Finally finished the set! This took a crazy long time to complete, but I’m happy with the result
my dad–also a writer–came to visit, and i mentioned that the best thing to come out of the layoff is that i’m writing again. he asked what i was writing about, and i said what i always do: “oh, just fanfic,” which is code for “let’s not look at this too deeply because i’m basically just making action figures kiss in text form” and “this awkward follow-up question is exactly why i don’t call myself a writer in public.”
he said, “you have to stop doing that.”
“i know, i know,” because it’s even more embarrassing to be embarrassed about writing fanfic, considering how many posts i’ve reblogged in its defense.
but i misunderstood his original question: “fanfic is just the genre. i asked what you’re writing about.”
i did the conversational equivalent of a spinning wheel cursor for at least a minute. i started peeling back the setting and the characters, the fic challenge and the specific episode the story jumps off from, and it was one of those slow-dawning light bulb moments. “i’m writing about loneliness, and who we are in the absence of purpose.”
as, i imagine, are a lot of people right now, who probably also don’t realize they’re writing an existential diary in the guise of getting television characters to fuck.
“that’s what you’re writing. the rest is just how you get there, and how you get it out into the world. was richard iii really about richard the third? would shakespeare have gotten as many people to see it if it wasn’t a story they knew?”
so, my friends: what are you writing about?
this site definitely doesn’t allow you to paste the link to any article blocked by a paywall (say, a NYT article) so that you can read it free of charge! that would be illegal and would benefit broke college students too much. it definitely does not do that. promise.
Hi! Your writing tips are beyond helpful, your blog is a testament to writing🙏 I'm currently writing a story and I was wondering if you had any tips on describing scenery for the mood you want to project? Say you character is looking out a window at a forest or fields etc. as the scene playing on. I have both aspergers and dyslexia so this aspect of writing I find quite challenging. I can never seem to get the idea in my head projected onto word and have it feel right.
I’ve decided to approach this by tackling 3 distinctive tones and the different methods you can use to evoke them through description.
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Yeah, that is a good question - why do some scifi twist endings fail?
As a teenager obsessed with Rod Serling and the Twilight Zone, I bought every single one of Rod Serling’s guides to writing. I wanted to know what he knew.
The reason that Rod Serling’s twist endings work is because they “answer the question” that the story raised in the first place. They are connected to the very clear reason to even tell the story at all. Rod’s story structures were all about starting off with a question, the way he did in his script for Planet of the Apes (yes, Rod Serling wrote the script for Planet of the Apes, which makes sense, since it feels like a Twilight Zone episode): “is mankind inherently violent and self-destructive?” The plot of Planet of the Apes argues the point back and forth, and finally, we get an answer to the question: the Planet of the Apes was earth, after we destroyed ourselves. The reason the ending has “oomph” is because it answers the question that the story asked.
My friend and fellow Rod Serling fan Brian McDonald wrote an article about this where he explains everything beautifully. Check it out. His articles are all worth reading and he’s one of the most intelligent guys I’ve run into if you want to know how to be a better writer.
According to Rod Serling, every story has three parts: proposal, argument, and conclusion. Proposal is where you express the idea the story will go over, like, “are humans violent and self destructive?” Argument is where the characters go back and forth on this, and conclusion is where you answer the question the story raised in a definitive and clear fashion.
The reason that a lot of twist endings like those of M. Night Shyamalan’s and a lot of the 1950s horror comics fail is that they’re just a thing that happens instead of being connected to the theme of the story.
One of the most effective and memorable “final panels” in old scifi comics is EC Comics’ “Judgment Day,” where an astronaut from an enlightened earth visits a backward planet divided between orange and blue robots, where one group has more rights than the other. The point of the story is “is prejudice permanent, and will things ever get better?” And in the final panel, the astronaut from earth takes his helmet off and reveals he is a black man, answering the question the story raised.
So, who wants a publishing story?
To preface, this was prompted by a post I saw about always making sure you read a contract before signing it. I wholeheartedly agree.
