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I really didn’t think it was going to be so controversial. And then to have the label of “revolutionary” pinned on you afterward felt really daunting. I kind of had a moment with myself, like, “OK. Is this what you want to do? Do you actually want to talk about issues? Is it worth it?” There are still moments now where I’m like, “Whoa, this is a lot of pressure.” But it’s worth it because when people come to me and say, “I’m more comfortable in my identity because of you,” or “I feel like you’ve given me a voice,” that’s the most powerful thing ever.

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"It's Unconventional" - Chapter One By DreamerInTheMist On Archive of Our Own
An Archive of Our Own, a project of the Organization for Transformative Works
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“If you’re pregnant, I’m pregnant,” Nick stated firmly. “Just you wait and see, Carrots. We’ll get through this shitshow together.”

or: An unplanned pregnancy and a runaway ex-boyfriend leave Judy in tears. She faces the daunting task of parenthood alone.

Or so she thinks.

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Nanotech breakthrough prints human tissue from stem cells
Israel’s Nano Dimension uses an inkjet process to print living human tissue in 3D. Next step, a printed liver or heart?


It’s the stuff of science fiction: technology that can print a human organ. But the first step towards turning big-screen fantasy into everyday reality has been taken by Israel’s Nano Dimension,  which makes 3D printers.

Through a collaboration with another Israeli company, biotechnology firm Accellta of Haifa, Nano Dimension has been able to mix human stem cells into its 3D printer ink. When expelled through the more than 1,000 tiny nozzles of a Nano Dimension DragonFly 3D printer, the ink can form into human tissue.

While the technology is still at the proof-of-concept stage – and going from simple tissue to a full organ is a daunting and uncharted process – the possibilities for saving lives by “printing” a new liver or lung are staggering.

Read More: Israel21c

Genius, greed, glitz (and an American accent) in store for Eddie Redmayne’s next role

This description of the novel on which Eddie’s next film is based ignited our interest. No doubt that his character is the star.

New York, 1888. Gas lamps still flicker in the city streets, but the miracle of electric light is in its infancy. The person who controls the means to turn night into day will make history—and a vast fortune. A young untested lawyer named Paul Cravath, fresh out of Columbia Law School, takes a case that seems impossible to win. Paul’s client, George Westinghouse, has been sued by Thomas Edison over a billion-dollar question: Who invented the light bulb and holds the right to power the country?

The case affords Paul entry to the heady world of high society—the glittering parties in Gramercy Park mansions, and the more insidious dealings done behind closed doors. The task facing him is beyond daunting. Edison is a wily, dangerous opponent with vast resources at his disposal—private spies, newspapers in his pocket, and the backing of J. P. Morgan himself. Yet this unknown lawyer shares with his famous adversary a compulsion to win at all costs. How will he do it?

In obsessive pursuit of victory, Paul crosses paths with Nikola Tesla, an eccentric, brilliant inventor who may hold the key to defeating Edison, and with Agnes Huntington, a beautiful opera singer who proves to be a flawless performer on stage and off. As Paul takes greater and greater risks, he’ll find that everyone in his path is playing their own game, and no one is quite who they seem.

Advance praise for The Last Days of Night

“Mesmerizing, clever, and absolutely crackling, The Last Days of Night is a triumph of imagination. Graham Moore has chosen Gilded Age New York as his playground, with outsized characters—Edison, Tesla, Westinghouse—as his players. The result is a beautifully researched, endlessly entertaining novel that will leave you buzzing.” —Gillian Flynn, author of Gone Girl

“In The Last Days of Night, Graham Moore takes us back to the dawn of light—electric light—into a world of invention and skulduggery, populated by the likes of Edison, Westinghouse, Tesla, and the novel’s hero, a young lawyer named Paul Cravath (a name that will resonate with ambitious law students everywhere). It’s part legal thriller, part tour of a magical time—the age of wonder—and once you’ve finished it, you’ll find it hard to return to the world of now.” —Erik Larson, author of The Devil in the White City

“ The Last Days of Night is a wonder, a riveting historical novel that is part legal thriller, part techno-suspense. This fast-paced story about the personal and legal clash over the invention of the light bulb is a tale of larger-than-life characters and devious doings, and a significant meditation on the price we as a society pay for new technology… . Thoughtful and hugely entertaining.” —Scott Turow

