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Don’t discard. Keep all your pieces in play.
I’ve been thinking about that Margaret Atwood quote I posted, “You’re supposed to do one thing. If you do more than that, people get confused.”
It’s not just that other people get confused — you yourself get confused. You love all these things, but you feel like you’re supposed to pick one.
The best talk I ever heard/drew on the subject was Steven Tomlinson at TEDxAustin in 2010. He told this story: he was going around trying to figure out what he was supposed to do with his life, so he decided to visited a professor named Will Spong, who had a reputation for being a no-nonsense hardass. Steven went to his office and explained how he loved business, he loved theater, and he loved the seminary, and then he asked Spong to tell him which one he should choose to pursue. This is how Spong answered:This is the stupidest question anyone has asked me. You’re telling me that there are three things you love and you want me to tell you which two to cut off…so you can limp along on the other one? This is not how things work. The advice I have for you is: don’t discard. Find a way to keep all three of these things in the mix. We’ll find out [what you should do for a living]. Right now, what you do is spend 2 hours a week whole-heartedly engaged in each of those 3 things. Let them them talk to each other. Something will begin to happen in your life that is unique and powerful.
He went on to explain, “You don’t need a career, you need a calling. And right now, you’re listening.” Here’s Steven:Now, it’s interesting how he framed this puzzle: that there’s this technology for finding your way that doesn’t involve making some bold sacrificial commitment, but rather, being determined to keep all the pieces in play, and trusting that there’s some wisdom in that, that’s going to start to burble up into something you’re looking for. This is perhaps what the theologian and writer Frederich Buechner meant when he said, “You find your calling where your deep passion meets the world’s deep need.”
The thing is, you can cut off a couple passions and only focus on one, but after a while, you’ll start to feel phantom limb pain. I spent my teenage years obsessed with songwriting and playing in bands, but then I decided I needed to focus on *just* writing, so I spent half a decade hardly playing any music at all. The phantom pain got worse and worse. Luckily, about six months ago I started playing in a garage band with my friends every Sunday. Now, I’m starting to feel whole again. And the crazy thing is that rather than the music taking away from the art, it find it interacting with the art and making it better—new synapses firing, new connections being made, etc.
So, yeah, it’s a lesson I constantly have to re-learn: don’t discard. Keep all your pieces in play.
I reburbled this a long, long time ago and dug it up again for a conversation with Chess, and because I needed badly to reread it.
What if ao3 worked like netflix and the second you left kudos on a fic it popped up suggestions? You liked that sterek knotting? Why not try: this sterek mpreg by the same author, or this real wolves au by an author you subscribe to, or this Merlin/Arthur tentacle!porn that was liked by people who usually like stuff you like.
Underrated mythological creatures in YA books
I have always loved mythological creatures, but I think too many YA paranormal books focus on four creatures: vampires, werewolves, angels and fairies. So with the help of my followers (really they did all the work, I just wrote down the books into categories), I have compiled a list of books with underrated mythological creatures. Just to clarify, I haven’t read most of these books.
