i can only aspire to be as great

I am no fan of the aspiration to do original work. First of all, that creates an enormous amount of anxiety, and secondly, it is an impossible aspiration, because there’s no such thing as original work. If you show me a piece of artwork that everybody heralds as being totally original, I will bring in ten academics and critics who will look at that work and tell you from where that person drew their inspiration, who they had been reading, what painter they had seen … I’m much more interested in the chain of influence than I am in the narcissism of originality. The only way that you can create authentic work is to, with great humility and great faith and great curiosity, follow your own inquisitiveness, wherever it takes you, and trust that whatever comes out of you will feel original. That while other people may have done the same thing, you didn’t do it yet, and as soon as you do it and put your mark on it, it will, by its own right, start to feel original, as long as it has that authentic heart.
—  Elizabeth Gilbert
Something

I don’t want to be the most important thing in someone’s life,
I just need to have someone give a fuck that I’m in it.
Is it too much for me to have at least one person remember that I’m there,
That maybe I wanna talk,
Maybe I need someone to talk to.
I don’t need to be the only reason you laugh,
But it’d be nice if I was a factor.
I wouldn’t dare hope to be the only thing that can make you smile,
But the thought that I can do so might keep me going for a while.
I know I’m not worth much,
But can you spare a beggar a glance,
Or perhaps a word?
I would never Aspire to be your last dance,
But it’d be a great honor to at least be on the card.
I’ve spent so long barred from everything,
Whether it be of my own volition or not,
I cannot say.
But what I know is,
I need to matter to someone,
Before there’s grey matter splattered all over this wall,
My cranium in tatters,
Skull shattered,
The dull pitter patter of my blood leaking from the hole in my head.
Look,
Someone does care.
Granted it’s just the janitor,
Here to clean the wall,
Oh well,
At least it’s something.

anonymous asked:

Your zackray fics and headcannons are sooo gooooddd~ Aaahh, you are the best writer, srsly. The way you've cracked open the characters and brought out the core of their personalities and motives is just spot on. I can only aspire to be as good at writing as you~ Keep up the good work! ♡✧( ु•⌄• )

AAAAAH THANKS AAAAH QAQ this ask made my day, it’s really heartwarming <3

THANK YOU THANK YOU <3 <3 AAAAAAAAH

Don’t worry I’m sure you’re already a great writer! >:D <3 <3 

I’LL KEEP ON DOING MY BEST!

Originally posted by tana-the-dreamchaser

levanthe  asked:

Congrats on 500! You blog is amazing and I *love* the yellow accents, it's one of my favorite colors and I only aspire to use it as well as you do. Can I get a blog rate for my hp @burkesandborgin please? My name is Faye, and my favorite character is Prof McGonagall! She's such a badass and unproblematic great person, a cat lady, and her ability to deal with assholes truly inspires me. And I always think people good at transfiguration must be imaginative so maybe she's secretly a romantic??

omg youre too sweet!!!!! thank you so much ah!!!! and yes i’ll rate your hp account also yes mcgonagall truly an icon for me tbh and i love the idea of her being really imaginative/creative!!! 

name aesthetics: Rosey red coloured lips, afternoon drives with the windows down, the satisfaction of popping bubble wrap, fiercely loyal to your friends, bath bombs + scented candles, soft hands

url: ehh | nice | i love omg | holy shit how did you get that

icon: okay | alright | very nice | wow that’s great i lov

theme: default | nice! | beautiful | fuckign give me the code

posts: not my thing | good content | very very nice wow | i aspire to have posts like yours

following: no but ur still an amazing bean | wow i am now! | yes <3 | ofc im following u! i would never unfollow tbh

comments/advice: wow i dont know how im not following you already youre amazing??? also your edits are pretty and i love the neville valentines imagine you just did!!!!!!!!

want one?

Can we talk about Rowan Blanchard for a sec?

This girl is a mere fourteen years old.

And not that there’s anything wrong with that it’s just pretty uncommon to be so outspoken about social and political opinions at that age for any gender.

But this girl. THIS GIRL, is a feminist who not only supports planned parenthood, supports women health rights, supports legalizing prostitution (as it should be legal, everyone is entitled to make a living however the hell they want), supports marriage rights, supports other young feminists specifically colored ones because she acknowledges the issues with white feminism, IS A DISNEY CHANNEL STAR WHO HAPPENS TO IDENTIFY AS QUEER, but is so humble, kindhearted and greatly under-appreciated.

She is an aspiring young lady who has a great mind, and I can’t wait to see the wonderful things she will grow up to do.

