alltheladiesyouhate replied to your post “Why can’t you read fanfiction of your books? I’d understand not wanting to but I never knew there was a law against it.”

As someone who’s written fanfiction in the past I have to say the idea of the writers of the original works reading my fanfic makes me really uncomfortable. Overall a good general policy for all fandom/creator relationships imo!

Yep. That’s another reason I want to stay out of the equation — because I’ve written fanfiction myself, including fanfic for other people’s books, and I know how awkward I’d feel if the author decided to weigh in.

I mean, if the author loved my fic and said so, it would be awesome (once I got over the initial squirming embarrassment, that is), but how likely is that really? I think most authors, even those who are fanfic-friendly, have pretty definite ideas about what their characters would and wouldn’t do, and what kinds of things would or wouldn’t be likely to happen before or after or during their own canon. And no matter how well-written somebody else’s story about your characters might be, it’s still not your story and there are bound to be bits of it that make you wince a little. Really, I think it’s best for authors to spare themselves and their readers that kind of awkwardness!


little doodles based on Ultraviolet by rj-anderson
1) ‘not only sane but innocent’ in roughly the colours I see it as
2) ‘sebAstiAn fArAdAy’ with the As highlighted in violet the best I could without a purple pencil
3) how I imagine Tori’s noise would look
4) thirteen is broken-I don’t have number OLP so this was a guess
5) ‘her eyes were blue as music’, I don’t think tori would wear that much eyeliner but my hand slipped, and I swear those music notes are blue


I’m just going to leave this here for ekjohnston.

(Source: frankreich)

Why can't you read fanfiction of your books? I'd understand not wanting to but I never knew there was a law against it.


It’s not that there’s an actual law against it, it’s just that I don’t think reading fanfic of their own work is a wise thing for authors to do, because of the possible legal complications that might result.

If, for instance, I happen to write something into one of my future books that turns out to be similar to an idea somebody else came up with in a fanfic, and the person who wrote the fanfic gets upset and threatens to take me to court, I can honestly say that I don’t read fanfic or other stories written by my readers, and therefore any similarities between their ideas and mine are mere coincidence.

Admittedly, I think it unlikely that anything of that sort will ever happen. But authors have been sued before, and it never hurts to be extra-careful.

Besides, even without the legal angle, I think fanfic writers should be free to come up with their own ideas and write them however they like, without worrying what the original author will think or say about the end product.

Fashion! Put It All On Me ➝  Georges Hobeika f/w 2014-15 [I/II]

That middle one is everything I want in a dress. And I want it RIGHT NOW.

Jul 9


A tweet from ekjohnston is what made me first want to read her book. She described it as: Pacific Rim set in Canada but with dragon slaying instead of Jaeger piloting.

On the surface, The Story of Owen is about what happens after a dragon slayer and his family move to Trondheim, a small town in rural Ontario. But what it’s really about is community and our relationship with resources.

This struggle exists in other countries, but The Story of Owen is distinctly Canadian. Not to the point that it’s foreign to other readers; I mean that if I had read this in high school, I would’ve had a much healthier relationship with CanLit.

The Story of Owen is a book about people, one that builds itself around you and folds you into it while you aren’t paying attention. About 120 pages into it, I realized I would be so upset if anything terrible happened to any of the characters in it.

Also, there are dragons. Draaaaaaaaaaaaagons. And sword-fights.

The Story of Owen is perfect if you want a tale that appears simple but has deep roots. I highly recommend it to readers of Maggie Stiefvater, Tessa Gratton, Sarah Rees Brennan, Erin Bow, and Diana Wynne Jones.

Basically, it was a book for me—and I want to read everything that E.K. Johnston writes.

- Chandra

Jul 9

Shirley Temples have Orange Juice




The Shirley Temple is the classic virgin cocktail, most commonly enjoyed at Bar Mitzvahs, Sweet Sixteens, and by children at wedding receptions. It is a simple drink, made with ginger ale, grenadine and a maraschino cherry. Except in Canada… where they use orange juice. What? Indeed, a Shirley Temple in Canada is 7-Up, Orange Juice, grenadine syrup, then garnished with a citrus wedge and a maraschino cherry. Other possible ingredients for this unnatural monstrosity include soda water and lemon juice. Apparently you can order these at Swiss Chalet, which also has the other best grenadine-containing drink ever, the Darth Vader. 

This explains a great deal about why when I order this drink in the US it tastes all wrong.

Swiss Chalet, FTW!

(Though they no longer give you a little sword to hold your cherry garnish. That makes me very sad.)

They give you little plastic swords at the Swiss Chalet in Stratford. And I refuse to believe the part about the orange juice because I have never, ever tasted orange juice in a Swiss Chalet Shirley Temple. There’s even a thread here where a Swiss Chalet employee gives the recipe as 7-Up or Sprite and grenadine, that’s all.

Maybe putting OJ in Shirley Temples is a regional thing. Like milk bags.

Jul 8


Plot twist: a disabled character is portrayed as a complex 3D character with their own agency and isn’t a villain due to a deformity,used as inspiration porn, or ~cured~ at the end

(Source: mccalldolaon)

Jul 8

Have I asked yet if you're going to be at Mythcon this year? :)

Argh, I wanted SO BADLY to come back to Mythcon. Last year was so great, I bought my registration before I even left the campus. With Ursula Vernon as the Author GoH? And in Boston, a city I have always wanted to visit? I was so there.

Except, sadly, I didn’t realize until later how packed my August schedule was going to be. With a looming book deadline and two weeks of family vacation happening around the same time, I just can’t find a way to make it work.

So alas, Mythcon 45 will have to take place without me. And probably Mythcon 46 as well, because Colorado is just too far away. Sigh.

But if any of my followers with an interest in the works of Lewis and Tolkien have ever considered attending Mythcon, I would highly recommend it. It’s the best balance between scholarly analysis and fannish frivolity I’ve ever come across, and you don’t have to be a Tolkien scholar to have a great time.

Jul 8