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

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.

A Question

Someone asked me,

“Do you still love her?”

I looked at her and without hesitation I replied,

“I still do.”

“Then why did you leave her?,” She uttered with girdled blues.

I cast my eyes over the window beside me and gently answered,

“Walking away from someone you love does not always mean you have stop loving them.”

She looked at me, puzzled, as though I am a perplexed mathematical equation.

I cracked a forceful smile as I continued,

“Sometimes, you do it because you have to stop hurting yourself.”

—J.DG

Aquarius Gryffindor Moodboard: Gryffindor Aquarians are the social activists and loons of their House. They’ll picket for House Elf Liberation. They’ll wear their robes inside out because they spent all night reading, not pay attention to how they dressed the next day, and not care if their rumpled appearance is pointed out to them. They are intellectual rebels and will loudly defend their opinions, even if doing so makes enemies. They are apt to question authority. “Even Merlin was wrong, some of the time,” they’ll say, shrugging. While not particularly good at dealing with crisis situations (they stress out easily) they do tend to have enough foresight to see the situations coming, and prevent them from happening in the first place. They can be flamboyantly talented, but are less interested in using their talent to “make it big” than in using it to make a better life for themselves or other people. Because Gryffindor tends to be a flamboyant house, these oddballs (they are always odd) tend to stick out for being unusual.

anonymous asked:

Would you ever consider doing an author's spotlight?

Potentially. I’ve sort of done ones for Poe and Anne Rice but there just aren’t a ton of authors that I’ve read large amounts of their work. I could do ones for Lovecraft (I’ll still researching on that one, I promise it’ll happen), Wilde, Holly Black, Neil Gaiman, and (oddly enough) Michael Crichton (since I went through and read everything of his in middle/high school). I’ve done several book related videos like book show and tells (which I plan to redo since my books are finally all in the same place) and covered various books in part throughout my videos, but just going on about books is kind of hard for me.

Discerning Ni-dom

Can we talk about two things?

One is David Bowie.

The other is how “easy” it is to be (mis)typed as a Ni-dom online.

I watch people automatically type characters and celebrities as Ni-dom all the time, when they show absolutely zero emphasis on actual Ni. Basically, it comes down to a method like this:

+ Oh, you’re not sentimental or traditional - you must be Ni.

+ You’re intelligent and can talk about abstract stuff sometimes - Ni.

+ You question authority and do your own thing - Ni.

+ You’re not like other people and can’t relate to your SJ parents - Ni.

But that … is not Ni. None of that is Ni. NONE OF IT.

David Bowie was Ni.

This interview is a classic example of Ni-dom. About 6 minutes in, the interviewer brings up the internet and Bowie lights up like a fire engine and starts high-abstracting. You get the feeling that this is really all he wanted to talk about, and he would go on talking about it, endlessly, if he could. None of it is tangible. All of it is impressionistic and subjective and the interviewer is totally lost. He looks on, confused, trying to pull Bowie back to specific examples and tangible things and Bowie keeps going. The internet is a powerful force of rebellion. It is an alien invading our lives. Its vast potential is untapped. Art is not complete until the gray space inside it is filled in, until people project their interpretation onto it and become part of the art itself.

Look at the art Bowie creates. Read his lyrics. Intangible. Personal symbolism. Nothing pertaining to reality that has not been highly subverted and recreated into abstract symbols and hidden meanings. He says that it’s hard for him to create art because it never feels it is entirely complete – he is trying to express an internal Ni impressionism into reality and it doesn’t always work. That is how introverted functions all are to some degree – almost insanely difficult to get out of your head into lyrics or writing or art – but Ni is so impressionistic that the result is “weird” to a level that you rarely see in other types.

Better yet, watch his music videos. What do they mean? What does HE mean? It’s hard to tell, isn’t it, specifically? What is he saying with “I’m Afraid of Americans”? It is a judgment on America’s reputation for violence and at the end he concludes “God is an American.” What does that mean? That Bowie fears God? That God is violent and thus an immoral force? It’s impressionistic. It’s unclear. More lies under it than is readily apparent to interpretation. And, that is just the tip of the iceberg. Look at his 70′s and 80′s appearances on SNL. The weird outfits, the weird background aesthetics, which … were surreal and untouched by reality in any way, an attempt to manifest an inner abstract concept in visible form – which often turns grotesque in some way (this is still true of his later music videos). That is Ni. All Ni. So much damn Ni.

Remember that, when you’re looking for Ni celebrities or even assessing your own personality. It isn’t enough to abstract once in awhile or for fun (and there is a difference between generalized Ne-abstracting and Ni high abstracting). It isn’t enough to make a weird comment now and again. It isn’t enough to talk in metaphors. It isn’t enough to be creative or intelligent or take an interest in the realm of abstraction. It isn’t enough to find small talk boring or daydream or have a single goal for your life.