Smart Tree: Q&A with Nari Ward

Nari Ward, an artist originally from Jamaica, makes sculptural installations from materials he collects in his own neighborhoods. Throughout his work, Ward juxtaposes surprising materials and themes. Ward takes up daunting societal topics ranging from healing and health care, to justice and the police, to immigrant identity struggles. For the High Line, Ward presents Smart Tree, an installation of a Smart car refinished with strips of tire treads and propped up on cinder blocks with an apple tree growing out of its roof. Our Donald R. Mullen, Jr Director & Curator Cecilia Alemani sat down with the artist to discuss his project.

Cecilia Alemani: Can you tell us about Smart Tree, your project for the High Line?

Nari Ward: When I first went for a site visit on the High Line, I had no idea what I wanted to do, but wanted to investigate the place. There was one moment in particular that struck me: I saw a tenement building next to the park, and looking inside it, where you would normally see furniture, curtains, etc.—people’s lives—someone had turned it into a parking garage. And seeing these license plates and cars, it triggered a memory from when I was growing up: My dad worked for a university in Jamaica, and he would drive their van most of the time, but he always wanted a car for himself. So he bought two cars that he was going to fix up, and he parked them in front of the yard—but never got around to fixing them. They sat there for years, and fifteen years later when I went back, they were still there—and one of them had a lime tree growing out of it! That strange juxtaposition of the displaced cars, with the displaced tree, gave me the idea of trying to reconfigure that memory for the High Line.

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Deadline reports that Eddie Redmayne has been set to join the cast of The Last Days of Night, a project penned by Graham Moore and set to be directed by Morten Tyldum, writer and director of The Imitation Game.

The drama will focus on the battle between industrial age titans Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse to electrify America; The Danish Girl actor will play famed lawyer Paul Cravath, in his first major career-making case.

Moore will adapt the script from his own book, which tells of a story built around the complexities and eccentricities of seminal technological geniuses: Edison has won the race to the patent office and is suing his only remaining rival, Westinghouse, for the unheard of sum of one billion dollars.

To defend himself, Westinghouse makes a surprising choice in his attorney: He hires an untested twenty-six-year-old fresh out of Columbia Law School, Cravath. The task facing Cravath is beyond daunting. Edison proves to be a formidable, wily, and dangerous opponent. Yet this young, unknown attorney shares with his famous opponent a compulsion to win at all costs. How will he do it? As he takes greater and greater risks, he’ll find that everyone in his path is playing their own game, and no one is quite who they seem. Woven into the tale are Nikola Tesla, Alexander Graham Bell, Stanford White and other technological titans of the late 19th century.

The Last Days Of Night will start production in the U.K. late January, with a release planned for next fall.  

It's Unconventional

by DreamerInTheMist

“If you’re pregnant, I’m pregnant,” Nick stated firmly. “Just you wait and see, Carrots. We’ll get through this shitshow together.”

or: An unplanned pregnancy and a runaway ex-boyfriend leave Judy in tears. She faces the daunting task of parenthood alone.

Or so she thinks.

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Too much to recap so I’ll be quick. Or long and rambly because I’m tired. Traveling is tiring and fun and Dylan is a maniac and so many buttons get pushed each day, but it’s all worth it.

Towards the end of our time in California, so much of life had shrunken down that the idea of this trip would be too daunting, too overwhelming to plan, too much work with a toddler.

Now that so much pressure has been lifted (thank you Oregon!), I’m grateful to be doing this cockamamie trip. Every date with an old friend, every shriek of delight when the kids connect with a grandparent, new friend (kid of our friends), or old friend, makes me almost forget how much I cannot tolerate desert conditions.

Today, when Cody reunited with one of his besties after almost a year, nothing has changed. It was like watching two drunk girls in a filthy dive bar bathroom at 2 am. I forgot what its like to try to drive with a SHRIEKING toddler testing out my eardrum strength, or shoo her away from so many shiny, yet breakable objects, parent in general with an audience, and maintain some sort of routine with so many changing variables.


