you know what actually pisses me off? when I finally start to feel a smidge of confidence in my writing ability and then some JERK POSTS A SINGLE LINE FROM A TERRY PRATCHETT NOVEL AND IT’S BETTER THAN ANYTHING I WILL EVER WRITE NO MATTER HOW MANY MILLENNIA I SPEND TRYING!
Terry was a professional writer from the age of 17. He worked as a journalist which meant that he had to learn to research, write and edit his own work very quickly or else he’d lose his job.
He was 23 when his first novel was published. After six years of writing professionally every single day. The Carpet People was a lovely novel, from a lovely writer, but almost all of Terry’s iconic truth bomb lines come from Discworld.
The Colour of Magic, the first ever Discworld novel was published in 1983. Terry was 35 years old. He had been writing professionally for 18 years. His career was old enough to vote, get married and drink. We now know that at 35 he was, tragically, over half way through his life. And do you know what us devoted, adoring Discworld fans say about The Colour of Magic? “Don’t start with Colour of Magic.”
It is the only reading order rule we ever give people. Because it’s not that great. Don’t get me wrong, very good book, although I’ll be honest I’ve never been able to finish it, but it’s nowhere near his later stuff. Compare it to Guards Guards, The Fifth Elephant, the utterly iconic Nightwatch and it pales in comparison because even after nearly 20 years of writing, half a lifetime of loving books and storytelling Terry was still learning.
He was a man with a wonderful natural talent, yes. But more importantly he worked and worked and worked to be a better writer. He was writing up until days before he died. He spent 49 years learning and growing as a writer, taking so much joy in storytelling that not even Alzheimer’s could steal it from him. He wouldn’t want that joy stolen from you too.
Terry was a wonderful, kind, compassionate, genius of a writer. And all of this was in spite of many many people telling him he wasn’t good enough. At the age of five his headmaster told him that he would never amount to anything. He died a knight of the realm and one of the most beloved writers ever to have lived in a country with a vast and rich literary tradition. He wouldn’t let anyone tell him that he wasn’t good enough. And he wouldn’t want you to think you aren’t good enough. He especially wouldn’t want to be the reason why you think you aren’t good enough.
You’re not Terry Pratchett.
You are you.
And Terry would love that.
I only ever had a chance to talk to Terry Pratchett once, and that was in an autograph line. I’d bought a copy of The Carpet People, which was his very first book, and he looked at it with a faint air of concern. “You realise that I wrote that when I was very young,” he said, in warning.
“Yes,” I said. “But I like seeing how authors grow.”
He brightened and reached for his pen. “That’s all right then,” he said, and signed.
Hello Tumblr, from today on, we’re gonna post some tiddies !
RULES OF THE TITTY PROTEST :
- Post pictures of your (all gender presenting) nipples on Tumblr using the hashtag #titty protest
- You can write something across your titties, like “fuck you tumblr” or “we are not porn”.
- Reblog this post, the images, and spread the word. Tumblr has to drown under titties (and understand that what they’re doing is stupid).
- If you aren’t comfortable with posting pictures of your titties or nips then you can draw a pair of boobs on a bit of paper, hold that up to your chest, and take a picture of that. Or you can just reblog other people’s protest titties if they’re okay with that.
- This new policy is harmful to a lot of Tumblr users (sex workers, artists, fandom, WOMEN…), threatens freedom of expression and, as users start to leave, ultimately the viability of tumblr as a social network.
- The titty protest starts tonight, 6th December 2018 ! Be sure to make clear your post is political protest as, under Tumblr’s own guidelines, titty protests do not fall foul of its ban.
FREE THE TITTY !
Our bodies aren’t NSFW. Art isn’t inherently NSFW. It’s only sexual if the user intends it to be so. And even if they do THAT’S OKAY TOO! ✨
To the people participating :
First of all thank you for joining us and Freeing Those Titties !™
Thank you also to those who keep on sharing the post !
Unfortunately, what we do here isn’t visible in the newly founded “titty protest” tag, nor is it visible on any other ‘regular’ tag like censorship or tumblr ban.
So I invite people who participate in this to tag either me or @weconqueratdawnwhen you post them tiddies so that we can see you, reblog your post (if you’re okay with that) and let the movement grow ! ✨
and also new tag!! #tiddie protest
We’ve decided to change the tag to help our protest show up better – if you’re participating and want to be seen and heard, try the new #tiddie protest tag.
yes you’re right we absolutely should have thought of this before we moved quick so as not to lose our nerve and now here we are
And yes please do join in with us!
yesterday was really quite an amazing experience and I seriously recommend it! not only did I manage to work off some steam by taking some action, possibly the best part was chatting to the other people taking part and seeing their photos and being excited and giddy and Defiant and it was great XD
Hello friends, happy Monday! It’s time for my annual please-buy-my-stuff for the holidays post.
The main place for signed books, prints, plushes, and this exclusive Holiday bundle you see above is my new merch shop!
I also have 2019 wall calendars and planners. They would make great gifts.
Miss you all, I’ll be back soon I promise ❤ Stay sane during the holidays!
I got bored and made a giant character generator. 7 different categories with at least 17 options each (some have more), including fantasy, sci-fi, supernatural, modern, and historical possibilities… which means that characters can get ridiculous really fast (like flamethrower-wielding, Feudal Japanese cyborg priestess with a pet unicorn). Have fun with what you get or try a few times if you want a serious character.
If you do make a character with this, tag ‘characterdesigninspiration’ so I can see them!
I don’t think writers realize that “strong female character” means “well written female character” and not just “female character who punches stuff and shoots stuff”
he sees you when you’re sleeping
Can we please be the generation that stops putting up with the family child molester? The grown uncle who dates teenage girls, the husband who makes uncomfortable comments about young women’s clothing, or the cousin who raises red flags with their behavior towards children but no one wants to talk about all need to go. Children, especially young women, are expected to “keep the family together” by not making a fuss over incredibly traumatic behavior. Children don’t deserve to suffer trauma for adults’ feelings of togetherness. They’re more worthy of protection than predators. A healthy family is not built on the backs of abuse survivors expected to live their lives in silence without justice, support, or protection.