"You fail only if you stop writing."
Ray Bradbury (via ilovereadingandwriting)

thoughtsofablackgirl:

SUPPORT BLACK WRITERS,FILMMAKER,DIRECTORS ETC..

When I saw this article from takepart  about Black &SexyTv I got really excited, because their show are the TRUTH! And I wish some of them would make it on tv. These show are everything B.E.T needs.

Black and Sexy TV was founded by four filmmakers—Numa Perrier, Dennis Dortch, Jeanine Daniels, and Brian Ali-Harding—in 2011 and takes its name from Dortch’s 2008 feature, A Good Day to Be Black and Sexy, which showed at the Sundance Film Festival. Though the channel began with just one program, it has grown to include six: The Couple, Hello Cupid, That Guy, Roomieloverfriends, The Number, andYellow. The series are each distinct but are grounded by a through line of authentic black experience, especially regarding love and sex.

Here’s a list of show from YouTube not all from Black&SexyTv you should check out when you got time. 

The Misadventure of Awkward Black Girl

The Couple

Hello Cupid

That Guy

Roomieloverfriends

 The Number

Yellow

Lenox Avenue 

Dear Future Wife

First

Love Handles

Black Boots

Close Friends

Truth Unspoken

Brothers With No Game

Milk &Honey

The Unwritten Rules

If you know any black YouTube series that I don’t did list do not hesitate to comment or message us the name. If you have a Youtube show send in a video.

-Pierre-

A GENERAL GUIDE TO NETWORKING: PUBLISHING EDITION

dudeinpublishing:

A lot of my advice about entering publishing mentions the word “networking”. For those of you with little to no experience networking, it is NOT a photo meme in which you dress in a trench coat and yell:

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Rather, networking is a vital skill one must develop when entering, learning about, flourishing as a result of, and continually surviving within the publishing world. There are a lot of different approaches and resources available to you, so it’s important to have a plan. Here are a few helpful steps for you aspiring publishing folks! 

Step 1: Gathering contacts.

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This is the easy part. All you need to do is sit your ass at a computer and type. Corral a bunch of Twitter handles to follow and sort them into Twitter lists, as specific (“Macmillan Marketing Contacts”, “Cute Scruffy Agents”) or as general (“White Women”) as you want. Follow as many publishing blogs on various platforms as you can possibly stomach. 

WHY DO THISOstensibly to build your knowledge base and conception of opportunities/changes/business climate; definitely so you can better namedrop and mention something super industry-insider-y in conversation which will make you sound cool. (We all do this. Every single one of us.)

VARSITY LEVEL: Go to events, conferences, readings, whatever you can find on the “calendar of events” pages on bookstores/venues websites, and shake hands/introduce yourself and GET BUSINESS CARDS. Keep all this contact info in an excel grid and send inquiries about possible job openings when appropriate. Which leads me to:

Step 2: Talk directly to strangers.

GOOD EXAMPLES:

"Hey @somepublishingperson, I really enjoyed #thatbookyouwereinvolvedinpublishing. It made my transatlantic flight without earbuds a total pleasure, somehow!"

"Hey (Some publishing person who you clearly didn’t just pick out of a hat), I’m looking for (relatively specific department) jobs in publishing; I would really appreciate it if you’d keep me in mind, and I’d love to send my resume your way if that’s all right."

"Hey (friend of a friend who works in publishing), I’m a friend of (mutual friend) and s/he was kind enough to send me your contact info. If you’re interested I’d love to buy you a coffee and pick your brain about publishing jobs!"

"Hey (person who doesn’t know you), you don’t know me but I’ve been checking your work out on (platform) and it’s pretty fucking awesome. Thanks for the good reading. Would you mind if I asked you a few questions on how you became (specific position this person has at their company)?"

BAD EXAMPLES:

Any humorless tweets in response to a stranger’s general observation.

Any attempt to communicate which implies too much familiarity with a stranger.

