this was really hard to publish

✰ Hunting the ex famous guy ✰

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He could not believe that the higher ups actually made him fulfill that egoistic author’s wish; between editing and trying to find time to sleep he had to also play the detective and find a disappeared, forgotten ex pop star that his author claimed to be a genius and without who he could not sign the contract with the publishing house. And so, for three weeks, Bruno would spend his breaks making phone calls, politely asking police officers, completing files and sighing really long and really hard. 

And after three exhausting weeks, he finally found the man. Although changed in appearance, he knew he found him. With a stoic expression, he approached the bench of the blond, knowing very well his schedule by now. He left the man notice him, then he took a breath and started in a calm, but quiet voice: 

“I’ve been looking for you for the past three weeks. I really do not want to impose you and bother your new peaceful life, but my job and probably sanity depend on you so all I ask is… Five minutes.” He heaved a sigh at the end, feeling he hasn’t talked so much in a long time. 


Kise Ryōta requested by kkises.
Here you go Kimberly ⃛ヾ(๑❛ ▿ ◠๑ )


STORY BY: Sam Sandak Freiberger
ART BY: Diana Skelly, Rick Bryant
COLORS BY: Matt Herms
LETTERS BY: Jack Morelli
COVER BY: Diana Skelly, Rick Bryant, Steve Downer
PUBLISHER: Archie Comics
RELEASE DATE: Sep 2nd, 2015

Follow up after the “WORLDS UNITE” crossover with a BOOM in this EXPLOSIVE eleventh issue! “Eggman Gets a Gorilla”: When Dr. Eggman’s regular robotic enforcers just can’t cut the mustard, he hires some additional help! (Because, seriously, how hard is it to cut mustard?) Introducing the mighty, Kyle the Gorilla! Is he really the next APE wonder of the world? Or will Sonic get yet another reason to point and laugh? You’ll be pointing and laughing too-but in a good way! Featuring cover art by rising star Diana Skelly plus a “BOOMTASTIC” variant with art provided by SEGA!


18 Images That Show What It’s Really Like In A Mental Hospital

It can be hard for people who don’t live with mental illness to understand the terrifying nuances that come with the disorders. That’s exactly why 21-year-old Dutch photographer Laura Hospes published a series of stunning self-portraits that expose what mental illness can really be like.

katherinecampbell asked:

Other than "keep writing" and "read", what is the best advice you can give to an aspiring author?

It’s a really long, really hard road to getting published. But it’s not impossible. There are going to be times when it feels like no one believes in you, times when people (even people close to you) tell you to be “realistic” about your expectations for yourself, or when they tell you that you’re not writing the right thing, that your writing isn’t good enough, that YOU are not good enough…

 Don’t listen to those people. Ever. I heard ALL of that stuff, and more. And at the end of the day, cheesy as it sounds, the reason why I’m now a published author is because I refused to listen to those people. I believed in myself, in my writing, in my characters. So that’s my advice: believe in yourself. No matter what. It’ll take you far. :)

femburton asked:

Hey Rashida, just wanted to tell you I love you and I hope you truly know your impact because everyone fucking jocks from you on twitter(and just in general) and acts like they didn't get schooled by you. You my fave and I luh ya, thanks for teaching me about fashion

Thank you I really needed to hear that I hope you don’t mind me publishing this but it’s been so hard seeing a lot of people taking the things me and my other trans friends do or say and like monetize them while we are out here literally dying. Like I respect you cause unlike that babyphatjeans girl who basically is a great value version of me you and nastylikepunana you was actually out here in the streets doing like real shit for you and yours and I like love you so much you really are what a lot of girls on here front like they are.

Science is really f*cking hard

The rash of high-profile journal retractions, revelations of systematic frauds in peer-review, and journals publishing deliberately bogus papers (e.g. “Get Me Off Your Fucking Mailing List”) – are we experiencing a crisis in science?

An outstanding piece of interactive journalism in Five Thirty Eight concludes that there isn’t a crisis – rather, it’s just science doing what it should: self-correcting. The scientific method is supposed to assume that assertions of truth are being made by people who are prone to corruption and self-delusion, and it uses a deep, layered defense to root out bad conclusions and abolish them.

