A message from Anonymous
So, I really love your fic and your writing style and I was wondering if you have any advice/basic tips for someone who wants to start writing stories.

Wow, really? Thanks! I don’t think I’m that awesome of a writer, I really don’t. But I try. Sometimes.

(The check’s in the mail, nonnie!)

Okay, seriously. So, basic advice. We write because we have a story to tell. We have something to communicate—which is the same reason I draw/paint: to communicate. To make another person feel. You’ve got to figure out what that is, what you want to say. It doesn’t have to be grand or epic; it can be something really sweet and small. When it all boils down to it, write what you love to read. And for now, don’t worry about the prose. Don’t envy another writer’s style just yet; focus on the story. Style will come on its own. Butt in seat. Write what you love. You love romance? Write it. Gore? Write it. Hurt/comfort? Write that too. So what if it sucks? You gotta get the suckage out of the way. Just do it. One person’s suck is another person’s success, anyway!

Piece of advice #2: get alpha and beta readers who are better than you, and LISTEN TO THEM. Thicken up your hide, right from the get-go. Don’t be defensive; they’re your reader. Trust them. It’ll be rough at first, but eventually, their advice will become ingrained, like muscle memory. And after that, you will start trusting yourself and your own judgment. It just comes with the doing. Be tenacious. And never forget: write what you love. It will shine through. Write only for yourself. If you write for your audience, you’ll be chasing an ever-moving target.

Piece of advice #3: go light on the adjectives and adverbs. I probably cut out 50% of mine upon my second pass. Use great verbs instead, except when someone’s talking. ‘Said’ is just fine, most of the time.

Lastly, listen to this podcast: Writing Excuses. It’s quick and fun and chock full of advice from authors currently writing and successfully navigating careers. You won’t be sorry.

Speaking of sorry…this post. I’m not sure I know what I’m talking about, but this is what I do and I hope it wasn’t too artsy-fartsy or unhelpful. If nothing else, listen to Writing Excuses. :D

And good luck!

drownedintea:

felt like redoing this drawing from last year
god now i feel much better about everything
one next to the other

I totally don’t get the flower crown thing, but in my mind’s eye, the Winchesters have died and Castiel has not, and here are his best friends in the world…the known universe…and this is what he can do for them. Take care of their bodies. I AM NOT THIS GRIM ALL THE TIME, I SWEAR. But it’s still lovely art, yeah? :)
drownedintea:

felt like redoing this drawing from last year
god now i feel much better about everything
one next to the other

I totally don’t get the flower crown thing, but in my mind’s eye, the Winchesters have died and Castiel has not, and here are his best friends in the world…the known universe…and this is what he can do for them. Take care of their bodies. I AM NOT THIS GRIM ALL THE TIME, I SWEAR. But it’s still lovely art, yeah? :)

drownedintea:

felt like redoing this drawing from last year

god now i feel much better about everything

one next to the other

I totally don’t get the flower crown thing, but in my mind’s eye, the Winchesters have died and Castiel has not, and here are his best friends in the world…the known universe…and this is what he can do for them. Take care of their bodies. I AM NOT THIS GRIM ALL THE TIME, I SWEAR. But it’s still lovely art, yeah? :)

unicornempireprints:

Unicorn Empire has grown so much in the last year that we’re practically bursting at the seams. We have so many new ideas and new things we want to make, but in order to do that we need to clear up some space in our workshop. That means several of our designs are going into retirement. 
This is your last chance to get these three Supernatural t-shirts. 
Dean’s Diner t-shirt, Sam’s Moose Lager t-shirt, and Castiel’s Honeybee Honey t-shirt are all being retired. We won’t be doing another print run of these designs for the foreseeable future, what we’ve got in stock right now is what we’re selling and that’s it, so this is your last chance to snag them. (It’s also your chance to help us clear up some space to make room for hoodies!)
These designs will still be available on our Supernatural Pillow Covers. 

I have the Sam’s Lager shirt and it’s SO CUTE! Snatch these up, y’all.
unicornempireprints:

Unicorn Empire has grown so much in the last year that we’re practically bursting at the seams. We have so many new ideas and new things we want to make, but in order to do that we need to clear up some space in our workshop. That means several of our designs are going into retirement. 
This is your last chance to get these three Supernatural t-shirts. 
Dean’s Diner t-shirt, Sam’s Moose Lager t-shirt, and Castiel’s Honeybee Honey t-shirt are all being retired. We won’t be doing another print run of these designs for the foreseeable future, what we’ve got in stock right now is what we’re selling and that’s it, so this is your last chance to snag them. (It’s also your chance to help us clear up some space to make room for hoodies!)
These designs will still be available on our Supernatural Pillow Covers. 

