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thatstudyblrontea · a day ago
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– Gail Jones, Sorry
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autumncozy · 4 months ago
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By lulumoonowlbooks
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moonlit-sunflower-books · 6 months ago
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bitches be like “i like reading” and then ignore their tbr for months while they re read comfort fanfiction. it’s me i’m bitches.
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gailynovelry · 6 months ago
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A lit of people think that worldbuilding exists solely to make epic, sweeping fantasy worlds to quest across, but it can create smaller, softer, mundane worlds to inhabit too.
You can worldbuild a small village. You can worldbuild a bookshop. You can worldbuild a jail cell, or a wishing well, or a single-parent household.
Not every story wants a grand scope.
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wedarkacademia · 4 months ago
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Madeline Miller ~ The Song of Achilles
I will never stop loving this book, never.
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darklesmylove · a month ago
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hot, sarcastic villain with a tragic past: *exists*
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rl-fields · 5 days ago
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Hello, does anyone have any recommendations for comforting fantasy reads?
Things akin to Howl’s Moving Castle, Stardust, The Princess Bride, etc?
I’m particularly looking for audiobook recommendations so if you know one that plays really well as audio, I’d love the suggestions!
Tagging a lot I’m sorry I’m just really hoping to reach more people!
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chasingwhitebunnies · 24 days ago
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No line in a book has ever made me feel what, “if it weren’t for the baby” did
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victoriaedithedwards · 12 days ago
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— Victoria Edwards
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loremorning · a month ago
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"Oftentimes, when people are miserable, they will want to make other people miserable, too. But it never helps."
The Wide Window, Lemony Snicket
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englishnerd · 6 months ago
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mr darcy having an existential crisis over a hand brush and henry fox mountchristen windsor fleeing the country after a drunk kiss have the same energy from different time periods i said what i said
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thatstudyblrontea · a day ago
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January 21, 2022
Starting my 2022 Genre Bingo (under the cut – by @bulletnotestudies) with Shakespeare's The Tempest, which I figured would fit in Magical Realism quite well. Today was a cold day, but a beautiful one, so my sister and I figured going out and read in a café would've been a cool way to spend it. After some time spent shopping, we finally stopped for a cup of hot chocolate (hers), and some black tea (mine, obviously!). Back to the book, I'm really enjoying its preface, which is a rare thing for me, so we're off to a good start :)
📀 sotd: American Pie - Don McLean
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fuckyeahhistorycrushes · 2 months ago
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(Joseph Conrad in 1874 & 1904)
Joseph Conrad (actually Józef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski, 1857–1924) was a Polish-British writer regarded as one of the greatest novelists to write in the English language. Though he did not speak English fluently until his twenties, he was a master prose stylist who brought a non-English sensibility into English literature. Conrad wrote stories and novels, many with a nautical setting, that depict trials of the human spirit in the midst of what he saw as an impassive, inscrutable universe. Conrad's finest works are Nostromo (1904), Heart of Darkness (1899), and Lord Jim (1900).
Joseph Conrad's family was of Polish descent and lived in Berdyczów. It is located in a region that the Polish sometimes refer to as the "Stolen Lands," since it was taken from the Kingdom of Poland. His parents were Polish nobility, and Conrad’s father, in addition to working as a writer and a translator, was a political activist, involved in the activities of conspiracy directed against the Russian tsar. For this, he was arrested by the Russian authorities. Conrad’s earliest surviving writing reads: "To my beloved Grandma who helped me send cakes to my poor Daddy in prison – grandson, Pole, Catholic, nobleman – 6 July 1863 – Konrad". Within seven years, both of Conrad’s parents had died of tuberculosis and he was sent to live with his Uncle Tadeusz, in Kraków. He was raised to pursue a career as a sailor. During the Kraków years, the solitary, hypersensitive and well-read young Conrad impressed friends by memorizing and reciting long passages from Mickiewicz's 'Pan Tadeusz' and by writing patriotic plays, like 'The Eyes of Jan Sobieski', in which Polish nationalists defeated the Muscovite enemy. Pleased with himself and accustomed to the undivided attention of his parents, Conrad once disturbed an adult conversation with the egoistic question: 'And what do you think of me?' To which the reply was: 'You're a young fool who interrupts when his elders are talking.' Conrad's distant cousin in Lvov, with whose family he lived in 1873-74, later described his intelligence, ambitions, sarcasm, desire for freedom, informal manners and ill health:
'He stayed with us ten months... Intellectually he was extremely advanced but he disliked school routine, which he found tiring and dull; he used to say that he was very talented and planned to become a great writer... He disliked all restrictions. At home, at school, or in the living room he would sprawl unceremoniously. He used to suffer from severe headaches and nervous attacks; the doctors thought that a stay at the seaside might cure him.'