That I am willing to push my comfort zone and stress myself out in the name of adventure, memories, family time, and maintaining friendships, is a really good thing. As much I need to sleep, I also need to pause and document (I am a lightning quick forgetter) that I am oh, so grateful for the chaos of this temporary nomadic life.

A Guide to Going Vegan

So you’ve finally decided to take the leap and go vegan. First of all, congratulations! Vegans seek to live in a way which excludes, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose. As such, by going vegan you are performing a powerful act of protest against animal exploitation by reducing the demand for all animal products. However, since we live in a society that treats veganism as in some way extreme, we are socialised to believe that animal products are a necessity for our daily lives. For this reason, going vegan can seem a daunting and confusing process. This guide aims to assist new and transitioning vegans on some of the most common issues, as well as providing some advice on the ins and outs of going vegan. 

Where do I start?

The first and most important step for any transitioning or potential vegan is to get educated. This will provide the inspiration you need, and will help dispel some of the propaganda perpetuated by the meat and dairy industries. There are many fantastic vegan documentaries you could watch; a great place to start would be Earthlings for the ethical side of things, though do note this is an extremely graphic documentary. For the environmental aspects of veganism, Cowspiracy is a fantastic documentary which is available on Netflix, with only one short scene depicting duck slaughter, which could easily be skipped. Forks Over Knives is a good overview of some of the health benefits and contains no graphic footage. There are also several books you could read, particularly Eating Animals which focuses on the ethical arguments, Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs and Wear Cows which focuses on the psychology of meat and Slaughterhouse which focuses on the treatment of animals. There are also many excellent online resources, such as Vegankit, Veganeasy and the Vegan Society website.

How should I go about it?

When it comes to how you should start transitioning, there are a few different methods you could choose. Which one you go with will be based on your own situation, and what you think will be most likely to result in a permanent shift to veganism. 

  1. By Product: This method is one of the easiest, and basically involves eliminating animal products one at a time. You might start with something easier like beef, or perhaps milk, and eliminate this one product from your diet while not attempting to limit anything else. It is important that you replace these items with something vegan which you enjoy, so that you don’t feel like you are losing out. 

  2. By meal: This is a slightly different method but it works better for some people, and involves going vegan one meal at a time as opposed to one product. Under this method, you might start with something like breakfast, and you would make your breakfast vegan every day. Once you have mastered this and have several breakfast options you enjoy, you would then include lunch, followed by dinner and snacks in between. This has the advantage of slowly lowering your consumption of all animal products, rather than just one at a time, and you don’t get that initial body shock when you stop eating a product your body is used to.

  3. Cold Turkey: This method is often considered the most difficult, but it does have advantages. This method is essentially involves eliminating all animal products at once. This can be overwhelming and will be a bit of a body shock, but it has the advantage of immediately reducing the harm you cause by a drastic amount, and will usually mean you feel the positive effects of a vegan diet sooner. 

What do vegans eat?

Vegans have a wealth of healthy and affordable options available to us. Some of our main staples include things like pastas, noodles, rice, breads, quinoa, legumes, nuts and nut butters, lentils, chickpeas, beans, tofu, tempeh, seitan, soy, oats, cereals, and frozen or fresh fruits and vegetables. Some people also choose to supplement their diet with specialist vegan replacement items like faux meats and cheeses. These can make transitioning much easier, but they tend to be more expensive than just eating plants, though they are still comparable in price to the animal products they emulate. The short answer to this question is pretty much anything you could eat before you went vegan, just in a different form. There are healthy vegan alternatives to every animal product you can imagine, you can find recipes here, here and here.

What don’t vegans eat?

In short, vegans don’t eat anything that comes from an animal, including all meats, fish, cheese, milk and eggs. Most of these ingredients will be very obvious to spot, but some, such as certain insect derived E numbers, can present more of a challenge. You find an exhaustive list of non-vegan ingredients here, but I find the most common sneaky ingredients to look out for are carmine (E120), gelatin, whey, rennet and casein. You should get into the habit of always checking ingredients. There are also several apps which can make this easier for you, such as Is it Vegan and Can I Eat This. It is also may be helpful to know that “may contain milk/eggs” does not mean the product is not vegan, it simply means the product was produced in a factory which also handles milk or eggs.

