do not question authority

Writer Ask Game
  • 1 : What age-group do you write?
  • 2 : What genre do you write?
  • 3 : Do you outline according to big ideas or small details?
  • 4 : Which do you prefer--line-editing or plot-revisions?
  • 5 : Do you write better with or without deadlines?
  • 6 : What would be the biggest compliment you could hope to receive on your current WIP?
  • 7 : How long is your current WIP?
  • 8 : What author would you be most excited to be compared to?
  • 9 : What do you struggle most with as a writer?
  • 10 : Do you brain-storm story ideas alone or with others?
  • 11 : Do you base your characters off of real people?
  • 12 : Is your writing space clean or cluttered?
  • 13 : Do you write character-driven or plot-driven stories?
  • 14 : Do you have a favorite writing-related quote?
  • 15 : If you transport your original characters into another author’s world, which world would you choose?
  • 16 : Would your story work better as a movie or tv show? Why?
  • 17 : Do you make soundtracks for each story?
  • 18 : If you could assign your story one song, what would it be?
  • 19 : Would you rather live in your characters’ world, or have your characters come live in our world?
  • 20 : What book would you love to see adapted for the big or small screen?
  • 21 : Do you finish most of the stories you start?
  • 22 : Has your own writing ever made you cry?
  • 23 : Are you proud or anxious to show off your writing?
  • 24 : When did you start considering yourself a writer?
  • 25 : What books are must-reads in your genre?
  • 26 : What would you like to see more of in your genre?
  • 27 : Where do you get inspiration from?
  • 28 : On a scale of 1-10, how much do you stress about choosing character names?
  • 29 : Do you tend to underwrite or overwrite in a first draft?
  • 30 : Does writing calm you down or stress you out?
  • 31 : What trope do you actually like?
  • 32 : Do you give your side-characters extensive backstories?
  • 33 : Do you flesh-out characters before you write, or let their personalities develop over time?
  • 34 : Describe your old writing in one word.
  • 35 : Is it more fun to write villains or heroes?
  • 36 : Do you write with a black and white sense of morality?
  • 37 : What’s one piece of advice you would give to new writers?
  • 38 : What’s one piece of writing advice you try--but fail--to follow?
  • 39 : How important is positive reinforcement to you as a writer?
  • 40 : What would you ask your favorite author if given one question?
  • 41 : Do you find it distracting to read while you’re writing a first draft?
  • 42 : Do critiques motivate or discourage you?
  • 43 : Do you tend to write protagonists like yourself or unlike yourself?
  • 44 : How do you decide what story idea to work on?
  • 45 : Do you find it harder or easier to write when you’re stressed out?
  • 46 : What Hogwarts house would your protagonist(s) be in?
  • 47 : Where do you see yourself as a writer in five years?
  • 48 : Would you ever co-write?
  • 49 : Are you a fast and rushed writer or a slow and deliberate writer?
  • 50 : Would you rather be remembered for your fantastic world-building or your lifelike characters?

Koogi dominating four genres on the English Lezhin site. I’m shook. Learn where to read/how to get coins to read KS here.

I was given 52 detentions for suspected cheating, almost suspended for it. The principal called me to his office, made some cheesy annoying statement about how this kind of behavior wouldn’t be tolerated. 

 Okay, I said. I’m sorry, it won’t happen again. It was a mistake. 

 Already that year I knew three people who were out longterm for mental illness. Already kids were high in classes just to get by them. Already what was tolerated was a bunch of kids having breakdowns. 

 It was a mistake it won’t happen again. I make sure that my answers are big on the science test. The boy next to me can’t afford medication for his learning disability and hasn’t slept since his parents split and if he doesn’t get a 2.0 he loses his team, the last thing he has left. 

 It was a mistake it won’t happen again. When I pass her my homework I ask her quietly if her mom was getting better. When the semester ends and we are in different classes, I start doing her assignments on the side. She sends me snaps from chemotherapy. 

 It was a mistake it won’t happen again. When I hand over the notes, I make sure there’s plenty of marginal positive thoughts. They haven’t smiled all month. I know what it’s like to be too tired and doing nothing at all. 

