i'm reading this book right now

Kinda sorta in a way an unpopular opinion...

But as someone who read and thoroughly enjoyed the book, I cannot say that I am surprised that they did not push SSC more.  If they follow the rest of the book the way they have followed it so far, the seven episodes will cover the book perfectly (and as I have said before, if they don’t keep the ending, I will RIOT), and the book does not really leave any dramatic loose ends to justify continuing the story. 

Because of that, I have never fully believed that they would even try to continue into a second season.  It would have been a wonderful, pleasant surprise…but with their lack of significant advertising, it just didn’t make sense to me.  Why they didn’t advertise it as a miniseries I really don’t know…maybe they were leaving room for the show to surprise them and do well on it’s own…but for a genre as particular as this one, even seven episodes does not give it time to establish itself if it is going to be a long-running show.

I think that keeping it to the seven episodes is a sign that they are doing the book justice.  They would have to make even more dramatic changes than they already have, and I don’t know that I would want to see some of the possibilities for the plot twists to keep the story ‘interesting’ enough for Shondaland TV.  I don’t mean that as an insult to Shondaland TV at all…I mean that as an indication of how nicely the story is wrapped up in the epilogue of the book.  It was not written as a story to keep going on and on…and logistically, that just does not make for good long term television.  A kick-ass miniseries?  Hell yes, which is what I have total faith we are going to get.  

Their mistake here, I think, was not being clear in their presentation of this show.  We knew how many episodes were filmed at the start.  We knew that they did little to advertise it…but we also looked at it as a show that *might* be long term.  Many people are afraid to invest in a show, particularly one that challenges (or altogether shatters) race and gender barriers, if there is a good chance that it will get cancelled early on.  Who wants to fall in love with characters, only to have their stories left dangling with absolutely no closure?  It’s safer to wait it out, see how it goes, and then watch it once at least a full season arc has been told.  I can appreciate the feeling…I’ve been stressing every week worrying that we wouldn’t even get the episodes they’d actually filmed, and I know where my characters are going to end up.  Even if the show didn’t air all seven episodes, I still have some closure…but it doesn’t matter.  I’ve fallen in love with the representation by these wonderful actors, and I want to see it all brought to life, dammit!

If they wanted this to be a miniseries, then they should have presented it as a miniseries.  Had they made it clear from the beginning, we wouldn’t be left feeling like we’ve been punched in the chest.  We would’ve known what to expect, and that makes all the difference in the world.  We wouldn’t be INFURIATED right now, and this show would have been seen in a much different light.  By leaving everything up in the air, setting it up to fail, this beautiful, charming, amazing show is left to look like a floundering mess.  This show, had it been properly presented, could have been that truly groundbreaking storytelling that Lashana hoped it would be, because it would have been seen for exactly what it is, rather than tainted by the appearance of failure caused by this horrible uncertainty.  It could have opened the door for more challenging stories like it, designed and developed (and freaking advertised) for long, successful run.  Instead, how many stories will be shot down for the sake of a “failure” that, by all rights, should have been the farthest thing from a failure?

I hate how much I was expecting exactly this to happen…and I am sincerely pissed that they are making us wait another 2.5 weeks for the next episode.

duckswearhats  asked:

Hi, I read that you've dealt with with impostor syndrome in the past, and I'm really struggling with that right now. I'm in a good place and my friends are going through a lot, and I'm struggling to justify my success to myself when such amazing people are unhappy. I was wondering if you have any tips to feel less like this and maybe be kinder to myself, but without hurting anyone around me. It's a big ask, I know, but any help would make my life a lot less stressful

The best help I can offer is to point you to Amy Cuddy’s book, Presence. She talks about Imposter Syndrome (and interviews me in it) and offers helpful insight.

The second best help might be in the form of an anecdote. Some years ago, I was lucky enough invited to a gathering of great and good people: artists and scientists, writers and discoverers of things. And I felt that at any moment they would realise that I didn’t qualify to be there, among these people who had really done things.

On my second or third night there, I was standing at the back of the hall, while a musical entertainment happened, and I started talking to a very nice, polite, elderly gentleman about several things, including our shared first name. And then he pointed to the hall of people, and said words to the effect of, “I just look at all these people, and I think, what the heck am I doing here? They’ve made amazing things. I just went where I was sent.”

And I said, “Yes. But you were the first man on the moon. I think that counts for something.”

