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futurejournalismproject:

Q: Today you saw the children lying on the beach. What was it like to see this but be unable to help?

Tyler Hicks: It was clear that these children were beyond help. I was very close to three of the four children who were killed and it was clear that they had been killed instantly. Had there been some way to help them I certainly would have. Because Gaza is so small ambulance crews arrive almost immediately when something happens.

Image: A civilian carries one of four Palestinian cousins killed by an Israeli air strike while playing on a beach in Gaza, by Tyler Hicks via The New York Times. Read the Times’ interview with Hicks about reporting from Gaza. Select to embiggen.

Not writing related, but seriously, wtf Tumblr??? You can’t just drop a fucking image of dead Palestinian children onto my Dash as a “suggested blog” post with no trigger warnings, nothing.

I reblogged this as a text post so that the image would be hidden from you guys. But I’m really mad, that’s some fucked up shit.

maxkirin

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You have to surrender to your mediocrity, and just write. Because it’s hard, really hard, to write even a crappy book. But it’s better to write a book that kind of sucks rather than no book at all, as you wait around to magically become Faulkner. No one is going to write your book for you and you can’t write anybody’s book but your own.

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paulftompkins

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paulftompkins:

This was quite a journey! I spent the better part of a day going back and forth with a guy that I was not entirely sure was for real at first, then I absolutely got fooled, and then I realized I got fooled. It was fun. The guy said some LEGITIMATELY funny stuff when he was “in character.” And it all ended in a way that I felt good about.

It’s pretty much all laid out in the screencaps, But let me elaborate here:

HEY YOUNG MEN! I know it seems like women complain a lot about how they are represented in media, including fiction, and how it seems like they want entertainment tailored specifically to them, and how they seem to want ALL of pop culture to be politically correct or feminist-ized or whatever it is you think they want, but really, what’s happening is that women are tired of seeing garbage women characters in most of our entertainment. And they’re wondering, Would it really be so much trouble to make more realized female characters? You could still have all your CGI and action and science fiction and drama and swords and stuff, but the female characters could be a little more fleshed out and interesting. And the entertainment would still be good and would, in fact, be better.

Guys, instead of  thinking, “Hey, not everything has to be politicized,” try thinking, “I wonder what it would be like for me if the situation were reversed, and how I’d feel if in the vast majority of the entertainment I consumed, the male characters were few and far between and then mostly used as talking props & plot devices. I wonder if I’d get kinda tired of that and occasionally I’d say something, even a little joke, just to ease the annoyance a little.”

Fellows. Listen to the women in your lives. Ask them questions. It will change your perspective for the better. Years ago, I got into a brief argument with two female friends of mine about a movie— it does not even matter which movie— that they viewed as sexist and I did not. I couldn;t even fathom how they could see it that way. I tried to argue that it was not sexist. In recounting our discussion to another party, it was pointed out to me that they might have a different viewpoint based on their life experiences, and that it was not for me to tell them that their interpretation was incorrect. And that I was probably getting defensive about it because if the movie was sexist, it followed that my liking it would make me appear sexist. And that’s when I realized that none of this was about me, and maybe I should shut up and listen and try to understand. And also to be more aware of things like this and develop not just my sympathy, but my empathy.

I will only ever be able to empathize so much with women, because my experience as a white male in America is vastly different from that of anyone who is not that. But I can relate to:

  • not being taken seriously
  • not being listened to
  • being dismissed
  • being condescended to
  • having something explained to me that I already understand

And I having had those experiences, I am now more inclined to TRY to understand where someone is coming from if they are telling me they are having a similar experience with our culture.

So guys: just try. You don’t even really have to dig that deep. Think about your own experiences as a person, then apply that to someone else. It gets easier the more you do it, and it makes your life better.

Anyway, I hear Dawn of The Planet of The Apes is pretty good! 

maxkirin

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The first draft is just you telling yourself the story.

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kdecember:

Hi, follow Little River  and submit your poems. I want the river to be the only river you see for miles and miles, everything you ever built floating toward you. Away from you, Carried for you. Be a part of the first issue! There is no theme, just the work you feel proud of. You can send me any questions you have at kdecember or Little River. 

kdecember:

Hi, follow Little River  and submit your poems. I want the river to be the only river you see for miles and miles, everything you ever built floating toward you. Away from you, Carried for you. Be a part of the first issue! There is no theme, just the work you feel proud of. You can send me any questions you have at kdecember or Little River

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kibavulpuselunal

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Writing tips: Architect or Gardner

kibavulpuselunal:

Okay, so many of you may have heard the famous quote/speech of George R.R. Martin about the differences between writers. The common view is that there are two types of writers. Neither is wrong, but both are different. First is the architect. They sit down and have every detail carefully planned out ready to roll before they even begin to type on a keyboard. They put all pieces of the coffin together just so and the instant they punch a key they start to hammer in the nails. Now there’s nothing wrong with this, but I personally am not an architect. I’m more of a gardener, that is a writer who doesn’t really plan things too far in advance. A gardener plants the seed of a story’s concept and grows it from the ground up. Sure they plan a few small things, they know what they’re growing for example, but as for how the finished product will look, they’ve no idea. And that’s okay too. Mr. Martin goes on to say that in the end, no one is solely one or the other, which I agree with whole heartedly.

