in praise of reading and fiction

Promise*

Pairing: Steve Rogers x Reader
Rating: Explicit - 18+ only
Summary: Reader, being reckless gets hurt on a mission. Days later, when she gives her final report to her boyfriend Steve, it provokes an argument between them.
Word Count: 3.5k
Genre: general fiction containing explicit sexual content.
Warnings: argument, mild swearing, mentions of death. NSFW/SMUT: makeup sex, praise kink, soft dirty talking, nipple play, oral sex (female receiving), slow fingering, overstimulation, multiple orgasms, and semi-protected sex. - This fic assumes Reader is on the pill. [Cover your stone before you bone!]
Author’s Note: especially written for @always-an-evans-addict‘s writing challenge. I hope you like this one, sweetie.

   New Avengers Facility

“Steve, you read my report and Wanda told you what happened. That’s it. Can’t we just move on?”

“That’s it? That’s it?!”

Behind the closed door of your boyfriend’s office, you uncomfortably explained yourself, keeping in mind that people around you could probably sense the walls vibrating under the force of your voices.

You’d never thought that blowing out the last Hydra base found in Argentina would provoke such a drama within the team, or between you and the super soldier. Usually, you and Steve argued about the group’s mistake, not yours. When the incident happened in South America, you realized that if Wanda hadn’t been there, you probably wouldn’t be alive today.

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Oscar’s First Black Winner Accepted Her Honor in a Segregated ‘No Blacks’ Hotel in L.A.

“On a February afternoon in 1940, Hattie McDaniel — then one of the biggest African-American movie stars in the world — marched into the Culver City offices of producer David O. Selznick and placed a stack of Gone With the Wind reviews on his desk. The Civil War epic, released two months earlier, had become an instant cultural sensation, and McDaniel’s portrayal of Mammy — the head slave at Tara, the film’s fictional Southern plantation — was being singled out by both white and African-American critics as extraordinary. The Los Angeles Times even praised her work as "worthy of Academy supporting awards.” Selznick took the hint and submitted the 44-year-old for a nomination in the best supporting actress category, along with her co-star, Olivia de Havilland, contributing to the film’s record-setting 13 noms.“  

Read the full piece here

Call Me Mistress – River (M)

Summary: The Mistress spends an evening with “River”, a young stockbroker who serves as her obedient pet.

Pairing: Namjoon x Reader

Genre: Smut, a touch of fluff

Word Count: 10,405

Warning: Sub!Namjoon, Domme!Reader, sex work, BDSM, femdom, petplay, foot fetishism, cumplay, praise kink, roleplay, handjob, sexual themes, profanity, and I ruined more food for you guys.

Series: Call Me Mistress

A/N: This series as my sandbox to play in, where the journey is more important than the destination. I am expecting that some of the content in this story (and in this series) will make some readers uncomfortable, so please be mindful of the tags and remember this is fictional. Special thanks to @war-of-hormoan for agreeing to beta in my hour of need!

If you haven’t read the Prologue yet, I suggest reading that first, as it immediately precedes this story. Enjoy!

Client List: Prologue | River (Namjoon) | Ramen, Pt. 1 (Jungkook) | (more forthcoming)

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How To Do Basic Research

We get a lot of questions that boil down to, “I can’t find this thing so I’m asking you.” One of us will type in a few keywords into Google, and like a freakin’ Christmas miracle a bazillion results show up.

No bueno, folks.

We’re all here because we’re writers. Writing is hard. Research is hard, no doubt about that, but we’re talking about basic search skills. And I get it. I’m one of those people that will look for something in the fridge for fifteen minutes, not see it, and go buy another, but we’ve blown straight past ridiculous and into ridonkulous. 

Here’s an example. I don’t remember the finer points about The Treaty of Westphalia. This is distressing to me. You know what I do first?

I begin typing into my Safari search bar, and to what do my wondering eyes does appear?

Sweet Flying Spaghetti Monster! Google and Wikipedia have read my mind. I hit enter on my keyboard and…

Names, dates, locations, words I don’t know, it’s like a million genius oompa loompas condensed everything I’d need to get a basic understanding of this topic and organized the shit out of it. Near the bottom, there’s further resources, with citations no less! Let me forever sing their praises. And you want to know what? Truth is stranger than fiction and there are thousands of volunteers, many who are experts on topics, maintaining Wikipedia. Right now. Every day. All day. It’s like the one thing the internet sort of gets right.

Should it be your only resource? No, but when you have no idea where to begin, it’s a damn good place to start.

-Graphei

[Fan Art Source - my other struggling blog]

My personal JAIMExBRIENNE fan fiction list

All credits go to these amazing authors. Enjoy!

ONE SHOTS:

*searching for a heart of gold by janie_tangerine. Involves Jaime defending Brienne’s honour and knighthood. Amongst other things. Words: 8745.

*Home is Wherever I’m with You by BrienneofThrace. Jaime and Brienne’s first kiss takes place at the top of the Wall. Words: 5815.

*The Warrior by researchsociety. Honestly the best smut fic I’ve found for this ship. There is intense feels too. Words: 4298.

Valkyrie by pearypie. Intense sweetness! Jaime’s thoughts before he meets Brienne at siege of Riverrun. Words: 999.

*For Honour’s Sake by coaldustcanary. A simple story about how Jaime and Brienne try to keep each other warm in a blizzard. Smutty-smut-smut! Words: 6970

i carry it in my heart by bergamot. Season 7 spoilers! A much need filler taking place between the second last and final episode of the season. Words: 3390.

Blossoming Roots by gnsiophobic. Desperate tale of survival in winter with a more established version of JaimexBrienne. Words: 5110.

He Chose Honor by 13letters. “She was always so stern. Stalwart. Strong. Stoic.” Words: 2618.

MULTI-CHAPTER STORIES:

The Higher Education of Brienne of Tarth by BrienneofThrace. I usually hate modern AU’s, but this one is an exception. An easy read and deliciously fluffy. Words: 8377.

*Of Ignorance and Honor by twistedkaleidoscope. This fic is funny and sentimental - especially the end of the last chapter. The story is unfinished, but that last chapter is really packed with feels and worth a read. Words: 7585.

The Covering Sky by Rellie. The most-praised and popular fan fiction in the JaimexBrienne fandom - and with good reason! A definite for this list. Words: 136 469.