Anything that smacks of entitlement (note: this is different than confidence and if you have to ask, this is confidence:

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And this is entitlement:

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Anything that smacks of cut-and-paste-ism. 

Anything that misstates their job title.

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Publishing people understand awkwardness, insecurity, frustration, fear, and the overwhelming need to be liked the way astronauts understand fears of heights and flying. But they also had to overcome certain aspects of these qualities to get where they are, which doesn’t make them perfect, but it does make them finely attuned to people who aren’t trying to do the same, and they often have a hive mind that senses and rejects people based on their boring-to-snarky ratio.

Which is to say that if you’re constantly trying to directly ingratiate yourself to publishing people and all you’re getting is this:

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Maybe, just maybe, it’s you.

VARSITY LEVEL: Form long-lasting friendships and/or romantic/sexual bonds with publishing people that are mutually beneficial and satisfying and based on respect and compassion. Offer to help them move. If you do this, we will totally pass on your resume and talk you up, qualifications be damned.

Step 3: Never stop, unless you decide publishing is awful and you want nothing to do with it.

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Networking is a lot of not-fun sometimes. The obliviousness, constant self-selling, relentlessness, data-wrangling grind of it would already be a total slog even if you aren’t also apportioning your energies elsewhere (school, a job, significant other(s), creative pursuits). But it’s a numbers game; the more you reach out and connect, the more your chances of happening on that one weird connection which you’ll inevitably be telling your new coworkers about when you go out to happy hour together for the first time. 

Refine your technique, try new avenues for contacts/info/advice, and keep emotionally limber. Networking is not a tunnel you dig to the surface; it’s a boat that you build in your garage. The hard part is the ocean, not the land.

VARSITY LEVEL: Give up networking, raise some seed capital, and gain a controlling stake in all the coffee shops and delis near the major publishing houses. Every knee shall bow to you.

"If you are a writer, and you have a novel idea that you are excited about writing, write it. Don’t go on message boards and ask random Internet denizens whether or not something is allowed. … Who is the writer here? YOU ARE. Whose book is it? YOUR BOOK. There are no writing police. No one is going to arrest you if you write a teen vampire novel post Twilight. No one is going to send you off to a desert island to live a wretched life of worm eating and regret because your book includes things that could be seen as cliché.

If you have a book that you want to write, just write the damn thing. Don’t worry about selling it; that comes later. Instead, worry about making your book good. Worry about the best way to order your scenes to create maximum tension, worry about if your character’s actions are actually in character; worry about your grammar. DON’T worry about which of your stylistic choices some potential future editor will use to reject you, and for the love of My Little Ponies don’t worry about trends. Trying to catching a trend is like trying to catch a falling knife—dangerous, foolhardy, and often ending in tears, usually yours.

I’m not saying you shouldn’t pay attention to what’s getting published; keeping an eye on what’s going on in your market is part of being a smart and savvy writer. But remember that every book you see hitting the shelves today was sold over a year ago, maybe two. Even if you do hit a trend, there’s no guarantee the world won’t be totally different by the time that book comes out. The only certainty you have is your own enthusiasm and love for your work. …

If your YA urban fantasy features fairies, vampires, and selkies and you decide halfway through that the vampires are over-complicating the plot, that is an appropriate time to ax the bloodsuckers. If you decide to cut them because you’re worried there are too many vampire books out right now, then you are betraying yourself, your dreams, and your art.

If you’re like pretty much every other author in the world, you became a writer because you had stories you wanted to tell. Those are your stories, and no one can tell them better than you can. So write your stories, and then edit your stories until you have something you can be proud of. Write the stories that excite you, stories you can’t wait to share with the world because they’re just so amazing. If you want to write Murder She Wrote in space with anime-style mecha driven by cats, go for it. Nothing is off limits unless you do it badly.

And if you must obsess over something, obsess over stuff like tension and pacing and creating believable characters. You know, the shit that matters. There are no writing police. This is your story, no one else’s. Tell it like you want to."

Rachel Aaron (via relatedworlds)

Yeah, so, this answers a lot of asks I get. It’s also why YW focuses on technique and style, and less on content and research.

