juliedillon:

YEAH! Not only was I nominated for a Hugo Award for the second time, but there are two other ladies in my category (Best Professional Artist) this year! This is a first! :D There are as many women nominees as men in my category, where in previous years there weren’t any women at all! 

Congratulations to the other Best Professional Artist nominees Galen Dara, Fiona Staples, John Picacio, John Harris, and Dan Dos Santos!

Congrats on your second nomination, Julie!

My Home Library: The Meme

the-library-and-step-on-it:

As requested, I have put together a meme based on my Home Library posts. You can do all of them, but feel free to skip a number if you don’t own any books relevant to the day’s prompt (just replace it with an idea of your own). Take a picture, write down the stories attached to the book(s) in question, go nuts!

1. “The System” (example).
2. Favourite female writer.
3. Favourite male writer.
4. Bought on location (where the writer lived, the book takes place, the movie adaptation was shot).
5. The largest and the smallest book you own.
6. Complete works of one author.
7. Favourite poetry collection
8. Favourite biography.
9. Favourite cookbook.
10. Favourite graphic novel.
11. A book you didn’t understand at all.
12. “One of these things is not like the others” (inconsistent editions within a series, like so).
13. Best bargain.
14. Most recent purchase.
15. Favourite lay-out design.
16. Book you bought because of the title.
17. Book you bought because of the cover design.
18. Multiple translations of the same work.
19. Multiple copies of the same work.
20. The funniest book you own.
21. The most expensive book you own.
22. A recurring interest/theme.
23. A book you read so many times that it fell apart.
24. A book you think everyone should read.
25. A book that made you cry.
26. A book you would prescribe for an aspiring author.
27. A cover design you hate.
28. A book that was a waste of your time.
29. Favourite book from your childhood.
30. The book with the most pages in your collection.

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Bored? Bold out which one applies to you.

natsu-kanashimi:

You are in high school.
You dropped out of high school.
You live within 20 minutes of your best friend.
You don’t have a best friend.
You live within 20 minutes of the last person you kissed.
You live within 20 minutes of your ex. 
You have hugged someone in the last 48 hours.
You have been to the movies within the last week.
You have had 3 or more boyfriends/girlfriends just this year.
You have been a designated driver. 
You have broken merchandise and not paid for it.
You have played strip poker.
You are Catholic.
You are atheist.
You recycle regularly.
You are a brunette.
You have dated a blonde.
You are friends with a redhead.
You are taller than your mum. 
You are taller than your dad.
You have a bank account.
You’ve written a check for less than $5.
You have visited the Statue of Liberty.
You have visited the Eiffel Tower.
You have visited Big Ben.
You have visited the Colosseum.
You have visited The Great Wall of China.
You have never been out of the country.
You have been a waiter/waitress.
You own a Bible.
You own something with a Pentagram on it.
You have used a Ouija Board.
You have been a witch for Halloween. 
You have been a zombie for Halloween.
You have your eyebrow pierced.
You have a Monroe piercing.
You have your nose pierced.
You have no tattoos. 
You have more than 2 tattoos.
You straighten your hair occasionally.
You have worn a dress in the last 3 days.
You live somewhere that gets snow.
You celebrate Hanukkah.
You were at your own house last New Year’s.
You were at a bar last New Year’s.
You slept through last New Year’s.
You have worked on Christmas Eve.
You have worked on Christmas.
You have been told ‘I love you’ by someone today.
You were told by someone who’s not family.
You slept in your own bed last night.
You are dating the last person you kissed.
You regret kissing the last person you kissed. 
You are wearing a necklace right now.
You are wearing something red.
You are wearing something blue.
You are wearing something purple.
Your phone number ends with an even number.
You have kissed the last person you called/texted.
You are currently listening to music.
You are waiting for something.
You don’t like seafood.
You have eaten deer sausage.
You have given a complete stranger your phone number.
You have been hit on at work.
You have been hit on by someone more than 20 years older than you.
You have been whistled at.
You were creeped out by it.
You are a good speller.
You are very punctual.
You were dating someone in December of 2008.
You are still dating that person.
You have cheated on someone.
You have been cheated on.
You have been on a cruise ship.
You have camped out in your own backyard.
You are wearing something that doesn’t belong to you
You are a Pisces.
You are an Aquarius.
You are a Leo.
You wonder what will happen when you die.
You are afraid of the dark. (mostly of the wolves at the bottom of the basement stairs…)
You write in all capital letters. 
You have been told you have nice handwriting.
You have had a song written for you.
You have had a picture drawn of you. (do self-portraits count?)
You have curly/wavy hair.
You are wearing a watch.
You are wearing flip flops.
You wouldn’t date someone who smoked.
You know someone with the same birthday as you.
You are a morning person.
You are a night owl.
You slept in past 10 am today.
You have big plans for next weekend. 
You are thinking of someone right now.
Your job is stressing you out.
You don’t have a job.
You have never had a job.
You were fired from your last job.
You know sign language.
You will usually try something at least once.
You have been swimming in the last month.
You are pessimistic by nature.
You have taken a ballet class. 
You have taken karate. 
You have taken gymnastics.
You wish on shooting stars.
You wish at 11:11. 
Your birthday has already come this year. 
You have been in a relationship that lasted longer than a year. 
You ended your last relationship.
You aren’t over your ex.
You have gone after someone you knew was bad for you.
You have let someone use you.
You were/are a teenage mom. 
You are an otaku.
You are a cosplayer.
You were named after someone.
You like your name. 
Your last drink was water.
You have visited somewhere said to be ‘haunted’.
You have skipped school just because you didn’t feel like going.
You have taken medicine when you ‘feel a headache coming on’.
You are self-conscious about your body.
You have a hangover
You have a pet fish.
You have had a Jehovah’s Witness show up at your house.
You have godparents.
Your parents are still married.
You have step-siblings.
You are the oldest. 
You are adopted.
You are a triplet
You don’t want kids.
You want more than four kids.
You have a bad temper.
You have made out with a complete stranger.
You usually make the first move in an intimate situation. 
You have broken your arm.
You have had to get stitches on your face. (twice)
You have had an MRI.
Your fingernails are painted.
You like to draw.
You like to sing. 
You can play an instrument.
You keep a lot of secrets from people.
You don’t think people would accept you if they really got to know you.
You don’t trust people easily.
You borrowed something you really need to give back to someone.
You drive a car older than a 2002.
You have lost a friend you never thought you would.
You know a child who died of cancer.
You know a teenager who died in a car wreck.
You have done something illegal in the past 24 hours.
You have cut your hair in the last week.
You wear glasses.
Your favorite season is Autumn.
Your favorite color is orange.
Your favorite animal is a dolphin.
You last rode in a car with a relative.
You last rode in a car with a girl/woman. 
You last rode in a car with the person you are dating. 
You regularly watch Asian dramas.
You love Chinese food.
Your best friend is older than you. 
You have to go to school/work tomorrow.
You answered every question truthfully.



