this--charmless--man said:
How did the Louisiana Purchase happen?  


Thomas Jefferson had one of those buy-some-land-get-the-whole-damn continent-free coupons which was about to expire on the 31st.

This quiz asks “Can We Guess Who You Are in Only 20 Questions?”

Here’s what they guessed…

1. You are male. 
2. You are in currently in your mid 30’s.
3. You are married and just became a parent. You are experiencing exciting days, and more are on their way, but through it all you remain strong, loving and deeply caring. 
4. You have short hair - partly gray, brown eyes and a fit body.
5. You decided long ago that your kids must have a better childhood than the one you had. You know you’ll do anything to make sure of that.

Come buy our stuff. Seriously. 512 s. 2nd street!

tobiahawk24 said:
Writer meme: 2, 12, 13, 15, 16 please :)  

Probably Watership Down by Richard Adams. It’s one of the books I’ve read the most times over, and it’s one of the few books I can viscerally remember reading. I was a pretty independent reader from really early on and I had almost no supervision, so I didn’t read a lot of the books others in my age group were reading. I had, for instance, not read The Very Hungry Caterpillar until about two months ago.

Cop out time. I’ll list some of my favorites rather than picking one:  Alexander McCall Smith, J.K. Rowling, Lincoln Child and Preston Douglas, Jo Beverly, Anne Bishop, Tamora Pierce, theoctopusofevilhabits, verkiezen, aeolian-mode, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, John Steinbeck, Margaret Atwood …


"The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug." - Mark Twain

There’s also a quote by Margaret Atwood that I can’t quite lay my finger on; it basically says that writers write not because they have some intimate understanding of the human soul, but because they don’t.

Strange things inspire me. I’m a bit of a magpie when it comes to writing; I’ll borrow bits of imagery or create big playlists of music or take photos and quotes and sort of mish-mash it all together until I have a feel for something. I’m mostly inspired by whatever catches my fancy in the moment.

I used to hate them, but I’ve grown complacent. If I watch the movie before I read the book I’m even prone to like both of them in different ways.

madeye7 said:
5, 8, 22, 23, 24,28, 49!  

I did!  It wasn’t very rewarding because there were really only two types of people in the class: those who were there for the gen ed credit and those who were convinced their artistry needed no improvement. I was definitely there for the gen ed requirement, but I was also hoping to maybe come across some writing buddies. I think the most useful thing as an author is having someone who can honestly critique your work with the end goal of collaborative improvement. That class was not the place for it, haha.

Um, this is hard. I tend to sort of disregard good feedback and focus on where I need to make improvements. I think the highest compliment is having people ask if I wrote something or copied it down from somewhere else. Recently someone said “I fucking love your writing jesus” and that was pretty great; I think anytime someone swears it means they actually mean it (which is why @theoctopusofevilhabits is one of the best people I know).

Usually plot. I tend to have plots long before I have the characters to fill them, though occasionally I’ll get one character and the plot at the same time. The project that’s proved most frustrating to me actually started with the characters first, which may be why I’ve fumbled it so royally.

My least favorite part of making characters is having to shoehorn them into plots; I despise two-dimensional characters, but having them move in ways I want them to move can sometimes be frustrating. My favorite part is probably deciding their back stories and occupations and—because I am a horrible person—how they die. I usually understand how a character dies before I start piecing together how they lived.


My favorite part of plotting is when major narrative arcs come together; when the pieces all fall into place and there’s a sense that the story really means something. I hate literally everything else about plotting. I despise layout mechanics and often find the process of getting from point A to point B extremely bothersome.

Beginning. I usually write backwards or starting in the middle. I struggle so much with starting a plot and establishing basics that sometimes I just give up and never manage it.

This is hard; despite my earlier claim that I like to work collaboratively when drafting projects, I don’t like the idea of deliberately partnering up and sharing the workload of building stories and worlds. verkiezen and I have tried it a few times and it’s always been a gross failure, and I think part of it is that I carry a pretty hefty amount of inadequacy and really struggle to work with others without feeling really inferior, haha.


✍ Finally, an ask-meme for writers! ✍

  • 01: When did you first start writing?
  • 02: What was your favorite book growing up?
  • 03: Are you an avid reader?
  • 04: Have you ever thrown a book across the room?
  • 05: Did you take writing courses in school/college?
  • 06: Have you read any writing-advice books?
  • 07: Have you ever been part of a critique group?
  • 08: What’s the best piece of feedback you’ve ever gotten?
  • 09: What’s the worst piece of feedback you’ve ever gotten?
  • 10: What’s your biggest writer pet-peeve?
  • 11: What’s your favorite book cover?
  • 12: Who is your favorite author?
  • 13: What’s your favorite writing quote?
  • 14: What’s your favorite writing blog? c;
  • 15: What would you say has inspired you the most?
  • 16: How do you feel about movies based on books?
  • 17: Would you like your books to be turned into TV shows, movies, video games, or none?
  • 18: How do you feel about love triangles?
  • 19: Do you prefer writing on a computer or longhand?
  • 20: What’s your favorite writing program?
  • 21: Do you outline?
  • 22: Do you start with characters or plot?
  • 23: What’s your favorite & least favorite part of making characters?
  • 24: What’s your favorite & least favorite part of plotting?
  • 25: What advice would you give to young writers?
  • 26: Which do you enjoy reading the most: physical, ebook, or both?
  • 27: Which is your favorite genre to write?
  • 28: Which do you find hardest: the beginning, the middle, or the end?
  • 29: Which do you find easiest: writing or editing?
  • 30: Have you ever written fan-fiction?
  • 31: Have you ever been published?
  • 32: How do you feel about friends and close relatives reading your work?
  • 33: Are you interested in having your work published?
  • 34: Describe your writing space.
  • 35: What’s your favorite time of day for writing?
  • 36: Do you listen to music when you write?
  • 37: What’s your oldest WIP?
  • 38: What’s your current WIP?
  • 39: What’s the weirdest story idea you’ve ever had?
  • 40: Which is your favorite original character, and why?
  • 41: What do you do when characters don’t follow the outline?
  • 42: Do you enjoy making your characters suffer?
  • 43: Have you ever killed a main character?
  • 44: What’s the weirdest character concept you’ve ever come up with?
  • 45: What’s your favorite character name?
  • 46: Describe your perfect writing space.
  • 47: If you could steal one character from another author and make then yours, who would it be and why?
  • 48: If you could write the next book of any series, which one would it be, and what would you make the book about?
  • 49: If you could write a collaboration with another author, who would it be and what would you write about?
  • 50: If you could live in any fictional world, which would it be?






Imagine you’re like in a party and somebody tells you “somebody died fast we need to go to the funeral” and you’re just like

what the fuck kind of scenario is that

a gatsby party