Co-founder and editor in chief of Less Than Three Press, LLC, a publisher of LGBTQ romance.

This blog is mostly what I get up to outside of my work at LT3, though you'll see mentions of that from time to time.

 

airbenderedacted:

cptdave:

Valve actually put that sign in game because playtesters would destroy the generator and then turn around immediately and not see the implosion animation they’d worked so hard on.

omg

airbenderedacted:

cptdave:

Valve actually put that sign in game because playtesters would destroy the generator and then turn around immediately and not see the implosion animation they’d worked so hard on.

omg

(Source: delebird)

naamahdarling:

howtonotsuckatgamedesign:

mirrepp:

Some harsh but very very true words

When people let me review their portfolios (on career day or open days at my game design school) I explicitly ban them from commenting during the review… …because otherwise they will follow the impulse to downplay everything I see in an attempt at being humble."this is an old image…"
"I’m not happy with that one…""this is just a sketch…"
"I did this really quickly…""there is better stuff on later pages…"It’s totally understandable to have those impulses. The quality of art is not empirical data and therefore impossible to measure. Good art, bad art, it all comes down to standards. And you don’t want to come off as naive or self-absorbed.But just don’t do it. Don’t talk yourself down in front of others. In the best case you have someone supportive who now thinks “damn, this person needs to be prepped up all the time. Do I really want to work with somebody like that” or in worst case “now that you say it, yeah, this is kinda lame/rushed/unfinished/lazy, go away.”You can only submit what you have. If that is not enough, then it’s not enough. Your attitude will not change that. But if it is enough, you can do serious harm by not being confident of who you are now.This means appreciating what you are able to do right now and have a clear vision of what you want to learn, be confident that you will learn it in time. Be proud.

This is really important.  Eliminate this urge.  Eliminate it professionally, when having contact with people in a position to buy your work.  Eliminate it socially, when you just share your work for fun.  Destroy this urge as thoroughly as you possibly can.
Because when you have done that, you’ll find that you feel at least 25% less shitty about your own work.  You lose the urge to do it.  You stop reinforcing those negative thoughts, and they retreat.  They may never go away completely (although they might!) but this is good practice for ignoring those thoughts flat-out.
Don’t shit-talk yourself.  Even if you can’t be SO PROUD, don’t ever try to influence anyone’s opinion toward your work in the negative.
Try to love your work.  Try to see what you learned from each piece, even if it’s a failure.  If you feel that you learned nothing, appreciate the fact that just spending time on it is honing your skills and giving you valuable practice.
i used to be super not-confident in my own work.  When I stopped pointing out the flaws in my own stuff, I felt better about it almost immediately.

naamahdarling:

howtonotsuckatgamedesign:

mirrepp:

Some harsh but very very true words

When people let me review their portfolios (on career day or open days at my game design school) I explicitly ban them from commenting during the review… …because otherwise they will follow the impulse to downplay everything I see in an attempt at being humble.

"this is an old image…"

"I’m not happy with that one…"

"this is just a sketch…"

"I did this really quickly…"

"there is better stuff on later pages…"

It’s totally understandable to have those impulses. The quality of art is not empirical data and therefore impossible to measure. Good art, bad art, it all comes down to standards. And you don’t want to come off as naive or self-absorbed.

But just don’t do it. Don’t talk yourself down in front of others. In the best case you have someone supportive who now thinks “damn, this person needs to be prepped up all the time. Do I really want to work with somebody like that” or in worst case “now that you say it, yeah, this is kinda lame/rushed/unfinished/lazy, go away.”

You can only submit what you have. If that is not enough, then it’s not enough. Your attitude will not change that. But if it is enough, you can do serious harm by not being confident of who you are now.

This means appreciating what you are able to do right now and have a clear vision of what you want to learn, be confident that you will learn it in time. 

Be proud.

This is really important.  Eliminate this urge.  Eliminate it professionally, when having contact with people in a position to buy your work.  Eliminate it socially, when you just share your work for fun.  Destroy this urge as thoroughly as you possibly can.

Because when you have done that, you’ll find that you feel at least 25% less shitty about your own work.  You lose the urge to do it.  You stop reinforcing those negative thoughts, and they retreat.  They may never go away completely (although they might!) but this is good practice for ignoring those thoughts flat-out.

Don’t shit-talk yourself.  Even if you can’t be SO PROUD, don’t ever try to influence anyone’s opinion toward your work in the negative.

Try to love your work.  Try to see what you learned from each piece, even if it’s a failure.  If you feel that you learned nothing, appreciate the fact that just spending time on it is honing your skills and giving you valuable practice.

i used to be super not-confident in my own work.  When I stopped pointing out the flaws in my own stuff, I felt better about it almost immediately.

erinescence asked
Hi! How did your Hannibal Plushies end up being signed by Hugh Dancy and Mads Mikkelsen?

amasugiru:

amagurumi:

I am glad you asked! I’ve been meaning to post an update about this for about a year now, because it has been about a year since this amazing opportunity came about. Sit back and grab a drink as I weave my tale.

I was in the process of finalizing my graduate thesis and preparing to defend when I received an email from the production company of Hannibal. I feared it would be the email that many of fan artists dread. Instead, a customer of mine had sent the team a set of plushies and they wanted to commission me for a huge order. While I’d rather not share the details, I’ve already seen some of the dolls up for sale on ebay. They were handed out as gifts during last year’s Golden Globes after being signed by the actors.

