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The Whale Shark

asakiyume:

Why do you hurl yourself ashore,
star charts etched on your skin
for us to use as augury?
Why sacrifice yourself
for aliens so barely literate
in the symbols you employ?

(Source: ken5go, via asakiyume)

pen-pal-pictures:

Em and Tammy wade to school

pen-pal-pictures:

Em and Tammy wade to school

(via asakiyume)

beatonna:

Wee Shakespeare

beatonna:

Wee Shakespeare

beatonna:

Wee Murasaki Shikibu 

beatonna:

Wee Murasaki Shikibu 

We in the book community are in the middle of a sustained conversation about diversity. We talk about our need for diverse books with diverse characters written by diverse writers. I wholeheartedly agree.

But I have noticed an undercurrent of fear in many of our discussions. We’re afraid of writing characters different from ourselves because we’re afraid of getting it wrong. We’re afraid of what the Internet might say.

This fear can be a good thing if it drives us to do our homework, to be meticulous in our cultural research. But this fear crosses the line when we become so intimidated that we quietly make choices against stepping out of our own identities.

After all, our job as writers is to step out of ourselves, and to encourage our readers to do the same.

The Whale Shark

asakiyume:

Why do you hurl yourself ashore,
star charts etched on your skin
for us to use as augury?
Why sacrifice yourself
for aliens so barely literate
in the symbols you employ?

(Source: ken5go, via asakiyume)

pen-pal-pictures:

Em and Tammy wade to school

pen-pal-pictures:

Em and Tammy wade to school

(via asakiyume)

(Source: roaringbikes)

beatonna:

Wee Shakespeare

beatonna:

Wee Shakespeare

beatonna:

Wee Murasaki Shikibu 

beatonna:

Wee Murasaki Shikibu 

(Source: roaringbikes)

We in the book community are in the middle of a sustained conversation about diversity. We talk about our need for diverse books with diverse characters written by diverse writers. I wholeheartedly agree.

But I have noticed an undercurrent of fear in many of our discussions. We’re afraid of writing characters different from ourselves because we’re afraid of getting it wrong. We’re afraid of what the Internet might say.

This fear can be a good thing if it drives us to do our homework, to be meticulous in our cultural research. But this fear crosses the line when we become so intimidated that we quietly make choices against stepping out of our own identities.

After all, our job as writers is to step out of ourselves, and to encourage our readers to do the same.

(Source: roaringbikes)

(Source: mokzo)

The Whale Shark
"We in the book community are in the middle of a sustained conversation about diversity. We talk about our need for diverse books with diverse characters written by diverse writers. I wholeheartedly agree.

But I have noticed an undercurrent of fear in many of our discussions. We’re afraid of writing characters different from ourselves because we’re afraid of getting it wrong. We’re afraid of what the Internet might say.

This fear can be a good thing if it drives us to do our homework, to be meticulous in our cultural research. But this fear crosses the line when we become so intimidated that we quietly make choices against stepping out of our own identities.

After all, our job as writers is to step out of ourselves, and to encourage our readers to do the same."

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