**Sworn by the Noose by gnsiophobic. Book-universe fic where Brienne takes Jaime to the Quiet Isle after making an oath with Lady Stoneheart. I was hooked from the first sentence. This author writes just like George RR Martin except he/she does not leave out the tenderness I feel Martin sometimes lacks regarding romance. Words: 24 908.

**Remember: Spring Swaps Snow for Leaves Unknown author (full story explained in the A/N’s). I am a sucker for angsty stories but this story caught me off-gaurd. I was still upset three hours after reading it. This story is ridiculously beautifully written (and an absolute must-read!) but be warned: “the tissue warning needs to be taken seriously.” Words: 28 769.

Obstructed View by AlynnaStrong. Very strong start but the story drifts a bit later on. It is still incomplete, so my opinions might still change. Still worth a read. Words: 28 898.

Nights Without Armour by bratanimus. An unlikely dream team - Jaime, Bri-Bri, Pod and Sansa - go on a quest to make someone Queen of the North. Background Podrick/Sansa; which is very interesting indeed. Words: 32 285.

A Septa’s Advice by Currawong. Jaime comes to Tarth after the war is over. “A gentle romance between two people who have travelled a long way together.” This one is fluffier than a newborn unicorn. Words: 11 481. 

*one of the better ones

i was scrolling through tumblr and i came across a post analysing dan’s phanfic ‘The Urge’ (i reblogged the post, go to akinatorphan.tumblr.com/tagged/the+urge or just search 'the urge’ if you’re on mobile, i HIGHLY recommend, it showed me a whole other, deeper side of the fic). the first time i heard it i was amazed by dan’s poetic descriptions and just how much effort he put into that story. 'The Urge’ is basically dan’s biggest fear - phil dying. but he captured everything so well and each and every word just fits. (go read the analysis for many more secret gems)  

i believe dan is a type of person who likes to hold on to memories. after all, he is the one who suggested both tabinof and tatinof so that dan and phil can provide us, their audience, some proof, evidence or just a physical thing to hold on to if the internet highly fucks up and somehow deletes youtube or whatever. but i feel like it means a lot to dan as well when we’re talking about memories. it proves to him that what he and phil have created is real. personally, if i was in dan’s shoes i would want something to remember their whole little world by as well. 

dan has a way with words. he speaks very eloquently and that is something we have experienced many times in his liveshows. (but at the same time he is the guy who burned pasta in university cause he didn’t know he had to put water, bought bird food for a snack and many more mishaps, he amazes me tbh). i wouldn’t be suprised at all if he has journals and notebooks and notes that are filled with his thoughts, goals and ideas. he seems to be the type of person that loves expressing themselves and does that because it’s therapeutic, and what’s better than writing everything down and letting your words swim on paper? (this is just one more dan thing that i can relate to. i love writing. i have been keeping a diary/journal/whatever for years now and i just started another one. i rant on paper and write letters i’ll never send. i try to capture my memories - why? for the same reason. i want to make sure it’s real and i don’t somehow forget it.) 

(if it wasn’t obvious by now) i love dan. he really inspires me in a ton of ways and hearing his thoughts and opinions are my favourite parts of his liveshows (not to mention his voice is very soothing). that’s why i would love to hear more. 

just imagine it - a whole proper book. a novel written by him. i’d praise the shit out of that on my bookshelf. i just believe it would be so interesting to see a whole another world stitched by dan. characters, plot, dilemmas, scenery (with his descriptive writing skills? sign me up) and so much more. it doesn’t even have to be a fiction book. i’d just love to read more of his general opinions.

we don’t really have much insight into dan’s (or phil’s) aspirations outside of youtube. does dan want to write? does phil want to make his own film? who knows? all i’m wondering is if dan ever thought about writing a book of his own. i’m really curious about that.

YA Lit Podcasts

I recently got asked about podcasts dedicated to YA lit, so I scoured the internet and compiled a handy list for your listening pleasure. I haven’t listened to them, so I don’t know if they’re good or not…let me know which are!

And correct me if any of these aren’t YA dedicated and tell me about any I’ve missed so I can add them. Enjoy!


Adventures in YA -  A podcast about all things young adult literature. (Still running)

Adventures With Words (YA episode monthly) -  Rob and Kate host a fortnightly podcast looking at fiction, poetry, non-fiction and much more. (Still running)

Authors are ROCKSTARS! -  Features interviews with young adult authors, book picks from the hosts, as well as rockin’ music that relates to the books spoken about on that month’s program. (Ended)

Book Jawn (Not YA dedicated, but reads more YA books than adult) -  Hosted by booksellers Sarah Sawyers-Lovett and Grace Gordon, Book Jawn Podcast explores new releases and old favorites in literature with plenty of laughter, criticism, and puns. (Still running)

Clear Eyes, Full Shelves -  A blog for readers featuring book reviews, television snark, opinions and other nerdiness. (Still running)

CYAPodcast -  A weekly discussion and review of books for children, tweens, and teens by librarians. (Still running)

First Draft with Sarah Enni -  Podcast interview series featuring authors, an epic road trip, music, bookstores, tall tales & more, hosted by Sarah Enni. (Still running)

Intersect Podcast » Where Stories and Pop-Culture Collide -  If you’re a creator of stories in any format, or a fan of books, TV and movies, this is where your tribe meets! Interviews with YA and MG authors. (Ended)

Papercuts Podcast -   A monthly(+) podcast between three locationally-challenged friends, a space to praise/bitch about the state of Young Adult media. (Still running)

Publishers Weekly PW KidsCast -  Interviews with children’s and YA authors conducted by Publishers Weekly children’s reviews editor John A. Sellers. (Still running)

The Guardian Children’s Books podcast -  Leading children’s authors discuss their work with young readers and the Guardian literary team. (Still running)

The Oral History Podcast -  A candid discussion of sexuality, culture and young adult fiction, featuring YA authors Christa Desir and Carrie Mesrobian. (Still running)

The Split: A Young Adult Book Review Podcast for Readers and Writers -  Young adult fiction authors Bryan Cohen and Robert Scanlon read and review a book each week from the reader and writer perspective. (Still running)

YAPodcast -  Featuring the hottest YA authors and books! (Ended)


officallucifer  asked:

Can you tell me some things about Poe? Like I've heard before he molested children buy idk if that's true? Idk I just find him interesting

I’VE COVERED THIS TOPIC A LITTLE BIT ON MY PERSONAL AND I’M A BIT HAZY ON THE DETAILS, BUT, A LOT OF WHAT PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT POE TODAY, ESPECIALLY THE “BAD” STUFF LIKE HIS ALLEGED ALCOHOLISM AND DRUG USE, IS THE RESULT OF AN INTENTIONAL CHARACTER ASSASSINATION BY A LITERARY RIVAL WHO TRICKED AND CONNED HIS WAY INTO POE’S LIFE-RIGHTS AFTER HE DIED

THE INSINUATION THAT HE MOLESTED KIDS COMES FROM THE FACT THAT HE WAS MARRIED TO HIS FOURTEEN-YEAR-OLD FIRST COUSIN. THE CONTEXT IS, THERE WAS ALMOST CERTAINLY NOTHING ROMANTIC OR SEXUAL BETWEEN THEM, AND THEY VIEWED AND REFERRED TO EACH OTHER AS BROTHER AND SISTER. HIS COUSIN WAS ORPHANED AND HE WAS A SALARIED JOURNALIST, SO A LEGAL MARRIAGE WOULD ALLOW HIM TO ESSENTIALLY ADOPT HER AND USE HIS MONEY TO SUPPORT HER FINANCIALLY. THIS IS WHY HE “MARRIED” HER.

THE SAME GOES FOR POE’S SUPPOSED ALCOHOLISM AND DRUG USE. HIS FRIENDS AND FAMILY INSISTED HE WAS A LIGHTWEIGHT WHO’D GET TIPSY OVER EVEN A SMALL AMOUNT OF WINE, HE WAS A MEMBER OF A TEMPERANCE SOCIETY, AND HIS DOCTORS ALL INSISTED THAT HE SHOWED NO SIGNS OF DRUG USE, LET ALONE ABUSE OR ADDICTION. HE WAS ALSO GENERALLY VIEWED AS A VERY FRIENDLY, PERSONABLE, IF SOMEWHAT ANXIOUS MAN, THE IDEA THAT HE WAS A DARK AND TORMENTED MISANTHROPE IS ALSO A FABRICATION. 

SAME GOES FOR THE IDEA THAT HE DIED OF ALCOHOL POISONING OR A DRUG OVERDOSE! THERE’S LOTS OF THEORIES AS TO HOW HE ACTUALLY DIED, BUT THE MOST PROMINENT ARE “RABIES” AND “KIDNAPPED BY POLITICAL GOODS, DRUGGED, BEATEN, FORCED TO VOTE FOR THEIR CANDIDATE, BEATEN AGAIN, GIVEN NEW CLOTHES, FORCED TO VOTE AGAIN AND AGAIN IN NEW OUTFITS, AND LEFT FOR DEAD IN A GUTTER.” PERSONALLY, I SUBSCRIBE TO THE SECOND THEORY BECAUSE THAT WAS A PRETTY COMMON ELECTION-RIGGING PRACTICE AND IT WOULD EXPLAIN WHY SOMEONE WHO DIDN’T REALLY DRINK OR USE DRUGS WOULD BE FOUND IN SOMEONE ELSE’S CLOTHES, BEATEN SENSELESS, IN A GUTTER, RIGHT AFTER AN ELECTION.

THE PERPETRATOR OF THIS SLANDER (AND I’M NOT BEING FLIP THERE, IT WAS LITERALLY TEXTBOOK SLANDER) WAS RUFUS GRISWOLD, A RIVAL OF EDGAR ALLAN POE. THIS DUDE HATED POE AND WANTED EVERYONE ELSE TO HATE HIM TOO, AND WHEN POE DIED, GRISWOLD TRICKED POE’S AUNT INTO SIGNING OVER THE RIGHTS TO WRITE HIS OFFICIAL AUTHORIZED BIOGRAPHY. POE’S AUNT DIDN’T HAVE ANY LEGAL RIGHT TO DO THAT, SINCE SHE WASN’T THE EXECUTOR OF POE’S LITERARY ESTATE, BUT HE PUBLISHED THE BIOGRAPHY ANYWAY. 

SO THIS DUDE WROTE AN ALMOST ENTIRELY FICTIONAL “TELL ALL” BIOGRAPHY OF EDGAR ALLAN POE WHICH CLAIMED HE WAS AN UNPLEASANT, VIOLENT, MISANTHROPIC, DRUG-ADDICTED PEDOPHILE, FIGURING EVERYONE WOULD READ THAT AND BE LIKE “WELL SCREW THIS GUY, I’M NEVER GONNA PRAISE HIS WORK AGAIN”

THE ISSUE IS, THAT FICTIONAL BIOGRAPHY HAS BEEN CITED BY A LOT OF OTHER HISTORIANS WHO BELIEVE THAT, SINCE IT’S A PRIMARY SOURCE, IT MUST BE RELIABLE, AND THEN THOSE HISTORIANS GET CITED AS WELL, AND IT MAKES IT LOOK LIKE THERE’S A TON OF SOURCES VERIFYING THESE CLAIMS ABOUT POE WHEN ACTUALLY THEY CAN LITERALLY ALL BE TRACED BACK TO ONE GUY WITH A GRUDGE, WRITING FAKE SHIT FOR PETTY REASONS

Hi friends! I’m back with another quote masterpost. As an aspiring author, fellow writers never cease to amaze me with their wisdom, with their humbleness, but most importantly, with their words. These quotes aren’t necessarily motivational, but nevertheless, I had a great time researching the authors and their quotes. Though I did as much research as I saw necessary, everyone makes mistakes, so if you think one of the quotes in this post belong to another person, be sure to let me know! I made this with bullet journals in mind, but do with these quotes what you wish. I hope you enjoy, and all of you have a great day!

ERNEST HEMINGWAY

“The world breaks everyone, and afterwards, some are strong at the broken places.”

“But man is not made for defeat. A man can be destroyed but not defeated.”

“Courage is grace under pressure.”

“The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.”

“Never go on trips with anyone you do not love.”

“Every day above earth is a good day.”

“The world is a fine place and worth the fighting for and I hate very much to leave it.”

“Time is the least thing we have of.”

