I am so excited!!! This little book (well, 264 pages) has been about 9 months in the making, and it’s finally done. Good grief.
Basically, many of my friends at my undergrad university did Creative Writing with me, and for our final project we had to write a 6k word short story and 2k critical commentary - which, by the way, as someone who has done a Master’s since and written a 20k thesis, was just as hard as writing a standard dissertation. As a surprise to everyone, I sneakily got copies of everyone’s short stories by pretending I just wanted to read them and compare them to mine, and I made them all into an anthology, which I gave to everyone at graduation. It was a really fun project to work on, even though it took ages to proof read the entire thing and design the cover and cry over Word formatting. We called ourselves the Come Along Collective because ‘come along’ was kind of a catchphrase of ours and ‘collective’ sounded professional and artistic. Sue us, we had degrees in this shit.
In June last year, about 3 years after we graduated, we met up (a pretty big deal, seeing as one of us now lives in the US!) and decided to do another anthology. Without the immediate option of including our conveniently timed university dissertation equivalents, we agreed that it would be really fun if we all wrote a short story of between 4-15k words - this is actually why I wrote Here, the World Entire, which appears in this anthology in a slightly shorter form! Since I made that first anthology back in 2013 our friendship group has changed a little, and so one contributor to the first anthology isn’t in this one and we have a new contributor, but that’s OK; it kind of charts the progression of everyone’s experiences since university.
So, over the past 9 months or so, we all wrote a story each, and everyone put their all into their stories, despite being 23-25 now and not having the luxury of time that we used to have, and honestly, the stories are amazing. There’s not a single one in there that I wouldn’t read in a literary magazine. One person didn’t do Creative Writing and was really worried about their story not matching up to the others, but it absolutely does. I did a little cry when I read it because it was so good and the writer didn’t think it was (I think they are now aware that they are actually super talented and should definitely write more). That was one of the reasons I’m so happy to have this physical copy as proof that it’s done, and people who thought they couldn’t do it did do it, and they did it fabulously, because every single person wrote something phenomenal.
There was one person in the group who wasn’t able to write anything because they had a lot going on in their life, and so the rest of us prepared a SUPER SECRET SURPRISE, complete with a secret Facebook group chat (which was literally titled THE ONE THAT YOU’RE SUPPOSED TO KEEP SECRET) in which we collaborated and wrote a story for her instead so that she would still have a story in the anthology. One person wrote a section, then handed it to the next person, and so on. It turned out to be an absolutely hilarious story involving Emily Blunt as an evil sorceress, Jez and Mark from Peep Show as couriers, and our old landlord as an arch villain. It’s pretty rad, not going to lie. That person still gets their name on the cover because the story wouldn’t have been written without them; we basically tried our best to put that person’s personality into a narrative, and that’s why it’s so weird. They are weird, is what I’m saying.
This whole thing was a massive labour of love for all of us. I was literally proof reading it on lunch breaks, and taking graphic design assignments at work so that I could practice for when I made the cover (which I think looks snazzy, if endearingly off-kilter). Everyone was hugely supportive of one another, giving each other prompts and feedback whenever anyone got stuck, and it was such a fantastic experience to make it from start to finish. I’m so, so proud of the end product, and I’m excited to see what our next one will look like!
I have also prepared a super secret special surprise of my own for everyone within this anthology, which I won’t disclose here just in case any of them happen upon this post. It’s rad, though. I’m excited for everyone to see it.
This isn’t available for commercial purchase or anything like that, but it’s a personal project that’s been taking up a lot of my time lately (in a good way!) and it’ll be kind of sad not to have this to work towards. Still, onto the next thing!
fantastic beasts but like,,,,,,,, without the plot,,,,,,,,,,,,,, just two hours of my boy newt taking care of all the creatures in his suitcase- and maybe a sideplot about picket’s struggle to fit in with the rest of the bowtruckle,,,, no johnny depp no deeper plot no awkward romantic pairings just good old newt scamander and his magical creatures
A little sneak peak of a few of the Christmas designs dropping in my Redbubble shop tomorrow… AND I’m also opening a TeePublic so you can get these shirts at even better prices! So stay tuned for a full post tomorrow!
all the visuals have exceeded all my expectations like they put in WORK for the clothing, hair, and makeup, and the actors look SO in character just from the promos
this made my skin clear, my hair thick, and my crops flourish
Shit - so I’m just starting season 3 of Yu Yu Hakusho and I just want to say how overwhelmingly and stupidly happy I am to have been able to find and watch this show, for really the first time? Like as a kid I saw it in brief flashes and a small handful of episodes and I was too young and dumb to really remember the name of it, so it became a sort of weird urban legend anime that I had no one to really turn and ask about because I had NO idea what the story was besides there were 4 dudes fighting in a cool-looking martial arts/superpower tournament? But yeah, just…dang I’m just so happy I’m able to watch the show in its entirety and the brief moments I remembered clearly as a kid are just as amazing now. There’s just something especially awesome about seeing all the story and context that I didn’t have as a kid - which makes me so incredibly overjoyed. So many anime things were kind of ghost images for me since I felt very ashamed for watching them when I was young, so a lot of the time I would be so on edge and looking over my shoulder that I could never remember the names, just the dazzling visuals and the sensation of breaking bed-time curfew. The first ones I could remember were Inuyasha (which I saw around the same time as Yu Yu Hakusho), Yu Yu Hakusho (although not knowing the name) and then Rurouni Kenshin. I remember flailing trying to vaguely explain “a fighting anime” to a friend as I searched for a clue to the title but they insisted that I was talking about Dragonball - which I knew it was not. And while I only had burned after-images in my head, the show was still really important to me, especially since it occupied the back of my mind for so long. It’s like a…really dumb but amazing reunion with a long lost pen-pal or something?! Hahahaaha! Anyways, I’m dumb, happy Tuesday guys.
Colouring this took forever, but it was worth it! :DD I had this idea for ages before I finally found time to draw it. The story behind this comic is based on @jackthevulture‘s headcanon about Atem being good with horses, and the more I thought about it and talked about horses with Jack, the more inspired I got (´ｖ｀) ♥
This happens in a post-canon setting where Atem meets a horse that reminds him of the mare he had in his previous life in Ancient Egypt. He feels a connection to the horse immediately and even thinks that she might be a reincarnation of some sort of his own horse ;v; ♥ (i’m not sure if it’s really the case or if it’s just Atem’s imagination, but he gets along with the horse very well anyway ♥) Yuugi isn’t as excited about it at first, but when he sees Atem being so gentle with the horse, he starts liking her too!
Horses are difficult to draw and I probably messed up a million things drawing this XD as always, i’m very open to comments about how I could do better and improve!
i hate how tumblr resizes big images, i had to split the pages and some of the images are still blurry (`A´) ALSO atem’s collar mysteriously disappears on the last page but im TOTALLY not going to go back to edit it anymore XD
Dr. Cormier, I’d like you to take over as interim director of the program. Me? The chair is vacant.
You understand the human side and the science. You’d be a wonderful ambassador.
And you need to sway Sarah.It’s not a bribe. Or a ploy.You’re uniquely qualified. We could take this program in an entirely new direction.