What about clothes?

If you have been living as a non-vegetarian or vegan, it is very likely you will have many clothing items which aren’t vegan. You may feel the need to replace all of these items right away; if you can afford to do this then you absolutely can, and don’t forget to donate all of that unwanted clothing to a shelter so it can do some good. However, for most of us this just isn’t realistic. The harm was done with the initial purchase, so it is okay to continue to use animal fabrics until you can comfortably afford to replace them. Remember, it isn’t just leather and fur, vegans also don’t use wool, silk, felt, feathers or down. The good news is that synthetic alternatives for all of these items are cheap, durable and widely available. Most high street stores, particularly on the cheaper end, already sell synthetic fibres, and some shoe companies like Doc Martens and Vans sell vegan ranges. There are also several online retailers of speciality vegan clothing, a list of which can be found here.

What about cosmetics and household products?

Similar to clothing, it is likely that you have many cosmetics and household products which are not vegan. For a product to be vegan, it must contain no animal ingredients and must not be tested on animals. Again, you can use the products you have now and replace them with more appropriate ones the next time you make a purchase. Fortunately, more and more retailers are taking note of the campaigns against animal testing and are providing cruelty free options. It can be a little difficult to tell if a company tests on animals, as their disclaimers are often very misleading, but a list of companies who do test on animals can be found here. When a product has not been tested on animals, it should feature a little bunny icon. However, it should be noted that these products sometimes still contain animal derived ingredients. A list of vegan cosmetics can be found here, and you can buy many vegan household products here

What about entertainment?

Another area of your life which veganism is likely to effect is entertainment. As vegans we do not believe that animals should be used for any purpose, including entertainment. Some examples of animals being used as entertainment would be circuses, racing, horse riding and carting, dog sledding, aquariums, sea parks, hunting, fishing, safaris and zoos. Vegans essentially hold that these industries and activities are exploitative in that they use animals for the purposes of entertaining humans. There are many vegan alternatives to these activities, and if you want to visit animals up close, there are many thousands of animal sanctuaries who do wonderful work, just be sure to check that the sanctuary in question is reputable and is a non-profit.

How do I make sure I’m getting all of my nutrients?

There is no mineral, vitamin or nutrient that cannot be attained on a vegan diet. Both the National Health Service and the American Dietetic Association state that veganism is appropriate for all stages of life and may even have several health benefits. Of course, veganism is no guarantee of health, you can still consume plenty of junk foods as a vegan. The main concerns are generally regarding protein, iron, calcium, vitamins B6 and B12. The protein concern is a bit of a myth, it is difficult to be protein deficient if you are getting enough calories, you can find a list of vegan high protein foods here. Iron is also not a problem as a vegan, since iron is contained in most plant milks and leafy greens, you can find some examples here. Similarly, calcium is contained in most plant milks, nuts and many vegetables, here are some examples. Vitamin B6 and B12 are present in fortified foods, as well as nutritional yeast which can be purchased very cheaply. Despite the availability of these vitamins in a vegan diet, I would still recommend supplementing just to be safe, this is a great one.

How can I afford to go vegan?

It is a common misconception that vegan diets are inherently expensive, and is often an assumption based on seeing people eat specialty vegan ready meals and faux products. These products exist and can make things a lot easier, but they aren’t necessary for a vegan diet at all. Most vegan staples, including pastas, rice, noodles, beans, quinoa, lentils, chickpeas, breads, nut butters, frozen fruits and canned vegetables represent some of the cheapest and most nutritious food sources in any supermarket and they are widely available. This makes perfect sense economically because the lower on the food chain you eat, the less work has gone into the final product and thus the cheaper it is. It also helps to buy these products in bulk if you can, as this will make it even cheaper. The vegan options at most fast food restaurants are also usually the cheapest. You can find tips on eating vegan on a budget here, as well as specific meal ideas here, here and here.

Can I still go out to eat?

