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    my favourite part of shakespeare plays is the person at the end that is like “see how these people fucked everything up. don’t do this. look at this fuckery. look at it. fuck this. fuck everything.”

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    After several months of operation, Amazon’s Kindle Worlds marketplace does not show the continuous, exciting activity of a typical fanfic site. If the website were a playground, the Kindle Worlds market would have five quiet, clean, polite children carefully playing together while helicopter parents hovered overhead. Meanwhile, at the community-run fanfic site across the road, mobs of screaming children are climbing unsupervised over the swingsets and throwing gravel at each other. Whatever Amazon has created, there is no life in it. Why is this?

    No one goes to Amazon to enjoy themselves or talk with their friends. On a real fanfic site, there are writing contests and games, other fans to chat with, free daily story updates from your favorite authors, instant reviews and “likes” on your work, feedback from “beta readers” who provide advice on how to improve your story, discussion groups where you can trade ideas with fellow fans, a huge free archive of previously published work to browse through, constantly updated user blogs, group writing projects, and more. Amazon doesn’t have any of that. They just sell books.

    - Anonymous fan, “Lost Opportunities: Is Copyright Disincentivizing Creativity?”, public comment on the Green Paper on Copyright Policy, Creativity and Innovation in the Digital Economy issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). (via fanculturesfancreativity)

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    I productively procrastinated tonight. It was pretty impressive. I needed to write. I’m behind on my fic and I have no idea what to do about my unfunny New Girl spec.  I was thinking about going back to another spec that I had only quit because the show was doing poor in the ratings (Mindy Project for those interested).

    Anyhoo I was in that “I’m too scared to confront the idea of writing poorly” mindset (more on that later) so I decided I needed to get shit done if I wasn’t going to write. And I did get quite a bit done in a few hours.

    • I updated my benefits.
    • I found my old podcasting mic and mixer thingy (I’m considering doing a podcast again or maybe podfic…something. The boy suggested I put my services up on fiver for voice acting. We’ll see).
    • I found this dress I’ve been looking for.
    • I walked the dog.
    • I cooked a whole meal.
    • I found a book I needed.
    • I read a bit of the Sherlock Chronicles

    All in all a rather productive bit of procrastination. Not bad eh? I should try it more often when I’m being a fearful little wuss.

    Anyhoo about that earlier thing. One of my favorite podcasts is the Nerdist Writer’s Panel. If you like TV Writing or if you’re just one of those geeks who love to hear writers talk then it’s a brilliant podcast.

    Today I was listening to an old one with Dan Harmon and others. Once again the topic of “Do you even like writing?” came up. Most of them said the same thing that I’ve heard from so many writers. At the end of the day they like those break-through moments or the finished product. The high is exhilarating when you get to those points. But sometimes it takes hours or days of writing before you even begin to think your writing isn’t total shit.

    For me that is where I have my biggest hang-up. And the fact of the matter is that when you’re writing comedy then it’s probably an important hang-up to have. It is HARD to make people laugh. At least that’s what I keep telling myself. Thing is I know that’s not entirely true. Every time I go see a mediocre comedy and the audience is laughing uproariously I always have a moment where I sort of turn around and look at everything and think “But this isn’t funny. Why are you laughing?” I usually walk out of the theatre thinking “Okay. I just need to get the fuck out of my head. If people thought that was funny then my shit is fine.” And that’s what a lot of writers say too. You just have to ignore the voices sometimes. Doubt is a big problem to overcome.  But they all say you either  push through it or you’re not meant to do this. So….eh…we’ll see.

    Regardless it’s nice to hear the same thoughts from established and good writers. We all think we suck. But to be successful you have to write until you stop sucking.

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    one time i asked a guy what he was into and he said “i used to like bondage but who has the time nowadays”
    after laughing for like four minutes i managed to choke out “i meant music”

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    this took embarrassingly long to do, but here you go, your dash is snowing

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    Well none of that comment went as expected

    slay those bitches

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    Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)

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    Me: Nope, that kink is a hard line I won't cross.
    Me: [Sees that kink on my feed by an excellent writer]
    Me: [redraws boundaries]

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    Welcome to my very belated 3,000 follower celebration giveaway!

    As long as it gets enough notes to do so, there will be 20 separate randomly selected winners. In total I have 42 prints to choose between (26 7x5 postcards and 17 6x4 photos).

    Each winner will get to pick 2 prints, but, as I don’t have more than 3 of each size per picture, less of certain ones, it’s first come first serve as far as picking prints go. I also will ship internationally from the UK.

    Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions!

    Full size versions of all of the above prints can be seen in my Sherlock fanart tag [nsfw].

