205,472 notes       August 31, 2014 @ 12:42       Via(Source)

An artist who stops making art is committing emotional suicide.  Get off the couch and start painting again.


What if I want to paint while sitting on my couch YOU DON’T KNOW ME

An artist who stops making art is committing emotional suicide.  Get off the couch and start painting again.

What if I want to paint while sitting on my couch YOU DON’T KNOW ME

3,263 notes       August 31, 2014 @ 11:21       Via(Source)

"Louisa May Alcott wrote Little Women for the money. And it made her miserable.

As a young writer, Alcott concentrated on lurid pulp stories of revenge, murder, and adultery–“blood and thunder” literature, as she called i–and enjoyed writing very much. She was in her mid 30s when an editor suggested she try writing a book for girls. Alcott wasn’t very interested, but her father was a complete moron with money and had left the family in terrible financial trouble. Alcott wrote Little Women in hopes of some decent sales and a little breathing room and got way more than she asked for. The money in sequels was too good to turn down (and her father didn’t get any smarter with a dime), but Alcott hated writing what she called “moral pap for the young” and longed to return to the smut and violence of her early endeavors." - Ten Things You Didn’t Know About Books and Authors You Had to Read in High School (via bookriot)

27,330 notes       August 29, 2014 @ 17:30       Via(Source)

jcatgrl:

copperbadge:

persinetteinthetower:

moriartythetease:

So what happens if two people who have promised their firstborn to separate witches have a child together? Do they both just pop up in the nursery and have a custody battle?

I need a book about a little girl whose parents had promised their firstborn to different witches and the only way that both ends of the deal were fulfilled was for them to have joint custody of the child.

I love it!

And then the witches, forced to share a cottage while raising their joint stolen child, fall in love…

#free ideas
4,493 notes       August 29, 2014 @ 17:19       Via(Source)
malindalo:

From today on Twitter: I often see “I wish [bestselling writer] would include POC/LGBT characters!” But There are other writers who do this. Support them.

malindalo:

From today on Twitter: I often see “I wish [bestselling writer] would include POC/LGBT characters!” But There are other writers who do this. Support them.

9,067 notes       August 29, 2014 @ 17:11       Via(Source)

"As a queer person of color, I have been told all my life that I will never play the romantic lead, and that’s fucked up. When they say that, what they’re actually telling you is that your love story doesn’t exist." - Dylan Marron, SDCC 2014 (via ivory-spirals)

#representation
4,200 notes       August 29, 2014 @ 08:27       Via(Source)

theroadpavedwithwords:

I just wanted you all to know that you can totally finish that piece that you’re working on, because you are super talented and wonderful and there are people that love you that would love to read your story, and you should totally do it. 

#writing posts
      August 27, 2014 @ 08:21      

"She flexes her feathery biceps." - Something I actually just wrote.

#project: bird girls #why #writing posts
17,625 notes       August 24, 2014 @ 20:45       Via(Source)

"She was beautiful, elegant. Like a tall clear glass filled with raw pasta." -

If White Characters Were Described Like People of Colour in Literature @ Buzzfeed

Worth reading for #16 alone.

(via thefacci)

1 note       August 22, 2014 @ 12:57      
ARTIST: Kathryn Hoss
TRACK: Share the Moon (Indigo Girls Cover)
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Did you long to hear a muffled baritone ukulele rendition of “Share the Moon” with thunder softly sounding in the distance? Well now you can!

#still using the app that skips #recorded this like 3 days ago when the wifi wasn't working #indigo girls #share the moon #covers #my songs
13 notes       August 22, 2014 @ 12:32       Via

jemeryl:

So I just got this message in my inbox: 

Hey, I just published a book about a bisexual witch and a lesbian woman king. Basically it’s like Game of Thrones, except everyone is a queer person of color and your faves don’t die. Would you possibly be interested in reblogging a post about it?
If so, here’s the link:
http://kayla-bird.tumblr.com/post/94536874984/keziah-ravenshade-witch-of-the-outlands-has
Thank you so much! Love your blog, by the way!

Ok just look at the cover art for this book:

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OK?! DO YOU WANT TO READ IT YET??!?!??!/

BLESS YOU KAYLA BASHE, BLESS YOU

#reblogging again because dumb tumblr mobile reblogs as a link #fiction recs
10,267 notes       August 20, 2014 @ 11:30       Via(Source)

rene-art:

abby-howard:

ANOTHER ANATOMY POST! Only three vertebrate groups have successfully evolved flight: Birds, Bats, and Pterosaurs, which are NOT dinosaurs, and are an extremely diverse group of reptiles! Pterodactyl is not the only one. However, birds ARE dinosaurs. Avian dinosaurs!

