If anyone asks, I was with you the whole time...

scrivener has many useful writing tools. One of my favorite is the target word count tool. It lets you set a Draft Target (for the whole draft, obv) and a session target (this is great for people who do daily word counts, it resets every time the file is closed, or you can reset it yourself). The session word counts ignores if you go from one document to another, as long as you remain within the draft folder. (Because each document, as opposed to the project) keeps its own word count.

My project word count goal is at 15k. Since right now I’m only 1/3 through the outline (Just the Once) and am at 6.3k, I’m guessing that’s gonna change. BUT I CAN PRETEND DAMNIT.

macabeth:

feelknower93:

equivalent experiences: having to see a hotter guy date a girl who you want to date, being harassed

whoever drew this piece of shit comic, meet me in the pit

First of all, that’s not how I read it at all, I read it as men suffer from being told there is only one right way to be a man, Muscular/In Shape with a hot girlfriend and if you don’t want/strive for this then you are WRONG.
That’s when I realized I’d seen this image before. Because on its own, yeah, my interpretation isn’t quite as obvious as I felt at first. So I looked around.
Here’s the complete image (which is not even the complete comic/infographic):

SOURCE: Blog post of images here: https://akihimekisano.files.wordpress.com/2014/06/
Author credit in the post: OP- slutty-olive-oil
There’s plenty of material out there to make your goddamn point, maybe you shouldn’t tear down the stuff that already does it?

macabeth:

feelknower93:

equivalent experiences: having to see a hotter guy date a girl who you want to date, being harassed

whoever drew this piece of shit comic, meet me in the pit

First of all, that’s not how I read it at all, I read it as men suffer from being told there is only one right way to be a man, Muscular/In Shape with a hot girlfriend and if you don’t want/strive for this then you are WRONG.

That’s when I realized I’d seen this image before. Because on its own, yeah, my interpretation isn’t quite as obvious as I felt at first. So I looked around.

Here’s the complete image (which is not even the complete comic/infographic):

SOURCE: Blog post of images here: https://akihimekisano.files.wordpress.com/2014/06/

Author credit in the post: OP- slutty-olive-oil

There’s plenty of material out there to make your goddamn point, maybe you shouldn’t tear down the stuff that already does it?

desert-neon replied to your post:Sunday Six!
I am so excited for both of these! And I really hope Phil isn’t about to get his heart broken in Just This Once.

*grins* Thank you! and well, they both get a little heartbroken for a bit. I CAN’T HELP IT, IT JUST HAPPENS OKAY?

Sunday Six!

Not sure how much press this’ll get with SDCC going on, but I could use the cheerleading!

So.

Oops II - It’s the Landing (Sequel to ‘It’s not the Fall’)

“I should have told you, last night, it was really clarifying for me.”

“That’s not,” Clint starts and then pauses, his eyes going bright and cautiously happy. “It was?”

Phil shifts up onto his elbow, so that he can meet Clint’s eyes full on. “Last night, with you, caring for you, tending to your injuries, holding you,” Phil swallows a lump that tries to take up residence in his throat. “It was peace.” He shakes his head, pushing his eyebrows high. “You can’t argue with peace.”

“I could,” Clint says, “but I’ve always been especially talented.”

*****

And a new fic titled “Just this Once”

They kiss again. Clint isn’t sure he could have stopped it if he tried.

And again.

“Maybe,” Clint eventually says and this time his own voice sounds shaken, “maybe once?”

“Once?” Coulson’s hands have migrated a little, there’s one cupping Clint’s cheek and another spread out and solid on his waist. Holding him where he is, not pushing Clint away, but not letting him in closer either. It’s probably a reasonable precaution considering they can’t seem to stop kissing.

“Just once,” Clint offers, “tonight. One night.” Coulson’s face looks torn. “I’d like to make you feel even a tiny fraction of what you’ve made me feel.”

queenspritzee:

Let’s face it: we as the fans might be angry forever at the shafting of Hawkeye in the first Avengers movie by Whedon, but we’ll never be as salty as Renner himself is about it.

I feel like he and Nathan Fillion should form a NEVER LETTING IT GO club. (Not that I think they don’t both have beefs, but they’re so adorable about it.)

desert-neon:

amireal2u:

3liza:

collaterlysisters:

inkdefense:

femmeanddangerous:

backto5oh5:

so if ya’ll haven’t heard, a lot of detroit residents have had their water turned off due to “outstanding bills”, some of $50 dollars or less. It’s gathered a lot of attention (probably bc it’s fucking disgusting) and national corporations like PETA have decided to do something about it!!! by paying off the water bills of detroit residents -who just have to agree to go vegan for a month. i am very angry, obviously, by the fact that WATER has been thrown around like a prize or a privilege in detroit and i’m really sad about this. 