Depending on where you live, it is likely there will be specifically vegetarian/vegan restaurants in your area, or at least veggie friendly ones. Happy Cow is a great app to help you find local restaurants. Even if these are sparse in your area, most restaurants will be willing to make a vegetarian option vegan, or even prepare something off-menu. The best thing to do is to call ahead and let them know about your dietary requirements beforehand, this is polite and usually results in a better quality of meal than one cobbled together at the last minute. If you’re eating somewhere you don’t trust, it can often be prudent to tell them you are allergic rather than vegan, as they are likely to take this more seriously. You should always thank the waiting staff and the chef for any additional effort they have gone through in order to accommodate you. If you can afford it, it never hurts to be generous with your tip if someone has gone out of their way to make sure your meal is vegan. 

How do I deal with cravings?

You may not actually experience any cravings as a vegan, though many do in the early stages and for some people these cravings persist, though most often sporadically. This is a natural part of any change in diet and is a result of your body being used to receiving a certain food item. The items we crave tend to be those processed to have high levels of sugars and fat; most animal products certainly fall into this category. As your body gets rid of these foods over time, these cravings will become less intense in nature and will likely disappear entirely. In the meantime, keep in mind it is sugars and fat or protein you are likely craving, not necessarily animal products themselves. You therefore have the option to replace these sugars and fats with vegan foods, there are several high fat and high calorie vegan options, as well as many vegan snack foods, some of which may surprise you. 

What if my parents/guardians won’t let me? 

Parents usually object to veganism on the grounds of convenience, cost, or health. We have already covered health, but in terms of convenience, it is up to you to make the transition as easy on your parents or guardians as you possibly can. You could try learning to cook some simple vegan meals which you can prepare for yourself, or offer to come along on their shopping trips to point out vegan friendly foods. Parents will be less likely to object if you do most of the hard work for them. It can also be helpful to show them of the resources already listed and watch documentaries, so they can understand where you are coming from, and particularly that veganism can be done in a healthy and low cost way. If they still refuse and it is unsafe for you to push it any further, you may just have to be as vegan as you can be under the circumstances. This isn’t your fault, and you can be vegan when it is your choice while keeping your parents happy until you are able to move out.

Can I go vegan if I have an eating disorder? 

Having an eating disorder or being in recovery from one can make veganism really difficult, so don’t feel bad if you don’t feel you can attempt it at this point in your life. Some people find veganism to be hugely helpful in their recovery because it re-frames food as a positive thing. However, things like checking ingredients and monitoring nutrients can be triggering, so if you are going to attempt to go vegan I would recommend following one of the two incremental methods listed earlier, and taking it very slowly. If it begins to interfere with your recovery, just focus on getting better first and foremost. If you can’t manage to eat completely vegan, you could of course still be vegan in every other aspect of your life, including clothing, entertainment, cosmetics and household products. You would still be doing a lot of good, and you’d be keeping yourself healthy for a time when you are able to fully commit to a vegan diet. 

Will I get sick?

When you first start going vegan, you are likely to feel something of a “body shock” and you may even become ill as your body adapts to such a radical change. This is perfectly normal and should only be temporary. If symptoms persist, monitor your nutrient intake more closely as you are likely to be missing something. Again, this is fairly normal before you become experienced at planning your diet. If you are convinced you are getting what you need but you are still sick, seek medical advice, as it may be an intolerance or another underlying medical issue. After the first month you will discover how good being vegan can make you feel. Even once you’ve gotten the hang of it though, you will still make mistakes and accidentally consume animals products, which after your body has adapted to a vegan diet may also make you a little sick. It is important that you don’t beat yourself up over these mistakes, as they are learning experiences and it still happens to those of us who have been vegan for years.

How do I deal with criticism as a vegan? 

As most vegans will tell you, the most difficult part about the lifestyle is dealing with non-vegans. People very often take the words “no thank you, I’m vegan” to be an invitation to question, debate and criticise your choices. It is necessary to warn you here that vegans are widely hated, often by people who really should know better. This can be really difficult to deal with, but stick to your convictions and remember why you chose this lifestyle in the first place. The good news though, is that people tend to recycle the exact same arguments over and over, so you will end up with a lot of practice in formulating your responses. You can find my list of some of the most common anti-vegan arguments and some suggested responses here.