So, I write books. A roundabout result of writing books is I occasionally get to speak at conventions. When I do speak at conventions (which hasn’t been for a year. Thanks, covid), a standard question I get asked is about the benefits of self-publishing versus getting a contract. And yes, I fully realize that everyone’s experience in this is different, and I get that. Here’s mine.
Read the whole post. It’s important.
as my resident spn blogger, can you please explöain what the hell is going on?
I SIMPLY LOVE WHEN PEOPLE TELL ME THAT I AM THEIR RESIDENT SPN BLOGGER, it’s an honour to be here to represent my nation at your own personal tumblr olympics etc… okay well. Essentially, the SPN actors Jensen Ackles and his wife Danneel Ackles formed a company called ‘Chaos Machine Productions’ (You can’t make this up. Chaos Machine. Well. They sure did name it accurately!). Yesterday, two main things happened with respect to that company - firstly, news that the head of development at the company was actively campaigning for more LGBT+ stories, and the instagram having a pride icon etc., which was IMMEDIATELY BURIED by the news that this production company seemingly have the rights to the Supernatural intellectual copyright, and for their first show are working on a show about the 'epic love story’ of John and Mary Winchester.
Now, this was controversial with ALL sides of online fandom (Destiel shippers, Wincest shippers, bibros/redditors, etc.) because John Winchester is widely (but not universally) regarded as an abusive father towards Sam and Dean, so the proposition of putting him as a protagonist did Not sit well with most people. In addition, you have the Destiel faction pissed off that this series obviously doesn’t address Castiel or Destiel, and the Wincest/BiBro faction pissed off it’s… not about the brothers. Nobody really wants a show about Sam and Dean’s parents. Hell, they’re not really an 'epic love story’ - canonically they only fell in love because angels wanted their bloodlines for Sam and Dean to be born, so they forced love through cherub magic. However, at the helm is Robbie Thompson, one of Supernatural’s very best and most Destiel & LGBT-friendly writers. Once initial ire dies down people are a bit more optimistic to know Jensen seems to have the rights to Supernatural in general and wants to do a lot of 'gap filling’ with regards to canon.
Anyway this news was retweeted by Jensen… and then by Misha, who seemed to, along with other members of the cast such as Rowena, Anna and Adam’s actors, kind of say ’haha room for us??? spare employment???’ But oh, then Jared Padalecki logged on and made it very clear that he was not aware of this prequel series and was pretty pissed off about not being in it or aware of it. Basically livetweeted a public best-friendship fall out. He even TWEETED Robbie Thompson with this, (and then deleted it) which is honestly. Pretty wild. He may or may not have also unfollowed/refollowed Misha and Jensen on twitter/instagram (sources around this are sketchy). That’s the summary of events. Jared has also followed up with a tweet this morning which is. Very funny to me, no further comment.
This also adds to the 'J2 Fallout Theory’ (J'squared’ referring to Jensen and Jared) that Jensen and Jared, despite famously being very close friends on the show, became Less Close in the wake of a season finale that had Dean killed off and centred around Sam, which Jared seemed to like and Jensen… did not seem to like. Adding to this are the tidbits that Jensen apparently turned down a) the starring role and then b) a directing part on Walker, Jared’s current CW show, and that Danneel and Gen Padalecki unfollowed each other on social media. This whole thing has also led to retroactive viewing of J2 interactions like this in a new light.
Biggest L of course to the J2 romantic relationship truthers. RIP to the oldest conspiracy theorists in the fandom. And also the CONVENTIONS that are booked with J2 PANELS AS THE MAIN MONEY-MAKING ATTRACTION.
In addition, various writers have tweeted or liked comments that added fuel to the fire around the issue. (i.e. show creator Eric Kripke confirming he knew about it and liking Misha’s tweet, writer Robert Berens laughing at the J2 truthers, writer Steve Yockey meanwhile liking shady tweets about bad showrunners which seems like almost entirely unrelated shade @ Robert Singer and/or Andrew Dabb and/or others.) But the summary is: content is BACK ON, baby!
I once stayed at a B&B in Scotland that had 3 of these beasts. On the booking form it said “must like dogs”. What it didnt tell you was “you will open the door to your room in the morning and the dog will be looking eye to eye with you”
I really need these dogs in my life today
Took my cats to the vet once and one of these dudes was in the waiting room. It was like a 6 foot tall man had decided to lay on the floor and sprawl out his limbs.
