Hallo, I'm Faren. I might also be Billy Kaplan but I wouldn't tell you if I was. Here's mah blog. I like a lot of things, but a few of the things I am particularly fond of are: CLAMP manga, and actually a whole lot of other manga. Books. So many books. Marvel comics & movies. History. Yes, all of it.

 

thebicker:

spinsterprivilege:

lianabrooks:

britegreenstar:

libraryadvocates:

lalie:

The fact that the ALA shared this link is so gloriously bitter and angry and I love it.

Is there a portmanteau for that? Angritter? Bangry? 

My library card already gets me multiple “real” books, e-books, audiobooks, magazines and movies per month. For free.

Kindle Unlimited offers nothing from big presses, and no guarantee the authors will get paid fairly for their work. Libraries buy the book up front for a higher price (and a better binding). Kindle Unlimited offers the authors a variable percentage of a as-yet-undetermined-and-unannounced amount of money. 
While Amazon touts Kindle Unlimited at “Netflix For Books!” the reality is Netflix signed contracts with everyone whose work they offer so that actors, screen writers, best boys, and the rest of those people get paid for the shows and movies you watch. Amazon does not.
That means your favorite author isn’t being compensated for their time or work. If you love a book series and want to see the next one get published: buy the book or hit the library. Starving authors quit writing because they like eating. 

Not only is your favorite author not being compensated for their work, but the editors who help shape your favorite author’s work, the marketing departments who work really, incredibly hard at getting the word out for their authors (in an increasingly glutted marketplace and often, in smaller and mid-sized houses, with low budgets), the designers who create beautiful covers and carefully lay out the interiors of your favorite books so that you can read them easily, etc etc also all lose out when Amazon strong arms publishers into giving them huge discounts that can—and have!—put small publishers (particularly vulnerable ones like LGBTQ and feminist presses) completely out of business.

I really, really encourage everyone to do the following two things:
1) Order books from Powell’s, not Amazon. I bought Edan Lepucki’s “California” from them, and they offer flat $4.95 shipping on orders under $50, and free shipping on orders over $50. They have used and new books and they offer discounts on big sellers. The prices aren’t AS low as Amazon but they’re comparable. I know it’s impossible to completely eliminate buying things on Amazon, but at least try a little bit.
2) Check out your local library. I lived in LA for about 6 years before checking out the LA Public Library System. I was a fool! Now I get ebooks on my Kindle without ever having to go to the library. (pssst - If you don’t finish the book in the three weeks you have it on loan, turn off your Kindle’s wifi and it won’t go away.) I pick up physical books at the location less than a mile from me. I get audiobooks for long drives. I still buy physical books that I want to have for more than three weeks, but for most of my reading, the library is the way to go. If you’re cynical, think of it as getting a better return on investment from your tax dollars.

thebicker:

spinsterprivilege:

lianabrooks:

britegreenstar:

libraryadvocates:

lalie:

The fact that the ALA shared this link is so gloriously bitter and angry and I love it.

Is there a portmanteau for that? Angritter? Bangry? 

My library card already gets me multiple “real” books, e-books, audiobooks, magazines and movies per month. For free.

Kindle Unlimited offers nothing from big presses, and no guarantee the authors will get paid fairly for their work. Libraries buy the book up front for a higher price (and a better binding). Kindle Unlimited offers the authors a variable percentage of a as-yet-undetermined-and-unannounced amount of money. 

While Amazon touts Kindle Unlimited at “Netflix For Books!” the reality is Netflix signed contracts with everyone whose work they offer so that actors, screen writers, best boys, and the rest of those people get paid for the shows and movies you watch. Amazon does not.

That means your favorite author isn’t being compensated for their time or work. If you love a book series and want to see the next one get published: buy the book or hit the library. Starving authors quit writing because they like eating. 

Not only is your favorite author not being compensated for their work, but the editors who help shape your favorite author’s work, the marketing departments who work really, incredibly hard at getting the word out for their authors (in an increasingly glutted marketplace and often, in smaller and mid-sized houses, with low budgets), the designers who create beautiful covers and carefully lay out the interiors of your favorite books so that you can read them easily, etc etc also all lose out when Amazon strong arms publishers into giving them huge discounts that can—and have!—put small publishers (particularly vulnerable ones like LGBTQ and feminist presses) completely out of business.

