"Stories of imagination tend to upset those without one."
~ Terry Pratchett

MLS graduate with an interest in stories: stories in books, stories in movies, stories in comics, stories on stage, stories on the internet, happy stories, sad stories, funny stories, fantasy stories, post-apocalyptic stories, mythological stories, my stories, your stories, histories, Terry Pratchett's stories, Hiromu Arakawa's stories, Young Adult stories, animated stories, live action stories, based-on-a-true-story stories, completely made up stories, STORIES.


“…Master. Young master…”
“Quiet Lan Fan.” 
“Master I… need to tell you, please, before you go. You must know that I…”
“Shut up! You think I don’t already know that!”

“Just be quiet and rest. None of that matters right now. This isn’t goodbye.”

Did somebody say Lingfan day?
We’ll call this an outtake from FMA:B. Dramatically, it makes sense for them to have excluded this moment, and don’t get me wrong, I love the way they did the reveal in this scene. But I also kinda think about those minutes before Ling and Lan Fan part ways in the sewer a lot…


“…Master. Young master…”

“Quiet Lan Fan.”

“Master I… need to tell you, please, before you go. You must know that I…”

“Shut up! You think I don’t already know that!”


“Just be quiet and rest. None of that matters right now. This isn’t goodbye.”

Did somebody say Lingfan day?

We’ll call this an outtake from FMA:B. Dramatically, it makes sense for them to have excluded this moment, and don’t get me wrong, I love the way they did the reveal in this scene. But I also kinda think about those minutes before Ling and Lan Fan part ways in the sewer a lot…

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the first female chinese immigrant to america was a sixteen-year-old girl who was part of a cultural exhibit where she sat in a life-size diorama and people watched her eat with chopsticks while wearing silk clothes and that’s really all you need to know about the commodification of chinese women

Afong Moy.  Her name was Afong Moy.  Say the names of people who should be remembered.

^ reblogging for name


"free speech" is my fav. thing nerds resort to to defend their opinions they’re literally saying "I am completely out of coherent defences for my opinion so I’m just going to state that it’s not legal for you to arrest me for it" am i supposed to respond with "its ok im not a cop" or what i dunno

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I am not going to ask anonymously because I want to find this later) I love to write. But the problem is while working on one novel I want to start another one. And I'll start with all this confidence and then it just disappears, How can I 1) Organize everything and 2) Keep up my confidence?


Some people jump around between ideas for stories because they’re either:

  1. Not sure which idea they want to stick with because they’re still trying to gauge what’s right for them.
  2. Certain that all of the story ideas floating around in their heads are awesome, and unsure which one to settle on first.

There’s nothing wrong with those things. Not at all. It’s okay to start on one novel and then stick it in a drawer for a while to work on the next one. If working on multiple projects doesn’t bother you, then by all means go for it.

Organization is different for everyone. My definition of organization is stuffing ideas into notebooks so I can maybe find them later if I actually remember to bookmark the pages. Some people like outlines. If you’re one of those people, try this answer I gave on the subject a while back. Also try this answer on organization.

As far as your confidence goes, well, I know from experience it’s sometimes incredibly hard to keep that up, though for me it’s more about my art than it is my writing. I’ve been working on my story for many years, and as it’s grown I’ve made myself believe that it’s good enough to succeed because I know where it started and how far it’s gone since.

Confidence in writing comes from practice. When you see improvement in your work, you’ll come to believe in your own skills as a writer. There are always feelings of negativity but you have to power through and keep going.

It’s a hard piece of advice to use, because it ultimately falls on you and what you want. You have to force yourself to write. There is no easy answer. You can do it. Don’t get discouraged. Don’t let what others say interfere. If you have a story inside of you, get it out. I don’t know you, and I believe you can do it if you try hard enough. You say you love to write, so focus on that.


Also, it seems I’m getting a lot of questions similar to this, so I may make some monstrous master post for motivation and organization when it comes to writing.


I think relationships in general are over romanticized like at the end of the day I’m pretty sure a good relationship is just two people who know how to hang out and talk to each other not whether or not they can right all your wrongs or paint a picture of a thousand suns with the breath from your lungs or some shit

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Every body has it’s natural limits.

It sounds simple but many a writer has forgotten this. Say it with me; every body has it’s natural limits. Can your character still run with a dislocated knee? I’m going to hazard a no, mainly because the dislocation of a joint destabilises it i.e your character does not have that leg to stand on. 

