heavy is the brow that wears the crown

Kaye. Twenty-one. Girl. Muslim. Writer. Once and future queen of the Iron Keys, which gives me life-long tiara rights.


Raised on a diet of foreign films, British period dramas, Studio Ghibli and old Japanese cinema.


Charlotte Bronte + one of Akira Kurosawa's samurai women. I will rap your knuckles with my katana if you don't mind your manners.


Partial to: tea and the cups it is poured into, Japan, old-fashioned ingénues, many-faceted glimmering words like "iridescent", dragons, Japan, fairy tales and wanderlust.


Abandon all hope of sanity, all ye who venture here.


(image by drachenmagier on deviantart)

kierstenwhite:

lindsaysmithdc:

This is my secret, too.

Truth.

This.

Early morning benediction for myself in a new plotting notebook. (Bonus if you can actually read that.)

ETA: It came out blurrier than I thought. Thanks, Instagram.

Imagination doesn’t just mean making things up. It means thinking things through, solving them, or hoping to do so, and being just distant enough to be able to laugh at things that are normally painful. Head teachers would call this escapism, but they would be entirely wrong. I would call fantasy the most serious, and the most useful, branch of writing there is. And this is why I don’t, and never would, write Real Books.
— Diana Wynne Jones, “Why Don’t You Write Real Books?” (via ballerinaduck)

pheberoni:

evil art spirits make me mess with this pic a lot

gaulllimaufry:

feeling kin d a tired lately. , , 

oliviawhen:

Carmen Sandiego & Xena for sketch dailies on twitter! (I have a twitter now, which I use mostly for silly things and tough ladies.)

There are so many writers of color out there, and often what they get when they bring their books to their editors, they say, ‘We don’t relate to the character.’ Well it’s not for you to relate to! And why can’t you expand yourself so you can relate to the humanity of a character as opposed to the color of what they are?
—Anika Noni Rose in Vanity Fair, via this excellent Buzzfeed article on diversity in publishing. (via leeandlow)

warriorchicken:

I look like an extremely professional fashionable woman in an Abaya. It probably took me AGES to look this professional right?image

WRONG. I’m actually wearing my onesie underneath it and you will NEVER KNOW MWAHAHAHA

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Wanna know another secret? Even though i LOOK like I’m paying attention to whatever nonsense you are saying…..

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I AM ACTUALLY WEARING HEADPHONES AND LISTENING TO MUSIC

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  BAM!

Our secrets are revealed.

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