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"One of life’s quiet excitements is to stand somewhat apart from yourself and watch yourself softly becoming the author of something beautiful even if it is only a floating ash."
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How I imagine it went down

  • C.S. Lewis:I made you a character in my book!
  • J.R.R. Tolkien:OMG me too!
  • Lewis:You're the man who created the wardrobe that leads to Narnia!
  • Tolkien:...
  • Lewis:Who am I?
  • Tolkien:A tree
  • Lewis:............
  • Tolkien:But, like, a cool tree

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6WOAH, i never knew that this happened, amazing,

Plot Thickens as 900 Writers Battle Amazon - NYTimes.com f

Reading this stuff makes me think that we (authors) should self publish giant PDFs of our work and email them to buyers who pay us with cash via snail mail.

6amazon, hachette, publishing,

Sorry it’s been quiet around here lately but I’ve been in Thailand kissing elephants 😚🐘💗
(Edit: Not writing related, but if you ever go to Thailand, do not go to an &#8220;elephant show&#8221; or anywhere that you can ride them. Despite how big they are, their back muscles and bones are very sensitive, and I think that any time you&#8217;re punishing an animal for not performing an action for the benefit of humans, it&#8217;s abusive and unacceptable. I did this day program at Elephant Nature Park, a sanctuary and recovery center outside of Chiang Mai for animals who were previously used for logging, carrying humans, in circuses, etc. We took a morning hike&#8212;more of a walk, really&#8212;with 4 elephants and their mahouts, then went down to learn more about the park and see some babies! It&#8217;s a beautiful place and it was a beautiful day. Okay, end PSA.)
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Sorry it’s been quiet around here lately but I’ve been in Thailand kissing elephants 😚🐘💗
(Edit: Not writing related, but if you ever go to Thailand, do not go to an &#8220;elephant show&#8221; or anywhere that you can ride them. Despite how big they are, their back muscles and bones are very sensitive, and I think that any time you&#8217;re punishing an animal for not performing an action for the benefit of humans, it&#8217;s abusive and unacceptable. I did this day program at Elephant Nature Park, a sanctuary and recovery center outside of Chiang Mai for animals who were previously used for logging, carrying humans, in circuses, etc. We took a morning hike&#8212;more of a walk, really&#8212;with 4 elephants and their mahouts, then went down to learn more about the park and see some babies! It&#8217;s a beautiful place and it was a beautiful day. Okay, end PSA.)
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Sorry it’s been quiet around here lately but I’ve been in Thailand kissing elephants 😚🐘💗

(Edit: Not writing related, but if you ever go to Thailand, do not go to an “elephant show” or anywhere that you can ride them. Despite how big they are, their back muscles and bones are very sensitive, and I think that any time you’re punishing an animal for not performing an action for the benefit of humans, it’s abusive and unacceptable. I did this day program at Elephant Nature Park, a sanctuary and recovery center outside of Chiang Mai for animals who were previously used for logging, carrying humans, in circuses, etc. We took a morning hike—more of a walk, really—with 4 elephants and their mahouts, then went down to learn more about the park and see some babies! It’s a beautiful place and it was a beautiful day. Okay, end PSA.)

6elephants,

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In the past year, my first in a prestigious Ph.D. program in creative writing and literature, I have often felt conspicuous as a writer of color. I have felt a responsibility to speak up when race is discussed, but I have also resented this responsibility. Lately, I have found myself burying my head. It bothers me to no end that the pressure is beating me, and yet it is.

Like many writers of color, I read Junot Diaz’s “MFA vs. POC” on the New Yorker blog, and identified with his anger and sadness at the loss of voices of color to the “white straight male” default of the writing workshop — a group of writers gathering to critique one another’s work. I have had “good” and “bad” workshop experiences, but for me whenever race comes up, it feels, somehow, traumatic. While most issues in workshop are presented as universal to story, race can come off as a burden personal to writers of color.

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Matthew Salesses, When Defending Your Writing Becomes Defending Yourself, NPR, July 20, 2014

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Let me talk to you about books.

Specifically, one book. This book.

This book should be a best seller. This book should be required reading for graduating from high school. Before you get that diploma, you read this book.

This book deals with debunking “Neurosexism,” which is a very fancy term for all of that evolutionary psychology bullshit that people spill about those “brain differences” between boys and girls.

This book debunks such myths as:

  • Boys are better at math than girls
  • Women make crappy lawyers/business CEOs/etc, as their brains are not cut out for aggression.
  • Men make crappy counselors/primary school teachers/primary parents/etc, as their brains are not cut out for empathy.
  • MEN ARE BUILT FOR GOING OUT AND HUNTING WHILE WOMEN ARE BUILT FOR STAYING HOME AND BABYMAKING IT’S NOT SEXISM IT’S JUST BIOLOGY
  • And many other such myths.

Furthermore, this book covers topics such as: 

  • Neurosexism and gender perceptions in multiple races (as this is not a singularly white experience, just as the western world isn’t a singularly white experience)
  • Sex discrimination in the workplace, and how women are (or, more often, are not) allowed to behave
  • How science is used (badly) to support many of these claims
  • Experiences of trans people, both through interviews and empirical studies.

AND FINALLY - It is all brilliantly researched, cited, compiled - and it’s easy to read! Cordelia Fine actually manages to be funny while writing this, which I think is important, because it makes all of this information infinitely accessible.

Delusions of Gender has reinforced what Oberlin taught me: The gender binary is stupid and arbitrary, and dangerous. And it is a self-perpetuating bias that needs to be addressed to be overcome.

So adding this to my to-read list.

And it’s currently available on Kindle for $3.34.

THIS BOOK IS EVERYTHING

Cordelia Fine is a damn good psychologist and this book is approachable and fun to a lay reader, but also PACKED with important research results, clearly conveyed. Strongly recommend this puppy to anyone who is interested in neuropsychology, evolutionary psychology (which is a crock of shit, by the way), developmental psychology, gender, or childrearing. Every new parent should read it. Every misguided gender essentialist should read it. Everybody. It’s so good. 

Wait let’s do a book club about this too.

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daniel radcliffe looking more like harry potter than when he was harry potter

oh my

Since we’re on a little Daniel Radcliffe/HP spree lately…

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6hp, harry potter, daniel radcliffe,

Tumblr like please can we separate comments reblogs and likes within notes like I believe in you and I’m here for you know and I know we can do it

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Is coming up with character names the easiest part of writing a novel? Or do you start to over-think it?

chuckpalahniuk:

Names are easy because I almost don’t care.  It’s other things…  in ‘Beautiful You’ I ran out of anatomical parts to mention in the female reproductive system so I had to start inventing glands, ducts, nodes and naming them after friends.  My agent was thrilled to see a mention of the ‘Hibbert artery’ and thought his family actually had an artery named after them.   Oops.  Once word got around, I had to start adding extra glands and vesicles to both men and women to accommodate all my friends who wanted their names inside human genital anatomy.

Pleasing everyone is a slippery slope. 

New Hunger Games trailer!

So sad that Philip Seymour Hoffman passed away before he was finished filming :(

6hunger games, mockingjay part 1, philip seymour hoffman,

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inner—utopia:

Bless that one person in every group that is like “keep going, I’m listening” and encourages you to finish your story even when everyone else is talking over you.

Bless them!

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