I used to wonder how people survived things like war or depression or famine. I used to wonder if they just sat around all day feeling sad.
I was too young to understand this when 9/11 or the Great Recession hit, but with all the events in the past few years I’ve figured something out.
Food still needs to be eaten, hugs still need to be given, minds still need to be entertained. It doesn’t matter if you’re a broken husk of your former self and everyone else around you is too. You still need nourishment in both body and soul.
And because of that, you don’t sit in your house all day staring at the wall. You do stuff. You dig around until you find those good emotions. They mix in with the bad ones better then you’d expect them to. Except for the times when they don’t. And that’s fine. Because for now you’re still alive and finding some good emotions still stuck in the toes of your stockings that you’d forgotten about. Maybe mixed in with some grit and gunk, but they’re there.
And this isn’t a unique thing that we’re going through, really. All throughout history the survivors of various things have done the exact same things. They cooked dinner as the bombs went off and told stories as the mass burials happened outside.
And even when you fall off the brink and do collapse you still wake up the next morning. And then maybe you brush your teeth and maybe you don’t. Maybe you cry and maybe you don’t. But there’s still a crumb of hope stuck in the toe of your sock that you can’t quite get out no matter how many times it goes through the wash. And there’s something if not comforting, then at least interesting about the fact that everyone around you is going through, if not the same thing, a similar thing. A similar storm in slightly different raincoats.
So you get out of bed, you eat something if you’ve got something to eat, you chew ice if you don’t, and you continue to do something. What exactly that something is will continue to change, will continue to be unclear, but you do something, because that’s the only thing you can do.
“Ordinary life did not stop just because kings rose and fell, Mosca realized. People adapted. If the world turned upside down, everyone ran and hid in their houses, but a very short while later, if all seemed quiet, they came out again and started selling each other potatoes.”
— Frances Hardinge, Fly By Night
When describing the Athenian plague in 431, Greek historian Thucydides said that the women could no longer bring themselves to weep for the dead because they had become so accustomed to disaster.
I never really grasped that until now.
and hilariously that is not why it is called that.
It is the circle of the bears cause of ursa major and ursa minor, and the circle without bears cause ya'know opposite part of the sky.
We lucked right into that one….
#so what you’re saying is#the stars dictate whether bears do or do not exist in places
Astrology is real but only for predicting where bears will be
Bears do not travel to places they cannot see their gods
Via @thepopquote on tw
Writer Beware makes posts on which publishing houses to avoid at all costs, which words to look for and which words to watch out for in contracts, and several other things that will keep you in control and knowledgeable about the publishing process. I’d suggest reading through the website if you want to avoid getting ripped off, cheated, or scammed.
I’m just going to reblog this every so often because it’s a site that every writer needs to see.
hi! i just wanted to ask where you usually read poems? thank u so much, i lov u n ur little safe pace :•)
you’re very sweet, thank you angel.
i read them as part of collections usually - ideally i prefer to have the books but a lot of the time i mostly borrow titles from archive.org and read digitally there (i’m not a fan of reading digitally for fiction but i do much better with poetry for some reason). i dont have places i’m always going to specifically bc most of what i come across is the result of looking up a poet i found somewhere so in a lot of cases i’m just following the poems themselves if that makes sense. when i do want to read a bunch of different poems though i just go to places like poetry foundation, words for the year, poets.org, poetry archive and @exceptindreams. otherwise i mostly get my daily poetry fix courtesy of @firstfullmoon over on grieftolight which honestly 10000000/10 would recommend ♡
the unparalleled agony of recording music <3
I’m boutta drop some FACTS here, listen up. I don’t like to say that I’m a singer. I am a composer with very meticulous editing skills. juicy little detail about producing music—you are hearing the best of the best takes from hours upon HOURS of recordings. you don’t hear the voice cracks or the fits of rage when my dog or a plane overhead interrupts a take; you don’t hear me cursing out my living inhabitants when they loudly walk around upstairs.
take for example Camilo’s Interlude. that song was a beast and I will not stop talking about how demanding it was, not only emotionally, but physically. that song was Pain. Agony. my feet were aching, my throat was sore, I was running on five hours of sleep, and I was literally running out to my car every five minutes to make sure it sounded good there, too. in the midst of it all, I did a quick speaker check and realized my car speakers are uneven. so I’d been using a busted reference for mastering. so I run back inside and re-master the WHOLE. SONG. as usual I made sure it sounded okay on my phone speakers, my headphones, my airpods, my computer, on everything that has speakers.