“When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.”

“My aim is to put down on paper what I see and what I feel in the best and simplest way.”

“When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people not characters. A character is a caricature.”

“Do not worry. You have always written before and you will write now.”

MARK TWAIN

“Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.”

“If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.”

“Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest.”

“Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please.”

“Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn’t.”

“‘Classic’ - a book which people praise and don’t read.”

“Never put off ‘til tomorrow what may be done day after tomorrow just as well.”

“Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.”

“Books are for people who wish they were somewhere else.”

“Sanity and happiness are an impossible combination.”

“I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.”

“Never tell the truth to people who are not worthy of it.”

MAYA ANGELOU

“We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.”

“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.”

“Prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future and renders the present inaccessible.”

“When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.”

“Nothing will work unless you do.”

“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”

“Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.”

“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.”

“History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.”

“If you have only one smile in you, give it to the people you love.”

“In diversity, there is beauty and there is strength.”

VIRGINIA WOOLF

“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.”

“A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.”

“You cannot find peace by avoiding life.”

“For most of history, Anonymous was a woman.”

“If you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people.”

“Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.”

“Books are the mirrors of the soul.”

“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.”

“Growing up is losing some illusions, in order to acquire others.”

“When you consider things like the stars, our affairs don’t seem to matter very much, do they?”

“As long as she thinks of a man, nobody objects to a woman thinking.”

“I am rooted, but I flow.”

J.R.R. TOLKIEN

“I warn you, if you bore me, I shall take my revenge.”

“Not all those who wander are lost.”

“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.”

“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.”

“Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens.”

“It’s a dangerous business going out your front door.”

“Courage is found in unlikely places.”

“It’s the job that’s never started as takes longest to finish.”

“Still round the corner there may wait, A new road or a secret gate.”

“Little by little, one travels far.”

“There is some good in this world, and it’s worth fighting for.”

“I will not say: do not weep; for not all tears are an evil.”

OSCAR WILDE

“I can resist everything except temptation.”

“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”

“Always forgive your enemies - nothing annoys them so much.”

“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.”

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”

“To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.”

“Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.”

“A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.”

“There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.”

“The truth is rarely pure and never simple.”

“You can never be overdressed or overeducated.”

“Never love anyone who treats you like you’re ordinary.”

ANAÏS NIN

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”

“Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.”

“We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.”

“Throw your dreams into space like a kite, and you do not know what it will bring back, a new life, a new friend, a new love, a new country.”

“Dreams are necessary to life.”

“We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.”

“We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls.”

“How wrong it is for a woman to expect the man to build the world she wants, rather than to create it herself.”

“If you do not breathe through writing, if you do not cry out in writing, or sing in writing, then don’t write, because our culture has no use for it.”

“People living deeply have no fear of death.”

“You cannot save people. You can only love them.”

LEWIS CARROLL

“Always speak the truth, think before you speak, and write it down afterwards.”

“I can’t go back to yesterday - because I was a different person then.”

“If you don’t know where you are going, any road will take you there.”

“Who in the world am I? Ah, that’s the great puzzle.”

“One of the secrets of life is that all that is really worth the doing is what we do for others.”

“Everything’s got a moral, if only you can find it.”

“Imagination is the only weapon in the war against reality.”

“I knew who I was this morning, but I’ve changed a few times since then.”

“It is better to be feared than loved.”

“Oh, ‘tis love, 'tis love that makes the world go round.”

“I give myself very good advice, but I very seldom follow it.”

“We’re all mad here.”

JAMES BALDWIN

“Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.”

“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.”

“I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain.”

“The paradox of education is precisely this - that as one begins to become conscious one begins to examine the society in which he is being educated.”

“Anyone who has ever struggled with poverty knows how extremely expensive it is to be poor.”

“Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.”

“Love does not begin and end the way we seem to think it does. Love is a battle, love is a war; love is a growing up.”

“The most dangerous creation of any society is the man who has nothing to lose.”

“People can cry much easier than they can change.”

“To be sensual, I think, is to be respect and rejoice in the force of life, of life itself, and to be present in all that one does, from the effort of loving to the making of bread.”

“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.”

“When one begins to live by habit and by quotation, one has begun to stop living.”

ALICE WALKER

“The nature of this flower is to bloom.”

“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.”

“No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow.”

“Expect nothing. Live frugally on surprise.”

“In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect. Trees can be contorted, bent in weird ways, and they’re still beautiful.”

“Writing saved me from the sin and inconvenience of violence.”

“I have learned not to worry about love; but to honor its coming with all my heart.”

“What the mind doesn’t understand, it worships or fears.”

“Time moves slowly, but passes quickly.”

“Everything want to be loved. Us sing and dance and holler, just trying to be loved.”

“Look closely at the present you are constructing: it should look like the future you are dreaming.”

CHARLES DICKENS

“Procrastination is the thief of time, collar him.”

“Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts.”

“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.”

“Reflect upon your present blessings – of which every man has many – not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.”

“We need never be ashamed of our tears.”

“A loving heart is the truest wisdom.”

“The pain of parting is nothing to the joy of meeting again.”

“A wonderful fact to reflect upon, that every human creature is constituted to be that profound secret and mystery to every other.”

“Subdue your appetites, my dears, and you’ve conquered human nature.”

There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor.”

“Never close your lips to those whom you have already opened your heart.”

F. SCOTT FITZGERALD

“Personality is an unbroken series of successful gestures.”

“Show me a hero and I will write you a tragedy.”

“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”

“You don’t write because you want to say something, you write because you have something to say.”

“Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.”

“All good writing is swimming underwater and holding your breath.”

“There are only the pursued, the pursuing, the busy and the tired.”

“Reserving judgements is a matter of infinite hope.”

“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.”

“I don’t want just words. If that’s all you have for me, you’d better go”

“Writers aren’t people exactly. Or, if they’re any good, they’re a whole lot of people trying so hard to be one person.”

“There is no confusion like the confusion of a simple mind…”

Favorite Disney Princess Recommendations

Based on a post I saw by Barnes and Nobles, I decided I’d do book recommendations based on your favorite Disney Princess! The post by B&N only included, like, six princesses and there are so many awesome lead females so I included a lot of Disney female leads in the princess category (17 Disney ladies, total!) Also, warning, most of these are fantasy books because most of the Disney ladies come from fantasy and fairy tales.