Additional Support

You can find additional links to help you on my resources page, as well as answers to commonly asked questions on my FAQs page. If there is anything else you need and can’t find the information on either of these, then feel free to drop me an ask. I answer all serious anonymous questions, though due to the volume I receive you can expect to wait a few days. If your issue is time sensitive, message me off anon and I will usually answer within a day. I hope that your transition to veganism will be as positive for you as it has been for me. Good luck!

Today I was given dozens (possibly hundreds, I didn’t count) of foundations, concealers and powders from Cover FX. I just need to figure out if it’s feasible to start the makeup fund back up on a bigger level. I want to get all these products out to the trans girls who need them, but I don’t have the money it would take to ship packages out to every person (between $10-$20 per package since I live in Canada and most of you are Stateside).

The task of finding people who need this makeup and corresponding with them, then matching their color, then packing their kits and shipping them out is quite daunting to me so I’m going to take on only as much as I can.

I’m once again accepting donations to my paypal (callasist85@gmail.com), BUT please only donate to me if you’re totally financially secure - this isn’t urgent and there are tons of people who could use the financial help first, not the least of which are the people being brutalized by racist cops.

If you can donate, I appreciate it greatly - please let me know your tumblr account in your donation message and I’ll try to include you in a shout-out post.

If you want more information on some of the makeup kits I’ve donated over the last couple years, check out bedpartymakeover.tumblr.com/tagged/the-fund

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you know those warm summer evenings when you sit outside and it’s not too hot and not too cold, and everything just seems so peaceful and life suddenly isn’t so daunting, and all you feel is the breeze and all you see is a quiet road under the soft light of street lamps and you just feel like everything will be ok? i wish i could feel like that all the time

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Goodbye is not forever (a proper farewell)

As most of my followers (nearly 7,000 of you! I never imagined!) have undoubtedly realized, I am no longer updating this tumblr. I was going to just let it sit, unchanged, for eternity (or at least until the heat-death of the universe), but it seems tumblr itself is dying a slow and terrible death already.

Rather than allow almost two years’ worth of posts about Steve Rogers and what his world (maybe) was like disappear without a trace, I have imported and archived everything in a mirror site on Wordpress. I haven’t yet changed reference links to their Wordpress posts (it’s a bit of a daunting task, so that may or may not ever happen), but everything is there.

I won’t be shutting this tumblr down - if I do, I will definitely make an announcement about it - but I wanted everyone to know in case we wake up one day to find that tumblr is gone and the world we once knew has changed irrevocably.

Thank you to everyone who has sent me questions and tagged me in posts over the years. This started as a little project to amuse myself and grew to be much bigger than I ever could have imagined. You have all been wonderful, even the trolls.

Thank you and good night. It’s been a dream. <3

Press Start & Cross Your Fingers: Advice for New Writers

Uncanny Magazine has begun its Year 3 Kickstarter!!  Since I offered to blog about any topic chosen by a specific backer as part of the Uncanny Year 2 Kickstarter, and Garen Glazier asked for a post on advice for new writers, I thought I’d put it up today. So here’s what I wish I had known when I first started, and what I still try to keep in mind now.

❃ Write what you want to write, not what others think you should be writing. This was the hardest and most important lesson for me. Trust your instincts, write what’s important to you, and make it as good as you can. Don’t write to try to appeal to an existing market; markets change more quickly than you can get your manuscript in, and no one wants something totally derivative. Your own passion for your stories is more important than what’s popular. And don’t give in to pressure!! Things may seem daunting, and it may feel like no one wants to read the kinds of stories you want to write, but do it anyway. Write the stories that you want to see in this world. 

Read who you want to be. When people ask me for speculative fiction story recommendations, I have a list that immediately comes to mind, including Sam J. Miller’s “57 Reasons for the Slate Quarry Suicides” (or anything by Sam J. Miller, honestly, why is he so good), “Have You Heard the One About Anamaria Marquez?” by Isabel Yap, Octavia Butler’s “Bloodchild,” everything by Margo Lanagan, and Carmen Maria Machado’s “Especially Heinous: 272 Views of Law & Order SVU.” And that’s just for the field I work in. In terms of novels, some of my favorites include Holly Black’s White Cat, Neil Gaiman’s American Gods, Scott Westerfeld’s Peeps, Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian and Child of God (which I love, fight me). The stories that stick with me do so for various reasons: voice, beautiful language, the willingness to push a little further than the reader expects, strangeness, an unflinching look at the brutality of the human condition. Read widely, study other people’s craft, and stand by whatever floats your boat. Don’t be ashamed of what you read.

