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So I’m two semesters away from graduating with a degree in journalism (maybe three semesters depending on how my internship turns out). In the last three days I’ve begun seriously considering finishing up my English program and having a double major in English and journalism.

Then it’d be off to grad school for my MA, and eventually my Ph.D. An eternity in academia, really.

I was so close to the finish line, but there’s a strong possibility I’m about to become an English major again.

I’m pretty sure thesawcesomeone told me this would happen.

It’s 2 a.m.

I’ve been up since 7:30 a.m. I was exhausted at 9 p.m., but then there was food.

I fell down a Youtube hole, and I’ve been watching videos of “Come On Eileen” for about a half hour. I cannot sleep because there is embarrassing dancing to be done and books to be read.

Sleep is for the weak.

I wonder if it’s too late to change my major from journalism to… however one goes about becoming a Time Lord or companion of the Doctor.

I’ve come to the realization that my dream job is actually “the Doctor” or a companion of said individual. Not an actor playing such a role, mind, the genuine article.

A man has a right to dream, dammit.

pettyartist:

solarpillar:

capyshotas:

fakevermeer:




Test Your Vocabulary: how many words do you know?


Most Native English adult speakers who have taken the test fall in the range 20,000–35,000 words. And for foreign learners of English, we’ve found that the most common vocabulary size is from 2,500–9,000 words.
I scored 21,500 FUCK YES


20800
NOT BAD AT ALL

29,100…
I know less than aza orz
oh well makes sense since scholar and all but still orz
why losing to someone living in a country where English isn’t even the official language when it is the second language here aaaarrrgh
I need to shape up my vocabulary or how else I’m going to keep the fics good enough to trade for virtual dragon babies

32,100
AWW YISSS
What’s funny is that because I have been reading a lot of older works on my kindle lately, I actually learned a LOT of the words on that list from being able to highlight and have my device define words for me.
At least three of the words I was able to define on the list were ones I have read in the Three Musketeers series, haha.

36,100, I’m dissatisfied with the number of words in the second group that I don’t know.

pettyartist:

solarpillar:

capyshotas:

fakevermeer:

Test Your Vocabulary: how many words do you know?

Most Native English adult speakers who have taken the test fall in the range 20,000–35,000 words. And for foreign learners of English, we’ve found that the most common vocabulary size is from 2,500–9,000 words.

I scored 21,500 FUCK YES

20800

NOT BAD AT ALL

29,100…

I know less than aza orz

oh well makes sense since scholar and all but still orz

why losing to someone living in a country where English isn’t even the official language when it is the second language here aaaarrrgh

I need to shape up my vocabulary or how else I’m going to keep the fics good enough to trade for virtual dragon babies

32,100

AWW YISSS

What’s funny is that because I have been reading a lot of older works on my kindle lately, I actually learned a LOT of the words on that list from being able to highlight and have my device define words for me.

At least three of the words I was able to define on the list were ones I have read in the Three Musketeers series, haha.

36,100, I’m dissatisfied with the number of words in the second group that I don’t know.

(Source: scipsy)

hearmerhllor asked
My mother doesn't seem to get that, no matter what 9-5 job I have, my ultimate goal is to be a writer. I'm not yet published, of course, and so she keeps telling me I "don't make money off of writing and shouldn't be wasting time on it," and when I tell her that I WILL make money off of writing once I'm published she won't hear it. But then when I enter writing contests, she asks to read my stories and loves them. I don't get why she does that, and it gets really frustrating. Any advice?

neil-gaiman:

My father was in New York for the 2005 Union Square signing for ANANSI BOYS. He came down to watch the signing. My agent went and said hello to him. They watched the crowds together.

"You must be very proud of him," said my agent.

"I am," he said.

"But you must have always known it would be like this," said Merrilee.

"He wanted to be a writer," said my dad. "I thought I’d be supporting him until he died, or got a real job…"

…advice? Well, if you never write, then she’s automatically right. You won’t ever be a writer. If you DO write, then at least you have a chance…

onesilentpoet asked
Hello Neil, Have you ever written a full book which hasn't been published? If so, how do you feel looking back on it now? Also, looking to the future, if you'd spent thousands of hours researching, writing, and rewriting a book to find you just weren't happy with the finished product, would you publish it anyway?

neil-gaiman:

My first book is sitting in the attic, unpublished. And I’m glad it wasn’t published, because when I came to read it to my daughter, twenty years after I wrote it, I discovered that it wasn’t very good. But I don’t believe a second of the time I spent writing it was wasted.

You’ve got a lot of bad words and awkward plots inside you. Better to get them all down on paper, so the good ones can come out.

misswallflower:

"We come and go, but the land is always here. And the people who love it and understand it are the people who own it — for a little while." - Willa Cather

misswallflower:

"We come and go, but the land is always here. And the people who love it and understand it are the people who own it — for a little while." - Willa Cather