why am i publishing it then

Ever wanted to get that book edited? Now’s the time.

Hey all. I just landed a great job in Japan that starts in March, but because I let my present employer know ahead of time, they gave me the boot. This means come January, I’m out of job. If I can’t find work, I can’t get to my new job. That’s why I’m coming to you.

I am an experienced long-form editor with a degree in editing and publishing. I have over 2500+ consulting hours with a mix of fiction and nonfiction.

  • Need something proofread? I got you.
  • Is your plot being a ninny bitch? I can help you charge ‘er up.
  • Don’t know why your murder scene has no tension? Boy, I sure do.
  • Revising an area paper? A thesis? A dissertation? Get an editor.
  • Totally new writer? Never worked with an editor? No problem.
  • An old pro? Give this pair of young eyes a try.
  • Is your resume in need to new life? I LOVE MAKING RESUMES
  • Need help with a query? Trying to find an agent? Are you unsure about the entire publishing industry? It’s my job to tell you all about it.
  • Trying to get into med school? Grad school? Just school?? Not to brag, but I have a med school essay success rate of 100%. No shit.

And as a sample of my work:

Now, if this intimidates you, please don’t worry. These clients were all ready and prepared for some hard-hitting feedback. If that’s not you, no problem– I can be gentle.

Because my life is literally about to tank without some form of income, I’m reducing my normal rate by half.

I normally charge $45/hr for developmental editing, $30/hr for copyediting and $25/hr for proofreading. My prices are already cheap.

Right now I will do any type of editing you want, on any kind of document, for only $12/hr.

That said, I will happily negotiate.

I can edit about 10 pages an hour, depending on how polished the work already is.

My goal is not only to correct your document, but help you understand your mistakes so you don’t make them again. I literally want to make you a better writer.

Basically, writing without an editor is like going outside with only underpants on. Not only will I get you some clothes, you’ll be damn stylish.


Happy Birthday, Philipp Lahm

This is Shigeru Mizuki

He was born March 8 1922 and passed away November 30 2015 at age 93.

Mizuki-san was a manga-ka and historian, most famous for his Kitaro manga, Which he started publishing in 1960.

I could give a textbook account of him and everything he’s done and his influence on Japanese culture and revival of the interest in Yokai in Japan as a whole, but I just want to point out some very small things about him;

The first is, unlike a lot of Manga-ka of the 60s, Mizuki did not learn to draw Manga from Tezuka’s school…. or any school at all. He was one of those weird ‘natural talents’ you always hear about but actual examples of are hard to find. Mizuki was one such person. He just inately knew how to draw. And as a result, despite influences from other manga at the time, his characters generally don’t resemble what we think of when we think of ‘60s manga’

Not to mention that, despite his preferred art style, he was diverse in what he could do with how he drew, easily going from his more cartoony drawings to a more realistic style, sometimes doing both at once.

Mizuki-san was drafted into the Japanese Imperial Army during WWII, and during the war contracted malaria and lost his left arm during an explosion.

He was left-handed.

However, despite disease, losing his drawing-hand, being the only surviving member of his unit and literally being ‘ordered to die’ by his superiors, Mizuki survived the war and taught himself to draw with his right hand and just kept going.

His manga that he’s famous for were all done after he lost his dominant arm.

All his manga have a personal autobiographical touch to them. Whether it’s “Showa” which is literally a historical account of what Japan was like from the 20s to the 80s, to Kitaro, which is about the stories of Yokai told to him by his elderly neighbour, all his manga have something personal about them.

He is a cultural icon in Japan for keeping traditional ghost stories and creatures alive in the modern consciousness, as well as his contributions to Japanese history regarding WWII. He traveled the world, gathering ghost stories and traditional folklore from other countries as well.

He’s been awarded a string of awards I’m not even gonna attempt to list, although personally I feel most noteworthy is the ‘Personal of Cultural Merit’ award in 2010 and the ‘Order of the Rising Sun’ Award.

But again, that is his importance historically and culturally, whereas I find his personal struggles regarding the loss of his arm and just relearning how to draw something more personal to know as an artist.

With this in mind, He is also noteworthy for never really following the idea that most manga-ka of the time had that ‘you only need 3 hours sleep a night’ or to keep working without rest. Mizuki never really followed that belief. He got a full night’s sleep every night, and fully believed in actually LIVING life, and not just spending your entire life behind a desk, drawing.

He later joked offhandedly that at age 90 he was still around whereas everyone else of the same time period making manga had long since died.

I feel this is incredibly important to remember. Tezuka believed in working non-stop and barely sleeping. And he is undoubtedly the most important contributor to what we think of as manga today. But Mizuki-san, who is just as important to Japanese culture, believed in sleeping well, living life, and being happy. And he was ALSO important, created amazing work, and is recognized as a master.

