Lately everything is a distraction. But I think that’s okay, because it must mean I’m paying attention.
"Being a writer is like having homework every night for the rest of your life."
Lawrence Kasdan (via overused-typewriter)
This is more true than I want to admit.(via lauriehalseanderson)
preparatorytoanythingelse asked: Once you get this you must share five random facts about yourself. Then pass this on to your ten favorite followers.
1. I’ve been blogging since 2004 and still maintain a traditional (whatever the hell that means) blog (heatherezell.com). I shut it down sometimes when I feel too exposed or whatever, as I can’t seem to write anything without overdoing it, but I’m getting over that. I am what I am. Last week, my grandma proclaimed she checks it weekly. Fabulous. I just hope she doesn’t go back to the entries I posted at 17. In result to that (not so frequently updated) blog, I really only use Tumblr to repost quotes and share photos and feed my social media addiction.
2. I’m currently in thesis block. I should be—dun dun dun—working on my thesis. Don’t ask me how that’s going.
3. From when I was 17 to 20, I moved at least every four months.
4. It’s currently 16 degrees and yet I can’t stop thinking about how much I’m going to miss Colorado after I graduate this spring.
5. I have severe insomnia. The longest I’ve gone without sleep—no dozing off, total consciousness, despite hours of attempts—was 5 days in 2009 (most recently was last spring, four days). I hallucinated, was rushed to urgent care, and prescribed a medication that required a form of suicide watch, and then finally—finally—was knocked out. I was first prescribed sleeping medications at 10. I hate that doctor. I’m now dependent.
I’ve tried close to everything within means. Acupuncture, mediation, sleep tracks, alternative beds, baths, no electronics after 8 pm, no caffeine period, etc etc etc. Without pills, it doesn’t happen. And without sleep, obviously, life kind of collapses. When I’m not employed or in school, I embrace it—don’t try to sleep, just write, stay calm—but sadly I’m no longer a high school drop out teenager.
One day, if I ever have the funds, I hope to go to treatment, but as it is my dependency is in a manageable place and doctor “approved.”
Anonymous asked: what genre of books are your favorite?
I’m probably most at home in (YA) contemporary (the rawer, the better), but I also adore memoirs, (urban and not) fantasy, lit, classics, all YA, all anything, beyond. Usually I’m game if a book has a sharp voice, genuine characters, and an intriguing situation.
Anonymous asked: hi!! secret santa i was just a little confused on which address i should send the present to? if you could answer a soon as possible because i wanted to send your gift this week :)
At this point, I’d say use the CA address :) I’m only in Colorado for a bit longer.
"One reason that people have artist’s block is that they do not respect the law of dormancy in nature. Trees don’t produce fruit all year long, constantly. They have a point where they go dormant. And when you are in a dormant period creatively, if you can arrange your life to do the technical tasks that don’t take creativity, you are essentially preparing for the spring when it will all blossom again."
Marshall Vandruff, one of the best teachers I have ever had, on artist’s block. Said during a webinar done on Visualarium to advertise his upcoming online course on animal anatomy (source links to webinar) (via pale-afternoon)
THIS QUOTE HELPS SO MUCH OMG
Yes! Writing requires time what I think of as “time when the stew is simmering” and you are off doing things … For me, this is when I throw myself into a blur of exercise, organize closets, weave, weed garden, paint the bathroom.
While I’m off enjoy physical tasks and Establishing Order, the book is bubbling/the flavours in the stew are mixing and mingling, and when I return to it, it’s ready. If I try to force it, it is quite like eating stew that isn’t ready. It makes me feel sick & miserable. Don’t do that :)(via melissamarr)
is there a Black Friday deal for college tuition or is that not a thing
"Writers end up writing about their obsessions. Things that haunt them; things they can’t forget; stories they carry in their bodies waiting to be released."
"Your intuition knows what to write, so get out of the way."
Ray Bradbury. (via seashellll)