I really, really encourage everyone to do the following two things:

1) Order books from Powell’s, not Amazon. I bought Edan Lepucki’s “California” from them, and they offer flat $4.95 shipping on orders under $50, and free shipping on orders over $50. They have used and new books and they offer discounts on big sellers. The prices aren’t AS low as Amazon but they’re comparable. I know it’s impossible to completely eliminate buying things on Amazon, but at least try a little bit.

2) Check out your local library. I lived in LA for about 6 years before checking out the LA Public Library System. I was a fool! Now I get ebooks on my Kindle without ever having to go to the library. (pssst - If you don’t finish the book in the three weeks you have it on loan, turn off your Kindle’s wifi and it won’t go away.) I pick up physical books at the location less than a mile from me. I get audiobooks for long drives. I still buy physical books that I want to have for more than three weeks, but for most of my reading, the library is the way to go. If you’re cynical, think of it as getting a better return on investment from your tax dollars.

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greaseonmymouth:

farenmaddox:

greaseonmymouth:

farenmaddox:

farenmaddox:

greaseonmymouth:

I think it’s time for yet another re-read for me, to be honest. >.> There are details about the Lackless…

Yeah, I definitely believe the son who brings the blood is a reference to Kvothe, but I have REALLY WONDERED about the word foresworn.  I thought perhaps it was his promise to Denna about giving up his magic, and if he was foresworn it would explain why he hasn’t got any magic in the “present day” narrative….  Again, IDEK because I need to read them again. XD

wait, when/where did he promise to denna to give up his magic??? O.o i don’t remember that happening. <.<

IIRC what he actually does is promise that he will not try to identify her patron, on his name and his power.  I kind of assume that he does break that promise, identify her patron, and lose his name and his power in the process, but then somehow finagle that as part of his access through the Lackless door.

I also want to somehow tie in the story about the moon, too, which was in a locked box. Might the moon also have something to do with “that which comes with sleeping” and dreams/nightmares?

Drabble #2: Kisses

I took a request to write fluffy drabbles for 3 prompts for Zelinxia.  I am not promising to stick to a 100-word or even 500-word length, because heavens know I am incapable of reining myself in sometimes, but they will all be fairly short.

Here is my fulfillment of prompt #2: “Kisses.” Kurogane gets obsessed with Fai’s hair and neck and is adorably bad at kissing behind the cut.

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greaseonmymouth:

farenmaddox:

farenmaddox:

greaseonmymouth:

I think it’s time for yet another re-read for me, to be honest. >.> There are details about the Lackless…

Yeah, I definitely believe the son who brings the blood is a reference to Kvothe, but I have REALLY WONDERED about the word foresworn.  I thought perhaps it was his promise to Denna about giving up his magic, and if he was foresworn it would explain why he hasn’t got any magic in the “present day” narrative….  Again, IDEK because I need to read them again. XD

farenmaddox:

greaseonmymouth:

I think it’s time for yet another re-read for me, to be honest. >.> There are details about the Lackless family I’m forgetting. But I DO remember that the song Kvothe overhears his father sing to his mother contains puns on the Lackless name.

i don’t remember that bit. but i remember that one of the few times (only time?) kvothe’s mother actually gets to say and do something, she chastises kvothe for singing a mean song about lady lackless.

i think it makes more sense for it to be kvothe’s mum than denna, tbh, but i just can’t make the math work. (though tbh kvothe’s first three terms at the university also didn’t make much sense to me. i kept calculating and recalculating and it never matched up. <.< maybe the writer is bad at math. who knows.)

See? Definitely time for a re-read. I didn’t even remember the details of Kvothe’s song.  I believe the song that his father sings is recalled by Kvothe somewhere in Wise Man’s Fear, and it contains a few puns on her name—which is Natalia Lackless. I know that his mother “ran off” with his father, because she says so: “’[T]here was a night, about a dozen years ago, a man came to me. He bound me with kisses and cords of chorded song. He robbed me of my virtue and stole me away.’” (The Name of the Wind, pg 89 of my edition)  I feel like I want to read back through the song Kvothe sings though, the one his mom got upset about, because I think it had clues about what he needs to do in the third book.