(if you want to do something to help, you can pay the water bills [or parts of them!] of residents who have been affected by the shut off at detroitwaterproject.org)

((also if you know anyone personally who has been affected by the shut off, have the call in 211 hotline to be connected the united way services))

Dear fucking god this is disgusting. Literally bartering peoples human rights in exchange for adherence to their beliefs is so vile. I’m shaking with anger. How dare they use this flagrant denial of people’s rights as a PUBLICITY STUNT THE FUCKING AUDACITY OF THESE PRIVILEGED SHITBAGS IS OVERWHELMING.
and here i was hoping that PETA had decided to provide water access so that people can keep their pets alive or something. This is so much more petty and disgusting.

ewwwwww

also reminder that PETA doesnt actually give a shit about animals and euthanizes the vast majority of animals within its care, adoptable or not, and are in fact entirely a profit-making front using veganism and animal welfare as a convenient blanket of legitimacy

Just your quaterly reminder that PETA could give a shit about anyone other than their own personal pyramid scheme. Their informational lectures are full of lies and misinformation and their commercial campaigns routinely show that they have no concept of proportion or human empathy and while I don’t think animals should suffer, PETA feels that if humans have to suffer in order to save animals, that’s A-Ok. See above bullshit. At least when Budweisser changes their plant over to produce potable water for a month, they don’t demand you give up wine coolers in exchange for their help.

If you want to support animals, find someone OTHER than PETA. Please.

I have been a vegetarian for 21 years, and never once, in all that time, have I supported PETA. Vegetarianism is a choice. You have every right to eat what you want, and it does not disgust me when you eat a burger while dining with me. I made the choice for myself, as every person should do. Anyone who uses the sort of tactics that PETA uses should be ashamed. I don’t like it when anti-LGBTQA groups do it, I don’t like it when pro-lifers do it. It would be extremely hypocritical of me to accept it from this group, simply because I agree with the baseline belief the original PETA was founded on. This is what happens when zealousness overcomes human decency. It’s disgusting and perverse, and maybe if PETA cared a little more about all animals, including the bipedal creatures known as humans, they’d actually have more people willing to stand with them and further the lovely cause of animal rights.

I’d also be curious if they’re willing to pay for it? Vegan isn’t cheap. Not to mention it takes some education to not accidentally starve yourself while eating vegan. While I respect your right to eat however you want, VEGANISM requires supplements (expensive ones) to make it a complete diet. So forcing families that can’t pay $50 water bills into veganism is pretty self defeating since I doubt any of them could afford it.

3liza:

collaterlysisters:

inkdefense:

femmeanddangerous:

backto5oh5:

so if ya’ll haven’t heard, a lot of detroit residents have had their water turned off due to “outstanding bills”, some of $50 dollars or less. It’s gathered a lot of attention (probably bc it’s fucking disgusting) and national corporations like PETA have decided to do something about it!!! by paying off the water bills of detroit residents -who just have to agree to go vegan for a month. i am very angry, obviously, by the fact that WATER has been thrown around like a prize or a privilege in detroit and i’m really sad about this. 

(if you want to do something to help, you can pay the water bills [or parts of them!] of residents who have been affected by the shut off at detroitwaterproject.org)

((also if you know anyone personally who has been affected by the shut off, have the call in 211 hotline to be connected the united way services))

Dear fucking god this is disgusting. Literally bartering peoples human rights in exchange for adherence to their beliefs is so vile. I’m shaking with anger. How dare they use this flagrant denial of people’s rights as a PUBLICITY STUNT THE FUCKING AUDACITY OF THESE PRIVILEGED SHITBAGS IS OVERWHELMING.
and here i was hoping that PETA had decided to provide water access so that people can keep their pets alive or something. This is so much more petty and disgusting.

ewwwwww

also reminder that PETA doesnt actually give a shit about animals and euthanizes the vast majority of animals within its care, adoptable or not, and are in fact entirely a profit-making front using veganism and animal welfare as a convenient blanket of legitimacy

Just your quaterly reminder that PETA could give a shit about anyone other than their own personal pyramid scheme. Their informational lectures are full of lies and misinformation and their commercial campaigns routinely show that they have no concept of proportion or human empathy and while I don’t think animals should suffer, PETA feels that if humans have to suffer in order to save animals, that’s A-Ok. See above bullshit. At least when Budweisser changes their plant over to produce potable water for a month, they don’t demand you give up wine coolers in exchange for their help.

