antheris · 3 months ago
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itsmightyfunny · 2 months ago
I want to be a poet, and I am working to make myself a Seer: you will not understand this, and I don’t know how to explain it to you. It is a question of reaching the unknown by the derangement of all the senses. The sufferings are enormous, but one has to be strong, to be born a poet, and I know I am a poet...This is not at all my fault. It is wrong to say: I think: One ought to say: people think me...—I is someone else.
Arthur Rimbaud in a letter to Georges Izambard, 1871
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mayhaps-a-blog · 5 months ago
I’ve been thinking about authorship a lot recently.
There’s this idea I’ve seen more and more with people afraid of “stealing” other people’s ideas, afraid of borrowing ideas or jumping off someone else’s work and the like. And while it’s always nice to credit, I really worry about how this fear can stifle creativity and stop people from producing or engaging with the community. (Plagiarism is different – that’s flat out copying someone’s text and/or flipping some words around and claiming them as your own, not just writing something based on an idea.)
I don’t like the concept of “stealing” ideas. There really is nothing new under the sun, the very existent of tropes and all just shows that human like to tell certain kinds of stories and have done so for thousands of years. No one accuses Shakespeare of “stealing” ideas, or people adapting myths, etc. That’s how it works – we are inspired, we borrow, we adapt, we build on and build anew. It’s not stealing - nothing is lost on either side! It’s sharing.
(From what I can tell, modern thoughts on that sort of "stealing an idea" is based off copyright law, which only applies to commercial works. Thanks, capitalism.)
Now, I’m a scientist. And as a scientist, I write and publish scientific articles. (Fun fact, I don’t get paid for these at all – in fact, I may have to pay the journal – but publishing is necessary for my career.) There’s plenty of debate over authorship in scientific circles, but the main point is:
To be an author on a paper, you must make Significant Contributions to the work.
Significant Contributions aren’t brainstorming, asking an interesting question over lunch, or suggesting a topic. Significant Contributions mean helping with data collection, analysis, writing, editing, etc. Actually Doing The Work.
I’ve had advisors decide they SHOULDN’T be authors, because they don’t feel they’ve done enough to earn it. The original founder of the work my project is based on refused authorship, because while he set up the study, I’m the one who did all the writing and analyses for my particular project. Instead, he got a mention in the acknowledgements.
Writing a story, producing an artwork, creating something is so much more than Having An Idea. So if you have an idea, or see an idea, or want to try something out – do it! Give credit if you like (it is polite), and remember: your writing, your art, is your writing, your art. You're the one who found the words, the lines, the colors and put them together. That's the hard part. Ideas are easy.
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days-of-reading · 6 months ago
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from The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Reading Edition (ed. by R. W. Franklin)
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f-identity · 9 months ago
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Tweet by Georgina (Gigi) Kiersten reading:
I need for Anne Rice fans to internalize that she was a huge racist and peddler of southern revisionist history. For me, Anne Rice started the trend of white ladies writing about white slave owners vampires and romanticizing them.
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driftingglass · a year ago
It’s Done. (What’s Next?)
Like I promised, all selected works I announced on this post have been deleted. 
There are 7 remaining works, with 6 completed, and one unfinished work recently published in October, 2021. I’m considering that part of this “new chapter” phase of my fanfic authorship. Though calling it an “authorship” seems kind of pretentious at this point...
Anyway. Thank you for understanding and being so supportive. The response has been full of kindness, patience, and gratitude that feels undeserved. Fanfic writers everywhere are lucky to have readers like you. 
If you’re interested in the future of this blog, my AO3 account, and more to potentially come your way, read on...
I’ll be changing my AO3 author name and Tumblr username.
This one has been sort of a long-time coming. I’ve thought of a few names, but nothing has stuck as of yet. When that comes, I’ll announce what my new username will be on Tumblr, so that anyone who follows me knows that the name will change 24 hours after that. 
The first new fanfic I will publish under this new name and phase will be a BakuDeku story. 
The first chapter will be posted in September. I’ll be doing a week of announcements and plenty of teasers all throughout August regarding the summary, plot, etc. The outline is near-complete, and the story itself will end up around 20 chapters. 
There will be an established publishing schedule to stay consistent.
I haven’t decided yet if it will be a one week or two week turnaround. It all depends on my work schedule, my personal life, and my original writing projects. I’ll have a better idea when the time comes. 
Yes, there will be one fic I work on at a time. This will prevent the issue of impulsively publishing fics that I love that get a lot of attention, but end up never finishing. 
I will only be working on one fic at a time. 
