ESO 137-001, a spiral galaxy being torn apart to form a jellyfish-like structure as it plows through extremely hot intergalactic gas at a speed of nearly 4.5 million miles per hour
Correcting Internet DisInformation: The American Space Pen / The Russian Pencil
thank you for this.
Kippy life. Stuff like this just happens all the time here. #catsofinstagram
Every single satellite orbiting Earth, in a single image.
I know some of those satellites help us figure out the weather and tell my phone to tell me what turn to make to get where I’m going. I know some of them monitor environmental changes and do lots of good things. But my first thought when I saw this image?
"Wow. We are really messy."
Sabriel by Margot Wood
In the early 1990s, Garth Nix went to a flea market in Sydney, Australia and looked through a box of old, early 1900s photographs that were being sold for a dollar a piece. As he flipped through the photos he came across a photograph of a young woman in a military style coat wearing a belt made out of bells and holding a sword. He studied the photo, wondering who this mysterious woman was. He purchased the photo, took it home and promptly wrote the draft for his young adult high-fantasy novel, Sabriel.
THIS DID NOT ACTUALLY HAPPEN. But what if it did? And that, my beautiful friends, is the idea behind this fauxto.
I wanted to do something different for my Young Adults fauxto series. I’ve recently been doing character portraits and knew I wanted to do one for Sabriel, but to give it a twist, I wanted to take a fauxto of a real person that would serve as the inspiration for the fictional character. Does that make any sense?
Basically, in my imagination, Garth Nix based Sabriel off a real person and I wanted to explore what that woman would look like and voila, you have the image before you.
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My friend Margot (The Real Fauxtographer) has an amazing series where she interprets YA novels into these wonderful, wonderful photos (see also, her Code Name Verity photo, and her photo for Shadow and Bone - amazing).
I had the privilege of sitting for her on her Sabriel photo. Personal bias aside, this is a pretty special photo to me because Sabriel is one of my absolute favorite books ever, and she’s a heroine near and dear to my heart.
When Margot first approached me about this portrait, I shared with her that a lot of readers may disagree with her interpretation because Sabriel is interpreted as white (I mean, it’s pretty canon). Her response - “you’re pale, you have dark hair, you’re Sabriel” - while simple, is gratifying and validating to me. Not a lot of people would be flexible to the idea of having a POC pose as a traditionally white heroine, making this doubly special, and even more awesome.
i saw this and thought “omg that looks JUST LIKE reelbs” and then i saw this post and i’m so thrilled it really is you because this series kicks so much ass and this is a really really great interpretation
one of my favorite scenes of any book ever.
Poor ferret. :(
This is like dogs sniffing each others butts.
Cupcake Jen, keeping it classy.
This post isn’t about me. It’s about my friends who are having anxiety attacks because of piracy. Friends who are thinking of quitting because the piracy is out of control. Friends who depend on book sales to have a roof over their head and food on their tables. Friends who wish they could depend on books to give them a roof over their head and food on their tables. It could be friends who self-published, or friends who are traditionally published. It doesn’t matter.
I hate piracy with a thriving passion. So much so I did all the math (which I also hate), to show you the breakdown of time and energy spent, and the cost of stealing. The numbers used in terms of hours spent is very very very low, and in reality, the number is probably double that. And still.
Please share this post. But mostly, please don’t steal books.
These are some heroic maths.
This is a fantastic post. There’s a lot of math. It kind of made me want to go count cookies or something (my kind of math).
The author did the math with writing 2000 words an hour. That is a ton of words an hour. I write maybe 500 words an hour when everything is going great. My next book is 95,000 words. That’s at least 190 hours for the first draft (not counting the prep time ahead of writing the first draft). I can’t even guess how many hours my revisions take, but I know they are way more than 15 hours per round of edits.
My math skills fall apart here, partly because I’m overwhelmed by even getting close to thinking about how much I make per hour** (I need to go cry over a cookie), and mostly because my kind of math is cookie math.***
Many thanks to the author of the original post. I am in awe of your math.
**Advice to writers: try not to think too hard about how much you make per hour.
***Q: If there are five cookies and ten of us, how many do we each get if we divide them? A: Jodi already ate the cookies. Sorry.
How other stars could look from the surface of the planet.