someone just posted this to twitter, i’d never seen it before.
i don’t remember what question this was directly or indirectly answering during the “ask neil and amanda” portion of this “evening with neil and amanda” concert a few years ago, but I can assume it had something to do with:
1) my current preference in undergarments
2) my overzealous love of australia
3) neil’s feelings about my exhibitionistic tendencies
either way, i love the non-plussed look on his face.photo by Rebecca blisset, sent via @violetashes
Don’t ever use the word ‘soul,’ if possible. Never quote dialogue you can summarize. Avoid describing crowd scenes but especially party scenes.
If you’re doing your job, the reader feels what you felt. You don’t have to tell the reader how to feel. No one likes to be told how to feel about something. And if you doubt that, just go ahead. Try and tell someone how to feel.
You want vivid writing. How do we get vivid writing? Verbs, first. Precise verbs. All of the action on the page, everything that happens, happens in the verbs. The passive voice needs gerunds to make anything happen. But too many gerunds together on the page makes for tinnitus: Running, sitting, speaking, laughing, inginginginging. No. Don’t do it. The verbs tell a reader whether something happened once or continually, what is in motion, what is at rest. Gerunds are lazy, you don’t have to make a decision and soon, everything is happening at the same time, pell-mell, chaos. Don’t do that. Also, bad verb choices mean adverbs. More often than not, you don’t need them. Did he run quickly or did he sprint? Did he walk slowly or did he stroll or saunter?
Guys commit suicide
Guys self harm
Guys throw up
Guys starve themselves
Guys get bullied
Guys get hurt
Guys get abused
Girls aren’t the only ones. So when your seeing a depressed girl and say thats sad then do the same to guys. Cause no matter how strong a guy could be, he can still break just like girls. So to everyone with a disorder, regardless of gender, stay strong
lucyisawriter asked: Hi :) How's the book going? Anything cool happen today?
Hi :) thanks for asking. i’m writing up a fucking storm. something cool did happen today.
i was walking down napier street in fitzroy, on my way back from a long day containing a yoga class, a really perfect cup of coffee and a real nice bowl of vegetarian soup at the vegie bar, where i wrote about 5,000 words, then stopping by the bookstore and buying a copy of one of neil’s books for a friend and a copy of walden by henry david thoreau for another friend and a spontaneous art-book gift for some people in a share house i recently met who did something nice for me last week. they asked me if i wanted a bag and i thought about it and finally said yes and was really happy that my wet yoga clothes fit into the bag perfectly with all the books.
i passed the beautiful fitzroy town hall and the sun was setting and coming through the trees and buildings in blazing patches on the sidewalk in front of me, but the wind was cold, and i was warm every time i walked into the sun, then cold again every time i was back in the shadow of the buildings.
and i thought to myself
"i am absolutely, perfectly happy right now. nothing’s missing. amanda, remember this feeling."
and right at that moment i passed by a dog behind a fence in someone’s yard, and he said hello and so i went over and patted his head and looked in his happy dog eyes. and i thought: maybe this is a sign from Dog that i need a God.
that was pretty cool.
gingivere asked: hi amanda! so, i was thinking of covering "oasis" (if that's cool, of course), but as someone who has never been raped or had an abortion, would that be disrespectful or insensitive of me, even though the point of the song itself is (at least kind of) irreverence in the face of those ultra-horrifying experiences? just wondering. and regardless, you are amazing and thank you for all that you do.
the world’s gotten sad when I start getting all sorts of tumblr questions like this.
tumblr has been depressing me lately.
everyone is so goddamned afraid of each other.
GO BE FREE OF ALL THIS!
GO MAKE SOME FUCKING ART!
ANYTHING YOU WANT!
COVER A SONG!
ALL SONGS ARE YOURS!!
THAT’S WHAT MUSIC *IS*
THAT’S HOW WE SHARE!!
GO WRITE A SONG!!!
VENUE: Southpaw - Gertrude Street Fitzroy - Melbourne
SPECIAL GUEST: Amanda Palmer
Southpaw… Paper bagged fries in a bowl!
Keeping it street, keeping it extra warm also perhaps ?
Both Amanda and I enjoyed these fries, they are nice… .. hot, crispy and salty making a good ” Mealy” batch!
Eat here! Southpaw!
yes, i have been hiding in fitzroy….but i took a break to review french fries. i had to.
- New Blog: “EDDIE VEDDER gave me a trophy!!!!!”
- Interview with TED, about the talk
- New Blog: “another book help question, this time: language”
- Discussion about having sex during your period (IT’S NORMAL!!!)