Do your research. This is hard! But it’s necessary if you want to sell your writing. One very useful thing I learned while attending the Clarion Writers’ Workshop was how to write a cover letter and how to format a manuscript. If you’re writing speculative fiction short stories and are looking for places to send them, SFWA has a list of markets that pay professional rates ($0.06/word or higher), as well as a list of markets that are inactive. (On the darker side, check out the Writers Beware blog for information on dubious, shady markets/presses/contests that may try to scam you.) If you’re writing a novel, find out who your favorite authors’ agents are and query them. Don’t forget to read their submission guidelines when you do! And important: don’t query an agent until you and your manuscript are both ready.

Always stay hungry and never stop learning. Writing is really hard, and the more I do it, the less satisfied I get with what I’ve created. But that’s okay, because it means that I’m learning to spot the weaknesses in my writing that were already there. If you’re always working to make new, better, different things, you may get frustrated at times, but you’ll never get bored. One good way to keep learning is finding a group of good critique partners. Find people who understand your work and what you’re trying to accomplish with it, and whose insights and writing you value. And pick folks who will critique your manuscript because they want it to succeed, not because they want to tear you down.

Self doubt and burnout are normal, and they happen at every stage of your career. Take care of yourself. Be willing to put down your writing for a while and focus on something else. Eat something you like. Do things that make you happy, even and especially if they have nothing to do with writing. Surround yourself with people who love and support you, not just your work. I promise, it’s going to be okay.

❃ Work your ass off, but don’t be afraid to take things at your own pace. Look, you don’t have to have a book out by the time you’re 20, or 30, or 40 years old. That’s bullshit. You don’t have to sell a billion short stories right out the gate. You don’t have to sell a billion stories a year, ever. In 2015, I had exactly one story come out, and it almost didn’t happen because life punched me in the teeth. 

Someone asked me a question about social media, so here’s what little I have to say: build your following by being openly passionate about what you like. My Twitter page is just a flood of tweets about how much I love Dragon Age, makeup, Star Wars, otome games, and my cat. I also write about grad school, gender and sexuality, fandom culture, and Asian American representation in media. But I talk about these things because I care about them, not because they’re Issues I Should Talk About For Social Media Brownie Points. Spoiler alert: if you play for Social Media Political Brownie Points, you’ll always lose. Use the social media that works for you, and use it to engage with communities that you enjoy being part of, but don’t forget that the most important thing is your actual writing. 

I’m a Fighter: Void Stiles

Originally posted by abbneto

All done for you @silverwingedfox hope you like and enjoy! Xxxx

Fear is one of the most world famous emotions. Anything from a small child to something as daunting as a lion can feel fear. It’s natural. Instinctual. It’s the feeling that can either make or break you.

The feeling that is what either keeps you alive or destroys you completely. And as I stood at the end of the corridor, watching the mayhem and destruction in front of me I felt no fear at all.

Lights flickered, footsteps pounded against the ground as people desperately ran away. But not fast enough. The Oni whirled around from all corners, their swords gleaming with fresh blood and the lust for more of it.

“Having fun little dove?” Void Stiles smirked and I smile, nodding.

“Good.” He purred and calmly leant to the side out of the way of one of the doctors, who was thrown halfway down the corridor, the look of terror prominent on his face.

“Why don’t you go wait in the car and I’ll finish up here, okay?” He asked, the undoubtable look of fondness in his eyes. I smile wider, leaning over to peck his cheek, his skin cold.

“Okay.”

I stride out the hospital, smirking at how innocent it looked. Until you get closer and see the blood stains leading to the front door. The smashed window that had rained glass down onto the street. I guess you never know somethings wrong until you take a closer look.

