catholicmemes:

Saint Valentine’s Day in Heaven.

lastuli:

Illustrated poetry: ‘Oh rascal children of Gaza’

Rafah-born author and poet Khaled Juma wrote a heartbreaking tribute to the children of the Gaza Strip amidst the missiles striking his hometown. At least 506 Palestinian children have been killed since Israel commenced its latest invasion of Gaza on July 8, 2014

Photograph #1: A Palestinian boy, who fled with his family from their home during Israeli air strikes, bathes his brother at a United Nations-run school in the Jabalya Refugee Camp in the northern Gaza Strip on July 31, 2014. The school is a designated shelter for Palestinians who were displaced by Israel’s offensive. Photo credit: Mohammed Salem

Photograph #2: A Palestinian girl reacts at the scene of an explosion carried out by the Israeli military that killed at least eight children and wounded 40 more in a public garden in Gaza City on July 28, 2014. Photo credit: Finbarr O’Reilly

Photograph #3: A traumatized Palestinian child is comforted by a man arranging care for him in a hospital in Gaza City following an Israeli air strike on July 9, 2014. Photo credit: Momen Faiz

Photograph #4: A Palestinian child pulls out toys from a box at a local market in Gaza City during a temporary ceasefire on August 6, 2014. Palestinian and Israeli delegations met in Cairo with Hamas demanding an end to the siege on Gaza and Israel demanding a demilitarization of the territory. Photo credit: Lefteris Pitarakis

Photograph #5: A Palestinian boy sleeps at a United Nations-run school in Gaza City on July 14, 2014, after fleeing with his family from their home in Beit Lahya. Photo credit: Mohammed Salem

Photograph #6: Doctors tend to injured children while a young girl sitting on her mother’s lap cries at a hospital in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on August 4, 2014. Photo credit: Eyad El Baba

Photograph #7: A Palestinian girl cries while being treated at a hospital in Beit Lahya following after sustaining injuries from an Israeli air strike on a United Nations school in the Jabalya Refugee Camp on July 30, 2014. Photo credit: Khalil Hamra

Photograph #8: Two Palestinians girls celebrate the first day of Eid Al-Fitr on the grounds of a United Nations school in the Jabalya Refugee Camp in the northern Gaza Strip on July 28, 2014. Their families are among the dozens that have fled their homes and sought refuge in the school. Normally, Muslim families in Palestine celebrate Eid Al-Fitr by visiting one another and gifting children with new clothes and shoes. Photo credit: Khalil Hamra

Photograph #9: One-and-a-half year old Razel Netzlream was killed after she was fatally hit by shrapnel from an Israeli air strike on an adjacent home the previous day. Her father carries her body to the funeral in Khan Younis on July 18, 2014. Photo credit: Alessio Romenzi

Photograph 10: A portrait of Shahed Quishta, 8, is fixed to a pillar in her home in Beit Lahya on August 16, 2014, after an Israeli tank fired a shell into the living room. She was killed on July 22, 2014. Photo credit: Khalil Hamra

shinee-tormentor:

What are you talking about, silly lithuania!

Grandmano is the most adorable thing on earth!

Translation by Me (Tormentor)

thepowerofmyotp:

dextra2:

italiyeah:

Is that Aph Denmark

Is that the “Sweden” from episode 1?

We’ve come in a full circle

Day 240
People were handing out these outside the subway entrance and my uncle brought me a bag. They were really tasty. On the back, thesis stuff

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xamyachok:

original

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gflvr73:

mmmmmaple:

My friend recently called me up and while we were chatting, she brought up something interesting.

(My friend is an artist. She’s a brilliant artist - and a brilliant physicist, and the kind of person you would just gladly kneel before, but I digress.)

She asked me why she can…

I’ve always thought about it too. I’ve been writing for over ten years now, and really, I have like three people in my life that know I write. My boyfriend always says “why not write something of your own and make some money off of it?” Well, I like writing fanfiction. It’s just something I do for fun. And I love fulfilling commissions even when they are free.

