writer review

anonymous asked:

TBF if you read the full Guardian review the writer pretty much savages all the ex 1D members, including Harry who gets called out for the karaoke 70's artist tribute act he's got going on. The writer also concedes that Niall's album will have mass appeal and be successful. The Radio 2 audience he says will embrace Niall are the key players of artists like Adele, Ed Sheehan, Coldplay and other big physical sellers. BBC Radio2 has the biggest audience numbers in the UK. Niall will be fine.


for those
who have loved
and for those
who have been
broken by love.
Golden Rules for Fanfiction Readers:
  • if the fic already has a thousand comments, comment still. Your comment will still matter and delight the author.
  • if a fic is a decade old and the author hasn’t been active in the last five years, comment still. There will come a time when the author will read and cherish your comment, or maybe it will motivate them enough to start writing again. You never know!
  • if the author never responds to comments, comment still. Interaction with the author is a very nice bonus, but you can be sure that even if the author doesn’t answer, they will read it and enjoy it at some point
  • there’s no such thing as a too long comment.
  • there’s no such thing as a too incoherent comment.
  • the author will give no flying fuck about any gramatical errors, typo or other misspellings. If you’re a non-native speaker struggling to express themselves, you can be sure the author will be all the more pleased that you surmounted the language barrier to let them know you appreciated their work. Don’t be afraid!
  • there’s no such thing as commenting too often.
  • you will never, ever come across as creepy by obsessing over a fic or an author to the point where you worry the author might think you’re a stalker. On the contrary, the author will be delighted by your investment in their work.
  • say thank you. It’s always appreciated to see readers acknowledge the work and commitment that is put into writing.
  • the floaty review box (ao3 add-on) is your friend
  • be positive and encouraging. Positive reviews make writers all warm and glowy from the inside, bashing plunge their soul into icy darkness. You want the first, not the second!
  • whoever you are, if you read their fic, YOU are IMPORTANT to the author. Let them know you’re there!

(if any author wants to contradict one of those rules, please let me know!)

(Submitted by @randomishnickname)

Favorite Writing Things: Seven Year Pens

From time to time I wanted to share a few of my favorite writing-related products.  The top item on my list is, without a doubt, the Seven Year Pen from Seltzer Goods. 

I bought my first Seven Year Pen from a book store a little over three years ago with the promise that this pen is supposed to have 7 years worth of ink. I was skeptical. As someone who writes in a notebook every single day, I go through a lot of pens. I have seen favorite pens run dry more times than I can count. I’ve tried refilling some, but more often than not, it isn’t worth the effort. So buying this pen, I figured if it even lasts a year, it’s worth it. (Now, keep in mind, I was coming off a gel pen kick where I was going through a new pen every 3 days to a week. I’ve switched to ballpoint pens just because they last longer.)

Three years later, it’s my favorite pen and even more, it’s lasted three years. Over the past few years, I’ve collected more than a few of these pens, in part because I liked the first one so much and I’m in the habit of misplacing things regularly, but I can say, it’s lasted longer than any pen I’ve ever used and it writes so well. It’s durable, cute, and comfortable to grip. As far as writing with it, it works just about as nicely as any regular pen does. It just works for significantly longer, which is really fantastic. 

To date, I haven’t replaced the ink in the pen I bought three years ago. It’s the one pen I use most, and while it doesn’t look quite as bright and shiny as the day I bought it, it’s traveled with me across the country, out of the country, gotten thrown in purses, suitcases, backpacks. The design on it is a little faded, but it works like new and that’s all that’s mattered to me.

Now more often, I buy these pens as gifts (or really, something to throw on top of a gift or go with a nice journal). They’re cute, durable, and they last. No joke, this is my top recommendation for any writer. 

Pens shown above:  Unicorn Pen  |  Whale Pen  |   Lightning Bolt Pen  |   Note to Self Pen 

So, I was in the library looking for a Diane Mott Davidson book a couple of weeks ago to take camping with me, when I found this book – it sort of visually jumped out and grabbed me, even though it’s in a really dull beige cover and I had no idea who Avram Davidson was. 

I’m not sure if I’m just the last human on earth to find out who Avram Davidson is or if he’s a forgotten legend, but looking at the cover it became clear he was an influential writer – the book is a collection of short stories, each with an introduction by someone who knew or read Davidson, including Ray Bradbury, Harlan Ellison, Ursula LeGuin, Peter Beagle, Frederik Pohl, Spider Robinson, Poul and Karen Anderson, and Alan Dean Foster. 

What the hell, I thought, they might be terrible or they might be great, but at least they’ll be fun. 

It turns out Avram Davidson is GREAT. His short stories are funny, pointed, sarcastic, progressive (to an extent – his world is a very masculine one, there aren’t many ladies) and really entertaining. My favorites are two of the early stories, “The Golem” and “Help! I Am Dr. Morris Goldpepper”. The Golem is about an old Jewish couple who are sitting on the porch chatting with each other when a Golem shows up, and instead of being terrified or even excited they are mostly annoyed he keeps interrupting their chat with his Super Dramatic Speech. On the other hand, Help! I Am Dr. Morris Goldpepper is about an ingenious dentist who, summoning to his aid the American Dental Association (representing over 45,000 registered dentists!) foils an invasion by aliens bent on abusing California’s elder care system. 