And I felt a bit better. Because if Neil Armstrong felt like an imposter, maybe everyone did. Maybe there weren’t any grown-ups, only people who had worked hard and also got lucky and were slightly out of their depth, all of us doing the best job we could, which is all we can really hope for.

(There’s a wonderful photograph of the Three Neils even if one of us was a Neal at http://journal.neilgaiman.com/2012/08/neil-armstrong.html)

My kinda late birthday book haul!
I’m currently flying through ACOWAR and holy shit, a lot of stuff is happening😮😮😮

h-oltzmann  asked:

I bought Norse Mythology this morning and I've already finished it and all I can say is that as an aspiring author you're such an inspiration to me and I'm about to sit down right now and work on the novel I've started writing

I am not sure there is a better thing to read, as an author, than “I read your book and it makes me want to write”.

anonymous asked:

Hey, can you help me with something? If yes (that would mean a lot ♡) so, I'm not a witch and I really want to be one ive been reading all blogs that I could find about it but I have no idea of how can I start! You know? I mean, what should I buy? +

+ What book should i read? Everything’s kinda confuse right now… do you have any advices? Or ideas of how can I start? Thank you so much anyway ♡ (it was a bit long, hope you can read it, sorry xx)

It wasn’t too long, and I can read it just fine. :)

But, this is going to be a long ass post. So, yeah, be warned.

First of all, you don’t really need to buy anything if you don’t want to. (Check this post: [“Do I Need a ________ to Be a Witch?”]. The answer: no.) There are some branches of magic that don’t really require any physical components - energy work or sigil magic being the ones that jump to mind first. There are also many average household items that have their own energies that can be used in magic. Sometimes people already have some witchy supplies in their homes that can be used - many people have spice racks and candles and jars from other food, and those are pretty common tools in the craft.

It also highly depends on the sort of magic you want to do. Do you want to work with candles, crystals, herbs, all of the above? Then you’ll want to look into places to find those. (I get my herbs from the grocery store and candles from the dollar store, honestly.) Do you plan on grinding herbs into powders? Then you’ll probably need a mortar and pestle, or something similar. Plan on making poppets or sachets? You’ll need fabric, thread, and sewing needles, though poppets can be made out of paper instead, and you can buy little baggies that can work for sachets. Want to make magical jars? Hit up the dollar store for bottles and containers. Do you want a wand? Do you want a ritual space / altar? Tarot decks / other methods of divination? It seriously comes down to what you want, and what you might plan on doing.

Here is a list of some things that might be useful in your magic, more as a jumping off point of ideas, and in no way absolute or complete:

  • candles
  • crystals
  • herbs
  • jars
  • sachets / tiny pouches
  • sewing needles, thread and fabric
  • thicker string / ribbon
  • paper and writing utensils

You can use almost anything in your magic, though, and many things you can just find outside, like:

  • leaves
  • nuts
  • rocks
  • water from streams or rain
  • feathers (some places have laws about picking up feathers, be sure to check out where you live and if that will be an issue)

Everything has magical potential. You can even enchant regular objects like jewelry to bring about magical effects. This is also good if you have to be super discreet. The options are literally endless. 

Here are a couple of posts, [The Beginner Witch’s Starter Spell Kit] and [New Witch’s Shopping Guide], that I think you should check out as well. Some other useful posts: 

If you are on a budget…

If you need to be discreet…

* not my choice of title

And just because something might be useful, doesn’t mean you have to use it. For example, I find blood to be very useful in magic - it is super potent with energies - but some people aren’t comfortable using it. And that’s fine. If you don’t want to utilize something, you don’t have to.

Notebooks are almost vital as a witch, in my opinion. You’ll want a place to store all the information you’ve learned to access later. It’ll be a place to keep all your spells and correspondences, and notes on any magical workings you do as well. 

However, you can go completely digital and forego a physical book - using programs like OneNote, Google Drive and the like can be another way for you to store your info discreetly, password protected, and have access to it anywhere you have internet and your mobile device. 

As to finding out what you want to do with magic, where you should start, I generally give people this list of questions that will hopefully help them narrow their focus and figure out where it is they want to go:

  • Why were you drawn to the craft in the first place? What got you interested in studying / practicing it?
  • What sorts of expectations do you have, if any, about what you can do with magic?
  • Is magic something you just want to experiment with, or do you want to practice long-term?
  • Are there any things in particular you hope to achieve by doing magic? Do you have any end goals for yourself or your craft? Any expectations?
  • What sorts of things would you like to do (in regards to different varieties of spellwork [candle magic, sachet magic, etc.], divination, etc.)?
  • Do you feel an attraction / affinity to any particular branch of magic (chaos magic, green magic, spirit work, hedgework, etc.)? Why? What in particular makes it appealing to you?
  • Are there things you don’t want to go near no matter what? Why? What bothers you about those things?