Snow White: Snow White was the first Disney Princess and very “traditional” in design. I looked for interesting retellings that spiced up the original story, like Stitching Snow by R.C. Lewis which has a Sci-Fi twist (and an excellent cover) and Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi which deals with race and family in the early 1950s.

Cinderella: Did you know that the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas was originally inspired by Cinderella, despite the series going in a decidedly different direction? Well it was, and I love that a simple fairy tale inspired an intense high fantasy series. Cinderella is also the inspiration for The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer which is a sweeping and beautiful Science Fiction series that utilizes several fairy tale stories with kick-ass heroines and amazing plot lines that weave together for an epic saga.

Aurora: For the lovely Sleeping Beauty, I picked two books that have a focus on curses. First, Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine. But wait, you cry, that’s a Cinderella retelling! Yes, yes it is. But Ella is cursed with obedience while Aurora was cursed with endless sleep. Both books are about young women fighting against magic restraints but Ella is able to get up and do more about it! My second recommendation is The Sevenwaters series by Juliet Marillier. It focuses on different young women shaping their own fates through curses, fae interference, and finding love. It does have triggers though, so be wary!

Ariel: For Ariel, what could be better than mermaid stories? The Syrena Legacy by Anna Banks is a mix of mermaid lore and romance, much like The Little Mermaid, while The Waterfire Saga by Jennifer Donnelly has mermaid lore but a stronger focus on female friendship.

Belle: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas is another Maas novel inspired by a fairy tale and while ACoTaR is a bit steamier and definitely different, it has all the elements of a Beauty and the Beast story but goes further. A second pick is The Winner’s Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski. A female protagonist whose strength is wit, not combat, and is dealing with a star-crossed love that has a poor outlook will be very suitable for Belle fans.

Jasmine: The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh was inspired by 1001 Arabian Nights, the same series of stories where Aladdin originally appeared. It’s intoxicating love story and beautiful atmosphere is definitely on point. My other pick has to be Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed, inspired by Jasmine’s cultural roots and the fact that Jasmine was almost forced into an arranged marriage herself.

Pocahontas: For nature, the gold rush, and adeventure, Walk On Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson is hailed as quite the novel. Another Native American female lead from another well known fairy tale is Tiger Lily, with her own novel, Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson. For more reading about life as a Native American in the world today, pick up The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, a widely praised novel in a industry that very rarely lifts up novels about Native Americans.

Esmeralda: Esmeralda was a difficult lady to select books based on, but her Romani heritage and struggles are something many people should learn more about, so American Gypsy by Oksana Marafioti is a novel to look out for, written by a Romani woman about her teenage years in America. For more fiction and fantasy Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo has a character, Inej, from a nomadic tribe very similar to the Romani in how they are treated by others. Inej is just a kind-hearted and bad ass as Esmeralda herself!

Megara: Looking for a greek myth-inspired series with bad ass lady leads? Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan may seem the obvious choice and it is, but only because of the strong, sassy, and diverse female leads in the series are absolutely amazing, just like Meg herself! Another more romantic but still kick ass greek myth inspired series is Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini

Mulan: Asian-inspired fantasy is one of my favorite sub-genres with Eon and Eona by Alison Goodman being very high up on the list for it’s great story, interesting magic, strong female lead, and its fantasy version of ancient China. Cindy Pon’s Silver Phoenix is also an engaging story with inspiration from Chinese myths and legends that really creates a wonderful atmosphere. 

Jane Porter: Jane Porter is a proper young English woman, but that doesn’t stop her from pushing her boundaries and searching the jungle with her father. Jane would mightily approve of stories in which young British girls take adventure into their own hands, like in the Gemma Doyle trilogy by Libba Bray or The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman.

Kida: Kida was called the “warrior queen” by the creators who developed her character, so for fans of Kida, stories that go above and beyond with kick-ass heroines, like in The Graceling Realm by Kirstin Cashore or His Fair Assassin by Robin LaFevers

Tiana: For Tiana, novels about amazing black young ladies are perfect, such as Afro-Latino Sierra in Shadowshaper by Daniel Jose Older and Ida in the historical novel Flygirl by Sherri L Smith.

Rapunzel: While Seraphina’s isolation is self-imposed, Seraphina by Rachel Hartman tells the story of a young woman going outside her comfort zone and discovering herself, much in the same way Rapunzel does. For a retelling of Rapunzel’s story, try Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth, which mixes history and romance with the well-known tale.

Merida: Okay, I have to say it: Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. It’s about a female archer who fights for her nation while being constantly irritated by the two boys trying to court her. It just works!! There’s also Shadowfell by Juliet Marillier, a young adult fantasy series with female protagonists and inspired by Scottish myths. 

Anna: Anna is fun, hilarious, and a romantic at heart, which makes me recommend The Ruby Red trilogy by Kerstin Gier for your inner romantic. Also, for another fantasy with a focus on siblings, Age of Legends by Kelley Armstrong, a series about twin sisters who must fight together to quell restless souls.

Elsa: For Elsa, what could be more perfect than Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch? A book about winter magic, a girl who feels out of place and unsure of her role in her kingdom, and learning to accept yourself and fight for those you care about. Spot on! Also keep a look out for Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige (out in September!), a retelling of The Snow Queen in which the character is much more than she was in the original story.

anonymous asked:

Omg, FICTION IS REALITY! I just watched Yuri on Ice and suddenly I can ice skate!!!!!! It's a miracle!!!!! All praise the power of fiction!!! Afterwards, I read a book about a gay guy and suddenly a dick spawned between my legs and I became a gay guy! After I read KS I suddenly had BPD and had the inexplicable desire to stalk people and kill them in my basement. What horror!!!!!!!This power wasn't meant for humanity!!! Quickly we must never teach people to read or write and burn all the books!!!

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1. First things first, if someone wanted to read your stories where can they find them.

My archive page is here and my tumblr masterlist is here.

2. Tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Renee. I’m 23 and still fairly new to the Riverdale/Bughead family. I love to talk, there are times when I never shut up. I am casually engaged to my best friend and I have two pet cats: Minerva and Cheeto.

3. What do you never leave home without?

My phone.

4. Are you an early bird or a night owl?

Definitely a night owl. I hate waking up in the morning. The first thing I do is daydream about going back to sleep that night.

