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Gradually we fitted our disruptive personalities into the contemporary scene of New York. Or rather New York forgot us and let us stay.

Today I turned down the full-time job that I moved back to New York to eventually get, in order to stick it out as a freelancer and finish my Word Document novel.

I am out of my mind, and it feels fantastic, actually.

— 4 days ago with 4 notes

My look for fall 2014 is British school girl with a French mom who may or may not be a witch. 

— 6 days ago

It’s gotten to the point where I feel like living outside the anxious constraints of social media—a conscious decision made over the last few months—has taken on a kind of strange magic, almost as if I am shrouded, constantly, in secrets, except it’s not a secret, it’s just my life.

— 1 week ago with 1 note
Golden Gate Park Super Rose

Golden Gate Park Super Rose

— 1 week ago
"People get so paranoid about fashion,” she said. “Everyone thinks it has to be chaos everywhere. We’re only making dresses. If it doesn’t work, we’ll make another one."
— 1 week ago
San Francisco magic

San Francisco magic

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"Follies and nonsense, whims and inconsistencies do divert me, I own, and I laugh at them whenever I can."

So wrote Jane Austen, BFF from another time to me, and nobody else, because nobody else in the universe—not fancy Oxford phD people, not obsessives who go to her conferences and wear corsets, NOBODY—understands her books the way that I do or loves her as much as I do, though you may continue to read her and love her with all your heart, we accept that, just so long as you acknowledge the fact that she is BFF to me and me alone, forever until the end of time and five minutes past that, thank you.

I’m in the midst of my annual summer reread of Pride & Prejudice, the most perfect, funniest and romantic book ever written! It gets better EVERY TIME! It’s just so delicious. How is it possible that some people don’t know this joy? What’s WRONG with them??????? Ah well, can’t think about that, time to drink another DELICIOUS BOILING HOT CUP OF TEA in AUGUST (air conditioners make NYC too cold!) and READ MORE JANE. TTYL Jane, see you in your book.

"It’s totally normal for your best friend to be an author born in 1775." —Me to me. *

* If I sound slightly crazy it just means you don’t have an annual Summer of Jane rereading party of one which, frankly, is your loss!

— 1 month ago with 2 notes
#jane forever  #jane is the illest  #summerofjane  #bffs for life  #it's normal for your best friend to be an author born in 1775 
Dream house at Rainbow Lake

Dream house at Rainbow Lake

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Rowing on Rainbow Lake

Rowing on Rainbow Lake

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Inspiration at Rainbow Lake

Inspiration at Rainbow Lake

— 1 month ago with 2 notes

She’s back…

(Source: youtube.com)

— 1 month ago
"Jeff Bezos once suggested that Amazon should approach small publishers “the way a cheetah would pursue a sickly gazelle.”"
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Five Freelancer Lifehacks

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(1) Create a digital jpg of your signature and save it so you can insert it into any invoices/contracts. Saves the annoyance of printing, signing, then scanning! Keep track of stories and projects you’ve pitched and gotten assigned in a Google spreadsheet so you know where you pitched and if you got paid. Too much to keep in your own head, and e-mails get lost! But do label those e-mails, so you can find them easily.

(2) Use Boomerang for Gmail (free for up to 10 e-mails a month, you likely won’t need more) to send follow up e-mails so people get them at the right times instead of at 2am when you thought of an idea or remembered you never got paid. Gives off the aura that you are less crazy than you are, even though everyone, including you, knows that you are crazy. Why else would you be a “freelance” “writer” “slash copywriter” “inserting scare quotes into everything you do”?

(3) The Affordable Care Act is not perfect, and it may not have been created for us freelancers, but it does make it possible for us to continue this lifestyle in a manner that offers a feeling of stability and security without paying a $600 COBRA until we die of natural causes. It is important and it’s worth signing up for.

(4) Give yourself permission to write the things that matter to you. If you have a freelance desk job that isn’t your whole heartsoullifeblood, that’s okay. That’s preferred, actually! Because it means you won’t have to write about crap you don’t care about, just to survive. If you’re not getting published in all the “fancy” places, that’s okay. If people ten years younger than you are who are effortlessly beautiful and effortlessly successful and have that effortlessly shiny, Ivy League hair are getting featured on cool podcasts about the writer’s life and humblebragging about their latest New Yorker/Harper’s/New York 4k word feature, that’s okay. (Actually, it’s not okay, that’s fucking infuriating and you hate them, but sometimes good work comes from seething jealousy, once it converts into inspiration.)

Occasionally, it has been said and thought, the writing that matters most (to the person writing the writing and the people who may read it, or not) takes longer than a tweet, 20 minute phone interview, or even week-long pitch-then-frantically-write-to-meet-deadline binge to complete. 

It has been said that the “industry” is changing. That “content” is king. That “longform” is kinda cool, again, nostalgic, even, and why not, people will save it to that app that lets them read 10k words on the subway. That there are new ways and angles to do what you do because it’s all that you know how to do, without feeling like your life, as a writer, is kinda meaningless. It has been said, it has been discovered, by some, that the trick is to write for you. To write what you want, because you want to. Not because it pays. That’s why you have that desk job, remember? That’s why you decided not to pitch stuff that you don’t care about, so that you have the time to do what you do care about, even if you keep inventing reasons not to have the time, still, even if you do. 

(5) So work on that. Work on finding the patience to allow the words to come to you and let them spill out, sometimes terrible and sometimes not half bad, maybe. Work on working on finding “a time to write every day” or at least every week. Work on ways to forgive yourself for typing the worst sentence ever written in the history of words, until the next sentence, lol, that was even worse, let’s watch an episode of The Bachelorette because you are a farce so you should watch a farce and root for the farce to become a real thing with all the “right reasons.” Work on working on it. Even talking about it casually, occasionally, means you’re at least thinking about it, which is better than not thinking or working on it at all. But work on not talking about your “process” whenever someone says “What’s it about?” and continue to fine-tune a polite answer that expresses a combined thanks that they’re asking and seem interested with a vague description of what it is, without going into detail, followed a seamless change of subject, because what the fuck are you supposed to say about your WORD DOCUMENT that is the embodiment of every atom of your being, all your hopes and dreams, the compulsion that sickens and enlivens you at once, etc., you can’t talk about this in public without sounding insane, so stop! But be cool about it. This isn’t the time or the place. You’re just out having some frozen yogurt. You wish it was ice-cream. You wish you were home finishing that book you’re addicted to reading that you wish you wrote, but at least it’s in you now, and somehow, you have faith that its influence will reach the part of yourself that you bury along with the stuff that scares you the most, which is why you’re trying to write about it, which is what you know is the story that you want to tell and that eventually you will.

— 1 month ago with 2 notes
Beloved Saturday reads and accessories of yore: rainbow barrette collection, flowered faux denim scrunchie, happy face “smile” snap bracelet, candy ponytail holder, handmade candy bracelet ft. glow in the dark accent beads, Hello Kitty figurine, The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin (Puffin Books, 1978) 💙

Beloved Saturday reads and accessories of yore: rainbow barrette collection, flowered faux denim scrunchie, happy face “smile” snap bracelet, candy ponytail holder, handmade candy bracelet ft. glow in the dark accent beads, Hello Kitty figurine, The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin (Puffin Books, 1978) 💙

— 2 months ago with 2 notes
More magic from 💫✨Storm King Art Center💫✨

More magic from 💫✨Storm King Art Center💫✨

— 2 months ago with 1 note