"Conscience is the chaos of chimeras, of lusts, and of temptations; the furnace of dreams; the lair of ideas of which we are ashamed; it is the pandemonium of sophisms; it is the battlefield of the passions…What a solemn thing is this infinity which every man bears within him, and which he measures with despair against the caprices of his brain and the actions of his life!”

(I.VII.iii.)

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Most writers were the kids who easily, almost automatically, got A’s in English class. (There are exceptions, but they often also seem to be exceptions to the general writerly habit of putting off writing as long as possible.) At an early age, when grammar school teachers were struggling to inculcate the lesson that effort was the main key to success in school, these future scribblers gave the obvious lie to this assertion. Where others read haltingly, they were plowing two grades ahead in the reading workbooks. These are the kids who turned in a completed YA novel for their fifth-grade project. It isn’t that they never failed, but at a very early age, they didn’t have to fail much; their natural talents kept them at the head of the class.

This teaches a very bad, very false lesson: that success in work mostly depends on natural talent. Unfortunately, when you are a professional writer, you are competing with all the other kids who were at the top of their English classes. Your stuff may not—indeed, probably won’t—be the best anymore.

If you’ve spent most of your life cruising ahead on natural ability, doing what came easily and quickly, every word you write becomes a test of just how much ability you have, every article a referendum on how good a writer you are. As long as you have not written that article, that speech, that novel, it could still be good. Before you take to the keys, you are Proust and Oscar Wilde and George Orwell all rolled up into one delicious package. By the time you’re finished, you’re more like one of those 1940’s pulp hacks who strung hundred-page paragraphs together with semicolons because it was too much effort to figure out where the sentence should end.

Why Writers Are the Worst Procrastinators - Megan McArdle - The Atlantic

The Why Writing Is So Hard field of psychology is very interesting to me.

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gpoy. fuck “natural talent” in its eyeball. 

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I had natural talent. And I am the worst procrastinator. Fortunately, there are Deadlines.

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I think I’d read this before, but this part just grabbed me:

“The kids who race ahead in the readers without much supervision get praised for being smart,” says Dweck. “What are they learning? They’re learning that being smart is not about overcoming tough challenges. It’s about finding work easy. When they get to college or graduate school and it starts being hard, they don’t necessarily know how to deal with that.”

That was me, through and through, and I’m not even a millenial.

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“The kids who race ahead in the readers without much supervision get praised for being smart,” says Dweck. “What are they learning? They’re learning that being smart is not about overcoming tough challenges. It’s about finding work easy.”

::sighs in recognition::

Talent is not enough. You have to put in the work, too.

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All this.  I was taught “smart” was the only thing about me that mattered, and I would do literally anything, including avoiding doing work at all, if it would keep me from looking stupid.  I’d rather have looked lazy.

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This teaches a very bad, very false lesson: that success in work mostly depends on natural talent. Unfortunately, when you are a professional writer, you are competing with all the other kids who were at the top of their English classes. Your stuff may not—indeed, probably won’t—be the best anymore. 

bury me with a copy of this article. and hopefully a copy of the book i write by, you know, the time i die.

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pilferingapples:

threadbaremillionaire:

I’m sorry this took so long and sorry I can’t draw well tonight!

But this is so great! Look at his pants and his shoes and his friggin’ cocky grin :D

ensignbeedrill:

Javert (Edward Watts) is discovered by Gavroche (Mark Hancock) in Dallas Theater Center’s Les Misérables.

photo by Karen Almond

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ilyone:

kismesister:

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mamasam:

stopthatimp:

nani was NINETEEN and such a fucking badass who was so protective of lilo and just ROLLED with aliens being a thing towards the end of the movie. #1 Disney relative of all time.

I have honestly been waiting AGES for the right gifset to express the wonderful perfection that is Nani. She is not only protective of Lilo, she respects the way Lilo’s imagination and quirkiness works.

