I'm a 30-something married lesbian with a thing for literary fiction and historical novels. But I'm also having a pretty torrid affair with gritty noir and some paranormal/supernatural fiction. I love interesting heroines, gorgeous prose, place as character, and the occasional werewolf.

You can email me at unabridgedchick at gmail.com

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Write from the soul, not from some notion about what you think the marketplace wants.The market is fickle; the soul is eternal.

Jeffrey Carver (via maxkirin)

Before and after photos: in anticipation of our move to a smaller apartment, we culled 700+ books from our library!  Nearly two months later, we’ve finally gotten rid of all of them.  Sold a few hundred, gave a few hundred away to friends, and donated the remainder.  WHEW!

The problem with reading is that we are never talking about reading to learn, we are almost always talking about reading for pleasure, while at the same time nervously worrying about and sneering about the idea that reading is a fun and pleasurable activity instead of a higher calling. We’re very neurotic about this. We aren’t talking about reading a shelf of history books or psychology manuals, we’re talking novels…but what if they’re the wrong novels? Or what if they’re the right novels, but you don’t read them in the right way? Or what if you read Dickens, but you keep wandering off to watch goofy shit on the internet (That’s me).

What winds up happening is, we worry and grumble about people not reading, then turn around and worry and grumble about the sanctity and power of reading, and the way we must approach it with reverence or it might not count or something. And essentially what this does is suck all the pleasure out of reading.

When one chaperone complained [Zelda’s] dance-floor behavior, she pinned a sprig of mistletoe to the seat of her dress and twirled boldly in front of her.

Sometimes Madness is Wisdom pg 46 (via fyeahzeldafitzgerald)

So if a man writes about the same subject as a woman, I think it’s edited differently, I think it’s marketed differently, I think the covers are different. It really does affect the way that it ends up going. So yes, it’s a good thing to talk about who’s getting reviewed, but I also think it’s important to talk about who’s being published and how are they being published. Are we putting a sort of lilac cover with a flower on the cover because it’s now girly and then are we making the man’s cover look like it’s just great literature?

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (via writingquotes)

I’m against suffering, but when it occurs, why waste the experience?

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Damian Lewis takes a selfie on the set of Hilary Mantel's BBC adaptation of Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies.[via]

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Damian Lewis takes a selfie on the set of Hilary Mantel's BBC adaptation of Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies.

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