Hello! I'm Scott Tracey, the author of the WITCH EYES series. Braden, a boy cursed with a powerful magic that's killing him, runs away to Belle Dam, a city in the Pacific Northwest. While falling for a boy who seems to be all wrong for him, he gets caught in the middle of a family feud that will either destroy him, or everything he loves

I have another series, beginning with MOONSET, focusing on the children of warlock terrorists who struggle against their parents legacy while also fighting their own capacity for darkness. The second book, DARKBOUND, came on on April 8th.

This blog will mostly be filled with sarcasm, architecture, design, and people who are pretty.

 

No writing is wasted. Did you know that sourdough from San Francisco is leavened partly by a bacteria called lactobacillus sanfrancisensis? It is native to the soil there, and does not do well elsewhere. But any kitchen can become an ecosystem. If you bake a lot, your kitchen will become a happy home to wild yeasts, and all your bread will taste better. Even a failed loaf is not wasted. Likewise, cheese makers wash the dairy floor with whey. Tomato gardeners compost with rotten tomatoes. No writing is wasted: the words you can’t put in your book can wash the floor, live in the soil, lurk around in the air. They will make the next words better.

Erin Bow (via writersrelief)

malindalo:

As I said last night on twitter: To everyone who thinks it’s bizarre or shocking or scary to write lesbians into fantasy novels: do it anyway. It is awesome is what it is.
To clarify because this is tumblr and now I have more than 140 characters, what I mean is every so often I see someone blogging or tumblring or tweeting about how difficult they find the concept of writing about lesbians is, especially in speculative fiction. And by difficult I mean they really want to — maybe they’re lesbians themselves — but they’ve been conditioned by the mainstream to believe that (1) lesbians don’t exist in fantasy so if you put them in there it will be “bizarre”; (2) putting lesbians in fantasy will shock mainstream readers and thus the story/novel won’t sell so it’s not worth the time to write it*; (3) writing lesbians is scary because there are so few of them in SFF what if you get it wrong/it’s frightening to write something you desperately want to see/myriad other writerly fears based on marginalization.
So that explanation went on longer than I anticipated. There are lots of fears. They can stop you. But I hope you’ll push through them to the other side, which is full of awesome lesbians in fantasy! (And every other genre, I might add.)
* This was my biggest fear before I wrote Ash.

Hell. Yes.

malindalo:

As I said last night on twitter: To everyone who thinks it’s bizarre or shocking or scary to write lesbians into fantasy novels: do it anyway. It is awesome is what it is.

To clarify because this is tumblr and now I have more than 140 characters, what I mean is every so often I see someone blogging or tumblring or tweeting about how difficult they find the concept of writing about lesbians is, especially in speculative fiction. And by difficult I mean they really want to — maybe they’re lesbians themselves — but they’ve been conditioned by the mainstream to believe that (1) lesbians don’t exist in fantasy so if you put them in there it will be “bizarre”; (2) putting lesbians in fantasy will shock mainstream readers and thus the story/novel won’t sell so it’s not worth the time to write it*; (3) writing lesbians is scary because there are so few of them in SFF what if you get it wrong/it’s frightening to write something you desperately want to see/myriad other writerly fears based on marginalization.

So that explanation went on longer than I anticipated. There are lots of fears. They can stop you. But I hope you’ll push through them to the other side, which is full of awesome lesbians in fantasy! (And every other genre, I might add.)

* This was my biggest fear before I wrote Ash.

Hell. Yes.

diversityinya:

Source: “LGBT Young Adult Books 2003–13: A Decade of Slow But Steady Change” by Malinda Lo

Click through to read the whole thing if you’re interested in the representation of LGBTQ people in YA books, because it’s complicated!

saucefactory:

gameraboy:

Marvel Comics is making Thor a woman.  From Time Magazine:

TIME: How do you think this will impact fans who have been with the male version of Thor for such a long time?

Jason Aaron, writer of the Thor series: If you’re a long-time Thor fan you know there’s kind of a tradition from time to time of somebody else picking up that hammer. Beta Ray Bill was a horse-faced alien guy who picked up the hammer. At one point Thor was a frog. So I think if we can accept Thor as a frog and a horse-faced alien, we should be able to accept a woman being able to pick up that hammer and wield it for a while, which surprisingly we’ve never really seen before.

Time: Marvel Comics Writers Explain Why They’re Making Thor a Woman

WELL DONE, MARVEL! I’m saddened that they have to explain why they’re making Thor a woman, though. It’s not like they’d have to explain the existence of a male character.

Don’t Mess With A (Russian) Mother

rklipman:

historical-nonfiction:

Princess Olga of Kiev had a husband, Igor, who was murdered by the Drevlyans, an Eastern Slavic tribe. Olga took over the Kievan Rus as regent for their three-year-old son. The Drevlyans wanted Olga to marry their Prince Mal, making him the ruler of Kievan Rus, but Olga was determined to remain in power and preserve it for her son. The Drevlyans sent twenty men to persuade Olga, and she had them carried by her servants on a boat to the courtyard of the castle. The boat was dumped into a giant hole and the suitors were buried alive.

Then Olga annouced to Prince Mal that she accepted the proposal, but required their most distinguished men to accompany her on the journey. When they arrived, she greeted them warmly and invited them to clean up after the long trip in a bathhouse. Then she locked the doors and burned the bathhouse to the ground. With the top men of the tribe out of the way, Olga planned to destroy the remaining Drevlians. She invited them to a funeral feast so she could mourn over her husband’s grave, where her servants waited on them. After the Drevlians were drunk, Olga’s soldiers killed over 5,000 of them.

But wait, there’s more! Olga gathered her soldiers and prepared to annihilate the survivors. When they requested her forgiveness, Olga asked the remaining Drevlyans to give her three pigeons and three sparrows from each home. When the birds arrived, she had hot coals tied to their legs and set them back home. As the city burned to the ground from the resulting fire, the people that ran out of the city were either killed, enslaved, or extorted by Olga’s army. The entire Drevlyan tribe was basically wiped out in the following years.

Olga of Kiev is a saint in the Russian Orthodox Church.

I’m going to hell for laughing at the end.

Save me a seat.

(Source: Wikipedia)

A Gentle Reminder

delilahsdawson:

kierstenwhite:

If you need it today, like I do, please repeat:

Your worth is not tied to your looks, or your weight, or how clean your house/apartment is. Be kind to yourself, because you deserve kindness.

I think it’s very telling of where I am now as a person that I read it as

YOUR WORTH IS NOT TIED TO YOUR BOOKS.

-_-

This is exactly how I took it today, too. 

A Gentle Reminder

kierstenwhite:

If you need it today, like I do, please repeat:

Your worth is not tied to your looks, or your weight, or how clean your house/apartment is. Be kind to yourself, because you deserve kindness.

inderlander:

CSI: Beacon Hills - wherein Detective Hale and Captain Stilinski are the only ones on the force who know that not all the criminals they investigate are human… and neither are all the the detectives.

saccharinesinger:

kansass:

starships were meant to fly

hands up and imagine how is touch the sky

Lets do this one last time

Don’t dead open inside

Obstacles are things a person sees when he takes his eyes off his goal.

E. Joseph Cossman (via observando)