(via clevergirlhelps)

Save Your Computer

rphelper:

hello095:

I have the worst luck. I’ve broken five computers and four laptops but I’ve finally learnt my lesson. After losing my work so many times, I have been great at rewriting because I’d never backed anything up.

Take it from me:

  • Even if you backup your work in one external source from your computer, back it up online or in as many places as you can
  • Back up according to how much valuable work you have so if you save work/programs frequently, back up once every week
  • If you have a Windows computer, go onto Control Panel and search “back up”. Click on the first link and follow through from there
  • Do not wait until it’s too late

I may add more information on if I can think of any, but here are some useful links on some other ways to back up your computer:

Windows help to backing up files

How to Back Up a Computer (among other devices)

How to Back up Data

The absurdly simple guide to backing up your PC

Three Best Ways to Back Up Your Files

6 cheap ways to back up your files

8 Ways to Back up Your Computer Files

How to back up your data

Done a Computer Backup Lately?

Google Drive is a great resource to use for backing things up.

theacademy:

"It’s not like you have ten ideas a day… if you have two good ideas for a movie in a year, that’s amazing.” - Screenwriter Aline Brosh McKenna (“The Devil Wears Prada,” “We Bought A Zoo”) takes viewers inside her creative process in an exploration of where ideas come from. 

drdandy:

the-uncensored-she:

williamgj54stormyblog:

OMG 6.1?! So that’s the earthquake that woke me… Epicenter near Vallejo, CA.

Is everybody okay out there in northern Cali?

OH FUCK.dankstring, cousin?! You okay?! Same to you chaosphaere? I know both weren’t at the epicenter, but still? You both alright?!


Okay, so I didn’t just suddenly lose my balance, I swayed because the ground moved. Both a relief and a holy fuck I hope everyone near it is okay.

drdandy:

the-uncensored-she:

williamgj54stormyblog:

OMG 6.1?! So that’s the earthquake that woke me… Epicenter near Vallejo, CA.

Is everybody okay out there in northern Cali?

OH FUCK.

dankstring, cousin?! You okay?! Same to you chaosphaere? I know both weren’t at the epicenter, but still? You both alright?!

Okay, so I didn’t just suddenly lose my balance, I swayed because the ground moved. Both a relief and a holy fuck I hope everyone near it is okay.

queennepy:

fuckyeahretail:

Thank you grumpy cat!!


For you, writingitout haha


Painfully accurate.

queennepy:

fuckyeahretail:

Thank you grumpy cat!!

For you,
writingitout
haha

Painfully accurate.

hierophilic:

outlawpoet:

aconnormanning:

"So many of us choose our path out of fear disguised as practicality"

Actual idol

when carrey is serious, it’s often devastating. i really wish he did more sincere stuff. 

holy fucking shit tho.

I tried XKit once and all of the pictures on my dash, from the toolbar, to photo sets began being replaced by random selfies of strangers. It was weird and creepy and went away as soon as I removed XKit. I don’t know why it happened, but I am I unwilling to experience that creepfest again.

I tried XKit once and all of the pictures on my dash, from the toolbar, to photo sets began being replaced by random selfies of strangers. It was weird and creepy and went away as soon as I removed XKit. I don’t know why it happened, but I am I unwilling to experience that creepfest again.

So, this is the fantastic post that was supposed to convince me to follow this blog. It’s not the first time its popped up either. 

Another time, the post they showed for another recommended blog, was a reblog of an original post from one of my blogs.

So, this is the fantastic post that was supposed to convince me to follow this blog. It’s not the first time its popped up either.

Another time, the post they showed for another recommended blog, was a reblog of an original post from one of my blogs.

"So, what if, instead of thinking about solving your whole life, you just think about adding additional good things. One at a time. Just let your pile of good things grow."
Attachments, Rainbow Rowell  (via danmaru)
"You cannot find peace by avoiding life."
Virginia Woolf (via thecalminside)