Totally Poignant

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bookwyrmbound:

The (Tarnished) Silmarillion

Full-leather fine binding of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Silmarillion. The Two Trees are surface-gilt on the cover in metals that will tarnish, so over time the book will literally reenact their destruction. However the one fruit and flower that became the sun and moon are surface-gilt in gold and palladium, and will stay bright.

The edge decoration, sprinkled gilt and palladium over gouache, depicts the fate of the silmarils: “one in the airs of heaven, and one in the fires of the heart of the world, and one in the deep waters.”

The titling is done in palladium with finishing tools that I made myself, because I couldn’t pass up the chance to use Feanorean letters to title the book where Feanor is one of the central characters.

(longer post about the binding here, written when I originally bound it)

This is absolutely gorgeous.

(via durnesque-esque)

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cartoonpolitics:

“Thus did a handful of rapacious citizens come to control all that was worth controlling in America. Thus was the savage and stupid and entirely inappropriate and unnecessary and humorless American class system created. Honest, industrious, peaceful citizens were classed as bloodsuckers if they asked to be paid a living wage. And they saw that praise was reserved henceforth for those who devised means of getting paid enormously for committing crimes against which no laws had been passed. Thus the American dream turned belly up, turned green, bobbed to the scummy surface of cupidity unlimited, filled with gas, went bang in the noonday sun.”  ~ (Kurt Vonnegut)

cartoonpolitics:

“Thus did a handful of rapacious citizens come to control all that was worth controlling in America. Thus was the savage and stupid and entirely inappropriate and unnecessary and humorless American class system created. Honest, industrious, peaceful citizens were classed as bloodsuckers if they asked to be paid a living wage. And they saw that praise was reserved henceforth for those who devised means of getting paid enormously for committing crimes against which no laws had been passed. Thus the American dream turned belly up, turned green, bobbed to the scummy surface of cupidity unlimited, filled with gas, went bang in the noonday sun.”  ~ (Kurt Vonnegut)

(via wilwheaton)

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zorobro:

Deep-Dish Chocolate Chip Cookie for One

 Ingredients (1 serving):

  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 Tbsp unrefined granulated sugar, such as evaporated cane juice
  • 1/2 Tbsp packed light brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp beaten egg, preferably organic (cover & chill remaining beaten egg for tomorrow’s cookie cup… you will be making another one!)
  • tiny splash pure vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp whole wheat pastry flour (can substitute with 3:1 of cake flour and all purpose flour)
  • 1/8 tsp baking soda
  • tiny pinch salt
  • heaping 1 Tbsp grain-sweetened chocolate chips, such as Sunspire

Instructions

In a small ramekin or microwavable cup, combine softened butter and both sugars; stir well with a spoon. Stir in beaten egg and vanilla extract. Stir in flour, baking soda, and salt just until combined. Stir in chocolate chips.

Microwave on high for 35-40 seconds. Let cookie rest at room temperature for about 10 seconds before devouring.

Nutritional Information:

253.2 calories, 13.8 grams fat, 8.4 grams saturated fat, 2.9 grams fiber, 17.5 grams sugars, 2.4 grams protein

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If I don’t reblog this, I will regret losing the recipe.

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Anonymous asked: I've always wanted to be an author. The problem is that I have some anxiety issues. I can't even do a class presentation without my voice shaking. At the same time, I can’t imagine not trying to get published. It’s something I’ve dreamed about ever since I was little. I just found out that you also have to deal with anxiety, and I was wondering how it affects your ability to be an author. Is it a deal breaker for most publishers, and what type of events are required?

laurendestefano:

I am the exact same way. When I was in school, the social stress was so extreme that I also had pretty severe OCD to where it would take about an hour to get into the shower, and the water was ice cold by the time I made it in. I had anxiety about everything (and still deal with it daily) and the only time I’ve ever been able to put that aside is when I’m writing. You can’t let ANYTHING get in the way of your writing; if that’s what your brain and heart what you to do, you have to do it, or your entire life will feel like an itch you can’t scratch.

Publishing is very social, but it does NOT have to be. My advice, both for anxiety and writing, would be to live in the present, focus on what you’re doing right now, and worry about the rest as it comes. Once you manage to finish a book you believe in, and you find an agent, and then a publisher, that will be the time to tell them “Look, here are my limitations.” It may help you, when that time comes, to sit down with a therapist (your family doctor can recommend one) and tell that therapist what you struggle with and what your concerns are. The therapist will help you validate your concerns and help you to understand which aspects of your anxiety can’t be toughed out or ignored. If it really is a question of your mental health, your therapist can even be an ally, because this is a real condition and no publisher in the world can discriminate against you for it. Plus, if you’ve got a powerful story, they want to sell it, they want to work with you. I try to compensate by being active online and doing skype chats, and all in all I feel happy about how things have turned out for me, and I’m sure your writing can lead you to a place where you feel comfortable as well.

I answered a similar question here, and maybe that will be of some more help. Good luck! http://laurendestefano.tumblr.com/post/82165250253/im-sure-youre-getting-sick-of-answering-questions

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