She is the girl ya’ll need to watch the fuck out for because she’s gonna be running this country one day.

Guest Post from Pouya

My colleague, uber-agent Suzie Townsend, has consistently stated on this Tumblr that the only thing that matters for aspiring authors is whether you can keep the reader interested enough to keep reading. Interestingly enough, my old friend Geoff LaTulippe (screenwriter of the fantastic and criminally underrated GOING THE DISTANCE), directed his thoughts on this topic at aspiring screenwriters last week that made the exact same point. Below are some great pull quotes from him, and to put it in context, Geoff wrote it in regard to the following article:
http://www.indiewire.com/article/why-story-structure-formulas-dont-work-20150826

“@DrGMLaTulippe: I’ve stated this many, many, many times before, but it very much bears repeating: your ONLY job as a screenwriter is to keep the reader interested and entertained, from the first page to the last page. Captivated, engaged, and starving for more. That’s it. Your only. Job.

HOW you accomplish that? That’s a much bigger conversation, and it’s predicated upon many, many, many different factors (lots of “manys”). In fact, it’s at pointless exercise to try to advise the collective on such a thing. What works for one writer/script may not for another.

There are no rules. There are a few standards, and there are philosophies, and there are approaches. But there are no “rules”. Get the ideas of “rules” straight out of your head. Now. And forever.

It helps to know about Three Act Structure. It helps to be aware of inciting incidents and plot points and what they mean and distinguish. It also helps to know that rarely, if ever, does a script call for all of them. And sometimes a script calls for none at all.

That’s a long way of saying: without reading it, I can’t tell you which “rules” work for your script and which don’t. No one can. But what I can tell you is this, again: your one and only job as screenwriter is to compel your read to keep turning the page. Fin.

That should be a completely liberating concept to a writer. You can literally do whatever you want - as long as you make it work. And yeah, making it work is the hard part - way, way, way (many “ways”) easier said than done.

You think you’re looking for instruction, but you’re not. What you’re looking for is permission. What you need to do is study. And write. Study and write. And you’ll give *yourself* permission to create whatever you want, however you want to create it.

No one can tell you how to write. No one can “teach” you how to tell a story. Some can help you refine your instincts or your mechanics. You gotta learn on your own how to communicate the things you want to say. And the sooner you figure that out, the better writer you’ll be.

The next step after that? Learning how to accept and absorb criticism from the people who know what they’re doing.

For now, go be free and tell tales. Figure out what works for you and what doesn’t. Read and write. Hope my little diatribe was helpful.”

So, tonight on my walk/run, I took my headphones out and just tried to pour some thought into my fitness struggles lately. 

My problem is with food intake, not with working out. I don’t mind working out, actually love it most of the time, so that’s totally not a problem.

Of course, this isn’t big news to me. I know this, I’ve just been at a loss of how to motivate myself to really get back on track for very long. I can do it for a few days, but if I don’t see results (on the scale), I get discouraged and slip back into some bad habits.

One thing that occurred to me tonight on the walk was that I really “only” have about 40 pounds to lose … even 30 would be great.  I don’t aspire to be a size 6 or 8; I’m be tickled with 12 or even a solid 14. There were many times in my life that I would give my eye-teeth to only have 30-40 pounds to lose! 

The problem is that I’ve been hovering around this same mark for so long that it’s starting to feel insurmountable.  I need to try and not think about how long I’ve been stuck in this range, but rather rejoice in the fact that I’m honestly closer to my goal weight than I’ve been in many, many years. 

I know i can do this. I just need to do it … as Nike would say. 

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This is quite a long interview but well worth the watch- I’ve loved Brandon Flowers since I was around 14, and initially it was in that weird, bedazzled, starstruck way that all teenagers adore the frontmen of the bands that they’re obsessed with. However the older i’ve gotten and the more interviews i’ve watched, I’ve begun to revere him in a way that goes beyond him just being a really attractive guy- not only is he really articulate, but I feel like he is constantly striving to achieve his vision of perfect music, and its a passion that’s pushed him to make great music with and without The Killers. Especially here when he talks about becoming a prolific and thus more skilled writer, and the difficult art of storytelling, even though its in the context of music and songs its concepts that as an aspiring journalist/creative i can really identify with. Over time i’ve gotten the sense that he’s sometimes critical of himself, but that overall he just wants to be good at what he does, and I really admire that.

Okay i’m gunna round off this super long speech now, I’m just finding it weird how your perspectives of people really change with age.