 It was a mistake. Your students are resorting to immoral choices because they have no other option. You make grades the be-all and end-all priority, no matter what else might be happening. You force them into situations where they can either fail and definitely have a permanent punishment, or cheat and probably pass - it’s worth the risk. Your students stand in solidarity, not to praise the might of learning: but to gather together in the right of living. You are the one who made the dichotomy of student/human. We are not both, are given “either like it or leave it”, are trained almost like robots. Do the work, don’t ask questions, don’t challenge the authority. 

 It was a mistake. It won’t happen again where you can see it. But I love learning. And if I can be the one who keeps your student in the classroom by giving them that extra push? Maybe I’m doing a better job than you. Cheating wouldn’t be a problem if we weren’t already being cheated. You can’t set us up to lose and then get frustrated when we rig the game, too.

Okay, legitimate question time about Hogwarts’ Hospital Wing and what actually necessitates a visit to St Mungos.

  • Petrified by a basilisk? Nah. It may take all year, but we’ll just keep them here, sorry muggle parents.
  • Turned into an anthromorphic cat? No worries! Pomfrey will figure it out. Eventually.
  • Nearly killed by Department of Mysteries miscellany and numerous Death Eaters? They’re fiiiine.
  • Possessed by Voldemort for nearly a year? Dumbledore says all you need is a nap, stop whining.
  • Ravaged my an un-turned werewolf? Like St Mungos would know what to do, Mrs W just give Fleur that salve already.
  • Cursed by a necklace? No tha– oh, crap. Yes alright, take her to Mungos.

Damn, Poppy Pomfrey has her hands full.

Findom 101: How to approach a Findomme

Entering a fetish community like Findom is amazing, I know. But still it can be confusing to know about the unwritten rules of this fetish. Quite often I find people in my inbox asking what to expect or ‘how this works’. And believe me I’m happy to help those who are seriously interested in becoming a committed finsub. There are however a few odd ones who think it’s a good idea to insult a Domme or make demands or run once they hear the word ‘pay’.

That’s why I worked with my loyal sub, who’s been in the BDSM scene for almost 20 years, to give you this short comprehensive list.

Things you should keep in mind before or while you’re talking to a Findomme:

  1. Before approaching a Findomme, know what Findom means. Do your research, so you know what to expect.  
  2. Don’t ever tell a Findomme you want to serve her or be her slave/sub, but you’re broke. If you aren’t ready to pay, then Findom just isn’t for you.
  3. Before approaching a Findomme, be honest with yourself about your commitment level and what you hope to accomplish for Her.  
  4. Be honest with your Findomme about what She can expect from you.
  5. If you plan to be a regular contributor to your Findomme’s benefit, be consistent.
  6. If something comes up and you can’t tribute as expected, be honest and let your Findomme know as soon as possible.
  7. Surprise your Findomme with random tributes whenever possible.
  8. Don’t ask “what’s in it for me,” it isn’t about you anymore. Your Findomme’s happiness should be your primary concern.
  9. Learn about your Findomme and keep up with Her social media and website daily.
  10. Accept Her superiority and respect Her authority. A Findomme knows what She’s doing. Don’t question it or you will be punished.
  11. Be kind and respectful, not just to Her, but those around you.
  12. Thank your Findomme for whatever She gives you.
  13. Make Her world a better place.

I hope this is helpful for my fellow Dommes and any new, promising subs out there. Feel free to add anything of importance we might have missed and please share. Thanks again to @bullpen30 for your valued input, great job!


grumpy!blushing!mathgeek!cheeky!Shawn there’s a little bit of sexual (making out) content just as a warning. The smut is very light for once. 