Conrad left high school early in 1874 without finishing the course. He had studied some Greek, Latin and German, Polish Romantic literature, mathematics, history and his favorite subject, geography. But he had also read widely on his own, especially books on distant voyages and exotic exploration. Like Lord Jim, he was attracted to the adventurous aspects of nautical life and lived 'in his mind the sea-life of light literature. He saw himself saving people from sinking ships, cutting away masts in a hurricane... always an example of devotion to duty, and as unflinching as a hero in a book'.
At the age of seventeen he began a long period of adventure at sea. Conrad sailed for four years on French ships; after getting into debt and shooting himself in the chest in Marseille, he joined the British merchant service in 1878. He served for fifteen more years under the British flag. He eventually rose to the rank of captain. In 1886, he became a British citizen. Conrad was 36 when he left the merchant marine in 1894. He was ready to seek a second career as a writer. During the next fifteen years, he published what most consider the finest works of his career. Conrad inhabited English, as well as England, as a kind of intimate foreigner. His British friends were puzzled (and a touch envious) over his intense, evocative use of their language. Rudyard Kipling remarked that "with a pen in his hand he was first amongst us," but added: "Reading him, I always have the feeling that I am reading a good translation of a foreign writer". And, as Virginia Woolf put it in a sketch in 1923: "Certainly he was a strange apparition to descend upon these shores in the last part of the nineteenth century - an artist, an aristocrat, a Pole. For after all these years I cannot think of him as an English writer. He is too formal, too courteous, too scrupulous in the use of a language which is not his own. Then of course he is an aristocrat to the backbone. His humor is aristocratic - ironic, sardonic, never broad and free like the common English humor which descends from Falstaff".
In April 1924, Conrad declined to accept the offer of a British knighthood on the grounds that he was already a Polish nobleman by birth. He also turned down offers of honorary degrees from five prestigious universities. Other manifestations of his attachment to the traditional lifestyle of the Polish nobility (or szlachta) are the inclusion of the Nałęcz coat of arms in the collected edition of his works and — not least — his extravagance and his nonchalant attitude towards money. The rooms of his house were furnished in the style of Polish manor houses, while the elegance of his attire was also reminiscent of that of the Polish nobility. Paul Langlois — a French acquaintance from Mauritius — has left us the following description of the way Conrad dressed: “In contrast to his colleagues Captain Korzeniowski was always dressed like a dandy. I can still see him […] arriving almost every day in my office dressed in a black or dark coat, a waistcoat, usually of a light color, and fancy trousers, all well cut and of great elegance; he would be wearing a black or grey bowler tilted slightly to one side, would always wear gloves and carried a cane with a gold knob”. The second (and more significant) plane on which Conrad’s noble heritage operates is his pursuit of the ideals of the Polish nobility and what would seem to be his re-examination of them in his works. First and foremost, there is the idea of honor. This concept, stemming from the ethos of chivalry, became an integral part of the Polish nobility’s system of values. David Garnett contrasted Henry James, who thought about “nothing but money,” with Conrad, who, “in his way — thought about ‘nothing but honor’". The notion of honor, is crucial for an interpretion of many of Conrad’s narratives, e.g. Lord Jim, Nostromo, Duel or Chance. Primarily seen in his own time as a writer of boys' sea stories, Conrad is now highly regarded as a novelist whose work displays a deep moral consciousness and masterful narrative technique. An anchor-shaped monument to Conrad in Gdynia, on Poland's Baltic Seacoast, features a quotation from him in Polish: 'Nic tak nie nęci, nie rozczarowuje i nie zniewala, jak życie na morzu' ('There is nothing more enticing, disenchanting, and enslaving than the life at sea').
