there’s just something about wearing a black tank top and tight dark jeans that makes you feel like you can take over the world and kick some ass
I have seen this list of 21 women authors you “should be reading,” passed around. I have thoughts about the composition of the list, though I am thrilled to see Elliott Holt named because I loved her debut novel last year.
No two lists will ever be the same and this list at…
I think this list is actually pretty useful for those of us who don’t read much adult literary fiction and may want to try more of it (that would be people like me). But it did strike me as a little shocking that Amy Tan is the only Asian (American) author on the list. Have there been no other significant Asian or Asian American women novelists of literary fiction since Amy Tan?!
Edit: Oh good, I remembered one at least: Susan Choi. I really enjoyed her My Education last year and have been meaning to try her others. She has also been a Pulitzer finalist.
One sorta gravekeeper coming right up! ᕦ(ò_óˇ)ᕤ
Added a cropped headshot cause I like her face alright
I am the exact same way. When I was in school, the social stress was so extreme that I also had pretty severe OCD to where it would take about an hour to get into the shower, and the water was ice cold by the time I made it in. I had anxiety about everything (and still deal with it daily) and the only time I’ve ever been able to put that aside is when I’m writing. You can’t let ANYTHING get in the way of your writing; if that’s what your brain and heart what you to do, you have to do it, or your entire life will feel like an itch you can’t scratch.
Publishing is very social, but it does NOT have to be. My advice, both for anxiety and writing, would be to live in the present, focus on what you’re doing right now, and worry about the rest as it comes. Once you manage to finish a book you believe in, and you find an agent, and then a publisher, that will be the time to tell them “Look, here are my limitations.” It may help you, when that time comes, to sit down with a therapist (your family doctor can recommend one) and tell that therapist what you struggle with and what your concerns are. The therapist will help you validate your concerns and help you to understand which aspects of your anxiety can’t be toughed out or ignored. If it really is a question of your mental health, your therapist can even be an ally, because this is a real condition and no publisher in the world can discriminate against you for it. Plus, if you’ve got a powerful story, they want to sell it, they want to work with you. I try to compensate by being active online and doing skype chats, and all in all I feel happy about how things have turned out for me, and I’m sure your writing can lead you to a place where you feel comfortable as well.
I answered a similar question here, and maybe that will be of some more help. Good luck! http://laurendestefano.tumblr.com/post/82165250253/im-sure-youre-getting-sick-of-answering-questions
Some sketches of me and Bee’s literature magical girls! Well, two of them anyway.
Dora (History) and Lamees (Mystery) were in a relationship once and it was really nice. Now they act like a dysfunctional married couple.
They’re secretly still nuts about each other but you know.
I want these fuckers to get married already. The world needs more genderqueer black/desi couples
Daughter of Smoke and Bone Series by Laini Taylor