    To enter the giveaway:

    • You must like and/or reblog this post (no reblog limit).
    • You must be following me.
    • Please make sure you have your ask box open, as I will need to contact winners this way.

    Giveaway ends on Wednesday 10th December at 3PM GMT. Good luck!

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    It is the year after the Battle of Hogwarts. School is starting again. And the thestrals are confused by all of the attention they are getting.


    oh no

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    I think I figured out what those ‘Cumberbitches are crazy’ articles are about. 

    No one has ever written an article about how Chris Evan’s female fans are oppressive. Or Channing Tatum’s. Between Chris’s romcoms and Magic Mike, though, surely they have more female fans, and surely some can be more insistent? 

    I think the ‘problem’ is that Benedict Cumberbatch’s female fans are grossly threatening to men. No man has ever gone to the gym or started a diet saying “I want to be like Benedict Cumberbatch.” Even Benedict himself describes his characters as ‘wan, intellectual, ambivalent lovers’ and then rushes to defend his own sexual prowess. But here we have a statistically significant number of women who are NOT attracted to men’s *ideal selves*, of course they have to be ridiculed and marginalized. Men aren’t going to change their concept of masculinity, so of course they have to lash out at any woman who rejects it. 


    i was actually just thinking about this earlier today when people magazine announced chris hemsworth as this year’s sexiest man alive - don’t get me wrong, i’d hit it like the fist of an angry god, but article after article, poll after poll, interview after interview, has painted ben c. as the most sought after man in the world right now by women and men alike - and they skip him? they would have fucking SOLD THE SHIT out of that issue, but instead they went with someone who, while very good-looking, doesn’t even have the most attractive career and all round package of actors named chris right now? why?

    why was last year’s issue starring adam levine,who, no offense, i’ve literally never heard a person of my actual acquaintance express the slightest bit of attraction to? when women were VERY CLEARLY stating who they were attracted to, and it was men like cumberbatch, men whose attractiveness comes from charisma, talent, thoughtfulness, and intelligence more than looks? (apologies for the heteronormative reading, but let’s not pretend that people isn’t trying to sell magazines to women about men here.)

    i feel like i’m being patted on the head and being told, “no, no, you silly girl, you don’t really know what you like.”

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    I feel like I am a rogue scientist who says damn the parameters of the experiment. I do what I want and get results.

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    okay but consider this: a magazine featuring pictures of realistic fans. you know, standing outside a venue for hours making daddy jokes and then freezing up like a deer in headlights and silently handing over a paper to get an autograph and then walking home in a daze unable to speak about it like a fucking loser. 

    Omg she was such a loser. STanding there all quiet and still. Acting like if she made one sudden movement then he was gonna grab his beard and go when all the while the bastard was SHIRTLESS. FUCKING SHIRTLESS and smiling and looking sexy as fuck.

    AND I WILL NEVER DESTROY that photo. It’s priceless. 

    [does not insert photo here but really wants to]

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    molly solverson appreciation week - day 5: favorite scene

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    Angels in America, directed by Mike Nichols. 

    Nichols achieved the near impossible in turning this mad, brilliant, epic play into this wonderful, beautiful piece of television. It is glorious and beautiful, and there are more cinematic moments. But for me, the essence of the play and the film will always be this final scene. When Prior breaks the fourth wall in the theatre, it’s logical almost given Kushner’s Brechtian epic approach. On screen this could have gone incredibly wrong. Nichols handles it, embraces it and turns it into a moment that is still cinematic, but captures what Kushner did so well. 

    Without this film I’d never have discovered Angels in America. I watched it obsessively (Damn you Justin Kirk)  I know every shot by heart. Without it I wouldn’t have done my PhD, I wouldn’t have done a lot of things. So thank you Mike Nichols you really did change my life with this film 

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    One of these days I’m going to record myself getting all tearful over my otp head canon. Because there is this one song (an instrumental) that always brings up all the feelings of it all and I always get emotional and part of me is curious how crazy I look.

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    Nemuriale Sleep Aid Puppy

    Sometimes you might be feeling a bit stressed and wish you could have a proper sleep, but whatever’s worrying you won’t let you get proper rest! Well, the good people of Nemuriale have developed this fantastic device for people just like you who’ve been having trouble dropping off or just want to calm down for a bit. Just turn on the Nemuriale device and it will continue to let out a gentle beat for 20 minutes which is designed to get your breathing and heartbeat rhythm back in line so you’ll feel nice and relaxed. This super-cute version comes with an adorable puppy cover resembling a Miniature Stafford. Perfect for use at home or while travelling, the Nemuriale and this super-cute little cover are sure to make your sleepy times as relaxing as possible.

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