If you want to support animals, find someone OTHER than PETA. Please.

Audience Participation: Fic-Writing Edition

cosmictuesdays:

Taken from someone else on another network, deemed too good not to use.

Ask me a question about one of my fics or series. It can be absolutely anything in any project and I will tell you the honest-to-goodness answer (even on the progress/plans for next chapters of current series).

Don’t hold back. Whatever you ask, I’ll answer as truthfully and as completely as possible. You can also ask about my writing as a whole, if you like.

I am not at SDCC, instead I am staring at empty fic pages. So I reblog again. B/C it’s fun and it gets me writing.

Peter Parker comics canon has reached the point where I feel his title should be renamed as Shroedinger’s Spider and just be done with it.

diehard-fangirl:

garrettbrobinson:

diehard-fangirl:

nvansistine:

lianabrooks:

britegreenstar:

libraryadvocates:

lalie:

The fact that the ALA shared this link is so gloriously bitter and angry and I love it.

Is there a portmanteau for that? Angritter? Bangry? 

My library card already gets me multiple “real” books, e-books, audiobooks, magazines and movies per month. For free.

Kindle Unlimited offers nothing from big presses, and no guarantee the authors will get paid fairly for their work. Libraries buy the book up front for a higher price (and a better binding). Kindle Unlimited offers the authors a variable percentage of a as-yet-undetermined-and-unannounced amount of money. 
While Amazon touts Kindle Unlimited at “Netflix For Books!” the reality is Netflix signed contracts with everyone whose work they offer so that actors, screen writers, best boys, and the rest of those people get paid for the shows and movies you watch. Amazon does not.
That means your favorite author isn’t being compensated for their time or work. If you love a book series and want to see the next one get published: buy the book or hit the library. Starving authors quit writing because they like eating. 

Most libraries offer these services for free already - even ebooks and audio books. The fact that Amazon isn’t paying it’s authors is super shady though :/

THIS!

Okay let’s all just calm down here. I’m going to step in as an actual career self-published author and explain a few things.
I’m going to start with, “Huffpo, Buzzfeed etc. are unreliable news sources and please let’s not all support their click-bait culture. Huffpo especially is in bed with major media companies who hate Amazon and slam them at every opportunity—witness the Amazon/Hachette media shitstorm and the response from self-published authors of, ‘What are you talking about?’”
I’m going to continue by explaining a few things about Kindle Unlimited, Amazon’s new “Netflix for Books” where you pay ten bucks a month for unlimited book borrowing, “like a library.”
Authors definitely get paid when you do this. The payment structure is, as far as I know, TBA. But it’s going to work like Amazon Prime members “Borrowing” feature. Prime members can “borrow” one book a month for their Kindles. Every month, Amazon lets authors know how much they earn from each borrow. Typically it’s around $2.00. (Please note that you earn $2.00 per borrow no matter what—even if someone borrows your $0.99 book, which used to happen to me all the time). Authors can then opt in or out of Kindle Unlimited as it suits them.
Oh, yeah, so that’s the next thing. Kindle Unlimited is a voluntary thing for authors. We don’t have to participate. Amazon can’t just give away my books without explicit agreement from me above and beyond the ToS I’ve already accepted as a self-published authors. Authors can turn on Kindle Unlimited. Then they can turn it off again. And then on again. 
A final note. Kindle Unlimited is only available to authors who have published their book through “KDP Select.” There’s a lot to know about this Amazon program, but the main feature is exclusivity. You agree to publish your book with Amazon and no one else. Then after 90 days, you can cancel the program (and publish elsewhere) or let it renew for another 90 days. And this is on a book-by-book basis, not an all-or-nothing thing for authors. I can publish a book in KDP Select and another book without it.
So only KDP Select authors can participate in Kindle Unlimited. Now, most career self-published authors don’t participate in KDP Select. I don’t, because I don’t want to put all my eggs in one basket. But at the beginning of my career, KDP Select was invaluable.
See, there have always been other marketing tools, before Kindle Unlimited existed. KDP Select lets you run temporary free promotions on your book once a month. It lets Prime members borrow your books. These are tremendous tools for the just-starting-out self-published author. With my first novels, free promo days moved thousands of books into readers’ Kindles. It let me build an audience that still reads and supports me today.
Then I graduated. I came off KDP Select and published with Nook, iBooks and Kobo. With Kobo, I found a new and even BIGGER audience than I found on Amazon (and mostly in the UK—you guys rock). So now I’d never go back to KDP Select. But that doesn’t mean it’s not a smart choice for a new author.
If a new author publishes a debut novel with Unlimited, and someone borrows it, that author gets a small payment (let’s say a buck or two). If that person recommends it to friends who recommend it in turn, or publish it on book blogs or vlogs, the author gets paid every time someone “borrows” it from the “library.” What if thousands of people borrow it? That author’s career is ON, man. That’s better for the author than a physical library, who pay for the book ONCE and never pay the author again. That’s better than Netflix, who pay a production company ONCE and don’t pay anyone again (until the contract expires).
I’m not saying physical libraries are bad. Just different. In this case, Amazon is charging you $10.00 a month for their “library” because they’re funneling that money to the authors whose books you borrow.
Borrow books or don’t. But you’re not supporting indie authors by refusing to read them, I’ll tell you that right now.