When I was a little kid, I attended a religious school mostly staffed by nuns. One nun told us that they had a dog at their convent-thingie. Being a classroom full of 4/5 years old, we immediately embarked on a campaign to have the dog come visit us. The nun said she’d ask, but she was sure it’d be fine because he was a very sweet doggie, and we were just a little private school.
Cue a bunch of delighted children playing with the biggest dog ever, and an equally delighted giant dog.
Cue the principal, who was not one of the nuns, walking in and saying, “Jesus H. Christ!”
I have a great dane, I need one of these too!
rules: answer the questions and tag 9 people you want to get to know better/catch up with
tagged by: @burningblake thank you!!
three ships: StaticHiveQuake, hannigram, thoschei
last song: Lake Effect Kid by Fall Out Boy
last movie: The Mitchells vs the Machines, I think.
currently watching: Miraculous Ladybug and Loki. Also rewatching Daredevil.
currently reading: Le Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman
currently craving: chocolate. specifically chocolate chip cookies
three ships: drarry, malec, kitty
last song: seven by taylor swift
last movie: sylvia, i think
currently watching: umm, nothing really
currently reading: nothing, just trying to get through my syllabus readings
currently craving: mmm something spicy, idk what
- Three ships — malec, kanej, thomastair
- Last song — brutal by olivia rodrigo
- Last movie — the greatest showman
- Currently watching — rewatching friends
- Currently reading — ruin and rising by leigh bardugo
- Currently craving — a chocolate raspberry cupcake
Thanks for the tag Cece!
- Three Ships: Blackstairs, Kitty, Jordelia
- Last Song: Teeth by 5SOS
- Last Movie: Something from MCU I don’t remember which one
- Currently Reading: Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare
- Currently Craving: Sleep
anyone who wants to
three ships: Percabeth, solangelo, i cant remmeber
last song: We will rock you by Queen
last movie: The half of it
currently watching: Loki, Grace and Frankie
currently reading: The importance of being earnest by Oscar Wilde
currently craving: marshmellows+twix
@winchesterwitch07 @samalaingik @leestillyeetschappal @mydogisgaytoo @crazyas-hell @browntrash @doritosandbluethings @warmachinerox-with-an-x-all-caps @notsofabulouslife07
Thanks for the tag love
Three ships: Destiel, Johnlock, Catradora
Last Song: Go Gentle by Robbie Williams
Last movie: Thor Ragnarok
Currently watching: Blacklist, Doctor Who, The Next Step, Loki
Currently reading: Girls with Razor Hearts by Suzanne Young, Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss, How to Avoid a Climate Disaster by Bill Gates
Currently craving: one day where everything works out for me (or fresh hot jalebis)
And anyone else
Thanks for the tag!
Three ships: Linny, Korassami,Drarry
Last Song:Line without a hook by Ricky Montgomery
Last movie: Nam Shabana( Hindi movie )
Currently watching:avatar (again), legends of korra and Shera
Currently reading: Percy Jackson
Currently craving: some chocolate brownies with chocolate sauce
thanks for the tag!
Three ships: drarry, linny, harmoine, and pansy
Last movie: the handmaiden
Currently watching: nothing
Currently reading: nothing
Currently craving: sleep
@crzyprsn42 @someonewhoreadswaaytoomuchfanfic @cj-productions @simpingforwillsolace @hayesspd321 @my-gender-is-9-bucks-and-2-d20s @maxirain007 @oh-hey-its-harry-the-carrot-boi @the-soul-in-the-sixth-sense
Thanks for the tag ☺️ yes I’m posting it to this blog instead
Three ships - OffGun, Stony, JohnLock
Last movie - Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard
Currently watching - Loki, Fish Upon The Sky, Sweet Tooth, Wolf
Currently reading - Ghetto
Currently craving - Sleep!