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This was a pic I received after the order was completed. I wasn’t allowed to share it publicly until after the new season had aired.

In return, I also received these guys:

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The whole experience was overwhelming, not just because I was in the middle of tough patch in my life (finishing up grad school and losing housing at the same time), but because of the support of the production team. Their appreciation for the fandom is amazing!

Sharing the love of sharing the love

callie-quite-contrary:

tango-mango:

This recipe makes only two cookies.

Albeit, two big, beautiful cookies. When I found this recipe, I liked the convenience factor of only five minutes prep time, and I loved the notion that I wouldn’t end up with a whole batch of cookies tempting me at every turn. However, I was skeptical. Would they be as good as my favorite Tollhouse? As it turned out, this is an awesome recipe, and those two cookies are every bit as good as their big batch buddies!

I’ve made these twice. The first time around the cookies turned out great, but they didn’t have that ooey-gooey factor that I was hoping for. I made some changes for the second batch, which totally did the trick.

If you like cookies that rise and then don’t deflate too much, follow the recipe exactly. If you want cookies that look mine pictured, use 1/4 cup flour minus 1 teaspoon. After you form the cookies, refrigerate them until cold, then remove from refrigerator and bring back up to almost room temperature before you bake.

A clever recipe from No. 2 Pencil.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons room temperature butter
  • 2 tablespoons firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • Pinch of kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 heaping tablespoons of semisweet chocolate chips (I chopped mine)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Blend softened butter, sugars, salt, and vanilla together by hand. Add egg yolk and stir again. Add baking soda and flour and stir until combined. Stir in chocolate chips.

Form cookie dough into two balls and place on baking sheet. The cookies will spread during baking, so make sure they are several inches apart. Bake for 8 to 9 minutes, or until edges are golden brown.

Remove baking sheet from oven and give the baking sheet a firm, but careful bang on the counter top. This will deflate the cookie and give it a perfect wrinkly appearance. (I found this doesn’t always work, but I banged the baking sheet anyway.)

OMG this is awesome. So hard to find recipes for small amounts of things…

cthonical:

gallifrey-feels:

Fanfic authors: READ THE WHOLE FUCKING PAGE

THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT AND VALUABLE LESSONS YOU CAN LEARN AS A WRITER. I SAY THIS AS A READER AND A PROFESSIONAL GENRE EDITOR.

cthonical:

gallifrey-feels:

Fanfic authors: READ THE WHOLE FUCKING PAGE

THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT AND VALUABLE LESSONS YOU CAN LEARN AS A WRITER. I SAY THIS AS A READER AND A PROFESSIONAL GENRE EDITOR.

(Source: ivyblossom)

hannahkollef asked
Hi Mr. Gaiman (Mr. Neil Gaiman? Mr. Neil? There needs to be an etiquette book for addressing your favorite author online). I'm a self-published author on Amazon, and I got an email from them regarding the conflict with Hachette this morning, trying to persuade us to write in support of Amazon. Thought it might interest you to see what the enemy is saying. I put it on my tumblr if you'd like to take a look--its the most recent post. Hope it helps! -HK

neil-gaiman:

I don’t see an enemy. I see two huge multinational corporations having a fight over contracts and terms, and authors staring up at them from ground level. It’s like Godzilla battling Gamera, and we’re looking up from the sidewalks of New York rather worried that a skyscraper might topple on us. I liked Chuck Wendig’s summary and commentary at http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2014/08/09/in-which-amazon-calls-you-to-defend-the-realm/.

I’m a Hachette Author in the UK. My wife’s a Hachette Author now, and she has a big book coming out in November, which you cannot pre-order through Amazon. Which sucks. I don’t regard Amazon as the enemy, any more than I regarded Barnes and Noble as the enemy when they had a dispute with DC Comics and stopped selling the hundred top DC Comics Graphic Novels in their stores (which included 17 books by me, including all Sandman).

But this seems like a good time to remind people about other places to buy books. Like you could preorder THE ART OF ASKING from Powells at http://www.powells.com/biblio/18-9781455581085-42.

Or you could use http://www.indiebound.org/book/9780062255662 to find the Indie Bookshop nearest you to get your copy of THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE, if you haven’t yet read it.

circulargallifreyanrequests:


Hi, I got a few people to translate “you are what you love not who loves you” and I’m getting a tattoo in a few weeks time so I just want another opinion on which one you think I should get that’s most accurate. Thank you!


I’m actually really glad you sent me this, because trying to translate the black-and-white one made me realize there have been some new letters added to the alphabet I didn’t even know about.
At first glance, both of these appeared to have mistakes. After updating my knowledge, I see that the first one is not only completely accurate, but was made by someone who really knows what they’re doing. The second one, on the other hand, has quite a few mistakes in it and I would not recommend tattooing it on yourself. Go with the black-and-white one :)

circulargallifreyanrequests:

Hi, I got a few people to translate “you are what you love not who loves you” and I’m getting a tattoo in a few weeks time so I just want another opinion on which one you think I should get that’s most accurate. Thank you!

I’m actually really glad you sent me this, because trying to translate the black-and-white one made me realize there have been some new letters added to the alphabet I didn’t even know about.

At first glance, both of these appeared to have mistakes. After updating my knowledge, I see that the first one is not only completely accurate, but was made by someone who really knows what they’re doing. The second one, on the other hand, has quite a few mistakes in it and I would not recommend tattooing it on yourself. Go with the black-and-white one :)