But it’s not so simple as that. For one thing, the media’s tendency to report interesting preliminary findings as once-in-a-century breakthroughs, and the scientific establishment’s historic embarrassment and shyness at reporting retractions and wrongdoing have fed into one another, so that it’s grown progressively harder to make and publicize retractions, which should be seen as part of the normal course of scientific inquiry.

Author Christie Aschwanden and illustrator Ritchie King created an excellent interactive toy that shows how easy it is to make spurious statistical correlations seem like certainties that confirm the experimenter’s biases – and they propose remedies for this problem  and the overall problem of communications in science.

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5 Reasons to Be Skeptical of "Campus Coddling" Scare Pieces
The "save us from the millennials!" scaremongering in the media continues with an Atlantic cover story which purports to show how trends like trigger warnings and drawing attention to racial and ge...

A sensible read.

Something that often goes unmentioned - this piece nudges at it but doesn’t really centre it - is that the people most horrified by the kids today grew up at a time when suppression of information was a real threat. If a book was censored and removed from sale, it was honestly hard to find - not that many books WERE, in the UK when I was growing up, but enough that you noticed. These days it’s far more difficult to do that. When it was difficult to publish, choking the means of publication or distribution was a matter of immense practical concern as well as a matter of principle. Once it isn’t difficult to publish and distribute, the principle may not change but it’s hard - even as part of that 80s generation - to feel the same urgency about the actual practical effects.

And there’s more. The genuinely difficult problem of information at the moment - in the US and EU, at least - is how to secure or remove it, and what information needs to be secured or removed. The big speech scandals of the 2010s - Gamergate, the celebrity nudes hack, revenge porn, online harassment - are often about unwillingly released information, not suppressed information. And on the other end of the political spectrum, Wikileaks and Snowden. That’s the backdrop kids on campus are familiar with, the questions they’re living with. Is it any wonder that security - control of information, control of the environment, some level of territorial autonomy - becomes a hot issue? Against that, censorship is a weird abstract. Anyhow it seems to me that’s the real generational divide if you want to find one.

anonymous asked:

Hello! What is your opinion on publishing? Do you think self publishing might be more beneficial to the author? Or is it the other way around?

It really depends on your personal goals – What do you want? and What are you prepared to put in?

I don’t know any hard numbers, but both can be very profitable if done successfully. It’s that If that’s the biggie. 

Traditional publishing is harder in one respect because there are more gatekeepers – you need to snag an agent to vouch for you, who will snag an editor etc. and even then there’s no guarantee that you’ll go to print. 

Self-publishing is harder because you need to do everything yourself and it is verrry expensive. Plus there’s a huge temptation to be lazy/cheap/impatient. For self-publishing, you really do get what you put in, and many authors simply don’t have the time or the money to do it, and it really shows. 

You don’t have to pay a penny to be traditionally published, but the waiting game is a long and frustrating one. BUT you have the kudos of being traditionally published. Rightly or wrongly, there is a still a huge stigma attached to self-pub, although I think/hope that’ll be fading away as we progress. 

Whichever you pick, do it passionately and whole-heartedly. Don’t do one because you failed at the other – the product (your novel) needs to be of the same standard whichever you choose. I really cannot emphasize that enough. 

If you go indie, you need to hire editors and designers and pay for marketing and such. You mustn’t cut corners.

If you go traditional, you need to do your research and follow every instruction for every agent down to the letter.

In both cases, your book needs to be the absolute best you can make it.

Good luck!

- Esme

The List List #166

       Our weekly round-up of the best bookish lists floating around the internet.                

at Bustle, 5 Common Reading Mistakes

at CBC, 16 Must-See Canadian Bookstores

at Flavorwire, 10 Fantastic Comic Books that Tell Women’s Stories

at Buzzfeed, 14 Times Wishbone Inspired You to Read

at HuffPost Books, 13 Books You’ll Want to Read Before They Hit the Big Screen

at Publisher’s Weekly, 10 Best Novels by Poets

at Water Cooler Convos, 10 Books Every Fiction Snob Needs in Their Life

at the Guardian, the Best Book Designs of 2015

at Mental Floss, 10 Works of Literature That Were Really Hard to Write


at the Guardian, 10 Books That Changed the World

anonymous asked:

How would I know If am any type of witch? I feel as though I am but cannot be certain it seems as though my life has completely changed, I love nature and feel a connection with it, other things aswell, I've ordered a book online do you know if books would contain false info?

