yahighway:

After all, we need more non-western fantasy, and we need people who can write it with respect and understanding, to open the doors to still more diversity.”

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"The good news, young writers, is that your life does not have to be extraordinarily interesting, because there are billions of people in the world who do have interesting lives, and you have the privilege of telling their stories. Even the most productive journalist could not write 1% of humanity’s freely available interesting stories in the course of an entire career. Your friends, and neighbors, and community members, and people across town, and across your country, and across the world far and wide are all brimming with stories to tell. Stories of love, and war, and crime, and peril, and redemption. The average inmate at your local jail probably has a far more interesting life story than Susan Shapiro or you or I do, no matter how many of our ex-boyfriends and girlfriends we call for comment. All of the compelling stories you could ever hope to be offered are already freely available. All you have to do is to look outside of yourself, and listen, and write them down."

Journalism Is Not Narcissism

TATTOOING THIS ON MY PERSON

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I personally write the best in the afternoon from about 2-5 but I don’t always get my preferred writing time. Sometimes I just write when I can and try to get things done.

A slide of a workshop that Mark Coker, CEO of Smashwords, did in Sacramento for the California Writers Club back in September. I wanted to go to this so badly, since this was right in my backyard but I didn’t have any money to pay the workshop fee. Share with anyone and everyone who wants to know more about self-publishing!

sorry it’s been so quiet. I’ve become kinda addicted to SimCity on FB lol. I’ve been working on Book 2 of INITIUM, having already finished Book 1 about a week or two ago. Ashley has already started on the artwork. We are planning to release Book 1 this December. We will be doing another launch event and I promise to let you guys know what day and everything. I’m still working on the sequel to The Lost Kingwhich is titled The Father God, but I’m dragging my feet per usual. I don’t think that I’m going to make my deadline but I’m still going to try anyway.

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stfunithingas:

missturdle:

pugletto:

mutantninjaturdle:

I give you Beardy Unwashed Fantasy Guy. He spends his time in Mead Halls. He thinks writing about not white people would be a lot of work and frankly there just weren’t people of color in the part of Europe he is basing his Fantasy off of. Besides, writing people of Color would be hard. And this isn’t the real world anyways.
It’s Fantasy.

Create your own sarcastic as fuck Beardy Unwashed Fantasy Guys here

Just you guys know. This post has been going around uncredited. Turdle here made every single one of those and it’s always nice to try and redirect folks back to the source sometimes (especially when she created this meme for a specific purpose, to which people are clueless kind of and it’s just easier to redirect them back to this anyway.)In either case, there’s a link there where you can MAKE YOUR OWN, so. Yeah.

I am so mad though. I literally made these a year ago, and now they’re being taken from me without the original context.
I made it when, during Nanowrimo prep (that’s National Novel Writing Month), I noticed people were commenting on the exclusion of POCs in the Fantasy genre. Someone told me their ancestors were probably beardy unwashed white guys chugging mead in beer halls. 
IN FACT, this is the EXACT quote that inspired my other posts:


I don’t like the notion that fantasy authors are under some kind of obligation to present ethnically diverse worlds. I’m English, and a fair sized part of English history consists of unwashed beardy white people in mead halls. If I’m inspired by my own history and cultural heritage, then that’s what I’m damn well going to write about. I’m not writing about some other culture just to appease the people who think there aren’t enough black characters in fantasy, or whatever. You want it, you write it. Nothing to do with me.


It made me angry! REALLY ANGRY. So I made GEE, I DON’T KNOW HOW TO RESEARCH WRITING CHARACTERS OF COLOR TASTEFULLY. Then I made that meme. This has been in my blog for eleven months now. It’s weird as hell to see it yanked from me, posted by someone else w/out credit or the CONTEXT of the original post and the original comment and why he’s the Beardy Unwashed White Fantasy Guy meme, but there it is. These are all mine, and I wrote them and this is why.  #receipts.

yay, thank you for making this meme, I love it so much

stfunithingas:

missturdle:

pugletto:

mutantninjaturdle:

I give you Beardy Unwashed Fantasy Guy. He spends his time in Mead Halls. He thinks writing about not white people would be a lot of work and frankly there just weren’t people of color in the part of Europe he is basing his Fantasy off of. Besides, writing people of Color would be hard. And this isn’t the real world anyways.

It’s Fantasy.


Create your own sarcastic as fuck Beardy Unwashed Fantasy Guys here

Just you guys know. This post has been going around uncredited. Turdle here made every single one of those and it’s always nice to try and redirect folks back to the source sometimes (especially when she created this meme for a specific purpose, to which people are clueless kind of and it’s just easier to redirect them back to this anyway.)