Another uncomfortable fact for you; It takes roughly 1000lbs of pressure and the drop of the body to break the neck when hanging a person.

With that in mind ask your self this; is it realistic that my (badass) character could do such a thing with their bare hands? Just another one of those questions that will draw strange looks for others if you utter it aloud but, trust me, it’s one you should ask. Nothing will undermine the realism of your story more than characters that, while being apparently unremarkable, suddenly sprouting super powers. 

Don’t get me wrong, you most definitely can have a non-hulking man do such things or, further still, a tiny woman besting such feats but you must account for it. 

Consider the following;

  1. Is your character male or female?
  2. How old are they?
  3. Are they healthy and fit? (in this category also consider weight, previous injuries, senses and psychological factors. E.g a healthy, fit young woman who regularly weight trains and takes self defense classes would have more of a chance of fighting off an attacker than an overweight, older man who was partially blind.)
  4. What size are they; weird question I know but think about it; a very small man has different combat/maneuvering options compared to his larges more muscle bound compatriots.

I wont bore you with the facts about how much damage a body can take before it becomes incapacitated (though there are resources detailing this at the bottom) instead we will look at the active capabilities of the human body in practical terms. Lets stipulate, first, that for now the character in question has no superhuman abilities whatsoever; we’re taling entirely tabula rasa. No training, no powers. there will be alot of things they simply cannot do but this doesn’t mean they are not impressive.

Consider this example;

Four subjects are locked in identical rooms and need to escape; the rooms have one door (locked with old, shaky hinges), one window (not locked but high above the ground with only a rickety series of ledges to descend by), one ventilation shaft (covered) and a steel framed bed. They are all equally intelligent; what matters here is physicality.

One is a large man (perhaps six foot fours, weighing two hundred and thirty pounds) he is well muscled and extremely strong (and heavy!). he has bad knees. He cannot shimmy through the ventilation shaft to freedom as he is too physically large, neither can he exit the window as, though it has a small ledge, his size makes it unlikely it will support him. Bad knees make it unlikely that he can kick the door down, despite his strength, for he could well hurt them further. This leaves him two options; pull the door from its hinges (if it opens inward) or use the bedframe to put pressure on the hinges and pull them from the door frame.

The second character is a large woman; maybe five eleven and one hundred and eighty pounds she is also strong but less so than her neighbour. She has an old shoulder injury. The likelihood of her pulling the door open with brute force is very small; even if we discounter her shoulder injury…unless she were a veritable Goliath then this is unlikely, though possible! She might however kick the door down as the legs are often much stronger than the upper body. She too could put pressure on the hinges with the frame. However her size may prevent her from using the grate or the window. 

Character three is a smaller man (five ten, one hundred and seventy pounds) missing his left hand; though still too big to fit through the grate he could also use the bedframe, kick the door or pull the door (though pulling a door off its hinges requires so much force  that I would say this is unlikely, though not impossible). He could not realistically and safely, however, drop down the ledges to the ground.

The final character is a small woman (five four, one hundred and thirty pounds) relatively agile but not overly well conditioned. This character could use the grate and stands a fair change of applying enough leverage with the bedframe to escape though her chances of using brute force to break the door down are slim. She, however, stands most chance of using the shaky ledges being small, light and more agile.

All characters are capable of being formidable if put under enough pressure, they simply have different capabilities which leads me to an important point; bigger is not always better- a character need not be a powerhouse to be remarkable.

Next time - characters who do more than they are (technically) capable of.


The limits of the human body

Some basic physical limits

How much punishment can your body take?

A useful video on the limits of the body

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Occasionally I will get questions from new writers and by far the most common concern plot. The aspiring novelist will have a very strong grasp of who they want to write about and where proceedings will be set, but actually coming up with a plot seems daunting.

For some people the events that take place are the first things they come up with, but if that isn’t how it works for you then having an intimate knowledge of your main character is still an excellent route to working out what the story will be about.

Bear in mind that even the most inexperienced of writers is still a hugely experienced reader. We have all been reading, hearing and watching stories for many years. But while everyone feels confident in their ability to judge whether those stories are good, bad or indifferent, when it comes to our own writing it becomes much more tricky to gauge.

If you have a strong sense of how a story will go that’s all well and good, but if you don’t then here are three steps that will help demystify the process.

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