So if you like:
- Sea Change by Aimee Friedman
- Siren by Tricia Rayburn
- Fathomless by Jackson Pearce
- Forgive My Fins by Tera Lynn Childs
- Of Poseidon by Anna Banks
- Teeth by Hannah Moskowitz
- Ingo by Helen Dunmore
- Sirena by Donna Jo Napoli
- Ascension by Kara Dalkey
- Deep Blue by Jennifer Donnelly
- Lost Voices by Sarah Porter
- Wake by Amanda Hocking
- The Tail of Emily Windsnap by Liz Kessler
- Tangled Tides by Karen Amanda Hooper
- Tempest Rising by Tracey Deebs
- Lies Beneath series by Anne Greenwood
- The Siren by Kiers Cass
- Daughters of the Sea by Kathryn Lasky
- Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
- A Wounded Name by Dot Hutchison (A retelling of Hamlet)
- Shades of London by Maureen Johnson
- The Riddles of Epsilon by Christine Morton-Shaw
- The Hollow by Jessica Verday
- Shade by Jeri Smith Ready
- Hereafter by Tara Hudson
- Ruined by Paula Morris
- The Darkest Powers trilogy by Kelley Armstrong
- Sabriel, Lirael, and Abhorsen (a trilogy) by Garth Nix
- Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride
- The Johannes Cabal series by Jonathan L. Howard
- Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
- Personal Demonsby Lisa Desrochers
- Demon Lexicon series by Sarah Rees Brennan
- My Soul To Take by Rachel Vincent
- Sidhe’s Call by Christy G. Thomas
- The Banshee Initiate by Kelly Matsuura
- Runemarks by Joanne Harris
- The Goblin Wood by Hilari Bell
- The Hollow Kingdom by Clare B. Dunkle
- The Monstrumologist series by Rick Yancey
- Pretty Monsters by Kelly Link
- Eon by Alison Goodman
- The Dragon of Trelian by Michelle Knudsen
- Enchanted Forrest series by Patricia C. Wrede
- The Collector by Victoria Scott
- The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
- Other by Karen Kincy
- Firelightby Sophie Jordan
- Talon by Julie Kagawa
- Rampant by Diana Peterfreund
- The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle
- Oh. My. Gods. by Tera Lynn Childs
- Pegasus by Robin McKinley
- Antigoddess by Kendare Blake
- Between the Devil & the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke
- Darkness Becomes Her by Kelly Keaton
- Enchanted Ivy by Sarah Beth Durst
- Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
- The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff
- Beautiful Decay by Sylvia Lewis
- The Changelings by Elle Casey
- Mesmerized by Julia Crane and Talia Jager
- The Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White
- Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
- The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud
- The Darkness Rising trilogy by Kelley Armstrong
Trickster gods and demons:
- Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge (A retelling of Beauty and the Beast)
- Books of Great Alta series by Jane Yolen
- As You Wish by Jackson Pearce
- Seven Tears into the Sea by Terri Farley
- Half Human by Bruce Coville
- The Madison Avery series by Kim Harrison
- Wildefire by Karsten Knight
- The Nightmare Affair by Mindee Arnett
Monsters: Monster Blood Tattoo series by DM Cornish
I love German tourists, I do. They get excited when I have stilted conversations with them and they understand the value of haggling. But they are 100% the worst at ever buying things. Other tourits? They give me money. Step up your game, Germany.
Tagged: #when did my spoken german get so bad? #I'm fairly sure I was halfway fluent at one point #oh my god it's because I'm old #it's been nine years since I was in my upper-level german classes in college #what the fuck is happening to me I don't like it I don't like time or how it works #also it's true: only german and american tourists will haggle with me
religion in fantasy worlds is so bizarre
either it’s Religion of Evil, it’s basically just insert-prayer-receive-magic with no religious aspects, or its adherents/priests are Pure and Unsullied By the Muddied Water of Politicking and live in isolation and frolic with the wildlife and whatnot
and it’s just like what. you can’t ALL be atheists with bizarre views of religion. there aren’t that many atheists, and many of us have spent a lot of time exposed to ACTUAL religion. what the hell is going on here.
I think it’s mostly just that religion is really hard to write.I think it might be more accurate to say that making up a new religion is hard. I’ve seen it done decently more often in earth based fiction that can just go with one the author practices.
I thought Tamora Pierce did a pretty good job of it in her work, but yeah, I’ve definitely seen quite a bit of that kind of thing.
And yes, making up a new religion is hard.
The best I can think of off the top of my head is Frances Hardinge in The Lost Conspiracy. It’s rich and detailed and fantastic.
“What many people do not know is that the use of standardized tests has its origins in the Eugenics movement, where basic tenets assert that certain races are inferior to others biologically and intellectually.”
Karen Lewis, President of the Chicago Teachers Union
A MUST read by Chicago Teachers Union president Karen Lewis. Standardized testing isn’t about improving education, it’s a way for the system to sort out which kids are meant to succeed and which are destined failure.
nonbinary people who are okay with gendered pronouns/names are still nonbinary and if a nonbinary person tells you they’re okay with gendered pronouns then it’s really not your place to say that their gender identity is less valid because of that, even if you yourself are nonbinary. Gender is different for everyone and there’s no “valid way” to be a certain gender the only validation you need is your own.