Title: Where the Lines Overlap.
Word Count: 16,964 words.
Notes: Set somewhere around 1x04 –1x06. Some play with and expansion of canon. References Amy/Jasmine, Amy/Oliver, and Karma/Liam, but Karmy are the focus. Inspired by this picture of Katie Stevens, Amy’s love for Netflix, and my love of Vauseman and Orange is the New Black. No in-depth knowledge of the show is needed to enjoy this. Title from the Paramore song of the same name. Thank you, as always, to Team Beta for their beta skills and cheerleading.
Summary: Caught up in the whirlwind of their newfound popularity and the pressures it brings, Amy struggles to keep her feelings for Karma in check. When they’re invited to Shane’s costume party as the guests of honour, what’s real and what’s fake between them gets even harder to define.
“Her entire world is rendered in different colours now.”
If you are a writer, and you have a novel idea that you are excited about writing, write it. Don’t go on message boards and ask random Internet denizens whether or not something is allowed. … Who is the writer here? YOU ARE. Whose book is it? YOUR BOOK. There are no writing police. No one is going to arrest you if you write a teen vampire novel post Twilight. No one is going to send you off to a desert island to live a wretched life of worm eating and regret because your book includes things that could be seen as cliché.
If you have a book that you want to write, just write the damn thing. Don’t worry about selling it; that comes later. Instead, worry about making your book good. Worry about the best way to order your scenes to create maximum tension, worry about if your character’s actions are actually in character; worry about your grammar. DON’T worry about which of your stylistic choices some potential future editor will use to reject you, and for the love of My Little Ponies don’t worry about trends. Trying to catching a trend is like trying to catch a falling knife—dangerous, foolhardy, and often ending in tears, usually yours.
I’m not saying you shouldn’t pay attention to what’s getting published; keeping an eye on what’s going on in your market is part of being a smart and savvy writer. But remember that every book you see hitting the shelves today was sold over a year ago, maybe two. Even if you do hit a trend, there’s no guarantee the world won’t be totally different by the time that book comes out. The only certainty you have is your own enthusiasm and love for your work. …
If your YA urban fantasy features fairies, vampires, and selkies and you decide halfway through that the vampires are over-complicating the plot, that is an appropriate time to ax the bloodsuckers. If you decide to cut them because you’re worried there are too many vampire books out right now, then you are betraying yourself, your dreams, and your art.
If you’re like pretty much every other author in the world, you became a writer because you had stories you wanted to tell. Those are your stories, and no one can tell them better than you can. So write your stories, and then edit your stories until you have something you can be proud of. Write the stories that excite you, stories you can’t wait to share with the world because they’re just so amazing. If you want to write Murder She Wrote in space with anime-style mecha driven by cats, go for it. Nothing is off limits unless you do it badly.
And if you must obsess over something, obsess over stuff like tension and pacing and creating believable characters. You know, the shit that matters. There are no writing police. This is your story, no one else’s. Tell it like you want to.
Rachel Aaron (via relatedworlds)
Yeah, so, this answers a lot of asks I get. It’s also why YW focuses on technique and style, and less on content and research.
This is so important
File this under things I don’t remember reblogging, and another post where my comment isn’t sourced (but obv it was me cause it says YW!).
Wine and brunswick stew with Sutton & Ada (their 17-year-old selves). Can y’all read that?
I look at my work and make up my mind about it. After that, neither flattery nor criticism matters to me.
The Girls on Casting in Hollywood
This video is a hard one to watch. I think it pretty much outlines why representation is so important as well as our struggles as aspiring actresses in Los Angeles.
"People need to acknowledge that there’s different types of people in every ethnicity and that they have a space on television."
Happy Birthday, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, born 15 September 1977
- I think you travel to search and you come back home to find yourself there.
- I have been writing since I was old enough to spell. I have never considered not writing.
- The single story creates stereotypes, and the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete. They make one story become the only story.
- Of course I am not worried about intimidating men. The type of man who will be intimidated by me is exactly the type of man I have no interest in.
- Racism should never have happened and so you don’t get a cookie for reducing it.
- Stories have been used to dispossess and to malign. But stories can also be used to empower, and to humanize. Stories can break the dignity of a people. But stories can also repair that broken dignity.
- If you don’t understand, ask questions. If you’re uncomfortable about asking questions, say you are uncomfortable about asking questions and then ask anyway.
- Because of writers like Chinua Achebe and Camara Laye … I realized that people like me, girls with skin the colour of chocolate, whose kinky hair could not form ponytails, could also exist in literature.
- You can’t write a script in your mind and then force yourself to follow it. You have to let yourself be.
- The best novels are those that are important without being like medicine; they have something to say, are expansive and intelligent but never forget to be entertaining and to have character and emotion at their centre.
- I write from real life. I am an unrepentant eavesdropper and a collector of stories. I record bits of overheard dialogue.
- Our histories cling to us. We are shaped by where we come from.
Adichie is a Nigerian writer. Her best known novels are Purple Hibiscus, Half of a Yellow Sun, and Americanah.
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Q:Speaking of web series, have you heard of Carmilla? It seems like it would be right up your alley :)
I haven’t. Can you tell me what it’s about and link me?
This web series looks awesome. MisSpelled is a “fantastical witchy web series” with a cast comprised of women of color—and it was created by a woman of color!
MisSpelled is currently running a Kickstarter project to finish funding their first season. I plan to contribute and spread the word about them. Lord knows we need more series created by women (and WOC) that showcase the talents of diverse female leads.
Even if you can’t contribute, or if fantasy just ain’t your thing, consider spreading the word about this refreshing new show. Its cast & crew are pushing the status quo and we need to support them. Let’s get on this shit, Tumblr!