In either case, there’s a link there where you can MAKE YOUR OWN, so. Yeah.

I am so mad though. I literally made these a year ago, and now they’re being taken from me without the original context.

I made it when, during Nanowrimo prep (that’s National Novel Writing Month), I noticed people were commenting on the exclusion of POCs in the Fantasy genre. Someone told me their ancestors were probably beardy unwashed white guys chugging mead in beer halls. 

IN FACT, this is the EXACT quote that inspired my other posts:

I don’t like the notion that fantasy authors are under some kind of obligation to present ethnically diverse worlds. I’m English, and a fair sized part of English history consists of unwashed beardy white people in mead halls. If I’m inspired by my own history and cultural heritage, then that’s what I’m damn well going to write about. I’m not writing about some other culture just to appease the people who think there aren’t enough black characters in fantasy, or whatever. You want it, you write it. Nothing to do with me.

It made me angry! REALLY ANGRY. So I made GEE, I DON’T KNOW HOW TO RESEARCH WRITING CHARACTERS OF COLOR TASTEFULLY. Then I made that meme. This has been in my blog for eleven months now. It’s weird as hell to see it yanked from me, posted by someone else w/out credit or the CONTEXT of the original post and the original comment and why he’s the Beardy Unwashed White Fantasy Guy meme, but there it is. These are all mine, and I wrote them and this is why.  
#receipts.

yay, thank you for making this meme, I love it so much

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"

The Declaration of Independence for Writers

When in the Course of publishing events, it becomes necessary for writers to sever their ties with the industry that is supposed to have “nurtured” them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that we should declare the causes which impel those writers to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all writers should have an equal chance to find readers. That their successes or failures should be dependent upon their own actions and their own choices. That they should be paid fairly for their work. That they should have control over the works they produce. That they should have immediate and accurate access to their sales data. That they should be paid promptly. That they should not be restricted from reaching those who may enjoy their work. That whenever a publisher becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of Authors to abolish all connections with the offending parties.

The history of the legacy publishing industry is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over writers. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

They have given us take-it-or-leave-it, one-sided, unconscionable contracts.
They have failed to adequately market works they have acquired.
They have artificially inflated the price of ebooks.
They have refused to negotiate better ebook royalties for authors.
They have forced unnecessary editing changes on authors.
They have forced unnecessary title changes on authors.
They have forced crappy covers on authors.
They have refused to exploit rights they own.
They have refused to return rights they aren’t properly exploiting.
They take far too long to bring acquired works to market.
They take far too long to pay writers advances and royalties.
Their royalty statements are opaque, out-of-date, and inaccurate.
They orphan authors.
They orphan books.
They refuse to treat authors as equals, let alone with a reasonable measure of fairness.
They make mistakes and take no responsibility for those mistakes.
For every hope they nurture, they unnecessarily neglect and destroy countless others.
They have made accessories of the authors’ ostensible representative organization, the quisling Authors Guild, and are served, too, by the misleadingly named Association of Authors’ Representatives.
They have failed to honor promises made.
They have failed to honor their own onerous contract terms.
They’ve failed the vast majority of authors, period.

This blog has documented nearly every stage of these Oppressions, and in many cases offered solutions to publishers, and has been answered with only silence and derision.

But that’s okay. Because now authors have a choice.

I don’t need legacy publishing, and I will never be taken advantage of again. I declare myself independent of the entire archaic, broken, corrupt system.

And I won’t be the last to do so.

"

— Joe Konrath

(Source: jakonrath.blogspot.com)

pagalini:

the third in a series of presentations I did about Creative Writing for students in my school who were interested in it (I’m in the business, so I was asked to talk about the things I’ve learned since my work was noticed). 

I’m willing to send my presentations to those who want them :) apart from this I did one on creative writing in general and one on character crafting. 

I’m also willing to answer questions about what it’s like to work with an editor and what kind of things will be asked of you.   ^____^

(via slaybelle)

fuckyeahauthordog:

I couldn’t not share this. So relevant it hurts.


My life pretty much everyday >.<

fuckyeahauthordog:

I couldn’t not share this. So relevant it hurts.

My life pretty much everyday >.<

(Source: for-the-love-of-the-words, via whispering-literature)

Another excellent interview from Smashwords. Reading about Lallo’s writing journey was inspiring and made me feel a little bit better about my sales. I’m going to stay on my current path and hopefully become more successful.