You don’t have to get a job that makes others feel comfortable about what they perceive as your success. You don’t have to explain what you plan to do with your life. You don’t have to justify your education by demonstrating its financial rewards. You don’t have to maintain an impeccable credit score.
You have to pay your own electric bill. You have to be kind. You have to find people who love you truly and love them back with the same truth. But that’s all.
The Slumber of Feelings [Part 3b]
I wish I could “Like” this (whole series of posts) much more than once!
Big spoilers for all episodes of “Sherlock” series 2 below the fold, including the ending of “Fall”. Thanks to all the usual suspects—Blinkpink, Neffinesse, and Bittergrapes—for the support, help, and fanwanking y’all have provided me. Apologies to Dusky, and anybody else who read the first draft, which I unceremoniously scrapped. This essay goes out to Brynncognito, who volunteered to read it first and tell me if my ass is showing or not. As I suggested pre-series 2, today’s subject is Allistic Fails. When “Slumber” is done with, I’ll go through 1-3a and add in any relevant points from the second season.
I just happened across this today - love it!!
So back in September of
‘10 ’11, I began this series of essays on BBC’s “Sherlock”. The original intent, as stated in the prologue and repeated many times since, was to explain autism to allistics, using “Sherlock” as an extended metaphor. I wasn’t aiming to convince anybody that Sherlock was…
Kurt Vonnegut’s Rules for the Short Story
1. Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted.
2. Give the reader at least one character he or she can root for.
3. Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water.
4. Every sentence must do one of two things–reveal character or advance the action.
5. Start as close to the end as possible.
6. Be a sadist. No matter how sweet and innocent your leading characters, make awful things happen to them–in order that the reader may see what they are made of.
7. Write to please just one person. If you open a window and make love to the world, so to speak, your story will get pneumonia.
8. Give your readers as much information as possible as soon as possible. To heck with suspense. Readers should have such complete understanding of what is going on, where and why, that they could finish the story themselves, should cockroaches eat the last few pages.
via advicetowriters.com (via kadrey)