this is the Noble and Most Ancient House of Black do nOT FUCKING ARGUE WITH ME
In case you still don’t understand how badly women have had it, when anaesthetic was first invented doctors weren’t allowed to give it to women who were giving birth because the church said that the pain of childbirth was God punishing women for not being men
Actually, at one point it was not given to women because they thought the pain of childbirth helped the bonding between mother and child/ a strong mother = a strong child. Which is STILL paternalistic BS, but not at quite the same level…
Well, just to make this more fun (well, not quite), I’ll just add that in Italy some (women, incredibly) representatives asked for a curb on epidural usage in hospitals because the mother would not really “appreciate” the event (plus the bonding thing).
Which one would be fine with as long as one decides for herself alone and does not force everybody in the whole nation to such madness.
Johannes van Loon. Illustrations for Harmonia Macrocosmica by Andreas Cellarius. Star Atlas. 1660.
…and I woke up in 1973
A.R., The Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow, London, 1876.
Hmm, humblebrag time?
1. I like my writing ability. I know I’m far from the greatest writer in the world, but considering that I have a Master’s in writing, used to teach writing, and now work as a writer, I guess I’m not too bad? (And having taught writing, I know that being able to string a coherent sentence together is, apparently, something of a talent.)
2. On that note, I’m really glad I took initiative earlier this year and switched careers. I liked teaching, but it just wasn’t paying my bills.
3. I like that I still enjoy teaching, even if it’s in other forms. I like being able to help others, and I’m happy that I did that, even for a little while.
4. I like that I managed to make it through 2013. That was a really tough year.
5. I like my sense of style (even if it’s a bit strange at times).
Oh god, I don’t know who to send this to. I’ll tag people instead: sweethermitress, bonerdoctor, sixbucksandwingless, mishabethyname, coffeeisoxygen, spectreofsexlessappeal, houseof-leaves, nyxviola, notturnofelsineo, duprass42!
This…This is hard.[…]
Ok, let’s try.
Well, I’m not quite my own biggest fan but let’s see if there’s enough to make a half-decent human being in here :)
1) I like being a creative person. It’s one of the things that define me and I could not live without this instinct (or at least I wouldn’t know what to do with my life). I like that when I experience something as a spectator I’m driven to learning its process and try to make something of my own.
2) I like my music. In creating things, music is my goddess and vice. I love writing and coding to death and can do many other things but I can get stuck on those and need to take a break. But give me something to make music and I will just keep working on the stuff (I actually forgot to eat for a day working on a riff once) and always have something to show for my time on it. And yes, most (not all) will be heavy metal oriented but that’s what really touches my heart of hearts.
And listening, by the way. I will from time to time go on the weirdest stuff, mostly because coming back to metal will make it feel ten times closer to my heart and it will be a bit like falling in love with it again. (in which falling in love means blasting my throat out, jumping around and playing along like there are 50k people in my living room)
3) I like that I’m a survivor. Well, I think I would have been happy with the life I was supposed to lead (sorry Goldilocks), and I will never really know what kind of person I could have grown up to be, BUT what I managed to create a person out of that broken kid, and while I’m not always super proud of how that turned out, but it’s something I made myself. I like that there’s that strength at the my very core.
(except for those 4-5 unlucky friends who get to see how bad it can get, most people register me as quirky at worst, so I guess I’m a good actor at the very least)
4) I like that I still can be excited about people, that I can make that effort to see things through their eyes and find that some of them, a very select few of them, are amazing, and I can learn stuff from them and basically become a better person. And considering I can scarcely bear any form of social interaction, if I try and reach out for you people it means you really have something good going on there.
(and yes, most-of-humanity-out-there, when I get pissed at you lot it’s because everyone has the potential for this and you choose to waste it and be ugly people)
5) I like that I do not fit. I used to hate it because you want to belong and people become hostile when they see someone move randomly between their beloved boxes (and I respect that they want to stay there, mind you). But you know what? It reminds me that people are persons and not hashtag clouds and it reminds me that I cannot be defined by any standard. I’m my own and I can change and explore and try because I’m not “supposed” to be anywhere specific (well, except Denmark but that’s another story).
I would send it along to more people but most have already been marked by someone around (sometimes Tumblr is a very small place), but I’d like to hear from lady-feral, seekingthespheres, knowlesian, clockworkdetective (and apologies if it’s not your cup of tea)
If you have a book that you want to write, just write the damn thing. Don’t worry about selling it; that comes later. Instead, worry about making your book good. Worry about the best way to order your scenes to create maximum tension, worry about if your character’s actions are actually in character; worry about your grammar. DON’T worry about which of your stylistic choices some potential future editor will use to reject you, and for the love of My Little Ponies don’t worry about trends. Trying to catching a trend is like trying to catch a falling knife—dangerous, foolhardy, and often ending in tears, usually yours.
I’m not saying you shouldn’t pay attention to what’s getting published; keeping an eye on what’s going on in your market is part of being a smart and savvy writer. But remember that every book you see hitting the shelves today was sold over a year ago, maybe two. Even if you do hit a trend, there’s no guarantee the world won’t be totally different by the time that book comes out. The only certainty you have is your own enthusiasm and love for your work. …
If your YA urban fantasy features fairies, vampires, and selkies and you decide halfway through that the vampires are over-complicating the plot, that is an appropriate time to ax the bloodsuckers. If you decide to cut them because you’re worried there are too many vampire books out right now, then you are betraying yourself, your dreams, and your art.
If you’re like pretty much every other author in the world, you became a writer because you had stories you wanted to tell. Those are your stories, and no one can tell them better than you can. So write your stories, and then edit your stories until you have something you can be proud of. Write the stories that excite you, stories you can’t wait to share with the world because they’re just so amazing. If you want to write Murder She Wrote in space with anime-style mecha driven by cats, go for it. Nothing is off limits unless you do it badly.
And if you must obsess over something, obsess over stuff like tension and pacing and creating believable characters. You know, the shit that matters. There are no writing police. This is your story, no one else’s. Tell it like you want to.
Rachel Aaron (via relatedworlds)
Yeah, so, this answers a lot of asks I get. It’s also why YW focuses on technique and style, and less on content and research.
I wish more people would realize that there’s a difference between being a good character and being a good person.