things from library books

I see a lot of posts on tumblr that imply borrowing a book from a library is less supportive of the author than buying it outright and I would like to offer a few unsolicited thoughts as to why that’s not true:

  • Every book in a public library has to earn its spot on the shelf. If no one checks it out, then it will be weeded from the collection to make way for a book that will circulate. So, if you check out a book, you’ve just given it a much a better chance at being there for someone else to discover!
  • A recently returned book is more likely to be propped up as a display in the tiny nooks around the library. Every shelver loves an empty display space because it means they can quickly get rid of several books. A book on display is more likely to catch someone’s eye and on and on!
  • You might not be able to tell this just by looking at the shelves, but when a book first comes out from an author, the library often buys several copies and based on how many people have reserved the title and how heavily it circulates, they might buy even more copies! Also, when purchasing a new title from an established author, many librarians will look at the circ stats of the author’s other books and will use that as a guide for how many copies to buy of the new book. In case you didn’t know, libraries buy a lot of books - we make up a huge portion of the book sales market.
  • Many people use the library as a way to discover new authors. It’s a risk-free investment and helps them experiment with a lot of different titles that they wouldn’t be able to if they had to buy all of them. And if they really love an author, they might become a life-long fan who will buy their books for years to come, all because of kismet at the library.
  • If you check out the book at the library, your librarian can make a better case for inviting the author to come to the library for an event for which they can get paid! This is especially true for lesser-known authors.


In conclusion, borrowing a book from the library is a wonderful thing to do. It helps make sure other people have access to that book in the future, creating an ever-wider audience for the author.

I’m not saying you shouldn’t buy books, I’m just saying, borrowing books from the library has just as many positive effects and you don’t ever have to feel bad that you’re somehow not supporting an author by borrowing their book instead of buying it. :)

Only then once you hurt someone, you realize just how selfish all your actions were. But the sad thing about that is you can never take it back.
—  Having writer’s block lately
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Klaus Baudelaire, the middle child, loved books. Or, rather, the things he learned from books. The Baudelaire parents had an enormous library in their mansion, a room filled with thousands of books on nearly every subject. And nothing pleased Klaus more than spending an afternoon filling up his head with their contents. And everything he read, he remembered.

I dreamt the other night that I had recieved 200$ royalty money from ppl borrowing my book from libraries (which is an actual thing) but in the dream I only ended up with like 12 bucks due to all the high taxes we have in sweden and I woke up in a cold sweat.

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Name: Sarah
Age: 20
Country: USA

Hi everyone! I’m in my third year of college studying to be a teacher. I would love to have a penpal to make new friends and learn about different perspectives. I’m also really interested in sending artistic snail mail (no need to be a pro, I just want to doodle and have fun!). Of course, I’d love to get more normal letters too. Whatever you’re up for.
About me… hmm. I love storytelling in any form, but especially books. I’m lucky to work in a library so I have time to read (I would love to hear book recommendations!). I draw a lot, and enjoy hiking in the mountains. My favorite shows are Stranger Things, Brooklyn 99, The Good Place, HTGAWM, and Parks and Rec. I also like musicals, Harry Potter, Star Wars, animated movies, arts and crafts, and bullet journaling.
I always wanted a pen pal when I was younger, so I’m super excited about this.

Preferences: 18-25, I’d prefer snail mail but email works too

In the 1950s, where we begin, there was a firm expectation […] that required men to grow up, marry, and support their wives. To do anything else was less than grown-up, and the man who willfully deviated was somehow “less than a man.” […] The man who postpones marriage […] into middle age, […] who is dedicated to his own pleasures, is likely to be found […] suspiciously deviant
—  Barbara Ehrenreich, The Hearts of Men: American Dreams and the Flight from Commitment

anonymous asked:

Where would i begin to amass as much knowledge about fae as you have lol?? There are so many crosses between cultures and eras that it's really hard to pin down a Solid Source haha.

