If you feel stuck in your life or your art, few jumpstarts are more effective than a week of reading deprivation.

No reading? That’s right: no reading. For most artists, words are like tiny tranquilizers…We often cannot hear our inner voice, the voice of our artist’s inspiration, above the static…

If we monitor the inflow and keep it to a minimum, we will be rewarded for our reading deprivation with embarrassing speed. Our reward will be a new outflow. Our own art, our own thoughts and feelings, will begin to nudge aside the sludge of blockage, to loosen it and move it upward and outward until once again our well is running freely.

from The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron

This is my notification to my followers.  I’m going to do this.  I’ve got four beginnings of Megamind stories sitting on my hard drive and various other material rattling around in my head, none of it filling out into anything postable. So I’m going to do the reading fast for at least a week. Long enough to finish at least one thing. That means I will not be on tumblr at all.

This will not be a total reading fast. More like, as Julia says, monitoring the inflow and keeping it to a minimum. I will read mail (both e- and snail-) and respond to it. I will read recipes for food that I am actually going to make and instructions for household repairs and improvements I’m actually going to do.  I will reread unfinished stories that I am actually working on. That’s it.

When I’m done, I’ll let y’all know how it went.

slitheringink:

artofcarmen:

sheepuppy:

korriganbleedingink:

suck-my-bumblebee:

fyeahwhovians:

pumpkinskull:

raygender:

pumpkinskull:

themediafix:

Breaking news: The D.C. Appeals Court just killed Net Neutrality.This could be the end of the Internet as we know it. But it doesn’t have to be. Tell the FCC to restore Net Neutrality: http://bit.ly/1iOOjoe

can someone explain this to me with small words

they want to make the internet like tv. with channels and paying to get to specific websites and things. net neutrality = not doing that

i do not approve in the slightest

This impacts every internet user. Please signal boost the hell out of this and sign the petition if you are American

Frickin Frack this is important, please sign!

Oh what the fuck. 

signed!

I do not reblog things like this very often, but this affects me both personally and my business as a freelance artist.
In the economy here; cash is already strapped as it is. You bet your ass companies would suck the ever living life out of misc. art sites.
I don’t want it to ever come down to me choosing between groceries or purchasing a new tier package via comcast to be able to access tumblr or DeviantArt (let alone not guaranteeing I’ll even be seen by my customer base since they may not want to pay out their asses either). It doesn’t seem important to most, but I do 90% of my business online entirely.
Please sign up, fight for this and share it with your followers/friends/family and urge them to give them hell as well.

Not writing related, but this is incredibly important. While we pay for service via ISPs, the internet has been a relatively free space where everyone, no matter their income level, is able to connect, access a wealth of information, and express themselves. The Internet has become a major part of our culture as human beings and the notion that ISPs might be able to limit what sites I can access unless I pay them more is utterly sickening. A lot of us are cash strapped as is, and I’d rather not be limited even more by someone else’s greed. Net Neutrality is essential and I hope you guys will understand why it needs to remain.
-Morgan
P.S. Signal boost this if you’re able.

slitheringink:

artofcarmen:

sheepuppy:

korriganbleedingink:

suck-my-bumblebee:

fyeahwhovians:

pumpkinskull:

raygender:

pumpkinskull:

themediafix:

Breaking news: The D.C. Appeals Court just killed Net Neutrality.

This could be the end of the Internet as we know it. But it doesn’t have to be. 

Tell the FCC to restore Net Neutrality: http://bit.ly/1iOOjoe

can someone explain this to me with small words

they want to make the internet like tv. with channels and paying to get to specific websites and things. net neutrality = not doing that

i do not approve in the slightest

This impacts every internet user. Please signal boost the hell out of this and sign the petition if you are American

Frickin Frack this is important, please sign!

Oh what the fuck. 

signed!

I do not reblog things like this very often, but this affects me both personally and my business as a freelance artist.

In the economy here; cash is already strapped as it is. You bet your ass companies would suck the ever living life out of misc. art sites.

I don’t want it to ever come down to me choosing between groceries or purchasing a new tier package via comcast to be able to access tumblr or DeviantArt (let alone not guaranteeing I’ll even be seen by my customer base since they may not want to pay out their asses either). It doesn’t seem important to most, but I do 90% of my business online entirely.