three ships: OffGun, BingQiu, Bagginshield
last song: “Anti-Romantic” by TXT
last movie: 🤷♂️
currently watching: Fish Upon the Sky, Wolf, My Hero Academia
currently reading: You Will Get Through This Night by Daniel Howell and The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett
currently craving: actually feeling well-rested
But where are the sources tho? Cause that’s something I’d read the fuck out of a scholarly article about.
it’s literally linked in the caption
You know what’s interesting, designer Jessica Ray - the actress who played the white ranger in Power Rangers Wild Force - actually started an entire line of swimwear based around brain studies like this. She gave a presentation in 2013 on the history of bikinis, invented in 1946 in France by Louis Réard, a car mechanic who looked after his mother’s lingerie boutique in Paris. He named them after Bikini Atoll, the place of atomic bomb testing that year because he thought the public’s reaction to the bikini would be like an atomic explosion (it was so scandalous at the time no french model would wear it and he had to hire a stripper to debut it). From her presentation:
Princeton University had conducted a study of how male brains react to seeing people in different amounts of clothing, and brains scans had revealed when men were shown pictures of scantily-clad women, the region of the brain associated with tools, such as screwdrivers and hammers, lit up. Some men showed zero brain activity in the medial prefrontal cortex, which is the part of the brain that lights up when one ponders another’s thoughts, feelings, and intentions […] researchers found this shocking because they almost never see this part of the brain shut down in this way, and a Princeton professor said “It’s as if they were reacting to these women as if they are not fully human; it’s consistent with the idea that they are responding to these photographs as if they were responding to objects, not people”.
(her full presentation here, it’s a very interesting watch, she refuses to wear bikinis anymore)
She designs swimsuits now with Audrey Hepburn as her inspiration
i like how in the tiktok, she still is too worried/scared to call out men, so she says “really sexist men”, when this effect is found in all men in the studies, regardless of their conscious views of women.
Unfortunately, both men and women are more likely to view men as a whole, and women by their parts. Which likely leads, in part, to the same phenomenon the tiktoker is talking about.
A bird explaining to a hedgehog crossing so it doesn’t die.
!!! ok but that’s legitimately what it’s doing!! That’s a corvid right there (looks like a hooded crow, to be precise), which means it’s intelligent enough to recognize, a) cars are dangerous and streets should be treated with a certain degree of caution, b) this car’s slowing down for them–cars do that sometimes–which means they’re not in imminent danger, so it doesn’t have to fly away just yet, c) that hedgehog’s still gonna get killed if it doesn’t MOVE, FAST (cars can change speed very quickly and the hedgehog’s still in the way), and almost certainly also d) if the bird does nothing it gets a free lunch.
Y’all, Y’ALL. This bird is consciously deciding to put itself in danger in order to save the life of a very stupid creature. A creature which, if the bird did nothing, could be free food.
i can’t - look if you follow me you know I have a thing for corvids, but this is - like!!! People are always saying “ah yes they have sub-human intelligence and don’t consider anything that isn’t immediately necessary for their own survival/pleasure,” but! Whether or not it can do philosophy, this crow is clearly demonstrating compassion. Even if it’s just the kind of compassion a toddler shows to a snail, a social creature that instinctively recognizes the potential for emotion in other beings, that’s still huge and cool and important and corvids!!! are! neat!!!
Also, by the car stopping for them, that hedgehog has two other species actively working to help it stay alive for no gain of their own.
Reminds me of that professor who said the beginning of civilization was when someone took care of another. The broken thigh bone thing.
“Helping someone else through difficulty is where civilization starts. We are at our best when we serve others.” - Margaret Mead
Always a reblog ❤️⭐️
this site has one setting
I’m laughing, but there’s a super useful corollary, which my husband calls “the Red Balloon.” He was a defense lawyer and had a fair number of drug addicts come through, and there is a thing where if you’re like, on your first offense, they’ll do a thing where you can go to treatment and if you complete it they’ll take the conviction off your record.
And he would tell his clients, “Look, everyone’s going to tell you not to do drugs. They’re going to say it over and over again. And it’s like, if people tell you not to think of a white elephant, you’re going to think of a white elephant. But the trick to not thinking about a white elephant is to think of a red balloon. So you need to find your red balloon. For some people it’s yoga. For others it’s woodworking. For some people it’s scrapbooking or gardening or any of a long list of things to do. They focus on that, it’s a lot easier to succeed in ignoring the white elephant.”