5. If you could live in any fictional world which one would you choose and why?

Without a doubt, Hogwarts or anywhere in the Harry Potter wizarding world. The staircases move, the pictures talk back to you, there are trolls in the dungeons and merpeople in the lake. Who wouldn’t want to live there??? (Also I’ve got my eyes on Ron Weasley, step back Hermione).

6. Who is the most famous person you’ve ever met.

Ha. Ha. So I used to be obsessed with a boyband a.k.a. Big Time Rush. And I spent a shit ton of money to meet them live a few times at their concerts. I’ve hugged Kendall Schmidt and Logan Henderson multiple times.

7. What are some of your favorite movies/TV?

TV: Boy Meets World, Friends, How I Met Your Mother, Gossip Girl, The OC, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Nashville, Stranger Things, Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul, Baby Daddy, Reba, RIVERDALE, The Simpsons, Bobs Burgers….I watch a lot of TV.

Movies: 10 Things I Hate About You, anything by produced by Nicholas Sparks or directed by John Hughes, Coyote Ugly, Shawshank Redemption, The Great Gatsby, The Titanic, La La Land, Forrest Gump, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST.

8. What are some of your favorite bands/musicians?

Pvris, Taylor Swift, the 1975, A Day To Remember, Paramore, Lindsey Stirling, Dan + Shay. Basically anything but rap (unless it’s Eminem – I gotta represent Detroit lol).

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Drabble Challenge - Prompt 51 - “Where am I going? Crazy. Wanna come?” Filled for @cowandcalf   

Thank you for the prompt, I don’t gnome if you’ll like this… hehe.  Hope you enjoy it. :) 


“What the hell?”  Harvey exclaimed from the doorway of Mike’s new office.

His old coffee table was covered with approximately twenty garden gnomes, with pink and blue coloured hats.  Mike looked up from the gnome he’s painting Tara and Louis’ names on, and rolls his eyes.

“Say hello to my little friends,” he quips tiredly, putting down the paintbrush and stretching.  

When he’d said yes to helping Louis out with the wedding preparations, he hadn’t envisioned he would be hand painting garden gnomes as bonbonnieres, not to mention all the other obnoxious requests Louis had made.

“I warned you not to say yes, Louis had all the trademarks of a Groomzilla,”

“Thank you, that’s very helpful,“ He replied sarcastically.

Harvey leant against Mike’s desk, folded his arms and smirked, “I thought you came back here to help the needy, well that, and take your boyfriend on long lunches?”

Mike returned the smirk, “Louis qualifies as needy, doesn’t he?”

Harvey chuckled.

“As for taking my boyfriend on long lunches, I believe you were more than satisfied with your ‘Lunch’, yesterday.“

Harvey hummed, “It was delicious,” he agreed, walking behind the couch and pressing a few delicate kisses to Mike’s neck, followed by a peck on the forehead, before taking a firm grip on his shoulders, trying to massage a bit of tension out of them.  Mike closed his eyes and relaxed into the touch.

“Where is the Captain of the USS Insanity, anyway?”  Harvey enquired.

“Groomzilla has a final tasting tonight; he chose to drag Rachel along thankfully.”

As if Louis were gifted with psychic abilities, Mike’s phone started ringing.

“Shit,” Mike grumbled, checking the caller ID, “Speak of the Devil.”

‘Mike, I need a fourth opinion on these hors d'oeuvres, get down here now, these women are ganging up on me.’

‘Louis, I-’

‘Please, Mike.  Corner of 9th and Broadway.’ 

He hung up in Mike’s ear.

Mike sighed wearily, grumbling under his breath about shoving a garden gnome somewhere as he grabbed his coat from the back of the couch.  Harvey watched his boyfriend with amusement.

“Where are you going?  I thought I was getting dinner and a show tonight,” Harvey teased.

Mike smiled, despite himself, “Where am I going?  Crazy.  Wanna come?”

Harvey shrugged and followed Mike out the door. “I’ll follow you anywhere, Mr Gump.”

“We are definitely getting a wedding planner, I’m not doing any of this stuff for my own wedding,” Mike babbled as he hurried toward the lift, turning his head back to see that Harvey had stopped dead in his tracks.

“We?” Harvey asked, eyebrows reaching the heights of his forehead.

“Oh … I um, I meant-“ Mike stammered as Harvey caught up with him.

Crowding into Mike space, Harvey asked, “You mean to tell me that after only two months of dating me, you know I’m ‘the one’?”

Mike met his stare and grinned. “I’ve known since the day you started teasing me about my skinny ties,” he replied cockily.

Harvey grinned, and his eyes dropped to Mike’s lips.  “My only love sprung from my only hate,” he murmured, gently biting Mike’s bottom lip and grabbing him possessively by the ass, and pulling him against him.

“How dare you use Romeo and Juliet to insult my skinny ties!” He moaned into Harvey’s mouth, rutting against him.

“Mike, stop, you know how much I like it when you-”

“When I what?” Mike asked innocently, biting Harvey softly on the sensitive skin of his neck, and continuing to roll his hips slowly against him.

Harvey spun them, pressing Mike against the glass of Louis’ office.

“I love you, there will never be anybody else,” he avowed, “and I’ve always liked fall weddings, but…”

“But?” Mike asked, feeling a tickle of worry.

“But,” Harvey said with a wolfish grin, “First things first.  You know what happens when you bite my neck and grind against me?”

Mike’s breath caught, and a sly smile spread across his face.  “You fuck my brains out.” He confirmed.

“Good Boy,” Harvey praised, pulling Mike toward the library.

Louis could wait.

Authors Note:  Thanks for reading.  This is drabble number 5/8.  You can find the rest here - Millie’s Mini Marvey Musing’s

anonymous asked:

I didn't think I saw anything about this topic, so I was wondering if you had any resources on echolalic speech patterns for characters. I have one character who I intend on writing with these patterns but have no idea how to write them (especially since she has delayed echolalia, but nothing really to replicate except what her colleagues say to her).

Hi! First of all, I’m intending on writing up a complete post on echolalia some day, but in the meanwhile, for our readers who are not familiar with it, I’ll leave you with this excellent video by Amythest Schaber which explains the different types of echolalia and why an autistic person might use them. There also are tons of resources in the description so you can check these out.