Ultimately that’s what matters - what you want, where you want to go. Here is my advice on that front: pick something to start with, and go with it - learn what you can from it, play with it, and when you think you’ve got it covered, try something else, while still keeping in mind what you’ve already learned.

Witchcraft is such a personal practice and area of study - it allows you to experiment and find out what works for you, while also not enforcing anything that you may not be comfortable with. Don’t wanna do this thing? You don’t have to. Maybe you would prefer to focus on this thing? Go right ahead. Oh, wait, you changed your mind, and now you wanna do this? Yep, go for it. It is a beautiful thing.

Here is a list I ended up throwing together of some common branches of magic. You are not bound or excluded to only one - you can practice many of these at any one time, and you are not stuck with it of you happen to pick it up but decide you don’t like it. This list is also not exclusive, but a way to give you an idea of some of the things you can do.

  • energy work
  • candle magic
  • crystal magic
    • crystal grids
  • sachet magic
  • knot magic
  • poppet magic
  • kitchen magic
    • tea magic
  • bath magic
  • traditional magic
  • urban magic
  • chaos magic
    • sigil magic
  • pop culture magic
  • green magic
  • cottage magic
  • hedgework
  • spirit work
  • shadow work
  • blood magic
  • sex magic
  • death magic
    • necromancy

There are so man different veins of magic, and they can blend and mix in such cool ways. Most spells have components of different varieties of magic - you might see a spell call for candles and crystals, or jars and poppets.

It takes some time to build up witchy supplies, so don’t be discouraged if you don’t have 20 different herbs in the span of a week. It’s taken me two years to build u the supplies I have, just picking up bits and pieces here and there. A good idea to start would be pick one spell then buy the ingredients for that, and do that spell. Then, decide on a spell you want to do next - you’ll find you might already have some of the ingredients left over from the first one, then you just need to pick up what you’re missing. It is also good to keep lists of substitutions for various herbs if you decide to use them. Not everything has a substitution, but if you can find things with similar correspondences as to what is being used in that spell and why, you should be okay. 

Learning to write your own spells is also a great way to ensure you’ll have the ingredients you need (by basing it off what you have), but that can be a bit daunting, and is in no way necessary, just a handy skill to have.

I am not so sure on the books you should buy - I tend to get my witchcraft resources from online, and this whole blog is my resource compilation. I use Tumblr as my main source of info, along with my discretion of course. I know other witches have lists of book recommendations, and I can give you those:

[Here] is a list of authors you should try to avoid - trigger warning for mention of various disturbing topics. [Here] is a post that talks about why your book on witchcraft might be full of it; if you have any questions as to why that might be, feel free to ask the OP or even myself. [Here] is a post that explains using discretion and critical reading in regards to witchcraft books.

I have a page on my blog, [Advice for Witchlings], that has more advice that can help you out. I also made it into two rebloggable posts if that is easier for you to access: [part 01] and [part 02].

I am also going to toss a huge list of posts here. You don’t need to read them all immediately, but they do all contain various points of interest and things to note, as well as useful information (and sometimes even more links). Witchcraft is a practice of study and learning, after all.

Oh dear gods, okay, I am done with this. Not only because it’s way too long, but because my fingers hurt. xD I really hope that can help you anon, and best of luck! If you have any more specific questions, I’ll do my best to answer, it’s just really hard to get everything in such a broad question. There’s so much (as you can see). But, I hope that answers some of your questions, or gives you an idea on where to look to find them! Again, if you have other questions, I’ll do my best to get into more specifics, just maybe do one at a time so I can break it down a lot easier, and hopefully in not so long a post, lmao. I wish you all the best on your newfound path! :D

super-magical-wizard  asked:

Aaaaa my heart. Thank you so much for writing two versions of your book!! I'm almost crying right now because I used to read a lot of books but then I started getting more and more fed up with unneeded sex scenes with no emotional interactions at all and I just- I keep reading all the stuff you're saying about the fluffy version and my heart hurts with how much I need a book that doesn't depend on sex. Thank you. Thank you so much. I hope you have a wonderful day!! Imma go cry now

And reactions like yours are exactly why I am doing it. 

