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Ok, I can’t help it. Good example of what makes sci-fi writing better; That conversation with Kallo where you ask him about salarians? I don’t remember the exact line but it’s about packing a lot of living into forty-odd years, how everything is ‘accelerated’.

No. This is not from a salarian’s perspective, it’s a human perspective. The author’s voice, not Kallo’s. We reflexively relate to the world from our own experiences. Just a simple change - swap perspectives, normalize the character’s internal voice rather than the human one - would make the lines so much more effective. How slow and forgetful humans seem, how we take forever to process emotions. Or just how slowly the world seems to move outside salarian circles.

Man, it just occurred to me they could have used that protracted argument with Gil to really show how ‘accelerated’ Kallo is compared to humans. Show how quickly he decides how he feels then acts or doesn’t, and how that speed can easily be mistaken for coldness or arrogance by non-salarians. He doesn’t stew.

Missed opportunity.

When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.
—  from Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl, Holocaust survivor and psychiatrist
I like to imagine there are two kinds of people in the world. The people who look up at the stars and think they’re beautiful, and the people who look up and the stars and can’t wait to get there
—  You decide which is better

aesthetic for my wolfstar fic, featuring Willy Cartier as Sirius and David Oakes as Remus. photos are not mine, please message me to have your photo taken down. aesthetic created by me, please reblog if you save or use.

ao3 link: Howling At The Dog Star

Summary: The story of how Remus and Sirius fell in love with each other. These are the events so described in For In Dreams by the same author told from the perspectives of either Remus or Sirius. This is meant to be a companion to For In Dreams, but can be read before or after or separately.
Rating: M
Words: 20k and counting
Warnings: extreme swearing, pseudo smut, sexual situations, and feels

weirdling  asked:

I have zero experience with witchcraft and have known no one personally who has. However I am incredibly curious and would love to begin experimenting, although from lurking the subject looks vast and cryptic. Where would I begin?

Considering you have no previous experience with or knowledge of the contemporary practice of witchcraft, I would suggest you first begin by reading and surveying literature that examines the history of witchcraft beliefs and practices. I realize, for many who are new to exploring witchcraft, there is a strong temptation to delve directly into the practical aspects with a desire to experiment a little. There are any number of practical-oriented books and online resources that are helpful in this area; however, these are generally written from the author and practitioner’s perspective, relying heavily on personal insights and intuitions. Developing a familiarity with the historical background of witchcraft, up through the modern period, will allow you to approach those practical materials with a more discerning and critical eye, helping you determine the credibility of a source and sift out from a text what is suitable to your needs and purposes.

I recommend starting with academic and scholarly resources, ethnographies, and texts or records of historical value. I compiled a short list of some recommended reading:

Books / Resources

For good measure, I’ve included a few texts below that serve as practical examples of early modern to contemporary witchcraft and cunning folk practices:

  • Mastering Witchcraft (1970) by Paul Huson. An early book of practical contemporary witchcraft; considered by many to be a classic.
  • The Grimoire of Arthur Gauntlet, editor David Rankine (2011). “a 17th Century London Cunning-man’s book of charms, conjurations and prayers”. Sloane MS. 3851: compiling elements of folk magic, the Heptameron, the writings of Agrippa, the Arbatel, Discoverie of Witchcraft, the biblical Psalms, etc.
  • Crone’s Book of Charms and Spells (1998) by Valerie Worth. This book details various charms, amulets, and herbal preparations. Some suggested materials for use are rare or exotic.

thoughts on worldbuilding as art and worldbuilding as ancillary to narrative, not a vauge but a slate of thoughts i’ve had after reading a friend’s post

– (edit) to clarify beforehand, not all of this is a direct response to my friend (pazi, whom i recommend you follow cause shes a rly cool SF author) i’m partly responding to notions about worldbuilding that i’ve heard from other people and partly elaborating my general thoughts about worldbuilding here, so dont take this as a rebuke of what she’s written on the subject but more as a reframing of the concerns from a worldbuilding-to-worldbuild author’s perspective

i agree there’s other ways to go about writing a good story and that worldbuilding in itself doesn’t make things inherently more consistent-feeling or less contrived and self-servey feeling but i find it useful

ofc i enjoy the research and so on in itself, and like, learning about these different fields and stuff that i read on and compose my thoughts about… also it’s been an important thing in my personal approach of like expanding out in my personal horizons of like… what could be possible. what could we look forward to. though certainly i’m not infallible but i like to think about it from that angle

and ofc not everyone is going to have that goal, or need it. its naive at least for sf/f spaces to try and convince people that if your story is in need of fixing up, what it absolutely/foremost/at root level, needs, is better worldbuilding. i think worldbuilding CAN produce interesting ideas and concepts but its not inherently about that

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10 feminist books to read after you've gotten through the classics
The feminist canon gets an intersectional update.
By SaVonne Anderson

“Literature has always been the foundation of the feminist movement. Since the 18th century, when Mary Wollstonecraft wrote A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, women have used print to spread knowledge and awareness, and promote feminist ideas.

