About Will and Jem…
Thanks again for your response to my question about Tessa! I originally wrote this the day after Heronstairs day, but with CoHF and TBC, I know you’ve been super busy!
I have a question regarding two big players in the Shadowhunter ‘verse: Will and Jem….
'It’s very important to me that I not be given credit for representation that is not explicit in my books. I believe we are at a time when books can show characters who are not heterosexual, and those books can be published (though of course there are still many obstacles for diverse books and pressure on creators not to create diverse works, which makes it even more clear that we have a responsibility to do so.) Therefore queer coding, or later saying “Of course So-and-So was an LGBTQ character, or of course there are LGBTQ characters in my work but we never heard about them in the work and they never had any relationships and nothing would clue you in on their identity…” is not sufficient.’
I reblog for this bit because I super agree with it. And also: huzzah the Bane Chronicles. It was absolutely lovely—as well as a huge responsibility which I did not take lightly—to co-write such a protagonist, and know he would reach a lot of people.
Kami Glass. Mind linked to two guys and counting but still Unspoken for.
Independant sassy lady reporter coming to a country town near your valley.
So I was doing a paper and this just randomly popped into my head. It’s a lame joke I know but I thought I was being funny and it came so naturally that I had to draw it.
I was going to do it in full colour but her face ended up looking really shoujo manga. More than I’ve done in a while. I think it’s the mouth. So I grayscaled it. I don’t have tones so I couldn’t make it look authentic but I still like it :)
So psyched for book 3 in September.
I also might be reviving this tumblr with new artwork. And firing up my review blog again.
You have been warned.
This is really lovely!
Aw, lovely to see Street Angel doing her amazing work again, and I feel very honoured to have her doing it for me!
Plus: just what super cutiepieness! D’awww, FRECKLES. Little pencil! What a great dress! And I enjoy the message of Kami being an independent lady, as the books are all about the question of independence in relationships. ;)
“Thank you,” Sin said, fingers lingering in the child’s blond hair.
The way she was with her baby brother and younger sister was one of the reasons Nick had noticed her.
“Come here, sweetheart,” said Alan helpfully. He knelt with some difficulty on the grass, and the child ran to his arms as all children did, instinctively seeing him as a refuge. He whispered something to her, low and sweet, and Lydie laughed.
“Thanks,” Sin said without looking at him, her mouth a thin straight slash of red.
“You’re welcome, Cynthia,” Alan replied, his voice distant. —
The Demon’s Lexicon, Sarah Rees Brennan (via sawthefireworks)
Aw, the tags say ‘the first Cynthia’! That was my ship, even then. And of course, as the tiny writer god of that universe, all my ships are canon. ;)
We travel for romance, we travel for architecture, and we travel to be lost. —
Ray Bradbury (via revoult)
So true, Bradbury. Although real talk: I can get lost two streets away from my flat.
(Source: wishbonesandwanderlust, via rahdieh)
What a vicious circle: girls lose confidence, so they quit competing, thereby depriving themselves of one of the best ways to regain it. They leave school crammed full of interesting historical facts and elegant Spanish subjunctives, proud of their ability to study hard and get the best grades, and determined to please. But somewhere between the classroom and the cubicle, the rules change, and they don’t realize it. They slam into a work world that doesn’t reward them for perfect spelling and exquisite manners. The requirements for adult success are different, and their confidence takes a beating. —
This article is my life.
“The Confidence Gap,” Katty Kay and Claire Shipman, The Atlantic
The older I get the more I find there is very little reward in the work world in being a “good girl” in the sense of not asserting your rights, not claiming your place, not stating when you know you are right for fear you might actually be wrong and then any fallout will be on you and you’ll prove to everyone what you’ve always suspected about yourself because you are a girl or someone will say you are fat or ugly which is related to nothing, always being cooperative, trying to be a team player and not the squeaky wheel, sitting nicely with your hands folded before recess like you did in third grade, etc.
I see over and over men in my profession ascend in part because they assume they deserve it and don’t worry about “how it will look” to claim a spot and not attempt to please every single person in their professional world. Sometimes when I’m doing career planning, I tell myself to “think like a man.” It’s so complicated. Gah.
*nods to everything Sara Zarr is saying*
I’ll never be able to be quiet enough, able to act dumb and smile enough, to please people. It doesn’t work. The fact I ever tried showed I was caught in a trap.
Nowadays it’s different. Of course occasionally this means I turn into Streetfighter Sarah, yelling ‘Yeah? Yeah? Come say that to me again, I’ll bite off your nose and spit it down your throat!’ But on the whole I think it’s better.
Guys are promoted differently as it is, talked about differently, praised more and criticised less. We need to break out of promoting ourselves differently, more diffidently, as if we couldn’t possibly be worthy of attention.
I AM SO FURIOUS RIGHT NOW!! WHT ON EARTH WOULD YOU FINISH THE BOOK LIKE THAT?!?!???!?!? I HAVE NO WORDS, UGH!!
My motto is always…
Cassandra Clare’s ‘City of Bones’ read by ‘Parenthood’s Mae Whitman — EXCLUSIVE | EW.com -
City of Heavenly Fire, the final book in The Mortal Instruments series, comes out in only six weeks on May 27, 2014. That means you have six weeks left to revel in the saga of Clary and her golden boy Jace and her dark angel brother Sebastian and the most loveable dork/vampire Simon and the man-eating, demon-killer Isabelle and poor, lovesick Alec. After this, guys, it’s finito.
As we roll up to the final book, Simon & Shuster is releasing a new edition audiobook for City of Bones, which will be narrated by Mae Whitman, who plays Amber Holt on Parenthood.
The last installment of The Bane Chronicles, The Course of True Love (And First Dates)was published as an e-book on March 18th and Simon & Shuster has just finished the audio version narrated by Gareth David-Lloyd. David-Lloyd starred in the Dr. Who spin-off Torchwood.
Whee, Mae Whitman — as I announced earlier this week - and we were thrilled to get Gareth David-Lloyd, who played Ianto on Torchwood
to read the last installment of Bane. Gareth has a gorgeous voice, and Jack and Ianto on Torchwood (pictured above!) were a seminal example of queer representation in pop culture science fiction and fantasy. After such a great lineup of readers, this is a terrific note to go out on — hope you guys are as happy as we are!
My mama is still the most impressed with Jesse Williams (no Mum, I don’t have his number) but it is a fantastic list overall. We got some actors who we really wanted and who I would’ve thought would be impossible to get—they brought the book to life, and reflected the spirit we wanted to reflect with this book. I am very grateful to have been a part of it!
And I am especially grateful to many of these actors for lending their talent to their project. (Also I’m generally grateful for their existence and… excellent faces.)
I’m not going to tell you how I write a plot because everyone does it differently, and your own way is best for you.
But I will say something about the ending of a novel. I find that very often, at the ending of a novel, the writer (me, or you) will use a verb like ‘realized’, or ‘understood’, or ‘knew’, or ‘found’. It’s the job of the protagonist to accomplish all of those things.
And it’s the job of the writer to show the reader how it happened, by choosing just the right words. — Lois Lowry, on writing towards an ending. (via lettersandlight)