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"How the Media Failed Women in 2013," courtesy of Miss Representation. This is mind-boggling and you must watch it right now.
“There is usually one wicked person in any room. If you don’t see one, maybe everybody else does.”
This video is very important, especially when you’re writing or maybe even drawing out fight scenes. Many don’t seem to realize that swords were often not the primary weapon and see spears more as a weaker weapon. This YouTube channel is actually very good at helping to explain older medieval martial arts, mostly the sword and European fighting methods, but very helpful nonetheless for fellow authors/artists.
Hi my name is Ebony Dark’ness Dementia Raven Way and I have long ebony black hair (that’s how I got my name) with purple streaks and red tips that reaches my mid-back and icy blue eyes like limpid tears and a lot of people tell me I look like Amy Lee (AN: if u don’t know who she is get da hell out of here!). I’m not related to Gerard Way but I wish I was because he’s a major fucking hottie. I’m a vampire but my teeth are straight and white. I have pale white skin. I’m also a witch, and I go to a magic school called Hogwarts in England where I’m in the seventh year (I’m seventeen). I’m a goth (in case you couldn’t tell) and I wear mostly black. I love Hot Topic and I buy all my clothes from there. For example today I was wearing a black corset with matching lace around it and a black leather miniskirt, pink fishnets and black combat boots. I was wearing black lipstick, white foundation, black eyeliner and red eye shadow.
The best fantasy is written in the language of dreams. It is alive as dreams are alive, more real than real … for a moment at least … that long magic moment before we wake.
Fantasy is silver and scarlet, indigo and azure, obsidian veined with gold and lapis lazuli. Reality is plywood and plastic, done up in mud brown and olive drab. Fantasy tastes of habaneros and honey, cinnamon and cloves, rare red meat and wines as sweet as summer. Reality is beans and tofu, and ashes at the end. Reality is the strip malls of Burbank, the smokestacks of Cleveland, a parking garage in Newark. Fantasy is the towers of Minas Tirith, the ancient stones of Gormenghast, the halls of Camelot. Fantasy flies on the wings of Icarus, reality on Southwest Airlines. Why do our dreams become so much smaller when they finally come true?
We read fantasy to find the colors again, I think. To taste strong spices and hear the songs the sirens sang. There is something old and true in fantasy that speaks to something deep within us, to the child who dreamt that one day he would hunt the forests of the night, and feast beneath the hollow hills, and find a love to last forever somewhere south of Oz and north of Shangri-La.
They can keep their heaven. When I die, I’d sooner go to middle Earth."
- George R.R. Martin, Why We Read Fantasy (via cleverhelp)
1. Apps that help you focus
Cold Turkey (for Windows) and Concentrate (for MAC) allow you to block websites that distract you from your tasks, which in our case is writing our novel. You choose how long certain websites are going to be blocked. Cold Turkey is actually so genius that you can’t reset your settings, which means you can’t cheat.
2. For Poets
Poetreat helps you to find the right words depending on the rhyming theme you choose. Welcome to the future!
I’ve already talked about this app but it’s really perfect, which is why I’m repeating myself. It’s like a virtual notebook that helps you to organize your whole life and your stories.
4. Get Encouraged
Ever heard of Help Me Write? It’s very simple: you add your writing ideas and your audience will help you decide if you should pursue that idea by saying if they’d like to read that.
5. For Radicals
Write or Die is an evil little app that will punish you if you don’t achieve your goal. You set how many words you want to write and choose what kind of ‘punishment’ you want, should you not succeed.
6. Get Help - literally
Poetica is a community of writers who are willing to put their work up for editing by anyone who is a member. Unfortunately it’s not open to everyone yet, but you can subscribe to their mailing list and wait. I think it’s worth it!
7. Organize Your Brainstorming
8. Name Generator
If you’re like me, you’re obsessed with names. I choose names carefully because I believe that names influence the story a lot (this might be silly, but I can’t help myself). I used to stare into nothing for ten minutes trying to come up with good names for side characters and then started a 30 minute Google search and then all of a sudden I was on tumblr and…yes, exactly. I lost track of what I was actually doing: writing. So this name generator that I found really helped me.
