
It’s so hard to remember these days,
Under all these grays that you left behind,
Grey smoke–grey skies–grey ash–grey windows–

It’s so hard to remember these days
that you used to shine so bright.
That I used to shine with you, too.

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AAAAND more gifts, sorry guys if you’re getting annoyed by them, i just need to thank everyone, i still need to do the last patch of gift art so, you’ll need to see one more and no more.

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Thank you so much again, love to all of you <3

Writing Tips from Jenn

I was recently asked to give advice on writing, as well as suggest how to become a dedicated blogger. I love talking about writing and I love writing about writing, so obviously I obliged. And maybe there will be something in here that helps you as you progress in your writing journey – whether you write for fun or for a salary, here are a few things that I have learned about writing in general and writing, specifically, for a blog (that I now refer to as a website because other people write for me). Bear in mind that I don’t claim to be an expert on any of these things. I do have a Creative Writing degree so I’ll implement some knowledge that has been passed onto me by my favorite professors throughout the years, and I currently write as a profession for a non-profit, so I’ll also give you a bit of insight that I’ve learned in my short time there as well.

Okay, writing tips. Let’s see:

1) Write even when you don’t feel like it. I’m so guilty of NOT doing this, you have no idea. As a writer, often times, the only time we write is when we feel inspired by something or someone. We can easily knock out 3,000 words about the How I Met Your Mother series finale because it angered us, but it’s much harder to be intentional about writing when you’re not angry or enthralled or feeling any other strong emotional response. Which brings us to…

2) Make writing habitual. So in order to become a stronger writer and a better one, you need to make writing a habit, even if what you write isn’t very good at all. When I was participating in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), I remember reading a lot of tips on how to write a good novel. One of the pieces of advice that stuck with me was about writing something every day in your novel, even if it’s not good. My default response as an editor is to want to make everything perfect the first time around. I don’t mind revising drafts, but sometimes I trip over myself – I think I need to have the perfect word of phrase BEFORE I start writing. I become my own stumbling block in that way, because then I never actually write anything at all and give up. Write every day and make writing a habit.

3) Find your writing sweet spot and don’t be afraid to try and try again until you do! So one of the things I’ve learned having interacted with a lot of writers over the years is that so many of them have different rituals or habits that they perform. Jaime – one of my best friends in the world – can only write when she has orange Tic-Tacs. I can’t write when I’m listening to songs that have lyrics. I know people who like to be in a specific room or listening to a specific song or wearing something specific. Everyone is different – don’t try to force yourself into a writing environment you’re not comfortable with. Play around and figure out what motivates or comforts you.

4) “There are no walls in writing – only secret passageways.” That quote was said by my favorite Creative Writing professor ever. He told me this after I confessed that I had tried to make a poem work, but had hit a wall when I was writing. That advice has stuck with me every step of my writing journey. Often times, we hit walls when we’re writing or we get blocked (happens frequently to me) and we just give up, defeated. What David Athey told me was that a wall is never really a wall in writing. There’s always a way through it and the fun is in trying to find that secret passage out.

5) Have accountability. Jaime was my accountability for Just About Write and still, in a lot of ways, is. I’ll text her and whine about not wanting to write and she’ll text me back in all caps: “WRITE YOUR REVIEW.” She’ll yell at me when I need her to and that’s what good accountability is. She does it out of love, of course, but she motivates me when I know I need motivating and don’t want it. She’ll tell me to write and ask me how things are going. If you’re going to be a consistent writer, you’ll need someone to hold you accountable each week and see how you’re doing, even if it’s just a text to check in.

6) Read a lot. I know it’s cliché, but most clichés are actually ingrained with a tiny kernel of truth. Reading really does help you get a better grasp on writing. You learn what you do and don’t like about narratives this way. I learned, for instance, that I don’t mind reading in first-person but I much prefer writing and reading in third person limited point-of-view. I’ve always been told by writing professors that no matter what we do, we should never stop reading. You become inspired through reading. You learn new words or phrases and you learn how to better communicate your own vision to your readers. Plus, reading is just FUN.