But you may ask yourself “what are the pro’s and con’s of those writing types” to which I can honestly say this: A story that is organized down to the last fly buzzing around in the background can get boring. It has no soul or spirit to it, and if you’re not careful it begins to get as monotonous as “Beuler…Beuler…Beuler…”. For those of you younger folks, that is to say it gets dull and bland. But the inverse has cons too. A story that is completely vomited on to the screen without rhyme or reason hurts too. Chaos without discipline can really become harsh for readers. People don’t like having questions unanswered and even less having questions with the wrong answers.

But if there’s one key thing to know about your writing style it’s this: it’s YOUR writing style, and no one elses. It’s nice receiving feedback from fans and other writers, but it’s also important to please the one person who knows your work even more than them. You. Have confidence in yourself, be either architect or gardener. Don’t let other people try to tell you that your way of writing is wrong and that theirs is the only right way, because just like in any other form of art, there is always more than one way to tell a story. Many paths, one mountain. Be proud of yourself and what you write. I hope this has helped some of you and I wish you the best of luck in life and literature. -Kiba Elunal

thebooksmugglers

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Announcing Book Smugglers Publishing: We Want Your Short Stories

thebooksmugglers:

Ana and Thea here, fresh from a weekend of intense weekend of brainstorming and planning (and eating, drinking & geeking). We have some exciting news:

Book Smugglers FB

For the past six years we have been reading, commenting on, and sharing our thoughts about stories. After the amazing experience of curating Speculative Fiction 2013, we Book Smugglers want to continue to find and publish the best and brightest voices in SFF. This time, we’re looking for original short stories from all around the world. Our goal is to publish at least three short stories every year, unified by a central theme (that will change each year). Each short story will be accompanied by one original piece of artwork from an artist commissioned by us separately.

In 2014, we are looking for subversive fairy tale retellings.

These retellings need not be reimaginings of Hans Christian Andersen, the Brothers Grimm, or Charles Perrault (although we love these fables and are happy to read and consider any retellings); we want a broader pool of stories, traditions, and canons to choose from.

What We’re Looking For:

  • DIVERSITY. We want to read and publish short stories that reflect the diverse world we live in, about and from traditionally underrepresented perspectives.
  • Middle Grade, Young Adult, and Adult audience submissions are welcome. Good speculative fiction is ageless!
  • Creativity & Subversion. We love subversive stories. We want you to challenge the status quo with your characters, story telling technique, and themes.

Guidelines for Submission: (check out our official page here)

  • We are looking for original speculative fiction, between 1,500 and 17,500 words long.
  • These SFF offerings must be previously unpublished; we do not accept simultaneous submissions.
  • Profanity, sex, and other explicit situations are fine as long as they fit within the context of the story.
  • Submissions are open now, and will be open through July 31, 2014.

Payment and Terms: We are funding this ourselves because we are passionate about finding new and diverse voices in SFF. We will be paying $0.05 per word up to $500 (although we welcome stories from a minimum of 1,500 words and up to a maximum of 17,500 words long). We plan on publishing these short stories for free in their entirety on thebooksmugglers.com. We also plan on selling these stories in ebook and limited print editions at a 50% net royalty, with possible inclusion in future anthologies (royalty to be negotiated). We ask for exclusive rights for a year, and non-exclusive rights following that.

How to Submit: Submissions should be emailed to submissions@thebooksmugglers.com. Please attach your full story as a document (.doc, .docx, .rtf). Please do not send your story as text in the body of an email. A cover letter is not strictly necessary but welcome, and we would love to learn a little bit about you and the inspiration behind your work (or anything else you think is relevant to your story submission).

We will reply to all authors who have submitted work by August 15, 2014.

We are happy to answer any of your questions - leave a comment or email us (contact@thebooksmugglers.com), and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible. And… that’s it! We hope to be reading your excellent short stories very soon.

