Dmitri Mendeleev might have designed the original periodic table – a graphic representation of all the basic building blocks of the universe – but artist James Harris has done something way cool with that template — the Periodic Table of Storytelling.
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1. You are letting people tell you that you should be doing other things with your time.
2. You can’t live with the level of clean that your family accepts as normal.
3. You haven’t decided to treat your writing seriously and so no one around you treats it seriously,…
6 rules of writing
by Sarah Manguso
Your morning bitch slap, yeah writers!
Last May, I practically shaved my head. I wanted short hair, and I got it. And I loved it. Others seemed to like it too. It was very easy to care for, I could wear a dress and still look feminine, and I thought it was very pretty and cute. Granted, it is growing out a bit because I haven’t gone to my hairdresser for a haircut since May, but I am dying to have my short hair back. Even though my hair now is only brushing my shoulders.
Now, anyone who is up-to-date with trends people are following nowadays, particularly in Hollywood, know that actresses have been trading their long locks for shorter ones. Not only are stars doing this, but many girls across the country are as well.
Hair, in no way shape or form, should determine the looks and attractiveness of a person. Beauty is an opinion. It is not a fact. It is not something as certain as math, or laws in Physics.
Hair also should never be used determine sexuality, or be used as a way to use that as an adjective towards someone or something you know nothing about. As a person who is a supporter of the LGBT community, I know when the word ‘gay’ or ‘lesbian’ is used as a friendly word (in a group of comfortable friends, for example), or a as a derogatory word used to deter someone from doing something that is “frowned upon” or not up to your standards.
With that, I’m not trying to say that long hair is an awful thing. I know many people with long, beautiful hair. And if you want to grow your hair out, or invest in extensions, by all means: go for it! But if you want to try out short hair, don’t be afraid to! It doesn’t make you ugly, it doesn’t make you less of a woman.
It just makes you a person with short hair. You are no less of a person, you are no less of a woman.
And if you are a person who already has short hair, and you keep seeing all of these people talking about girls with short hair, and how immature and less attractive you are: wear your short hair with pride. Flaunt it, dress it up, be proud. You look great. You have lovely hair, no matter what anyone says.
Because we basically ask to come up with fictional worlds and people (not always fictional, anyway, but usually), sit in front of a computer, type up an in-depth story about these fictional characters in these fictional worlds, let the world read it, then hope they like it enough that you won’t get your power shut off that month.
Then, all we do is complain about how much we hate writing, and how our writing sucks.
But, despite all of that, we know that writing is what we were meant to do. And we never stop, because under all of the complaining and stress, we love what we do. We love to write, and we love it more than anything.
As soon as we confess our love though, we go right back to complaining.
Do you realize that there are people out there that are dangerously underweight, and their life is at risk because they can’t gain another pound? And they aren’t skinny because they choose to be; they are skinny because they don’t have a choice. Sometimes, they are ill, and they can’t do anything about it.
Meanwhile, here you are, starving yourself, and you weigh 80 pounds. You weigh that little because you think you need to be; you chose to be this skinny. You are in full control. You think you look better like this.