on a sincere note though, you guys do know that 22 is not old and 30 is not ancient, right? like yeah by 30 you will hopefully have matured but hearing some of you talk like life ends at 30 is a little worrying. one day, not as far away as it may seem, you will be 30 and you will still be a person with value, you will probably still have a lot of the same interests, you will still use the internet, and you will still be you. you have your whole life ahead of you
#seriously. #at 35 i am the same person i was at 15 but with bills and not having to hide to read porn fics.
Question: You seems pretty busy keep up the good work
Thank you honey! Pretty busy is my regular mood, but it’s calming down right now, which means I’ll probably dive head first into another project. Thankfully, I have a good Christmas break and a whole novel to translate!! :D Fun times ahead!
Now that the convention is over and I spent two days sleeping, I’ll be reviewing the Proofreaders applications for Hieroglyphs in the following days. If you haven’t sent me yours and you’re interested it’s still time!
saturday after a long convention day with period cramps, i was weak and i caved and bought a pot of nutella. (bad thing because of 1- not good for the environment and 2- i don’t bring addictive drugs in the house). anyway it’s almost gone, now, and it’s tuesday. i am weak.
well, i finally received my final shipment of printer ink cartridges. let’s see if I can FINALLY print those illustrations.
IT’S NOT THE CARTRIDGES. IT WAS NEVER THE CARTRIDGES. I actually replaced ALL OF THEM and it still PRINTS LIKE SHIT so that’s it I am GIVING UP and refunding those poor people who’ve been waiting for these illustrations.
damnit. i have no idea what to do about that printer, now.
Question: If I can ask why tartan? I had to wear a tartan pattern kilt for school so I’m just imagining aziraphel’s tartan coincidentally matched a local school (or maybe he had the same inspiration as the schools’s) so Crowley is helping every kid (word got around that he could do that with magic) thinking aziraphel has blessed them when in reality they are just plain old snot nosed brats.
Oh, there’s a couple of posts running around that explain that the show designed a tartan just for Aziraphale, the one you see on his bowtie, the thermos, the bike rack and Crowley’s collar when they switch bodies. Since that pattern is exclusive to Aziraphale and his “clan”, it can become a symbol of “their side”.
A stranger comes to Crowley for help. He has no idea who that is and no intention of helping them, until he notices something: They have something on them with Aziraphale’s tartan. The angel is the only one able to give that pattern, and only does so to people he considers part of “their side”. Crowley has it (on a small keychain or something discreet, it IS tartan after all), the humans they met at the airbase have items with it.
And now this stranger has it. Who are they, why did Aziraphale think they’re part of “their side”, and why do they need help? (Also, why is Aziraphale unreachable?)
Just a passing idea, you can build on it if you want. Link me the resulting fics, I would love to read them!
my sis got me a christmas tree ornament at comic con so now i have to make a tree. worse, i have to make it big enough for the ornament. my birds have never dealt with a big tree. this will be interesting.
(it’s a jack skellington head in papier maché, made by a couple of girls who are sisters and their dad manned the booth. everything was delightfully creepy.)
I was talking to a girl at ComicCon, the kind of person who has a million creative projects at the same time. As many people do, she has a story she wants to write, with amazing characters she wants to share with the world, but writing is hard and a first novel can be daunting. Here’s what I told her.
Now, this applies to the people who REALLY want to see their story done. These are the main pillars of the cathedral that is your story. Let’s begin.
1- YOUR GOAL IS TO WRITE A COMPLETE FIRST DRAFT. It will be shit. But it will be complete. You can build on it and rewrite, but the most important thing is to WRITE TILL THE END OF THE STORY.
2- SIT DOWN AND WORK. That’s the difference between writers and the million people who say they have a story that they’ll write someday.
Alright, let’s get technical, and start by the end.
3- Art is about causing your public to have emotions. Decide right now what emotion you want to leave your readers with when they close your book. Is it happy, sad, bittersweet, hopeful? Pick one. (This can be changed later if you rewrite and find some other ending, but we are working on the first draft.)
— Maybe you have a nice gimmick, a cool idea for a story, like idk, ‘What if you cloned yourself and that clone took over your life’. This is interesting, but it’s not a story in itself. A story needs emotions.If you don’t pick the emotions you want your reader to feel, your idea is just a gimmick.
4- Now that you have the final emotion, decide your ending in accordance to said emotion. Are characters dying? Is the bad guy defeated? Is everyone splitting up or leaving together as a found family?
Then we go back to the beginning.
5- You probably have a million characters you all want to write. Pick one to be your protagonist. Yes, just one. Multi-characters stories are harder to write and demand experience and time. We want this novel to exist, and not be stuck in limbo forever. Anyway, people tend to always prefer side characters. Who has heard of someone having a protagonist as a fave?? Your side characters will be loved, no worry.
How to find your protagonist: It’s the person who makes decisions and makes the plot advance. Simple as that. Not to be mistaken for the leader of a group.
6- Now that you have your protagonist, you decide what is normal for them. That is your beginning.
7- And then, you break that normality in some horrible way that will prevent your protagonist to come back to it. That is your inciting incident.
Then we write the middle
8- You google Three-Act-Structure and get one of these babies.
(But Talhí, I hear you say, why should I follow this? It’s been overdone, and my story doesn’t follow this, and I have more to write than this… Well, that’s your choice. I’m not the boss of you. I’m just saying that this is a solid model for western storytelling and it’s been proven to work time and time again. You can create outside of this, but again, the main goal here is to get your novel on paper. This is a solid template.)
