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I often get questions from Anons asking me what is appropriate to use in a novel, from song quotes to character names of wildly popular characters from other books (names that are obviously more unique than just Sarah or Alice or Amelia). So I’m going to lay the groundwork…



“But if you forget to reblog Madame Zeroni, you and your family will be cursed for always and eternity.”


not even risking that shit

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If you can’t reblog this, you don’t deserve to be on tumblr.

I feel like the above GIF is an accurate description of who we are and what we do here.
Tumblr is my second family. God bless all you beautiful people x





If you can’t reblog this, you don’t deserve to be on tumblr.


I feel like the above GIF is an accurate description of who we are and what we do here.

Tumblr is my second family. God bless all you beautiful people x


(Source: tumboner, via smittentomkitten)


Why is no one talking about this? I’m getting excited!

Ooooh…. can’t wait!

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Can we just talk about the fact that Nathan Fillion is a huge fangirl














to get


a life


One of us

And then this…


He is tumblr

I vote for Nathan Fillion to become the host of a tv show where he just interviews actors from his favorite tv shows and fandoms.

I’d watch it..

Me too!

Why haven’t the major cable networks picked up this idea?
This show would be awesome!

Oh, What A Marvelous Party!

Anonymous said: Any advice on how to break in to the industry, whether creatively or within a job? You seem to have gotten it down pat, and I hope to be as successful as you are at your age x_x


Now that I’m floating high enough to see airplanes in my ego balloon, I think I can offer some advice. When it comes to the job market these days, it takes a lot hard work, some skill and a pinch of luck (or a lot of luck, depending on your perspective) in order to find something you can both support yourself with and be happy doing.

With that in mind, I’ve managed to compile a helpful list of:

Writing Jobs

(and jobs for people wondering what the hell they’re going to do with an English degree)

  1. Author – I’m starting here since this seems to be the dream job of almost everyone who wants to write. Authors spend their lives crafting stories with the goal of being published in book form and hopefully making enough money to live on. Some authors become best sellers, but don’t count on this. As an author, you’re probably going to also have to get a day job to support yourself. Don’t believe me? Here’s an HP article on 11 authors you know who also had day jobs.

  2. Publishing – You can get a job at a publishing house doing many different things. There are several editorial positions you can get, you can work in book promotions, electronic publishing or even as a researcher. These jobs are available at large and independent publishing houses.

  3. Critic – Do you have a good critical eye? Are you able to pick apart a work and convey your ideas in an interesting manner? Do you have a unique voice? Well then, this job may be for you! Critics review published works like books, movies and plays for Internet based news companies or traditionally published papers or magazines.

  4. Ghostwriter – If you don’t mind writing another person’s ideas and handing over authorship credit to that person, then this might be a suitable position for you. Ghostwriters are used most commonly by authors to mass produce material in order to turn a profit. James Patterson uses ghostwriters frequently in his novels.

  5. Marketing – Since writers possess great communication skills, they are often utilized in marketing and advertising fields. Some are in charge of marketing campaigns for various products and may have to work in a collaborative setting. You may get a jobs as a copywriter in this field, preparing product descriptions for print in magazines, brochures and online publications.

  6. Columnist/Journalist – Anyone who likes to write articles and is interested in journalism would like this job. You can write articles for various news publications. Generally, people in this field will set up and engage in interviews with people for their articles. There is also a lot of research involved depending on what you’re writing about.

  7. Grant Writer – With this job, you are in charge of researching and responding to grant opportunities for an organization. There is a strict set of guidelines to follow when constructing a grant.

  8. English Teacher – If you have the schooling (most teachers need a Masters Degree these days) and like interacting with kids or young adults, then this might be for you. With this job, you’re interacting with students on a daily basis to provide them a strong foundation in writing and literature. This job usually carries over beyond the normal 9-5 schedule as you have to grade assignments and craft lesson plans.

  9. Screen Writer – You can work on your own independent films or write for the entertainment industry, usually movies or TV shows. This is a difficult industry to break into and involves working from the ground up. The process may be expedited with the right connections.

  10. Comics Writer – If you enjoy writing and collaborating with an artist (or team of artists) then you may enjoy this job. You can write comics for the major companies, like Marvel, DC or Dark Horse, but this is generally difficult to do. You can also write your own project, publishing in an online format and peddling your work at conventions. Some comics published in this manner have become very popular (Penny Arcade for instance) and generally make their money off of advertising and merchandise.

  11. Editor – There are tons of different types of editing. The major ones are copy editing and developmental editing. A copy editor generally works on a grammar and structure level, preparing texts for publication. A developmental editor makes substantive changes to a work, often reorganizing, rewriting or removing entire sections of a work.

  12. Literary Agent – You slog through piles of manuscripts, hoping to find one worth your time. Once you do, it’s your job to represent the author and try to sell their manuscript to publishing houses. You’re often involved in editing the manuscript and are the author’s window into the publishing world.