  • Being almost late to your further math lesson and scanning the room for an empty seat
  • The only available seat is next to that tall, constantly frowning boy that doesn’t have any friends.
  • Sitting down next to him and smiling shyly at him when he frowns down at you.
  • Your teacher deciding it would be a fantastic idea to pair people off for  group projects on algorithms. 
  • Shawn questioning the teacher’s decision and asking how one can make a group project about algorithms.
  • Shawn frowning when the teacher tells him to just do the work and stop questioning his authority. 
  • You turning to Shawn and smiling again to try and get the big grumpy guy to stop frowning. 
  • Shawn simply pushing his glasses up his nose and telling you to get to work. 
  • You see him making a mistake and tell him so. 
  • He frowns at you
  • “It’s not wrong.” 
  • “It’s so wrong even Einstein is turning over in his grave.”
  • “How dare you bring Einstein into this?”
  • Constant arguing, but in a friendly way. Shawn sometimes getting so worked up that he starts blushing. 
  • You make it your life mission to make him blush.
  • When you write a test you two are always top of the class. sometimes he’s first sometimes you’re first. 
  • Everyone in the class, teacher included, finds you two very entertaining.  yet scary. 
  • Sexual Tension™️
  • Recognising each other as fellow math enthusiasts and deciding to study together.
  • Spending hours on end talking about physics, math, chemistry, science in general. 
  • Arguing: which theory makes more sense? 
  • Slowly but surely progressing into Unbearable Sexual Tension™️
  • The teacher lets you two study in the math classroom, because you are his favourite students. 
  • You’re writing on the blackboard, explaining to him your method which he says is the wrong method. 
  • Shawn crossing his arms and frowning down at you when he realises you’re right. 
  • Refusing to acknowledge it. 
  • Arguing. Him looming over you, smirking. You’re getting all worked up because he refuses to say you’re right even though he knows you are. (He’s a little shit let’s be real here)
  • Somehow ending up pressed up against the blackboard, Shawn wrapping your legs around his waist. 
  • His lips hovering over yours, waiting for you to rejecting him. (Fat chance of that happening) 
  • Messy kisses, his fingers digging into your hips, your fingers ruffling his curly hair. 
  • Grinding against his crotch, huffed breaths leaving Shawn as his cheeks heat up. 
  • Kissing his jaw as he grinds against you. His glasses fogging up.
  • Before things get too heated in the middle of a classroom you break it off. 
  • His glasses slid down his nose a little and you can’t help adjusting them.
  • Shawn asking you out, grumbling and stuttering, blushing because he stuttered then frowning because he blushed.  
  • Walking into class the next day and kissing the top of his fluffy head, the entire class gasping did she really kiss his head? does she want to die? 
  • Shawn blushing just a little bit but mostly smirking because damn straight he’s got a hot girlfriend and all those single losers that judged him can suck it now. 
  • Shawn not even hiding the hickey on his neck.
  • Just because you’re dating doesn’t mean you are going to argue any less. 
  • The private study sessions somehow always end with Shawn’s glasses all steamy and your hair all messed up. 
  • Shawn frowning at a physics problem. You cup his chin with one hand, turning it towards you. Kissing the frown, then smoothing out the wrinkles on his forehead. 
  • “There, all ironed.”
  • “Ironed?” 
  • “You looked like an old shirt. A cute old shirt though.”
  • “Really? An old shirt?” *flat voiced, disbelieving Shawn* 
  • Shawn getting all flustered when you talk about math because your eyes sparkle and you smile so prettily. 
  • You asking him what has him all fidgety and blushy. Shawn mumbling grumpily. 
  • *mumble grumble* you *blushy mumble grumble*
  • The entire class not understanding how Grumpy McFrowny turns all smiley and blushy around you. 
  • Someone pointing it out. 
  • Shawn giving them The Death Stare. The classmate shrinking back and wondering why they ever thought it would be a good idea to point that out.
  • You gently touching his arm to get Shawn to release the guy from The Death Stare.
  • Grumpy Cat Mendes melting under your touch.
  • Shawn sometimes riling you up on purpose during your study sessions. You guys sitting on your bed, Shawn disagreeing on purpose. Smiling like an idiot because damn he loves you. 
  • You catching on and kissing that smile off his face. 
  • So much making out, crumpled math notes and pulling textbooks from under your butt.
  •  Shawn whispering “I love you” into your ear. It’s a secret that only you’re allowed to know about. 

for my little sponge @foleyftmendes I hope you enjoy it. 

Life Question...

My spouse and I are about to have our second child in about a month. I am working full-time at a job I hate so that we can pay the bills. My passion, and desired career, is storytelling (specifically as an author/illustrator). I have multiple projects in the works (picture books to submit to agents, mini-comics to build comic portfolio, and a long-form graphic novel [for which the mini-comics are helping me learn form before going full-steam ahead into the art {though I AM working on the script} as well as boosting my portfolio to make my graphic novel more marketable for publishers]) and, while I am making some progress, I am having to work in my spare time (mainly during my lunch break at work, during the toddler’s nap time on the weekends, and the occasional hour or two at night if our toddler goes to sleep early enough…which they usually don’t). On top of all that, I’m trying to find a way to fit in getting in better shape because I feel very unhealthy and want to take better care of my body. At this point, the only thing that seems to be unnecessary is my full-time job…which isn’t unnecessary because it pays the bills (stupid responsibility).

