I wanted to double check that “The Cherry on Top” was a short novel or novella and I found this on uphillwriting.org. I think it’s very informative and hopefully you guys will find it useful!
Good friends, this list is wonderful, but it’s missing something!
800 words maximum
this is the most beautiful thing i’ve seen today.
To learn about tumblr image size limits go here.
”There is a lot of misinformation about GIF limits on Tumblr, so let me set the record straight: We don’t count colors or frames or pixels. We only count bytes and seconds. Every image that comes in is scaled to a number of smaller sizes and the smaller your image is, the fewer resizes need to happen, which means less time.” — Tumblr Engineering
Reblogging for reference but also to note that they JUST increased 500px to 2mb!
THAT FIRST SITE IS EVERY WRITER’S DREAM DO YOU KNOW HOW MANY TIMES I’VE TRIED WRITING SOMETHING AND THOUGHT GOD DAMN IS THERE A SPECIFIC WORD FOR WHAT I’M USING TWO SENTENCES TO DESCRIBE AND JUST GETTING A BUNCH OF SHIT GOOGLE RESULTS
Well hot damn!
so I’ve just discovered soundrown, it’s sort of like rainymood except there’s 10 different sounds that you can listen to and combine to create whatever sort of environment you want (i.e. campfire and night, which is quite lovely)
are you telling me i could listen to the sound of a coffee shop on fire
See this shit? This shit is about to change your life.
This packet of stuff is called Instamorph Moldable Plastic. You literally buy a packet of this shit, and you can make any-fucking-thing.
You open it up, and you get little plastic pellets that look like this.
Doesn’t look like much, right?
When put in hot water (140°F, 60°C.), these pellets melt into a kind of putty-like stuff, that you can mold into whatever shape you want.
They make the coolest cosplay accessories EVER because they’re plastic - they’re moderately lightweight, they’ll survive being dropped and banged around, and they’re waterproof. I made Nepeta horns and Meenah bracelets for my homestuck cosplays, but it can do a ton of other stuff too.
Also, the whole project takes maybe a half hour - 10 minutes to boil the water, 2 for the pellets to melt in the bowl (it leaves no residue, so you can use a regular mixing bowl and a spoon to pull it out of the water), a few minutes to sculpt and then a few minutes for it to dry into a completely solid, plastic whatever-you’re-making.
AND THE BEST PART OF THIS IS THAT THIS SHIT IS SO CHEAP
YOU’D EXPECT IT TO BE REALLY EXPENSIVE BUT IT’S NOT
I got a container on Amazon.com for $10, but here’s the actual site so you can check it out some more. http://www.instamorph.com/
SERIOUSLY THOUGH DON’T GO TO ALL THE TROUBLE OF FINDING CREATIVE AND EFFECTIVE WAYS TO MIX MATERIALS, THIS IS REALLY GREAT.
I AM SO HAPPY TO HAVE FOUND THIS POST HOLY FUCKING SHIT THIS NEEDS MORE NOTES RIGHT NOW
ref for all my cosplaying followers!
and for UK cosplayers Fred Aldous do a very similar product that works in the same way and gives great results!
IT GOT BETTER
YOU CAN BUY PIGMENT PACKS
AND THEY HAVE A COLOUR GUIDE
Would you like to read a book in which this happens?
It’s one of my all-time favorite books. It’s called Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn. He describes it as an “progressively lipogrammatic epistolary fable.”
It is written in the form of letters between the citizens of the fictional island of Nollop, an independent nation off the coast of South Carolina and home of Nevin Nollop, who invented the phrase “the quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog.” That phrase is written in tiles over a statue of Nollop in their town square, and when one night a storm causes one of the tiles to fall, the council decides that it’s a sign from Nollop that they are no longer allowed to use that letter, in speech or writing, on pain of progressive punishments including public beating and up to banishment.
Then another tile falls. Then another.
The citizens, who are all very attached to their words and writing, mount a campaign to come up with a phrase that uses all 26 letters but is shorter than Nollop’s, thus proving that he was not divine and negating all the edicts.
Because the novel is told in the form of letters the citizens write, and this is the genius part…the author must also stop using the letters as they fall. So the book gradually stops using letters until at one point I think they’re down to just five.
The resolution literally made me get up and dance around the room.
It’s clever, creative, and a not-really-veiled-at-all parable about monotheistic oligarchy. It’s not a long book, you can read it in an afternoon.
GO READ IT RIGHT NOW.
WOW I want to read that book
Very rarely is there a book that I must read at any cost
This is now one of them
HEY WRITER FRIENDS
there’s this amazing site called realtimeboardwhich is like a whiteboard where you can plan and draw webs and family trees and timelines and all that sort of stuff. you can also insert videos, documents, photos, and lots of other things. you can put notes and post-its and, best of all, you can invite other people to be on the board with you and edit together!!
this is really really awesome and a great tool for novel planning, so if you’re doing nanowrimo…. this could be good for you!!
Dragons + Dice = Adorable
More can be found here.
YOU GUYS THIS IS WHAT I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS
LITTLE BLUE AND BLACK AND SILVER DICE DRAGON BABBIES
last week, AshesandGhostFF asked me on twitter “how do you do the t-shirt thing you do where it’s cut off on top? Is there a tutorial? Does it involve sewing?”
so here’s the tutorial Bex, no sewing involved, it’s super simple!
a few notes:
- you can pretty much do this with any size and fabric, but I tend to prefer the thinner and softer ones, slightly oversized; they stretch better, whereas the heavy, thick ones tend not to
- if a tee is too tight, you can also use this to help you (sort of) be able to wear it again, if it’s stretching awkwardly at the neck and armpits
- especially in cases where the tee’s tight across the boobs (usually in the above instance) you can cut a little “v” at the cleavage to help with stretching, like this:
- you know the saying “measure twice, cut once?” THAT APPLIES HERE!!! even if your hole seems really small, try it on first, I promise, it ends up A LOT BIGGER THAN YOU THINK and if you’re not careful, you end up with a big ol’ tee that’s basically completely off your shoulders and is only being held up by your boobs, like this:
whoops! if it’s too small, you can always lay it out again and widen the hole a little bit
- don’t limit yourself to short-sleeves—you can do this with longsleeve tees too! perfect for fall/spring :)
- also, obvious, but: your bra straps will show with this style, plan accordingly ;)
I started doing this because I love cheap men’s graphic tees and mock-jersey-style sports tees, but they fit me all wrong in the shoulders and chest. This workaround gives my (ample) bust more breathing room, puts a feminine twist on some masculine t-shirts, and is super comfy!