  13. Agent’s Assistant – There are some agents who are fortunate enough to have people that read manuscripts for them and present them with ones that might be worth using. With this job, your goal is to find the next diamond in the rough.

  14. Public Relations Writer – Your job is to write materials in order to promote the goals and image of a company or an individual.

  15. Writing Tutor – There are some companies who hire tutors to help their employees learn how to write and communicate better. There are tutoring agencies and even websites ( where you can set yourself up and advertise your services to people in your area.

  16. Translator – If you happen to be fluent in a foreign language, you can get a job translating documents into that language or into English. Translators are often used by publishing houses for international editions of books.

  17. Speech Writer – Are you a fan of politics? If you are, you can get a job writing speeches for various political figures at the local, state and federal levels.

  18. Freelance Writer – You can do a lot of the jobs listed above on your own time. You set your own schedule and your own workload, but the issue is that you won’t always have constant work, which means a sometimes spotty paycheck. You hunt down publications or individuals looking for writers and are often paid for an article or a project. You can both write and edit as a freelance employee.

There are other jobs out there than the ones listed here. Once you find one that interests you, look up what it takes to get into that field and start working towards it. :)








Oh god.. *dead*

Please pretty please some one ANYONE write a fanfiction story about this!!! clojury nwadadnama mypreciousmind1
I would LOVE to give it a shot but I have a lot going right now. I’ll add it to the list. ophelia-tagloff britishmenaredestroyingmylife scarletlip else wanna give it a shot too?

I’m a little backed up… But I’ll keep it in the back of my mind.

Such a good idea….

Especially if the play is either Much Ado About Nothing or The Taming of the Shrew…

(Source: imaginationswithyourdesire)





I am so amused.

oh god, it´s back


I just love it that this motherfucking adorable bastard has no idea that he just turned himself into a fucking meme


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Used bookstore find - couldn’t find A Stitch in Time though. :(

Oh, I have this one!


Used bookstore find - couldn’t find A Stitch in Time though. :(

Oh, I have this one!

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For those in love with this man’s voice - his V/O demo from his online CV. Try not to melt as he’s talking about newspapers, birds, and the like….

What did I just listen to?! Yes, I died.

And now you want to buy hiking gear… ;-) Sorry, I meant to tag
eve1978 ophelia-tagloff sherekahnsgirl tomslegsarekillingmeslowly catedevalois tarrysmith smittentomkitten annamariaesergren
et al…

insanely-smart i don’t whether to slap you or to hug you.


He makes even everyday things sound exciting.

Worldbuilding: Questions to Ask



Creating a world from scratch isn’t easy. Developing everything takes time and there’s a lot to think about. Worldbuilding doesn’t just mean focusing on locations; you need to take the time to do extensive planning. If you have some ideas, but…



Off Camera Episode 5 with Robert Downey Jr. from Off Camera on Vimeo.

“Moral certainty is always a sign of cultural inferiority. The more uncivilized the man, the surer he is that he knows precisely what is right and what is wrong. The truly civilized man is always skeptical and tolerant, in this field as in all others. His culture is based on ‘I am not too sure.’” -H.L. Mencken

Henry Louis Mencken and Robert Downey Jr. did not cross paths in life (though it’s fun to imagine that conversation), but the essayist’s quote is an apt description of the actor’s approach to life. Downey’s restless intelligence is reflected in his ability to express several contradictory points of view simultaneously, making sense all the while. He can be direct one moment and elusive the next, often spinning off on seemingly unrelated tangents. But like watching a juggler on a wire, being in Downey’s presence is a riveting experience.

For someone who almost from the outset was deemed “the greatest actor of his generation”, the majority of Robert Downey, Jr.’s career has been filled with big commercial flops, “critically acclaimed” flops, very public struggles with drugs and more than a little jail time – all of which have landed him squarely in some of the biggest blockbuster films in recent history. It’s an unlikely hero story, but then Robert Downey Jr. is an unlikely hero.

With the release of the final film in the Iron Man trilogy, it’s ironic to contemplate that the studios also didn’t see him as a hero, least of all an action hero. Downey disagreed. At once supremely convinced of his own talent and extremely humble, he fought hard for the role of Tony Stark when the studio flatly refused to even let him audition. He prepped intensely, though for other roles he admits he’s just as likely to wing it.

Downey is an enviably comfortable resident of the gray area we all inhabit. He is (somewhat) remorseful about his jail time but without resentment towards the upbringing that arguably introduced him to the lifestyle that led him there (“I choose to see it in a positive light.”) His years in the industry have left him clear-eyed and cynical about the business; yet he remains full of enthusiasm and curiosity about his art, and he’s deadly serious about bringing the best of himself to the set every day. He’s an obsessive analytic who’s inclined to let his gut make most of his decisions. On any multiple-choice personality test, Robert Downey Jr. is ‘all of the above.’ Maybe that’s what keeps us watching.

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