A selkie is two creatures in a single skin. If you put the skin on, you’re a seal; if you take the skin off, you’re a human. I think of writers and artists as being like that. One minute you are an ordinary person, and then you can put on the writer’s skin and it allows you to go to magical places.
Jane Yolen, author of the Pit Dragon Trilogy, the Tartan Magic series, and the Here There Be books, on writers. (via theticklishpear)
The writer who cares more about words than about story – characters, action, setting, atmosphere – is unlikely to create a vivid and continuous dream; he gets in his own way too much; in his poetic drunkenness, he can’t tell the cart – and its cargo – from the horse.
John Gardner (via dduane)
It’s world book day today (in the UK) and my son’s school did a thing where the kids were allowed to go in dressed as characters in books. In reality this turned out to be that in the reception class my son is in (4-5-year olds) most girls showed up dressed in Disney princess dresses and most boys in Marvel/DC superhero outfits. In the school yard I overheard one of the boys make a comment to a girl that she couldn’t be a princess since she had short hair. The bell rang that instant and all the kids ran off so I was just left there steaming with a piece on my mind I couldn’t get out there and then. So here’s short haired Disney Princesses.
Hey guys I know some of you are effin fantastic writers, and I know some of you effin fantastic writers are working on original projects, and I’d just like to point out that my publisher has multiple submission calls out right now (click the “open calls” tab) — looking for stories with queer characters in a wide variety of genres, and specifically looking to get representation for trans*, nonbinary, and ace characters. And a lot of these calls are open long enough that you’d have time to start from scratch and work up something cool by the deadline.
JUST PUTTING THAT OUT THERE
Some more redesigns for the Repair her armor contest. This time the lingerie “armour” and the creative healer stereotype. These are all the redesigns I managed before the deadline.
Which one should I choose to finish properly and submit?
Now that the contest is over, I can finally show these WONDERFUL designs!
Someone asked that this be rebloggable so HURR YOU GO
Some patterns are really dumb in telling you to finish the body of an outfit, then finish the sleeve, then attach a circle to a circle. It’s possible to do, and once in a while it’s necessary, don’t get me wrong, but unless you have a lot of experience it’s sometimes very aggravating trying to evenly distribute the sleeve around the “hole” cut out for it and match up the seams under the armpit!
(Please note…some patterns, especially to achieve tailored looks, require you to do it the traditional way. Don’t use this method for fashion school assignments or super-complex garments as it will probably screw up the way it ends up fitting in the end. This is mostly for the use of cosplayers to make their job a little easier.)
EDIT:// thevvioletprince, a fashion student, says she’s been taught this method in school so HAVE FUN, NEVER MIND
EDIT DEUX:// If you are doing a traditional garment of some kind, for instance, something that has a multi-piece sleeve or that requires gathers, you may need to do it the “old-fashioned way”!
ANYWAY SO THIS IS WHAT I DO.
PLEASE DO NOT REMOVE SOURCE OR REPOST, THANK YOU
You know this is the method pattern directions give for men’s dress shirts so I’ve done it and still didn’t think to try it with other patterrns.
A typical Jack and Jackal situation would go as follows: We’d be driving down the road, minding our own business, with a hostage tied up in the back of the car. Then the cops would stop us. Then we’d realize, as the cop walked towards the car, that oh, yeah, hostage…right. And then Jack would attempt to do his Jedi Mind Trick, vastly overestimate the willpower of cops, and turn the cop into a drooling vegetable standing by the car. Then the cop’s partner would come to see what had happened, only armed and wary. Then I, as Jackal, would panic, and since the only spells she was really good at were transformation spells, I would turn the second cop into the first animal I could think of, which unfortunately turned out to be a zebra. Then the zebra kicked the car and ran away. Then other cars would begin slowing down as they passed us to see what the hell was going on. Then I would panic again, turn the first (still dazed) cop into a slug, and then Jack would panic and step on the slug, and then suddenly we’d have murdered a police officer, and we’d BOTH panic and drive away at high speed, then remember about five miles down the road about dashboard recorders and have to drive back and fireball the squad car.