Reblogging for that last comment because context is everything!

Reblogging for commentary, also I’ll reiterate what I think is a really important fact: Participation is voluntary and the payment scheme is TBA which doesn’t mean no one is getting nothing. Look. Amazon has done and will continue to make business decisions that seem shady/inconvenient/all about the bottom line, as is their right has a big ass, successful company, HOWEVER let’s be honest and thorough in our critiques of them please?

diehard-fangirl:

garrettbrobinson:

diehard-fangirl:

nvansistine:

lianabrooks:

britegreenstar:

libraryadvocates:

lalie:

The fact that the ALA shared this link is so gloriously bitter and angry and I love it.

Is there a portmanteau for that? Angritter? Bangry? 

My library card already gets me multiple “real” books, e-books, audiobooks, magazines and movies per month. For free.

Kindle Unlimited offers nothing from big presses, and no guarantee the authors will get paid fairly for their work. Libraries buy the book up front for a higher price (and a better binding). Kindle Unlimited offers the authors a variable percentage of a as-yet-undetermined-and-unannounced amount of money. 

While Amazon touts Kindle Unlimited at “Netflix For Books!” the reality is Netflix signed contracts with everyone whose work they offer so that actors, screen writers, best boys, and the rest of those people get paid for the shows and movies you watch. Amazon does not.

That means your favorite author isn’t being compensated for their time or work. If you love a book series and want to see the next one get published: buy the book or hit the library. Starving authors quit writing because they like eating. 

Most libraries offer these services for free already - even ebooks and audio books. The fact that Amazon isn’t paying it’s authors is super shady though :/


THIS!

Okay let’s all just calm down here. I’m going to step in as an actual career self-published author and explain a few things.

I’m going to start with, “Huffpo, Buzzfeed etc. are unreliable news sources and please let’s not all support their click-bait culture. Huffpo especially is in bed with major media companies who hate Amazon and slam them at every opportunity—witness the Amazon/Hachette media shitstorm and the response from self-published authors of, ‘What are you talking about?’”

I’m going to continue by explaining a few things about Kindle Unlimited, Amazon’s new “Netflix for Books” where you pay ten bucks a month for unlimited book borrowing, “like a library.”

Authors definitely get paid when you do this. The payment structure is, as far as I know, TBA. But it’s going to work like Amazon Prime members “Borrowing” feature. Prime members can “borrow” one book a month for their Kindles. Every month, Amazon lets authors know how much they earn from each borrow. Typically it’s around $2.00. (Please note that you earn $2.00 per borrow no matter what—even if someone borrows your $0.99 book, which used to happen to me all the time). Authors can then opt in or out of Kindle Unlimited as it suits them.

Oh, yeah, so that’s the next thing. Kindle Unlimited is a voluntary thing for authors. We don’t have to participate. Amazon can’t just give away my books without explicit agreement from me above and beyond the ToS I’ve already accepted as a self-published authors. Authors can turn on Kindle Unlimited. Then they can turn it off again. And then on again. 

A final note. Kindle Unlimited is only available to authors who have published their book through “KDP Select.” There’s a lot to know about this Amazon program, but the main feature is exclusivity. You agree to publish your book with Amazon and no one else. Then after 90 days, you can cancel the program (and publish elsewhere) or let it renew for another 90 days. And this is on a book-by-book basis, not an all-or-nothing thing for authors. I can publish a book in KDP Select and another book without it.