You’re a witch if a) you practice some kind of magic thing that you could call witchcraft, and b) you decide you want to call yourself one.  Really, that’s it, and there are so very many different types and combinations of witchcraft that it’s even more open-ended than that.  Many witches feel a connection with nature, yes, but we’ve got city witches and techno-witches and other witches whose magical journals are USB drives and whose sigils are written with spray cans on cement walls.

Books contain false info all the time, unfortunately.  It isn’t hard as it could be to get things published, for better or worse, and being a popular name isn’t a guarantee of quality.  This post suggests ways on determining whether or not a book on magic is full of shit, and our tags like “books” or “[insert author name]” will have suggestions and warnings.  Before buying a book online, make sure you actually read the reviews; if you go by rating alone, Amazon will tell you that books by authors like Silver Ravenwolf are actually very good.  (Spoiler: those aren’t good books.)

- mountain hound

anonymous asked:

okay honestly can i just get emotional about the martian and andy weir bc this was his first novel and it was self published FOR FREE ON HIS OWN SITE at first and like idek thats so exciting and im just really super irrationally glad that this huge nerd turned out so successful bc like he didnt even try for success, like when he put it on Kindle it was for the lowest price amazon would allow bc people asked for it and idek im irrationally emotional over it

yes yes exactly oh my god i love andy

he only put it on kindle because the readers asked him to… like…. he didn’t even do it for the money he’s such an awesome guy and i love to hear him talking about space and nasa you can see that he loves talking about space and he’s such a dork oh my gosh ;lkadnf;lnaflkdnaf i really really like andy <3

Prom Night

A/N: This was an request from an anon who wanted Hayroline losing virginity together fic + scissoring (guess who had to research the word, ha!) I tried. This was my second time writing a fic and I must admit the prompt was very challenging. I hope you like it and as always, feedbacks are truly welcome. Good or bad. Corrections too. Please don’t hesitate to comment. It makes all the difference. 

Not beta’d. (I should really get a beta.) Enjoy!

Caroline didn’t know how this was happening. Prom night started out fine and then it turned into a disaster. Tonight was supposed to be her night and now she was crying in an empty classroom alone. She wiped her eyes, thanking God for waterproof mascara.

The door opened, “Oh. I didn’t know someone was in here.”

Caroline looked up to find Hayley Marshall with a flask in her hand. “Well, I am.” she replied.

Caroline didn’t have the best relationship with Hayley or more like no relationship at all. They took some classes together and were partnered up for an assignment once but other than that, they never hung out. They were in totally different social groups at school. Caroline was the queen bee, head of the dance committee, head cheerleader who had a boyfriend on a football team. Hayley was the one who always seem to get detention, hung out with college people, smoke cigarettes and occasionally bring alcohol to school just like now. They just did not mix at all.

“What’s up with you?” Hayley closed the door, taking a sip from the flask.

“None of your business.” Caroline snapped. She didn’t want to talk about how everything was ruined, especially not to Hayley.

Hayley raised her perfect brows, “Touchy.”

Hayley sat down at one of the empty chairs. Caroline wanted to be alone but it seemed like Hayley wasn’t going to leave. She growled inside. Her pride won’t let her leave the classroom to find another empty one because she was here first. So if anyone was leaving, it has got to be Hayley.

“Aren’t you supposed to be mingling and having the time of your life while waiting for them to announce you the Prom Queen?” Hayley drawled.

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anonymous asked:

I just finished drawing a funny porn comic and am having a hard time finding publishers that'll print smut. Can you recommend any good smut publishers?

I used to do work with NBM (they’re ok but they were pretty slow on royalties)

I realllly like the Slipshine site. that Josh Lesnick runs. He is a really solid dude. He would be worth sending stuff too. 

Also it seems like Patrion and Kickstarter has been good for a lot of porn comics.

Even Image has done a few– with Black Kiss 2 and Stjepan Sejic’s Sunstone.

but yeah, good luck.

I was tagged by books-art-dragons and magical-fae-dystopia a really long time ago!! Thank you!! Sorry it took me so long to do this :// 

1. I don’t really have a nickname (my name is Kayla, so it’s kind of hard) but sometimes people call me Kay. Lots of people call me Kaitlin too (idk why) but I’ll answer to that or anything that could be mistaken for Kayla ;)

2. Brown

3. Dark brown

4. I want to work at a publishing company when I get older :))

5. Blue! Any kind of blue, really :)

6. Richmond, Virginia. It’s where I grew up, it’s where my family lives, it’s where my family has been for generations ;) I’m sure it’ll probably change once I visit London though xD

7. Just ONE?!! Well, here are a few of my favorites… Chris Pratt, Chris Evans, Eddie Redmayne, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jimmy Fallon, Evan Peters and Tom Hiddleston.