Wings are not some extra structure you tack on to a creature and somehow the arms go away— they ARE arms. Think about that when you are designing creatures with wings and also giving them arms. That means your creature has six limbs.

Next anatomy post: The anatomy and evolution of DRAGONS. If you guys have any requests, feel free to send them in!

Yes! Remember this little cheeky post I made about this the other day? http://rene-art.tumblr.com/post/94985239906/

Well it’s quite important! In order to understand creature design, you must understand anatomy! Now if I receive one more comment about how I made Charizard’s wings ‘look like arms,’ I will link them to both my post and this one (which explains it much better)!

#now i want to figure out the bone structure of bird girl wings #they're more like pterodactyl wings than anything #project: bird girls
1,607 notes       August 20, 2014 @ 10:06       Via(Source)

"You have clipped wings and scars from when people told you that you were too young and too human and too weak to scale the troposphere with your eyes closed, but you were born from the earth and you were born from a wave of your mothers love and you will end up somewhere in a horizon between the two." - Shinji Moon, Here Is What I Wish They Said (via infinite-garden)

#project: bird girls
353 notes       August 17, 2014 @ 13:34       Via

beatonna:

I put this up when I started this tumblr, but that video was taken down.  Peter Watkins’ 1964 documentary Culloden is fantastic, with the “on site” interviews/quotes, explanations of who people were, why they were there, and what the battle meant to them.  It was a groundbreaking production, read more about it here.

#reference #project: hannah lee
424 notes       August 14, 2014 @ 15:54       Via(Source)

thegreenwolf:

speedo-roleplays:

During the middle ages, there weren’t particular BREEDS of horses like there are today, but instead -types-.

Horses were seperated by their jobs, be it for war, every day riding, agricultural usage, or pack animals.

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The Destrier type, or “great horse” as it was known was built tall, sturdy, fast, and specifically raised from foals for the purpose of war or jousting. They were famed and prized horses. These horses were typically stallions, and so very costly they were typically used in the military [or by people who could afford its hefty price tag].

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The Courser type was FAR more common a warhorse than the destrier, they were built and bred to be very fast and strong. They were as valued a warhorse but not so much as the destrier type. Coursers were also used for hunting.

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The Rouncey as they were known, was an ordinary all purpose horse that came in varied sizes and shapes. They were used by poorer military members and every day people for transportation. A poor knight might own a rouncey, while a wealthier warlord might be able to supply his company with these types of horses. It wasn’t uncommon for these horses to become pack horses either.

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Palfreys were arguably just as loved as destriers, and commonly used for long distance trips and favored by couriers. They were expensive, however, not everyone could afford to buy one. What made these horses special was their gait, called the amble. The amble is much smoother to try and ride out than a typical jostling gait, so these horses were much smoother.

Also, if anyone ever tries to tell you destriers (or any other horses) had “hooves the size of manhole covers”, don’t believe them. For one thing, no horse has ever had hooves that were eighteen inches in diameter. For another, medieval horses in Europe were generally smaller on average than the ones we have today, usually only about 12 to 14 hands high, so a “great horse” could potentially only be one that was, say, 16 hands high. In fact, field armor used on destriers generally fits horses about 15 to 16 hands high. And while they may have been some of the ancestors of modern large draft horses, armor sizing suggests a lighter animal, maybe a cross with a contemporary draft horse and a riding horse. 

#reference
487 notes       August 14, 2014 @ 15:52       Via(Source)

for future reference: an incomplete list of bisexual, lesbian and queer women writers 

riptidepublishing:

travelcoat:

For a while, I’ve been wanting to compile a list of bi, lesbian and queer women poets and fiction writers because I sometimes find that, when we talk about queer aesthetics, the same old (mostly white) dudes come up again and again.

NOTES: Some of these writers’ works might be out of print or…

Authors to add that I know of among our stable (and I suspect there are more I’m simply not aware of):

Heidi Belleau
Sarah Brooks
Rhi Etzweiler
LA Witt/Lauren Gallagher/Lori A Witt
Alex Whitehall
Sarah Frantz

#fiction recs