Project: Tumblr Writers Unite!
Someone pointed out to me that tumblr has a lukewarm response when it comes to original fiction. I thought about it and realized…they were right. Tumblr is great at giving feedback to fics, graphics, music, and videos (mostly), but when it comes to original fiction there’s nothing. Tumblr doesn’t love it or hate it, it’s simply apathetic. It’s like it doesn’t exist.
And that bothers me. Tumblr is a place for creative people of all walks to come and share their works. Where else on the internet could you post a series of gifs of an AU for a crossfandom ship? It just seems wrong that one creative medium gets almost no attention in comparison to others.
So I want to try and change that.
Summer’s began, I know a lot of people are doing Camp NaNoWriMo, or just using their freetime to write more, so I thought this would be the perfect. Presenting Project Tumblr Writers Unite! TWU for short. An attempt to connect tumblr original writers and give them a chance at getting the feedback and critique they deserve.
Just tag your posts “tumblr writers unite” or “twu”. Of course this is something that requires participation, seeing as if everybody wants responses but nobody gives them then everyone will be unhappy. But if everyone makes an effort, I don’t see why this can’t work. Get posting!
Normally, I don’t worry about it much one way or the other, but let me take this opportunity to say that any time someone would like for me to look something over, I’m happy to do that.
I know I appreciate it when people take time to read something I’ve written, and if there’s something you’ve written that I missed or that you’d simply like to share with me, always feel free to do so.
And then there’s the representation of aromanticism in fiction. Oh, oh wait. No, there isn’t. There’s sexual aromanticism which is often misogynist (guy players are cool! girl players are hoors who need a man to settle her down!). Asexual aromanticism, however? That’s what you pull out when all your inhumanising methods have failed. The most normal thing in media is wanting a romantic relationship. If someone doesn’t want a romantic relationship (and if they’re not just waiting for the right man~~) they are probably going to commit genocide.
On the flip-side: romanticism is often used to humanise and/or reward a character. It’s lazy and it’s cheap, but it works. Robots want to be human? The thing they want the very most is a romantic relationship. Ex-villain is being rehabilitated and redeeming themself? They’re gonna start dating. Previously creepy/whacky side character starts being more important? Get them a significant other stat. Saved the world? Get a prospective girl/boyfriend. Realised they don’t need someone to be happy? Suddenly: someone to make them happy.
(This is why so many aces have a difficult adolescence. We know we’re different, but so often we don’t have the words for it, and no one understands when we try to explain. And then we finally recognise ourselves in a character on TV and… and they’re a serial killer or an alien, and a lot of people go “well no, they’re actually probably totes gay”. Media told me that — just because I didn’t feel like dating or having sex — I didn’t have the right to consider myself human. I am still — more than ten years on — dealing with the venomous headspace that created.)
I just remembered this. I’ve found it super useful for helping me visualize characters and aiding in description.
Longer than I like to be. So I’m jumpstarting myself next week with a writing challenge. One short story a day. It can be any length so long as I finish the first draft that day. I’ll be drawing a new prompt every morning to determine what I’m writing for the day.
hc_bingo kind of inspired this and I’m going to work from prompts kind of like that. Really open to interpretation. (I don’t work well with so many sorts of prompts, but these always make me think of something.)
Feel free to drop me some in the askbox if you’d like, and I’ll probably share some of my work at the end of the week. So yeah.
after I think about it for forever
Brain: Hey, hey. Think about this. Brian takes Veronica to see Regina Spektor after the story ends because they are both big fans and they dance together off to the side of the crowd in the pit because that’s what happens at Regina Spektor concerts and they have the best time ever and Veronica is the happiest she’s been in a long time and she can’t stop smiling about it for days.
Second week down! Halfway point tomorrow.
Kind of so so on some stuff going down in my story, but overall feeling pretty happy about it all.
Thanks to all my friends for supporting me through this. You guys are the best!
What are those shorts, you adorable man?
A great little clip of Ray Bradbury (Fahrenheit 451) talking about writing.