Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki Kun Meme:  Reversal of Common Shoujo Tropes
Shut. The fuck. Up.
It might seem like a mystery regarding what makes a good novel. Is it luck? Is there some sort of formula you can follow to understand what makes a bestseller? There’s no way to really pinpoint why some books sell and some books don’t. Obviously it has a lot to do with marketing, but some novels make it big on their own. Some writers just know what it takes to get their readers interested.
Most readers aren’t looking for anything out of the ordinary. A lot of us read because we want to escape our daily lives and jump into someone else’s brain. Books offer us all an amazing adventure. It is difficult, however, to understand why people collectively love certain books over others. Hopefully I’ll be able to make sense of that by focusing on what I personally look for as a reader.
It’s all about the characters. I just want a well thought out character I can care about. Sometimes it’s that simple. Spend the time necessary to develop each character and it will be very difficult to fail. If your readers care about your characters, they will care about your story. This is the most important part of writing. This is the most important part of any sort of storytelling.
Make your writing appealing. Shorter sentences, quicker paragraphs, break up into chapters. If you’re trying too hard to impress your readers, they might get bored. If your writing has too many complex sentences, your readers might lose interest. This isn’t to say that your readers aren’t intelligent (NEVER THINK THAT), it’s just that you need to catch our attention fast. There are so many books to read and so little time. I think people love the YA genre because the stories are fast paced and they keep you sucked in. They’re exciting. Make sure your writing style appeals to the types of readers you wish to reach.
Avoid stereotypes/generalizations. If you treat your characters with understanding, you’ll create something amazing. Switch it up. Avoid using standard characters and work with something you might feel unfamiliar with. The internet connects you to all sorts of people and resources, so use it to your advantage. “Not knowing” is no longer an excuse. If you treat your characters like human beings with hopes and dreams, your readers will connect. They need to see something of themselves in your characters, which they will if you do it right.
I want the characters to fail. I know this sounds like I’m a miserable person, but I think this point is important. Your readers won’t feel for your characters success if they have never seen them fail. Your characters need to be weak on occasion and they need to struggle. Things can’t come easy. Some of my favorite scenes in books are when the characters fail or feel a loss. I think that’s when we can most connect with them as readers. It also makes their triumph so much more incredible. Your characters cannot be perfect.
these puppies believe in you, and you should too
I WANT THESE AS STICKERS IM CRYING
THIS IS NOT TRUE.
FOR THOSE UNAWARE OF THIS, UH, “FACT,” THE IDEA IS THAT “GHOTI” COULD BE PRONOUNCED “FISH” IF YOU PRONOUNCE THE GH- AS IN “LAUGH,” THE -O- AS IN “WOMEN,” AND THE “TI” AS IN “AMBITION.”
HOWEVER, THIS FAILS TO TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THAT THE PRONUNCIATION OF LETTERS IS DEPENDENT ON THEIR POSITION WITHIN THE WORD.
AT THE END OF A WORD OR SYLLABLE, “GH” CAN BE PRONOUNCED LIKE THE LETTER F. THIS IS WHY IT’S PRONOUNCED THAT WAY IN “LAUGH” AND “LAUGHTER” AND “ENOUGH” AND, DEPENDING ON WHO YOU ASK, “VAN GOGH.” AT THE BEGINNING OF A WORD OR SYLLABLE, “GH” IS PRONOUNCED AS AN EXTRA-HARD G-SOUND, AS IN “GHOST” AND “GHOUL” AND “GHASTLY.”
LIKEWISE, “TI” IS NOT PRONOUNCED AS “SH” AT THE END OF A WORD. IN “AMBITION,” IT IS ONLY BECAUSE “TI” IS FOLLOWED BY “O” THAT THERE IS AN “SH” SOUND IN THE WORD AT ALL. THIS IS WHY “RATIO” IS PRONOUNCED WITH AN “SH” SOUND, WHILE “MANTIS” IS PRONOUNCED WITH A “T” SOUND.
IT’S ALSO IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT, IN WORDS LIKE “AMBITION” AND “NATION,” IT’S NOT THAT THE “TI” IS PRONOUNCED LIKE “SH.” “TION” IS A COMPLETE SYLLABLE, PRONOUNCED “SHUN” OR “SHEN.” IF YOU REMOVE ANY OF THE LETTERS, THE PRONUNCIATION WOULD CHANGE.
