Eyes Up, Writers

tamorapierce:

maggie-stiefvater:

maggie-stiefvater:

On Twitter today — and everyday — there was some chatter and scuffle about Some Authors’ Careers and Some Authors’ Fame and whether they had deserved it. Some folks invariably said the chatter and scuffle was jealousy. Some others invariably said not everything is jealousy.

Here’s what I think: having a writing career is like driving a race car.

I’m not really a grand race car driver, mostly because I’ve discovered that I don’t really care about winning against anyone but myself, which turns out to be not the point of organized sports. But I have been in race cars, and on race tracks, and have spent many hours doing classwork at over 70 mph. Enough to know that a writing career is a lot like driving a race car. 

One of the things they teach you in every single form of car racing is to keep your eyes up. Up. Upper than that. Upper than even that. Don’t look at the dash, because then you won’t see what’s happening on the road. Don’t look at the road right in front of you, because you won’t see that the turn you’re going into links into another turn and you could set yourself up for both. Put your eyes up as far as you can see down the road, and look there. Only when you see the absolute farthest point can you start to calculate the best way of getting there.

(this is great advice to use when you’re driving normally, by the way)

A writing career is like that. Use your peripheral vision to look at the things that are coming at you day to day, but never forget that every decision should contribute that farthest-away-point you want to get to. Never forget that every tiny success and failure is just a steer or counter steer toward the real point of the thing.

And here’s the other thing they tell you about keeping your eyes up: don’t fixate on the person in front of you. If there’s another driver just in front of you, the tendency is to stare at their bumper and then take the turn just like they do. But guess what? Then the absolute best scenario is that you will take the turn just like they do. So if they’re taking it wrong, you’ll take it wrong too. If there’s a better way, a faster way, a cooler way, a way that involves painting a giant knife on the side of your car and listening to Finnish rap very loudly, you’ll never know.

Eyes up, drivers, they say: look past the car in front of you. All you need to do is to note them well enough that you can pass them when you find a better way to take the turn.

Don’t fixate, writers. Eyes up, writers. I don’t care if x or y is doing a or b. What does that have to do with me? I have my eyes on where I want to go, and no one else matters.

The race is Maggie vs. Maggie. Who are you competing with?

reblogging this because the writer-envy piece in yesterday’s Salon hurts my soul on a most basic level.

It’s ludicrous to go comparing yourself to/being jealous of other writers.  It’s meaningless.  No one is going to write like you, even if they use the same themes and tropes, and there is no telling why one writer’s thing hits big and why the same ballpark thing, two years earlier, didn’t.  You may as well get angry because Jonathan Livingston Seagull hit big and your pelican book didn’t, or for my generation, Harry Potter.  It doesn’t work.

You could put twenty writers in a room, give them the same idea, and they would write twenty different things.  It’s absurd to be jealous. And the person who strives to write what the market demands or what is “hot” right now will fail, because markets and audiences change faster than the publishing system can turn books out.

All we can do is write what we want to write and understand that making ourselves happy is all we may get to do.  And, if we’re lucky, we’ll make a bit of money.  But we can’t guarantee we’ll write a bestseller.  No one can.  If you’re jealous of other writers, you’re simply wasting your own time and energy.  If you compare yourself to other writers, the same applies.  The only writer you should worry about, apart from reading for pleasure, is you.  You’re the only writer who matters then.

Unless I’m looking for inspiration, I try to avoid books that I love when writing my own, because it’s so easy to get caught up in the idea that you’ll never make something as good as them. But putting those great books down to make them seem like more surpass-able goals is wrong. It will end with you settling for something you wouldn’t otherwise settle for, purely because it seems as good as a great book that you’ve beaten into the ground.

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The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
Directed by Wes Anderson

This was one of those movies that was truly unique. There are no movies like this one. It’s so quirky and strange and outright bizarre, but also very funny as well. It’s the sort of movie that we all want more of, even though more of them would ruin the individuality that makes TGBH great.

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blumbitch:

When you’re with two other friends and they’re talking to each other and you’re just there like

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That man will live on in GIFs long after everyone has forgotten what show he was even on.

bakerstreetsdoctor:

deansass:

celestial-sexhair:

Hey guys remember that one time Dean had a daughter?

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Remember Sam and Dean’s half brother in hell???

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Remember the fUCKING ANTICHRIST?????????

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REMEMBER ALL THE WASTED POTENTIAL STORY LINES?????????????

Let’s not forget Amy Pond’s son

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and what about HER???

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I love supernatural, I really do. And that’s why it pains me to say that the show should have ended after the original plot arc, with Sam dead. You can really tell that they had planned that from the start and suddenly realized they had to come up with more story lines because the show wasn’t ending. 

The Antichrist is literally hanging out in australia with omnipotence, doing nothing. It would be so easy for them to bring him back.

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bekutaa:

xekstrin:

THE LITERAL BEST COMIC IVE EVER READ IN MY ENTIRE LIFE

THE FORESHADOWING OMG

kylejamesmoeller:

fanoffandom:

I actually applauded this post

I thought it was gonna turn into something about sex. Boy was I wrong.

