Attempting, Shy Novelist and History Student

lizardlicks:

hellish-deer:

ceruleanpineapple:

spiders.

they’re like tiny 8-legged cats
how can anyone hate them

Spiders are huge derps, pass it on.

drinkingcocoa-tpp:

catharticcruella:

catharticcruella:

zekedms:

catharticcruella:

tonyhawksprolurker:

whitepeoplesaidwhat:

crystaltokyogorepolice:

teenagemutantnegroturtle:

ask-aphsiberia:

mr-pond-parties-in-the-impala:

cosbyykidd:

It’s worked for white people, I figured I might as well give it a shot.

GET THIS GUY TO DISNEY WORLD DAMN IT

I want you to go man!

if this was a white girl this would have had the notes 3 weeks ago

People are sending him racist messages telling him it’s not gonna happen and he doesn’t belong in Disney World over this post. So we’re gonna reblog it even more.

Get this boy to Disney world

DIDNEY WORL

We’re going to get to 700,005 by tonight!

This has shot up 100k a day for the last few days I AM VERY HAPPY ABOUT THIS.

Keep it up!

Let’s hit 800,005 tonight!

That extra 5.  Heh.  Black dads drive a hard bargain.  ;-)

drinkingcocoa-tpp:

catharticcruella:

catharticcruella:

zekedms:

catharticcruella:

tonyhawksprolurker:

whitepeoplesaidwhat:

crystaltokyogorepolice:

teenagemutantnegroturtle:

ask-aphsiberia:

mr-pond-parties-in-the-impala:

cosbyykidd:

It’s worked for white people, I figured I might as well give it a shot.

GET THIS GUY TO DISNEY WORLD DAMN IT

I want you to go man!

if this was a white girl this would have had the notes 3 weeks ago

People are sending him racist messages telling him it’s not gonna happen and he doesn’t belong in Disney World over this post. So we’re gonna reblog it even more.

Get this boy to Disney world

DIDNEY WORL

We’re going to get to 700,005 by tonight!

This has shot up 100k a day for the last few days I AM VERY HAPPY ABOUT THIS.

Keep it up!

Let’s hit 800,005 tonight!

That extra 5.  Heh.  Black dads drive a hard bargain.  ;-)

Here is the central protagonist of my novel Never a Legend. His name is Riodan, he has an eventful life, this is one of the rough patches when he was enslaved. I’m so excited to see this picture in color! I had never painted in photoshop before, but my friend Lindsey is a fantastic teacher so here he is. ^_^
Hayley :)

Here is the central protagonist of my novel Never a Legend. His name is Riodan, he has an eventful life, this is one of the rough patches when he was enslaved. I’m so excited to see this picture in color! I had never painted in photoshop before, but my friend Lindsey is a fantastic teacher so here he is. ^_^

Hayley :)

konkeydongcountry:

anna-hiwatari:

longlivethehokage:

so i made a thing

and i continued

"I Only Know of Entry-Level Anime:" the Photoset

Sooo funny and soooo true! Lol

amandaonwriting:

When I found this useful list of precise words for feelings by Gina Senarighi in her post, How to Express Yourself Clearly, I realised how imprecise we can be as writers. We say sad without considering the tone of the sadness. We talk about being afraid without describing the shade of the fear. 

The best writing comes from choosing precise words that say exactly what you mean. When you want to describe your character’s emotional state, there is a huge difference between being afraid with a tinge of terror, and being afraid with an inch of insecurity.

Our important characters drive our stories. We spend a lot of time creating characters. We sometimes don’t spend enough time thinking about their emotional reactions beyond the obvious. 

See the list here: Shades of Emotions

This is helpful advice. If you follow the link there’s a cool chart too.

lucienballard:

Doggerland.
A map showing Doggerland, a region of northwest Europe home to Mesolithic people before sea level rose to inundate this area and create the Europe we are familiar with today.
Map via National Geographic magazine.

I find this super fascinating, I bet the under water archaeology is amazing.

lucienballard:

Doggerland.

A map showing Doggerland, a region of northwest Europe home to Mesolithic people before sea level rose to inundate this area and create the Europe we are familiar with today.

Map via National Geographic magazine.