The thing is, the ‘Solid Source’ is kind of a myth when it comes to folklore and fairytale, in that the vast majority of these tales were a) oral, and some of the best retellings we have are b) written and secondary or tertiary. We’ve already lost a lot of the best versions of the tales if the cultures are gone or Christianised or heavily damaged.

So it’s good to turf the ‘I need solid sources’ mindframe when researching this stuff? I mean, it’s - I believe - way better to read like 100 versions of say…the Ugly Duckling or Baba Yaga and Vasilisa the Brave, than it is to look for the ‘one true story.’ (Which doesn’t exist anyway, because in an oral tradition, they are meant to be changed and adapted to become relevant for whatever geographical group or class is hearing the story). Also fairytales and folklore are generally pretty short? You end up with huge huge variation.

However, I’ve written some stuff in the past that might be useful for you as well re: sources: 

Some book references.

Here’s another post with links / thoughts on the subject.

General thoughts and some info.

And there’s this aggregate post which is great:

Mythology aggregate. All the links!

It’s worth also looking into anthropological studies on different cultures that practice animism; fair warning though, they can be very problematic. (Especially earlier studies, which are often racist and/or xenophobic). 

Mostly with this stuff, it is actually often a matter of ‘quantity over quality’ which sounds weird but, there is so much and you can only really start by getting started and say…picking a favourite fairytale (or ‘species’ of fae) and researching them. You can hunt down more primary written sources (some of them are actually freely available on places like sacred-texts, due to copyright no longer holding on those sorts of texts) to distinguish between heavily Christianised tales and earlier versions; but you can also distinguish between those by researching animism tales/stories in different cultures etc.

Be prepared to give it a lot of your time, too. Like, I’m really only at the tip of the iceberg myself, and a lot of my studies have been going on since I was young and are very personal in that I research what has felt relevant to me over the years and I haven’t been doing this for say a course, or for a university or something (I’ve done some electives at university on this subject but ultimately, my research into these subjects is partly spiritually motivated, and partly about my fascination with ‘simple’ narratives told in complex or poignant ways to make them relevant).

You. Y-O-U. Two vowels to some and three vowels to others. But to me it’s 2 and a half. You are extravagant. Now that’s too many vowels for me to count but let’s continue. You have two eyes, a nose, and a mouth. Most people have that but some don’t and that’s okay. You’re lucky you got the whole package. And it’s a beautiful one I must say. You have long lashes, laughing eyes, and a nose that crinkles whenever it’s happy. You have two ears and a head. Your two ears are big and you used to always be ashamed of them; hiding them whenever and however possible. But they’re nice. Your head is round but you have a jawline that helps it come to a point. It starts off nice and round but comes to a sharp stop. That stop is a little dangerous for people like me who get so lost in your beauty. You’ve got a neck and two shoulders. Your neck is like a tree stump; it leads to something even more beautiful which is your face. Your shoulders are dead giveaways about how you’re feeling. You like to tense them up if you’re worried or stressed but if you’re getting by, they sit nice and untouched. Your arms and hands are gifts. They hold me and touch me and love me. They pretend to paint a picture on my face when I sleep. They rub my cheeks and boop my nose. They love me. Your legs that dance the night away and spin around and around and around and around. They bounce, shake, jump, and slide all around. It’s a sure sign you’re happy. I love everything about you including the big and little things. I’ll miss those the most.
—  I love you from your head to your toes

Greetings, everyone. I hope you’re having a wonderful day. I’m here tonight to present you with a short guide to Tumblr for witches who may be interested in starting a blog here. 

This post is obviously geared towards witches wandering the internet, but maybe some who are already here on Tumblr will enjoy it, too. I’ll be talking about the benefits to joining the Tumblr witch community, as well as some tips for getting started! Here we go!

What’s a “Tumblr witch?”

There’ve been culture-related magazines that have done huge articles on “Tumblr witches” and the witchcraft community on Tumblr, painting the whole thing as some kind of fashion trend or weird millennial hangout. 

