Asked by myliteraturefanaticthings
Arrggggh you’re putting me in a bit of a tough spot here. On one hand, I really do want to give you sound, practical and applicable advice. But on the other hand, you’re a solid decade younger than me, at least. This means that any advice I or anyone else my age (or older) gives to you is filtered through the locked-in-the-generation-gap-experience of a 20something in 2014. We’re still young, but we experience light mementos mori of our youth all the time; watching toddlers absolutely crushing iPad games on the subway, reading the lurid news stories of ghoulish cyberbullying between 12-year-olds, watching the fashionable phalanxes of YA titles roll out every pub season, and we must admit to ourselves; we’re getting older.
But you were nice enough to ask, so I’m gonna try. Here goes.
PUBLISHING ADVICE OF THE FUTURE
By the time you enter publishing, ideally assuming you get that plum assistant gig straight out of a 4-year college, it will be seven or eight years in the future. The Keystone Pipeline will likely be in full swing, and we’ll have transitioned to a more natural gas focused energy economy, so you’re going to want to dress for success, and by success I mean more extreme weather patterns.
There’s no stopping the onward march of technology, but there’s also no stopping human stubbornness and tendency toward martrydom, so I imagine that we’ll transition to a society split between cloud-server wearable-computer life-mostly-lived-on-the-internet types and hardcore anarcho-primativists, so remember to stay as social-media literate and industry-buzz-immersed as you can stand, but also be reasonably capable of face-to-face communication; this never goes out of style. And you never know when you’ll have to barter with one of the anarcho-primitivists, who by virtue of controlling the forests will be instrumental in print book production.
If you like to read, don’t limit yourself to particular authors, genres, or formats; most entry-level publishing jobs require you to work with books you’d never pick up on your own reconnaissance. Additionally, all books will be published simultaneously in print, ebook, and pill form. Hope you’re not one of those sad shrinking violet types who can’t swallow pills!
If the economy finally chokes on fiat currency and the infinite growth paradigm and collapses, then unpaid internships will be replaced by a system similar to WWOOFing in which you sleep on a cot in the office, rise at 5AM every day, and tend to the hydroponic herbs and fruits, along with filing and slush pile duty. I really hope unpaid internships stop being a thing by the time you hit working age, but if not, try to suffer through one and learn all you can in the process. They suck. They really do suck. Even the good ones. But don’t ever run away from a bad job experience; leave of your own accord.
I’d like to believe that mental healthcare and counseling will become more available and accessible by the time you hit your 20s, but if it doesn’t, either visit a shrink or read some self-help texts so you can learn which are your worst and most counterproductive qualities, because they will be the ones that stop you from getting and/or enjoying every publishing job you ever hold. This will never be a business where you can just leave your body and work by muscle memory alone; it requires your creative, intuitive, pragmatic, and emotional centers to all take up some of the slack.
And if you’re working in editorial, try to make sure you don’t publish a manuscript written by a robot, because then the contracts process is gonna be a MOTHERFUCKER.
In all seriousness, Jade, there’s no way of planning your next seven or eight years successfully; hell, hormonal entropy ensures that planning the next seven or eight hours is likely gonna be a losing venture. Embrace the uncertainty, read everything, talk to everyone, keep your energy up, and please, please be patient when one day you have explain to me how to run an Excel macro on my cornea-mounted smartlenses, because by then my generation’s gonna be all kinds of this:
Contemporary Art Week!
Agent of the Fates
Matt Stewart for Magic: The Gathering, 2013
Here is a calendar of when the prompts for week 1 are for bbcmerlinfest. I’ve very calendar minded and it was bothering me that I didn’t have one for the dates, so here you go if you want to use it.
"Science Jane will rip the steering wheel right out from under you and head straight for the center of that vortex of death."
Science Jane <3 <3 <3 *sob sob sob sob sob*
This is a theater stage for a play
no thats a boss battle
idk if someone added it already, but that is the stage of the Bregenzer Festspiele in Austria. Here are some more pictures of the stage from other plays:
half of those are still boss battles
What You Don’t Know About Beauty and the Beast:
Some backstory: due to this little discussion, I was considering writing a continuation/expansion of Beauty and the Beast. I read up on it and found out everything I thought I knew about it was wrong.
-It was created by one, singular, female author in 1740: Madame Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve
-It is not a retelling of a pervasive folklore like Perrault’s Cinderella, for example. It was influenced by folklore but is an original story and is very “post” the fairy tales you might be familiar with. The story is also influenced by women who gathered together and told each other revisions of fairy tales in Parisian salons.
-It’s over 100 pages long
-Though written simply and in a straightforward manner, the characters have personalities and are much more complex in their emotions than a normal folkloric tale. They behave in a diverse and fairly realistic manner to their situations. The Beast’s mother in particular is a complex woman, protective of her son and a capable military leader but not progressive in her attitude towards marrying below your station.
-Women are overwhelmingly the masters of the plot and outnumber the men in number and priority.
Female players include:
A nice Fairy
A jerk Fairy (called Mother of the Seasons)
The Queen of the Fairies
A Fairy-who-is-a-Queen (these are different)
A Queen/the Beast’s mother
Belle’s shallow (though fairly realistically so) sisters who are treated as a collective
-It contains considerable world-building. Fairy language, Fairy law, Fairy influence over monarchies, Fairy hierarchy, Fairy magic are all things she depicts. (eat your heart out, Tolkien fans).
-The curse is broken halfway through the book. The rest is devoted to comments on class, monarchy, marrying for love vs. status, appropriate conditions for love, and marrying below your station among other things.
-The Beast is cursed to punish his mother.
-The book’s plot turns out to be entirely due to the machinations of The Mother of the Seasons and the long-game trap/revenge story orchestrated by the Nice Fairy to defeat The Mother of the Seasons Fairy.
-The book takes place in a specific time period rather than in a nebulous “before-time”, somewhere, as I figure, between 1669 to the early 1700s. It might even be contemporaneous to when it was published. It references the age piracy, revolutions, the merchant class, the presence of slavery, Belle watching comedies, operas, and plays the Fair of St. Germain, and a Janissary battle.
-The Beast’s Queen mother led troops into battle for several years, put down a revolt and defeated an encroaching enemy monarch.
And this is only a partial list.
If you’d like to read the original version by Madame de Villeneuve, it’s collected in a book by J. R. Blanche.
It’s available for free:
Archive.org (they don’t mention her name in the author list but it’s there)
I never understood why a good fairy would punish an 11 year old. This makes more sense! (also I am totally reading this)
loisfreakinglane for you!
I feel like this would be of great interest to anybody interested in faeries
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