I am going into hibernation until the entire Hunger Games franchise is over. I can’t handle mockingjay.

honky-tonk-badonk-adonk:

the—brothad:

killbenedictcumberbatch:

drugdoer:

A hero’s journey

this gif is like 20 seconds but it was like watching an entire movie

The yellow man gives him a HIGH FIVE ON THE WAY OUT.

honky-tonk-badonk-adonk:

the—brothad:

killbenedictcumberbatch:

drugdoer:

A hero’s journey

this gif is like 20 seconds but it was like watching an entire movie

The yellow man gives him a HIGH FIVE ON THE WAY OUT.

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shinyumbre0n:

PLEASE DO NOT IGNORE THIS.

This Thursday, Scotland votes for its independence.

The BBC is trying to report that Yes to Independence is losing. They’re using photos to imply our gatherings are tiny and insignificant instead of the many photos like those above. They’re reporting that an anti-independence march by the Orange Order (think the KKK with more British flags) was a peaceful pro-union family march. They have been caught editing clips to discredit our First Minister.

There is a protest outside BBC headquarters right now. They are claiming there are a maximum of 350 protesters.

Watch for yourself. There are far more people outside their offices right now and they are being ignored and misreported.

We need to be seen. The only way we’ve been able to disseminate accurate information has been through social media. The media we rely on to spread unbiased information is lying to us, trying to suppress us.

PLEASE SHARE. PLEASE TALK ABOUT THIS. WE NEED OUR VOICES TO BE HEARD.

When I was watching the BBC broadcast you linked, I thought that the coverage of both sides was equal. I then saw the scottish protests and was surprised that they weren’t shown. What I expect happened was that BBC didn’t have any footage of any rallies that were compatible to those in Glasgow, even though those rallies were happening. Only showing a rally for one side but not showing a rally for another would be unfair bias. 

Imagine if you were only told about rallies for “NO” but actually got to see a rally for "YES". It would have given an enormously biased impression towards independence, which is not what the BBC are about.

Plus, the monetary concerns are substantial and very important. It is suspected that the north sea oil is dwindling, and that would be scotland’s main export. And they wouldn’t be allowed to use the pound anymore, which would hurt them economically.

Now perhaps there is a bias here. I don’t know. I don’t claim to be an expert of all matters to do with the referendum. But to me, it looks like the reporting was accurate and unbiased. Especially when you look at people who’s reporting actually was biased. Take a look at this video and then tell me that BBC were biased. 

The BBC stated what happened, but they never said which side was better or worse. It does seem a bit like scottish independence supporters are upset that they’re getting equal exposure, when they really want most of it.

Have you also considered that the BBC wanted people to vote based on their own opinions and not based on the petitions or rallies of one side or the other? By showing thousands of people gathered in the name of “YES”, they might have swayed people’s opinions towards independence, even if that wasn’t what that person agreed with, just because they thought it was the popular vote.

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Forgive them for Gay know not what Gay do

fucking-fantrolls-everywhere:

somecallmeweird:

Things nobody seems to remember:
On Alternia, zombies come out daily. This adds to the long-ass list of reasons most trolls are nocturnal.
Kanaya killed zombies

OH
DUDE
THATS FUCKING AWESOME

Does it count as foreshadowing that she’s the only troll that would go out in the day, when only undead go outside, considering she would eventually become undead as well?

fucking-fantrolls-everywhere:

somecallmeweird:

Things nobody seems to remember:

  • On Alternia, zombies come out daily. This adds to the long-ass list of reasons most trolls are nocturnal.
  • Kanaya killed zombies

OH

DUDE

THATS FUCKING AWESOME

Does it count as foreshadowing that she’s the only troll that would go out in the day, when only undead go outside, considering she would eventually become undead as well?

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organicandhappy:

 

clubpunk:

blackcubs:

vehxt:

“I also thank Angelina for dressing in hijab while she visited not just Iraqi refugees but refugees in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Not only did she look good in it, she showed respect and appreciation for their culture and religion and made sure that the focus was not on her looks but rather her mission.”

This photo carries so much emotion

I love her I have no words


God she’s an angel. I don’t care if this is glorification on celeb culture, but you never see other celebs doing what she does on her level or as frequently as her.

organicandhappy:

 

clubpunk:

blackcubs:

vehxt:

“I also thank Angelina for dressing in hijab while she visited not just Iraqi refugees but refugees in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Not only did she look good in it, she showed respect and appreciation for their culture and religion and made sure that the focus was not on her looks but rather her mission.”

This photo carries so much emotion

I love her I have no words

God she’s an angel. I don’t care if this is glorification on celeb culture, but you never see other celebs doing what she does on her level or as frequently as her.

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thecutestofthecute:

Friend has the sad???!!??!!!!!

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I’m coming friend I’ll save you from the sad!!

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I am here now you’re going to be okay!!!

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You are so beautiful and i love you!!!

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baerials:

This is the BEST THING IVE EVER SEEN

When I give my dog a shower, he constantly flicks his tongue out to drink and it’s super cute.

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