my literary world

Because of the dog’s joyfulness, our own is increased. It is no small gift. It is not the least reason why we should honor as well as love the dog of our own life, and the dog down the street, and all the dogs not yet born. What would the world be like without music or rivers or the green and tender grass? What would this world be like without dogs?
—  Mary Oliver, “Dog Songs”

Something I enjoy about The Secret World is that it’s a modern setting.  It’s a nice break from all the fantasy games out there with their fantasy antics.  Even if there is plenty of magic in TSW, it still feels nicely grounded in the modern era.  

And wouldn’t you know it?  No time travel!  MerriAuthor is a happy monster hunter!  Why, just look here - modern day, as the events take place right around Halloween.



There’s lots of spooky atmosphere as well.  Check out this creepy attic I found.



Oh, hey, a suspicious mirror!  Let’s poke it!



…shit.

Okay, the whole place is different now.  That’s troubling.  I’ve gone to different dimensions a few times before, including a mirror-dimension, so maybe this is just that same thing…



The sudden sepia tone is worrying me.  Maybe this helpful calendar will–



SHIT.

Okay, okay, I can fix this.  I’ll just go poke that mirror again.  That always works.



THE 60′S?!  WE CAN’T STOP HERE!  THERE ARE HIPPIES!

POKE THE MIRROR!  POKE THE MIRROR!



FUUUUUUUUUUUUUU-!!!!

shimanami tasogare is getting extremely popular all of a sudden and i just wanted to say that i read the series in japanese and am up-to-date with all published chapters and i’m also (being humble here) damn near an expert on the author and what sort of culture theyre writing from and ALL of their works so BASICALLY if i see any Shitty Discourse i’m gonna Fuck Shit Up

also feel free to ask me things abt kamatani and their series

How to Write a Novel: Introduction

So! You wanna write a novel! Congratulations! I am already proud of you. It takes a lot of gumption (isn’t that an awesome word?) to sit down and proclaim that you are going to your imaginary friends tell you about their trials and tribulations, their romances and adventures, and then laugh as you try to put all of those incredible images into words that other people can see and potentially enjoy.

You are already awesome. Gold star for you!

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But now what?

Maybe you’ve already taken the basic first steps which include, but are not limited to, reading a lot and then reading some more. Perhaps you’ve taken part in NaNoWriMo. Maybe you’ve done some incredible short stories, and you wanna tackle something bigger. Maybe you’ve already read five billion blog posts about “How to be a better writer” or “How to start a book” or “Planning vs. Pantsing”. Kudos to you! Research is certainly part of the game.

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My name is Grimm. I have, for the past year and a half, carved out my literary niche in the world by being a ghostwriter. This means that I write a thing and someone else gets to put their stamp on it. I know…why would I do that? Well, I’ve got my reasons…not the least of which is that I learned how to write without having the anxiety of being judged by it, and can now take that information and  pass it on to you!

So today I am going to start that process. I am going to teach you how I write. I encourage you to try it out, to pick and choose what works for you and ignore what doesn’t.

You ready? You bet your sweet patootie you are.

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Now. We are going to take this day by day, because that’s how I approach my work. I wont tell you that this will only take you thirty days. I wont tell you that it will take five years. The chances are it’ll be sometime between the two. How long a book takes to write depends entirely on you, and that’s okay.

For me writing can be broken down into five steps

1- Inspiration
2- Planning
3- Outline/Rough Draft
4- First Draft
5- Revise until complete

These steps can, and often are, broken down into more steps, but I think that this can over-complicate things and make the act of writing a novel to look complex and overwhelming. I wont lie, it can be both of those things, but it doesn’t have to be.

I also know that these steps differ from a lot of other authors, and chances are when you figure out your own thing your steps will look different too. That’s okay. Finding out who you are as a writer is part of the creative process. It’s no different than an artist learning her style or a musician learning his sound. I’m just telling you what works for me in the hopes of giving you the springboard to dive from.

Let’s do this.

Our first few posts are going to focus on Inspiration. This might sound hokey. You might roll your eyes and scream, “I’m already inspired! That’s why I wanna write a book!” That’s great, and I wish you all the best but I think you oughta look this over this section anyway. Just in case. Besides, of all the steps this one is going to be the shortest and will only cover a couple of “days” worth of time.


denielapple  asked:

Klaroline prompt!!! Klaroline waiting in line for ACOWAR, caroline explains the similarities between their relationship and feysand's

Yes!!!!!!! This is THE BEST prompt ever! Combining my two fave ships because I believe they are the most like Klaroline.

Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover

“Caroline!” He whined. “Surely there are better things we could be doing right now.”

“Well, feel free to find a dark corner with your hand, buddy,” she muttered, earning some curious glances from the gathered crowd around them. 

“That’s not very nice, love.”

“How many times have we discussed this day? It’s only the most exciting event this year,” she squealed. “This book is seriously my world.”

“Well, thanks,” he muttered. 

“I mean my literary world,” she explained with an accompanying eye roll. “If only you knew just how perfect Rhys and Feyre are for each other.”

“It sounds like you’re going to tell me,” he replied. “Unfortunately.”

“Rhys was a complete ass,” she offered. “You know; smug, arrogant, controlling at first.”

“Sounds charming,” he chuckled. 

“Don’t laugh so soon,” she warned, placing her hand on his chest. “Rhys is you, Klaus.”

“Excuse me?”

“When we met, we fought incessantly just like Rhys and Feyre,” she said. “I thought you were a know-it-all ass…”

“And I thought you were bossy and entirely too opinionated.”

“Have you read the other two books?” Caroline asked suspiciously. 

“No,” he faltered briefly before adding. “I was just explaining your wonderful traits, sweetheart.”

“Sure,” she shot back. “Have I mentioned just how sweet and romantic you are boyfriend?”

“Last time I checked you were the one telling the story.”

“So,” she began. “They fought, he sort of kidnapped her, taught her to read and there were a few smouldering stares and rude gestures, until she discovered he was her mate…”

“And then she escaped to the House of Wind and painted the entire house until they fell into said paint in a fit of…” 

“You have read it,” she gasped, poking her finger into his chest accusingly. “But you made me feel so pathetic for lining up here today.”

“I have to keep my reputation, love,” he murmured, pulling her closer and nuzzling his nose against hers. “But just so you know you’ll always be my Feyre.”

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I read books by only minority authors for a year. It showed me just how white our reading world is.

In 2014, I decided that for the entire year, I would not read books written by white authors. My goal was to address the reading practices I developed growing up in Australia, where white authors have dominated the literary world. My high school reading list was filled with the “classics” — Shakespeare, Austen, the Brontes, Euripides — and well-known modern writers such as Margaret Atwood and T.S. Eliot. After school, my pleasures came from bestseller lists, which also were filled with Anglo names: John Grisham, Peter Carey, Hilary Mantel. I read some writers of color, but shamefully, I was 29 before I heard about science-fiction author Octavia E. Butler, whose work amazed me. So I quit my standard diet to expose myself to new perspectives.

But it was much harder than I expected to discover books by nonwhite authors. The resources most readers use to find good literature left me with all the usual suspects. White authors reign in book reviews, bestseller lists, literary awards and Amazon.com recommendations. In a survey of New York Times articles published in 2011, author and cultural commentator Roxane Gay discovered that nearly 90 percent of the reviewed books were authored by white writers. Among Amazon editors’ top 20 picks of 2014, just three authors were minorities.