If using delayed echolalia, your character will basically quote things which she has heard before. They can be complete sentences or fragments of sentences or even disjointed words. They can come from what has been said to her by people, from what she has heard (for example on TV/ on the radio/ in a song…), or even from what she has said herself. She may have heard these words only a few minutes ago, or more than 10 years ago if they have particularly marked her.

Here are some common patterns:

  • Using pop culture references. This is so common it’s almost become stereotypical. I don’t know your story, but if it takes place in our universe, your character could definitely quote her favorite movies or famous songs, or TV ads. And if the story is taking place in another universe, this is a great occasion for some worldbuilding! What are iconic pieces of media in your world? In historical fiction in a European setting, this would probably translate into quoting the bible when relevant. In a futuristic sci-fi setting, it’s up to you to invent hundreds of years of pop culture!
  • Using common idioms, phrases and sayings. Even if your universe doesn’t have a pop culture per se, they will probably have proverbs. These are phrases which are commonly heard and repeated, so using them as echolalia makes sense.
  • Speech mannerisms. These are phrases they use all the time, which will often be their go-to response. Most people have these, but they’re often more commonly used by autistic people. Speech mannerisms can mean using short filler words such as “like”, which is not really what I’m talking about here. Let me give you a few examples of what I mean. Here’s a personal one: When someone says something along the lines of “what do you want to do?” or “what are we going to do?”, my first response is almost always “pancakes”, even if it’s usually completely nonsensical in the context. This is not my actual answer, just something I say automatically and which gives me time to think. I even say that a an answer to “what do you want to eat” when I don’t want to eat pancakes at all. Another example could be immediatly replying “You’re the X” when someone says a sentence which contains the word X, even when it makes no sense whatsoever. And these mannerisms are very easy to “catch” from other people.
  • Using sentences they have heard a lot in their life, for instance words their parents would say to them as a child.

But really, they could quote about anything as long as they’ve heard it before. For your character, this could include what her colleagues say to her, but also everything she’s ever heard and she remembers. You don’t have to pull dialogue from your own story for her echolalia, it could be words she’s heard a stranger say in the bus as she was making her way to the office, or something she’s heard on TV, or something she remembers her sibling saying as a kid. You can get as creative as you want here. Keep in mind why she is using echolalia. Is it stimming ? If so, she’ll probably be repeating words which sound nice to her (bubbles!). Is she communicating? There will be a connection between the echolalia she uses and the meaning she’s trying to get across (eg : “Do you want juice?” to mean “I am thirsty”.)

I hope I’ve answered your question. If I haven’t, please shoot us another ask with more détails!

-Mod Cat

I just want to add that although the word “echolalia” is usually used in terms of aural things the person has heard, there is a very similar (in my mind, identical) thing that uses things someone reads, especially if they are hyperlexic (learned to read at a very young age - before 5, often as young as 2 - with little to know instruction). I am hyperlexic and learned to read at 3, and I personally thank books for many of the social skills I seemed to possess at a young age. I consumed books at an incredible rate and on a wide range of topics, mostly fiction. Most of the time, when I was having a conversation with someone, I was pulling some or all of my side of the conversation from various conversations and prose I’d read in books, though no one ever suspected that. Because I “hear” what I read in my head, I remembered it the same way I would remember a spoken conversation, and was able to echo it later. Rather than seeing my odd speech patterns as a sign of autism, I was frequently praised for being so eloquent and having such a big vocabulary for my age, and for speaking like someone much older than me (because I was generally echoing adults). I still have a plethora of favorite phrases and sentences which are pulled from books I read as a child. Sometimes I hope that someone will catch on and get the reference, but so far, no one ever does.

The character doesn’t have to be hyperlexic to use something they’ve read in this way, though. Any level of reading can work. Even something they saw in an advertisement on the side of a bus can be added to their internal library.

The internet is also a big source these days. I have a lot of phrases in my library which come from Homestar Runner cartoons I watched in high school, or articles I read on Cracked, for example. This could potentially include grammatically incorrect writing that people use online. 

Also, be aware that words learned by reading are often pronounced wrong. If your character prefers communicating in writing rather than speech, they might mispronounce many words when speaking. People tend to laugh at someone who does this, especially if it’s someone who’s usually eloquent and uses a lot of big words. (I really need to do a masterpost on hyperlexia someday!)

Basically, yes, people who are mostly nonverbal or not very verbal might use a lot of echolalia. However, even those who seem to speak very well might use a lot more of this type of scripting than you think. If people knew how much of my speech is directly quoted from another source or from scripts I’ve compiled in my head over the years, they would be very surprised indeed.

Happy writing!

-Mod Aira

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After missing out on the hype for so long, @jessi-raptor’s constant praise for ADSOM got me to sit down and give it a read. I’m about half way in after a day and iN LOVE with these beautiful babies. Bless you, @veschwab. Bless you.

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Album of the Day: Frank Ocean - ‘Endless’

Frank Ocean is an enigma. An artist who refuses to explain himself or his art. He speaks through his art. After a little more than 4 years, and one and a half years after the initial announcement of his third official album “Boys Don’t Cry” (or whatever it will be called), Frank launched a mysterious livestream inside a warehouse where he built a staircase to climb and reach the top by the end of the livestream. He did it for 4 days (starting August 1st), and then disappeared for 2 weeks, with no explanation, and no album, even after the New York Times reported the album and the magazine would be out on August 5th. Two weeks passed until Thursday night when Frank came back to the livestream and it came to a conclusion and his new 45-minute visual album “Endless” was released as an Apple Music exclusive.

A very important and key element of this whole livestream/film was that every day, during the time Frank was working, we would hear snippets of what appeared to be new music from a boombox inside the warehouse, in a very minimal manner. We would hear a beautiful acoustic guitar melody looped for few minutes, then it would cut to a synth melody looped for another few minutes, so on and so forth. But every day, these sounds became more developed as more elements were added to them, and on the final day, we heard the full songs while Frank was finishing the staircase. What I got from this was Frank showing his creative process in the form of a metaphor (making the staircase) and when you hear the album, there’s this strange sense of familiarity and satisfaction at the same time. That the snippets that we heard for 5 days have actually lead to the full songs (and interludes).