Some of them are super surreal, like Take Wooden Indians, which involves a sinister cult who want to prevent human progress in order to preserve the art of the wooden Cigar Store Indian by stealing the secret of time travel from a man who likes to go back in time and carve them. Another story, Or All The Seas With Oysters, is basically a sinister take on Pokemon, decades before it was invented. 

I didn’t care much for the story “Revolver” as a whole, but it does have a wonderful page-long passage about a slumlord who prefers tenants on public welfare because they get regular checks, “never complain” about vermin, and have had their souls “cleansed” by the humiliation of being considered a drain on society. It’s a heavily barbed indictment both of how we treat our poor and how landlords dodge fair/safe housing laws. 

Every time Davidson launches into a story about something reprehensible – slavery, orientalism, our view of poverty in America – I cringe, expecting….well, what we’ve come to see a lot of in golden age scifi. But then he turns it on his head and bites viciously into it. It’s wonderful to read. Like the story Dagon, which seems on the surface to be about a white soldier In The Exotic East, turns out to be a wonderful story of his punishment for his misdeeds. I would guess a lot of his sensitivity towards these things stems from him being a Jewish writer in the mid-20th century, in a genre heavily laden with racism and anti-Other sentiment, but I think also it comes from him being fuckin’ brilliant. 

Anyway, it is a super thick book and I had to read it in fits and starts because short stories are exhausting, but I highly recommend Avram Davidson’s work if you happen across it. APPARENTLY it influenced like three generations of famous SFF writers, too, so there’s that. 

loving you was a game of tug-of-war.
pulling each other in opposite directions
and demanding change
that did not want to come.

so neither of us ever won.
instead the rope tore
and we fell on our backs,
farther apart than when we started.

—  tug-of-war by shelby leigh
2017′s “It” Understands the Key to Good Horror

If you follow me for my reviews, then you know that I tend to specialize in animated films, usually family affairs. It often shocks people, then, that Iโ€™m actually a fan of horror too. There is something particularly enthralling about a good horror film. The problem is, itโ€™s hard to find good horror! However, once the teaser dropped for the new It, my fancy was immediately tickled.

I watched the mini-series in junior high, and growing up I realized that it had a lot of problems. For sure, Tim Curry as Pennywise stuck in my memory, but on the whole it fell flat. In an age of remakes that most find unnecessary, It actually needed a remake to help fix the problems it had. Now that director Andy Muschietti has had his turn with the story, letโ€™s see how he did.

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Review Saturday

Hello, everyone! I’m here to invite you to participate in something nice!

We all know how fanfic authors receive so little love for the amazing works they gift us to enjoy after our tired days or during lazy weekends. We all know there’s lots of post telling us on how to leave a good comment. We all know, too, that sometimes it slips our mind to do so.

That’s what Review Saturday is for! You read a fic this week and were feeling a bit shy? Or you barely finished before lunch hour ended and didn’t have time for a comment? Or were binge reading and a bit (a lot) lazy so didn’t want to leave a comment on each one? Then do it this Saturday! Go to that fic, read it again, get your energy up from the feels and leave a comment!

Reviewing can sometimes be scary, I know. How do I even talk to that god/goddess at the other side of the screen? But it’s not so bad! I promise you, that author will be thrilled to hear from you! Hey! They may even start a conversation with you! How good is that? (Really good, I assure you. @ladynorbert and I had lots of fun talking after my reviews on her DA fic.)

So this Saturday, and every Saturday, you can participate in this fun game! You want to quietly offer your love to an author? Leave a comment on AO3 or FF.net on anon! Want to share that fic that was totally amazing? Reblog it here on Tumblr with a comment! You want to explode in happiness? Make a new post, tag your author and ramble away as you fic rec! Believe me, be it a page long review or just a line, that writer will love it!

The people organizing this event just want everyone to be happy, possibly find new friendships and normalize reviewing, but we can only do it if everyone helps. So don’t forget, September 9th we’re having our first Review Saturday and we encourage you to participate!

I am a ghost
haunting my own home

swallowing the dust
on old photo frames and books

floating through the memories
this world gave me

—  because I’m afraid to forget you by shelby leigh
I know you’re scared of falling.
trust me, I am too.
but I promise to catch
your heart if it drops
because I know
you’d do the same
for me, too.
—  trust fall by shelby leigh

Please don’t slam fanfiction writers for irregular postings. We all love what we do, but we also have a life outside of fanfiction. A life including other commitments and jobs that pay for the laptops where we write the stories. Which means sometimes we don’t have time to update as regularly as you’d like, or frankly, as we would like. Please remember to be kind. We are only human, and if we leave you hanging for a few weeks or months, it’s not intentional. Life happens.

And…end rant.

there is nothing more powerful
than the
blending of two souls,
defying the earth’s pull
to rise
above our heads
and become one.
—  by shelby leigh
Jenny Chapman, Goodreads Author
Author of The Tree with a Golden Heart, A Surprisingly Fluffy Bird, and The Magical Midwinter Star

Algy is delighted to announce that his assistant has finally got round to creating an official “Goodreads Author” profile. (Note: Goodreads are currently attributing some titles to her which she did not write, but this should be sorted soon).

So if you use Goodreads, please do connect with her there:


And a wee reminder to those friends who downloaded the free Kindle version of “A Surprisingly Fluffy Bird” last weekend… a line or two of review, either on Amazon or on Goodreads, would be very much appreciated.  Reviews help Algy’s books find more readers, and help potential readers understand more about what kind of books they are. Thank you :)