8. Dog ;)

9. Lean On by Major Lazer, DJ Snake and MØ

10. I can’t name ONE favorite book, so I’m just going to name a few ;) A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray, The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer, The Harry Potter series by JKR and Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. I have so, SO many more, but those are some of my all time favorites ;)

I have to tag 20 people?? Okay… astrokeofink, awesomenerdybooks, kaylasreads, the-questionable-hufflepuff, chocolatedonutdestiny, fangirlnoir, book-obsessed-caticorn, goaliecat10, laurenloveslit, pointe-freak, trust-me-im-percabeth, yanabunny1, shelivesinbooks, saphmira, starrybookishnights, ophelia-doom, true-parabatai, starsandsmores-imasleep-yousnore, proudbooksurvivor, johngreenstwerkteam

There! I think that’s twenty… Ish :)) you guys don’t have to do it if you don’t want to :)

stitchcasual asked:

My friends and I were talking about it the other day and were wondering if there was an accepted way to sign "um" that people have come up with. Because for us, it's a big part of our vocabulary as non-deaf and hard of hearing people and we were curious to know if it has translated over to sign language.

That is an excellent question and I don’t know the answer! I don’t think there’s an “um” sign, but then, I’m not really a signer. I hope it’s ok if I publish this to see if someone else may have an answer!

westfallchaol asked:

And I really hope you don't hold a grudge against me for that. Thank you for taking the time to read my message, have a good day! (Part 3)

Posting the full ask here so I can answer the whole thing at once:

Hello! Thanks for reaching out and explaining your position. First off, thank you so much for putting the book on hold at the library. That really means a lot and is the very best way to get books for free, and still support the industry that puts them out. And of course, thank you for acknowledging how difficult it is to get a book published, let alone how hard it is to see what you worked so hard on stolen day in and day out. I literally get a Google alert every single day regarding new sites posting illegal PDFs of Red Queen, and it’s a constant battle that my agent, my editor, and I must be fighting. Clearly I get defensive, and even if you do plan to buy or check out from the library, I must ask you not to illegally download books. It’s essentially giving your support to the act, and encourages people to continue uploading and pirating. 

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chantaydraws asked:

Hiya I've just finished college and i really want to be an illustrator. I was planning to do an apprenticeship but I'm struggling to find one that's illustration based. Any tips? Thanks 😁

Hi. It’s very hard to find an apprenticeship especially one that is illustration based. You should contact illustration agencies to see if they do this. I know that some do. It will mean helping with paperwork and admin and stuff but you will get good exposure to the industry and how it works and get to meet people in the industry too.

Or try to find something in a publishing company maybe working with an art director or graphic designer. Or maybe at a newspaper or magazine. Again the work might not be much to do with illustration but you’ll get to know people and maybe show them your portfolio whilst you are there.

But, the main piece of advise that I give anyone who is hoping to be a freelance illustrator is to just BE an illustrator. The greatest thing about being an illustrator is that, what it boils down to, is its just about you and your talent.
Do a ton of illustrations, do editorial illustrations for a magazine article, do narrative illustrations, set up a cool illustration project that involves other illustrators and invite people to come and have a look.
Put it all online and take your portfolio to agencies, publishers etc

If nothing comes of any of this get a ‘proper’ job for a while and spend your evenings improving and developing your art.

Phew…thanks for the question. Hope this was helpful. Good luck :)
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Stephen Hawking: Black Holes Cannot Swallow Information

Ok so, this is really interesting but kind of hard to condense into a simple explanation - but we’ll try anyway. Black Holes are of course notorious for their immense gravitational pull from which nothing escapes. Seriously, nothing. But Stephen Hawking suggests that one thing clings for dear life around the event horizon (its boundaries where nothing can escape): information. Hawking suggests that information cannot simply leave existence, instead turning into a two-dimensional hologram known as a “super translation”. The effects of this phenomenon are still being calculated by Hawking and he is expected to publish a paper on his findings in the near future. Until then you can read more about it here