9- You probably have a general idea of events you want to happen in the story. Place these scenes where you feel they should go on the structure. Like, a confrontation with the main bad guy goes in climax of act three, and the confrontation with the main henchman goes to climax of act two, etc. Be mindful of the rising action and tension: a cute misadventure in the woods would probably go earlier in the story than a fight to the death.
10- Now, a secret: What separates bad writing from good writing? Bad writing is adding a bunch of events in the middle and have the characters go through them like a checklist of scenes. You can often see this in movies. But good writing links the events. Each and every event that happens has to be a result of your character making a decision. Then, an obstacle happens, and your character makes another decision, that leads to your next event/obstacle.
11- Another secret: A character will gain power, money, weapons and allies through the story. In videogames, this is useful to defeat the bad guy. But storytelling is not videogames. Having a superpowerful hero at the end is boring. What we want is keeping the reader in suspense. So you’ll have to take everything from them. Leave them powerless and alone. And then, break their leg. I mean, not literally, although you can do that too, but have them super disadvantaged. And then they can use the personal growth they got in the adventure to prevail. (What is more interesting: a character fleeing from a facility but with weapons and kickass moves, or a character fleeing the same facility without weapons or shoes and with a broken arm? Who do you root for?)
The rest of the crew: I go with what Pixar does for characters: Main character gets three or more characteristics. That’s your Woody. Second tier character gets two characteristics. That’s your Buzz. Third tier characters get one characteristic, like Rex and Mister Potato Head. Keep control of your character tiers and never give too much time to the lower tiers ones, it doesn’t help your story.
Herd your cats: Characters will want to wander in every direction, and you’ll want to follow them. Keep them in groups, and even though you can follow a side character for a scene or two, focus 80 to 90% of your story on your protagonist.
DND is not a novel: I’m pretty sure your campaign is super fun, but you can’t just put it on paper and call it a novel. It needs a narrative arc and serious editing. You can use a campaign as a base, but it needs to be worked as a novel, because you’re changing mediums, and a novel has different requirements.
That’s pretty much what I can remember for now. This should help you with the bones of your novel, and you can add the meat on that. I hope it helps. But honestly, the best advice I can give you is
There’s always a lingering question that I ask myself, which is why do I, a cis bisexual woman, enjoy romance between two men so much?
There are easy answers, like that it’s just fetishizing. And like, I find men attractive, yes. But I also find women attractive. I don’t have a problem with enjoying het romance, assuming I can find good ones. I enjoy stories with female characters I can relate to.
But there’s something much deeper at play, IMO. A friend of mine who is a gender studies professor was the first person to point this out to me, but a lot of women enjoy m/m romance and gay porn because of the lack of women. It removes a source of pressure and sexism. Without any women present, you don’t have to constantly evaluate the sexism of their portrayal, or be reminded of negative experiences in your own life. It allows women to experience romance and especially sexuality without all the baggage that comes with it in our patriarchal society.
This was recently illustrated to me rather dramatically. I read a recommendation for a het romance. And it sounded cute, and came highly recommended. The tropes at play were fun. Until I read a snippet and realized this was a romance between a woman and her boss. I had a visceral negative reaction.
Instantly I’m thinking of sexual harassment stories I’ve read and heard from other women. I’m thinking of how uncomfortable it would be to have your boss develop feelings for you. How icky the power dynamics would be, etc.
And then I realized…this wouldn’t bother me if it were two men. Now, there’s no logical reason for that. Sexual harassment is just as wrong when its object is a man. But I know I’ve read fics with a similar premise and never thought about it. Because when it’s two men I can accept this is just a light romance, a fantasy, meant to be fun and sexy and not to represent the real world.
But I can’t when it’s a het relationship. There’s too much baggage there. Too much societal history of abuse. I can’t relax enough with the premise to enjoy that story.
Now some people can. And that’s fine. And some people are never going to be okay with power imbalances like that regardless of gender. That’s also fine. I don’t think having either reaction makes one morally superior. It’s okay to just enjoy light entertainment for what it is without going into deep analysis.
But it’s much more difficult for me, and I think for many women, to relax and enjoy romantic and sexual stories when they involve female characters. We’ve been burned too many times by shitty depictions, by shallow role models, by abuse portrayed as romantic. We have developed a stress response, a trauma response to heterosexual romance. We are hyper-reactive to a wide variety of triggers in regards to it. But removing women from the equation makes stories safer for us. And maybe it shouldn’t? In an ideal world? But for many of us, that’s the truth.
The same is true for het women and m/m visual porn too.
slightly different message, if you’re curious about what it says, im using the version where the following vowel sits on top of the initial consonant, and im transcribing english words using common mode english
“Not all who wander are lost but I could use a fucking map” I love ittttt
reading a normal ass article about hydrangeas on a plant website and
The idea of an all-knowing, all-powerful god spending his time carefully adding a blush of pink to hydrangea flowers each summer is very nice actually but it is not so helpful for refreshing my memory on soil pH and macrophyllas
Every time I see a faded hydrangea i think of this article wow. Wow… god is a pink hydrangea
Crowley to the hydrangeas growing in his flat: You tell Her when She shows up to tint you that I WANT A WORD WITH HER