Although feminist literature has been around for hundreds of years, we tend to stick to an unofficial canon of a few classics. But to promote progress and intersectionality, we should expand our feminist library to include more contemporary works, too.

In addition to being relevant to the times, today’s feminist literature often features more diverse authors and perspectives, representing the many voices of the feminist movement at large.

These 10 books do just that. And while they may not be classics yet, they’re well worth a read if you’re interested in expanding your knowledge of feminism.”

See the list here

Ereri Omegaverse Fic Rec List

So I decided to make a new ereri fic rec list after quite some time. And as it turns out, all the fics on this list are omegaverse fics (or contain some variation of the trope). If you like omegaverse fics, I hope you find something here that you enjoy. :)

Title: “Baby, I’m howling for you.”

Author: WishingSebastianStanwasmyman

Rating: Mature

Summary: Levi Ackerman is a Werewolf and an Omega who lives a rather quiet life in his cottage in the woods. Sure, his Witch neighbor Hange can get irritating and Erwin, the worst Ghost in existence as he is completely incapable of scaring anyone, can grate on his nerves. Especially when the Ghost is insistent on haunting his home.

This was nothing compared to how overwhelmed Levi feels when he finally meets his soulmate- an Alpha and Vampire named Eren Yeager.

(Alternatively titled “the cinnamon roll!AU”)

Title: Red Heat

Author: sciencefictioness

Rating: Explicit

Summary: Eren is one of the few Alphas who go into rut without the presence of an Omega in heat nearby, and after suppressing it for nearly two years, the drugs are no longer working. As a last resort he heads to an Omega refuge, hoping to find a suitable, but temporary, mate. When he finds one lost in a fatal ‘red heat’, he’ll do whatever it takes to ease his suffering.

When Levi’s fist sounded out against the wood, the Alpha did not open it right away. Leaned into it, pressing his forehead against the smooth surface. Felt the pull of the Omega on the other side, just as he had that first day in the shelter. A whole new kind of gravity that tugged him not down to the earth but straight towards Levi. The laws of the universe shifting to bring them closer together, and Eren could not resist their inevitability.

Title: An Exercise in Self-Restraint

Author: kirakiracats

Rating: Explicit

Summary: Levi moves away from the only town he’s ever known, off to university and away from his two friends, Isabel and Farlan. Having roommates is a new experience, one that he thinks will be totally unpleasant, but when the last person to turn up is a gorgeous male omega, his perspective changes.

Unfortunately for him, it’s bad practice to fuck your flatmate. Levi has a tough year ahead.

Title: A Matter of Perspective 

Author: KuroKitty (HaleYes) 

Rating: Explicit

Summary: Eren hates being an omega and is determined to defy his orientation and join the Survey Corps. When a Colossal Titan mysteriously appears and breaks down the outer wall of his district, he and his friends are forced to retreat to one of the inner walls where practices are very different from what he’d grown accustomed to. They are shocked and terrified at the treatment they receive from the military personnel once they arrive on the other side of Wall Rose. With every bit of his humanity and dignity stripped away, Eren’s world is turned upside down. Can Eren still be the hero he always wished to be while trying to deal with the changes occurring within himself?

Note: The “scary” tags for this fic are meant as trigger warnings. I tried to set them up so they can be filtered out. Levi doesn’t abuse or exploit Eren. This fic does not “romanticize abuse” at all. Those tags relate to other character interactions, but not the two of them with each other. Non-con/abuse/etc. are not glorified in this fic at all. They are written as the heartbreaking, awful things that they are. This is also a story with a heavy focus on character growth. Levi and Eren both become better partners to each other as the fic goes on. 

Title: Late Bloomer 

Author: shotgunsinlace 

Rating: Explicit

Summary: For the first time in his life, Levi is at a complete loss on what to do in a situation he can’t control. Luckily, Eren knows a thing or two because he, unlike his Captain, paid attention during Sex Ed.

Title: Dark Waters 

Author: Corporal_Levi_cleans_my_house 

Rating: Mature

Summary: Eren, a young mermaid, meets his dark and intriguing mate, Levi, for the first time by the edge of a large lake in the middle of the wetland forests. Hanji and her team of biologists hide nearby to document the elusive merfolk and their interactions.

