do you remember the first time you were called annoying?
how your breath stopped short in your chest
the way the light drained from your eyes, though you knew your cheeks were ablaze
the way your throat tightened as you tried to form an argument that got lost on your tongue.
your eyes never left the floor that day.
you were 13.
you’re 20 now, and i still see the light fade from your eyes when you talk about your interests for “too long,”
apologies littering every other sentence,
words trailing off a cliff you haven’t jumped from in 7 years.
i could listen to you forever, though i know speaking for more than 3 uninterrupted minutes makes you anxious.
all i want you to know is that you deserve to be heard
for 3 minutes
for 10 minutes
for 2 hours
there will be people who cannot handle your grace, your beauty, your wisdom, your heart;
mostly because they can’t handle their own.
but you will never be
and have never been
By now, even my grandmother has probably heard about the guy who raised $10,000 on Kickstarter to make a bowl of potato salad. (Btw, it’s actually $70,000 now, largely due to the publicity he got when he reached $10,000.) The responses I’ve seen have, for the most part, been scornful….
Do not discourage children from reading because you feel they are reading the wrong thing. Fiction you do not like is a route to other books you may prefer. And not everyone has the same taste as you.”
It’s still true. (And I said a lot of other sensible things in the essay it links to.)
I read almost 50 books in 2013. I got to, like, 47 or 48?? I lost track in the last two weeks and fell down an Ernest Hemingway spiral in those cold, bleak winter months.
2014 has been a tougher year for me as a reader. I struggled to get into books in the first half of this…
missa-belle said: Okay, so I'm really trying to stop shopping for books on Amazon, but are we still allowed to buy things from 3rd parties (used books, audio CDs, etc.) My town doesn't have any bookstores, and the local library is limited. (There's a used bookstore in the town where I work, but if they don't have the books I want, they actually order them from Amazon.) Also do you know if Amazon will delay delivery of a Hachette Audio CD from a 3rd party? If not, where do you recommend I buy Audiobooks? Thanks.
Yes! Here is my regular answer which I gave to beerburritowhiskey last week:
Here are links to the awesome stores I mention here that you can BASICALLY treat just like Amazon but they’re NOT Amazon and are thus awesome.
Additionally, you can totally buy from 3rd party sellers though of all the options, I would recommend just finding a new online vendor like one of these. While Amazon is great to do the whole “marketplace” thing, they take about 30% of the sale price of the book you buy which means that if you buy a book for $.01 (because that seems to be the low price on everything I ever tried to sell there [no I don’t sell there anymore]) the person you’re trying to give money to is probably spending more to send it to you what with buying stamps and driving to a post office and standing in line, and Amazon is still making money on a book.
You can frequently find used books through places like Powells - I definitely have in the past.
You might also try out Oyster which is a service I am hearing a lot of good things about from my friends over at bookriot. If you do, let me know how you like it.
you know that thing where you scrunch up your arms and it looks like you have only hands well this one time when i was little i kept it up for 3 days no matter where i was
one time i also pissed off my entire family for 3 days
the last picture i cANT BREATHE