When I’m judging stories for Writers of the Future, I don’t have time to write comments on every story that I reject, so today I’m going to start a series of articles that will tell “What’s Wrong with Your Story?”
As I read, I silently go through a mental checklist, looking for weaknesses….
So as it turns out I solved my tech issues with my tablet! It took completely nuking my computer to do it (clean installed that motherhugger) but hey all’s well that ends well right.
In conclusion I cancelled my order on the cintiq so that’s considerable less stress! I needed to open a new commission queue anyway so coming out of this week with a working tablet and money isn’t a bad way to go!! Points for ravenclaw.
Back work, art incoming, etc etc.
Anonymous said: so rochester is a former city, but chatham is a not-yet-city, right?? but they're twins. (i think chatham and port would probably get along)
Rochester and Chatham are the sad result of when twin Cities growth doesn’t match. They were born at the same time, out of a clean, bright spring, two smiling boys with black skin and slim hands.
And then Rochester got a Cathedral, and King’s School (the second oldest school in the world), and a Keep, and became a soldier in wars, and got big and strong and bright and…left his brother behind. I mean sure, he protected him when other Cities came sniffing around. Not-Yet-Cities are almost as vulnerable as humans and Rochester made sure Chatham was okay and had somewhere to live.
Now, Not-Yet-Cities are usually pretty content. I mean, they’re children. Their minds remain, on some level, childlike (you don’t get the creepy vampire-child effect where they do far too adult things for their age).
But Chatham is connected to his brother and he knows, he *knows* he’s missing out of something. But he can’t get Cityhood because he’s not strong enough for fight for it and due to the colour of his skin there aren’t many humans who listen to him. So he’s getting sadder (because he’s got navy and army and he wants to be a soldier too) and Rochester’s getting older and older but also feeling like a part of him is being left behind, and the bigger the different the more it sickened them. The more it tore them apart. (a crueller City might have felt that they were being held back, but Rochester was born in Spring, and like Paris, it could be said Spring gave him a softer heart)
So. When he came to his brother’s house to find all the mirrors shattered, he held him close, and gave up his Cityhood so they could remain together.
But. Alot of time had passed. Rochester, too soft to be a Capital, had aged.
So here’s an image for you.
An old man, with greying dreads that went down his back, confined to a wheelchair because of an old war wound. (no long walk for him) He tucks the blanket more firmly around his legs, so a little fuzzy-headed boy, no more than six, can sit comfortably on his lap. When they travel together, kindly passersby note the family resemblance and occasionally praise the man on his well-behaved grandson.
They both smile politely. Because, like with all twins, one of them is always born just a little ahead of the other. But who would believe them, if they explained that it was Chatham who was actually the older brother?
hamelin-born said: Are there any Cities who live in libraries?
Many Capitals have to live in palaces or official government homes (White House etc) so they often live in places with libraries.
Now, Cities that aren’t Capitals and therefore have a little more freedom often get to live where they want (at least pre-WW2). I already told you that Sheffield lives in an abandoned factory. I don’t see why a library would be any different.
The original example is Alexandria and her library. She nearly burnt to death with it.
Anywhere with a significant University (Oxford, Cambridge etc) would of course have one. Unfortunately some of the oldest libraries are in former monasteries which means they’re not within any City borders. (see the Abbey of St. Gall in Switzerland, the National Library of Bhutan, Admont Abbey in Austria, the Haeinsa temple in South Korea which is filled with Buddist scripture.)
There are several beautiful ones in Portugal. The City of Coimbra has the Joanina in its university. Named after a King, and one of the oldest in Europe. Coimbra was a former Capital. Perhaps they fled there and locked themselves up after losing Capitalhood. There’s also Mafra, which is a town very close to Lisbon, which a very beautiful Palace/library, which undoubtedly Lisbon is eyeing thoughtfully. Cities grow, after all.