Does anyone have any ideas on how I can find more time? I would love to move forward into my art career as quickly as possible so I can get out of this job.

aemondtargaryen  asked:

Hello mama so I was wondering are the characters the type that read comics? If so DC or Marvel? Or maybe manga? Love how you always put an effort into answering these questions not many authors do it. Greetings from latinoamerica :)

Mikasa: Ms. Marvel (Kamala Khan) and Shojou Manga
Reiner: Marvel’s Zombie series
Bertholdt: Lucky Luke
Annie: Shojou Manga
Eren: The Avengers
Jean: Guardians of the galaxy
Marco: Likes wholesome manga
Sasha: Loves the star wars comics
Connie: Spirou and Fantasio
Historia: Anything gay
Armin: The adventures of tintin
Ymir: Gwenpool
Levi: Watchmen
Hanji: Killing Stalking
Erwin: Batman
Nanaba: Not so much into comics
Mike: Spiderman (Miles Morales)
Moblit: ATLA and LOK Comics

anonymous asked:

1/2Thank you for your hard work! May i ask you for scenario where reader is a daughter of Erwin's good friend and she is introduced to Levi when he joined survey corps and remain some kind of good friends but reader has a crush on him. Years later Levi and his squad meet reader for some buisness when all they see that corporal and reader have some kind of relationship(both deny it). After that Hanji "accidently" made reader drunk and they had girls talk.

2/2 Hanji walks her home cause her new pal is super drunk. Levi scolds Hanji and reader. And when they left alone reader kisses him, “how couldn’t you notice me falling for you, dumbass. Just reject me already and stop being so nice to me!” I forgot to say that Levi complimented her before everyone like ‘she makes the best tee, lets have cuppa tea brats’ I am sorry if it sounds stupid D:

This is a super cute scenario! Sorry it took me so long to write!     

    Ignored Feelings - Levi x Reader Imagine

Keep reading

I don’t consider the books to be anti-authoritarian. But I do think it is important, if you think something is wrong, to question authority — because, you know, there are villains in real life, and they don’t always wear black capes and black hats. Sometimes they’re dressed like authority figures. And kids need to know that it’s important to question them.
—  Author Dav Pikley’s reaction to Captain Underpants earning the number one spot as the most frequently challenged book in America. The book has topped the most challenged books list for two years now.

anonymous asked:

that post you reblogged with the screenshots is kinda awful.. we complain about the lack of content featuring poc but then when people do share theri writing we bully them like this insteado f trying to trying to point out what they're doing wrong and helping them grow? seems like its only going to make people afraid to share their content and not going to help us get more fics about poc :S

I can see how posting a screenshot of something including the URL would be hurtful, I really do and honestly I don’t do it myself. I’ll give you that. But I happen to know that the bad content of this particular fic was indeed explained already to the author. Even besides that, there have been COUNTLESS posts circulating since civil war came out OVER A YEAR AGO that outlined why having T'Challa as a “sugar daddy” for the white avengers is just gross and wrong. It’s been a year, a month and two days since cacw came out. If people haven’t seen any of these posts, it’s because 1. They either don’t follow anyone who gives two shits about T'Challa (and therefore probably should not be writing him) or 2. They are brand new to tumblr. There’s always the third option, which is where someone has seen these posts and blatantly ignored them in favor of staying ignorant so that they can write Steve and Bucky being pampered in a nice, warm foreign country.

If you follow me, you have to know I’m allllll about explaining people’s racist tropes to them in a nice way since for some reason I choose to believe that most of it is unconscious racism caused by years and years of it being fed to all of us without our knowledge. Usually this leads me nowhere but it’s worth a shot.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, YES I want more content for the characters of color. YES I would love it if white creators wrote it. But IF YOU ARE NOT GOING TO TAKE THE TIME TO LEARN ABOUT RACIST TROPES AND HOW TO WRITE A CHARACTER OF COLOR, DO NOT WRITE THEM AT ALL!! It’s more hurtful to see Shit like that than it is to be missing another T'Challa/Bucky fic all together. The same goes with any other character of color. If you don’t care enough about them to learn how to write them well, then leave it to the people that do.