As I have said in the past, quite a few times now, actually so you’ll forgive me if I copy paste and paraphrase from previous replies about this: 

I never want to exclude anyone from my writing simply because I have a kinky streak the length of the A1 (other British folk know what I’m talking about). At the end of the day, I’m ultimately writing about people and love. And you don’t need sex to write about either of those. You don’t need sex to be in a loving relationship. You don’t need to want sex to be human.

Or a vampire. Or a werewolf. Or whatever else you might be.

Sex is not the definition of humanity. It is not the zenith of our existence in this world.

So yes. I will keep writing smutty fun novels, but I will also always write sex free fun versions of the books as well. Always. Because that shit matters. It matters a lot and I am determined to try and do it right so I’m going to have to ask for patience while I do it because it would be just so easy to rip the sex scenes out of the book and offer it up. But that’s not good enough. And it’s not the story I am telling. 

So yea, I’ll just be over here, writing two versions of the manuscript in tandem. Feeling very out my depth and overwhelmed because holy shit you guys, this started just over a year ago as a shit post about paranormal romance tropes. A shit post

HOW DID YOU TRICK ME INTO THIS, WHAT THE HEK

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I’m not ready for this series to be over 😭❤️

Ed Sheeran at 1Live in Cologne, Germany, February 23, 2017.
  • Interviewer: You're one of the most successful singer/songwriters right now on this planet, and millions of people, millions and millions of people are having sex while listening to Ed Sheeran.
  • Ed: Perfect. Perfect.
  • Interviewer: How does it feel like?
  • Ed: I dunno. Hopefully in sort of like ten, fifteen years' time, I'm gonna meet a lot of kids called Ed at my concerts. I hope so anyway. Have you had sex to my music yet?
  • Interviewer: Um. Okay, to be honest--
  • Ed: [laughs]
  • Interviewer: I've read The Hobbit, the book, but I've never seen the movie, so it's uh, I See Fire is a totally fuckable song, to be honest.
  • Ed: I See Fire is a fuckable -- You can say fuck on German radio?
  • Interviewer: Eh, well, we will see this after the show if it was allowed. [laughs]
  • Ed: Can you....? No, no, you can't, he's shaking his head at me. [laughs] Well, thank you for using I See Fire. I'm glad.
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BOOKS READ IN 2017: infini by krista & becca ritchie

I have lived partially. Halfly. Incompletely. To be whole, I did not know until my bones thundered and bellowed for more. I am whole and happy. And this is more.

Y’all, I haven’t read a book where I’m like oh my gosh this is the best book ever yaasss much rearrange my favorites shelf asap in AGES. Like, since A Little Life. Which was back in… November? It’s been almost half a year. This is not okay. Somebody give me a book rec that will blow my mind please and thank you. I love y’all so much. 

Concept: we’re reading on the sofa in our new apartment. My cat is resting in your lap and your cat is resting in mine. Our feet are touching underneath a soft blanket. We are completely silent, aside from short moments when we read our favourite lines from our books out loud to each other when we get to them. I try to tickle your foot and you kick at me, grinning through the annoyed look you try to send my way. We’re happy.

spklvr  asked:

Hey, so you made a fluffy wolfstar fic rec list a week or so ago and I loved literally every fic on that list, so I figure you have similar taste as me. I'm not really new to the fandom, but I took a very long break from it and upon re-reading the Harry Potter books fell face first back into it. Do you have any recs of longer fics (not necessarily fluff, but mostly happy, as I'm dealing with enough irl shit right now)? Maybe muggle-AUs or raising Harry/Teddy stuff?

Glad you liked them! Here are some longer ones that fit into either Muggle AU, Parenting, or both. All fluff or mild angst, as requested (and I feel you there for sure. Real life is tough enough sometimes.) Again, I’m trying to stay way from the fics I see mentioned all the time on rec lists. Hopefully at least some of these will be new to you:

An Infinite Ocean

Forever is a State of Mind

You’re My Kaleidoscope

Far Away the Stars

Fractured Skies/Paper Swans (specifically Fractured Skies)

Blends 

Time is a Fine Invention

Learning How to Fall Properly

A Kneeling Lover (I swear this is such a sweet fic, even if you’re not into BSDM! Just skip those parts and it’s still great!)

All Hail the Outlaws

Living Like We’re Renegades

Whatever Words I Say

The Sickness Unto Death