Ignoring the idea of ‘private’ we can go to Ningbo City in China- third oldest private library in the world. There’s a gorgeous one in Baltimore, US, called the George Peabody library. The Raza Library in Rampur, India, while being a fairly new library is actually part of a former Palace and actively protected by the Indian government because it’s so lovely. There’s also a very pretty one in Ghana called the Balme library. And for something entirely modern, Taipei City is probably very proud of the Beitou library as well, as it’s very sleek. There are dozens of great ones in Egypt but I wonder if they knew Alexandria too well to want to live in them.
There’s been a tumblr post floating around showing a bookstore (okay, not a library but still) that has been built in a former theatre- its glorious and its in Buenos Aires and I could easily imagine her hanging around there. It suits her dramatic flair, at the very least. Osaka, despite being Japan’s economic centre, might enjoying retiring to the Nakanoshima library every once in a while. Port Elizabeth, in South Africa, might very well live in her main library.
I also firmly believe that Prague would be drawn to her own beautiful library, of which she has many.
Oh God. This is so long and nerdy.
I WANT TO VISIT THEM ALL.
New official art blog
I’ve been thinking about this for a while now, and have decided to make a new official art blog. From now on, this blog will be solely for reblogging inspiration, fandom geekery and anything else that catches my eye.
Anyone following me for my art, you can now follow me here ——> http://dominesque.tumblr.com/
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Every follower and like is appreciated! ^-^
reblog and make a wish!
this was removed from tumbrl due to “violating one or more of Tumblr’s Community Guidelines”, but since my wish came true the first time, I’m putting it back. :)
OH MY FUCKING GOD, IT’S BACK ON MY DASH.
THIS SHIT WORKS OKAY, I AM DEAD SERIOUS.
The last time I saw this on my dash, I didn’t think it would happen, so jokingly I wished I could go to a fun. concert.
AND GUESS WHAT, I WENT TO A FUCKING FUN. CONCERT.
THIS SHIT WORKS, TRY IT.
I SAW THIS ON MY DASH THE OTHER DAY AND THOUGHT “ITS WORTH A TRY” SO I WISHED I COULD GET A 3DS
LITERALLY LIKE 4 DAYS LATER MY DAD SENT ME A PICTURE OF THE 3DS XL HE BOUGHT FOR ME WHILE I WAS AT SCHOOL
IM STILL FREAKING OUT ABOUT THIS
holy fuck, I didn’t expect this to work, I was like psh, whatever it’s just a quick reblog, but I wished my Dad would actually respond back to me AND HE FUCKING DID A FEW DAYS LATER, I GOT A FUCKING TEXT FROM MY DAD TODAY WHO HASN’T SPOKEN OR RESPONDED TO ME IN MONTHS HOLY FUCK WHAT IS THIS MAGIC IT WORKS.
I WANTED TO SEE MY BOYFRIEND AND I DIDN’T THINK I’D GET DAYS OFF BUT THIS WEEKEND I’M HEADING UP THERE??? THIS IS CRAZY SHIT
SO LIKE I JOKINGLY WISHED FOR MY OWN LEN KAGAMINE AND THEN LIKE A WEEK LATER I GOT A LEN NENDOROID??? H ELP
WTF OKAY SO THIS SHOT ACTUALLY WORKS BECAUSE WHEN I WISHED, I HAD WISHED MY CRUSH WOULD LIKE ME BACK AND GUESS WHAT? I HAVE A BOYFRIEND NOW. WHAT THE HELLLLL?????
