Oh my god I just remembered that Beauty and the Beast (the original story) is in the public domain which means I can 100% absolutely write and publish a (short) story I’ve always wanted to write wherein the merchant (Belle’s father) goes to the castle and he sees this young adult whose parents are dead and who was manipulated/cursed by a fairy and he’s just like, “Ah yes, you’re my child now.” and Beast keeps him as his prisoner but Beast is the one who feels imprisoned because he suddenly has to abide by all of these rules because this guy is just fathering the crap out of him and it’s the merchant’s paternal love that eventually breaks the curse. I can call it Wild Child. If anyone needs me, I’m going to abandon my responsibilities for the next few hours to drink peppermint tea and write this.
Ideas are like fish. If you want to catch little fish, you can stay in the shallow water. But if you want to catch the big fish, you’ve got to go deeper. Down deep, the fish are more powerful and more pure.They’re huge and abstract. And they’re very beautiful
Bath bombs’ primary ingredients are a weak acid and a bicarbonate base. These are unreactive when dry, but react vigorously when dissolved in water to produce their characteristic fizzing over a period of several minute carbon dioxide bubbles on bathers’ skin gives a tickling sensation some find pleasant.
I just wanted to say that for those of you who don’t have a lot of new books, or fancy props, or a nice camera, or whatever it is that might make you feel like you can’t get a lot of followers or participate in the community like you want to, I gave away most of my books and have little to no props to work with. I take pictures with whatever I have, even if its just the book itself. Just anything to participate and talk about books, and I still have almost 2,500 followers (not that that’s any huge number to brag about). But the thing is, it’s not about how many followers you have, or how nice your picture is, or how many times it got reblogged. It’s about having this amazing opportunity via technology to talk and connect with reader of all kinds, to make friends and connections and find solidarity with something that defines a lot of us as people. By far the most rewarding thing about this whole damn book blogging business is meeting people who love books and making friends who love books and celebrating holidays and birthdays with people who your main and lasting connection to is THAT THEY LOVE BOOKS. It’s the only requirement for participating: the love of books. And I do love books and I love you all so much, and I’m s thankful. So don’t you dare feel inferior, or like you can’t interact. We’re all one.
“What if men built a tower from Earth to Heaven-and broke through to Heaven’s other side? What if we discovered that the fundamentals of mathematics were arbitrary and inconsistent? What if there were a science of naming things that calls life into being from inanimate matter? What if exposure to an alien language forever changed our perception of time? What if all the beliefs of fundamentalist Christianity were literally true, and the sight of sinners being swallowed into fiery pits were a routine event on city streets? These are the kinds of outrageous questions posed by the stories of Ted Chiang. Stories of your life … and others.
Stories of Your Life and Others delivers dual delights of the very, very strange and the heartbreakingly familiar, often presenting characters who must confront sudden change—the inevitable rise of automatons or the appearance of aliens—with some sense of normalcy. With sharp intelligence and humor, Chiang examines what it means to be alive in a world marked by uncertainty, but also by beauty and wonder. An award-winning collection from one of today’s most lauded writers, Stories of Your Life and Others is a contemporary classic.”
Ted Chiang is an American speculative fiction writer. His Chinese name is Chiang Feng-nan. He was born in Port Jefferson, New York and graduated from Brown University with a Computer Science degree. He currently works as a technical writer in the software industry and resides in Bellevue, near Seattle, Washington. He is a graduate of the noted Clarion Writers Workshop (1989).
Although not a prolific author, having published only eleven short stories as of 2009, Chiang has to date won a string of prestigious speculative fiction awards for his works