I find this super fascinating, I bet the under water archaeology is amazing.

repair-her-armor:

poupon:

axl99:

ienjoyfewthings:

Dear anyone responsible for a work of fantasy fiction,

This is how you warrior.

UGH. YES. LADIES IN PROPER ARMOR.

The two watercolor ones are by Marian Churchland, who is THE BEST

the one with a reclining redhead is by Sang Han

From what I can tell, the rest are official art from various games.

I’m officially in love!

All can say is yes! No booby armor, armor is armor and works for both gender body types!

ryanccole:

"Hello my name is Berserk and you are reading Fuck My Life.

This wonderful, sad and true. I love the artist’s style it’s fantastic. Poor Guts.

Hayley

goddessofcheese:

vulpesinculta:

Are you still stuck for ideas for National Novel Writing Month? Or are you working on a novel at a more leisurely pace? Here are 102 resources on Character, Point of View, Dialogue, Plot, Conflict, Structure, Outlining, Setting, and World Building, plus some links to generate Ideas and Inspiration.

CHARACTER, POINT OF VIEW, DIALOGUE

10 Days of Character Building

Name Generators

Name Playground

The Universal Mary Sue Litmus Test

Priming the idea pump (A character checklist shamlessly lifted from acting)

How to Create a Character

Seven Common Character Types

Handling a Cast of Thousands – Part I: Getting to Know Your Characters

It’s Not What They Say …

Establishing the Right Point of View: How to Avoid “Stepping Out of Character”

How to Start Writing in the Third Person

Web Resources for Developing Characters

What are the Sixteen Master Archetypes?

Character: A compilation of guidance from classical and contemporary experts on creating great dramatic characters

Building Fictional Characters

Fiction Writer’s Character Chart

Character Building Workshop

Tips for Characterization

Fiction Writer’s Character Chart

Villains are People, Too, But …

Top 10 Tips for Writing Dialogue

Speaking of Dialogue

Dialogue Tips

Advantages, Disadvantages and Skills (character traits)

How to Write a Character Bible

Character Development Exercises

All Your Characters Sounds the Same — And They’re Not a Hivemind!

Medieval Names Archive

Sympathy Without Saintliness

Writing the Other: Bridging Cultural Difference for Successful Fiction

Family Echo (family tree website)

Interviewing Characters: Follow the Energy

100 Character Development Questions for Writers

Behind the Name

Lineage Chart Layout Generator

PLOT, CONFLICT, STRUCTURE, OUTLINE

How to Write a Novel: The Snowflake Method

Effectively Outlining Your Plot

Conflict and Character within Story Structure

Outlining Your Plot

Ideas, Plots & Using the Premise Sheets

How to Write a Novel

Creating Conflict and Sustaining Suspense

Plunge Right In … Into Your Story, That Is!

Fiction Writing Tips: Story Grid

Tips for Creating a Compelling Plot

Writer’s “Cheat Sheets”

The Thirty-six (plus one) Dramatic Situations

The Evil Overlord Devises a Plot: Excerpt from Stupid Plotting Tricks

Conflict Test

What is Conflict?

Monomyth

The Hero’s Journey: Summary of the Steps

Outline Your Novel in Thirty Minutes

Plotting Without Fears

Novel Outlining 101

Writing the Perfect Scene

Fight Scenes 101

Basic Plots in Literature

One-Page Plotting

The Great Swampy Middle

SETTING, WORLD BUILDING

Magical World Builder’s Guide

I Love the End of the World

World Building 101

The Art of Description: Eight Tips to Help You Bring Your Settings to Life

Creating the Perfect Setting – Part I

Creating a Believable World

An Impatient Writer’s Approach to Worldbuilding

Fantasy Worldbuilding Questions

Setting

Character and Setting Interactions

Creating Fantasy and Science Fiction Worlds

Creating Fantasy Worlds

Questions About Worldbuilding

Maps Workshop — Developing the Fictional World Through Mapping

World Builder Projects

IDEAS, INSPIRATION

Quick Story Idea Generator

Solve Your Problems Simply by Saying Them Out Loud

Busting Your Writing Rut

Writing Inspiration, or Sex on a Bicycle

Creative Acceleration: 11 Tips to Engineer a Productive Flow

The Seven Major Beginner Mistakes

Complete Your First Book with these 9 Simple Writing Habits

Free Association, Active Imagination, Twilight Imaging

Random Book Title Generator

Finishing Your Novel

Story Starters and Idea Generators

REVISION

How to Rewrite

One-Pass Manuscript Revision: From First Draft to Last in One Cycle

Editing Recipe

Cliche Finder

Revising Your Novel: Read What You’ve Written

Writing 101: So You Want to Write a Novel Part 3: Revising a Novel

TOOLS and SOFTWARE

My Writing Nook (online text editor; free)