This is part of me learning how to handle my mental illness more responsibly so I can better respect your expectations as a reader. I hope you can understand.
So when that new fic is published in September, I will focus solely on that until it’s completed. 
I may start a Patreon account. 
BUT ONLY IF... readers (both old and new) are interested in this. 
This is by absolutely no means a requirement. This is only if people are interested in a concept like a private Discord server (to ask questions about fics, chat, share ideas, etc.), a view into chapters a week before they publish (depending on the schedule), or anything else that may come as exclusive. 
I’m not even sure if I’ll do this, yet. Was just an idea that might be fun if readers want to feel a part of a community. We will see. 
Let me know if this is of interest. If not, I’ll sweep it under the rug and never bring it up again. 
I’ll be way more active on Tumblr to answer questions, talk to new readers, engage with communities I’ve left for a long time, etc.
I’m still very much a fandom loner, but I want to be more open in engaging in conversations if that’s something of interest. 
Want to say another thank you.
To the readers, writers, and celebrators of storytelling who have not only supported me, but anyone else who has chosen to go through these tough decisions and are deciding to reinvent themselves for a new chapter. 
I want to write better for you, and deliver stories that you deserve.
Thanks for everything. 
- Drifty
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silentwindsworld · 5 months ago
The more I read, the more I’m convinced that it’s not writing a book that qualifies you as writer. Rather, it’s a certain way of thought, a certain way of viewing the world and reflecting that on paper. ~
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shakespearenews · 3 days ago
Here are a few assertions they offer. “Lonely” is one of several dozen words Sidney introduced into the English language that Shakespeare later used. She provided patronage to Pembroke’s Men, one of the early companies to perform plays that were later attributed to Shakespeare. Sidney’s extensive library included many of Shakespeare’s sources, and she was familiar with pursuits as varied as falconry, alchemy and cooking, whose vocabulary Shakespeare drew on.
Shakespeare’s First Folio, published about seven years after his death, is dedicated to Sidney’s sons, William Herbert and Philip Herbert.
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aphroditeswan · 17 days ago
girls want friends to braid their hair, pick apples and sprigs of lavender, sing and dance under moonlight, embroider dresses and paint pictures on top of a mountain facing the sea. reading on a balcony while the sun sets and kissing your lover in a field of lilies.
— V.
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the-lady-writes-what · 6 months ago
Authortok (author tiktok) is weird right now. Everybody’s minding their own business until someone mentions that returning books to a bookstore after reading them is kind of a shitty thing to do to authors. There’s one creator who’s bending over backwards to justify this and saying it’s not stealing to follow a store’s return policy. They should know, they “work in the publishing industry.” 
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And they turned off the comments in their videos where they discuss this. So, instead of listening to other people or take criticism for what they say, they just block all other voices, including authors and writers. I read one comment from someone else that said the person who’s going around saying that there’s nothing wrong with returning books, blocked her because she asked them if they work for free since the latter wants ALL books to be free. Just fuck the author over and don’t pay them, I guess? I mean, this is the same person who doesn’t want to pay for books to begin with, at least they’re consistent.
Let’s be clear. There isn’t anything inherently wrong returning a book if it’s a gift, one you bought already, or you don’t want to support the author because you find out that they’re racist, anti-semitic, or homophobic. Returning books isn’t going to hurt Barnes & Noble or Books-A-Million. However, it DOES hurt authors. When you buy a book, you’re not just giving money to the store, you’re helping to pay the content creator as well as the distributor, publishing house, etc. When you RETURN the book, you’re taking the money back from the author. The distributor, publishing house, bookstore, etc. won’t be taking a hit; they’ll still have billions of dollars. The average author, on the other hand, is not in the same boat. This particular creator who sees nothing wrong with returning a book is using a gaslighting defense and saying that we should take it up with the publishers instead. Yes, that is indeed gaslighting because you’re putting pressure onto the consumer for not paying the author and blaming the publisher for trying to run a business, both are excuses to just get free content. 
There are loads of legal ways to read FREE or affordable content without ripping off authors. Libraries are a good example. If you’re in a community that doesn’t have a library or has a very, very small underfunded library, there are collections and archives online run by public libraries, universities, and other public institutions that have online catalogues you can borrow from or digital copies, which are also FREE. Returning a book to a bookstore might not be ILLEGAL or necessarily morally wrong, but it is a pretty shitty thing to do when the average author isn’t going to have millions of dollars stashed away somewhere. It is a very first-world problem to justify hurting content creators for free stuff because you feel privileged to demand FREE works of art that hurt the creators you’re supposed to support. Returning books to bookstores is pirating with a few extra steps.