I’ve had multiple white authors come to me with questions and I’ve always answered them (when I can) or sent them to someone else who can answer it better. I’ve content read for multiple white authors. I sit and take the time out of my day to answer asks like this. I’m helping moderate the Sam Wilson Birthday Bang. I’m doing my damn part. I’m allowed a petty post now and again. Tbh, every poc on here has been through and seen so much shit that we’re all allowed petty posts.

But google is a thing y'all. A simple google search of “racist tropes” will most likely lead you to a list of things to avoid. There are blogs on here with giant master posts of how to write poc. The information is out there. It is NOT poc’s job to hold everybody’s hand and walk them through everything they write. It’s not hard to not write a fic where T'Challa or Sam aren’t treating Bucky like they are his mammy- only there to take care of him. At this point is really is almost damn impossible that you can be a regular tumblr user and not have seen a post about why that’s wrong. If an author chooses to ignore it, that’s not my job to explain it to them.

Personally, I will ALWAYS do the best that I can because even I myself have to ask my fellow black writers their opinions sometimes. Racism is so ingrained inside of us. I’m also white passing so I take my privilege very seriously. I don’t think it’s a wild idea to expect white people to do the same. It’s just not that hard, tbh. Send someone a quick message or do a google search. If you want to write black or poc characters, try and act like you care about them. But nobody’s forcing you to write them. Sure, writing a black man enjoying his wealth is great but why is taking care of white men he barely knows the only thing he does? Is seeing Bucky gain weight (I’m not even touching the chubby kink part of that fic with a 10 foot pole) the most important thing to him? Or is it just the most important thing to the white author? T'Challa is literally nothing more than someone to snap his fingers and make sure Bucky gets fat and happy. Why is he even in the fic? Put Bucky at a damn buffet. Bam. Done. Same result and racism avoided.

If people are scared that they’re going to write something racist, they should really be looking inside themselves and start from there. If there is no inherent racism, there are no racist tropes. As I said before, we are taught racism at a very young age. If you do not undo it it will never go away. Realizing that “okay, yeah this train of thought is racist” is the first step.

If people are scared that they’re going to write a racist stereotype into their fics, they should just take the extra time to educate themselves about what’s racist and hurtful and what’s not. They should talk to writers of color. They should at LEAST be reading their work/content to have an example of how the character of color should be written. Not everything has to be sam-centric (as an example), but Sam should not be treated like fucking shit. I don’t think that’s too much to ask.

Tl:dr? If you don’t want to take the time to learn how to write a character of color properly, leave them to the writers who do. It’s also NEVER a poc’s job to teach you how not to be racist, but it’s always a good idea to have someone content read if you are nervous.

anonymous asked:

I love the way you write your fanfics! It's concise and I love the natural flow and structure of each and every story. How do you do that? Any tips?

Thank you! Wow, that seriously means a lot. And do I have any tips? I don’t think I have anything to say that hasn’t already been said by others (probably much better than I’ll say it) – but I’ll give it a shot.

1.      Read. A lot. 

Seriously, do it now. Pick up a book and start reading. Reading helps you to get a feel for a story’s natural structure and pacing. Depending on its length, the pacing will be slightly different. Which leads to my next point-

2.      Do some research.

Study the structure of a story. In general, a story will have: (1) an inciting event that kicks-off the plot, (2) a quest / adventure in which the protagonist deals with the ramifications from the inciting event, (3) steadily rising action (raise the stakes as the story progresses), (4) a critical decision (made by the protagonist) that pushes the story, for better or worse, toward a final destination, (5) a climax where the story’s tension peaks, and (6) the wrap-up in which you show your readers where the events of the story have left your characters.

What about shorter stories / fics? I usually follow a similar structure – just on a smaller scale. There still needs to be some kind of event that sets off the plot, and even if it’s a short story, the characters will still have to react in some way to the inciting event.

3.      Don’t go crazy with the outline.

As tempting as it may be to outline every single detail in your story, I personally don’t recommend it. I use a very simple outline – usually consisting of the inciting event, what the characters are going to have to do in response to it, the highest point of tension, and the ultimate resolution. All of the other details? Dialogue? Character actions and expressions? I figure them out as I go. This helps me for two reasons: (1) It keeps me engaged in the story. If I’m surprising myself as I write and experiencing events with the characters, it makes the act of writing much more exciting; (2) It keeps character actions and dialogue more authentic. I can never plan out the nuances of speech and expression accurately in advance. All of my best, most authentic character interactions are born out of spontaneity.