Or that one merfolk au where Levi (merman/male/dominant) and Eren (mermaid/arguably still male but in the submissive role here) are a pair of mates living in the wild, meeting for the first time by the lake that Levi inhabits.

Title: The Crownless King 

Author: WishingSebastianStanwasmyman 

Rating: Explicit

Summary: In the south lies a werewolf kingdom existing within an ancient forest of giant trees, the golden city of the nobles and royalty lying between the edges of the forest and where the endless sea of sand begins. While to north lies the vampire kingdom, dwelling under the shadow of the mountains and by the shores of the sea. Both kingdoms have been at war since their ancestors first sailed over from the west. Now, thousands of years later- there has been an uneasy peace spanning three centuries.

For Levi, it has always been simple. Even though he does not want to, he will ascend the Obsidian Throne. Not for his own sake, but to bring peace to his people, to end the civil war in his kingdom, and preserve the precarious truce they share with the golden kingdom in the south.

However, fate has other plans for him. 

Title: Butterflies Fly Away 

Author: KuroKitty (HaleYes) 

Rating: Explicit

Summary: Levi is less than thrilled when he finds out his uncle has decided they’re moving in with his girlfriend and her nephew. He’s never met the kid, but based on the fact that Eren is a cheerleader over at the omega High School, he’s pretty sure that living with him is going to be painful - with the younger teen being a manifestation of everything he finds obnoxious in the world.

However, there’s a lot more to the beautiful omega than glitter and pom poms. Enough to leave Levi’s head spinning and wondering just what he’s going to do with the boy he can’t get his mind off of living under the same roof.

Title: Come Home To Me 

Author: Corporal_Levi_cleans_my_house 

Rating: Explicit

Summary: Levi’s heat is starting and he’s waiting for his Alpha to come home from work to take care of him.
(bottom!Levi weekend submission - prompts: power, affection, restraint)

Title: When The Wolfsbane Blooms 

Author: WishingSebastianStanwasmyman 

Rating: Explicit

Summary: It all started on a dark night; when the wolfsbane bloomed and the full autumn moon shone bright in the sky. Upon this night, Eren Jaeger met a werewolf by the name of Levi Ackerman. And Eren soon found himself spiraling deep into the secret world of the wolves, that so few were privileged to see. It is one filled with beauty and strength, but it’s not without cost.

And the cost may very well be Eren’s life.

Levi said a few more words in a sort of harsh yet somehow soft tongue, gray eyes appearing to glow silver beneath the light of the moon as he continued to whisper and chant to complete their blood oath.

It took Eren a few moments to realize that Levi’s eyes truly were glowing.                                

People need to accept that not all “cliches” are bad. People still like stuff like forbidden love stories, underdogs winning, and the dog biting back. The term cliche is negative, produces an image of all that is trite and boring, but actual cliches can be very good. Storytelling is built on cliches after all. 

It’s not the cliche but how it is utilized by the author.

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Perspective | When a romance novelist divorces, ‘happily ever after’ becomes impossible to write
I couldn't make love happen on the page when I couldn't make it happen in reality.

From a reader’s perspective, I think the same thing can happen to us. After the election, I went on a three-month spree of reading only nonfiction. I still have about 1/8th of Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase unread because guess what I was reading on November 8th, 2016?

monkey-sock  asked:

When I was in university, we studied the Unreliable Narrator perspective, or, "how Watson lied all the time". I was taught in school that the 'client' in CHAS never existed, she was essentially made up by Watson to keep Holmes looking good. As a writer, Watson made Holmes a super hero, and everyone, including himself, look like an idiot, on purpose. Your views?

Interesting.  So your professor’s theory was that Holmes or Watson himself were the parties being blackmailed?  That’s certainly been explored in canon-era fanfic extensively.  Alternately, the possibility may have existed Holmes simply wanted to rid London of Milverton and acted according to his own inclinations.  Or of course, the Lady Eva Blackwell did exist, and Holmes subsequently grew entangled in the case of the Master Blackmailer at her behest.

One important thing to remember when talking about Watson is that all first-person narrators are unreliable, period, because they are limited to their own perspectives and biased by their own inclinations and affections.  You and I see things through our own eyes; we are all thus unreliable narrators.  When an author employs multiple perspectives or uses the third person or other techniques to broaden the points of view within their worlds, we often are able to explore human dynamics without relying on a single person to “tell us the truth.”  Meanwhile, even these tools can be used (deliberately or unconsciously) by the author to obfuscate the facts.  As House says, Everybody Lies.