I would LOVE if we had a system to donate to fanfiction writers! That would be fantastic! I love writing and I feel that my favorites, reviews and Kudos are all like money.

We could start a trend! One fanfiction of 1000 words for a 5 (insert currency) gift card to starbucks! You can send it to their email! We could make it socially acceptable to ask for peoples fanfiction email (which is separate from my regular email) and send them gift cards-or real money.

I know. The struggle is real because fanfic writing is something that you do just from pure love because it’s not something that will get you anywhere (unlike original writing), which is why getting a dollar or so from readers would be great.

Starting a trend, yesss! I really wish that fanfic authors would set up donate buttons an a line in the fics, like “If you enjoyed this fic please consider commenting, liking, or donating”

The starbucks idea is also really good! Like, giving authors gift cards is great because let’s remember that writers need to eat just as much as artists :3

I would also like to see a trend of writers reccing writers and fanfics. Now, I’ll be the first to say that I don’t read as much fanfiction as I used to, but when I come across a writer that I really like, I try to promote them as much as possible.

Many people don’t even reblog fics on tumblr. We as writers should be the first to support each other. Commenting, promoting, and recommending. Pass the love forward!

cyggiestardust:

cyggiestardust:

mmmmmaple:

My friend recently called me up and while we were chatting, she brought up something interesting.

(My friend is an artist. She’s a brilliant artist - and a brilliant physicist, and the kind of person you would just gladly kneel before, but I digress.)

TBH I’ve considered attempting taking commission but how would I even do that? This is my ONE REAL SKILL and I DON’T KNOW HOW TO SELL IT.

That’s the other problem: it’s hard enough to sell your skill with original work. I’d like to, but…*head on wall*

Well selling art is really hard for everyone. Mainly because no one wants to pay for it :/

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oniongrass:

mmmmmaple:

My friend recently called me up and while we were chatting, she brought up something interesting.

(My friend is an artist. She’s a brilliant artist - and a brilliant physicist, and the kind of person you would just gladly kneel before, but I digress.)

She asked me why she can…

Actually I have seen authors do commissions for fics, though much less often than fanartists. And I don’t recall ever really seen any fanartists with a donate button?? I think part of the reason fanfics are not valued as much is that technically anybody can do them. Of course, we all logically know someone’s ff.net summary that ends with “BOYXBOY, DONT LIKE DNOT REED, FIRST FIC NO FLAMERS PLZ, READ AND REVIEW XDD” isn’t gonna lead us to the same quality story as 20 chapter fic with an interesting and creative summary and a billion kudos, but still everyone could technically be a writer. Whereas with art not everyone can create something nice enough to be posted (though ofc that doesn’t stop some.) Also I think it’s sorta harder to price?? Because a skilled writer who adores lengthy descriptions and a skilled writer who is able to make you visualize something perfectly in three words might place different values on different word counts, which is the most common way to price them.

"part of the reason fanfics are not valued as much is that technically anybody can do them"

Well yeah, anybody can write a fic. And anybody can pain. And anybody could fix your plumbing. Anybody can do anything if they set themselves to it, but that’s not the point!

"with art not everyone can create something nice enough to be posted (though ofc that doesn’t stop some.)"

I mean if we think about it, why pay for an accountant when you can do your taxes yourself right? I mean not everyone can understand tax law well enough to do it but ofc that doesn’t stop some.

The pricing is determined by each writer, of course, just as every artist sets their own price according to how much they’ve spent practicing and studying and how long it takes them to work, but I hardly think it would come down to description. See, you’re applying art reasoning to fic writing. In art there are sketches, then inking, then coloring, then backgrounds.

But with writing, commissioning a fic where the characters meet in the canon universe and fall in love and adopt a dog won’t be priced the same as a space opera AU where instead of being highschool students they fight an interstellar force. The first follows canon and you work based on that with your own refinement of the characters’ interactions, while on the second you have to build a world, plot the story, create more supporting characters and so many different things that go in a story like that, and which you have to build from scratch. All this without taking into account the wordcount, revisions and editions.