4.      Cook with a variety of flavors.

Have you ever had a meal that was seasoned with just one spice? It might not have been necessarily bad, because it did have some flavor – but it probably wasn’t fantastic. Stories need to have more than one flavor. Even if your primary goal is to write a sad story, it’s going to be bland and boring if it’s only sad. Give your readers some contrast. Challenge yourself to write a story that makes your readers laugh, then cry – or the reverse! In life, we experience a spectrum of emotions (on a daily basis!). Your story will feel more realistic if you include a balance of humor, angst, fluff, etc. – and you’ll find that they’ll start to complement each other!

5.      Let your story surprise you.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve started a story with a specific plot point in mind, only to have a character action’s run contrary to it, or have an alternate path reveal itself to me halfway through writing. Just because you didn’t consider it when you started writing, doesn’t mean that taking your story in a new direction is a bad thing. Some of my favorite story moments weren’t planned, rather, evolved naturally out of a prior event. Celebrate your writing’s surprises. Let the process of writing delight you. If you do, I guarantee you’ll produce a story that delights others.

futureauthor253  asked:

First to say thank you, because of you I became interested in a ton of different crafts and now I know some level of knitting/crocheting, spinning, gardening, needlepoint, cooking, and of course, writing. My question for you is, do you have any advice for new authors on how to create such vibrant and alive worlds? Every time I read your books I get such a clear, intricate picture in my head, and I actually want to eat what they're eating or do what they're doing (even chores) How do you do that?


I have a lot about this on my website! Immature artists imitate, mature artists steal (I stole that from critic Lionel Trilling). But seriously, check my page. 

anonymous asked:

a bit of a random question here, but do you have any authors you would like to see in bsd? i personally have been hoping for shiga naoya to appear, considering his infamous feud with dazai. i believe real life!dazai even blamed shiga for oda's death, so it would have been really interesting if shiga had been included in the dark era...

Shiga Naoya and his unicycle was the first one to come to mind, actually!

Also, I’m pretty sure I’ve read either a book or an essay which mentioned Dazai specifically blaming Shiga and his contemporaries for Oda’s death, but I can’t find it for some reason. We do have Dazai’s eulogy:

Yesterday I found recorded in Mr. Tatsuno’s introductory essay on Senacour the following words: “People say it is a sin to flee by throwing life away. However, these same sophists who forbid me death often expose me to the presence of death, force me to proceed toward death.”

You are the ones who killed Oda, aren’t you?

His recent sudden death was a poem of his final, sorry resistance.

Oda! You did well.

Quite ironic when you think how Akutagawa, Dazai’s literary idol, had nothing but praise for Shiga’s “sincere” style while Dazai had bitterly denounced him in the essay “Nyoze Gamon” (Thus I Have Heard). After Dazai’s death, Shiga wrote an essay absolving himself of Dazai’s death, but ended up inviting criticism with his unneeded justifications.

Other writers I think will fit well in BSD: Nagai Kafuu, Kawabata Yasunari, Ibuse Masuji. For female wrters, there’s Hayashi Fumiko and Ariyoshi Sawako. Another interesting one would be Mishima, mostly because of an incident involving him and Dazai:

When there was a brief silence, Mishima broke in. “Mr. Dazai” he said, “I hate your work.”

The novelist, as Mishima told it, paused for a moment before replying, seemingly surprised (not unnaturally). Then he remarked to those sitting close by: “I know he loves me though; otherwise he wouldn’t have come here.”

The remark stung Mishima, presumably because it had an element of truth in it; and he remembered the taunt for the rest of his life.

The Life and Death of Yukio Mishima, Henry Scott Stokes

Otherwise, one can check out Bungo to Alchemist for ideas.

In defence of readers, part 2

After my post yesterday on Fanfic Reader Rights, a reader sent me an ask thanking me. And then they told me a story that just both appalled and angered me. They’d had a negative experience with an author recently that had almost put them off reading fic entirely, and definitely made them more cautious in leaving comments. 

The writer in question had taken issue with the brevity of the comment this reader left, and had vagueblogged about them. And since the reader followed them on Tumblr, they saw the blog post, which apparently made it obvious the comment being referred to was their own. 