“Endless”, however is not “the” album. It’s the prelude to the album that is supposed to follow up “Channel Orange”. But if “Endless” is anything to go by, the forthcoming album is going to be an astonishment to behold, because “Endless” itself is an all-around great album. It’s bold, gorgeous, unsettling and confident. With this album, Frank has taken a whole new path with his music and lyrics. A lot of these songs (18 tracks in total) have no form or structure. At times they sound as if they were created in one day as Frank was experimenting with different sounds and vibes with his producers without any sort of pre-planning or pre-written material. As a result, the lyrics of this album are like a stream of consciousness, and they are emotionally unsettling and dark for the most part. An instant highlight of the album “U-N-I-T-Y” is the first track where Frank legitimately raps in a very rant-like, confident manner and his compelling flow never lets go of your attention. You keep trying to understand what he is saying, and his lyrics are strangely out of character.

“Is you Roger or Novak? You still are no match, you get no rematch. Boy, you missed your moment.” That’s not a very Frank Ocean-esque line, is it? Yet it’s pleasantly surprising that Frank delivers interesting lines like this over a very beautiful, laid-back instrumental consisted of a guitar and programmed beats (which sound insanely fresh, by the way.) Another very out of character lyric that is strangely fitting is in the song “Sideways” where Frank raps “Sucked a dick long, had a swan neck, put some real swans in the pond then.” The very seamless transition from melodic rapping to singing that Frank does throughout the album is absolutely incredible. His rapping does not feel forced at all and shows a different side of his musicality.

The best track of the album, and quite easily one of Frank’s absolute best songs musically and lyrically is the very somber, heartbreaking “Rushes To” which is about Frank describing the time he spent/is spending with his lover. It’s one his ‘narrative’ songs, the more you listen the more you take out of it. It’s also one of the very few non-rap/beat-oriented songs of the album all the way through. It’s only consisted of an acoustic guitar, a bluesy electric guitar and a distant synth line that fades out quickly. “Saturdays involved making our entrances into life outside” Frank sings in a very quiet, vulnerable way.

Then the story of the song gets a very dark turn lyrically as Frank describes the time when he made a sextape with his lover and rewatched it to recapture the moment they had, but the “only difference is it’s flat.” A simple yet absolutely crushing line that suggests that intimate moment may never be recreated through rewatching a sextape. Then few moments later comes the most stunning vocal range and high notes that Frank has ever delivered. It’s so incredible. I cannot praise it enough but it’s something that needs to be experienced rather than read about.

“Endless” is a challenging album because of its unconventional structure and lyrics. None of the songs have a hook or chorus. They’re not radio-friendly. The songs are very personal (Frank makes them sound personal even if they are fiction). The sound of the album is very different than “Channel Orange”. It’s more electronic and beats-oriented and despite the complexion of most of the beats (particular “Higgs”) there’s always a sense of “space” in every song, which adds to the lasting impact of the album long after it’s finished. Malay, one of Frank’s frequent producers mentioned that the majority of the album was made with a handheld mic in the control room. So you get a sense that a lot of these lyrics were most likely sung in the moment, and you might also notice some human error in the album as well, which makes the album more human and intimate. Even if Frank doesn’t releases the “official” follow-up to “Channel Orange” anytime soon, “Endless” once again proves Frank’s magnificent artistry on all fronts.

anonymous asked:

who is kate? you say you blame her but i owe her a great deal of thank yous. "we both knew the cost " was entirely toooo short because it was toooo great. honestly, i miss your writing. they're so fulfilling. I'm a glutton for misery and nothing ever fills my heart like your "light angst" fics. i wish i could read more stuff like yours. do you have book recs or fic recs?

kate is my buddy @wickershire whom i lOVE. she texted me, like, ‘what did i do to deserve that fic,’ and the answer’s nothing, i could just write forever for her alone. ahh, gosh, thank you so much!!! honestly, i can’t tell u how much that means to me. i feel very rusty but it was nice to do something again, and - AL;SKFDJKLDFJ SOMETIMES I WRITE HAPPY STUFF TOO…theoretically…ok u got me lmao. i just gave a few book recs that i loved and loved, so lmk if you want more! as for fics, here are a few that i loved and that made me go, ‘i wish i could do something like that!!’ (you can assume they’re all a little sad lol) 

  • let’s start right now by my dear friend kate. narry road trip au, and in case that’s not enough to sell you, niall’s a struggling musician and harry’s just kind of struggling in general, and they sing karaoke and visit NASA and it is, in short, one of my fav fics ever
  • lift us up to a brand new place by jibraliis. canon compliant fic wherein niall becomes a stormchaser. the weather is a constant companion throughout this fic, and it gives the impression of the whole thing being subaquatic; it’s such a particular mood and it grounds the whole fic not in the wash of the story’s events, but in the characters, especially niall and harry. again, one of my favs ever
  • around the world in eighty thousand days by fallfreely. canon compliant lirry, set over the course of the take me home tour. this fic captures the mood in 1d’s camp and the weightless joy of youth and the dawning responsibility of adulthood so perfectly, it belongs in a museum. it’s also one of my favorite harrys ever. 
  • the one with all the football by irishmizzy/miss-bennie. the stylan fics always get all the attention, but the sheer length of this one, and the way it’s saturated with this faint sense of bittersweet nostalgia, make it one of my all-time favs. (an american college au) 
  • once in a lifetime by liquidmeasure. if you’re looking for good prose, this might be my favorite example?? harry wakes up in a world where 1d doesn’t exist; post-zayn, it looks at free will and fate and above everything else, brotherly love 
  • maybe with me by threeturn. ostensibly a hookup fic, it’s one of the best and most gutting character studies i’ve ever read. 
  • some love wait till its time by wasp. a CLASSIC. a ziam uni au told in alternating points of view, both of the narrators are so thoroughly drawn out, this fic feels infinitely bigger than its 60k. 
  • but the sun comes up instead by blackwayfarers. another ziam classic; zayn (and his frat) adopt liam. it’s all about found family and character development and it hurts even when it’s happy, it’s so heartfelt. 
  • a praise chorus by 1000-directions. post-hiatus fic is few and far between, but fics like this that posit entirely plausible futures in the same fictional frame as have all the fics that’ve come before make everything seem like it is as it should be. (nouis+freddie friendship future fic)