What are your favorite apps and websites? Please share them with us!
Maybe it’s because I’m dumb, but when I was starting out at improv, I had a serious problem dealing with dumb characters, whether it was a character I decided to play, a character that someone else decided to play, or a character that someone else decided to make me play.
By “dumb” I mean someone whose is unable to comprehend something obvious, or lacks knowledge of everyday life. Someone who is so stupid, the audience loses its suspension of disbelief.
For example, if someone starts a scene by asking me, “Why’d you throw all that chlorine in the pool while there were still people in it?” novice improvisors have a tendency to justify the act by giving some kind of, “I didn’t understand what I was doing” line. Something along the lines of, “I didn’t know the chlorine would hurt them,” or, “Why were they in the pool in the first place?” or, “What is pain?”
I’ve seen scenes where improvisors play characters who are so clueless, they literally don’t know what everyday objects are (wheels, bread, whatever), or worse, where one improvisor paints another improvisor’s character as the stupid one, forcing the latter into an impossibly obtuse corner. That corner is dull and lonely, almost always unfunny, and most novice improvisors aren’t equipped to claw their way out of it. (When I was forced into that corner as a beginner, I always felt frustrated and the worst kind of helpless.) It makes the character so stupid, so incapable of basic human understanding, it’s hard to believe he would even be able to figure out how to get out of bed each morning. Someone that dumb could not exist.
|Anonymous asked: Hello! I was wondering if you had any writing tips or resources on how to write/research Wall Street type businessmen, and what they do? I know next to nothing about stocks, finances, etc. and don't know where to look to learn more about how it all works, or what jobs are available. Thank you in advance!|
I did some research and here’s what I have for you!
I would start by first looking at what type of career your character is aiming for. There are investment bankers, stockbrokers, mutual funds managers, etc. If you want your character to have a job like that, I would start by searching up firms that are situated at Wall Street. That might make it easier for you to take inspiration and ground it into the facts. Then look at the different jobs that exist within this company, it might help you with a few titles that you can give to your character. Here’s a list from Business Insider that might get you started. Keep in mind that not all businessmen are successful or work in a successful firm. There are also different levels of banks, so here is an article that talks about that.
You can also look at career listings, like how someone like your character would try to look for a job. This might give you some titles to do further research upon. This is a really interesting website that writes out days of what it’s like to work in entry-level hedge fund jobs.
Investopedia has a lot of tutorials about finance. I would suggest take a look at some of these, especially stock trading and investing. Obviously, you don’t have to know everything to write out your character. But it’s good to incorporate some of the lingo and know a little about what your character is doing every day. Here is an article that talks about being a broker or a trader. These articles are really good for knowing about careers in finance. You could also work on Wall Street by being a technician. Here is an article that talks about what it takes to get on wall street.
This is a really interesting article titled "You don’t have to work on Wall Street to work on wall street".
Hopefully that helps!
It’s the Cool Thing to Do.
Before you guys give me weird looks, and I know that some of you already are, be aware that my mind tends to wander like a vagrant who won the lottery and decided to spend it all on booze — and then proceeded to become horribly, horribly drunk in a short period of time. Today my brain decided that it wanted to come up with a new name for the plague in my novel, and while it failed horribly at that task, it did come up with this handy little guide for you.
Identify Your Concept
In order to effectively name your microscopic monster, it helps to understand what an infection is.
Infection – The term actually refers to several things. An infection is the invasion of a host organism by an infectious agent, the multiplication of that agent and the reaction of the host organism (usually an immune response). If the host is unable to ward off the invader, and cannot receive effective outside treatment, then disease will develop.
