why have i never heard of it

manthonyii asked:

I have heard everywhere, that as a writer, we are responsible for advertising our works prior to their publication through social media platforms. How are to do so when we have no following, though? How do we go about building something from nothing?

It’s true that publishers will expect you to do a lot of the marketing leg work when it comes to your forthcoming novel, and that’s why writers with pre-existing platforms are so much more appealing to agents and publishers.

That said, it’s important to start building your platform early. It’s never to early to start! Even if you’re just beginning to write your book, now is a great time to get started on your platform.

First, decide on your author name, pen name, or just a general page name, like “Katie Writes” or “The Grumpy Writer.” Next, use a free graphic editor like Canva to create a logo, banner, and other uniform graphics to use on all of your pages. This will create a visual brand that people will come to associate with you. 

Next, go ahead and set up a blog using a site like Blogger, Word Press, or Tumblr. Be sure to use the previously chosen name and the previously created graphics. Start by making an introductory post. Then, once every week or so, think of something to write about. Think about what you have to offer other writers, readers, students–whatever! Write posts that you think will interest people. Don’t make them too long, and offer some sort of takeaway, like a good piece of advice, a helpful tip, a great quote, or a movie/TV/book review. Make sure to tag your posts heavily so that people interested in those topics can find them. Little by little, you’ll start to rack up followers.

Once you get your blog off the ground, you can set up social media. Twitter, facebook, and Pinterest are good ones to start with. Tweet writing-related quotes, writing tips and advice, or writing-related thoughts or humor. Follow and re-tweet your favorite writers. Find other writers with similar tastes and interests, friend them, and retweet them. Use writing-related hashtags. On facebook, follow your favorite writers, follow writing organizations and writing pages, make pretty graphics on Canva of favorite quotes or writing tips and post those. Be sure to tag them. Be sure to like and comment on the posts of other writers and on writing pages. Make yourself visible. Pinterest is a great place to post graphics that link back to articles on your blog that are filled with helpful writing advice or thoughts.

Now and then, post about your writing process, where you are in your writing journey, etc.

The three most important things to do:

1) Offer something: advice, a quote, humor, a pretty picture, motivation, etc.

2) Tag: if you can use tags or hashtags, use as many as you can. Look online for lists of writing-related tags and hashtags.

3) Be visible. Tag, retweet, re-post, re-blog, like, comment, and friend.

Most importantly, be patient and be realistic. You may not rack up thousands of followers, and you certainly won’t do that overnight, but every little bit helps. It adds up over time. :)

The WQA inbox is closed for a few days while I catch up on questions. If you have a question in the meantime, please see the master list or search the tags on the main site. :) <3

Southbridge Shopping District - Monday, 1:20pm

“Never heard the words, man and drama, in the same sentence.”

“Yeah, well, you do when the man is more sensitive than the woman.”

He seemed to mull over what she said before he spoke. She took that chance to snatch a piece of ham from between his sandwich and eat it. “Nice, I offered you some earlier. Anyway, I have a question for you….why is it when a man is sensitive, it’s an annoyance to women like you?”

“Because, isn’t that my job? To be all emotional and get upset when I’m not heard or my feelings aren’t being reciprocated? Aren’t men the ones who are more okay with not being attached?”

“Not all. There are men who want to know a woman is into them.”

Of course he’d say that. It didn’t take a crystal ball for Nemesis to know that Kyth was the exact kind of man he just spoke of. Especially since he was in a relationship. With a woman named, Blanca Baez. Nemesis had met her not too long ago after Kyth started working at Trash Alternative. Very pretty girl and very much into Kyth as Kyth was into Blanca.

“Well, maybe I’m not. Maybe I just want to have fun and leave.”

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ageekgirlsworld  asked:

Sentence 20 with Victor

I realize I could have done something with Vkusno but Yuuri’s nasty habit of self deprecation really bothered me.

“That’s me, Yuuri Katsuki, the dime a dozen JSF certified skater.” Yuuri said self deprecatingly, a line that Victor had heard so many times before and found it so absurdly insulting every time he heard it.

“You’ve got to stop saying that, Yuuri.” Victor said firmly.

“Why? It’s true.” Yuuri shrugged.

“No it’s not! You are an amazing skater and you are by no means dime a dozen.” Victor said sneering at the words. He hated that Yuuri never thought of himself that highly as a skater. “You’ve qualified for the Grand Prix Final twice, you won the silver medal this year, you’re the pride and joy of Japanese skating and have utterly captured my heart. I really wish you would think of yourself more highly.”

“Why are you angry Victor?”

“Because I love you Yuuri! When you insult yourself it feels like an insult to me.”

“I had no idea you felt that way.” Yuuri replied shyly with a blush tinging his cheeks.

