It’s ok to admit that the past has a hold on you, that it bleeds into your future sometimes. By pointing this out, I’m not painting your future black. I’m telling you that the future will be richer if the past is included there.
More words of wisdom from Ask Polly.
I’m still watching Downton S4 with mcabain, but — am I the only person who saw the entrance of Charles Blake and Evelyn Napier and thought “oh, they’re doing the Parks and Rec plot now?” 
Two good-looking men show up to tell Downton it’s going bankrupt, and one of them’s a gloom-and-doom stats nerd with a sense of humor and the other one is perpetually optimistic but can’t find anyone to love him?
Cite your sources, Downton!

I’m still watching Downton S4 with mcabain, but — am I the only person who saw the entrance of Charles Blake and Evelyn Napier and thought “oh, they’re doing the Parks and Rec plot now?” 

Two good-looking men show up to tell Downton it’s going bankrupt, and one of them’s a gloom-and-doom stats nerd with a sense of humor and the other one is perpetually optimistic but can’t find anyone to love him?

Cite your sources, Downton!

zeinmelek said: How did you manage to get magazines to take your work seriously at 15? I've had a lot of trouble on that front, and promises from editors often lead nowhere. You are such a huge inspiration! (ngl i'm also jealous) xx

arabellesicardi:

I didn’t try to convince them, I just did the work and proved myself on my own terms in public and they came to me to buy things I’d previously published and assigned me things they knew I’d be capable of because they knew I could deliver.  I was precocious, I’m not here to write some bullshit fashion reviews at a show, I have no intention of miming other fashion writers for legitimacy. I just wrote about what I knew — I think this is important. As a young writer, what do you know? Not to be an asshole: but what perspective are you bringing to the plate that someone else isn’t? And is your work mostly just tearing down others? This is a thing I notice in young writers right now; their production is mostly criticism of the content treadmill as it stands which 1. does say something for sure 2. isn’t adding something entirely new to the conversation 3. burns bridges before you build your own. 

The thing is I am finding from young writers pitching to me, is that the ideas are very much there, but a lot of them are just not good enough writers yet to get to the point — they’re either writing too personally or they’re writing in a voice that isn’t theirs. It takes quite awhile to find your writing voice, and then some finesse to adjust your voice to a publication. This comes with practice — and magazines could pay a seasoned writer to do that over a young gun who hasn’t finished AP English yet. That being said: age isn’t an indicator of how good a writer you are, for sure. There are a bunch of shitty middle aged writers with a buncha bylines. However, there are just as many fifteen year old writers who still need the finessing and need to build up clips. You must have clips before you pitch anywhere. Write on your own, who cares. But if you don’t have anything to show an editor they have no reason to let you run with a story. I have also found younger writers to be vastly more unreliable — school obligations push back deadlines. Older and more established writers would be mortified to do so because they recognize the long game and the fact this paycheck could lead to future paychecks which gets the rent paid. Your editors don’t really care about your finals, y’all. Not that we don’t wish you well on them, but if you’re going to say you can write something on time, you should communicate in an orderly fashion that you can’t do it and not say “finals” like it’s the equivalent to “the dog ate my copy” when someone checks up on you. You promised to do a job. Be responsible. 

All things considered — I am still ride or die for seeing young guns take over mastheads. But you do still have to put the hours in and perfect your writing and professionalism. I myself am not perfect at it, but I mean, I’m still doing better than most. 

"I didn’t try to convince them, I just did the work and proved myself." 

Okay, so the “thing I most want” right now is one of those fitness+sleep+activity+goals bracelet, e.g. the FitBit, the FuelBand, the Jawbone UP.
I might be able to add one of these into my life next month, especially the FitBit which is the lowest priced and therefore the smartest financial choice???
Tell me — will I be disappointed? And is there an actual difference between these goal bracelets that I should be aware of?

Okay, so the “thing I most want” right now is one of those fitness+sleep+activity+goals bracelet, e.g. the FitBit, the FuelBand, the Jawbone UP.

I might be able to add one of these into my life next month, especially the FitBit which is the lowest priced and therefore the smartest financial choice???

Tell me — will I be disappointed? And is there an actual difference between these goal bracelets that I should be aware of?

I don’t care
What those editors say
Let the notes rage on
Structural corrections that don’t affect a piece’s overall meaning never bothered me anyway.

When you adopt a cat from the shelter, the volunteers will always try to sell you on the ancient one-eyed cat who needs 4 injections a day and an expensive diet of special food. It is okay to keep saying “I’d like a healthy, young cat with no known medical issues.” That one-eyed cat is somebody’s special perfect cat, but you don’t really even know that cat yet, you don’t already love it, and it doesn’t have to be yours.

The great Captain Awkward, on taking up responsibilities that are outside our boundaries.

Leave the thing you awkwardly feel like you’re “supposed” to want for the person who truly wants it.

bearhatalice:

Hey Alice, what happened to The Yearbook Office?

We are on an unexpected summer break. My day job got pretty intense all of a sudden, Josh has been busy entertaining the nation and the rest of the contributors have been off making summer memories by jumping into lakes or something.

We will be back the week of August 25th, with something new every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Just in time for the new school year to begin!

In addition, I am happy to announce that we are going to be doubling our rates for contributors! If you have been thinking of submitting a pitch, now is the time. You can find out more about our submission guidelines here. I would love to hear from you.

SO EXCITED.

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