Black Star Shine

NaNoWriMo mode for the next month. bring it on.


instead of calling someone a “grammar nazi”, why not try:

  • word nerd
  • syntax whiplash
  • fuckin geek
  • speech preacher
  • punctuate infatuate-er
  • ~Lord English~

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Kiersten Long performed my prose pierce at a forensics tournament @ Geneva College in Beaver Falls, PA. She placed first in Prose at this tournament and I’ve always wanted to share this with people, but I feel like it’s more fitting now that I’ve published the piece on the web through various sites for free. 




Look up “Jayna Ostler” on any other eReader site for more possible ways to download it. 



talk street magic to me

drawing power from the metro lines

illusionists busking illegally, shimmering lights disintegrating as they run

plant mages tending tiny rooftop and windowbox gardens

elementary school kids learning basic sigils on the playground

wixen taking a while to key into the magic in new cities when they move

alchemists dealing on the side to support their experiments

middle schoolers making friendship talismans and amulets for everyone

numerologists who’ll do your math homework for $5 or divine your fortune for $10

kids mass-texting luck and speed spells when their parties get broken up by the cops

Hell yeah, let’s talk about magic.

Like elementary kids learning silly (or inappropriate) charms from each other on the bus, the same way we learned our first swear words. Clapping games across the bus aisle, but with spells instead of rhymes.

Worrying that your friend is getting into dark magic, but not knowing how to talk to them about it. Intervention programs for kids abusing hexes and runes, because magic has given them control over something for once in their life, and they’re starting to make some dangerous choices.

Psychic teachers knowing when you’re cheating. Knowing when you’re having trouble with homework. Or at home. Knowing when you need tutoring or an AP course because you’re just not being challenged or a different teaching method because you can’t process what you’re learning in class no matter how hard you try, and the teacher tells you it’s okay, they know. They know.

Magic graffiti. Graffiti in wild places, and graffiti that vanishes when certain people roll by like the police. Or graffiti that only appears when the police walk by to insult them. Murals. Swirling, living murals on the sides of buildings. Murals that—if you listen closely—can be heard, not just seen.

In the evenings, kids hiding out in someone’s backyard or an alley passing around a joint and casting minor illusions to watch while high.

Chalk artists making works that are so realistic, they come to life off of the sidewalk.

One man bands in the park, with instruments floating around playing themselves.

Punk concerts in empty lots with amped out music and lights, but noise-cancelling spells and illusion hide them in plain sight from anyone outside of the lot.

Mediums predicting people in need, and making sure to be there at just the right moment to lend them a helping hand. “You seem upset, do you need to talk?” “Oh, you’re a dollar short? No, don’t put the milk back; I’ll cover you.” “You really ought to try taking your resume to this store. Trust me.”

Necromancers in forensics speaking with the dead to solve homicides and cold cases. Living lie detectors as beat cops and detectives and DEA agents.

Strangely cheap five star food diners that bake actual love into their apple pie, and they always know your dietary restrictions without being told.

Service golems in various sizes and shapes, making sure their magic users aren’t crowded, get medical attention, go where they need to, etc. They don’t get distracted, they can be hollow to hold things like medications, and in rare instances, they seem to develop loving attachment to their users despite not being alive.

Little old landladies who dabble in witchcraft brewing homeopathic remedies for people in their apartment complex.

Street magic is an amazing concept.

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"Book Nerd" Tea Light Sample Pack from Frostbeard Studio.

The “Book Nerd” Sample Pack offers six different tea light testers of our Book Lovers’ Candles. These candles are completely original scents inspired by the smell of nerdy books, their settings and characters. 

Scents Included:

  • Shire - Oakmoss, clover, aloe, and a hint of pipe tobacco. Refreshing and earthy.
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  • Winterfell - Pine tree and firewood. The perfect cozy, Winter fragrance.
  • Mockingjay - Scotch pine and cinnamon. Warm and woodsy.
  • Cliffs of Insanity - Sea mist fragrance oil and Caribbean teakwood.
  • Sassenach - Lavender, thyme and basil. Refreshing herbal mix.

Buy yours here!

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questions to ask about your favourite character

  • if u gave them an office chair would they spin around on it and wheel around the room
  • how many selfies do they take
  • how much do they yell during a mario kart game

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Excerpt from page 43.

Don’t miss out on my novel, Swallow, as it follows high schooler, Ashton Cooper, as he tries to figure out his life and meets this annoying girl, Kaelee Maverick, who is insistent on helping him. Swallow is available on many different channels like, Barnes and Nobel, Amazon, iBooks, and many other great sites in both eBook and Paperback form. 






Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader - not the fact that it is raining, but the feeling of being rained upon.

—E. L. Doctorow (via maxkirin)

(via the-masked-writer)

Children’s and YA books are about being brave and kind, about learning wisdom and love, about that journey into and through maturity that we all keep starting, and starting again, no matter how old we get. I think that’s why so many adults read YA: we’re never done coming of age.

—Betsy Cornwell, interview in Uncommon YA (via betsycornwell)

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