I have the Sam’s Lager shirt and it’s SO CUTE! Snatch these up, y’all.
unicornempireprints:

Unicorn Empire has grown so much in the last year that we’re practically bursting at the seams. We have so many new ideas and new things we want to make, but in order to do that we need to clear up some space in our workshop. That means several of our designs are going into retirement. 
This is your last chance to get these three Supernatural t-shirts. 
Dean’s Diner t-shirt, Sam’s Moose Lager t-shirt, and Castiel’s Honeybee Honey t-shirt are all being retired. We won’t be doing another print run of these designs for the foreseeable future, what we’ve got in stock right now is what we’re selling and that’s it, so this is your last chance to snag them. (It’s also your chance to help us clear up some space to make room for hoodies!)
These designs will still be available on our Supernatural Pillow Covers. 

I have the Sam’s Lager shirt and it’s SO CUTE! Snatch these up, y’all.

unicornempireprints:

Unicorn Empire has grown so much in the last year that we’re practically bursting at the seams. We have so many new ideas and new things we want to make, but in order to do that we need to clear up some space in our workshop. That means several of our designs are going into retirement. 

This is your last chance to get these three Supernatural t-shirts. 

Dean’s Diner t-shirt, Sam’s Moose Lager t-shirt, and Castiel’s Honeybee Honey t-shirt are all being retired. We won’t be doing another print run of these designs for the foreseeable future, what we’ve got in stock right now is what we’re selling and that’s it, so this is your last chance to snag them. (It’s also your chance to help us clear up some space to make room for hoodies!)

These designs will still be available on our Supernatural Pillow Covers

I have the Sam’s Lager shirt and it’s SO CUTE! Snatch these up, y’all.

beccj:

A small preview of my contribution to S: A Supernatural Artbook. Check out the tumblr for more previews from other artists.
It’s going to be filled with the amazing work of many artists, and proceeds go to Action Against Hunger
A kickstarter will happen early September.
beccj:

A small preview of my contribution to S: A Supernatural Artbook. Check out the tumblr for more previews from other artists.
It’s going to be filled with the amazing work of many artists, and proceeds go to Action Against Hunger
A kickstarter will happen early September.

beccj:

A small preview of my contribution to S: A Supernatural Artbook. Check out the tumblr for more previews from other artists.

It’s going to be filled with the amazing work of many artists, and proceeds go to Action Against Hunger

A kickstarter will happen early September.

Indiachick wrote a truly fantastic story for LJ’s SPN BigBang this year—The Babel Fish Has Forsaken Us—and I did the ‘cover’ art. If you like dreamscapes and surrealism and simply beautiful writing, you’ll check it out. I loved it. She is wunnerful!

themegalosaurus:

First Born (9x11)
themegalosaurus:

First Born (9x11)
themegalosaurus:

First Born (9x11)

themegalosaurus:

First Born (9x11)

Questions Eleven

Got tagged with this by the adorable themegalosaurus, so here goes. The idea is to answer 11 questions, then tag 11 (okay, I didn’t make 11) more people with 11 questions of your own…

1. Who was your first celebrity crush? (Do you still like them?) Oh, wow, you’re asking me to remember back to the days of primordial soup. I think it was…hmm…Harrison Ford as Han Solo. Yup, let’s go with that. And I still enjoy the old fart.

2. Are you a good cook? I cook some things well, but I’d say I’m solidly mediocre in the cooking category. Despite my status as an American, I can’t fry food for shit.

3. If you could have any job in the world, what would it be? I kinda love my job, so that’s a toughie. But I’m eternally fascinated by behind-the-scenes work in films and television, so I’d love to work on sets, especially on-location, props, be in the thick of things during filming. I’m a little long in the tooth to go that route now, and where I live is close to nothing like this, so I s’pose I’ll keep my job, as is!

4. What’s your favourite song from a musical (or film, if you don’t like musicals)? Not a big fan of musicals; they’re a little melodramatic for me. I really dug ‘Across the Universe’ though, so maybe something from that. Joe Cocker’s version of Come Together or Jim Sturgis, singing the title song.

5. Do you have any frenemies? I think I have a couple on-line, but we don’t interface often, so it’s cool.

6. What makes you laugh? Stupid cat videos. Gag reels. Just about anything after a couple of beers.

7. What phrases or sayings do you use most? “Cut it out, you three.” To my sons. It’s never ending.

8. Who’s your favourite superhero? Red Sonja, from the comics. NOT the movie.

9. If you got the chance to see your own future, would you do it? Hell, no. No no no. The very thought of it make me nervous, in fact! It would impact how I live today. Do not want. I don’t even want to think about trying to avoid bad situations that I know are coming up and how that might alter other things and…I’m sweating.