So yeah, “watch yourself” is one thing… but the better idea is to watch something else. (Even if it’s fanfic about werewolves fucking.)
It’s a form of productive dissociation, and is super, super helpful.
It’s easy for me to get bogged down in how much pain I’m in… but some of the most painful periods of my life have also been the most productive, writing-wise, because writing is one of my red balloons.
There is a phrase I use A LOT in my parenting and my son gets very sick of it, but it’s true:
The thing you practise is the thing you get good at.
You may not intentionally be practicing “being grumpy” but if you don’t put effort into practicing “not being grumpy” then I’m afraid that’s what you’re doing. It’s hard! It’s really hard! Sometimes, for some things, it’s pretty much impossible and that sucks!
But being carefully aware that you are going to get good at the things you do most of is a good way to be more careful of what those things are. If that makes sense.
You gotta appreciate sometimes how tumblr works in such a way that everyone who wants to reblog this interesting or useful psychological advice is also forced to reblog the thing about werewolf fucking
Shout out to all your internet friends who are gone.
Those messenger screen names that haven’t logged on in ages, some before detailed profiles were a thing on those services.
Those emails that are long since abandoned, some with domains that no longer exist.
Those online friends you knew years ago and who then helped shaped you in some way, who you just can’t FIND anymore.
Those people who once were, and hopefully still exist IRL, that seem to have no known internet life anymore.
And those who have actually passed on, and their online lives are now a memorial to them.
I miss you all. I hope life is/was kind to you, and maybe one day, we’ll somehow connect again.
“In an experiment revealing the importance of having friendships, social psychologists have found that perceptions of task difficulty are significantly shaped by the proximity of a friend. In their experimental design, the researchers asked college students to stand at the base of a hill while carrying a weighted backpack and to estimate the steepness of a hill. Some participants stood next to close friends whom they had known a long time, some stood next to friends they had not known for long, and the rest stood alone during the exercise. The students who stood with friends gave significantly lower estimates of the steepness of the hill than those who stood alone. Furthermore, the longer the close friends had known each other, the less steep the hill appeared to the participants involved in the study. In other words, the world looks less difficult when standing next to a close friend.”
— my new favorite psychological study, done by Schnall, Harber, Stefanucci, and Proffitt and published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. (via prosetintmyworld )
Oh, how quickly the past is forgotten.
They are part of the reason A03 is a thing now. Not the whole reason, but part of it.
The Great Purges of 2002 and 2012 are when ff.net got a wild hair up their ass about THINK OF THE CHILDREN and nuked any fic posted on there that was explicit. Thousands upon thousands of nc-17 smutfics were lost.
It’s what led to the creation of alternate hosting sites for smutty fic…AdultFanfiction was the one I went to…but thousands of fics would never be recovered.
I was today years old when I learned that when you type “otp: true” in AO3 search results it filters out fics with additional ships, leaving only the fics where your otp is the main ship
Here’s a cheatsheet of all the available hidden search functions. “-creators:[whatever]” is another exclusion that can be particularly useful.
Holy crap what
So I thought of a cool idea. I’ll start this off by telling you a fact about myself, and then you tell me a fact about yourself :)
Okay: I was an extra in a movie 🎥
Man… There’s not much to say😅😂
Ummm… I guess I’ll go with:
I was in The Air Training Corps for 6 years.
Tagging you all!
Hmm let me think about it.. 🤔
I’ve eaten the real life version of a Krabby Patty🍔 that’s kinda cool I guess?
I have never broken a bone. 🦴
i taught myself how to crochet by watching videos on youtube
I’m such a boring person, haha!
Oh! I’ve never been on a plane.
A lot of people know this, but my BA is for Chinese.
Where all the older men in the cast ship WenZhou and GJ/ZZH are worried about whether they’d be allowed to broadcast
Han Han & Jun Jun: *sweats nervously* Uncles there are laws in place-
Heizi, Wang Ruolin & Huang Youming: IT IS TRUE LOVE! BEST WISHES!