ok I’ve said this before but IM DOING IT AGAIN THE FIRST TIME I SAW THIS, MY WISH DID COME TRUE SO I REBLOGED AGAIN AND SAID IT IN THE TAGS BUT THEN I WISHED FOR SMTH ELSE AND IT LITERALLY LITERALLY HAPPENED LIKE A COUPLE DAYS LATER WHAT THE HELL SO NOW IM WRITING THIS HERE FOR YOU BC I DONT BELIEVE IN THIS CRAP BUT STILL IT’S AN AWFULLY BIG COINCIDENCE
THE BOY I FELL I LOVE WITH LEFT TO TRAVEL THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WORLD AND HAS BEEN GONE NOW FOR 3 MONTHS. WE HAVENT SPOKEN SINCE BECAUSE I DIDNT WANT TO MAKE HIM FEEL TRAPPED TO ME AND NOT ENJOY HIS TIME SO I WAITED FOR HIM TO CONTACT ME FIRST. I SAW THIS ON A PARTICULARLY LOW DAY WHEN I WAS MISSING HIM SO MUCH I CRIED FROM THE PAIN, GUYS I REALLY LOVE HIM, SO I THOUGHT MEH WHAT THE FUCK, AND WISHED HE WOULD JUST LET ME KNOW HE WAS OKAY.
HE FUCKING CALLED ME 20 MINUTES LATER
20 FUCKNG. MINUTES. LATER.
GOOD THINGS DO HAPPEN. AND ITS IN THIS POST.
I wish for someone to leave something in my ask.
OKAY SO I ASKED FOR A HEDGEHOG AND NOW GUESS WHO HAS A PET HEDGEHOG
um guys… i wished for the guy i liked to like me back, AND YOU KNOW WHAT HE ASKED ME OUT ON MY BIRTHDAY LIKE WHAT THE ACTUALL LEGIT FUCK!?!?!?!??!
i reblogged this at the beginning of the year wishing for a job and well by the end of january i got an interview and was hired on the spot so yeah
halcyonhaze44 said: Hi! I hope this isn't too much trouble, but I'm currently studying abroad in London and was wondering if you have any recommendations of places/things to see. Usually, I wander about and stumble across some really interesting things, but I wouldn't mind a few recommendations. :)
london is so big and strange and ancient and horrifying and wonderful, this list could have been ten times as long.
- markets: portobello, borough [obvious], old spitalfield, greenwich, leadenhall, brick lane, netil market [london fields], brixton village.
- amazing food: e pellici, bethnal green. tayyabs, whitechapel. book club, shoreditch. beigel bake, brick lane. mahogany bar, wilton’s music hall. fish central, king square estate [oh god best fish & chips in london]. mr. felafel, shepherd’s bush market [palestinian felafel to die for]. cafe in the crypt, st. martin in the fields [incredible atmosphere]. prospect of whitby, wapping [ancient pub on the river]. pie in the sky, bromley-by-bow.
- books: collinge & clark [second hand books; this is where black books was filmed]. word on the water [a book-barge, usually in paddington]. southbank book market. foyle’s on tottenham court road. forbidden planet, shaftesbury avenue. persephone books. london review. ripping yarns, highgate. 56A, crampton st. [great anarchist bookshop & archive].
- landmarks: floating gardens. john keats’s house. highgate cemetery [karl marx, douglas adams, christina rossetti, george eliot, et al]. doughty street [disappearing georgian london]. speakers’ corner. cross bones graveyard [paupers’ burial ground]. burlington arcade. freemason’s hall, holborn. the actor’s church. brixton windmill. canal paths. hackney marshes. aldwych, the abandoned tube station. art in the park. battersea power station [apocalyptic icon]. prince charles cinema [quentin tarantino’s favourite cinema]. rivoli ballroom [gorgeous 1950s music hall]. southwark cathedral [ancient & beautiful; shakespeare came here]. brompton cemetery. kyoto gardens. southbank graffiti tunnel [leake street]. old bailey.
- museums: tate modern [matisse!]. v&a [always something great here]. science museum. design museum. museum of childhood. charles dickens museum. british library [exhibition i’ve had earmarked for months, “comics unmasked: art & anarchy in the uk”].
- oddities: the old curiosity shop. dr. john dee’s magical items at the british museum [elizabeth i’s court magician]. the old operating theatre. the london dungeons. the london tombs. the wellcome collection [artificial limbs, mummies & bizarre medical ephemera from history]. hoxton street monster supplies. also, if you’re into the macabre, declan mchugh’s bloody london is a great guide to historic sites of horror and the occult.