10. Which book would you most want to read with your children (or if you don’t have or want children, with a friend’s or sibling’s child)? Hmm. That’s a toughie. I loved Robert Asprin’s MythAdventures series, but none of my sons got into it, in the least. Or the Thieves’ World anthologies (also created by Asprin.) Man, they were so good back in the day. I wanted to live in that universe so bad.

11. If you could give anybody in the world a slap in the face, no consequences, who would you pick? My brother-in-law.

Tagging monicawoe, beccj , luckyraeve, petite-madame, and jimmynovaks with the following questions:

1. What song always makes you happy, makes you sing out loud when you hear it?
2. If you could meet one fictional character in real life, who would it be and why?
3. Summer, Spring, Winter or Fall?
4. Tell me one of your guilty pleasures.
5. What would your patronus be?
6. What’s one thing you simply had to learn the hard way?
7. What’s your least favorite swear word?
8. If you could have breakfast with anyone, who would it be, and why?
9. What’s one of your favorite quotes?
10. (Stolen from another meme) If you could pick any fictional place to live, in any fictional world, where would it be?
11. Which mythical creature do you wish were real?

*tags and runs*

denugis:

quickreaver:

samsangel:

onamelancholyhill:

freewillwinchesters:

THIS IS FROM OFFICIAL GUIDE AND THIS IS THE INFO FOR “FAN FICTION”

Oh my god Becky is back

For the people asking me where I got the image of 10x05.

Literally, you all know what this means? It means that there will be rude and hurtful “jokes” about the fanbase, which there always is in episodes with Becky. And I was looking forward to this one.

I have concerns about this episode too. I’m not overly cool with lots of pre-wank—and I certainly have my fears about Sam being depicted as more evil than the demon his brother has become, based on recent interviews with the cast and crew—but here’s a little personal anecdote about Emily Perkins, who plays Becky. I got the opportunity to talk to her for five minutes at Chicon 2012, and I expressed my feeling that fandom was being laughed at, not with, when it came to the character of Becky. She seemed genuinely shocked. She said she’d approached Becky as a take-control kind of person, going after what she wanted. Emily is a fangirl from way back, in the Star Trek fandom apparently, so I lean towards believing her. But this won’t be the first time an actor has had a more sympathetic spin on a character than the writers intend.

I guess I want this to offer some small hope that the musical episode won’t be the crap fest we fear it will. I still think the creepy, Misery-esque non-con stunt the show wrote for Becky was nine kinds of stupid, and the show still hasn’t fully addressed the many ways Sam’s autonomy has been usurped over the years, but I’m still watching. I can’t fully invest emotionally in it like I used to because I just don’t trust the overall writing, but that doesn’t mean I’m not enjoying the show on some level. It still has a couple of writers whom I believe ‘get it’. Do we know who’s writing Episode 200 yet? Will it be a ‘room’ written episode, or does that even happen in SPN, I wonder? Anyway, I have hope. *adjusts rakish rose-colored glasses*

I honestly don’t care if TPTB are making fun of fandom, kindly or unkindly, but I do care how both TPTB and fandom are thinking about issues of consent and mental and bodily autonomy. “She said she’d approached Becky as a take-control kind of person, going after what she wanted” is an obfuscation of roofies, assault, and near-rape that doesn’t make me feel any better. Obviously the actor is not responsible for the character’s actions as written by the writers or for the decision to play those actions for laughs, but she is sending her own message there by glossing over the means Becky used to get what she wanted. 

At any rate, given that Spn’s sometimes horrifically mixed messages on matters of bodily and mental autonomy and consent issues go way beyond any one fandom-representing character, I don’t think that Becky as representative of TPTB’s view of fandom is the vitally important thing. Nor do I think fandom is so innocent of skeeviness of its own in these matters that we have a right to complain if that skeeviness is satirized, though we have every right to ask whether the satirists are maybe themselves living in a glass house that makes stone-casting inadvisable. 

You’re right. I can’t argue with any of this. It does make one wonder how it flew beneath TPTB’s radar…or did it? I have no idea. I want to believe that people aren’t that numb to issues of consent, I really do. But…well.

And right again, fandom is by no means free of the skeevy. Might be a little like biting one of the hands that feed you to satirize it, but fandom is also by no means the only feeding hand. And sometimes, we really do take ourselves too seriously. Stone casting is always risky business…