One way to get into the swing of things it to try writing prompts and free writing. There’s a lot of tumblrs out there that you can follow for them!
You can also experiment with different types of writing - poetry, songwriting, etc - to stretch your writing muscles a bit. Joining a writing group or taking part in writing exercises can help a lot too! You can find writing exercises at:
- Keyboardsmashwriters Masterpost
- Fifteen Writing Exercises
- Surrealist Inspired Writing Exercise
- Ten Writing Exercises to Tighten Your Writing
Other ideas: create a daily notebook, free write for fifteen minutes a day, try writing about your favorite characters, pick an object in your room and detail its history, etc. Pretty much anything can flex your writing muscles, as long as you try it!
This depends on a few things. First, you have different degrees of sight impairment: no vision or residual vision, meaning that the person’s vision isn’t completely gone but their vision is impaired to a degree that they’re considered legally blind. Second - if I’m recalling the education I received from a charity right - more people lose their sight later on in life than are born visually impaired. And according to some quick Google research, people whose vision begins to recede over the age of seven do tend to retain memories of how things looked. So you could work off memory, along with describing the input from other senses: touch, smell, sound, taste. Or work off those senses alone if you’re writing a character who is blind from birth.
It would probably help to search and read books by and about blind people, just so you can familiarize yourself with what everyday life is like from them. Blindness has been around a long time, and looking into the past and present treatment and views on it can help give you a wider perspective on what a blind character would have to face in terms of attitudes and faulty ideas. Those who have been born blind would not have and may not want a sense of what seeing is like, as it has never been a part of their lives.
Some books links:
- Goodreads: Blindness (er, some of these books seem to be mislabeled, go through them carefully)
- Nonfiction Books About Blindness
And here are some other links:
Yooo… more blind writing refs (my favorite kind because of reasons that involve my story, also writing blind characters is hella fun to me for some reason).
My best advice is to pay attention to all the other senses—you can get a hell of a lot of description out of them once you start thinking beyond what things look like.
Van Sertima provides literary proof of Africans excelling in Science before the scramble for Africa by Europe. What Europeans thought of as witchdoctors were actually people that had great knowledge of herbal traditional medicine. For example the recent find of the South African bush willow which has been shown to help with the treatment of cancer. Recommended for anyone searching for knowledge this book shatters the myths of primitive Africans. It explores evidence such as ancient ruins of a astronomical observatory found in Kenya and the secret societies that communicated with symbols and signs, and had a form of written language.
Highly recommended !!!
I think I need to steer clear of male social wokers… or maybe guys who are socially awkward… or both.
The single life saga… never a dull moment.
A few things you can do!
- Use a matte, long wearing foundation and add glow to prevent the skin from looking too dull
- Use a dewy, hydrating foundation and using oil controlling primers and translucent powder on your oily areas
- Mixing some of your favorite moisturizer with your matte foundation to give a little glow
When using a matte, long wearing foundation you can add glow by using a shimmery highlighter on the cheekbones, down the nose, a little on the chin or anywhere you want to add a little sheen! You can give the face a little glow by using a cream blush or shimmery blush. You could also use a shimmery, glowing primer underneath that will show through under foundation like Loreal Magic Lumi Primer, Dior Glow Maximizer Primer or Tarte Clean Slate 24hr Brightening Primer.
This way you’re adding some glow to the skin to keep it from looking dull and flat but still keeping your foundation long wearing!
When using a dewy, hydrating foundation you’ll need an oil controlling primer to keep your foundation from sliding off. Some great primers I recommend are Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer, Smashbox Photofinish Light Primer, Rimmel Stay Matte Primer & Clinique Pore Refining Instant Perfector. I also recommend using a translucent powder on your oily areas, translucent powders are great at controlling oils but never look too matte or dull on the skin.
Keeping your skin care targeted for oily skin by using mud masks and charcoal masks will help prevent production of oils skin as well so you’ll able to wear more hydrating foundations.
Some new books to add to your 2014 TBR piles…
It’s still a great year for series, both new and ongoing, but if you’re in the mood for a story that begins and ends with one book, here are a few of the novels for (most of) the latter half of the year - ranging from science fiction and fantasy to paranormal to realistic contemporary - that have us intrigued. And of course they’re not the only ones on our radar - visit us on Goodreads to find many, many more!
Follow the links to find copies of available books in our catalog:
Free to Fall, Lauren Miller
Everything Leads to You, Nina Lacour
Inland, Kat Rosenfield
Say What You Will, Cammie McGovern
Complicit, Stephanie Kuehn
Conversion, Katherine Howe
Fiendish, Brenna Yovanoff
(Don’t You) Forget About Me, Kate Karyus Quinn
Servants of the Storm, Delilah Dawson
Beware the Wild, Natalie Parker
Illusions of Fate, Kiersten White
Belzhar, Meg Wolitzer
Stitching Snow, R.C. Lewis
Afterworlds, Scott Westerfeld
Falling into Place, Amy Zhang
Kiss of Broken Glass, Madeline Kuderick
Bleed Like Me, Christa Desir
AHH! Seeing this list of YA books that have not come out yet is killing me.
You can imagine then what happened to me yesterday after I started peeking about the 2016 YA releases: I was reincarnated - thrice.
Being a bit dramatic are we, Lourdes?
No. No, I am not.
YA does this to people.
|—||Author Daniel Jose Older on Buzzfeed, responding to this panel of literary agents discussing the lack of diversity in publishing. (via tubooks)|
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