“Well I do! Now come here you silly man and let me kiss you.” Victor said pulling Yuuri onto his lap and kissing the living daylights out of him, making sure this man knew exactly how special Victor thought he was. Dime a dozen my ass.

anonymous asked:

what? people declaw their dogs???? why? why would you remove them? why why why? i feel like this is banned in europe since i've never heard about this... just why...

yeah I have no clue, some people just cannot get enough of lopping body parts off animals

I heard that a large reason why Yuri on Ice is so popular in Japan is because of how realistic it is.

I gave it some thought, and I think that’s not restricted to Japan at all - it’s a genuine reason regardless of the nation.

I think that stems from the lack of typical anime tropes. It’s what makes the anime accessible to newcomers or to people who haven’t previously enjoyed anime. I know for a fact that many fans of YOI have never seen anime before or never enjoyed the concept of it but easily got into Yuri on Ice.

I think this is precisely the lack of anime tropes that adds to its realism and makes it easy to pick up for anyone. Of course, it’s not trope-free, not at all, but let’s list a few of the ways in which it managed to defy the popular tropes: it’s not set in high school, the characters are adults (but the life of those who aren’t isn’t centered around school), there are no annoying female characters, no female body related fanservice, doesn’t rely on the same gags repeated ad nasueam, the main character is considered “weak” because of an actual mental illness and not just being wishy washy and bland, the protagonist doesn’t always win gold (in fact, he never does, but sometimes he doesn’t even place on the podium), there are no villains and no heroes, all the characters are likeable in some way, most of the stunts they perform are imaginable in real life (even if not always 100% doable), the gay relationship isn’t passed off as a joke and doesn’t involve typical BL dynamics, the characters actively use social media (like most people these days) and change their outfits every day.

There’s even more that you could add to the list, but I think this shows enough already.

Of course, that’s not to say that Yuri on Ice features no anime tropes because it does, but they’re usually not as invasive or off-putting as in many other anime.

I think realism really is an important part of Yuri on Ice and why the anime was able to gain so many fans, especially among people who were nver particularly interested in anime as a whole. Through not pandering to otaku culture, it was able to show a natural, organic story, one that most people could relate to or at the very least imagine in real life.

I think it is really is the realism in it that struck a chord with so many people - it felt grounded in real life, presenting situations and conversations that could actually happen, as well as people (and their cultures) from all over the world, all with their strengths, weaknesses and motivations that were believable and often relatable. I personally think it was the anime that you should show to someone who thinks that anime is just flashy fights and pink-haired girls with huge breasts and tons of screaming.

Yuri on Ice was a story in anime form, but it wasn’t what you could call a ‘typical anime’ and I think that’s partly what made such success possible. Through not following usual paths set up by many popular anime and manga series, it was able to go beyond the otaku community and grab the hearts of people who would never otherwise watch anime.


Baekhyun lullabying Aeris to sleep - {{audio}}

Little Star lyrics: (the part Baekhyun sang)

Close your eyes and listen carefully to my story

Before my story ends, you will dream

Little Star~ Tonight~ I will watch over you all night

When i first met you, you are so blinding

When i first saw your smile, it felt like i had the world

Little Star~ Tonight~ I will watch over you all night

When i see you fast asleep in my arms, i can’t take my eyes off you for a second

You’re so pretty, i feel like my breath will stop, how can i fall asleep

My love, my everything, my angel from heaven

Lindsey Morgan deserves all of the love in the world and here’s why...

For those of you who don’t know, I was at the Unity Days convention. I was there for all 3 days. Lindsey was asked by a fan at the “The 100 Women Panel”, the last panel before the closing panel, about Raven’s disability. The question was ‘what is it like acting with the brace on?’ Lindsey revealed something about her role that I had never heard before. I don’t know if she has ever said this publicly before but it made the respect I have for her as a person and as a performer grow tenfold. 

The brace actually causes imbalance in Lindsey’s body. Her leg and hip are a bit messed up because of it. Alongside that, her shoulder on the same side of her body as the brace was dislocated in season 3, while she was under the possession of ALIE..

Due to wearing the brace and the dislocated shoulder, her physiotherapist has said that her body is basically crooked. She has to do physiotherapy exercises and she has to be very careful with her left side. 

Despite all of this, Lindsey said she wouldn’t trade her job for anything. She loves being Raven. She loves showing people that your weaknesses can become your strengths. 

I don’t know what Lindsey said that made people start sending her this hate. I was not there when she allegedly said, “Bellarke is boring.” It might have been at a meet and greet but I don’t know if she ever said this or in what context.

What you need to know is that Lindsey had been working all day on Saturday filming for the show. She was very sick today and was taking a lot of NyQuil. She said so herself at the Welcome panel and I heard her manager speak about this as well. Despite being sick and working like a dog, she still came to the Con. She still made time for us. She’s amazing for doing that. At 4:30, the closing panel ended and Lindsey had to immediately run to go do stunt rehearsal. They have 3 more days of filming. Basically, she left the con to go straight back to work. The work that she has to do physical therapy for! She probably read all those nasty tweets on the way to the set. How awful. How can anyone who was at the convention say these hateful things about her? After hearing how much she gives and gives for this show. 