Plague – It is popularly defined as a general term for any disease that kills large numbers of an organism (usually people) and spreads quickly. The word also specifically refers to the Bubonic Plague (Black Death) that wiped out a third of Europe’s population in the 1300’s and any instance of it as it exists in modern times. Plague in the verb form means “to cause continuous trouble or distress”.
Epidemic – An epidemic is when a large number of people in a certain area become infected with a disease. The area can be localized like a town, or more widespread like a single country. Epidemics can be seasonal, usually caused by an agent that’s already circulating within a population, and occurring when the actual infection rate is greater than the expected.
Pandemic – A pandemic is the spread of infectious disease on a large scale. It must be more than one country and can extend across the globe. Pandemics are caused by agents that haven’t existed in populations, usually new virus strains or subtypes of existing strains, and are deadly.
What Causes Infectious Disease?
Infectious diseases are simply defined as diseases that can be spread between people (or other organisms) through some form of contact. They have the ability to attack one or multiple body systems. Here’s the list that I came up with for infectious agents:
- Parasites including flat, round, tape, hook and pin worms, as well as flukes.
- Fungi like mold, usually via inhalation of spores or skin contact.
- Protazoa, for instance the “brain-eating” amoeba naegleria fowleri.
- Prions, which are proteins in a mis-folded form. An example would be bovine spongiform encephalopathy or mad cow disease. Like viruses, prions aren’t actually alive but are able to reproduce by hijacking the processes of a cell.
- Food and Water.
- Blood and other bodily fluids like droplets of saliva.
- Direct contact with an infected person, or in some cases a surface or object that an infected person has touched.
- Through bites, scratches or other injuries from a vector (a mosquito is an example).
Give it a Name!
Now that we’ve covered the basics, how do names for infectious diseases, as well as those that aren’t, come about?
What Wonderful Buboes You Have! – Sometimes diseases are named after specific telling symptoms. The Bubonic Plague was named after the swelling of lymph nodes, turning them into oozing nodules called buboes. It was also called the Black Death due to the acral (extremities like the fingertips) gangrene that it caused, killing the skin and turning it black, as well as the fact that the buboes often filled with blood, causing them to appear darker. Another example of a disease named after a symptom would be scarlet fever, which causes red rashes on the tongue and skin.
The Discovery Is MINE – Diseases can be named after the person who first discovered it, a notable person infected with it and/or someone who died from it. For example amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (motor neuron disorder, not an infectious disease) is commonly called Lou Gehrig’s disease, after the baseball player who was kiled by it. For a list of diseases named after people, check the Wikipedia page.
It Came From a Jungle – Or wherever else. Some diseases are named for their place of origin. Good examples are the West Nile Virus and Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever, both named for rivers in the regions of Africa where they were found. For one possibly closer to home, try Lyme. It was born out of Connecticut from the towns of Lyme and Old Lyme.
Ride the Pig! – On occasion, pathogens like to hop the “species barrier” and infect humans. These diseases are often named for their creature of origin. Recent examples would be the Swine Flu or the Bird Flu.
Named By Science – And by science I mean derived from Latin or Greek words, though sometimes scientists also use abbreviations, acronyms or flat out make things up as far as naming goes. The majority of infectious diseases sport common names used by the general public and scientific names based on the specific pathogen that causes the disease. For example, bacteria are often classified and named based on their shapes. There are three main shape categories for bacteria, though others exist. They are coccus (round), bacillus (rod)and spirillum (spiral). Some bacteria are also found in certain cluster arrangements, of which there are three main ones: diplo- (pairs), strepto- (chains) and staphylo- (resembles a bunch of grapes). So, the scientific name for pneumonia is Streptococcus pneumoniae. Sometimes pathogens will have acronyms, like human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). And sometimes, they’ll have simple scientific names like the dengue virus that causes dengue fever.
Now go forth! Conquer that mental block and create a name for your plague that will strike fear in the hearts of all of your soon-to-be victims!
"I also think she’s perfect because this is a movie about how people — women — are reduced to being sexual objects, and our culture is guilty of doing that to Scarlett."-(x)