this book is fantastic btw read it

anonymous asked:

Hi Claudia. just wondering are you going to talk about american gods? i'm very interested in what you thought about Laura and Mad sweeny. basically i'm interested in your opinion with all of it tbqh!

Sorry for the late reply, I wanted to catch up on the whole season before answering this. 

Laura/Mad Sweeney is one of those cases where the characters are individually good and interesting and all, but you smash them together in the same storyline, link them through the same mission (pursued by each for their individual reasons), add an improbable road trip that makes them care for each other even though they don’t want to, and BAM, they become SO MUCH MORE. their chemistry is weirdly explosive, which is funny because you never saw it coming.

A prayer for Mad Sweeney (a fantastic episode btw) got me hooked on this dynamic, although I’ve liked it since the beginning and had seen gifsets of it even before I caught up on their episodes so I was sort of expecting something interesting. I also have been reading the book as I watched the season—I’m being exceptionally slow, but I’ve read and loved the part about Essie McGowan’s coming to America, and it was a total surprise to see Emily play Essie too, which adds a new layer to Laura’s interactions with Sweeney (it’s SO “I’ve crossed oceans of time to find you”, isn’t it). I don’t know how the whole Laura thing plays out in the book—it is my understanding that she has a much smaller role in the novel, and they expanded it in the show? If so, they made a brilliant decision.


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anonymous asked:

hey u got any recs for some y/a books with little or no heterosexuals period? (ive read tfc btw)

the posterchildren, dear sweet lord, the posterchildren. according to Word of God every character is bi until proven otherwise. there’s a big ensemble cast of characters between the book and the timely tales and only a handful of them are cishet, it’s fantastic. (”i am mega gay and angry and i won’t be stopped” -kitty burroughs: author, icon, hero)

i don’t know of any other ya books that are on this level wrt hardly any straights, but if anyone has recs please put them in the replies!!

anonymous asked:

If it's not too much trouble, can you show us how you draw expressions? I love your way of drawing faces! :)

Thank you! Expressions are one of my favorite things to draw, so I’m more than happy to show you how I draw them.

And that’s how I draw expressions. Many people will tell you the “stretch and squish” is key to making your expressions more exaggerated and “appealing to the eye.” But for me, there’s that, and lots of combos to make a wide variety of faces. 

Additional tips:

  • Study faces - either yours in a mirror, or a friend’s, or random strangers’ on the bus. This will help you be familiar with certain expressions and also help your drawings look more realistic.
  • References - the internet is your oyster! See how others draw, or study the faces of characters/celebrities/models/etc.

Other Helpful Sources:

  • I’ve suggested him before, but I’ll do it again. Scott McCloud’s book, Making Comics: Storytelling Secrets of Comics, Manga and Graphic Novels is an AMAZING source for tips on how to make your art more dramatic/exciting/intriguing (for art in general, not just comics). I have the book, and it’s very helpful. You may even find this book at some 2nd-hand book stores for a few bucks (that’s how I got mine). If you don’t want to buy the book, here’s a brief page excerpt from his “expressions” chapter x 
  • Here’s a facial expression tutorial from the artist/author of the comic, Lackadaisy (which is a fantastic read btw). Her art is phenomenal, and her humor is gold.
  • And some reference boards on Pinterest of eyes, mouths, and heads.

I hope this helped! Keep practicing, and happy drawing!


February 24, 2016 // 3:09pm

School was cancelled today due to inclement weather, so today gives me extra time to really grind down on 5 chapters for the ap bio quiz (that was supposed to be today) tomorrow. Also, my books from Thriftbooks arrived today! I’ve heard nothing but fantastic things of Little Women and Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged. (Btw, I have a huge obsession with classics). 🌿

Currently reading: Emma by Jane Austen

anonymous asked:

Hi! I'm currently working on a comic project centered on the Wild West, but I want an almost entirely PoC cast for it since I remember reading before that very few cowboys and other people out there back then were white. The thing is, I'm having a really hard time finding information about back then that focuses on PoC at all, so I was wondering if any of you wonderful people know of any sources/books/blogs that I might be able to look at? (This blog is marvelous, btw, you do fantastic work!!!)

PoC Cowboys in the West

It is inaccurate to say that very few cowboys and people out in the west were white. However, it is also inaccurate to say that very few cowboys and people out in the west were POC! So regardless, that you want to write about POC in the West is fantastic! 

To understand what life was like back then, if you could only read ONE book at all to understand what life was like for a cowboy, it would be The Log Of A Cowboy by Andy Adams, period, end of story. 

Another interesting work to give you insight is Life Of Billy Dixon by Olive K. Dixon (his wife) which will help you understand the role of the government and the significance of buffalo hunting and the railroads expanding westward and changing lives as they stretched.

Pony Tracks by Frederic Remington (the artist) is also a valuable resource because he cataloged expeditions with the military and, because you’re doing a comic project, his illustrations in general are priceless because they are supremely accurate when it comes to landscape, fauna, flora, outfit, tack, and equipment.  

