“Women shouldn’t be valued because we are strong, or kick-ass, but because we are people. So don’t focus on writing characters who are strong. Write characters who are people." (Ladies of TMI and TID part 1/?)
tmi/tid meme: four objects
tessa’s clockwork angel [2/4]
"Tessa could not remember a time when she had not loved the clockwork angel. It had belonged to her mother once, and her mother had been wearing it when she died. After that it had sat in her mother’s jewelry box, until her brother, Nathaniel, took it out one day to see if it was still in working order. The angel was no bigger than Tessa’s pinky finger, a tiny statuette made of brass, with folded wings no larger than a cricket’s. It had a delicate metal face with shut crescent eyelids, and hands crossed over a sword in front. Nate had exclaimed in surprise that it was still working after so many years. With a shrug he’d given the angel to Tessa. From that moment she had never taken it off; even at night the angel lay against her chest as she slept, its constant ticktock, ticktock like the beating of a second heart."
If no one in the entire world cared about you, did you really exist at all?
tmi/tid meme: six quotes
Clockwork Princess epilogue [1/6]
"And if the Thames that ran beside them, sure and silver in the afternoon light, recalled a night long ago when the moon shone as brightly as a shilling on this same boy and girl, or if the stones of Blackfriars knew the tread of their feet and thought to themselves: At last, the wheel comes full circle, they kept their silence.”