And here’s the thing that gets me, most stores have a two week return policy, right? If you’re reading a book in that amount of time, just to return it, are you even finishing it? If you finished a book and didn’t like it, why make it harder to restock that book and not pay the author? You can just resell the book, give it to a friend, donate it to a thrift store, or put it up at a garage sale. Returning a book in the maximum two weeks time is the equivalent of fast-fashion, which a lot of people are seeing as unsustainable. Maybe I'm just old and I'm a slow reader, but does anyone just READ anymore. They’re always hopping on the latest trend or buying as many books they can just to return half of them. It’s not sustainable as people can get burnt out and authors have to keep producing more and more books and keep up with trends in the same way we treat fast-fashion. It’s unhealthy.
In conclusion, please think about your authors when you’re buying from stores and consider doing something other than returning it to the bookstore unless it’s an author you don’t want to financially support (cough, cough J.K.Rowling cough, cough). Thank you for coming to my TED Talk
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antheris · 3 months ago
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yes-lukewinter · 3 months ago
collaborations lift the need to be great and reveal the need to just be together
bob rosenthall, quoted in NAWE issue 86 p.33
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noshitshakespeare · a year ago
A little off topic, but I’ve seen some people argue that Shakespeare wasn’t a real person; his plays were written by either a group of playwrights or Christopher Marlowe under a pseudonym (those are just a few of the theories). Their reasoning is that Shakespeare shouldn’t have had enough knowledge about the upper-class to write that accurately about them, so he couldn’t have been a peasant. I personally don’t believe it. What do you think?
Hello @friendlyneighborhoodbadger! Thanks for the ask.
This is not an issue I’m especially interested in, mostly because I think the whole conspiracy fantasy is not worth the paper it’s printed on. I ultimately don’t care who wrote the plays. I like them, and who wrote them doesn’t change my feeling about them. But it is notable that, whenever there’s any level of fame or success accompanied by a lack of complete and detailed evidence about someone, conspiracies will arise, and the better someone is at something, the more inclined people are to try to bring them down. There is also the tendency of conspiracy fantasists to think that since they think differently to the majority of people, they must be in possession of the Truth, and that anyone who fails to see it is deluded.
There can be no doubt that Shakespeare did collaborate, and it’s a later, more Romantic (with the capital) notion that they’re the self-contained works of a solitary genius, unconnected with those around him. But there’s sufficient evidence to suggest that they are, for the main part, the works of a man called Shakespeare, a glovermaker’s son from a small town called Stratford in Warwickshire. There are accounts by others from the time that it was written by this man, who evidently existed, and is envied, scorned, and loved by turns. The writing style of those the works are often attributed to are well known, and Shakespeare’s work bears little resemblance to Marlowe, Oxford or anyone else it’s speculated to be by. The amount of evidence we have of his existing and writing the plays, as little as they are, is still more evidence than there is to suggest the contrary.
As you say, as well, many of those who think Shakespeare couldn’t have written the plays think that he wasn’t educated enough to have written them, or that he couldn't have written plays set in Denmark or Italy if he never visited those countries. This is, frankly, snobbery. One does not need a university education to write well, nor does one have to have been to a place to write plays set there, especially when it barely matters where many of the plays are set. Shakespeare had a grammar school education and would have been extremely familiar with great Latin writers such as Virgil, Seneca, Cicero, Ovid, would have studied recitation, rhetoric and debate, as well as Greek and Roman plays and the bible and psalms. This is more than enough material to draw from, and gives him enough of a vocabulary to draw on.
In other words, from a humanities perspective, his education would have been far more rigorous than what a modern education gives us in the way of classics, oratory and poetic techniques. It’s been shown pretty conclusively that Ben Jonson’s claim in his eulogy to Shakespeare, ‘thou hadst small Latine, and lesse Greeke’ is not really true, even if Shakespeare may have been familiar with fewer pieces of literature than those who had studied at university. He was certainly not lacking by our standards today. Ben Jonson, who evidently thought quite well of himself, seems to have a bit of a chip on his shoulder about Shakespeare. Though the eulogy is otherwise quite flattering, he does appear to be comparing his own more classical background with Shakespeare’s lack of one. Snobbishness about education was evidently present then as now. 
So a lot of early anti-Stratfordian conspiracies do come from upper-class people who were so ingrained in the belief of a superior educated elite that they couldn’t accept that they liked something written by a commoner (n.b. a glovemaker’s son is not a peasant). It was something of an embarrassment that the epitome of English literature wasn’t produced by blue blood or the university system they so boasted of. It’s worth noting too that the same issue was countered on the other side by the Romantics, who revelled in the pastoral fantasy of the genius uneducated rustic swain (hence the term ‘bard’). They share the same foundation of thinking Shakespeare uneducated, and differ only in thinking this charming or problematic.