I think it’s okay for me to share this. She said this in full confidence at the panel. She wouldn’t have shared these stories knowing that this information about the brace could spread. Let me emphasize that she never blamed the show! She never said “oh the 100 is so crap because they gave me a brace that hurts my body.” She never, ever said that. Or anything like it. She loves her coworkers. She loves playing Raven and inspiring people through her. She was nothing but positive and I don’t understand what’s so difficult about giving that positivity back. She was on fire, guys. She gave multiple long, inspirational speeches about loving yourself and turning your weaknesses into strengths. She said she loves the fans. These cons reenergize her because the fans inspire her. 

If you want to debate me on this, save your breath. There is no reason to hate on Lindsey Morgan. There’s no reason to be nasty. Choose kindness, please! You might find that you’ll end up as a happier person when you choose kindness instead of hate. 

If you have an average brain, you are capable of almost anything. (…) Billions and billions of neurons. Hundreds of billions of interconnections. It can process more than 2 million bits of information in 1 second. It never forgets anything you’ve ever seen, anything you ever heard. With something like that sitting up here, why would you ever utter the words “I can’t”?
—  Ben Carson

Dear Cho, I wish you no more brave boys.

I wish you friends who are kind before they are righteous, who are loving before they are certain. I wish you a lover with a questioning mind and a steady heart, one who has time for tears as well as laughter— because life is both.

But you know that.

For the rest of your life, for every vivid and unremarkable day, I hope you will cry with joy as much as you weep with grief. I hope that even if you do not, even if your sorrows outweigh your loves all the days of your life, you will still consider not one of those tears a waste.

Tears are for the living. You are alive.

My Euros hc: Sherlock never even knew about her.

I don’t care how high he was; he would have recognized his own damn sister even through the disguise and the funny voice after spending all that time with her.

She must have been born between Sherlock and Mycroft (thus the big age gap between them). And she must have shown her crazy when she was very young if Sherlock’s never heard of her…probably, say, right around the time Sherlock was born.

My headcanon: Euros tried to kill Sherlock when he was a baby, and very nearly succeeded. That’s why Mycroft is so overprotective, and why Mummy coddles him so much.

It’s also why Euros apparently hates him enough to set up an elaborate trap just to torture him: after trying to kill her baby brother she got sent away, probably to a private hospital, and she blames Sherlock for losing the love of her family.

tl;dr - Why is it not next week RIGHT NOW??

you know, i’ve said it before and i’ll say it again - i don’t think maggie is the kind of person who’s good with words. her meaning never seems to be properly conveyed. with her talk after the kiss, she meant to say ‘not yet’ and what alex got was ‘never’. and i think that’s why maggie is so……lost as to why alex is being like this with her. her meaning just wasn’t conveyed the right way. and now, now alex is telling her this, it registers to her that alex heard that she never wanted her - not that she couldn’t have her right now. and i bet she plays those conversations over and over again, trying to figure out what she could have said differently.

this is a callout post for beyoncé

how come you recorded the song superpower ft. frank ocean if you hate it so much and you never wanna perform it live? why was it the only song left out of the self-titled album medley at the vmas? how did you even find frank ocean to record it when you did? also how come you pay schoolin life dust? why don’t you appreciate your own art? in addition, is there a reason why you hate i was here? you performed it like once and idg why bc it’s so good? how do you expect to leave your footprints on the sands of time if you never let anyone hear you sing that damn song more than once? and since we’re on the topic of sand, have you heard the song sandcastles? it’s great. you know what you make it better? if you sang it live and i dont wanna offend anyone or anything but resentment/sandcastles mashup should have been on the setlist for fwt and speaking of fwt how come you only performed 7/11 on tour once but you kept on that damn red and white linoleum tile looking ass gucci outfit for half of the american leg of the tour?

“Wtf– I have NEVER heard anyone using that… aND WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY ‘OKAY’?”

Dialogue based off of this post. When I first saw it, I immediately thought of these two lmao

I’m just tired,” she says. “I’m tired of girls pitting themselves against other girls. I’m tired of ‘I just get a weird vibe from her’ and of ‘I’ve heard she’s, like, psychotic’.” She rolls her eyes and sighs harshly. “Like, why don’t you get to know her, then? Have a conversation. Smile at her. If you don’t know her personally but you feel validated enough to gossip about her, you’re the only one sending weird vibes. You’re the only psychotic one. And also you’re the only one who needs to grow up.
—  excerpt from an unfinished book #137 // Lets make 2017 the year of girls helping girls
They were great voyagers once, but now her people stay inside the reef. They have lost who they were, and Moana helps reconnect them to their true identity. Maui also echoes this theme. He’s a demigod, a hero who at one time helped mankind, but he’s lost who he was and has to find himself again
—  The Art of Moana