sometimes you just stop asking how things happen


sometimes you just stop asking how things happen

Slaying Monsters


by Kathleen Chaney

At six she hid under pillows and sheets
And let out whimpers building to screams
Her mother, with weary tired grace
Arrived to soothe the crying face
She plucked the monster from her door
And stowed him in her sweater drawer

Sixteen brought parties, boys, and fun
And a punch bowl spiked with too much rum
But a monster crawled from the upstairs bed
And grabbed her wrist til it was red
But her other fist was free to crunch
And with his cool he lost his lunch

At twenty six the doctor called
And posted grim pictures on the wall
With heart on sleeve and urgings great
She prayed to God and all His saints
So He swiped the monster from her chest
And allowed her health and blissful rest






i did the thing stop asking me

what is up with shitty books being super popular? is this a recent thing?

Because one of the protagonist is an exotic asian fucking koreaboos and weeaboos they can fry in hell I stg

Every time I see this book on my dash, I just hear worse and worse things. I feel like as a Korean American, I need to read this, but I don’t know if I want to waste my time…

Thank you for voicing this. I picked up on some problematic things while reading, but I did not realize the scope of it until now.

"It is not an exaggeration to say that a novel is its point of view, for point of view determines the readers’ responses, controls the readers’ sympathies or empathies for the characters, and engages or distances the readers’ emotional involvement in the fictional world … In novels, point of view is even more important than it is in short stories and novellas, if only because of the more extensive world the author is creating. Point of view can help you create your fictional world more realistically and make your characters more alive for your audience, so it is essential to understand and master point of view."
Sherri Szeman (via writingquotes)

Fantasy is silver and scarlet, indigo and azure, obsidian veined with gold and lapis lazuli. Reality is plywood and plastic, done up in mud brown and olive drab. Fantasy tastes of habaneros and honey, cinnamon and cloves, rare red meat and wines as sweet as summer. Reality is beans and tofu, and ashes at the end. Reality is the strip malls of Burbank, the smokestacks of Cleveland, a parking garage in Newark. Fantasy is the towers of Minas Tirith, the ancient stones of Gormenghast, the halls of Camelot. Fantasy flies on the wings of Icarus, reality on Southwest Airlines. Why do our dreams become so much smaller when they finally come true? We read fantasy to find the colors again, I think. To taste strong spices and hear the songs the sirens sang. There is something old and true in fantasy that speaks to something deep within us, to the child who dreamt that one day he would hunt the forests of the night, and feast beneath the hollow hills, and find a love to last forever somewhere south of Oz and north of Shangri-La. They can keep their heaven. When I die, I’d sooner go to Middle-Earth.


- George R.R. Martin  (via indisposablehero)

This is one of the most beautiful quotes I think I have ever read. I love it, and I will treasure it for my entire life.

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"The Six Golden Rules of Writing: Read, read, read, and write, write, write."
Ernest Gaines (via writingquotes)
A message from Anonymous
Do you have any advice on making flawed characters? Do you think any of the MCs from the snarked books are flawed & why?
A reply from readingwithavengeance

I think all the MCs from the books I’ve done are flawed.

I rarely see a character in a book that isn’t flawed.  Most writes seem to have a good handle on that.  Everyone except the most adorable of newbie fanfiction writers understands that perfect characters aren’t all they’re cracked up to be.  The trick, instead, is to make sure you’ve got the right write the flaws as having consequences.  Too often I’ll see books where the MC has a glaring flaw that I think the author didn’t mean to include, because careless writing turned them accidentally racist or selfish or spineless.  And too often I’ll see characters who have flaws, and their flaws are front-and-center…and those flaws have no meaning.  You’ll end up with a rude, snarky character…who has everyone loving her anyway.  You’ll up with an impulsive, brash character…who only jumps in when it turns out she was right all along.  Yes, they have flaws, but they never struggle with those flaws, and they never have to deal with the downside of those flaws.

Consequences and struggle are the whole reason people say flawed characters are good.  We want to see them deal with the problems caused by those flaws.  We want to see the characters fall down and get back up again.  Simply including a thing that would be a flaw here in the real world but not having the Big Brass Authorial Genitals to deal with that is meaningless.

Also, it’s important to make sure that people have reactions to your characters flaws that are based on their own personalities.  Get in the head of your secondary characters and look at the MC’s flaws from their view.  If your MC is rude and recalcitrant and uncommunicative, that’s going to piss off even their friends.  Don’t have only the “bad” people getting mad at her.

"We are, as a species, addicted to story. Even when the body goes to sleep, the mind stays up all night, telling itself stories."
Jonathan Gottschall, The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human  (via fleurstains)
"One writes out of one thing only – one’s own experience. Everything depends on how relentlessly one forces from this experience the last drop, sweet or bitter, it can possibly give."
James Baldwin (via writingquotes)