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Hyun Bin for W Korea magazine

Hyun Bin for W Korea magazine

Hyun Bin for W Korea magazine

Hyun Bin for W Korea magazine

Hyun Bin for W Korea magazine

Hyun Bin for W Korea magazine

Hyun Bin for W Korea magazine

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bella-vida-en-seoul:

lifelovekorea:

posukkum:

Pray for South Korea

Almost crying.

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bella-vida-en-seoul:

lifelovekorea:

posukkum:

Pray for South Korea

Almost crying.

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bella-vida-en-seoul:

lifelovekorea:

posukkum:

Pray for South Korea

Almost crying.

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bella-vida-en-seoul:

lifelovekorea:

posukkum:

Pray for South Korea

Almost crying.

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bella-vida-en-seoul:

lifelovekorea:

posukkum:

Pray for South Korea

Almost crying.

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5 Common Story Problems with Simple Fixes

fictionwritingtips:

Our stories are often plagued with these common story problems, but if we don’t know how to fix them, we’ll never improve our writing. It’s important that you remember you don’t need to scrap your novel if you keep having the same issues over and over again. Hopefully this list will help you pinpoint what’s going on and provide ways for you to improve your novel.

Problem: Unmotivated Characters

If you’re having trouble figuring out where your story should go next, the problem could be with unmotivated characters. Characters aren’t in your novel just so you can push them around every once in a while and make them do things. They need to develop over time and keep your story going in the right direction.

Solution:

Work on your character’s wants, goals, and motivations. You need to figure out what’s driving your character if you want them to do anything. Where do they want to end up? What’s standing in their way? What’s their plan? Who will help them? Think about everything your character will need to do to resolve your novel. Focus on what they want and what motivates their actions and your characters will stop being dull and lifeless.

Problem: Boring First Chapters

A boring first chapter is dangerous because you want to captivate your audience right away. You don’t want to lose readers just because of this, but sometimes it happens.  You should give enough information to keep your readers interested, while also keeping them intrigued enough to figure out what happens next.

Solution:

Putting emotion into your scenes from the beginning will not only help set the tone, but we’ll get an immediate understanding of your world. The best advice I can give is to construct a scene that helps us best understand your character. If they’re on the run, show us that they’re being chased. If they’re sad and lonely, construct a scene that lets us feel their isolation. You don’t necessarily need to open your book with action, but you do need to introduce the conflict. Think about what your character wants and go from there. Think of your first chapter as an introduction to an essay. You don’t go right into the points immediately, but you set us up for something good.

