You’re really missing my point here. That’s okay, I don’t think I’m articulating it well enough.I’m not saying you shouldn’t. I’m just saying it’s kind of hollow to me personally. I’d rather give it for free if I’m not super official. But that’s just me, not everyone else.
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So? I am aware it is on the barest of technicalities. I am aware that it is an obscene moneygrab/ideafarm by Amazon and Warner Brothers. I am aware that this is very likely to fail. I want to participate because of all of these factors, not in spite of them.Sure, it’s technically an official license, but it’s not like, “an official license” in the way that books that go through the publishers for extended universe materials, right? Doesn’t it only go through Amazon?
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Gotta be honest, I’m not too enthused about the idea of paying for fanfiction that wasn’t commissioned by the rights holders (eg. extended universe novels and such for various shows/movies).I don’t think anybody is! Not based on the grumbling I’ve seen around the internet. But how many chances am I gonna get to write officially licensed TVD stories?
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I am absolutely, 100%, completely serious about trying the Kindle Worlds thing. I am going to do it.
A: if this all explodes in a fiery disaster, I want a front row seat.
B: I’m curious to how, if at all, this differs from the KDP experience, which I have researched extensively for my own purposes.
I actually think that the biggest hurdle this experiment faces is getting people to pay for something that they are currently getting for free, so I am wondering how they plan to overcome that particular obstacle. I think I will learn a lot more about it from inside, as it were, and what I learn I will tell you.
Anyway, it’s new, and I’m always up for trying something new.
Neil Gaiman has released a book of his great commencement address, Make Good Art.
When things get tough, this is what you should do: Make good art. I’m serious. Husband runs off with a politician — make good art. Leg crushed and then eaten by a mutated boa constrictor — make good art. IRS on your trail — make good art. Cat exploded — make good art. Someone on the Internet thinks what you’re doing is stupid or evil or it’s all been done before — make good art. Probably things will work out somehow, eventually time will take the sting away, and that doesn’t even matter. Do what only you can do best: Make good art. Make it on the bad days, make it on the good days, too.
I love Gaiman’s message, but I also want to make a plug for something else: when the going gets rough, make bad art, too.
When 9/11 and Katrina hit and she lost a bunch of her close friends, Lynda Barry got really depressed, and all she could do is doodle:
I found myself compelled, like this weird, shameful compulsion to draw cute animals. That was all I could stand to draw. You know, just cry and draw cute animals…dancing dogs with crowns on, you know? And, like, really friendly ducks. But I found this monkey, this meditating monkey, and I found that once - when I drew that monkey, it’s not that it fixed the problem. But it did shift it a little bit, or provide me some kind of relief. And that’s when I started to think, maybe that’s what images do, because I believe in all my - with all my heart they have an absolute biological function…
“Good” can be a stifling word, a word that makes you hesitate and stare at a blank page and second-guess yourself and throw stuff in the trash. What’s important is to get your hands moving and let the images come. Whether it’s good or bad is beside the point. Make art.
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OKAY GUYS, HERE IS THE THING ABOUT PORN AND KINDLE WORLDS
(Pornography: We don’t accept pornography or offensive depictions of graphic sexual acts.)
So, we’re all on board, no porn.
Well, Kindle Direct Publishing Content Guidelines says:
We don’t accept pornography or offensive depictions of graphic sexual acts.)
“But I have read porn I bought off Amazon that was self pubbed, Bethany!”
Yeah. S’what I am saying.
It is possible, because these are licensed properties, that they are going to be more vigilant about this sort of thing- we don’t know.
But they are using the same language, and I think that’s very important to note.
“The song is about being violently assaulted and it made me crazy for a few years. I got really paranoid walking around at night and started feeling really unsafe. The song is more about empowering myself physically amongst a masculine power, and the hate of feeling powerless, making light of masculine physical power, making it jovial and non-threatening. I took a typically violent cultural situation and made it pop and happy.”
This is the first time Grimes is on my dash and it wasn’t from CCFC so I had to reblog.
Also, CCFC: What song is this about?
Oklahoma Tornado - This aerial photo shows the remains of homes hit by a massive tornado in Moore, Oklahoma, on Monday
American Red Cross
The Red Cross has set up shelters in various communities. You can donate to the Red Cross Disaster Relief fund here, and the organization also suggests giving blood at your local hospital or blood bank.
If you’re searching for a missing relative, check Red Cross Safe & Well’s site. And please register if you’re within the disaster region. The site is designed to make communication easier after a tragedy like this.
If you want to send a $10 donation to the Disaster Relief fund via text message, you can do so by texting the word REDCROSS to 90999. As in the case with other donations via mobile, the donation will show up on your wireless bill, or be deducted from your balance if you have a prepaid phone. You need to be 18 or older, or have parental permission, to donate this way. (If you change your mind, text the word STOP to 90999.)
Phone: 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767); for Spanish speakers, 1-800-257-7575; for TDD, 1-800-220-4095.
Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief
This organization says donations will “go straight to help those in need providing tree removal services, laundry services and meals to victims of disasters.”
It is requesting monetary donations (It says clothing is NOT needed). For more information, and to donate, visit Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief’s website.
You can send checks to: BGCO, Attn: Disaster Relief, 3800 N. May Ave., Oklahoma City, OK., 73112.
The Salvation Army is organizing disaster response units to serve hard-hit areas in central Oklahoma, including Moore, where it is sending mobile kitchens that can serve meals to 2,500 people a day, and to South Oklahoma City.
Supporters can donate online via the organization’s website, SalvationArmyUSA.org. You can also text the word STORM to 80888 to make a $10 donation via cellphone.
If you want to send a check, the Salvation Army asks that you put the words “Oklahoma Tornado Relief” on the check, and mail it to: The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 12600, Oklahoma City, OK., 73157.
Phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).
United Way of Central Oklahoma
A disaster relief fund is being activated as of May 21 so that individuals can specifically donated to tornado relief-and-recovery efforts, the organization says on its site.
“Financial contributions are the best way to help unless otherwise requested.” Donations can be made online at
United Way of Central Oklahoma’s Disaster Relief Fund is open. Donations may be made online here. Checks, with a notation of “May Tornado Relief” can also be sent to the United Way of Central Oklahoma, P.O. Box 837, Oklahoma City, OK , 73101.
Through its network of more than 200 food banks, Feeding America, whose mission is to “feed America’s hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks,” says it will deliver truckloads of food, water and supplies to communities in need, in Oklahoma, and will also “set up additional emergency food and supply distribution sites as they are needed.” You can donate onlinehere.
The international relief group, based in Los Angeles, says it is “readying essential material aid — emergency, shelter and cleaning supplies” to help Oklahoma’s community health organizations and schools recover.
You can donate online here. You can also give a $10 donation by texting the word AID to 50555. Checks should be sent to: Operation USA, 7421 Beverly Blvd., PH, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Don’t forget about ShelterBox USA
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