1. portraits-of-america:

         “I’ve been in more than 30 accidents in my life: automobile, work-related, fires—all kinds. One time, I was in a burning vehicle and didn’t think I was gonna make it out. I was ready to go to my final home, but I was embraced by an angel. At other times, I broke my leg, my ribs stuck into my lungs, I lost about a third of my blood, my stomach got punctured—every accident was worse.”
         “Do you live dangerously?”
         “No, I’ve never been the cause of any of these accidents. I’ve simply been in the wrong place at the wrong time—every time. Several times, I took people out of burning cars and buildings. One time, I went by a house and saw a funny-looking light at the top of the building. I called the firemen and started walking towards the house and the woman thought I looked like a hippy and yelled, ‘What do you want?’ I said, ‘Ma’am, I don’t want to say it, but your house is on fire.’ She said, ‘Oh my God, I’m watching my grandkids!’ So I went up and got them, and I suffered from smoke inhalation—that kind of stuff. But somebody saves me every time, and I think it’s God. He must have some reason for me to live, but what it is? I have no idea. Every time I come close to being something—an actor, singer, artist, writer—something stops me.”

    Monroe, MI

    (via julystorms)

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  3. Just putting this out there: Have I promised to do anything for anyone that I haven’t done yet? I’m kind of @_@ trying to keep track of everything and dealing with all this new place stuff, just wanted to make sure I haven’t forgotten about anything.

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  5. amielleon said: I actually agree with you about the depression but want to argue about Gone Home. I was really disappointed by Gone Home. It did amazing things with its narrative format and creating wrong but shocking first impressions (my favorite was finding all that stuff about how your family is ~crazy~ and walking into your dad's JFK-conspiracy-theory loaded office). But at heart it's about two high school girls who are opposed by society and run away together. (cont'd)

    imperialgazetteer:

    And aside from being a story I’d read a zillion times before, I also felt that it was faintly “dishonest” (in the literary sense). I did not feel that Sam led the kind of life that would have motivated her to elope for good, and at the close I did not feel that them “running away to be happy together” was the real end of the story. I was disappointed because the story was told in such a brilliant way, but the story itself was such a simple cliche. OTOH the parents’ marital issues seemed real.

    Okay, that seems reasonable — I can see why you’d feel that way. The execution is probably a lot better in general than the content. It’s definitely possible that this elopement is not permanent or might end poorly. Sam just comes across as the kind of person who will instinctively defy authority or do something to prove a point even when it might be against her own longterm interests. Leaving together was clearly a very spur of the moment decision, but I can kind of understand why she’d do it.

    Her parents’ reaction to her essentially coming out to them felt very real to me based on the kind of people they were. Not outright condemnation, but patronising, ignorant denial, thinking that they’re being good and patient and acting in her best interests, and completely not understanding that they have just dismissed a vitally important aspect of their daughter’s identity out of hand.

    Anyway, though, I mostly just objected to the idea that this is a stock “tragic lesbian story”. Whatever cliches it may employ, or whether you think they’ll realistically be happy together in the long term or whatever, I don’t think it’s fair to say that a love story where both of the participants are alive and in love and still together at the end falls into that category.

    Yeah, definitely a case of form over substance, heh.

    Regarding the spur of the moment decision, it isn’t that I feel that it was out of character. It was more of a narrative-level lie, you know what I mean? Like, “this isn’t the situation, but this is the story I want to tell so this is how I’m going to paint it.” I loved the first third of Going Home and grew progressively more lukewarm toward it as time went on. I actually didn’t really like the coming out journal entry, either… the event described was authentic enough but I felt like the wording was the same carefully scripted account used as a poster narrative for gay rights many times over.

    I guess I can understand if you just didn’t like the dismissive label, though. Mark also has many things to say about the careless use of the word “tragic,” haha.

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  7. julystorms:

    amielleon:

    julystorms:

    amielleon:

    julystorms:

    you’re so fcking cute i think you have the cutest nose ever???

    I’m mostly just reminded of the time that guy at work asked me if I had broken my nose before “because it looks like you’ve broken it…a few…times…before…”

    Me: gee thanks mister.

    omg julystorms didn’t you have this same experience. why does this keep happening.

    u feeling ok ammie

    THAT WAS YOU RIGHT? WITH THE WEIRD OLD GUY AT WORK? or am I misremembering, was that infinipede all along

    no, it was me. mr. “eating a woman out is like spaghetti and meatballs” is the one that said it.

    but i was also the one that said that above so i’m confused. WHAT AM I MISSING.

    …….. I MISTOOK YOUR FIRST POST FOR ONE OF NESS’S HOW DID THAT HAPPEN

  8. Tags: #noseception indeed
     
     


  9. julystorms:

    amielleon:

    julystorms:

    you’re so fcking cute i think you have the cutest nose ever???

    I’m mostly just reminded of the time that guy at work asked me if I had broken my nose before “because it looks like you’ve broken it…a few…times…before…”

    Me: gee thanks mister.

    omg julystorms didn’t you have this same experience. why does this keep happening.

    u feeling ok ammie

    THAT WAS YOU RIGHT? WITH THE WEIRD OLD GUY AT WORK? or am I misremembering, was that infinipede all along

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  11. also I am so fucking tired of neutrogena’s acne wash ad, which I swear plays every single time I try to view something on youtube

    edit: legit starting to get annoyed at the sight of bella thorne’s face

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  13. I start work tomorrow and I should really enjoy my last day of freedom and get some writing done or something, but the thing that’s on my plate to write would probably evoke feelings I don’t really want to feel right now because I’m both incredibly happy and also on the verge of anxiety that I’m trying not to let get to me, and Writing That Thing would involves dredging up the full inventory of horrible and anxious feelings.

    Some people talk about putting bad feelings into writing but for me I find that it’s more like you put the knowledge you’ve acquired about bad feelings into writing, but the act of writing itself tends to force you to relive bad feelings more than anything.

    It’s kind of nice sometimes. A lot of the time, actually. But I’m not in the mood right now.

    Sigh. And there are so many words I need to barf out for this.

  14. Tags: #still estimating nearly 20k words #writing
     
     


  15. julystorms:

    you’re so fcking cute i think you have the cutest nose ever???

    I’m mostly just reminded of the time that guy at work asked me if I had broken my nose before “because it looks like you’ve broken it…a few…times…before…”

    Me: gee thanks mister.

    omg julystorms didn’t you have this same experience. why does this keep happening.

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  17. One interesting thing I’ve discovered since semi-separating my cats (I’m only letting Cyril in the bedroom because of Harley’s recurrent issues with relieving herself on my bed… and also pouncing on me while I’m trying to sleep) is that I’ve been blaming the wrong cat for gross kibble backwash in the water bowls. Harley actually keeps her water bowl very clean. The backwash is all Cyril’s fault.

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  19. okay but p5’s protag’s hair is perfect. literally perfect. my favorite kind of hair.

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