"ION" DOESN’T HAVE AN SH- SOUND IN IT. "TIN" DOESN’T HAVE AN SH- SOUND IN IT. "TI" DOESN’T HAVE AN SH- SOUND IN IT. "TON" DOESN’T HAVE AN SH- SOUND IN IT. "TIO" ONLY HAS AN SH- SOUND IN IT IF IT’S PRECEDED BY A VOWEL, AS IN "RATIO," AND EVEN THEN, IT’S PRONOUNCED "SHYO" OR "SHI-O," DEPENDING ON YOUR ACCENT.
"O" IS RARELY PRONOUNCED AS IN "WOMEN," EXCEPT WHEN IT’S IN THE MIDDLE OF A SYLLABLE.
THAT’S THE THING. “-GH” IS ONLY PRONOUNCED “F” AT THE END OF A SYLLABLE. “O” IS ONLY PRONOUNCED AS IN “WOMEN” IN THE MIDDLE OF A SYLLABLE. “TI-” IS ONLY PRONOUNCED “SH” AT THE BEGINNING OF A CERTAIN SYLLABLES, AND NEVER BY ITSELF.
WHEN ASSEMBLED IN THAT ORDER, NONE OF THOSE PRONUNCIATIONS WOULD APPLY. IF THEY HAD SPELLED IT “GHOTION,” IT WOULD BE PRONOUNCED “GOSHEN.” IF THEY HAD IT “LAUGHOTI,” IT WOULD BE PRONOUNCED “LAFF-OH-TEE.”
HOWEVER, SPELLED “GHOTI,” THERE’S NO WAY TO PRONOUNCE IT “FISH” UNLESS YOU PRONOUNCE EVERY LETTER INCORRECTLY, IN WHICH CASE YOU’RE NOT PRONOUNCING “GHOTI” AT ALL, YOU’RE PRONOUNCING “FISH.” “GHOTI” IS PRONOUNCED “GOATY.”
NOW, THE ORIGINAL IDEA BEHIND “GHOTI” WAS MAKING FUN OF THE LACK OF RULES GOVERNING ENGLISH SPELLING AND PRONUNCIATION. THIS IS STUPID AS HELL, BECAUSE THEY HAD TO IGNORE A BUNCH OF THE RULES GOVERNING ENGLISH SPELLING AND PRONUNCIATION IN ORDER TO MAKE FUN OF THEIR NON-EXISTENCE.
THEY LITERALLY PRETENDED THE ESTABLISHED PRONUNCIATION CONVENTIONS DIDN’T EXIST JUST SO THEY COULD MAKE FUN OF ENGLISH FOR NOT HAVING ESTABLISHED PRONUNCIATION CONVENTIONS, WHICH IS ESPECIALLY AGGRAVATING BECAUSE THIS COULD EASILY BE ACCOMPLISHED WITH THE EXISTING WORD “COLONEL.”
Print are available on society6, I’ll remove them at the end of september.
A sweet collection of assorted musings by photographer Emily Blincoe based in Texas. All objects stored and arranged in colors and themes.
Ginny Weasly watercolor from an outline I did for the color palette challenge.
Scala dei Giganti - The Giants Staircase.1483-85. Palazzo Ducale. Venice. marble.
THIS WAS THE CUTEST PLOT TWIST EVER
dat practical armor
I love every aspect of this.
NO you guys don’t understand, the entire book is like this. They tried to cram in all sorts of representation of different races and the art is gorgeous and it’s GREAT! The picture for a spellcaster is a female human who is wearing BAGGY, NON-SEXUALIZED CLOTHING AND NO MAKEUP because she’s in a dungeon, she doesn’t have time to do her hair cmon.
do androids dream? [listen] - electrical wires run like veins under silicone skin. but who’s to say they aren’t truly alive? (this mix follows an a.i. as it starts to discover the range of human emotions - mainly love - until it can no longer function.)
i. breathe - télépopmusik // ii. the son of flynn - daft punk // iii. intro - alt-j // iv. metropolis - kraftwerk // v. genetic world - télépopmusik // vi. human - ellie goulding // vii. intriguing possibilities - trent reznor & atticus ross // viii. between two points - the glitch mob ft. swan // ix. bride of deluxe - cliff martinez // x. bloodflood - alt-j // xi. reflections - daft punk // xii. sweet dreams (are made of this) - emily browning // xiii. hand covers bruise - trent reznor & atticus ross