Where Watson is concerned, all this grows very tricky, because he admits that he plays fast and loose with facts for Holmes’s sake and the sake of Holmes’s clients.  We also know he hides himself to a certain extent—he never describes himself (Holmes describes him obliquely in CHAS), and he apparently, other than billiards with Thurston and the occasional wife, essentially has no life outside of Holmes, save for in TWIS and ENGR (and it’s quite satisfying to see Watson bringing Holmes a case for once).  In the storytelling sense, the reason for this is obvious: Watson is Holmes’s friend and biographer, and as a biographer, the stories are always going to be about Holmes.  Are they about Holmes’s cases?  No, not exactly.  They are about Sherlock Holmes, always and definitively.  Even when no crime as such has taken place, or the actions performed by the great detective lack significant drama and instead reflect his humanity (see VEIL, for instance).

So how reliable are they?  This is a murky area, made murkier by Arthur “Continuity” Doyle and by Sherlock Holmes himself, the Master Secret-Keeper and Emotion-Repressor, King of All Reticence, Snark Factory, Prankster, Liar, Master of Disguise, Chap Who Employs Aloof Humor as the Ultimate Waterproofing Against Strong Sentiment, Man Whose Childhood Has Been Stricken from the Record Due to Reasons Unknown, Mr. “I Never Knew You Had a Brother” Holmes, Whoops! I Died That One Time, etc., etc. 

Holmes withholds from Watson on a regular basis, from the beginning.  This in turn fascinates Watson, who forms what I would argue is a lifelong obsession.  “The reader will set me down as a hopeless busybody, when I confess how much this man stimulated my curiosity, and how often I endeavoured to break through the reticence he showed on all that concerned himself.”  So Watson wants to open Holmes and see how he ticks, all the clockwork and cogs, and he constantly strives to bridge the divide between them, in every way he can.  Watson in turn withholds from the reader—he makes coy remarks about giant rats, admits that he has obscured important dates, hints at cases Holmes would never allow him to publish despite the fact their lives were nearly lost in these tantalizing and doubtless noble quests. 

Watson can never quite reach Holmes, and we in turn can never quite be in Watson’s shoes.  We then strive to fill in the divide between us as readers and the men whose lives we want to understand more intimately.  We create fanfic and fanart, we read pastiches, we create chronologies, we study discrepancies (James, anyone?), we create Baker Street Cookbooks and alternate universes.  Holmes, to bring the matter full circle—rather than mocking Watson for his interest, because we all know he adores his army doctor’s admiration—mocks the readers who are now so emotionally invested in Watson’s accounts.  “You have degraded what should have been a course of lectures into a series of tales,” he complains pettishly in COPP, and if Watson had in fact created the cold, clear studies Holmes thinks he should have written, no one would have read them, wherein lies the irony.  (For more on this subject, read “Watson Falls Asleep: Narrative Frustration and Sherlock Holmes” by James Krasner, or listen to Episode 4 of my Intro to Canon podcast.)

Meanwhile, Watson is incapable of penning anything but a romance, because he is a romantic.  So is he an unreliable narrator?  Of course he is.  Does he put Holmes on a pedestal?  Yes, but I think your professor had it a bit wrong, because it’s not as a writer Watson glorifies Holmes, it’s as a person, because Watson loves and admires him and wants to world to read about the best and wisest man he’s ever known.  This is not authorial technique.  It is not a thought exercise.  Holmes is a genius, and Watson is driven to make that clear—he is writing adventure stories about his own hero, and “You know,” he says in DEVI, “that it is my greatest joy and privilege to help you.”  Does he sometimes “invent” dialog to make the story flow better and place Holmes in a better light?  Hell yes, the minx, he admits as much in ILLU, when he says of his friend, “Then he told the story, which I would repeat in this way.  His hard, dry statement needs some little editing to soften it into the terms of real life.”

So yes, I think your professor was right in the technical conclusion that everyone in the Sherlock Holmes mysteries lies and withholds, and I think that one could certainly make an effective argument that Lady Eva never existed—just as one could make an effective argument that Holmes was asexual, or that he was gay, or that he was straight but had his heart broken when he was twenty-two, or that Watson was a woman, or that Holmes and Watson were lovers, or that Moriarty never existed, or that Holmes and Moriarty were the same person, or that Watson invented the new Sherlock Holmes of the return because he never recovered from the loss of his dearest friend at Reichenbach (real theory).

But what I take away from all this isn’t that Watson was a puppetmaster, tugging strings and manipulating events in order to make Holmes seem a hero he was not in fact.  No, Watson, bless his heart, conducted Holmes’s light and amplified it out of love, and that’s why we’re still reading these stories. 

Thanks for the wonderful question!

— @lyndsayfaye