I’ve been involved with the Tumblr witch community for three years, and I can say that most of these articles don’t quite reflect what the witchcraft community on Tumblr is like. 

A lot of them tend to paint it as an ideologically, culturally, and aesthetically monolithic trend, when in reality, it’s not. While it’s true that many Tumblr-going witches enjoy similar things or share fashion trends, witchcraft itself is not a trend, nor a fashion statement, nor is it the sole focus of the community.

In reality, a “Tumblr witch” is just what the name implies. A “Tumblr witch” is a witch who uses Tumblr as a blogging platform/CMS. Nothing more, nothing less. It’s true that there’s a large community of us, but we’re quite diverse

While many of us are young (millennials), not all of us as (I’m not), nor are we all of the same religion or mindset. You might even say that “Tumblr Witch” isn’t even a useful term, at all! Still, Tumblr is a great content management system for witches.

I think what makes Tumblr strong as a blogging platform for witches is that there’s an extremely diverse community here already in existence. So, in short, don’t buy into too much nonsense about what a “Tumblr witch” does or believes, because everyone’s unique. 

Again, the only real way I can see to define a “Tumblr witch” is just “a witch who uses Tumblr.” It’s as simple as that! It’s definitely not some kind of tradition or mindset for witches - it’s just a matter of what blogging platform the witch uses.

Continue reading for information about why you should consider Tumblr as a blogging platform, tips for using the interface, and more! Tagging @witchypixie by request. :-D

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polast-u-s  asked:

slides over a dollar...................... if there were more wizard of oz references in ya art............ i wouldnt say no to that................. slides over another dollar........... like maybe jack pumpkinhead or coo-ee-oh............... slides over another dollar...... slides over my wallet

kinda regretting not having read much of the Oz stuff but that can be remedied. these are fun character designs omg (and now i have ideas as to what to draw laurent and miriel dressed up as next year ajlfhkjahfjahf)

also this seems to be a good time to remind everyone that you can… slide a few dollars…. over my way by doing that whole ko-fi thing

“Yes, she was indeed beautiful, but he had seen beautiful girls before, beautiful women in all ages. Yes, of all ages, because every age had its beauty. But hers was of a different kind.”

  • Catherine Cookson, The Obsession

charliechaz17  asked:

Fic prompt: Djinn dream & denial

Sam Winchester, General-ish.


The dog is a problem.  

It doesn’t exist.  He knows it doesn’t exist because they do not have a dog.  Permanent base of operations aside, their life does not, cannot accommodate a dog.  And yet, Sam can see it, plain as day, dozing on the bunker library’s floor.  

“Sam?  Hey!”  Dean snaps his fingers.  “Earth to Sam.  You okay, man?”

“Yeah,” he says, and shakes his head.  “Just, uh, tired.”

“I’m not surprised. That djinn did a number on you.  Maybe you should go to bed.”

“Yeah.”  He closes his eyes.  Opens them again.  The dog is still there.  He swallows, stands.  “That’s probably a good idea.”

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Klaus Baudelaire, the middle child, loved books, or rather, the things he learned from books. The Baudelaire parents had an enormous library in their mansion. A room filled with thousands of books on nearly every subject. And nothing pleased Klaus more than spending an afternoon filling up his head with their contents. And everything he read, he remembered.

anonymous asked:

Hey, Emma! So, what is your color coding system for annotating books/novels/literature? Why do you like annotating with post-its instead of annotating on the book itself?

Hi! Usually my colour code changes depending on what colour post-it notes I have lying around the house, but they cover things like character introductions, key events, location changes, prominent themes! I don’t have a specific code for that but will just make one up for the book. I tend to use post-it notes since they stick out the side which means they’re easy to see when I’m searching for a particular thing and usually the books I’d be annotating come from the library so we weren’t allowed to write inside the actual book x

“A whore is a loose woman who’ll let any man go with her for money, never for love, just for money.”

  • Catherine Cookson, The Obsession