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magpieandwhale:

rhlibrary:

Horrorstör by Grady Hendrix.

Something strange is happening at the Orsk furniture superstore in Cleveland, Ohio. Every morning, employees arrive to find broken Kjerring wardrobes, shattered Brooka glassware and vandalized Liripip sofa beds—clearly, someone or something is up to no good. To unravel the mystery, five young employees volunteer for a long dusk-till-dawn shift—and they encounter horrors that defy imagination.

A traditional haunted house story in the form of a retail catalog.

Um. I think that defines amazeballs.

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42 minutes ago | 16,463 notes

americachavez:

I often forget that superheroes are supposed to be these hyper-masculine male fantasies because I spend so much time talking about their emotional vulnerabilities and imagining them in lacy thongs

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1 hour ago | 58,419 notes

veronicassmars:

tumblr taught me so much about representation tho…. today i literally can’t watch a film without thinking

"why is everyone so white"

"why is everyone straight"

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2 hours ago | 46,306 notes
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magpieandwhale:

probablylexi:

poochcrew:

Shhh the baby is sleeping

OH MY GODDDDDD

I so want this to be me right now, you have no idea.

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2 hours ago | 211 notes

sarahreesbrennan:

arin-of-herran:

Reciprocal Weirdoness (1/?): Kami and Jared Moments -> the balcony scene

     Jared abandoned Shakespeare and demanded, “What do you think you’re doing?”

     ”Throwing a pebble,” said Kami defensively. “Uh…and I’ll pay for the window.”

    Jared vanished and Kami was ready to start shouting again when he reemerge with the pebble clenched in his fist. “This isn’t a pebble! This is a rock.”

     ”It’s possible that your behavior has inspired some negative feelings that caused me to pick a slightly overlarge pebble,” Kami admitted.

Awwww, reciprocal weirdoness! *wipes tear* I love it. I love the juxtaposition of the words and the beautimous picture of romance.

I mean, I figured, if this was going to be my Romance series, let’s address the most famous teen romance of all time.

Then I added weird stuff and destruction of property. Because I am amazing at being romantique. ;)

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3 hours ago | 187 notes

There is nothing more human than the ghost story.

- Sparrow Hill Road by Seanan McGuire (via silentseasnarrowstreets)
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3 hours ago | 24 notes
  • Question: Hello! I recently marathoned Turn of the Story and IT CONSUMED MY LIFE. No really. There is no 14/10/14 in my life because I was on the other side of the Border, inside Elliot's head for that whole day. I LOVE IT SO MUCH I CAN'T EXPLAIN! So now of course I want to buy Monstrous Affections, but I thought I'd better ask first if you prefer us to buy it from anyplace in particular? I know a lot of authors prefer us to buy straight from the publisher/from Smashwords so they receive higher royalties. - stheere
  • Answer:

    sarahreesbrennan:

    Angel, that is so kind! I am so pleased you enjoyed Turn of the Story! I am doing up a big post about it right now so this is a very well-timed ask. ;)

    Thank you for wishing to buy Monstrous Affections. I am very grateful! (Monstrous Affections, downloaded illegally too often, and I know this is my fault for being an idiot, and I am so sorry to my beautiful editors Kelly and Gavin!)

    As regards royalties, I will now drop some publishing knowledge! (I have no other knowledge of any sort and share only because I hope people may be interested. ;))

    Monstrous Affections is an anthology, and anthologies don’t work that way usually: you get paid a flat fee for the use of your story for a limited time instead of with books, where you get an advance against royalties and royalties if all works out.

    So, anthology writing is like this.

    GAVIN & KELLY: Would you like to be part of an anthology? We will pay you five dollars.

    (Note: SLANDER. It was obviously more than five dollars. At least ten.)

    GAVIN & KELLY: Then we put the story in our collection of short stories, and after a certain amount of time has elapsed you have the short story back to do with as you like—put it in another anthology, sell it to an online venue, print it out and make it into a hat…

    SARAH: Five shiny dollars!

    Otherwise it’d be very tricky to work out royalties—split fourteen ways? Which writer attracted the most readers? Bigger royalties for the fancy people with their names on the front cover? Tricky!

    Writing short stories is not something people do for the money, usually. (I mean, things may be different for those who the New Yorker keeps calling going ‘baby, baby please, I burn for your prose, I’ll do anything for a sweet sweet lit hit.’)

    You do it because it’s fun to write them, and it teaches you to be a better writer to try different story forms.

    And you do it because people pick up anthologies and go, ‘Ah, Patrick Ness/Cassandra Clare, very fine, I WOULD like this anthology, I admire his/her work deeply… hmmm, who is this ‘Sarah Rees Brennan’ personage? Oh well, I have the anthology, might as well check out her story. Hmmm, not so bad! Perhaps I will pick up this ‘Sarah Rees Brennan’s books one day…’

    And that is the deal with anthologies. So it doesn’t matter to me financially where you buy it, since there aren’t author royalties, but I am still deeply pleased you wish to at all. (If the anthology does well it is pleasing, and people think: that lot, I should ask them to do more short stories in future…)

    Anthologies let fans of one author discover more writers. And you hope they will discover you. ;)

    For anyone wondering if it is normal to write a companion online novel for a short story… it is not, and I am a weirdo, as you can see from my description of how anthologies work I got it all backwards, and when I do my Monstrous Affections events in New York and Boston in the next two weeks, I hope I will see you guys there but I know you will all be LAUGHING at me.

