Leave that town without my things,
leave that static on my skin,
put my money in my shoes,
jump that ship, and sail out.
Brandon O'Brien is a writer and poet from Trinidad. This is his other brain.
Caution: May contain intense critical analysis, long rants, and uncomfortable (but necessary) subject matter.
i drew a bunch of elves of color!!
This post reminds me of something that happened a few years back.
I once served as art director for a project where the illustration spec called for characters of a variety of races (in the real-world sense, not the Dungeons & Dragons sense - though the latter was involved as well).
We had one particular artist, tasked with drawing a series of elves, who didn’t quite seem to get what that meant. Their output was basically “white elf”, “another white elf”, “white elf with a tan”, “white elf looking a bit pale”, “yet another white elf”, etc.
When this was pointed out, they were like “oh, yeah, now I get it - I’ll totally fix that with my next piece”.
They proceeded to turn in a picture of a blue elf.
In the end, we had to provide specific quotas for specific levels of racial representation in order to get the point across. It all worked out in the end, but it’s stuck with me ever since that this artist examined the original spec, looked at our feedback, and came to the conclusion a blue elf was more plausible than a black one.
In conclusion: this is awesome.
Read that last paragraph as many times as you need to.
paging peter jackson
Whether you’re a planner or not, there’s one thing every writer will need as they prepare for NaNoWriMo: inspiration. We’ve challenged some of our favorite authors and the NaNo staff to inspire you by sharing what’s inspired them… and challenging you to prepare a specific jumpstart for that inevitable idea drought:
The Inspirer: Marissa Meyer, author of the Lunar Chronicles series
The Inspiration Sources:
The Jumpstart: What do you love to read and write about? Write a 100-word Author Manifesto for the type of stories you’d like to be known for writing, whether that includes creating new universes, timeless human stories, or awesome girl superheroes.
Why This Will Inspire You: It’s impossible for us creative-types to go through life without being influenced by the art and storytelling we come across every day, but we don’t always recognize our major influencers until we take a moment to reflect.
Margarita Kareva is an artist photographer from Ekaterinburg (Russia). He specializes in fantasy art photography and creates beautiful pictures inspired by fantasy books and fairy tales
I will make photographs for free of any interesting ideas or people in any country for the accommodation and flight tickets :)
Check out her 500px account.
It’s an easy word to say.
Three short-enough syllabic sounds. Know. Buh. Dee.
It rushes to mind when you feel helpless and flustered in ways other words can’t - the sum in somebody will be far too cumbersome, take far too long; let’s not even get me started on anybody.Read more
you call it
Jacob wrestling with the angel
i call it
a knife fight
in the alley behind God’s bedroom
begging for someone to just say aloud that
those who do good
knife fight to begin with.