Yes, this post is for you, the person who just spent another night writing a chapter for their fanfiction, writing for hours for those hungry fans who are following your work.
This goes out to those amazing fanfiction authors who write amazing pieces of work. You have an amazing plot, beautiful descriptions and your characters are always perfectly in character. Reminding us all of the stories we love so much.
You make me laugh out loud. You make me cringe in embarrassment. You even make me mad enough to rant for hours.
But then, with your beautiful words and imagery, you make me sad.
You make me cry and scream for those characters I love. You make me want to throw my tablet across the room while still wanting to hold it tightly to my chest. You make me feel emotions for these characters, emotions only the true creators have managed to pull from me.
Why would you do this? Why break my heart into a million pieces and throw them to the wind to scatter my sadness around? I’m sure it hurts you more to create these stories. To see those characters you have loved, just as much as I, hurt or get hurt. It must break you bit by bit to write the words to complete that one scene.
But also, thank you. Thank you for the beautiful story you crafted for hours. And thank you for making me feel those beautiful emotions. Thank you for letting me live with these characters for a little while longer.
In February 2016, Marley Dias, who was 11 at the time, launched the #1000BlackGirlBooks project, collecting books featuring black girls as the main character.
Now, after collecting over 8,000 such books, Dias has decided to author a #BlackGirlBook of her own.
On Thursday, Scholastic announced that 12-year-old Dias had signed a deal with the publisher for a book due in Spring 2018.
According to a press release, the book is a “keep-it-real guide” to helping kids and preteens make their dreams come true.
“Through her smarts and ingenuity, she’s delivered a jolt of inspiration that’s sent an unstoppable shock-wave to kids everywhere who’ve stood up with Marley to shout ‘Yes!’ to the power of positive action,” Scholastic’s vice president and executive editor Andrea Pinkney said.
“In this book, Marley will share her dynamic wisdom with readers everywhere.” Read more
When you meet that person. a person. one of your soulmates. Let the connection. relationship be what it is. it may be five mins. five hours. five days. five months. five years. a lifetime. let it manifest itself, the way it is meant to. it has an organic destiny. This way if it stays or if it leaves, you will be softer from having been loved this authentically. souls come into, return, open, and sweep through your life for a myriad of reasons, let them be who and what they are meant.
Countless options exist to further one’s education about the history and the current issuesregarding diversity and race relations in America. Just one of those options is to crack open a book or two written by a black author. If you’re looking to expand your reading list, this is a good place to start.
This isn’t a very long list; these are just the ones on my to-read list.
Also, there are some works from the included authors that I have not listed because I haven’t looked too closely into their other books, or they aren’t up my alley genre-wise. If you don’t mind female authors or authors of any other genders, feel free to check out this list.
If you have more to add, feel COMPLETELY free to reblog and do so.
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Ash and Echoes; Ice and Embers; Iron and Ether; Cairn and Covenant; Calling and Cull; Wine and Roses (I don’t know exactly where this one fits in or if it does) by August Li
At Swim, Two Boys by Jamie O’Neill
The Beauty’s Brother by Leon Hart (read; ☆☆☆)
Call Me by Your Name by André Aciman
Captured Shadows by Richard Rider
The Cat in the Cradle; From Darkness to Darkness by Jay Bell
The Chosen; The Standing Dead; The Third God by Ricardo Pinto
Dangerous Moonlight by Mel Keegan
The Devil in the Dust; Tower of the King’s Daughter; A Dark Way to Glory (doesn’t say LGBT on Goodreads; unsure if it actually is); Feast of the King’s Shadow (doesn’t say LGBT on Goodreads; unsure if it actually is); Hand of the King’s Evil; The End of All Roads (doesn’t say LGBT on Goodreads; unsure if it actually is) by Chaz Brenchley
Dreamer by Steven Harper
An East Wind Blowing by Mel Keegan
Fortunes of War by Mel Keegan
The God Eaters by Jesse Hajicek (enjoying this one so far; not super far into it)
Haffling by Caleb James
The Lightning-Struck Heart by T.J. Klune
The Lonely War by Alan Chin
Lord Mouse by Mason Thomas
Maurice by E.M. Forster
Mordred, Bastard Son by Douglas Clegg
One Man Guy by Michael Barakiva
A Royal Affair; Aleksey’s Kingdom by John Wiltshire
The Sallee Rovers; Men of Honor; Iron Men; Heart of Oak; Man in the Crescent Moon; The Sea Leopard by M. Kei
Seidman by James Erich
Shadowdance by Robin Wayne Bailey
The Sheltered City by John Tristan
The Steel Remains; The Cold Commands; The Dark Defiles by Richard K. Morgan