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When you try to speak
But you make no sound
And the words you want are out of reach
But they've never been so loud
-Marianas Trench, "Beside You"

joie de vivre

be a voice, not an echo

My name is Tegan.

I like words, I like them a lot. I hope for the best but expect the worse. I'm not good at talking about feelings so I post song lyrics, my favourite ones being the ones above. I think too much. I generally write the worlds I want to live in and the characters I wish were real. I find it impossible to be only a casual fan of things. I have a weird explosion of emotion whenever I get nice comments or any kind of compliment.

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Social Media Ambassador 2016-2019

Winner of Trailer of the Year (Movellys 2015)
Winner of New Movellian of the Year (Movellys 2015)
Winner of Movella of the Year (Movellys 2017)

Runner up in The Death House Competition
Winner of The Allegiant Competition (non-fanfiction)
Winner of 3 Good Things Competition
Winner of Movellas-Inspired Fanfiction Competition

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The Rising Author Tag (that I wasn't tagged in)

von , Montag September 24, 2018
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 The Rising Author Tag (that I wasn't tagged in)

The Rising Author Tag

...that I wasn't tagged in

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  • the force of storms

    mumbled "18:46pm"

    hi hello i've been gone for a while due to an extreme mental health crisis and a disinterest in existing and putting words on a page

    it was my eighteenth birthday a few days and I had a brief crisis about getting older, then decided to write a 'bucket list' for this year of my life as a way to refind my sense of purpose. one of those things is to self-publish book two, so I started reflecting a lot on book one.

    'beauty in the breakdown' has now been out for three years. I started writing it five years ago now, back when I was thirteen. I finished most of it that year, too, and it's still strange knowing that friends and strangers have read those words, and that there's a copy of the book in my secondary school library. the story holds a special place in my heart because it's my first novel, and I also despise it was my entire being because it is my first novel, and because I wrote it so young, and because my writing has changed so much since then. it's motivated/inspired/reassured me that book two is going to be something incredibly special.

    i'm not sure where this was going to go, but I disappeared for two months and just wanted to ramble for a bit. I hope you've all been doing good x
    Shaun JH Nightshade
    Look forward to your next book you have the touch :) It's hard to cope with mental health and at the same time write anything concrete down. Hoping that you stay the right side for the future :)
    Lily Anna
    vor 2 Wochen
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    Mental health is so hard to deal with, I can really relate to how it can impact writing and motivation. But it won't feel like that forever! :)
    You're an talented writer, and I really do look forward to reading your next book. Best of luck! x
    the force of storms
    ok i didn't get a notification for any of this but hello guys

    @[Jem Wakefield] thank you!! i'm hoping that it'll be something special, even if it's just for me, but as expected i'm worried about other people reading it just because it's so close to my heart. if you want to redraw that piece, i'd be genuinely honoured - I try to keep up with your work on Instagram and the growth of your art is incredible xD I wish you luck for your publishing process too, whichever route you choose to go down. Publishing is a bit of an intimidating experience but the feeling of holding your own book in your hands is worth it :)

    @[Shaun JH Nightshade] thank you - things are hard but knowing there's support around and that I don't have to be on my own makes it that bit easier. here's to hoping :)

    @[Lily Anna] I was going to comment on your review but I don't think that's proper 'author etiquette' or whatever, so I'm just going to say here that I genuinely appreciate you taking the time to write a review in the first place, and thank you so much for your kind words and the constructive feedback :)
  • the force of storms

    mumbled "i am angry"

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    I don't really look at my YouTube channel much because I haven't uploaded in months, but I checked it today and noticed a comment on a video where I 'review' (more like rant) about a book called 'Show Stopper' that heavily revolves around white people supporting a circus where people of colour are kept as slaved and killed during performances. There are a lot of other issues with the book, but the racism is one of the bigger ones.

    And I checked my comments today and saw this one there (only posted recently) and was filled with so much anger that I have no idea how to react.
    The Intelligence Division
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    Although I haven't read it, I know someone who reviewed it for a publication recently and listening to them talk about it at the time it struck me as a classic case of post hunger-games cash grab.
    That commenter doesn't appear to have understood your observation, let alone your concerns with them; it is a perfectly reasonable stance to be put off a book because of the racism in it, even if that book portrays it as negative or dystopian - it can still be heavy handed, crude, jarring, unfounded, and unnecessary (did I miss any there? I asked my acquaintance about this and she said to mention the completely unrealistic romance, but you already did quite a good job of tearing that one apart).
    vor 2 Monaten
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    I'm a female of color and to see that this person was trying to make it seem that even though the book is fiction and is "set in olden times", racism is okay and it's honestly disappointing. And racism is still a huge issue to this day. People are racist towards one another, it's not just black and white, it's with every race.
    The Intelligence Division
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    But see... the book isn't set in 'olden times' - it's supposed to be a near-future dystopia. But, unlike other fictional dystopias that have taken onboard challenging behaviour and represented it such that we may learn something, are challenged, warned, or what have you, from what I understand both this dystopia and the racism it entails are groundless. As Tegan says in her video, it just isn't explained. For sure you can always pull out the old excuse of 'nuclear bombs' (which I'm not sure this book even does) but complex social hierarchies? They don't emerge from just anywhere. They take explanation, and characters that go against them have to be shown to have tangible reasons for doing so beyond simple naivety. And yet the book hammers on about how racist everyone is and goes into great detail about the vile things they do as a result of that - hence the problem I have with the book's racism. It uses the trait as a source of shock value, and emotion without any explanation, and as such may be considered insensitive and, well, racist.

    Unfortunately, I'm talking out my arse here, as the commenter's grammar is so atrocious that I have very little clue as to what they were trying to say, but I get the impression that they heard 'disagree with racism' and immediately decided (not having read the book) to say the first condescending thing that came to mind.

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