Jared bowed his head in acknowledgment as all the dinner guests raised their glasses. Then he played a game with himself where he glanced at every guest in turn and saw how many he could make look away.
All of them, it appeared. Not one of them wanted to meet his eyes. — Unmade by Sarah Rees Brennan (via storysbookcastle)
And that seems very reasonable to me, honestly, this snippet is worrying. ;)
Plot, Originality, and the Value of Ideas -
My short answer to the question is: no, I don’t check to see if another book has a similar plot. Because chances are very good that another book does. There are, after all, millions of books out…
This is good on writing-y things and why we read and how stories work and all that jazz.
Isn’t it though?
How should we be able to forget those ancient myths that are at the beginning of all peoples, the myths about dragons that at the last moment turn into princesses; perhaps all the dragons of our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us once beautiful and brave. Perhaps everything terrible is in its deepest being something helpless that wants help from us.
So you must not be frightened if a sadness rises up before you larger than any you have ever seen; if a restiveness, like light and cloudshadows, passes over your hands and over all you do. You must think that something is happening with you, that life has not forgotten you, that it holds you in its hand; it will not let you fall. Why do you want to shut out of your life any uneasiness, any miseries, or any depressions? For after all, you do not know what work these conditions are doing inside you. — Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet (via observando)
“My name is Zadie Smith, and I am a 38-year-old pathological reader. I would like to say in my defense that I don’t really get the appeal of YOLO. I live many times over. Hypothetical, subterranean lives that run beneath the relative tedium of my own and have the power to occasionally penetrate or even derail it. I find it hard to name the one book that was so damn delightful it changed my life. The truth is, they have all changed my life, every single one of them—even the ones I hated. Books are my version of ‘experiences.’”
What It Means to Be Addicted to Reading: Summer is a wonderful time for the bibliophile.
(Source: parnassusbooks, via alyxandraharvey)
ive been trying to draw n stuff & the random number generator brought up 18 and this was the palette for that number in that one meme everyone reblogged
figured mae might be a good fit fr it?? shes from the demon’s lexicon et al
What a total total cutie. I love this picture a lot.
Read a great op-ed by my pal Joanne Harris from a couple of weekends ago. The last three paragraphs go:
Stories — even fairy stories — are not just entertainment. Stories are important. They help us understand who we are. They teach us empathy, respect for other cultures, other ideas. They help…