and I haven’t even gotten to my vocal cords. every. damn. line. every line y'all hear in that godforsaken song took over 20 takes until my perfectionist ass was like, :))) okay that sounds decent enough. I’m not playin. I did not sleep, I did not eat, that song became my life for a solid three days. there is something deeply wrong with me. I mean, to be fair, I DID channel my ongoing existential crisis that week into my lyrics, so there was a bit of catharsis in that. I even ended up cutting a few stanzas out of the song that I’d already spent hours recording because they didn’t flow well with the song. so there’s a demo version in my computer that ain’t nobody gonna hear. same with the bruno reprise.
oh and I haven’t even mentioned the lyric video. I can’t find the font they used for the official Encanto lyric videos so I had to manually go into photoshop, create my own font based on theirs, and then copy and paste EVERY LETTER into the words for the lyrics. imagine me slouched over my tablet listening to my A&P lecture about cell composition, not understanding a word and crying on the inside when I finally finished that last cursed frame. and then I throw it all into iMovie because that’s the only editing software I’ve used since 2017, finally post the gd thing, and…and…it’s actually getting reception??? people actually like it and relate to it??? my pain actually…had payoff???
is there a point to this? well, sort of. what I’m saying is y'all respect your live singers. respect Broadway musical productions. those performers are the definition of GOATED. they get one take and that’s it. no voice cracks, no re-takes, no breaks in between verses. I am not on the same level as those legends. I got my little microphone and my Logic Pro and I sit in my pajamas and record my daily woes. people who sweat onstage for hours at a time with the expectation of perfection deserve every bit of praise they get, and more.
Via @hourlyzayn on twitter
A kitten and a puppy for Tox! Your senior dog is growling in horror.
He had to go to the vet this afternoon, and the nurse was like, we know we’re not his favorite people, and I thought, oh you’re not special, he hates everybody lol
Meanwhile, on Twitter:
Brain farts, a thread
Come back with a warrant and have grass are two different vibes that I felt in two different ways.
I HAVENT LAUGHED THIS HARD IN AGES LORD HELP🧁🐹
I worked in a cafe that opened at 6.30am and one morning I zoned out for a few seconds while taking a customer’s order but when i apologised she said she zoned out too and didn’t notice.
Myrtle looks so much like a baby chihuahua! Here's two pictures of what they look like. Myrtle is adorable.
Maybe she is! Because I never adopt puppies, just seniors, I never get to see that adorable phase, and this makes me want a puppy.
Gosh, have you ever just stopped to think how the world is just filled with such beautiful things? Aurora borealis, Machu Picchu, the Great Pyramid, English castles, lush rainforests, adorable animals, The Great Wall of China, Zayn Malik, the Redwood Forests… ah, it’s just so overwhelming sometimes.
An aye-write Quick Guide to Foreshadowing!
Foreshadowing - a warning or indication of a future event. In literature, it is when an author provides readers with hints or suggestions as to what will happen later in the story.
Foreshadowing can be used to create tension and set expectations as to how the story will play out. Can inspire reader emotions–suspense, unease, curiosity.
Types of Foreshadowing
The author states something that they want you to be aware of for the future - in the eponymous example, a gun hanging on the wall in an early chapter will be used later.
A statement to character/ reader about what will happen in the future. Although sometimes unclear at first, they normally become true by the end.
A more abstract way of foreshadowing, often shown through things like objects, animals, images and weather. Often foreshadows change in mood, luck or behaviour.
When the author needs the reader to know something that happened that doesn’t fit with the current timeline. Often there will be hints/clues for things that the writer wants you to remember/pick up on later.
A type of foreshadowing that deliberately misleads the reader. False clues such as a character finding another suspicious, etc., may lead you to believe one thing when, in reality, they will have done nothing wrong
My Tips and Tricks for Effective Foreshadowing!
- Don’t foreshadow too obviously - signpost rather than state! Arouse suspicion, but keep them guessing!
- If you make a promise, keep it!
- The bigger the twist, the earlier it should be foreshadowed! Foreshadowing too late is essentially a spoiler
- Keep foreshadowing in moderation
- Use beta-readers - sometimes our foreshadowing feels so obvious to us but it may not to other people who aren’t as close!