“Maybe love at first sight isn’t what we think it is. Maybe it’s recognising a soul we loved in a past life and falling in love with them again.”
― Kamand Kojouri
Blacklick, Ohio. November 23, 2022.
“Books break the shackles of time, proof that humans can work magic.”
― Carl Sagan, Cosmos.
Mr Robinson was a polished sort of person. He was so clean and healthy and pleased about everything that he positively shone - which is only to be expected in a fairy or an angel, but is somewhat disconcerting in an attorney.
Susanna Clarke, Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell
“And in the middle of my chaos, there was you.”
“There are many different ways to be masculine. Men get to express masculinity with numerous and diverse cultural codes, and there is no reason to assume that women are limited to a narrower choice of idioms There are at least as many ways to be butch as there are ways for men to be masculine; actually, there are more ways to be butch, because when women appropriate masculine styles the element of travesty produces new significance and meaning. Butches adopt and transmute the many available codes of masculinity... Butches come in all the shapes and varieties and idioms of masculinity. There are butches who are tough street dudes, butches who are jocks, butches who are scholars, butches who are artists, rock-and-roll butches, butches who have motorcycles, and butches who have money. There are butches whose male models are effeminate men, sissies, drag queens, and many different types of male homosexuals. There are butch nerds, butches with soft bodies and hard minds.”
Gayle Rubin, “Of catamites and kings: Reflections on butch, gender, and boundaries” in The Persistent Desire: A Femme-Butch Reader (1992). Extracts from page 169 and 170.
Physical characterizations that can make your characters more human
Irritated skin, red spots and stretch marks
Acne on forehead, cheeks and chin
Dark under eyes circles
Uncovered scars and birthmarks
Unshaved body hair
Messy/ curly hairs that won't be managed no matter what you do to them
Chewed and unpolished finger nails
The sound of their footsteps
The way they stand/ posture
Weight loss/ weight gain due to emotional antecedents
Putting on make up or none at all
Wearing extravagant clothes
Wearing unmatchable but comfortable clothes
Can we normalise ‘I’m willing to work on that’ instead of ‘that’s just how I am’
"Do you understand, sir, do you understand what it means when you have absolutely nowhere to turn?"
– Fyodor Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment
“A library is never complete. That’s the joy of it. We are always seeking one more book to add to our collection.”
― Catherynne M. Valente, The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There