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juleskelleybooks · 19 days ago
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If you want books to exist, stop pirating them.
This sounds like drama, but it's not.
Not only is it well documented that pirating contributes to publishers not buying more manuscripts from an author (Maggie Stiefvater's experiment being the most famous), now we have evidence that Amazon's Kindle Unlimited algorithm is registering pirated copies of books online as the book being "offered" somewhere else, and punishing the authors for it.
And I don't know how much you know about Kindle Unlimited, but the thing is, if your book is in KU, you have to check a little box that says you're not offering the book anywhere else for sale. At all. So when the algorithm is finding the pirated copies, it's pinging it as, Oh! The author lied! The author misrepresented their sales strategy! ACCOUNT DELETION FOR AUTHOR. NO ROYALTIES FOR ONE THOUSAND YEARS.
Miette jokes aside, that's actually what's happening to very popular self-pub authors. Ruby Dixon just had her account deleted, her 15+ volume popular KU series taken down, and Amazon fighting her over the KU Pages royalties she'd already earned on those books. Now, Ruby's got her account back because she's popular enough that people shouted at Kindle executives very, very loudly, but what about other authors? This could ruin someone's career.
Well, why not publish wide, I hear you saying. Why stick to Kindle Unlimited? After all, Amazon sucks.
Here's the thing. Whether we like it or not, Amazon has a massive corner market on books, and for authors who are self-publishing, it is by far the most accessible and cost-effective method, PLUS, it's a great way to be discovered by new readers.
Because readers don't have to pay for individual titles under KU (they pay for a subscription, and then Amazon pays out authors based on how many pages of the book someone read), they can give new authors a try. They can take a chance on a book they're not sure they'll like. And Amazon tends to promote KU titles more aggressively because it's good for their business.
My little $0.99 short story, Swelter, is on Kindle Unlimited, and I can tell you that a good 85% of my royalties from it come from KU pages, not from people buying it. And that's for a story that costs less than a dollar and is not a big investment and has pretty good word-of-mouth in the f/f reading community.
Self-publishing is expensive, and time consuming. I'm getting away with it pretty cheaply right now because I am also a professional editor, and I have friends in the business who are willing to trade in kind rather than be paid. I have a really wonderful friend who is doing my ebook formatting for free because I beta read and do proofing for her. But if I were paying for all the services that I'm trading for, as most authors have to do? I'd be well over $1500 sunk into this little ebook coming out in a week that is going to cost $3.99 and be free to read on Kindle Unlimited. And that's not counting marketing. Because yeah, you have to pay for marketing. Hell, I had to pay $35 upfront to a popular site to be considered for their marketing campaign, and would've paid another $65 if they'd accepted me. (They did not, so I'm out that $35 without even a marketing campaign to show for it.)
And the thing is, I'm currently gainfully employed. I'm salaried. My spouse is also salaried, so I have enough disposable income to spend what I've spent on this ebook (which is still about $600, even with all the things I'm trading for). Most authors? Especially most self-publishing authors? Don't have that.
So Kindle Unlimited, for all its flaws, is a way to get more diverse voices in the business because you don't even have to buy an ISBN. Amazon assigns you an Amazon Sales Index Number (ASIN) and you're good to go, as long as you're not listing it on any other sites. Hell, they even have tools for you to make your own cover art if you don't want to pay someone to make it for you. They do a lot of their own internal promotion on Kindle. Readers can try you out for little-to-no personal investment on their part and maybe discover that they love your writing, and you've gained a whole audience. It's a great return-on-investment for self-published authors.
So that's why a lot of self-pub authors choose Kindle Unlimited. And a lot of authors will do a limited run on KU in order to get some early word-of-mouth and discovery readers, and then publish wide later. (That's my current strategy with Welcome to the Show, if it does well. If it's not doing well, I probably won't sink the money and time into expanding its availability.) But if this happens, if Amazon shuts down their account over "KU membership misrepresentation," then even if the book has been published wide and is available on other platforms by then, Amazon is going to dispute their KU Pages royalties and try to take them back.