So only KDP Select authors can participate in Kindle Unlimited. Now, most career self-published authors don’t participate in KDP Select. I don’t, because I don’t want to put all my eggs in one basket. But at the beginning of my career, KDP Select was invaluable.

See, there have always been other marketing tools, before Kindle Unlimited existed. KDP Select lets you run temporary free promotions on your book once a month. It lets Prime members borrow your books. These are tremendous tools for the just-starting-out self-published author. With my first novels, free promo days moved thousands of books into readers’ Kindles. It let me build an audience that still reads and supports me today.

Then I graduated. I came off KDP Select and published with Nook, iBooks and Kobo. With Kobo, I found a new and even BIGGER audience than I found on Amazon (and mostly in the UK—you guys rock). So now I’d never go back to KDP Select. But that doesn’t mean it’s not a smart choice for a new author.

If a new author publishes a debut novel with Unlimited, and someone borrows it, that author gets a small payment (let’s say a buck or two). If that person recommends it to friends who recommend it in turn, or publish it on book blogs or vlogs, the author gets paid every time someone “borrows” it from the “library.” What if thousands of people borrow it? That author’s career is ON, man. That’s better for the author than a physical library, who pay for the book ONCE and never pay the author again. That’s better than Netflix, who pay a production company ONCE and don’t pay anyone again (until the contract expires).

I’m not saying physical libraries are bad. Just different. In this case, Amazon is charging you $10.00 a month for their “library” because they’re funneling that money to the authors whose books you borrow.

Borrow books or don’t. But you’re not supporting indie authors by refusing to read them, I’ll tell you that right now.

Reblogging for that last comment because context is everything!

Reblogging for commentary, also I’ll reiterate what I think is a really important fact: Participation is voluntary and the payment scheme is TBA which doesn’t mean no one is getting nothing. Look. Amazon has done and will continue to make business decisions that seem shady/inconvenient/all about the bottom line, as is their right has a big ass, successful company, HOWEVER let’s be honest and thorough in our critiques of them please?

Bad books on writing tell you to ‘WRITE WHAT YOU KNOW’, a solemn and totally false adage that is the reason there exist so many mediocre novels about English professors contemplating adultery.

Joe Haldeman (via maxkirin)

I’ve actually been thinking about this and while I agree with Joe Halderman’s sentiment, I think it only applies in the case where the advice is given as is, with no context. Write what you know, to me, means strive to know things, experience things, think about things. Write with empathy, write with research (but not so much that you let it take over the process), write with emotions you’ve felt, write with ideas you’ve pondered and situations you’ve dreamed of. Write what you know, but never stop trying to KNOW what you write. (note: when I say experience things, I mean, as you can, within your means. If all you can scrape together is free concerts and cheap food and maybe some subway fair, try those if you can. If all you can handle is an online pottery class, try that too. Just, try things. Think twice before saying no and three times before saying yes.)

See Tom Paris is that last gif? That right there is when he decided that if they were ever stuck in some sort of weird evolutionary disease that turned them into lizards, that right there was the lady he wanted to have his baby lizards.

Achievement unlocked: adulting before 8 AM

amireal2u:

Testing the waters.

I had an idea, based on a post I’ve lost somwhere, that talks about how Male OCs are simply interesting characters but if you took all of, say Bruce Wayne or Han Solo’s traits and added female, the character would be decried as a mary sue.

And I was thinking about maybe running an OFC fanfic challenge. Where authors who signed up would write those stories they’ve been told to be ashamed of. With the long lost children, spouses, family, friends, the sassy neighbors, teamates, wedding planners, etc.

I’ve had several stories that I’ve moved to ‘maybe as origfic’ file b/c of this.

So, I’m curious, if I got something together for Sept/Oct (signups in August maybe?). Is there actual interest?

BTW, I’m open to all fandoms in terms of submission, AO3 makes it easy.

Reblogging for daytime/weekday crowd! I got a PM about someone else thinking about the same thing, haven’t had a chance to contact yet, so stay tuned. Still checking out interest.

bbboootttyyy:

You want weird tv episodes that you’ve never seen before? It’s probably been on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. You want a musical episode? Buffy. An episode with no talking at all? Buffy. A good laugh about a demon-hunting dummy? Buffy. What about one where hyena ghosts posses high school students and then go eat their principle? Guess who. Just go watch Buffy you piece of shit.

If all else fails, move to xena.