Guys. Fellow fic authors. For the love of all that is good in this universe, stop doing things like this! Stop ranting about how likes aren’t good enough–only reblogs matter. Stop putting down kudos as a form of feedback. Stop insisting that a, “Hey, this was great!” isn’t good enough feedback.* 


Look. Obviously, we love the long, analytical comments that mention specific passages that jumped out at the reader. Obviously those are going to be our favourite form of feedback. 

But be realistic. That kind of feedback takes a lot of time, and a lot of brain energy. Sometimes–most of the time even–we don’t have that kind of time or energy available. Sometimes we’re reading in a situation where all we have time to do is hit the like button to say we liked a story. Or we want to share, but can’t think of witty tags so we end up with “#i loved this #fic rec” and nothing more. 

Or we’re sick, or we’re out of spoons (mental or physical), or English isn’t our first language. 

When we as writers tell readers that the kind of feedback they feel comfortable giving isn’t enough, that does not encourage readers to write long, flowing comments. You are more likely to lose a reader that way than you are to gain a commenter. 

And good grief, don’t vagueblog about someone who said something nice about your story, just because it wasn’t nice enough. Call out rude reviewers all you want, but don’t bag on the nice ones! Remember that there is a person on the other side of that comment, and remember they might follow your blog and see your post. 

Just. Please, be kind. 

*Obligatory disclaimer: I do not know the identity of the author in question, so this is not a list specific to that person. It is a list of things I’ve seen authors do that I know hurt readers.

anonymous asked:

Don't take this as anon hate, because it's not. I just realized that I don't share any common interests with you anymore, and that makes me sad cause you were one of the first blogs I followed :(. I do want to buy your books when I get the money, but I think I am going to unfollow you...It makes me really really sad too...

you know, plenty of people have continued following me long after i stopped posting anything relevant to their interests. 

but that’s fine, you know, i don’t mind?

i don’t get why people tell me they’re unfollowing me. 

i don’t take it personally unless you make it personal. 

i don’t KNOW you guys and you don’t really know me. 

unfollowing me isn’t like, not talking to me at school, lmao, a blog is just a blog. 

au revoir, anon, and thanks if you do decide to buy my books. 

anonymous asked:

Im confused. Isnt judaism a religion? How can a rabbi be an atheist? Sorry if that's too ignorant, but I thought it sounded like saying a priest can be atheist.

judaism is a religion, yes. it’s also a tradition and a culture.

many, many people who were born Jewish also do not believe in– or doubt the existence of– God. this is partially because we’re an increasingly secular world and so, statistically speaking, this was inevitable, but also partially because Judaism is all ABOUT questioning God. why should that not include questioning God’s very being?

Judaism is a non-proselytizing religion, which is to say, we do not actively try to convert people. which effectively turned us not only into a religion, but into an ethnic group, because we so rarely went outside the faith– and newcomers had to come to us. when you add to this self-limiting population a) the trials of constant persecution and diaspora, in which we were denied a homeland and the freedom of practicing our faith, and b) a religion that actively allows increasingly liberal and radical interpretations of itself, you get the modern Jew: one that identifies very strongly with the trappings of our culture, such as the food or the humor or the worldview, but may feel very little attachment to the performative orthodox trappings of “religion.”

the only thing you have to do to be a Jew, technically, is be born Jewish.

but also the only thing you have to do to be a Jew, practically, is to do what Judaism is ABOUT– question authority, question the self, and act in compassion for the greater good towards a healthier, happier, less broken planet. it’s about leaving the place better than you found it.

for Jews– or at least, among the liberal Jews I was raised by and with– God is less a thing you believe in or don’t, but a thing you do or don’t. Judaism is people. Judaism is praxis. Judaism is tikkun olam: repairing the world.

and if a person who believes all that also finds a profound sense of comfort in the prayers, in the trappings, in the rhythms and motions and performative aspects of Judaism– even if they don’t believe a benevolent sky-person came up with it all– well, why not become a rabbi?

in many ways, “believing” in “god” is the most optional part of Judaism.

the question is, what do you do with it? where do you put it? and why?

[also keep in mind: i live in Crown Heights, a historically very Jewish neighborhood with an orthodox, Chasidic population. most of those dudes would take one look at my pants-wearing, non-kosher-eating ass and be like “that girl is not Jewish do not listen to her.” so it’s all relative.]