Also priceless is the work of George Catlin, an artist who was one of the few White men of the 1800s to see the Native Americans or American Indians as not just people, but people needing representation. He set out to document them and has made powerful portraiture and illustrations. Yes, there is controversy around his work and how he chose to promote it, especially later on, and I am not here to tell you my opinion on that. The fact remains that, without his work, some cultures’ practices (in terms of culture and way of life like what they ate and wore) would be utterly lost because few if any of Catlin’s contemporaries saw these people as worthy of representation. 

The works above are where you should start for your story, and they will point you towards places to go when you read them.

- MissElaney

anonymous asked:

Can you give me some book recommendations? My all time favorite book is Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell and I was wondering if you have any contemporary reads that are similar to that book? Thank you. BTW, your blog is awesome!

Okay I’m going to go out on a limb with this rec, but I really got a very similar feeling when I was reading The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness as I did when I read Fangirl! The Rest of Us…is contemporary with a few, meta, fantasy elements but for the most part is a really fantastic friendship/romance story!

guys, as kings rising is almost out, i think we should agree on using the same spoiler tag. we have been waiting for this, for years. i know some of us decided to leave tumblr while they’re reading the book (which is a fantastic idea btw), but even if you have finished it, keep using the spoiler tag for at least a month - the ideal would be more, so everyone could catch up without getting spoiled. i personally would be really disappointed (even though i’m convinced of so many things now that there would be only a few big surprises), if i accidentally read a spoiler. don’t ruin the fun, use warnings!

what do we think of the simple ‘kings rising spoilers’ tag? 

anonymous asked:

So I've recently gotten back into reading because of the bookish community on here (and I love your blog btw). I don't really know where to get started now that I'm back into it. I know that I love dystopians, though. Can I please have a list? (:

I love dystopians, too! *hi-5* and since there are so many of them, I can definitely give you a list :)

let’s start with the ones I’ve read:

  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins - if you haven’t read these yet, it would be surprising, but we’re covering all our bases here just in case. These books are fantastic (so are the movies) and they’re a great place to start.
    [goodreads link to first book]
  • Divergent by Veronica Roth - I know there’s a lot of people who will tell you not to bother reading these because they hate how the last book ends, but I think the first book, at least, is worth reading. After that, you can decide to continue or let it go.
    [goodreads link to first book]
  • Chaos Walking by Patrick Ness - Sci-fi dystopian on another planet. These book are perfect and not enough people have read them. 
    [goodreads link to first book]
  • Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi - another sci-fi dystopian! In this one the world outside is a dangerous place to live, so the people built domes to dwell in and live their lives through virtual reality. The people living outside the domes are considered dangerous, and some have extremely-heightened senses. So of course one of the dome dwellers gets cast out into the dangerous outside world. A fantastic story ensues and it’s told in dual POV. 
    [goodreads link to first book]
  • Legend by Marie Lu - dystopian USA, except it’s not called the USA any more. Highly intriguing, totally kick-ass, and all round awesome. This is dual POV as well.
    [goodreads link to first book]
  • Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi -  Great fun to read. The writing is fantastic. Kick-ass characters with awesome powers. Beautiful covers, too.
    [goodreads link to first book]
  • 1984 by George Orwell - basically Big Brother 24/7 in every aspect of life. If you aren’t doing exactly what the govt. wants you to be doing, you get in trouble. It’s kind of terrifying to even think about. Thanks, Orwell. 
    [goodreads link]

now for the ones I haven’t read but I own and need to read:

  • Delirium by Lauren Oliver - Another one with an ending a lot of people didn’t like, but apparently the first book is really good! A world where you’re injected with a cure for love because love is wrong and bad (and illegal??) and then a guy comes along and oops. The story goes from there.
    [goodreads link to first book]
  • The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken - teens with powers that are considered dangerous and are locked up. They escape and trouble ensues.
    [goodreads link to first book]
  • The Selection by Kiera Cass - it’s like the Bachelor, but in book form, and a dystopian. They’re short and sound interesting enough. 
    [goodreads link to first book]
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry - recently turned into a movie, this is supposed to be a utopian society, but it’s actually a dystopian. Nobody has any memories and the world is colourless, until the main character gets the job as The Receiver of Memories, the only person who is allowed to remember things (??). He learns all about how the world is actually a messed up place and it goes from there. This is part of a four book series, but it can be read as a stand-alone.
    [goodreads link to first book]
  • Partials by Dan Wells - The human race is practically wiped out after a war with Partials “—engineered organic beings identical to humans—” according to goodreads. A virus spreads and kills off the majority of the population, and the main character wants to find a solution. She also decides to figure out why the war happened in the first place.
    [goodreads link to first book]
  • The Maze Runner by James Dashner - the movie has just been released! A guy wakes up in a lift and can’t remember anything. There are a heap of other guys there and none of them can remember anything either. They know that the only way out of where they are is through the Maze, but no one has made it through alive. Then a girl shows up. It goes from there.
    [goodreads link to first book]

I hope that’s enough to get you started! These are all of the most popular dystopians around at the moment.

And if all of that isn’t enough, take a look through this list of Dystopian and Post-Apocalyptic Fiction. Have fun!