i think this is a good thing though i'm excited


I am so excited!!! This little book (well, 264 pages) has been about 9 months in the making, and it’s finally done. Good grief.

Basically, many of my friends at my undergrad university did Creative Writing with me, and for our final project we had to write a 6k word short story and 2k critical commentary - which, by the way, as someone who has done a Master’s since and written a 20k thesis, was just as hard as writing a standard dissertation. As a surprise to everyone, I sneakily got copies of everyone’s short stories by pretending I just wanted to read them and compare them to mine, and I made them all into an anthology, which I gave to everyone at graduation. It was a really fun project to work on, even though it took ages to proof read the entire thing and design the cover and cry over Word formatting. We called ourselves the Come Along Collective because ‘come along’ was kind of a catchphrase of ours and ‘collective’ sounded professional and artistic. Sue us, we had degrees in this shit.

In June last year, about 3 years after we graduated, we met up (a pretty big deal, seeing as one of us now lives in the US!) and decided to do another anthology. Without the immediate option of including our conveniently timed university dissertation equivalents, we agreed that it would be really fun if we all wrote a short story of between 4-15k words - this is actually why I wrote Here, the World Entire, which appears in this anthology in a slightly shorter form! Since I made that first anthology back in 2013 our friendship group has changed a little, and so one contributor to the first anthology isn’t in this one and we have a new contributor, but that’s OK; it kind of charts the progression of everyone’s experiences since university.

So, over the past 9 months or so, we all wrote a story each, and everyone put their all into their stories, despite being 23-25 now and not having the luxury of time that we used to have, and honestly, the stories are amazing. There’s not a single one in there that I wouldn’t read in a literary magazine. One person didn’t do Creative Writing and was really worried about their story not matching up to the others, but it absolutely does. I did a little cry when I read it because it was so good and the writer didn’t think it was (I think they are now aware that they are actually super talented and should definitely write more). That was one of the reasons I’m so happy to have this physical copy as proof that it’s done, and people who thought they couldn’t do it did do it, and they did it fabulously, because every single person wrote something phenomenal.

There was one person in the group who wasn’t able to write anything because they had a lot going on in their life, and so the rest of us prepared a SUPER SECRET SURPRISE, complete with a secret Facebook group chat (which was literally titled THE ONE THAT YOU’RE SUPPOSED TO KEEP SECRET) in which we collaborated and wrote a story for her instead so that she would still have a story in the anthology. One person wrote a section, then handed it to the next person, and so on. It turned out to be an absolutely hilarious story involving Emily Blunt as an evil sorceress, Jez and Mark from Peep Show as couriers, and our old landlord as an arch villain. It’s pretty rad, not going to lie. That person still gets their name on the cover because the story wouldn’t have been written without them; we basically tried our best to put that person’s personality into a narrative, and that’s why it’s so weird. They are weird, is what I’m saying.

This whole thing was a massive labour of love for all of us. I was literally proof reading it on lunch breaks, and taking graphic design assignments at work so that I could practice for when I made the cover (which I think looks snazzy, if endearingly off-kilter). Everyone was hugely supportive of one another, giving each other prompts and feedback whenever anyone got stuck, and it was such a fantastic experience to make it from start to finish. I’m so, so proud of the end product, and I’m excited to see what our next one will look like!

I have also prepared a super secret special surprise of my own for everyone within this anthology, which I won’t disclose here just in case any of them happen upon this post. It’s rad, though. I’m excited for everyone to see it.

This isn’t available for commercial purchase or anything like that, but it’s a personal project that’s been taking up a lot of my time lately (in a good way!) and it’ll be kind of sad not to have this to work towards. Still, onto the next thing!

instarbuckswithdan  asked:

some people have been saying that it's tumblr that's dead? I mean a few insta account did say that they were thriving and their Twitter followers and insta likes don't really have a significant decrease? I could be wrong idk (also you're great and ily, please don't put yourself down like that! 💕)

i’m honestly not basing it off of my notes but the general atmosphere and content in the phandom atm? it’s just v v different but that’s fine. a lot of people have left but i do think this is just isolated to the tumblr phandom. all fandoms have lulls and stuff but it’s weird to me that there was a time when everyone was super excited about dan and phil even though they hadn’t made content in months and now with a lot of content people are getting bored easily

I have to say goodbye to my pickup today.

