I have never listened to anyone who criticized my taste in space travel,...– Ray Bradbury (via nathanielstuart)
Queer women and (in)visibility →
malindalo: Last Saturday I was driving to see Pamela Melroy speak about being only the second woman to command a space shuttle mission, when I heard a story on NPR’s Weekend All Things Considered about the impact of television on public opinions about gay people. Since I used to write about gay people on television, I was really interested in this piece, which featured an interview between host...
Life has no meaning. Each of us has meaning and we bring it to life. It is a...– Joseph Campbell (via amandaonwriting)
I love writing but hate starting. The page is awfully white and it says, “You...– Aaron Sorkin (via thatwasnotveryravenofyou) It is so comforting to know that even Aaron Sorkin feels this way, because it’s how I feel every. single. time. (via wilwheaton)
Anonymous asked: I would just like you to know that I got my hands on an editor's copy of Give up the Ghost a month before it was released, and that ever since then it has always been one of my favorites. When I first read it, I was a 5th grader and didn't quite get it, but now as a 7th grader I truly understand the genius of the plot, the beauty of your writing, and the influence this one book has had...
"Ladies Ladies Ladies" - Holly Black →
lorienscribe: I have heard a bunch of discussion going around about the term “Mary Sue” — a term often used by reviewers to dismiss characters that they feel are too perfect, too awesome, and too favored by their author. Zoë Marriott gives a really good breakdown of its definition and a point-by-point analysis of the problematic way she’s been seeing it used over on her journal. I thought it...
The first duty of the novelist is to entertain. It is a moral duty. People who...– Donna Tartt (via amandaonwriting)
you don't even go here.: Women's... →
In 2011, females remained dramatically under-represented as characters in film when compared with their representation in the U.S. population. Last year, females accounted for 33% of all characters in the top 100 domestic grossing films. This represents an increase of 5 percentage points since…
thebirdsarejusthollowwords asked: Hey I saw you at the Rochester Teen Book Festival (I was creeping in the back, crinkling obnoxiously on banana bread, sorry about that) and I'm super excited to read your two books. You and Susan Pfeffer were awesome up there, by the way, both interesting and informative about writing :D
Heck Yeah Karen Healey: Game of Privilege →
marmaladechronofile: Over on his blog, Scalzi offers a resonant metaphor for Straight White Male privilege: Imagine life here in the US — or indeed, pretty much anywhere in the Western world — is a massive role playing game, like World of Warcraft except appallingly mundane, where most…
If you take a book with you on a journey,…an odd thing happens: The book begins...– Cornelia Funke, Inkheart (via bornfortheroseandthepearl)
The Six Enemies of Greatness (and Happiness) →
amandaonwriting: These six factors can erode the grandest of plans and the noblest of intentions. They can turn visionaries into paper-pushers and wide-eyed dreamers into shivering, weeping balls of regret. Beware! 1) Availability We often settle for what’s available, and what’s available isn’t always great. “Because it was there,” is an okay reason to climb a mountain, but not a very good...
Picking five favorite books is like picking the five body parts you’d most like...– Neil Gaiman (via oh-sayitaintso)
Reblog if you are a writer.
moriartys-sonic-screwdriver: proving a point to my mom. also, im curious as to how much of the tumblr population writes
You don’t get explanations in real life. You just get moments that are...– Neil Gaiman (via amandaonwriting)
“In this life you have to be your own hero. By that I mean you have to win...– Jeanette Winterson (The Powerbook)
If you want a happy ending, that depends, of course, on where you stop your...– Orson Welles (via amandaonwriting)
[The] average daydream is about fourteen seconds long and [we] have about two...– The Storytelling Animal – the science of how we came to live and breathe stories. (via explore-blog) Some interesting science pointing to daydreams as a crucible of creativity. (via jtotheizzoe)
Don’t give up. Keep going. There is always a chance that you stumble onto...– Ann Landers (via kari-shma)
You won’t allow me to go to school. I won’t become a doctor. Remember this:...– Poem written by an 11 year old Afghan girl This poem was recorded in a NYT magazine article about female underground poetry groups in Afghanistan. An amazing article about the ways in which women are using a traditional two line poetry form to express their resistance to male oppression, their...