SirenAlpha

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The biggest issue with equating the library with a Netflix for books is that it sends a false message that libraries are worth little more than $8 or $12 or $20 a month. That the services offered in libraries are little more than options to which people can subscribe, rather than actual services anyone can utilize at any time.

When the library is made to be seen as a business, rather than the heart of a community or a fundamental service made possible through citizen-approved tax dollars, it makes the library expendable. That expendability then moves down the chain: staff salaries get cut, then staff withers, then more programs and projects that benefit the community — books and movies and CDs and magazines and newspapers and wifi and computer access and database subscriptions and programs for all shapes, colors, and sizes of people — disappear, too. It detracts from the unique aspects that make a library what it is: a place for all, rather than a place for some.

Libraries reach out where Netflix reaches in.

from Libraries Are Not a “Netflix” for Books.  (via theladymonsters)

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I don’t know how it happened but today I had this one line from a song stuck in my head, but I had no idea what song it was from or who the singer even was. Turns out it was from a song from 2005 that I probably haven’t even heard since 2005. I don’t know how that even came up or how I remembered it at all but I recognized it as soon as the song came in on the music video. 

Filed under so weird idk it just happened it was are you happy now by michelle branch

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writtenbymadeline:

A tool to use for find Synonyms: Synonym Finder.

This is a great, unique little tool I found by browsing for writing resources. It’s name speaks for itself: it’s a synonym finder.

The site is clean cut, has soothing colors, and to-the point results for any word you look up.

For example, when I look up the word “romance,” I get this:

Synonyms: romance, romanticism
Definition: an exciting and mysterious quality (as of a heroic time or adventure)

Hypernyms: quality
Definition: an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone
Usage: the quality of mercy is not strained—Shakespeare”

I had no idea what a “hypernym” is. Apparently it’s a word with a more general meaning that a more specific word fall under. Like, color is a hypernym for green.

On the right corner there’s a button to make graphs! So you can trace each synonym from it’s root word, and see how far the other synonyms connect in comparison to others.

I really like it, so I’m going to definitely bookmark it on my writing tools list.

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maxkirin:

Hello there, dear writerly friends!

Over the last year I’ve gotten hundreds (if not thousands :0) of writers sending me their story-ideas and asking me if they’re ‘good.’ Now, instead of continuously copy-pasting the same response, or worse ignoring them, I decided to format my thoughts into a nice-and-simple test c;

Now, since I have a feeling some of you still have questions, let me post here my answers to the responses I’ve gotten from this test:

Is this seriously the test?

Yes. Just 3 questions. Not more. Not less.

You’re saying that if I find the story-idea ‘fun’ to write, then I’m good to go?

Yes.

Even though you know nothing about my story-idea?

Nope. I don’t care what your story is actually about. All I care about is that you have fun. Seriously. If you have fun writing it, the reader will be able to tell. It’s easier to be passionate about something you enjoy. On the flip-side, have you ever read anything that was written by someone who clearly was not having ANY fun? Ask your English teacher if they can tell when someone actually enjoyed writing an essay. You may be able to half-ass a cake and make something edible, but you can’t half-ass a book and expect people to like it.

Even though I think this story idea is similar to that of another book?

Jorge Luis Borges said that there are only 4 types of stories: a love story between two people, a love story between three people, the struggle for power, and the journey. The truth is that, really, the idea for the story does not matter. It’s not what you say, but how you it say that matters. And, I don’t know about you, but I think it’s easier to get your voice across when you’re actually enjoying the process of writing c;

How do I make my story-idea more ‘fun’?

Be honest with yourself. Write about what excites you. You don’t have to write about anything you don’t care about, or meet some sort of imaginary guidelines. Writing is art. Write about anything you want. Additionally, you may want to checkout my (Strange) Guide to Planning Your Novel, it’s built on this entire philosophy.

I hope this helps! I have gotten this question so many times, I thought it would be best to just put my answer out there for all of you  c;

If you want more writerly content, such as writer positivity and prompts, make sure to follow my blog: maxkirin.tumblr.com!

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Going straight to Bioshock after Assassin’s Creed was maybe not that good of an idea. I mean, I hardly ever used projectile weapons in AC and it was 3rd person perspective and open map and pretty light visually speaking most of the time. Bioshock is a shooter game, 1st person perspective, dark, and has a constrained map. I miss free running so much. 

Filed under I really haven't gotten very far with Bioshock at least I don't think so cause it isn't split up easily like AC is I'm really bad at shooting especially now that I have to actually aim I'm on easy cause that's what it said to do if you haven't done shooters and I've died twice

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parnela-lansbury:

sirenalpha ya ive realized that the reason i never really got into games in the past is because im HELLA interested in characters/sideplot and i dont really care as much about main missions so the fact that dragon age has all these companions types to play with im like!!!!! yes!!!  and ye im still sort of awful at video games but im doing okay with the kid stuff hehe

I’m really interested in characters and main plot which I have since realized means that I missed a lot of things in the AC series because I was very invested in finding out what would happen next and not getting side tracked….
I’ve just gotten better at pressing the right buttons and getting used to the timing. It’s probably going to be all different now with a different game and I’ll suck for a while. 

parnela-lansbury:

sirenalpha ya ive realized that the reason i never really got into games in the past is because im HELLA interested in characters/sideplot and i dont really care as much about main missions so the fact that dragon age has all these companions types to play with im like!!!!! yes!!!
and ye im still sort of awful at video games but im doing okay with the kid stuff hehe

I’m really interested in characters and main plot which I have since realized means that I missed a lot of things in the AC series because I was very invested in finding out what would happen next and not getting side tracked….

I’ve just gotten better at pressing the right buttons and getting used to the timing. It’s probably going to be all different now with a different game and I’ll suck for a while.