You don’t need to work yourself to death to be an artist.

Mizuki-san had a list of ‘7 rules to happiness’, which I honestly feel is worth remembering. It may be things we’ve heard before, but this coming from a man, who went through active war, lost limbs, nearly died,retaught himself how to draw because he wasn’t able to give up, made an impact on Japanese culture, believed in living life, refused to overwork himself and lived to the age of 93, it feels like you can trust his advice. because he’s someone who’s seen some serious shit, but he was happy, and he’d learned how to be happy. And from what I’ve heard remained happy and content until he died of natural causes.

Number 1

‘Don’t try to win – Success is not the measure of life. Just do what you enjoy. Be happy.’

Number 2

‘Follow your curiosity – Do what you feel drawn towards, almost like a compulsion. What you would do without money or reward.’

Number 3

‘Pursue what you enjoy – Don’t worry if other people find you foolish. Look at all the people in the world who are eccentric—they are so happy! Follow your own path.’

Number 4

‘Believe in the power of love – Doing what you love, being with people you love. Nothing is more important.’

Number 5

‘Talent and income are unrelated – Money is not the reward of talent and hard work. Self-satisfaction is the goal. Your efforts are worthy if you do what you love.’

Number 6

‘Take it easy – Of course you need to work, but don’t overdo it! Without rest, you’ll burn yourself out.’

Number 7

‘Believe in what you cannot see – The things that mean the most are things you cannot hold in your hand.’

Hey psssht hey hey guess in what fan-fucking-tastic fandom I got myself in for 3 months in already pls dont kill meh

uhm… … …the last time I was in RPF hell was eons ago (KPop lol) and I have no idea how I got from one place to another this time around…

BUT I digress! There’s this one YuzuVier fanfiction that I’ve been reading since the first day it was published on Ao3 and I adore it so much aaaaHHH WHY IS DRAWING RL PPL SO MUCH AGONY it’s always the same tredding the thin line of ‘does this look okay’ and ‘omg cringe’
The 13th Zodiac Sign?

Every so often, I get bursts of questions about NASA’s “shift” in the zodiac wheel and the introduction of a 13th zodiac sign called Ophiuchus. This usually happens whenever a post or story on social media about this “new sign” is sort of published and shared. But I am here to tell you not to listen. 

There is no 13th zodiac sign. Ophiuchus is not a zodiac sign. And all learned western astrologers will say the same thing.

So why doesn’t it exist? I’ll give you some reasons.

First and most importantly, the zodiac wheel is not and has essentially never been directly correlated with the constellations. They are correlated with the seasons. The sun enters Aries the moment the sun crosses the celestial equator in March (the spring equinox). The sun enters Cancer the moment the sun reaches the Tropic of Cancer in July (the summer solstice). The sun enters Libra the moment the sun crosses the celestial equator in September (the fall equinox). The sun enters Capricorn the moment the sun reaches the Tropic of Capricorn in December (the winter solstice). There is no direct correlation between the constellations the sun in western astrology. If you don’t like this, consider looking into sidereal astrology.

Next, there is symbolism behind the number 12 that has existed since basically forever and cannot be ignored. Twelve is considered the number of cosmic order, which is basically what astrology is all about. There are 4 elements, 3 modalities, and 6 polarities in the zodiac. There is balance. It’s all about balance. There are 12 months. There are 12 astrological houses. There are 12 basic archetypes. There are 12 apostles. There are 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac. What is associated with the number 13 in terms of order and completion? Thirteen is an odd, prime number. It’s unbalanced. It’s disorderly. A 13th zodiac sign would basically mess everything up.

In addition, NASA didn’t “discover” anything when they ignorantly introduced a 13th zodiac sign. It has always been denied by astrologers, especially over the past few decades. There’s nothing new about all this.

And I’m sort of sick of non-astrologers thinking that they can define and “change” astrology without knowing what they’re talking about. NASA’s deal is science and astronomy. Astrology isn’t science or astronomy. Astrology is not within NASA’s jurisdiction.

So yeah. There is no 13th zodiac sign. Your “sign” didn’t change. Tell your friends. Make posts on your social media, explaining what I explained to you. Stop this 13th zodiac sign panic!

So like. I’m working hard on coping with this, and I thought some of y'all might like to know what’s helpful for me.

First of all, I have given myself permission to stop trying to make sense of this. Maybe I’ll puzzle it out when I’m feeling less raw. Maybe I’ll never really understand. For right now, I’m putting it aside. I don’t know why they did this, but it isn’t my responsibility to solve that.