Those things are not Ni.

Unless Carey Mulligan, or Benedict Cumberbatch, or God forbid, Taylor Swift, can do this Bowie-level Ni consistently throughout their conversational history and choices in life, unless their entire worldview and artistic history is saturated in Ni, they are not in any way, shape, or form Ni-doms.

On a minor note, given Bowie’s delight in introducing new concepts to people and inspiring them to create their own subjective impressionistic art, and his clear preference for intense analyzing, he was likely INFJ… one of the few actually legitimate ones in the industry.

Steal music from Napster while you have the chance. Find free porn on the internet. Sneak across the border into Mexico just for the irony. How come every one on the Internet is “hot”? Tell your parents the truth. Start your own army. Adopt a dog. Tell your children the truth. Stop complaining and go out and do something about it. Jump out of a fucking plane. Stop reading this crap right now. Don’t listen to me. I don’t have any answers and I stole the questions from someone else. Read a good book. Don’t beat yourself up. Question authority but don’t forget to do what you’re told. Turn off your computer right now and go outside and let people into your life.
—  Jared Leto

anonymous asked:

7 9 11 40 27

11 : Do you base your characters off of real people?

oh, definitely not. i feel that’s kind of invasive, personally. what i do is i build a character around what moral i’m going for - if i want to say empathy is the universal good, than i create a character who either has a startling surplus of empathy or a startling lack of it, and then go outwards from there. or, sometimes characters just occur to me out of behaviors and spiral out that way - my favorite villain OC is based off of how i was thinking once, “can you make a villain that sings pop music badly terrifying?” 

40 : What would you ask your favorite author if given one question?

“how fuckin do, bruh”

27 : Where do you get inspiration from?

things that annoy me. i have never written more than when i have wanted to prove a point - someone will say something i disagree with, and then i’ll write 53k dedicated to proving that i’m right in a fantastical way. i’m petty, and a terrible person, but it works for me. same goes for fanfic - whenever i see opinions i take issue with, i jump to that word doc and beat out my rage. i am straight up about this.

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“Fuck you, old man,” Gabriel growled. “You’re a coward, you know that? Instead of going after them, you’re going to just yell at me.”


“You’re the one who got my wife killed, and I will always blame you for that.” Dexter turned to Demitri. “You’re a shitty fucking leader too. You just let those men have what they want, just like Spade. You’re supposed to be the one taking care of us, not trading people in. My daughter is sixteen years old. Do you know what they’re going to do to her?”


“Enough,” Demitri demanded. “Don’t ever question  my authority again. Everything I do is for this settlement.”


“Everything?” Harbor asked, finally finding her voice. “Like lying to them? Telling them what they want to hear and then making deals behind their backs? You’re not protecting them. You’re making deals with the devil that you can’t undo. You are offering up the only females this place has left, and what do you think they’re going to do? Return us when they’re done having their way with us? They will rape and kill us. It’s very clear that they have no concept of morality. And what about Dallas? Are you going to tell them about him?”


Reagan sobbed harder. “They’re going to take me.”


“They’re not,” Gabriel said. “I won’t let them.”


“No one is dying,” Demitri said, trying to get control of the situation. “No one has to die or get captured.”


“So then what do we do?” Golden asked. “They will kill whoever tries to stop them.”


“I don’t know yet. Give me a minute to formulate a plan before they get here.” He turned around and headed to his office.

AQUARIUS + HOGWARTS HOUSES

GRYFFINDOR

Gryffindor Aquarians are the social activists and loons of their House. They’ll picket for House Elf Liberation. They’ll wear their robes inside out because they spent all night reading, not pay attention to how they dressed the next day, and not care if their rumpled appearance is pointed out to them. They are intellectual rebels and will loudly defend their opinions, even if doing so makes enemies. They are apt to question authority. “Even Merlin was wrong, some of the time,” they’ll say, shrugging. While not particularly good at dealing with crisis situations (they stress out easily) they do tend to have enough foresight to see the situations coming, and prevent them from happening in the first place. They can be flamboyantly talented, but are less interested in using their talent to “make it big” than in using it to make a better life for themselves or other people. Because Gryffindor tends to be a flamboyant house, these oddballs (they are always odd) tend to stick out for being unusual.

HUFFLEPUFF

Aquarians who are sorted into House Hufflepuff are introverted, but not shy; march to the beat of a different drummer, but don’t wear their weirdness like a flag; socially minded, but highly critical of society. Confused? So are the Hufflepuff Aquarians, but they tend to sort things out eventually. Their minds lean toward the practical side of things - they’d rather invent new and useful spells or gadgets than dwell for hours in hot air theory - and the solutions they find to common problems are brilliantly on target. They like people and want to get along well with everybody, but are uncomfortable with intimacy; so they have lots of acquaintances but few close friends. They have the ability to laugh at most any situation.