Problem: Plot Holes

Writers worry about forgetting to include important information in their novel that’s necessary to the plot. If you’re discovering that readers often point out plot holes in your story, maybe it’s time to reevaluate how you plan your novel.

Solution:

Pre-planning or prewriting your novel often solves any plot hole problems. If you take the time to write out important scenes so you don’t forget them, your story will become stronger. However, if you’re not someone who likes to do so much planning, you can tackle plot holes during the editing phase. Take notes when you’re editing so that you can catch these plot holes and figure out where you can add necessary information. A plot hole does not always mean your novel needs loads of reworking, but it is something you need to take the time to fill in.

Problem: Poor Pacing

Poor pacing can ruin a novel, but luckily it’s something you can tackle head on before you even start writing your story. Good pacing helps add tension to your novel and helps you make sure there’s enough rising and falling action to keep your story interesting.

Solution:

Planning out your novel ahead of time also helps solve pacing problems. You can create a timeline that helps you keep track and plan out when you want certain things to happen. Read up on story arcs and try to plan out your scenes accordingly. If you’re already done with your novel and you notice poor pacing, try rearranging scenes or spreading out the action.

Problem: Info-Dumping

A very common writing problem is info-dumping. This is when you tell your readers loads of information at a time without showing them anything important. Info-dumps usually occur in first chapters of novels, but they can happen anytime during the course of your story. Info- dumps can drag down your story and bore your readers.

Solution:

Cut out long paragraphs where you explain what’s going on in your novel and show your readers instead. Avoid over explaining things that can be explained through action. Letting your audience figure things out instead is a much more satisfying reading experience and it lets your readers connect with your characters on a deeper level.

-Kris Noel

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i-am-sherlocks-runderlove:

i-am-sherlocks-runderlove:

welcometothisby:

i-am-sherlocks-runderlove:

The Sky and the Sand and the Sea and Corr…

a Scorpio Races fanmix by i-am-sherlocks-runderlove

~An Toll Dubh (The Dungeon) Runrig

He came from the south. He came. On a fast horse with a weighty key. He came from the south. On a fast horse with a weighty key.

~Buried In Water Dead Man’s Bones

Lock all the windows and doors. The devil’s coming for you and yours. Like a lamb to his slaughter. Buried in water

~Cold Cold Water Mirah

I left the only home I knew. I stayed alive and I found you. Now I take you where the water’s deep. And make the air you breathe so sweet.

~Dog Days Are Over Florence + the Machine

The dog days are over. The dog days are done. The horses are coming. So you better run.

~Howl Florence + the Machine

My blood is singing with your voice, I want to pour it out. The saints can’t help me now, the ropes have been unbound. I hunt for you with bloody feet across the hallow’d ground.

~I See Fire Ed Sheeran

And if we should die tonight. Then we should all die together. Raise a glass of wine for the last time.

~In My Veins Andrew Belle

Oh, you’re in my veins. And I cannot get you out. Oh, you’re all I taste. At night inside of my mouth. Oh, you run away. ’Cause I am not what you found. Oh, you’re in my veins. And I cannot get you out.

~Simple Man Lynyrd Skynyrd

Forget your lust for the rich man’s gold. All that you need is in your soul, And you can do this if you try. All that I want for you my son, Is to be satisfied.

~The Scorpio Races Theme Maggie Stiefvater

Instrumental

~What the Water Gave Me Florence + the Machine

‘Cause she’s a cruel mistress. And a bargain must be made. But oh, my love, don’t forget me. When I let the water take me.

Ahhh, this is fantastic, but oh where, oh where can we listen to it?

I’ll have a link for it on 8tracks when I can get home to my laptop :)

http://8tracks.com/runderdancer/the-sky-the-sand-the-sea-corr

Hope this works!

You don’t look like an Indian.

Ever heard anyone say that? It’s a safe bet that you have if you’re a contemporary Native American. Or, as my friends in Canada put it, a member of a First Nation.

And those were the exact words that I heard this past Saturday. Standing in front of a group of fifty sixth and seventh graders at Henry Hudson Middle School (And no, I shall not go into a rant about its namesake right now) in the Bronx.

I’d just finished doing my presentation to that very polite audience. Great kids. The very fact that they were here spending a sunny Saturday morning in school spoke volumes about their motivation. I’d been introduced as an American Indian author.

And as I told a story and then talked a little about my two YA novels—Wolf Mark (Lee & Low, 2011) and Killer of Enemies (Lee & Low/Tu, 2013)—which had just been given to each of those young men and women, they’d listened attentively.

“So,” I said, “any questions?”

And that was when, in the second row, the young woman wearing a scarf had raised her hand and made that comment. “You don’t look like an Indian.” [read more]

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