I practically skipped to the car, loving the carefree mood I was in. I never had to worry about anyone or anything coming after me. No one would dare even touch me after-

The loud snapping of twigs pulled me out my thoughts as I stood by the car, looking around the seemingly deserted street. It was dark and the only light was coming from the many streetlights and the white glow coming from the hospital.

A cold breeze was chasing the leaves along the road and I knew I wasn’t alone. I leant casually against the door of the car, my eyes searching the quiet road. The too quiet road.

And then I saw it. The flash of a shadow. I strained my eyes but couldn’t see into the dark corner the figure had dived into.

I pushed myself off the door of the car and began walking towards the spot, confidence in my stride. I was only a couple of steps away before a bag was thrust over my head.

I immediately retaliated, clawing around me viciously. I felt to different hands hold and arm each as I lashed out, kicking and fighting.

“Hold her!” A voice commanded and I swung in the direction of Scott’s voice. Two snaps later and a set of handcuffs were tightly cutting off the blood circulation to my hands.

“Let’s go!” And before I could react I was lifted off my feet, despite how hard I kicked out and was thrown into the back of a car, which immediately pulled away and began speeding down the road.

The journey was not a comfortable one. Despite not being able to see and being handcuffed I put up a hell of a fight as I kicked out. My foot battered off the back of the driver’s seat and the car lurched to the side slightly.

I smirked behind the bag and shifted so that I was turned to the side and began kicking at the window, hearing a satisfying crack after two kicks.

“Seriously!” I heard Stiles whine from the front seat and I laughed to myself as Scott held me in a proper sitting position.

The car soon came to a stop and I was lifted out, one person taking my top part and the other firmly holding my legs.

“Let me go!” I screamed furiously as I was thrust into a chair.

The bag was yanked off my head and I squinted against the bright harsh light.

“What the hell,” I glared viciously at the people in the room “are you doing!?”

Everyone in the room looked as happy to be there as I did. Allison, Isaac and Lydia looked severely annoyed while Stiles and Scott were looking at me like I was a troublesome two year old.

“Void Stiles is getting out of hand. We can’t fight him for much longer.” Scott started and I rolled my eyes, already bored.

“And why is that my problem?” I snapped, matching Isaac’s death glare with my own.

“Because you’re his weakness. You’re the only thing he cares about.” Stiles said and I wanted to slap the stupid smirk off his face.

“So you kidnapped me?” I growled, despite being slightly impressed.

“Yup.”

“Well it won’t work.” I said, annoyed how the handcuffs stopped me from folding my arms.

“We’ll see about that.” Lydia said and I roll my eyes again.

“Think of it like this. He’ll track me down easily. Are you guys ready to fight the Oni? You and I both know that you’re mountain ash will only last so long. And Void Stiles gets strong when he gets angry.” I was satisfied when I saw them all squirm, unsure of what to do.

“I may not be a werewolf but I can tell when someone’s afraid and those,” I nod my head towards the window, “Terrify you.”

Everyone’s head snapped round and everyone gulped at the same time. Two tall Oni’s were standing at the window, their eyes eerily fixating on everyone in the room.

“And if they don’t scare you.” I said and everyone in the room jumped. “Then maybe he will.” And I pointed towards the door.

Void Stiles was stood in the doorway, two more Oni behind him. He looked at me, checking to make sure I wasn’t hurt before amusedly looking at the black line of dirt at his feet.

“Did you really think something as powerless as mountain ash was going to stop me?” His tone was one of amusement but I could see the dangerous glint in his eyes and knew that a fight was moments away.

And then he stepped over the line.

Everyone’s jaw dropped but I simply smiled.

The Oni all came charging in, the two outside the window merely crashing through it and glass showered down on to the carpet.

Immediately fangs and glowing eyes were prominent in the room as Isaac and Scott snarled threateningly and Allison pulled out her bow.

Void Stiles walked calmly through the fight, narrowly avoiding the swings from Scott and the arrows from Allison but not once flinching.

He sauntered straight up to me, crouching down in front of my face.

“You okay princess?” He asked as his fingers looped round the chain on the handcuff. With a quick jerk the chain snapped and Void Stiles linked his finger through mine.

He pulled me to my feet and we walked out the house together, not giving a second glance back to the fight behind us.

“I’ll never let you out of my sight again little dove.”

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