Bubbl.us (online mind map application; free)

Freemind (mind map application; free; Windows, Mac, Linux, portable)

XMind (mind map application; free; Windows, Mac, Linux, portable)

Liquid Story Binder (novel organization and writing software; free trial, $45.95; Windows, portable)

Scrivener (novel organization and writing software; free trial, $39.95; Mac)

SuperNotecard (novel organization and writing software; free trial, $29; Windows, Mac, Linux, portable)

yWriter (novel organization and writing software; free; Windows, Linux, portable)

JDarkRoom (minimalist text editor; free; Windows, Mac, Linux, portable)

AutoRealm (map creation software; free; Windows, Linux with Wine)

screaming

sfux:

lets be real that espeon could have fucking killed ash right there and made pikachu watch

That Prismatic Spray it’ll get ya!

sfux:

lets be real that espeon could have fucking killed ash right there and made pikachu watch

That Prismatic Spray it’ll get ya!

medievalpoc:

Fifteenth Century Manuscripts: Fear of the Ottomans and help from Ethiopia

One of the most beautiful ‘art’ histories that I encountered during my years of research into the imagination of “Black” in the Dutch / Flemish art, were the miniatures in manuscripts in which Africans can be seen. One surprising figure after another surfaced. Unfortunately, these works are rarely lent and we could show only a few examples in the exhibition Black is Beautiful  in 2008.

An interesting example is that in the period that the Burgundian Duke Philip the Good 1396 -1467 was in power, there was admiration for “Ethiopians”. This appreciation can be found in both in literature and in the arts and has hardly been investigated.

What lies behind these sometimes intriguing works? A first step of the research was then to find out what was going on historically in that period

Another historical event that influenced the imagination of black Africans in the visual arts was caused by the threat from the East. While the world in the west became larger and offered more trade opportunities, a new danger was approaching from the East in the form of the Ottomans. The conquest of Constantinople in 1453 on the Christians by the Ottomans made a great impression on religious and secular leaders, including Philip the Good. These leaders went looking for other Christian allies in the world  against this new Muslim enemy. The Europeans became increasingly focused on Ethiopia. They knew this land for centuries as Christian.

It was thought in Europe that Ethiopian rulers were the only ones who could claim the “real” royal blood. They descended directly from Solomon. Solomon, the third king of Israel, according to the Ethiopian history written in the Kebra Negast (“The Glory of Kings”), had begotten a son with Queen Sheba.

This son became king Menelik I of Ethiopia. The fifteenth-century king of Ethiopia, it was thought, was a direct descendant of him. The kings of Ethiopia had extraordinary powers and forces, it was also thought. Europeans assumed that the king possessed a great and mighty army, and that he had the power to change the flow of the Nile  He had the tools to beat the Arabs in Egypt.

Ethiopians were more than welcome in Europe.

That Philip the Good was expecting good things from black Africans is reflected in the work of the Flemish miniaturist Loyset Liédet, commissioned by Philip.

In one of the manuscripts of Loyset Liédet, La Fleur des Histoires (fol. 7, 1455 -1460), we see a representation of the reinstallation of Constantine the Great (c. 280-337)  at Constantinople, the three black escorts are probably Ethiopians. The men wear fifteenth-century fashion.

The dark man in middle front could depict a king or dignitary. He wears the clothes and hat of a highly placed person. On his neck he seems to have a golden chain. Typical of the western view of Africans are the golden earrings and the band around the head of one of the other men.

-Esther Schruder, Art Historian

Notice even a professional finds these works very difficult to get SEEN by anyone. Also note that she mentions almost no research has been done-they just let these works of art molder in obscurity.

supermattural:

nayx:

this video makes me so happy 

this is exactly 100% what its like to be enlisted 

This made me giggle.