Please sign up, fight for this and share it with your followers/friends/family and urge them to give them hell as well.

Not writing related, but this is incredibly important. While we pay for service via ISPs, the internet has been a relatively free space where everyone, no matter their income level, is able to connect, access a wealth of information, and express themselves. The Internet has become a major part of our culture as human beings and the notion that ISPs might be able to limit what sites I can access unless I pay them more is utterly sickening. A lot of us are cash strapped as is, and I’d rather not be limited even more by someone else’s greed. Net Neutrality is essential and I hope you guys will understand why it needs to remain.

-Morgan

P.S. Signal boost this if you’re able.

maureentheintern:

i really can”t write short stories and i have no clue why. i just can’t- how do they even?? how do they work??? how am i supposed to tell an actual story in a few thousand words???? how do people do that? everything in my head is wayyyyyy tooooo big and. just. how??

I used to have that problem, too, when I first started out. What I learned to do is just write everything and then pick out a piece of it that had (or could be nudged into having) the right beginning-middle-end structure and make that into a stand-alone story. I’m convinced that this is something the great writers do, that they know their characters’ whole biographies, not just the brief episodes that appear in their published fiction.

engrprof:

harkerling:

straight masculinity is also a bit terrifying, I gotta say

"historically it seems that he liked to hang out around women? SOUNDS… KINDA HOMOSEXUAL TO ME

WHAT IF HE ENJOYED TALKING TO THEM

OR… LISTENED TO THEIR ADVICE”

at least unfoundedly characterize him as a prolific adulterer or something, god

I know! Masculinity is such a narrow construct. There do seem to be times in history when it wasn’t that way, but too many people try to interpret them through their own narrow view point.

I find Eddie Izzard in a dress incredibly masculine and sexy, but apparently not everyone does. (mystery)

I was taught in college that in ancient Greece, it was male-male sex and sexual desire that was considered most manly, because it was associated with army life. Men who preferred women and spent time with women were suspected of being insufficiently belligerent, kind of like draft dodgers and guys who don’t like sports.

missmartian23:

nixpunk:

there are so many “what if”s about meamind i love it. what if megamind had been sent to the same house as metroman. what if the kids in the school thought megamind was really cool instead of being repulsed by him. what if the hero thingie didnt go into Hal and megamind actually…

OLLLLOOOOOOOO NEW FREIND!

WELCOME TO THE MADHOUSE!

This is what inspires AU fanfics. We have an amazing number of fics for a fandom based around a canon consisting of one movie (and its novelization), one short and a few questionable comics. And many of those are attempts to answer exactly those “what if” kind of questions.

missmartian23:

nixpunk:

okay but

megamind as a professor

He would perform lectures on how the moon is made out of cheese to an ensembly of Earth’s top minds and actually CONVINCE them that yes, the moon IS made out of cheese and that it’s Swiss, and the ensembly would be just like, “no, wait… it makes perfect sense! This is amazing!”

And the best part of it?

Professor Megamind just bullshitted the entire lecture and made up facts and sources all for a bet with Minion.

*as all Earth’s great minds leave the hall in wonder and astonishment, Megamind waits cooly as he fiddles with half hearted rearranging contents atop his desk.*

*as the last Harvard professor leaves, only Minion remains, standing just off in the corner of the room.* “I can’t believe you actually did it…”

Megamind looked up with a delighted little smirk, ” did you really doubt my powers of presuasion, old friend?”

Chuckling as he shook his little body, Minion closed the distance between the two, pulling out his wallet, (Finding Nemo themed), “naah, course not! Though, I’m wondering what they’ll say when they discover that the moon isn’t actually made out of cheese…”

Laughing outright, The blue genius followed it with a sneaky rub of his equally blue hands, “ohhohoho yes! I can’t wait indeed! I have another little trick up my sleeve for that! But until then…” smirking again, Megamind gestured to the wallet, “Pay up, chum.”

With a roll of his eyes, Minion handed him the reason for all of the days drama: 12 bucks.

Because, while he may give up being a villain, he’ll never entirely quit being ee-vil.

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