why aren't you on my blog more often

anonymous asked:

What do you think about people using the word holocaust or slavery to explain animal suffering? I personally don't find them offensive because they're words as well as events and the words aren't owned by a certain group of people. I never say the holocaust because it's an event but say a holocaust because that's a word. If someone is offended I don't use it again, those are just my thoughts.

That is why this blog birthed

because people appropriating the tragedies of people of color, who til this day are still suffering, for another cause.

More often than not, when a vegan compares animal suffering to slavery, they have no clue that institutional racism still exist. As I say, they can write a 10 page report on animal suffering, but struggle to write a page on how racism still effects the people they just used as a stepping stool to preach with. 

These vegans only use holocaust and slavery analogies because they are trigger switches to the brain, but they end up just ignoring my black ass and my problems to help animals. They erase the struggles of various PoC when they use our pain for talking points.

They dont know our fucking pain.

They need not appropriate and erase.

And it is not even that effective sometimes, because it often just turns into a debate about how offensive the comparison is.

Stick to the images, videos, books, personal testimonies, and science. The movement has enough without adding to anti-blackness, anti-semitism, and racism.

-R

anonymous asked:

I feel like your blog is very anti-experimentation, especially formally. I often find that you at every conservative when it comes to advice, saying stuff like "don't break the rules too often" in one post and more recently saying not to do second person? Why not? It might not work but experimentation is good, the great works aren't good because they stuck to the rules, they're good cos they broke and bent them. You tend to give your opinion and not consider any other and it's frustrating.

First and foremost, I have to reiterate: my advice is always, always, always based on what I feel has worked for me and how I think writing should be approached. 

As with all art forms, there is no dogmatic approach to writing and no single way to become a good writer. Everything here is based on my experiences and on discussions about writing as an art I’ve had with others. Now, moving on - 

I come from the school of thought that it’s better to learn the rules first, and to start breaking them once you have the technical skills and know-how to do it right. Let me illustrate my point: 

Do you recognize this artist?

How about now? 

Pablo Picasso broke all the rules and then some and became one of the most famous artists the world has ever known by doing so, but none of that would have been possible were it not for his mastery of the art form in his formative years. 

I love experimental writing in all its forms. As a matter of fact, some of my favorite writers are magical realists, fabulists, postmodernists and other surrealists, who break just about rule there is in their works. But all of them, every single one, build their works on a solid foundation that allows them to be more experimental. 

It’s EXTREMELY easy to pick up bad habits in the formative years of learning any art form - whether it’s writing, painting, or music. I encourage following the rules when you’re a new writer to avoid picking up these bad habits. 

I’ve been writing for over a decade, and I only just now have come to a point where I feel I can break the rules on occasion and still produce good work. I do firmly believe that knowing when to break the rules and experiment is something that comes with a lot of experience.

You can choose whether or not you want to take my advice. That’s fine! If you don’t like my approach, then I strongly encourage you to go out there and find someone whose methodology is more in line with your beliefs. 

Honestly, there are a thousand and one different ways to learn. I’m no more justified in telling you my approach is the right way than you are justified in telling me that my way is wrong.