A message from Anonymous
Hi! Figured I'd ask a normal author: I have never written before in my life, like, at all, I can't write a two word sentence without screwing it over, and now I'm writing, like, a freaking novel, but I don't really notice it, like, I'll be totally zoned out, thinking i'm dozing off, and I'll come to, with like, chapters of the most fucking beautiful writing ever. Is that, like, normal for writers? Because I thought people decided to write a book, and plan it. It should not just, like, happen?

Hello dear Anon! You’re in good company. That’s what we call the muse.

I swear to high heavens, and my friends can vouch for me here, I go nuts at night. I become magically poetic, completely silly, oddly profound, or sometimes a bizarre combination of them all. Needless to say I get pretty zoned out!  I also get zoned out or in the zone in the “it’s too freaking early for this crap” time of morning.  And when I write at these times I think “oh my gosh, I am writing the worse writing that has been written.”  But I never delete it. I always wait until I read over it the next morning/night/day. That’s how I discovered that I do my best writing during these times.

Here’s the thing, some writers are planners. They can plan it out, they can tell their characters exactly what to do and when to do it, they can tweak and twist and it is beautiful. Their muse is a gloriously organized being that feeds thoughts in a gentle manner, encourages and prods (and sometimes violently pokes with a pointy stick), but knows when to sit back. Before you know it, the writer has created a masterpiece. I affectionately call these delightful people “Pensive Planners”

But others, like you and me, we zone out or get in the zone, or some weird zone half way in between and then holy crap, we have painted the most beautiful word picture. One that would make the greats of our time weep. We could be called “The Twilight Zone Writers” (wait, I’m not gonna get sued for saying that am I? I can’t afford to get sued! D: You know what, just for safety’s sake let’s say that we’re the Zonies.) 

You are an awesome writer if you write the way a Pensive Planner does. You’re an awesome writer if you write the way Zonies do. Heck, you’re an awesome writer if you write at all!

The normal way you write is not necessarily going to be my normal, or your favorite author’s normal. And that is totally fine. That’s part of what makes writing so enjoyable! We all have something in common yet it’s different for each one of us.

So trust me Anon, you’re normal. Well, about as normal as we writers can get. Welcome to the club. :)

edgebug:

sincerely, a person who has been on prozac for 9 years

this is in response to some shitty stuff i’ve seen on my dash recently. it’s super simplified, so if you’d like to know some more indepth stuff on how exactly it works, google it—OR BETTER YET actually talk to a mental health doctor psychiatrist person wow

Depression is a huge issue, and it shows up in books and other media constantly. Sometimes it’s portrayed correctly and in an informative way, and sometimes not. Far too often it’s not.

Which is why I encourage anyone, especially writers, to always research, always ask questions, and truly understand and respect those answers. It’s not worth the hurt you’ll bring to others and yourself when you spread misinformation, especially about prevalent issues such as mental health.

A Review: Hell House

|+|Before starting the review I need to make it incredibly clear that this book has a plethora of triggers in it, including but certainly not limited to suicide, insanity, possession, and rape. I do address some of topics within my review.|+|

"Think of me as your unseen host and believe that, during your stay here, I shall be with you in spirit" - Beleasco (Hell House)

Author: Richard Matheson

Genre: Horror (haunted house)

Summary: For over twenty years, Belasco House has stood empty. Regarded as the Mount Everest of haunted houses, it is a venerable mansion whose shadowed walls have witnessed scenes of almost unimaginable horror and depravity. Two previous expeditions to investigate its secrets met with disaster, the participants destroyed by murder, suicide or insanity.

Now a new investigation has been mounted, bringing four strangers to the forbidding mansion, determined to probe Belasco House for the ultimate secrets of life and death. Each has his or her own reason for daring the unknown torments and temptations of the mansion, but can any soul survive what lurks within the most haunted house on Earth?

My Humble Opinion: Horror, the bane and love of readers and writers world wide. Each book, each tale, no matter how short or long either is the dreaded spider in the shoe, or a lovely, harmless pet tarantula. Some people hate spiders, others keep them as pets.

This book did not scare me in the slightest, which was incredibly disappointing, seeing that I read the book to be terrified. This book could most certainly be my pet tarantula.

Yet Belasco house makes for a wonderful atmosphere. It truly is a character in the book, instead of just a place. It’s a wonderful talent to have as a writer, and it’s a pleasure to read. It was one of the elements that kept me reading this book.

The characters, aside from the house, are…interesting. I felt like Florance and Edith were sidelined until the end of the book. Florance is one of the most fascinating characters in the book in my view, and ultimately she does lead the group in the right direction. Yet she is very sexualized and looked down upon by all characters, and in turn that makes the readers more likely to look down on her as well. Edith was one of the most flat characters I have ever read, which was also disappointing. I really feel as if the author felt like he had to keep the book gender balanced and forgot that women could actually do stuff and be powerful contributors. I felt that I would have enjoyed Dr. Barret and Fischer more if there was a balance of power. 

I did enjoy the psychology and differing views in the book. The idea was that all ghostly phenomena could be explained through science (Dr. Barret), or that ghosts were ghosts, and science should be left to the scientists (Fischer). It was refreshing for a book to present both sides and to allow the reader to make up their mind.

