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Guide to Reviews

★★★★★★= This amazing book changed my life in some way.

★★★★★= I loved this book.

★★★★☆= This book was great.

★★★☆☆= It was alright.

★★☆☆☆= A seriously flawed literary endeavor.

★☆☆☆☆= Unable to finish.

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My editor won’t let any of the characters swear. Which is sometimes difficult because Ron is definitely a boy who would swear.
J.K. Rowling (via accioron)

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I made an All Hallow’s Read video… No-one was killed during the making of it.


Book Photo Challenge | Day 30: Freebie

So I’ve decided which books to take back to uni with me next month and here they are with the candle holder I brought to act as a tbr jar whilst I’m there

(via grangerandherbooks)

Tagged with: #gorgeous 

I’m home from college for the weekend and I’m among all of my lovely books: my gorgeous, thick tomes of collected poems and journals; my fat fantasy novels; my shiny matching manga spines looking spiffy on their shelves; my yellowed Melville and Faulkner and Dickens paperbacks (aka the Old White Man Section of my library); my H.P. Lovecraft novel with the cover art that’s so gory I can’t pick up the book; my Cassandra Clare hardbacks; ffff all of it I LOVE MY HOME LIBRARY. 

Tagged with: #personal #home library 
All Hallow’s Read Wishlist

Here is my wish list! (Ignore this if you’re not my All Hallow’s Read Secret Santa.)

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I hate time travel

i love and fear the concept of time travel

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Tagged with: #time travel 


Junot Diaz, Ken Chen, Dawn Davis and Johnny Temple are just a few of the voices in the second installment of Lynn Neary’s series on diversity in publishing. (Here’s the first, and here’s the Pew study mentioned above.)

You can join the conversation on Twitter and Facebook using the hashtag #whoisgettingpublished, or send us a story of your own experience here.

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Some harsh but very very true words

When people let me review their portfolios (on career day or open days at my game design school) I explicitly ban them from commenting during the review… …because otherwise they will follow the impulse to downplay everything I see in an attempt at being humble.

"this is an old image…"

"I’m not happy with that one…"

"this is just a sketch…"

"I did this really quickly…"

"there is better stuff on later pages…"

It’s totally understandable to have those impulses. The quality of art is not empirical data and therefore impossible to measure. Good art, bad art, it all comes down to standards. And you don’t want to come off as naive or self-absorbed.

But just don’t do it. Don’t talk yourself down in front of others. In the best case you have someone supportive who now thinks “damn, this person needs to be prepped up all the time. Do I really want to work with somebody like that” or in worst case “now that you say it, yeah, this is kinda lame/rushed/unfinished/lazy, go away.”

You can only submit what you have. If that is not enough, then it’s not enough. Your attitude will not change that. But if it is enough, you can do serious harm by not being confident of who you are now.

This means appreciating what you are able to do right now and have a clear vision of what you want to learn, be confident that you will learn it in time. 

Be proud.

This is really important.  Eliminate this urge.  Eliminate it professionally, when having contact with people in a position to buy your work.  Eliminate it socially, when you just share your work for fun.  Destroy this urge as thoroughly as you possibly can.

Because when you have done that, you’ll find that you feel at least 25% less shitty about your own work.  You lose the urge to do it.  You stop reinforcing those negative thoughts, and they retreat.  They may never go away completely (although they might!) but this is good practice for ignoring those thoughts flat-out.

Don’t shit-talk yourself.  Even if you can’t be SO PROUD, don’t ever try to influence anyone’s opinion toward your work in the negative.

Try to love your work.  Try to see what you learned from each piece, even if it’s a failure.  If you feel that you learned nothing, appreciate the fact that just spending time on it is honing your skills and giving you valuable practice.

i used to be super not-confident in my own work.  When I stopped pointing out the flaws in my own stuff, I felt better about it almost immediately.

THIS!  I see so many people post art or stories and say it’s just a drabble or doodle, it probably isn’t any good, people aren’t going to like it. 

There are always going to be people who are willing to tear you down.  Don’t do their work for them.  Even if you can’t say good things, it doesn’t mean you have to say negative things. 

(via fuckyeahcharacterdevelopment)

Tagged with: #writing #important 





Ginny Weasley & Tom Riddle

I thought it was really cool and kinda cute until I realized it was Ginny and Tom, then it became horrific. I love it.

This is BY FAR the best fan art I have ever seen. You don’t realise what it is until you properly look at it.

There does not appear to be a source given to this artwork. Please remember to give credit to the artist. 

Dear Tom by chicxulub

(Source: alteregoiki, via bookgasms)

Tagged with: #Tom Riddle #Ginny Weasley 

(Source: sarahseeandersen, via bluestockingbookworm)

Tagged with: #books #reading #bookworm #cute 
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