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chriswwriter

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This Life Creative

chriswwriter:

Throwing commas at a page, Pollock 
would smirk around cheroot smoke 
and smile on his pipe handle. 

Power is not in the take away but 
my give is a thousand bamboo forests 
in typhoon’s miracle, death has no grasp. 

Yes, I tickle the dragons tail in the spirit 
of expansion, flickering blue light fate 
that waits in Colorado skies. 

My experiments escape from my test tubes, indiscriminate. 

Glory is illusion illusive, idiosyncratic to my fashion, 
a hawk disguised with robins and larks, 
a take down in microcosms resplendent grace. 

Passion is my conflagration unleashed on pages 
a music of gods imparted a bit more than 
lightly, for touch is definite, as am I. 

Another way, passion is my glory, nebulous are accolades. 

Voice is strength, and I protect mine in fire holly 
and breathed upon by blue sapphires, my makes 
are inviolate in their power, glory and passion… 

And gratitude for this life creative never wanes. 

Chris Whitenack © 2014 

saladinahmed

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saladinahmed:

Questions you should ask yourself about your Strong Female Character. From this excellent article: http://t.co/efkvvUqsum

saladinahmed:

Questions you should ask yourself about your Strong Female Character. From this excellent article: http://t.co/efkvvUqsum

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walterswhitetulip:

god just like. the sheer irony of the fact that mary shelley wrote frankenstein when she was still a teenager. a teenage girl. founder of modern sci fi story telling. and yet now teenage girls are sneered at when they show an interest in ~nerd culture~ and sci fi. i just. man. 

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dimyway02

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It was like the devil came in the night and stole my child’s soul.

Talking to the parents of children with regressive autism is scary but important (via dimyway02)

Try being the person with regressive autism.  Try standing there right in front of people while they say that your soul doesn’t exist, that you are not in your body, that you are a shell of your former self.  And wanting to punch them in the eye for having the nerve to act like you don’t exist anymore, but not being able to.  (Or doing so, and then being accused of having “unexplainable aggression” which goes more towards having “no soul”.)

NEVER talk about autistic people this way.

NEVER say we don’t have souls.

NEVER say we’re vegetables.

NEVER say we aren’t the person we used to be.

NEVER say you want the “old you” back.

NEVER say these things.

And never repeat these things as if they’re some kind of profound observation about what it’s like to be someone related to us.  Think what it’s like to be right there, with everyone and having everyone around you talking as if you’ve been stolen, as if you’re not the real you anymore, as if they need to go find the real you and bring you back, as if who you are is an empty shell, a vegetable, a vacant body with no soul.

This is not profound, it is disgusting and sickening.

Signed, a ‘regressive’ autistic who is still routinely treated as an empty shell with no soul or thoughts or emotions of my own

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how not to write about mental disabilities or illness 1-0-fucking-1

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so-treu

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odetoblack:

Added Bonus: Irregardless of what you think, “conversate” is a word

so-treu:

well then.

No Dictionary Can Include All Words

No Dictionary Can Include All Words

No Dictionary Can Include All Words

and thus using a dictionary (rather than descriptive linguistics) to determine whether a word qualifies as legitimate or not is bullshit

erikadprice

The term cracker was coined by former slaves. A cracker was a man on the plantation who issued beatings to the people enslaved. It's offensive to use it as a term to describe white people. I wouldn't be saying this unless it belittles them as a people, and it does. Also just because you are a "cis, straight cracker" doesn't make it ok to say it. It's perpetuating a really vicious cycle that is only getting worse. I just really and humbly ask that you consider what you're saying before you say it

Anonymous

It’s offensive that white people did that shit

Not that white people are called that shit

diversitycrosscheck

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hey i was wondering if poc, trans and asexual characters would be less credible if they came from a white pansexual genderfluid writer, and what should i do about this?

Anonymous

diversitycrosscheck:

That’s the very reason I started this blog! To help writers learn how to write characters that aren’t necessarily like them, in a respectful way that doesn’t perpetuate negative stereotypes.

The answer to this question — about credibility and whatnot — is a tightrope-balancing situation. You don’t have those experiences and thus haven’t experienced discrimination as those people. But if you work hard to understand the culture that surrounds a certain identity, I don’t see why you shouldn’t write about it. Erasure is not the answer.

Criticism is inevitable. If scrutiny is not something you want to experience, writing maaay not be the best choice. The important thing is to research and immerse yourself in the culture to the best of your ability. Read works by poc, trans, and ace authors. Doesn’t have to be fiction; it could be poetry, biographies, memoirs, a scientific article on bees. The Internet is your best friend! Talk to poc, trans, and ace people.

Most importantly: Be open to new perspectives.