7) Take a break when you need it. I know this may sound contradictory to what I said above about making writing habitual, but there’s a difference between making writing a habit and making it a burden. Don’t let writing become a begrudging task you need to accomplish. It should fill you with life, not be cumbersome for you. I often find that just taking a break from writing and going outside or watching a bit of television or reading is so much more helpful than trying to force myself through a draft. When I do that, my writing tends to sound forced and coerced, rather than natural. Even if it takes a little while, don’t be afraid to put your piece down and then come back to it. I promise you that it’ll still be there when you return.

8) Always have a recording device because trust me, you WON’T remember that awesome idea later on. This might sound a bit weird but inspiration strikes you in the least likely (and often most inconvenient) places sometimes. Isn’t it true that some of our best ideas happen when we’re in the showers or dreaming? When I was a cashier at a grocery store, I came up with this awesome phrase for a poem and I knew I would never remember it. So I ripped off a piece of receipt paper, wrote the phrase down, and stuck it in my pocket. I have notes on my iPhone because I know if I don’t write them down the second I think of them, I’ll forget. Always have a way to record – in some fashion – your writing or your notes.

9) Writing isn’t a science, it’s an art. No two people approach writing the exact same way. So don’t be upset if you find other people are drafting outlines for a novel and you’re just winging it as you go. That’s fine. Cooking is an art, but baking is a science. Baking requires precise measurements and ingredients. You really can’t just wing how much flour you put into a cake because it won’t come out the way you want it to. Cooking is less restrictive – you have more freedom to experiment. Don’t think of writing as a science. Think of it is an art form (because it is). So if you write better by constructing outlines and character portfolios, do it. If you write best when you just let the words flow naturally without any real preconceived structure, do it. If you find it more helpful to edit your writing as you go, do it. If you like writing at night under a lamp or outside in nature or on your train in a big city… do it. There’s no wrong way to write.

10) Don’t compare yourself to others. This final one is a bit self-explanatory but it’s the most important one. Don’t focus on your page count in comparison to someone else’s. Don’t measure your success by the success of others. It’s tempting to do it, because that’s our human nature. But all this will leave you is disappointed and discouraged.

These are a few of the things that have helped me the most in my writing journey, to be honest. And I’m happy to pass along this knowledge or any more to you all if you find it helpful! You can hit us up on Twitter or send us an ask here and we’d be happy to chat with you. :)

kissedbifire asked:

❤️ (ps I'm glad you chose this url! I love it!)

Aaaaahhhh thank you!!! I’m so glad everyone seems to like it I’m proud of it and surprised it wasn’t take already??

I’ll say this now mostly because I just saw your selfies, but you are cute as all heck like wow idk if you remember this but at least once I have mistaken a selfie of yours for Natasha (thanks reddish hair) before realizing it’s not???? 

Your icon is gorgeous and you are also very very friendly and you’ve been so nice to me every time I’ve talked to you!!! I love seeing you on my dash, it’s always quality content <3 and we should definitely talk more because you strike me as a very Cool Cat but I am smol and shy oops

[ Mutuals–send me a ❤️ for a compliment (or four) ]

Aaand another patch…sorry if it’s only one, im way too tired to do more (it’s hard to do them even though they look like they aren’t ok?) I promise i’ll work on the update and more Thank you gifts tomorrow.

Ponies (and dragon) here:

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Thank you for the follows guys, love you all ^^

sgtjimbarnes asked:

❤❤❤

!!!!!! HI DE!!!!! You were one of the very first fandom friends I made in Marvel and honestly you’ve coloured my experience greatly (in a very positive way) I don’t think I would have ever gotten the courage to become as active as I am without you and your friendliness and your encouragements!! You were my introduction to fan poetry and the poetry crew tag and you encouraged me so much when I was practically dying of nervousness with my first poem or two and I’m forever grateful <3 You’re a good chunk of the reason I am still writing and didn’t stifle it out after the first few tries and your continued encouragements and compliments give me life :D 

[ Mutuals–send me a ❤️ for a compliment (or four) ]

anonymous asked:

hi Jenn, Dianna said she dyed her hair several times. Do you have the pictures of her different hair colors?

Well, she was referring to when she was in high school and we really only have pics of her with blonde and dark blonde hair.

And here I have pics of the different hair colors she’s had over the last few years

http://agrondipity.tumblr.com/post/124591541238/what-hair-colours-has-di-had