Next, I’m distracting myself. Per my experience managing my anxiety, telling myself not to obsess about something isn’t going to help me not to obsess. I give myself little things to occupy my brain with. Right now I’m listening to Cabin Pressure, because it’s gentle and familiar and it’s not stressful.

Also I am working on a fix it. I don’t know if I’ll publish it any where or even finish it. It just makes me feel a little less helpless and confused. Like since I know the characters better, I can give them better lives.

Lastly, I’m trying to practice self acceptance. I am experiencing a natural response to a huge disappointment. I’m angry and sad and confused. And sometimes I’m giddy and sometimes I’m flippant and sometimes I’m anxious. I’m human. It’s not wrong for me to have these feelings.

I do have a little request. Can we try hard not to discourage each other from expressing our feelings honestly? Being honest is going to be a huge part of dealing with all of this, so please let’s try not to be disdainful of or impatient with people who are being frank about what they’re going through.

Take care, y'all. Eat, drink, get some rest. I promise it will get better.

seventeen and why they were late for class

fell asleep working on a project and woke up late as a result: jiHOON, minghao, mingyu

was up at 4:00 am reading conspiracy theories: chan, WONWOO, seungcheol, hansol

nursing the grossest hangover bc they got drunk while procrastinating their work: jeonghan, jun

“dog ate my coursework”: soonyoung, seokmin, jisoo

a diligent student, never late: boo seungkwan

buzzfeed published an article about the Harry Potter fandom that, among other things, touched upon the lack of representation of poc and lgbtq+ people and recent issues like the appropriation of various native cultures, casting depp in fantastic beasts, etc.

and all the Facebook comments were like “wow why is this author so bitter 🙂 fucking no-maj 🙂 real fans would never have any problems with jk rowling 🙂 dirty muggles”

i am cringing

  • LGBTQ folk: You know what would be great? If more famous authors included LGBTQ characters in their books. Maybe we should ask some of them why they don't and encourage them to do more for diversity.
  • S. E. Hinton, famous author of critically acclaimed book whose underlying message is that maybe, just maybe, the world would be less shitty and violent if everyone took the time to try to understand others, particularly those they consider to be beneath them: How DARE!? I am a Straight™ Why would I want to write that? I don't have to sympathize with or write about the gays. I'm just feeling so attacked right now honestly.
Patater Week - Feb 8 - Fake Relationship

Kent doesn’t know why he says what he does. Literally any other explanation would have been better. 

Literally. Anything. Else.

But no. Kent is standing outside Alexei Mashkov’s hotel room with a bucket of icy water in his hands, fully prepared to lean it against the door and then quickly knock and ditch, when someone two doors down yells, “Parson? What are you doing here?”

Kent freezes and snaps his head. It’s the goalie, Snowy. The guy’s wearing a frown, which makes sense, because there’s no reason for Kent to be on the Falc’s floor when the Aces’ floor is one down. It’s pure dumb luck that the Falcs hadn’t yet cleared out of Minnesota by the time the Aces had arrived and settled in, and Kent had thought, Hey, Mashkov’s been ribbing me all over Twitter for the last two months, wouldn’t it be hilarious if I pulled an IRL prank on him? 

That is the exact explanation he should give. The words “I’m pulling a leaner on Mashkov, wanna help?” should come out of his mouth. But they don’t.

Instead, what Kent says is, “I’m making a booty call, duh.”


“What?” Snowy’s eyes don’t bug out but he does look poleaxed. “You–And Tater? Since when?”

None of your fuckin’ business,” Kent says, instead of what he should say, which is “Since never, oh my god you should have seen your face!”

What is he saying? Why is he lying? His hands are going numb from the bucket of ice water and meanwhile he’s sweating bullets under his sweatshirt.

Snowy doesn’t look pleased by the brush-off, but he also looks–apologetic? “Tater’s out,” he says. “He didn’t tell you?”

“I thought I’d surprise him,” Kent says, still going along with this, why the fuck is he still going along with this lie. His feet, mercifully, carry him a few steps back from Mashkov’s door and back down the hall in the opposite direction from Snowy. “Guess I’ll head back.”

Confusion is plain on Snowy’s face. “I’ll tell him you stopped by?”

“No, no, I’ll text him, it’s cool!” Kent’s grin might be manic and his voice might be a shade too high. His voice might be several octaves too high. “No need to bother him!”

“If you’re sure–”

“Insanely sure!” Kent waves and fucking flees.