I have all the mixed feels.

spacecatz  asked:

it's really late and sometimes i think about what other people are thinking and i wonder what you're thinking about. i'm thinking about how i have work tomorrow. i work with kids. i basically work with small versions of you. that sounded insulting but it wasn't. i'm typing this like we have a friendly correspondence. i hope you're thinking about things that have nothing to do with work, like chocolate. chocolate's good. you're good. sleep well.

hmm. i think about how good five guys burger and fries sounds right now and why they don’t deliver at 2 am. i’m thinking i’m kind of worried that i can’t sleep as much as i used to even though it’s for good reasons (what i mean is- i’m excited and happy about things so i’m not anxious or anything). i’m thinking about i hope my sister does well on her spelling test tomorrow. i’m thinking about five guys burger and fries again.

anonymous asked:

How do entp perceive infj? Overall how do you think their dynamic is?

YAY the INFJ! 

I’m a huge fan of infjs. I’m pretty sure that they’re our natural partners too. (Hold, up, googling… yep) In the least scientific terms, I freakin love infjs. 2 of my closest friends are infjs, and the guy i’m sorta not seeing but call my guy is either an infj or an intj. The dynamic is weird actually now that I think about it. It’s great though.

I met my most recent infj friend at a tour of a cathedral. I’d noticed him already because his face is really nice (but i’m a deep person and I cannot be wooed purely by aesthetics). But I really noticed him because he was bright eyed, kind of animated, but ridiculously quiet. Whenever I said something smart-ass, he always reacted in his eyes. Once we become friends, I’d tell people a bunch of BS, and he’d be sitting there, being the only one not falling for it. 

For example, I was a barbeque, telling a group a people that it’s legal to have pet bears in the states until they’re of certain age to set free. They were eating it up because I can be very convincing, and for some reason, people think I’m reliable. When someone asked me what kind of teddy bear I had, I replied, “Black bear.” My INFJ friend, laying down and basically out of the conversation, snorted and said, “You mean teddy bear.” And then people started realizing that I was lying through my teeth. 

But it’s great because he kind of weighs down how obnoxious I can be while being creative at the same time. 

My infj is such a recluse though, so often times I’m the one to get him out to do things without forcing him to do the socialization. I think he really enjoys our weird conversations– it’s like they excite him and constantly surprise him. 

The dynamic, overall, is a good middle ground. The two types, I feel, bring the best out of each other. INFJ probably holds back the doucbaggery in the ENTP a bit, and the ENTP gets the INFJ more comfortably outside of the house. 

anonymous asked:

Is it an autism thing to really like or just get into arguments/debates a lot? My parents say I'm really opinionated and passionate about things (not even with just my special interests) and when we debate I raise my voice and get rly...excited? And I don't rly let other ppl talk and I seem to repeat the same reasons a lot. I was wondering what you think since I can't find much online!

Oh my goodness, I do the exact same thing!! I never associated it with my autism before though, so I’m actually not sure! Followers, do any of you also experience this or have any clues to what’s going on here?

-Mod Har



I do this too!!! One of my mum’s favourite stories of me as a kid is we were talking about something random and I was being opinionated and she was like wow u have an opinion on everything and I stomped my foot and angrily said yes and so should everyone so yeah I feel this


Ah omg my mom says the same thing about me!! I never thought it could be a part my autism but somehow it makes sense to me??


From what I understand, being really opinionated, having a strong sense of moral right and wrong, and to be really upset about injustices is an autism thing!