But there is also some very disturbing elements of psychology in this. Rape, suicide and insanity are all mentioned and sometimes in great detail. I find some of this reasonable, simply because the most traumatic cases of paranormal activity reported have lead to insanity or suicide. Extreme trauma, emotional or physical, real or imagined, can have very real and very long lasting effects. It seemed like those situations were treated with more integrity than the sexual ones.

But I’m not ok with how rape and sexual interactions were portrayed. I felt like those elements were put in simply for the shock value. Because it is horrible and terrifying, no doubt about it. But book is not scary just because rape is in there, and to put sexual abuse of any kind in a book simply for shock value is degrading to the survivors. The way it was played in the book made it seem like everyone (especially women) wants sex and they want it despite if they realize it or not. That’s rape culture. That’s not ok.

I do understand that the Belasco house was a place of complete depravity and that terrible things happened there, and there are certainly many things that disturbed me within the book. Yet I felt as if the author relied far too much on the shock value of these events and happenings instead of creating something that would leave me sleeping with the lights on (not that it did much good for the people in the book).

This book had a wonderful setting and atmosphere. Not only was there the science/paranormal debate, there was this wonderful, layered mystery of the house. While the scares never came for me, the plot line was intreiguing enough to keep me going.

Did it have truly frightening elements in it? Sure…I think. But for me, no. It had some fun jump scares, but they never stuck with me. For others, many of my friends included, I’m sure that this truly is one of the most frightening books out there.

TL;DR: It was a very interesting read, and the mystery element(s) to it were wonderful. The psychology within the book really added a special layer to the plot and characters.

For die hard horror fans or anyone looking for the next big scare, this might not be it, then again, it might be. It’s considered a classic in the horror genre, so it makes for a fun read. For people looking for a new read and an interesting spin on haunted houses and know they are ok with the subjects within the book, go for it! For those that are testing the waters of the horror genre, start with something lighter and work your way up. This book isn’t named Hell House for nothing!

figmentdotcom:

What books have helped you find happiness?

figmentdotcom:

What books have helped you find happiness?

hilarioushumorfromouterspace:

Aaaand it’s 3am

And the six chapters after it.

hilarioushumorfromouterspace:

Aaaand it’s 3am

And the six chapters after it.

mondozuryuu:

rabblerowser:

skilledcunnilinguist:

silver-whale:

This is unspeakably perfect.

I died.

I guess you could say this moment was stone cold gold

yes

mondozuryuu:

rabblerowser:

skilledcunnilinguist:

silver-whale:

This is unspeakably perfect.

I died.

I guess you could say this moment was stone cold gold

yes

squigglydigg:

lovedhater:

Running wild in the streets with your best friend.

I don’t even watch Naruto and I love these two

"Anime/Manga is stupid" I hear people snarl in the halls of schools, especially middle and high schools, where the pressure to fit in can be quite near soul crushing.

"You should spend your time on something else." I’ve heard well meaning parents as well as others, and not so well meaning people say this a plethora of times.

And I’m laughing as I type the next phrase, which anyone who has ever been passionate about anything has heard before: “Why do you care so much about it? It’s just _____” (cue yelling of “BUT IT’S NOT! Uuuugh!”)

Really it’s not. Anime and manga have long inspired me and not just writing wise. Although you can easily find a plethora of intensely talented writers pulling out all the stops to amazing effect on places like Archive of Our Own or Fanfiction.net, writing about their favorite manga or anime charachters. But it doesn’t stop there. There are hundreds if not thousands of people who have started writing or drawing or something because they saw it in an anime or manga that they deeply connected with. And these people are brilliant. Many of them are encouraging of others and many welcome other fans with open arms, especially the new ones.

And even if people don’t write stories or draw or what have you, you still have a group of people coming together all because of some characters, art, and spiffy story telling.

You have people from all over the world talking about friendship, loyalty, courage, integrity, love, and perhaps most of all faith in yourself and others as well as determination. All key elements to Naruto. On the outside it looks like a comedy about  You have people seeking knowledge on these things, looking for opinions. And it’s just incredible to watch.

Although I’m not a die hard Naruto fan, I do enjoy the series. I really applaud the fandom for sticking with it for so long and for going through so much, as well as being such a wonderfully diverse group. I also adore those who don’t like or even know about the show/series and still have an appreciation for the characters and the fans. The world needs more people like you.

And if you aren’t a fan of Naruto, or any anime or manga and you just think it’s all crap, I hope this encourages you to look at the stories, art, and fans in a different light. Cartoons, anime or otherwise, and comics, manga or otherwise tell a plethora of stories. Many of them very thoughtful and intelligent.

It might look crazy, but come on, who doesn’t want to be able to do awesome stunts and run around town and all over it? Count me in on that!

raodum:

annaslibrary:

raodum:

elsaslittlesnowflake:

Barefoot at the symphony is simply perfect. Obsessed.

Yes it is!!!!! Seen it about forty times and not tired of it yet!

Wait, people can get tired of anything related to Idina Menzel? You never know what you learn!

Not me!!! But I annoy my family with listening to her ALL the tIME!!!haha!

Hahah, each to their own I guess, but listening to her keeps my creative juices going as you well know because you introduced me to her. Thank you for that btw. :)