Art and writing are completely different works that require completely different sets of skills, and acting like writing is much easier than art just demeans the work of all writers and hurts literature as a whole.

Writing takes just as much practice and effort as art, and should be appreciated just as much.

cyggiestardust:

mmmmmaple:

My friend recently called me up and while we were chatting, she brought up something interesting.

(My friend is an artist. She’s a brilliant artist - and a brilliant physicist, and the kind of person you would just gladly kneel before, but I digress.)

She asked me why she can…

This is part of why I’ve fallen off so far: I am trying to make this into my actual gig, so I can either cut back from or get completely out of this whole “scrubbing people’s bathtubs for money” business. Even if I could just cut back a bit on it, even if I just brought in like $20 (that’s a shopping cart of cheapo food if you don’t mind bland name products) I’d feel like I’ve done something, like I’ve had an appreciable effect for the effort I’ve put into something. But as it is it’s hard enough to even get a “wow, I like how you wrote XYZ” on a fic. 

I could slam hundreds of thousands of words into a project before it’s done, not even counting edits, revisions, the little tweaks here and there that take it from satisfying to perfect—but after all of it is done, if it’s a project in fandom, the odds are I can’t turn around and get any return on my time investment, because laws. Despite how much we love it, people are reluctant to acknowledge the amount of labor that goes into fanfiction—least of all, the large base of the readers. They seem to think that the story springs forth fully formed from our heads like Athena from Zeus’s cranium. It doesn’t. We write until our fingers blister, tape them up, and keep going. It pops time out of projects we could get paid for at times, and we keep going.

Often all we get is a “WHY DON’T YOU UPDATE MORE” from all sides.

I get this so often that I’m completely jaded on it now. I haven’t quit, but…let’s face it. I’m working for free. And the odds of people donating to a lowly fic writer are slimmer than my waist.

Yeah, it’s like they think we just sit down one day and write 10,000 words of a page turning story like it’s nothing, when there is so much effort and study and practice in our work. Even if we’re not the best writers out there, when we create a +50k fic, we all sat down to plan write revise and edit.

It takes a full time professional writer around 3 months to finish a novel, but people in the fandom expect you to churn out chapter after chapter with hardly any appreciation. (this is not something that has happened to me, but I’ve seen it happen to others and I know it hurts writers’ morale) Let’s accept it, while a fair bit of fanartists take commissions, almost no fanfic wrter does this. And that’s just talking money, most of the time, writers don’t even get comments or reblogs. Even the very good ones.

I just really wish there was more writer appreciation in the fandom.

papa-el:

important babies

mmmmmaple:

My friend recently called me up and while we were chatting, she brought up something interesting.

(My friend is an artist.  She’s a brilliant artist - and a brilliant physicist, and the kind of person you would just gladly kneel before, but I digress.)

She asked me why she can commission fan art, but there’s absolutely no system of moolah appreciation for fanfic writers.

This took me by surprise for a couple of reasons:

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You know, this is a really interesting point. Because wouldn’t it be great if there was a way of commissioning fanfic as well as fanart? (and here I’m skipping a whole discussion about copyright, because if people are commissioning fanart and paying for fanart- and they are- I don’t see why they don’t commission fanfic.) Like, maybe you know a great author and you have an idea for a little fic you’d really like to read, it would be awesome if you could just come to the author and be like, here take my money pls I need to read this.

Or as you said, just donating to people because you appreciate their work. I mean, fanfics take a long time to write, and we often don’t even realize that some of them are the size of novels or even longer. For some reason writing has always seemed to me like it is underappreciated in fandom. We want it, we consume it desperately, but we don’t take the time to thank the authors. At most people get a like and that’s it. And the likes/reblogs that a fic gets are much less than fanart usually gets.

So, yeah, I would really like to know all your opinions on this subject about payment/exposure/appreciation of fics and writers.

aphnorwegia:

a world zoo

oh my god spain