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THURSDAY. Unsure about the world? Scared? Sad? Lemme help. YOU LIVE IN A WORLD WITH BOOKS. There are books fucking everywhere. Story containers! Idea boxes! Dead tree narrative delivery systems! Read a book! Write a book! Hug a book! BUILD AN IMPENETRABLE STRONGHOLD OF BOOKS AHHH
I mean, holy shit, have you been to a bookstore? Who needs church when you got that shit? THE SMELL. THE COVERS. THE STORIES TRAPPED IN BOXES LIKE SECRET GHOSTS. Touch the pages. The cover. Behold the words, the images, the mmm, ahhh, that's the good stuff.
And sure, bookstores charge you for the books.


one word:

motherfucking libraries

*whispers louders*

yes that's two words but the 'motherfucking' is implicit, c'mon
LIBRARIES, WHOA. Temples of information and opportunity! Led by the MIGHTY IDEA TEMPLARS KNOWN AS LIBRARIANS. Have you *met* a librarian? They're hard-thinkin' book wizards ready to recommend a book or help you LEARN NEW SHIT. And the books are free! Free, I tell ya! Ha ha whee!
books books books books booooooooooks
Pick up a book. You can read it. You can use it as a paperweight. You can bludgeon enemies with it. You can fan the pages to cool yourself. You can throw it across the room at an intrusive ghost. You can barter it with other fellow book nerds. You can share it. You can eat it.
wait don't eat it
Shit, maybe it's an e-book. Imagine that. A BOOK BASICALLY MADE OF ELECTRICITY. Pretty sure that's what it means. It's like LIGHTNING trapped in a bottle except it's STORY and INFORMATION and CHARACTERS holy shit this is serious sorcery we live in a great world
Build a wall with books. Launch books at nearby villages with your trebuchet. Carve out the pages in a bad book and inside it you can keep a smaller, better book. A BOOK INSIDE A BOOK THAT'S SOME SHYAMALAN SHIT
You know what's inside books? On the pages?


And you know what words are? ARCANE SIGILS STOLEN FROM THE GODS BY THE COMMONERS SO WE CAN ALL WRITE AWESOME SECRET SHIT TO ONE ANOTHER. Words are symbols and signals! Little communication containers! Tiny spells! BIBLIOTURGY!
Words are amazing! Sesquipedalian! Ineluctable! Vortex! Tornadic! Concretized! Just say those words aloud and FEEL THEIR POWER
Or when in doubt, make up your own damn words!


it's the magic of owls!


it's a vacation for dogs!



I have no idea! But it all sounds great! Write it down, put it in a book!
Words turn into sentences, sentences into paragraphs, paragraphs into pages and chapters which in turn become story arcs and character arcs and narrative architecture and informational cathedrals with balustrades made of theme and mood and authorial intent and OMG BOOKS
What I'm trying to say is, when the world feels like shit, when life seems tougher than rhino leather, when shit gets dark and the void threatens to swallow you up?

Remember: you live in a world with books. To read, to write, to share.

Happy #ReadABookDay, peeps.
I will recommend three books to you now, if you choose to hear them.

First: @MaryRobinette's THE CALCULATING STARS. Effortless-seeming prose and character-driven narrative in this alt-history tale (featuring a METEORITE and ASTRONAUT FEMINISM) grab you fast and demand your time.
Second: the FEEL BAD BOOK OF THE YEAR, @paulGtremblay's THE CABIN AT THE END OF THE WORLD. I don't want to say much for fear of spoiling it but... like, a quietly apocalyptic, claustrophobic thriller has a lot to say about our current era without being *about* this era. Wow.
Finally, I've rec'ed it before, but @edyong209's I CONTAIN MULTITUDES -- a diffuse, engaging, philosophical, funny look at how we're all basically a sack of microbes toddling around. Important book and he makes it so engaging to read. Again: effortless-seeming.
(To clarify: effortless-seeming does not mean it was written effortlessly, but that the effort to write is invisible to the reader. A great deal of work goes into hiding the great deal of work that goes into writing such a tale or book.)
And this is where I get off this train and go to write my own book today, and later I'll read something, too, and hopefully you'll do the same. Writing, or reading, or sharing what you read.

p.s. buy and review my books or I wither and die
p.p.s. you know who DOESN’T read books?

our dipshit fuck president

that’s how you know that books are good, they would melt his circus peanut fingers like candlewax if he even touched one

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Oct 9, 2018
ways to combat climate change
- eat people, preferably the annoying and bad ones
- stop farting all the time
- make your own socks instead of cutting down all those sock trees
- fire guns at the mean clouds
seriously I joke because if I can't joke I'll eat my own fingers down to the bloody nubbin
I mean, we're receiving news that we are destroying our planet because, basically, we just really like having more money than the next guy, so what if that kills all the puffins, fuck you puffins, I need a wave runner
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Soy contains phytoestrogen -- plant estrogen -- that is assumed by insecure dipshits to have an effect on male virility. (Regular milk has estrogen. So does bourbon.) More to the point, it is a coded insult that implicitly, if not explicitly, sexist and homophobic.
Ironically, soy and cuck and beta are also baby booboo diaperboy insults -- they're the repeated chants of not a savvy bully but the savvy bully's dingleberry buddies who stand in the back and just repeat what they hear. A gaggle of lesser dumdums behind King Dumdum Biff Tannen.
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In case you missed the announcement, I'm writing a five-issue miniseries called SHADOW OF VADER for Marvel! Deets here -->…
And also it's time to announce DEATH & HONEY, a second series of novellas written by @KevinHearne, @DelilahSDawson (as Lila Bowen) and myself -- bonus, @SubPress is doing a limited print run! Cover by @galendara --…
DEATH & HONEY features a new Oberon's Meaty Mystery from @KevinHearne, a new Rhett Walker story from @DelilahSDawson, and from me, a tie-in novella starring Wren from the Miriam Black books, bridging the gap from RAPTOR & WREN to the final book, VULTURES. Out in February!
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oh good I’m sure this won’t be annoying at all
convicted felon says what
guess I need to check my pockets to see if someone planted a Shithead Magnet on me somewhere
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There will be renewed calls for civility. Ignore them. They ask for civility as a way for you to grant them complicity in what they do.
Civility is for normalcy. When things are normal and working as intended, civility is part of maintaining balance. But when that balance is gone, civility does not help return it but rather, destabilize it further. Because your civility gives them cover for evil.
Note: this isn’t the same as calling for violence. But it is suggesting that you should not be shamed for using vigorous, vulgar language. Or for standing up in disobedience. Or for demanding acknowledgement and action in whatever way you must.
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I do seriously believe that art and writing and storytelling is an act of resistance. It shouldn't be the only one, but it can be a vital one just the same. Stories change the world. Art reflects a society that then works to reflect art in turn.
I think it can be resistance to fill your work with your ideas. I think it can be resistance to give yourself and your audience an escape hatch from the boiling cauldron of stupid we're all living in. I think all art is politics, and there's value in embracing that and using it.
I know it feels like sometimes we shouldn't be telling stories, or promoting them, or creating art, because it feels like... what, a waste? Squawking into the void? Tap-dancing on the Titanic? But don't feel guilty about that. Tell that voice to fuck right off.
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