1. "My point, aside from remarking that both Tolkien and Le Guin are arguing that escape means hope, and hope is one of the great virtues of fantasy, is what Tolkien says at the end of the passage: they are confusing, not always by sincere error, the Escape of the Prisoner with the Flight of the Deserter. Because I think that’s exactly it. The denigration of “escapism” comes from an implicit belief that it is brave and necessary and heroic to face “reality,” where “reality” is grim and dark and nihilistic (“solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short,” as that tremendous pessimist Thomas Hobbes puts it), and that if you turn away from that “reality,” you are a deserter and therefore a coward."
    — Katherine Addision (aka. Sarah Monette) on “Of Better Worlds and Worlds Gone Wrong (via adribbleofink)

    (via matociquala)


  2. What other people must see when I’m working in a coffee shop



    Me when reading my Tumblr dash as well

    or all the time really

    I do not take a good candid or many good posed photographs because I am hyperanimated

  3. matociquala:

    (via [GUEST POST] Special Needs in Strange Worlds: Elizabeth Bear on Writing Disabilities - SF Signal)

    These are words you need to read to be a good writer, and more, a well-rounded person.

    Spoiler: it is affirming and yet pragmatic. This is salt-of-the-earth stuff.


  4. When I think about the MC from my very first novel



    I was gonna say “No, not my 12 year old self’s MCs” but then I thought about which ones they were and uh

    we have drifted apart, but the love will never change.

    Peace, Sierra and Rose. You were perfect, of course.


  5. matociquala:

    "I most certainly did not scream. And even if I had, no one would have been able to hear me over the [onomatopoeia] of shrieking metal and shattering wood.”

    Now is the time when we must fix all the lingering [bracket notes].

  6. aitu:

    "THEY ARE ALL OKAY, and all those things could exist in THE SAME WOMAN. Women shouldn’t be valued because we are strong, or kick-ass, but because we are people. So don’t focus on writing characters who are strong. Write characters who are people."


    (via booksandbuttonups)


  7. makeoutwithyourposter asked: Any advice on how to describe a really nice looking car in writing when you know absolutely nothing about cars?


    Same way you describe a really nice looking boy when you know absolutely nothing about boys.

    Get to know some.

    I mean, there are other ways, but that’s the funnest way.


  8. "I am going to be rather hard-nosed and say that if you have to find devices to coax yourself to stay focused on writing, perhaps you should not be writing what you’re writing. And, if this lack of motivation is a constant problem, perhaps writing is not your forte. I mean, what is the problem? If writing bores you, that is pretty fatal. If that is not the case, but you find that it is hard going and it just doesn’t flow, well, what did you expect? It is work; art is work. Nobody ever said it was easy. What they said is: “Life is short, art is long.”"
    — Ursula K. Le Guin (via writingquotes)

    (via maggie-stiefvater)


  9. (Source: rusttee, via maylwalky)

  10. Some might hate this, but I think it would be fun to play with as a brainstorming notebook, etc…

    (via booksandbuttonups)