    Wait! My events! Yes! If any of you want a SIGNED copy of Monstrous Affections (I mean, signed by all the authors who will be there) ordering signed copies from the NYC and Boston bookshops is a good idea:

    And same goes for signed Unmades… or any book I have written, but Unmade is the new shiny.

    http://www.brooklinebooksmith.com/

    http://mcnallyjackson.com/

    (If you leave a message I am happy to personalise or do whatever. Draw a picture. Draw a TERRIBLE picture. ;))

    But if you only wish for Monstrous Affections, signed or unsigned/asap, follow your heart! Candlewick, amazon, the book depository, your local bookshop… Anyplace you wish to buy it is awesome with me, but you’re a love for asking. Thank you again. Sorry for writing you such a giant answer to such a simple and lovely question…

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sarahreesbrennan:

treselegant:

johndarnielle:

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starry-eyed-wolfchild:

A town known as the “town of books”, Hay-on-Wye is located on the Welsh / English border in the United Kingdom and is a bibliophile’s sanctuary.

#ammoving

furiously typing email to UK promoters demanding a Hay-on-Wye show at the earliest opportunity 

I get a lot of my 19th century book collection here. I was there just the other day and stopped for tea and cake at Shepherds coffee shop before making some purchases at Booth’s Books.

Last time I went to Hay-on-Wye I met Henry Winkler, aka the Fonz. It is a magical place.

Also once in Hay-on-Wye I was surprised by a promotion wherein I was given a glass of champagne free with every five books purchased and that day was a tipsy day, my friends. I mean what. I am a classy broad. LITERATURE. What.

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4 hours ago | 589 notes

We worry for our girls. We — parents, teachers, journalists, big brothers, doctors, celebrities, religious leaders, bloggers — see danger for them everywhere. Estrogen in milk, anorexic models in fashion magazines, math-hating Barbies, sexy Barbies, sexy Halloween costumes, sexy everything, sex education or the lack thereof, online bullies, online predators, eating disorders, mood disorders, rapists, rape culture — it’s a dangerous world out there for the vulnerable, for the naive and the easily corrupted. It makes sense to worry for them. But worrying about them is also another way of saying — and saying to them — that we think they’re weak. Vulnerability offers an excellent excuse for dismissal, something women have understood for centuries, something modern teenage girls know all too well. How often we disdain their narratives, relegating stories for and about teenage girls to categories meant to defy serious consideration: See the easy and vicious dismissals of the Twilight phenomenon (as opposed to the consideration offered to serious bildungsroman about boys — and the respect accorded to the men who write them); see the shaming of adults who dare to read fiction written for teengers; see the kerfuffle over whether that young adult fiction is too much for its frail, easily influenced girl readers to handle; see the eruption of venom when a woman young enough to be thought of as a girl creates a show called Girls and the gatekeepers of high culture have the temerity to take it seriously.

We could do better; we have done much worse.

- Robin Wasserman “Girl Trouble (on Conversion and The Fever)" | LA Review of Books (via i-come-by-it-honestly)
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5 hours ago | 19,800 notes

We’re all born a Witch. We’re all born into magic. It’s taken from us as we grow up.

- Madeleine L’Engle  (via 13thmoon)

(Source: merrymeet)

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  • Question: I see your team has chosen to omit the references to Yuuhi's reluctance and Samidare's personality from the back-cover synopsis of Biscuit Hammer. (though they still appear on your website) The characterization of these two was one of the biggest draws when I first read BH, and without those hooks I worry about how well it will distinguish itself from other shonen stories on the stands! Can you tell us about the thought process behind altering the synopsis from your site to the back cover? - robofaget
  • Answer:

    sevenseasentertainment:

    It’s far less intentional than you make it out to be. 

    First and foremost, blurbs are meant to be a [very] basic pitch to the average reader (and bookseller). Many fans take blurbs for granted, and I’d assume only give them a cursory glance before opening the contents and giving it a read. 

    While we did slightly alter our story copy from the website portion, we’ve mostly left it intact. You never want too much text obscuring illustrations, and you certainly don’t want a long-winded synopsis that becomes more of a chore to read. You want something that is concise, to the point, and attractive to all levels of readers. That is to say, sometimes blurbs can be a tad vague in their description. 

    Nevertheless, we feel the combination of our gorgeous cover illustration (which has never been used by anyone else for their cover), eye-catching logo design, and brief blurb (with another amazing illustration) are things that’ll grab readers in a concerted effort. —CC

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sarahreesbrennan:

"Kami had been hearing a voice in her head all her life." - Sarah Rees Brennan, Unspoken

How gorgeous is this! Her outfit is very Kami. ;) Plus I always like proof that Kami is a weeeeirdo about Jared. Reciprocal weirdoness!

(Source: arin-of-herran)

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