Pudge the fish got a peanut butter sandwich every Thursday. Nani does not argue the logic of feeding him, only suggests an alternative sandwich when they are out of peanut butter. Lilo was allowed to take as many photos of whatever mundane or odd subjects as she wanted and Nani would get them developed. Nani recognized what were important habits for Lilo.

When Lilo asks for a pet lobster, Nani does not tell her that lobsters are not pets. She tells her, “We don’t have a lobster door, we have a dog door.” She makes sure the woman at the pound does not tell Lilo that “Stitch is not a real name”.

NANI SPENDS THE ENTIRE MOVIE MAKING SURE THAT LILO NEVER FEELS LIKE HER IDEAS ARE WRONG.

The only time we truly see Nani get angry with Lilo is when she is scared of Lilo being taken away. Nani spends the entire movie stressed out over taking care of her sister, trying to find a job, trying to make sure her sister has a friend, and yet she is always willing to put that extra effort, over and over again, to make sure that Lilo always believes that anything is possible.

This is a great moment because she probably *remembered* that Lilo said this once. And you know what? Shes not ending this day by letting her little sister think this is her fault. She’s not having an easy time trying to be a parent, but she knows none of this is her sisters fault, and shes not going to let her think it is. 

And half of her terror of losing Lilo isnt even just losing her family; its knowing that wherever Lilo goes, they won’t know how to do these things. They won’t understand her. 

What a good movie. 

Casual reminder that the reason Lilo obsessively feeds the fish is because her parents died in a rainstorm and she firmly believes Pudge controls the weather. If you pay attention to the feeding sequence you will notice that storm clouds recede and dissipate, a visual narrative that confirms this.

It’s not just a habit. It’s a very real part of Lilo’s healing process and Nani understands that.

Also if you pay attention to Nani’s room you’ll notice she had surfing posters and trophies. She was very much on her way to being a pro surfer but had to give it up to become the adult Lilo needed her to be.

And not ONCE does Nani show her sister any resentment. It’s worth it to keep her family together. This is a young woman who is willing to sacrifice all of her dreams and make incredibly grown up decisions.

What I am saying is Nani is the best disney princess of all time. Disney Queen even.

Dean De Blois, ladies and gentlemen, genius director and writer of friggin’ amazing nonnormative characters, family and relationships. I may worship that man, a little bit. From Lilo and Stitch to HHTTYD, he really gives us amazing movies. 

We were at the same show and my sister was the one whose hand shot up during DYHTPS! I told her someone online had noticed her and she started giggling. And THANK YOU FOR VOCALIZING MY ANGER AT THE WHOLE EVERYTHING INVOLVING BARRICADE AND AFTERWARDS, there are just NO WORDS for how much wrongness was happening on that stage. by artdalek

artdalek:

cyan-013:

ARE YOU SERIOUS WHY DIDN’T I KNOW THIS WHY DIDN’T WE SEE EACH OTHER D:

seriously there were like, three or four tumblr people at that showing that’s hilarious.

also tell your sister that i loved that it made me laugh. :D

I HAVE SO MANY MORE FEELINGS they just won’t stop it’s awful but i’m too tired to properly articulate rn so eventually there will be another post full of extra details that I missed augh

I know I know, we TOTALLY SHOULD HAVE MET UP AAARGH

I was even looking around going “…i wonder who here has a tumblr. i’m absolutely certain there are going to be people from my corner here and i have no way of identifying them. grr.”

UGH do you know I know of at least four of us were there

like you, me, someone else who reblogged my thing, and the guy behind lesmistcr? like WHAT how ridiculous

japhers:

silly comic with vampires and their human make-up artist friends

anxiety can go die in a fire <3

shorthairedsif:

every deleted scene from the thor movies is a treasure and should never have ended up on the cutting room floor

toph beifong (avatar: the last airbender)
土  I am the greatest Earthbender in the world! Don't you two dunderheads ever forget it!

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Vilnius, Lithuania (by flavijus)

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Vilnius, Lithuania (by flavijus)