diversity, literature, & the audacity of writing

shwetanarayan:

There’s a certain audacity required to write. There’s an audacity in believing that the story in your head, which is an extrapolation of something held as a deeper truth, might be interesting or important to anyone but you. There’s an audacity in believing that you can accurately transfer that story-truth into words on a page, and that those strung-together words will also be something beautiful. From where does this audacity arise? How do you develop a belief in yourself so strong that it can see you through to the end of a poem or the conclusion of a novel?

Adding this quote (bolding mine) from a bit later, because SO MUCH YES:

Why should parents have to embark on a literary research project and discard their televisions in order to create diversity in their children’s lives, to show their children that the world values people who look or talk or dream like they do? The audacity to write is harder to muster when you don’t believe you are valued.

(Source: ethiopienne)

posted: 2 weeks ago
with: 590 notes

ted:

Well, that was easy.

You just learned 8 Chinese words in the cutest way possible.

When TED speaker ShaoLan Hsueh tried to teach her children Chinese, she realized just how hard it is for new learners to grasp. So she created a series of illustrations to make the beautiful, often complex characters easier to remember. It makes learning Chinese … wait for it … Chineasy.

Try Chineasy for yourself and watch her full talk here »

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theheatofthesouth:

1. First cut up some strawberries and soak em in vodka for as long as you can bear to wait (if you do it overnight it’s even better)
2. Then add some lemonade.
3. Stir and serve with mint.
4. Be drunk.

The problems of writing

clevergirlhelps:

  • Having a Beginning
  • Having an Ending
  • But WHERE’S THE MIDDLE?!?
  • HOW DO I GET TO THE ENDING
  • WHAT IS A PLOT
  • WHAT ARE PLOT DETAILS
  • WHAT IS WRITING

And most importantly:

  • HOW DO I TITLE

FRIENDS

(Source: pitchblack-the-nightmare-king)

ktempest:

weneeddiversebooks:

Fantastic photo of the crowd at the #WeNeedDiverseBooks panel. It’s really great because that’s Barry Goldblatt (Ellen Oh’s agent) of BG Literary. He is a powerhouse agent who reps amazing authors and is also a huge advocate for diversity. Barry established a $5,000 annual scholarship at the Vermont College of Fine Arts in honor of Angela Johnson, the critically acclaimed African American poet and author of more than 40 books for children and young adults. One or two MFA scholarships of up to $5,000 will be awarded annually.
Eligibility Criteria
Qualified applicants will meet the following criteria:
A minority, defined as a person of color or a person of ethnic minority in the VCFA community
Demonstrates talent, promise, and commitment to a career as a writer in the children and/or young adults field of literature
Has strong financial need.
For more information on this fantastic scholarship program, please go to the VCFA website.
This is how you support diversity. Thank you Barry!

I was *just* talking to Barry the other night and he is always, always, always looking for more writers of color and books with characters of color to represent. If you write YA and are looking for an agent, he is one to query!

ktempest:

weneeddiversebooks:

Fantastic photo of the crowd at the #WeNeedDiverseBooks panel. It’s really great because that’s Barry Goldblatt (Ellen Oh’s agent) of BG Literary. He is a powerhouse agent who reps amazing authors and is also a huge advocate for diversity. Barry established a $5,000 annual scholarship at the Vermont College of Fine Arts in honor of Angela Johnson, the critically acclaimed African American poet and author of more than 40 books for children and young adults. One or two MFA scholarships of up to $5,000 will be awarded annually.

Eligibility Criteria

Qualified applicants will meet the following criteria:

  • A minority, defined as a person of color or a person of ethnic minority in the VCFA community
  • Demonstrates talent, promise, and commitment to a career as a writer in the children and/or young adults field of literature
  • Has strong financial need.

For more information on this fantastic scholarship program, please go to the VCFA website.

This is how you support diversity. Thank you Barry!

I was *just* talking to Barry the other night and he is always, always, always looking for more writers of color and books with characters of color to represent. If you write YA and are looking for an agent, he is one to query!

posted: 1 month ago
with: 842 notes

morefuntime:

tutorial

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fucktonofanatomyreferences:

Another superb fuck-ton of head angle references.

posted: 1 month ago
with: 60039 notes

fucktonofanatomyreferences:

Another superb fuck-ton of head angle references.

posted: 1 month ago
with: 60039 notes
germanottaaa:

im bored of life and everything so i decided to make a post of everything. like a ref list of workouts, studying help, writing, drawing… etc! this will literally take me hours i s2g
STUDYING;
a way to high marks and be on tumblr the same time.
science translated to english :)
collection of studying mixes
selfcontrol and various pomodoro method site blockers are extremely helpful when you know you need to shut down your access to distracting websites
simplynoise, mynoise, rainymood, coffitivity, soundrown, simplyrain,naturesoundplayer, naturesoundsforme are good background voices 
a site that would explain to you literally anything
organizing your time, studying strategies.. etc
study skills
how to google
learning how to revise
improving your revision skills
learn geography 
shop books online
alt. to wikipedia
final exams guide
get motivated to study
tips for a productive study break
when should I go to bed?
microsoft word equivalent
free online books
more free books
can’t do your homework?
“no homework” excuses
how to get unblocked internet in school (chrome only)
words to make you seem more intelligent
emotions vocabulary  
WRITING;
how to write a kickass essay
alternatives to “said”
alternatives to “whispered”
tip of my tongue
Read any book (apparently)
writing fantasy stories
character flaws
writers block (1) (2)
writing a death scene
bio help
degrees of emotions
writing ref
music to help you write
ART; 
painting tutorial
colour palette (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6)
drawing clothe folding
avoiding drawing the same face
draw ice
anatomy help
free drawing program (1) (2)
sai brushes (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8)
draw hair
drawing ref
dont know what to draw?
draw 3D room tut
drawing eyes
lip tutorial
how to draw jeans
how to draw arms
expression tutorial
drawing hair and fur
drawing cats
pose reference blog [its actually a blog full of references i-]
download photoshop
paint blood
color blender
draw hands
hands 2
photoshop help (1) (2) (3) (4) (5)
remove backgrounds from images online
clouds
brush setting ref (SAI)
kissing ref 
how to draw curls
realistic woman body ref
draw knees
draw feet
shadow help
male body
lips ref
contouring and highlighting
draw wings
change images using blur (PS)
gray
hat ref
glowing stuff
pastel colors
draw grass
eyeliner ref
MAKEUP;
eyeliner
punk rock makeup
disney eye makeup
coverup tattooes
how to apply blush
6 makeup tips
ombre eyeliner
what makeup complements my complexion?
what makeup suits you?
lipstick tricks
how to do your makeup with a spoon
HAIR;
messy bun tutorial
different ways to braid
three-braid updo
waterfall braid
how to fishtail
romantic curls
braid + bun updo
how to do pastel hair
8 ways to wear a bow
4-strand braid
braided bun
braided headband
dutch braid crown
pin curls!
how to contour
everyday makeup routine
lipstick using crayons
eyeliner ref wow
filling in eyebrows
banana facial mask (moisturizes)
strawberry facial mask (acne prone skin)
avocado facial mask (dry skin)
yogurt facial mask (sensitive skin)
list of oils to add to your face masks
already made masterpost :*
FOOD;
hot chocolate using nutella -gasp-
4 different smoothies
chocolate chip cookies
tastiest starbucks drinks
best grilled cheese
winter sore throat tea
best chocolate cake
apple pies (mini aw-)
extra fancy garlic bread
french bread pizza
pIE
muffin in a mug
how to make nutella fudge
lavender lemonade wow
15 pound homemade snickers bar
make candy crystal meth
Macaroni and cheese in a mug
cheap & healthy snacks
Every Starbucks drink and pasty
deliciousfood
vegans
MOVIES/TV-SHOWS;
tv shows masterpost hola
movie masterpost
scary movies
movies to watch when you’re sad
when to pee during a movie
jennifer lawrence movies master list
glee season 1,2,3,4 + 5
ja’mie private school girl
adventure time master list
supernatural
doctor who
pirates of the carriben series
walking dead season 1,2,3 + 4
american horror story season 1 + 2
a list of over 900 movies with links
MUSIC/AUDIO; 
white noise
coffee shop
all the music you’ve reblogged
stay happy
concentrate
listen to the rain
GET HYPED
fireplace
play piano
FREE BOOKS;
textbooknova
reddit
bookboon
textbookrevolution
math textbooks
ebookee
freebookspot
free-ebooks
getfreeebooks
bookfinder
oerconsortium
gutenberg project
ebook3000
readanybook
free audio books
masterpost of books wow
BORED?;
answer trivia questions and give people rice
make a a giant squid pillow!
make your own acapella band 
live ocean
pokemon secret base
read creepy wikipedia articles
read more creepy wikipedia articles 
disney lies/ urban legends (probs not real like-)
this will take you to a cool place
your online garden
sand art online
wow just open it omg
cool websites for wasting time (1, 2, 3 )
how to help someone who is suicidal
make a blanket nest
click daily to give free food to an animal shelter
2500 Japanese emoticons 
homemade wax
gift ideas for cat lovers
moss graffiti
make a flower crown
night vale monopoly
learn how to survive a zombie apocalypse
how to play ‘sherlock’
supernatural workout
learn a new language!
learn london slang
take personality tests
watch this video
make gifs
see what its like to live on minimum wage
watch great vines
make glitter out of salt
make dip-dyed shoes
learn to read korean in 15 minutes
how to make origami
color matching game
fun sites masterpost
how to be an adult
check your postlimit
make a wand
find out if a website is safe
make a font from your handwriting
SELF-HELP;
materpost
emergency compliment
cute yahoo answers
calming manatee
calming gif
coping skills and distractions
draw a stickman
daily puppy
guided relaxation 
the thoughts room
go to a quiet place 
cut something instead of yourself 
let it out 
self injury recovery masterpost 
free hugs 
coping skills & distractions 
make a comfort box
CLOTHING;
1000+ reference
BACKGROUNDS;
nature/scenery
literally everything
a little from everything
tile/repeating/pattern background
gradient
halloween
PIXELS;
cool pixel blogs (1) (2) (3) (4) (5)
christmas
halloween
HTML;
make a theme tutorial

germanottaaa:

im bored of life and everything so i decided to make a post of everything. like a ref list of workouts, studying help, writing, drawing… etc! this will literally take me hours i s2g

STUDYING;

WRITING;

ART; 

MAKEUP;

HAIR;

FOOD;

MOVIES/TV-SHOWS;

MUSIC/AUDIO; 

FREE BOOKS;

BORED?;

SELF-HELP;

CLOTHING;

BACKGROUNDS;

PIXELS;

HTML;

(Source: cutting--wrists)

If you use magic in fiction, the first thing you have to do is put barriers up. There must be limits to magic. If you can snap your fingers and make anything happen, where’s the fun in that? … The story really starts when you put limits on magic. Where fantasy gets a bad name is when anything can happen because a wizard snaps his fingers. Magic has to come with a cost, probably a much bigger cost than when things are done by what is usually called ‘the hard way.’"
— Terry Pratchett, author of the Discworld series, on writing magic. (via moniquill)

(Source: theticklishpear)

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