So by pirating books, not only are authors losing "potential" sales (I know, there's a whole argument there), they could be losing real, actual sales that they've already sold.
In conclusion:
1. Don't pirate books.
2. If you see someone requesting where they can read a book "for free", speak up.
3. If you see someone providing links where people can read a book "for free" (if it is not provided by the author for free), speak up.
Thanks, and have a good day.
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wedarkacademia · 2 months ago
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I plant roots so deeply in the people I love that I always lose a piece of myself when they go. - Beau Taplin
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darklesmylove · a year ago
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“cant you see how problematic this villain is”
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alexwritesfiction · 2 months ago
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xoxokala · 3 months ago
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How to talk to anyone : 📚
92 tricks for big success in relationships 🌸 (1-9)
Technique #1 - The Flooding Smile.
Don’t flash an immediate smile when you greet someone, as though anyone who walked into your line of sight would be the beneficiary. Instead, look at the other person’s face for a second. Pause. Soak in their persona. Then let a big, warm, responsive smile flood over your face and overflow into your eyes. It will engulf the recipient like a warm wave. The split-second delay convinces people your flooding smile is genuine and only for them.
Technique #2 -Sticky Eyes
Pretend your eyes are glued to your conversation partner’s with sticky warm taffy. Don’t break eye contact even after he or she has finished speaking. When you must look away, do it ever so slowly, reluctantly, stretching the gooey taffy until the tiny string finally breaks.
Technique #3 - Epoxy Eyes
This brazen technique packs a powerful punch. Watch your target person even when someone else is talking. No matter who is speaking, keep looking at the man or woman you want to impact.
Technique #4 - Hang by Your Teeth
Visualize a circus iron-jaw bit hanging from the frame of every door you walk through. Take a bite and, with it firmly between your teeth, let it swoop you to the peak of the big top. When you hang by your teeth, every muscle is stretched into perfect posture position.
Technique #5 - The Big-Baby Pivot
Give everyone you meet The Big-Baby Pivot. The instant the two of you are introduced, reward your new acquaintance. Give the warm smile, the total-body turn, and the undivided attention you would give a tiny tyke who crawled up to your feet, turned a precious face up to yours, and beamed a big toothless grin. Pivoting 100 percent toward the new person shouts “I think you are very, very special.”
Technique #6 - Hello Old Friend
When meeting someone, imagine he or she is an old friend (an old customer, an old beloved, or someone else you had great affection for). How sad, the vicissitudes of life tore you two asunder. But, holy mackerel, now the party (the meeting, the convention) has reunited you with your long-lost old friend! The joyful experience starts a remarkable chain reaction in your body from the subconscious softening of your eyebrows to the positioning of your toes—and everything between.
Technique #7 - Limit the Fidget
Whenever your conversation really counts, let your nose itch, your ear tingle, or your foot prickle. Do not fidget, twitch, wiggle, squirm, or scratch. And above all, keep your paws away from your puss. Hand motions near your face and all fidgeting can give your listener the gut feeling you’re fibbing.
Technique #8 - Hans’s Horse Sense
Make it a habit to get on a dual track while talking. Express yourself, but keep a keen eye on how your listener is reacting to what you’re saying. Then plan your moves accordingly. If a horse can do it, so can a human. People will say you pick up on everything. You never miss a trick. You’ve got horse sense.
Technique #9 - Watch the Scene Before You Make the Scene
Rehearse being the Super Somebody you want to be ahead of time. SEE yourself walking around with Hang by Your Teeth posture, shaking hands, smiling the Flooding Smile, and making Sticky Eyes. HEAR yourself chatting comfortably with everyone. FEEL the pleasure of knowing you are in peak form and everyone is gravitating toward you. VISUALIZE yourself a Super Somebody. Then it all happens automatically.
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demon-babies · 11 months ago
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yOu hAvE aLrEaDy lEfT kUdOs hErE
why don’t you shut the fuck up
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loremorning · a month ago
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“It is very unnerving to be proven wrong, particularly when you are really right and the person who is really wrong is the one who is proving you wrong and proving himself, wrongly, right.”
The Reptile Room, Lemony Snicket
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