  • Literally Anyone: *knows marginally less about any musical than I do*
  • Me: I am a theatre god. I should be publishing encyclopedias on this shit. I am the greatest Thespian mind ever to grace a stage. Truly there are no limits to my knowledge.
  • Literally Anyone: *knows marginally more about any musical than I do*
  • Me: Why did I pick this career? I barely know more than a handful of shows. I'm embarrassing myself even talking about this stuff. Everyone knows I'm a con. There is nothing for it but ot get a job at Burger King cleaning bathrooms and listening to children scream about chicken fries for the rest of my life.
Bad News :(

My internet went down for a long time and I don’t think it’s going to come back any time soon. I have no idea why this keeps happening, but I’m going to talk to the company tomorrow. 

I have to postpone the shop update until tomorrow. I have so much more to list and I can’t even publish anything right now. 

I am so sorry- I feel so bad for making you guys wait. It seems like everything was against me getting finished today! :(

So the new time for the huge 150 item shop update is tomorrow at 4 pm Pacific time. 

Thank you all so much for your patience, and again, I apologize. I hope everything will be worth the wait! <3

The things you find in used bookstores, part 2

You might recall that the last time I went trawling through the needlework shelf in the local used book shop, I found this lovely book on Palestinian embroidery.

Tonight’s haul is… not that.

This is a real object I am holding in my own two hands in the year of our lord 2017. It was not self published. You can get your own on Amazon. I am speechless with glee.

I bought it, of course, and will be giving it to @thewriterflo. And, I said, this is going on Tumblr.

“It was probably BORN on Tumblr,” she said. “This is its homecoming.”

Flo is wise.

I expect that, in due course, she will take it to a white elephant gift exchange and cackle in delight when people see what they’ve traded for. Because, lbr, the greatest value in this item is the joy of making someone else take it home.

Ode To Orma #69
Macks (TonksieFea)

So I decided to make a love song to Orma from Bo Jingles. As the title suggests I’m sure this is one of MANY Bo Writes her but ya know… 69 was the one to publish right? LOL

~Still not Background music because I fail at them but hey why let that stop me right?~

I am a Bard

Of stunning talent

Among the stars I’ve been proclaimed

The gods have spread my name

And given me great fame

But still one thing is missing

What I really want is you



You make me warmer

In your eyes my skyes become so blue

You scare me

Oh! But you’re so caring!

And no one girl can shine as bright as you!

Except me!

You’ve got muscles

On top of Muscles

And your abs are chiseled out of solid stone

Your ever changing

Your mind is rearranging

A drop or two of ale and a new you has set sail.

There she goes another drink oh hell

Maybe this one will love me?



You make me warmer

In your eyes my skyes become so blue

You scare me

Oh! But you’re so caring!

And no one girl can shine as bright as you!

Except me!

You’re so tall

A head above us all

Your great and mighty mawl won’t hesitate

And deep inside I know you’d never choose a little Bo

But if you did

We’d sure be Rock and roll!

Whatever that is



You make me warmer

In your eyes my skyes become so blue

You scare me

Oh!But you’re so caring!

And no one girl can shine as bright as you!

Except me!

Oh PLEASE Love me!

anonymous asked:

I run the children's department at a bookstore, and usually I'll get 1-2 customers a week complaining that a book from their childhood/from a kids show ten years ago is out of print, but it's gone to 3-5 a DAY this holiday season. Best ones are the customers looking for old Christmas books — today I got "but it's called The Nativity which means it's ABOUT JESUS! WHY WOULD YOU DISCONTINUE JESUS AFTER WHAT HE DID FOR US." Take it up with the publisher, ma'am. We don't print books here.

what she says: i’m fine

what she means: the more i think about cursed child, the more i am confused like on what drug JK Rowling must have been when she agreed to publish a script of her almost flawless series where voldemort had a child, where her hero orphan selfless boy tells his son that sometimes, he wished he was not his dad, where the child of hermione SPEW granger allows her daughter to bully the son of her best friend for some mysterious reasons, where draco malfoy has the same haircut as his father while he apparently dispises him very much, where ron weasley gave a love potion to the son of his best friend while he has himself been traumatized by a love potion he consumed during his sixth year, where apparently ron’s love for hermione was only due to viktor krum, where the purest hufflepuff boy turned to the dark side because he was humiliated, where lucius/draco malfoy had the possibilty to change the time and the fate of his family the whole time and they didn’t while they had th ebest redemption arc in the whole series, where hermione would have became cold/angry/mean person because she did not marry ron?????????????? i mean what kind of fanfiction did i read 

So everyone is really salty over Shay not having his own book, and don’t get me wrong, so am I, but does Shay seem like the type to actually take a journal seriously? I feel like it would just be
“I fucked a hooker today. That was fun.”
“Master Kenway threw my apple overboard. 0/10 day”
I mean, I want it more because of that…. but I think you can see why Ubisoft wouldn’t want to publish it.