RAVENCLAW

The stereotypical geeks of the magical world, Ravenclaw Aquarians are noted mostly for their genius. They are gifted theorists and inventors, and highly talented students. Most wind up doing pure research after graduating from Hogwarts. Their noses are always in books of esoteric lore. Some people may laugh at them, either for their unconventional lifestyles or (more commonly) because they are obvious nerds, but they don’t care. While they can have sharp tempers, especially when they encounter ignorance or stupidity, these wizards generally mean well, and have a “live and let live” philosophy. Their wit is legendary; not everybody gets the Ravenclaw Aquarian’s jokes, but those who are subtle and intelligent enough find conversation with an Aquarian Ravenclaw to be quite funny, in a satirical and ironic and irreverent sort of way.

SLYTHERIN

Slytherin Aquarians are lucky. They have inner drive, determination, and great ambition; they also have brilliance, cleverness, and an almost total disregard for “what everybody thinks,” which means they can go for their dreams without caring if other people mock them or consider them strange. More introverted and full of social conscience than the average Slytherin, these wizards are easily overlooked socially (by fools), although they excel in the classroom and eventually become great wizards indeed. They are stubborn and will not back down without a fight if challenged.

anonymous asked:

Okay but whadda about he market being so white? Are you saying know white authors could possibly write a story with Latina/o characters at the core?

I don’t understand what the market is getting at, but answering the second question, I do believe that white authors could write a story with Latinx characters at the core. 

A) What I don’t believe is that they can write traditional Latinx magical realism, as that’s an anti-colonial and anti-Western genre deeply grounded in Latin American folklore, traditional, and modern culture. They can write a novel featuring a Latinx character at its core, with magical realism in it, but I don’t see how they could write the next One Hundred Years of Solitude. 

B) I do believe that they should do their research or stay in their lane. If you’re not going to do any research into the Spanish language first, you probably shouldn’t make up Spanish phrases just because they sound pretty, or you might fall into the trap that Maggie Stiefvater did. She made up this nice phrase “bicho raro,” claiming it meant “rare bird” when it’s slang in Spain for a weird person, and when “bicho” is often slang for “penis” but technically means “bug” but never really bird. If you don’t know the Spanish language, and aren’t willing to do your research, you shouldn’t use the Spanish language in your book. And that’s another reason why though it’s not impossible for a white author to write a novel with Latinx characters at its core, it’s going to be very difficult. They’re going to have to put a lot of work in. 

anonymous asked:

Okay important question. Do authors like it when you post comments on every chapter? Like they just wrote idk chapter 2 and you comment on it and then you comment on every single chapter they upload?

Yes authors love that. Every chapter has different elements (dialogue, characterization, plot, etc) that the creator isn’t going to be entirely sure about, so getting encouragement by chapter by people who’re keeping up with you mean the world. The story is ever-evolving and so is the author, and they’ll more than likely make changes along the way that they’d like to know if they’re working out in their favor or not.

Trust me, you’d never annoy an author with that. Ever.

I know it’s the cliché answer, but I can’t get past it: Shakespeare. After 400 years, actors and directors and audiences are still finding fresh surprises and sheer beauty and immense emotional punch in his work. Obviously he’s not perfect, but all you have to do is open his work to a random page and you’re almost guaranteed to find some line that will take your breath away. And when he’s on form, he’s economical in a way that almost no other writer can manage. Absolutely nothing is wasted, nothing is just thrown in there for the hell of it; every word, every break in the rhythm, the shape of every line tells you something.

anonymous asked:

Youre doing great! Although my only question is, do the Links have any connection to the heros of old?

Thank you very much!

As for your question, they are not related to the other Links by blood. The closest relation they have is hearing the legends of heroes past, and even then Grandpa probably doesn’t have the full story . Junior even less so.

Also, I’ve been thinking that this takes place in the centuries between Link’s Awakening and Zelda 1. Gramps remembers stories of those that sealed away evil (often stories that imply self-sacrifice), though he tends to mix them up a little when retelling them to his grandson.

Given that both of them have been destined to save Hyrule yet again, they both greatly enjoy the stories of heroes past, though right now neither could really say why.

Anyway, I hope that answered your question!

Mercedes Lackey’s Official Guide to Finding a Publisher

Doing what I do, I get questions about a new authors finding a publisher a lot. Well, buckle up! We’re about to go on a trip.

This is for traditional publishing only.

You find a publisher who is publishing books similar to yours. Then you go to their website, and you find the Submissions Guidelines. You follow them to the letter. This is your first test. If you cannot be arsed to follow a simple set of guidelines, why would they ever bother trying to work with you?

Then, while you are waiting, you sit your butt down on the chair and write another book. Because this is going to take a lot of whiles.