Funnily enough, I did receive an ask a little while ago arguing the opposite, that Shakespeare’s ignorance is what makes it apparent that he wrote the plays. It’s curious that the same material appears ill-educated to some and too educated to others. But most of all, it’s bizarre how many people are more interested in this kind of debate than in the content of the plays themselves, as if the plays are more or less valuable depending on who wrote them.
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f-identity · 8 months ago
I get that cartoons are allowed to be simplistic compared to the complicated nuances of real life, BUT.
if I start looking at TF:P too hard (which is what I’m doing for Amalgam Cybertronia), I will realize how much death and murder is contained in the Y7-rated kids’ show about giant robots that fight their war on Earth.
not necessarily human deaths, because that would’ve brought the age restriction higher up. But our dear heroes shooting at and ripping apart Vehicon/Eradicon goons? Apparently that’s okay for children to see, because the enemies are numerous, faceless, hostile, and not human.
And that’s without getting into portrayed deaths (vividly or not) of named characters like Cliffjumper, Megatron (disproved), Skyquake, Makeshift, etc - just in the first half of Season One.
Ohh nooo Starscream killed Cliffjumper, that is bad. He belongs to the Decepticons, so by association the Decepticons must be bad as well~~
Okay, murder is bad, yes sure. Not disputing that.
Next, Optimus had his reasons for getting his team to destroy the Decepticon spacebridge - and Megatron (supposedly) died in that explosion. The framing here is: Megatron could’ve ran away to save himself, but was obsessed with getting his huge army to Earth.
hurp dee durp, it’s his fault for not running away in the name of self preservation. the destruction is justified, this is his lesson for trying to bring an army of undead warriors to Earth~
anyway. Optimus and Bumblebee fighting Skyquake. Bumblebee proving himself a warrior by injuring Skyquake while the latter is in flight and later crash-lands. The camera shows Skyquake closing his eyes for the last time; the warrior was not even shown to be given a burial.
ohh nooo if the bad guy (who was stubbornly loyal to what the good guys see as a supreme villain) had joined the good guys, then he wouldn’t have needed to be killed off~~~ the good guys who killed him are apparently not wrong to have murdered him, though
Makeshift. Evil Decepticon (because he’s in the dark and you can’t even see his face) with the talent of disguising as any Cybertronian of similar size to him. Yeah okay, Starscream torturing the real Wheeljack is wrong. Any, uh, props to Soundwave for keeping Starscream from terminating the Wrecker?
Friendship jealousy plot line, identical bots battle it out. And when Shift!WJ is lobbed through the portal to the Nemesis, he turned out to have a live grenade on him which then explodes him to oblivion, and Starscream supposedly yells in frustration, and the scene was portrayed to be funny to the audience - because the bad guys did not manage to learn where the good guys live and destroy the good guys in their sleep, right?
which, if you’re the part of the audience that thinks too hard, maybe it’s not funny that there is one confirmed kill, maybe more Vehicon/Eradicon deaths or injuries
oh right, the audience was not supposed to pity the numerous faceless goons~~
I found a series of posts that I haven’t read in a long time, but the outlook still rings true today. Some of the readmores there are missing, but I can read-again the writings that are still available. (Not at my current hour of night, though.) I remembered them because I started looking too closely at portrayal of deaths in this particular kids’ cartoon.
The Nad of the past wanted to write stuff more overtly aligned to Decepticons and social justice, but did not have the knowledge or confidence to write a full story at a level and tone that I wanted.
AmCyb is not exactly that, but the AU more or less looks over the events of canon TF:P and goes “what were the original writers or producers thinking”
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busterverse · a year ago
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It’s true.  Absolutely.
(Because I just published another eBook...)
Oh, and Gratuitous Buster, because he re-wrote the final scene of the memorable Battling Butler (1926) to make it MORE DRAMATIC, INTERESTING AND SATISFYING.  (So not really all that gratuitous).
‘Scuse the caps.  
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silentwindsworld · 8 months ago
Would life be better spent in a black hole or a book? A book could be opened and read even by those unauthorized, its pages could be deciphered, torn apart, interpreted into oblivion. But a black hole...though this earth is vast in its own way, it has a limited number of spaces where we're unseen, so if we could live in a black hole, we could swallow up the universe over and over again without ever having to expose our faces like the moon. It strikes me as ideal.
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