Julie K. Rose

Author (Oleanna, The Pilgrim Glass). Fangirl (SF Giants, Doctor Who, among so many others). Check out my other Tumblrs: Oleanna and The Pilgrim Glass.

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  1. "Write from the soul, not from some notion about what you think the marketplace wants.The market is fickle; the soul is eternal."
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    Jeffrey Carver (via maxkirin)

    Amen

     
     
  2. (Source: rileyjanelle)

     
     
  3. "As I write this, my wife is in the final stage of her pregnancy. Twice this week we’ve been sure our third child was arriving, and spent a night at the hospital before the contractions faded away and we sloped off home to wait some more. Our baby is a diva and a drama queen. Or maybe, like an actress contemplating her opening night, she’s just a little bit frightened of stepping on to the stage. Whichever she is, even if I know she’s made out of green tea and tangerines and biscuits, I’m looking forward to meeting her. These sleepless nights my wife and I have spent together in battered delivery rooms, on blue linoleum floors, under strip lights, quietly talking, have reminded us what a mystery this thing is. Out of atoms scrounged from the cosmos a human life has been formed. Put your hand on the right place and you can feel her heels drumming. Any time now she will be born and we will love her, maybe only for an hour or maybe for many years, until she or we must return our atoms into space. This is what it is. This quietly waiting in hope. For a life. For the time being. For seven pounds of stardust, borrowed from the dark."
    — 

    Chris Cleave, from his long-running column in The Guardian, Down With The Kids.

    Read the whole thing. Really.

    (via suzysuzysue)

     
     
  4. kelbebop:

    gailsimone:

    lawebloca:

    Friends

    I almost died just now.

    Snoopy and Charlie Brown IRL.

     
     
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  6. proustitute:

Annan James Craig, The Dark Mountains, 1904

    proustitute:

    Annan James Craig, The Dark Mountains, 1904

     
     
  7. "It’s messing people up, this social pressure to “find your passion” and “know what it is you want to do”. It’s perfectly fine to just live your moments fully, and marvel as many small and large passions, many small and large purposes enter and leave your life. For many people there is no realization, no bliss to follow, no discovery of your life’s purpose. This isn’t sad, it’s just the way things are. Stop trying to find the forest and just enjoy the trees."
    — 

    Sally Coulter 

    (via annesteele)

    Very, very, very true. Even into my 40s it messed with my head. Then someone turned me onto the idea that one should think about callings rather than purpose/passion/knowing what you want to do. You may be called to write this year. You may be called to walk the Appalachian Trail next year. You may be called to volunteer at the Humane Society the year after that. And maybe all at the same time. It sure takes a hell of a lot of pressure off, and then you can just focus on loving what you love.

    (Source: tv-in-black-n-white)

     
     
  8. torrilla:

    ……

    According to “Joss Whedon: The Biography,” in stores August 1, Hiddleston, who plays antihero Loki in the film, wrote Whedon a heartfelt email after reading Whedon’s draft for the first time.

    We’ve published Hiddleston’s letter in full along with Whedon’s response with permission from Chicago Review Press below.

    Joss,

    I am so excited I can hardly speak.

    The first time I read it I grabbed at it like Charlie Bucket snatching for a golden ticket somewhere behind the chocolate in the wrapper of a Wonka Bar. I didn’t know where to start. Like a classic actor I jumped in looking for LOKI on every page, jumping back and forth, reading words in no particular order, utterances imprinting themselves like flash-cuts of newspaper headlines in my mind: “real menace”; “field of obeisance”; “discontented, nothing is enough”; “his smile is nothing but a glimpse of his skull“; “Puny god” …

    … Thank you for writing me my Hans Gruber. But a Hans Gruber with super-magic powers. As played by James Mason … It’s high operatic villainy alongside detached throwaway tongue-in-cheek; plus the “real menace” and his closely guarded suitcase of pain. It’s grand and epic and majestic and poetic and lyrical and wicked and rich and badass and might possibly be the most gloriously fun part I’ve ever stared down the barrel of playing. It is just so juicy

    I love how throughout you continue to put Loki on some kind of pedestal of regal magnificence and then consistently tear him down. He gets battered, punched, blasted, side-swiped, roared at, sent tumbling on his back, and every time he gets back up smiling, wickedly, never for a second losing his eloquence, style, wit, self-aggrandisement or grandeur, and you never send him up or deny him his real intelligence…. That he loves to make an entrance; that he has a taste for the grand gesture, the big speech, the spectacle. I might be biased, but I do feel as though you have written me the coolest part.

    … But really I’m just sending you a transatlantic shout-out and fist-bump, things that traditionally British actors probably don’t do. It’s epic.

    Whedon wrote back with a simplistic response:

    Tom, this is one of those emails you keep forever. Thanks so much. It’s more articulate (and possibly longer) than the script. I couldn’t be more pleased at your reaction, but I’ll also tell you I’m still working on it … Thank you again. I’m so glad you’re pleased. Absurd fun to ensue.

    Best, (including uncharacteristic fist bump), joss.

     
     
  9. what-a-nice-blog:

    CAN I JUST SAY TO ANYONE SUFFERING WITH MENTAL ILLNESS YOU ARE ONE BADASS MOTHER FRICKER BECAUSE NOTHING IS MORE TERRIFYING THAN BATTLING WITH YOUR OWN MIND EVERY SINGLE DAY

     
     
  10. freewillastrology:

    Psychiatry obsesses on what’s wrong with people and gives short shrift to what’s right. The manual of this profession is a 991-page textbook called the *DSM-V.* It identifies scores of pathological states but no healthy ones.

    My readers have helped me compile material for a proposed antidote,…