That said, it would make sense for Denna to be important to the Lackless family in some way ALSO, so????

Ugh. Math is hard, okay. I have sympathy.

EDIT: I forgot that the troupe that Natalia Lackless ran away with was confirmed to have been Edema Ruh, too.

greaseonmymouth:

I think it’s time for yet another re-read for me, to be honest. >.> There are details about the Lackless family I’m forgetting. But I DO remember that the song Kvothe overhears his father sing to his mother contains puns on the Lackless name.

i don’t remember that bit. but i remember that one of the few times (only time?) kvothe’s mother actually gets to say and do something, she chastises kvothe for singing a mean song about lady lackless.

i think it makes more sense for it to be kvothe’s mum than denna, tbh, but i just can’t make the math work. (though tbh kvothe’s first three terms at the university also didn’t make much sense to me. i kept calculating and recalculating and it never matched up. <.< maybe the writer is bad at math. who knows.)

See? Definitely time for a re-read. I didn’t even remember the details of Kvothe’s song.  I believe the song that his father sings is recalled by Kvothe somewhere in Wise Man’s Fear, and it contains a few puns on her name—which is Natalia Lackless. I know that his mother “ran off” with his father, because she says so: “’[T]here was a night, about a dozen years ago, a man came to me. He bound me with kisses and cords of chorded song. He robbed me of my virtue and stole me away.’” (The Name of the Wind, pg 89 of my edition)  I feel like I want to read back through the song Kvothe sings though, the one his mom got upset about, because I think it had clues about what he needs to do in the third book.

That said, it would make sense for Denna to be important to the Lackless family in some way ALSO, so????

Ugh. Math is hard, okay. I have sympathy.

Drabble #1: Cuddles

I took a request to write fluffy drabbles for 3 prompts for Zelinxia.  I am not promising to stick to a 100-word or even 500-word length, because heavens know I am incapable of reining myself in sometimes, but they will all be fairly short.

Here is my fulfillment of prompt #1, “Cuddles.”  Tsubasa-kun/Tsubasa-chan being dorks in love behind the cut.

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iverseth:

Hello friends I have returned. I will start my new job (2nd &amp; Charles in Covington) next week. I showed the manager what I was working on and he’s pretty impressed. He said if I made enough I could possibly sell there and suggested a Tardis so Mega motivation is kicking in folks. My Nabari lineup plus some misc items WILL be available for purchase AUGUST 1ST 2014
Product images for MIHARU, YOITE, and GAU will be uploaded TOMORROW
again, thank you for your support, remember to like and reblog!

aaaaahhhhhhhhhh he&#8217;s perfect!

iverseth:

Hello friends I have returned.
I will start my new job (2nd & Charles in Covington) next week. I showed the manager what I was working on and he’s pretty impressed. He said if I made enough I could possibly sell there and suggested a Tardis so
Mega motivation is kicking in folks.
My Nabari lineup plus some misc items WILL be available for purchase AUGUST 1ST 2014

Product images for MIHARU, YOITE, and GAU will be uploaded TOMORROW

again, thank you for your support, remember to like and reblog!

aaaaahhhhhhhhhh he’s perfect!

zelinxia:

I should also note that we missed Faren terribly at Fanime. She was our C!Syaoran in 2013, and coincidentally (or maybe not), she moved out of country around June, so yeah, our C!Syaoran was far away from the group. 8|

I’M NOT GOING TO CRY EVEN IF YOU TRY TO MAKE ME. I am so disappointed that I missed Fanime this year, and missed going to ComicCon in Phoenix with some of my other friends, too.  But I am so so happy to be where I am, even as I struggle to find my footing here.

I missed our group, though.  The Infinity cosplay looks amazing!  I look forward to the day when we’ll get to do that again.  Can you imagine us getting to do a cosplay of some outfits/characters that will be introduced in Tsubasa World Chronicle, in a year or two? :D

I spent like 10 years of my life pretending to fly around on a broomstick and you’re asking me if preparing for a love scene was ‘tricky’ because the other person also had a penis?

Daniel Radcliffe (via hankgreensmoustache)