The Process

Let me explain. See this? This is an actual slush pile (where unsolicited manuscripts go)

Generally someone like a secretary goes through them and rejects certain things automatically. (Believe me, I am not making this up) Things like manuscripts with illustrations, manuscripts handwritten, written in crayon, written on a yellow legal pad, written on one long continuous scroll, or basically manuscripts that don’t conform to the formatting. Also, the initial sorter rejects anything that is based on someone else’s property, like, for instance, a Game of Thrones book by someone other than GRRM, or a Star Wars novel.

Then they sit there for about three months until the First Reader gets to them. There may be more than one First Reader. They are generally someone the editor trusts, who shares the editor’s taste. The First Reader reads the synopsis and the first page. That weeds out a lot. Then he reads the first chapter. That weeds out more. Then he reads the first three chapters and the last chapter. If the manuscript passes all that, he takes it home and reads the whole thing. If it still passes muster it goes to an assistant editor where it goes through the whole process, and finally to the editor.

The longer your book takes in this process, the higher up the chain it got. This can take as long as a year.

Always remember this mantra:

Publishers are not in the business to publish books; like any other business, they are in this business to make money.

Thirty or forty years ago, editors could publish niche books they really believed in, knowing that the others would make up for the losses on the oddball books. Not any more. Publishing companies are now owned by media conglomerates, and editors are under incredible pressure to make every book pay off.

You have two options here if you get a rejection letter. You can rewrite your book, or you can try somewhere else. If you keep getting the same reaction, then your only option is going to be a rewrite or self-publishing.

But I can absolutely guarantee you that if your writing is any good it will always take about a year for you to get an answer.

And never, ever say “I’ll never submit to X again!” That’s just cutting off your own foot. Admit gracefully that you didn’t write a book that fit what they were looking for at the time and move on. They didn’t insult your firstborn child. The book just wasn’t what they were looking for and they had the courtesy to give you a short answer why. Try sending it somewhere else.

Remember: when it comes to sending an unsolicited manuscript, so far as the publisher is concerned, this is not you—

THIS is you—-

And there is an entire room full of people like you just waiting for their manuscripts to be read.

vivo-the-author  asked:

Dumb question, Ame: Do you like Touhou? I mean designs are cool, despite the fact that creator can't draw anything humanoid.

why is that a dumb question?? what would be wrong with that question??? nothing is wrong with it. you’re okay. no need to worry. 

anyway i am not very familiar with touhou. it has some cool music, and some of the characters do catch my eye occasionally but bullet hell is not a favorite genre for me and it feels like it would be daunting to get into a series of that volume

hufflepirate  asked:

I've never done a bang before, so maybe this is a silly question, but how much do authors have to have for signups? Is it just putting your name in, or do you need a summary/concept/plan for your work, too? And then how much has to be done by check-in #1?

Hi there!

Sign-ups will require your username and your email address.  You won’t be required to submit anything other than that yet.  Check-in 1 will be to make sure you still want to participate and that you’re working on your claims.  It’s there so if we have any early drop-outs, we catch them earlier so that we can give our back-ups time to make their summary, rather than demanding one on the day of.

Hope this helps!

Fanfic Friday #13

Nightmares and Daydreams by SorbetLaitier
Legend of Korra - Korrasami - Rated T

Taking place after the conclusion of season 4 and the defeat of Kuvira, this story follows Asami Sato and Avatar Korra’s interactions with one another and their attempts to stabilize their respective and combined lives. Told primarily through Asami’s perspective with the aid of several flashbacks. Written before the series finale, resulting in a few canon inconsistencies.

anonymous asked:

Sorry, I am new to your blog, which is why I asked that question regarding Toriyama's interview. But I'm curious, you mentioned character complexity in a previous post, in what way do you think the characters in Dragon Ball are complex?

I figured that was possible since you were really nice and respectful in your question. I hope I answered your question. (Also, I’m finding out that no one has a source for this mysterious “wired 1997″ interview so I’m starting to think it’s a rumor. Until I see it for myself, I won’t believe it’s real and neither should anyone else. Not that it matters, I do follow Death of the Author)

That is a very loaded question because it would require doing a FULL analysis of nearly ALL of the characters and doing a full analysis of just one character would take a LOT of research and time and would fill up probably a whole college thesis paper. If it’s Goku we’re talking about, it would be that long and then some. (or at least if I’m writing it it would be lol. If you’re a follower you’ll see soon enough that I’m not joking about that xD)

The simple and quick answer is to look at how many different people connect to many of the different characters for different reasons. Resonance is very strong with these characters and resonance very rarely comes from characters who are not complex.

Ever wonder why there’s so many debates about Goku’s character? It’s because it’s not obvious. He’s not a flat character with zero nuance behind him. He’s complex and consistently inconsistent which is VERY impressive writing.