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Sometimes I feel like we authors circulate a lot of “please comment on fics” posts and I don’t want people to feel pressured or guilty because they’re too anxious or tired or busy or whatever reason you have for not commenting.  But definitely getting comments is really important to keeping me upbeat and inspired about my writing in a way that kudos or likes or whatever just really isn’t, and I think the reason, for me at least, is that while kudo count is just a number, a commenter is a person–a person that I now have a relationship with.

If you leave me an excited comment, you gain a ‘face’.  If you comment fairly regularly, you become someone that, believe me, I think of with fondness.  The thing is, you become someone I’m writing for.  When I’m plain tired, or unsure how the next bit goes, or staring some potentially unpleasant research down, you’re in my head as a reason to keep pushing.  If you’re insightful–you notice things, you remember things–you’re part of what keeps me pushing to be good, you’re part of my reason for continuing to make the effort to slip these details in and keep track of all my threads.  You’re paying attention, and that means so much, in a way that clicking the kudos button just can’t do.

Of course I write because I love to write; otherwise it’d be a fairly ridiculous misallocation of time.  And I write because the stories in my head want out and because I love my characters and want them to live and because I want to improve.  But writing is storytelling, and storytelling isn’t done in a void.  There’s nothing wrong with wanting–needing–an audience.  And when you leave comments–even if it’s just a moment of incoherent yelling in reblog notes–you become part of my audience, a real person that I can make metaphorical eye contact with as I spin my story.

This summarizes pretty much exactly how I feel about it.  



“’This is the Great Library,’ said Will. ‘Every institute has a library, but this one is the largest of them all―the largest in the West, at any rate.’ He leaned against the door, his arms crossed over his chest. ‘I said I’d get you more books, didn’t I?’

Tessa was so startled that he remembered what he had said, that it took her several seconds to respond. ‘But the books are all behind bars!’ she said. ‘Like a literary sort of prison!’

Will grinned. ‘Some of these books are dangerous’ he said. ‘It’s wise to be careful’

‘One must always be careful of books,’ said Tessa, ‘and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.’

‘I’m not sure a book has ever changed me,’ said Will. ‘Well there is one volume that promises to teach one how to turn oneself into an entire flock of sheep-’

‘Only the very weak minded refuse to be influenced by literature and poetry,’ said Tessa, determined not to let him run wildly off with the conversation.”  

 ― Will Herondale and Tessa Gray, Clockwork Angel

No book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally – and often far more – worth reading at the age of fifty and beyond.

C.S. Lewis (via prettybooks)


1: Currently Reading
2: Describe the last scene you read in as few words as possible. No character names or title.
3: First book that had a major influence on you
4: Quick, you’re in desperate need of a fake name. What character name do you think of first?
5: Favorite series and why
6: Public library or personal library?
7: What is the most important part of a book, in your opinion?
8: Why are you reading the book you’re currently reading?
9: If you were to publish a book what (besides your real name) would you use for your author name?
10: Do you listen to music when you read? Make a mini playlist for one of your favorite books.
11: What book fandom do you affiliate yourself with the most?
12: Tell one book story or memory (what you were wearing when you were reading something, someone saw you cry in public, you threw a book across the room and broke a window, etc.)
13: What character would be your best friend in real life?
14: Favorite item of book merch
15: Post a shelfie.
16: Rant about anything book related
17: What do you think about movie/tv adaptations?
18: Favorite booktuber(s)
19: Book that you call your child.
20: A character you like but you really, really shouldn’t.
21: Do you loan your books?
22: A movie or tv show you wish would have been a book
23: Did your family or friends influence you to read when you were younger?
24: First book(s) you remember being obsessed with
25: A book that you think about and you cringe because of how terrible it was
26: Do you read from recommendations or whatever book catches your eye?
27: How/where do you purchase your books?
28: An ending you wish you could change
29: Favorite female protagonist.
30: One book everyone should read
31: Do you day dream about your favorite books? If so, share one fantasy you have about them.
32: OTP or NoTP?
33: Cute and fluffy or dramatic and deadly?
34: Scariest book you ever read
35: What do you think of Ebooks
36: Unpopular opinions
37: A book you are scared is not going to be all you hoped it would be
38: What qualities do you find annoying in a character?
39: Favorite villain
40: Has there ever been a book you wish you could un-read?


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I’m Pumped!

POPSUGAR Reading Challenge 2016

Love this idea! 


My favourite thing is when people read classic romances for the first time and realise how different they are to the way popular culture represents them. Mr. Darcy isn’t some handsome, perfect hunk. He’s a socially awkward loser who writes embarrassingly long, eloquent letters to the girl he likes because he can’t speak two words to her face without colossally fucking up. Mr. Rochester is a creepy bigamous liar who keeps women in his attic. Heathcliff’s a terrifying fucking psychopath who abuses kids. JULIET WAS THIRTEEN.

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