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It's Been a Long Week

Sat Jul 12, 2014, 2:24 PM


Just pretend this whole journal is one big sigh, okay?

The last five days, Russ has been at my house nearly 24/7. It was my brother's week with him and he was supposed to get this time off from work, but that didn't happen. So most of my week was spent taking care of little man, keeping him entertained, taking him places, and so forth. I'll have to do it again in the week after next. He's cute and all, but can also be a brat; either way, it's very draining.

So I'm also behind on my mail surprises - I didn't want to get my crafting materials out while he was still here. I'm making as many as I can this weekend :D Some of you probably already have yours. I also bought more stamps recently, so that should tide me over as well. I hope no one was expecting something super-awesome out of these - they're really just little handmade hellos :) I've already written out the last four addresses and will have them mailed on Monday.

My roadtrip to Blytheville has been cancelled - Mary Ellen's mother took a fall bad enough to land her in the hospital, so she went to take care of her for a while. In the meantime, Doc has come up with a new radio project for me to work on. The Facts About Fiction we did have been picked up by a larger station and we're now working on something in a similar vein for a show he's dubbed "Book Reports." There's a lot of attention on kid's literature and "adult" (for lack of a better term) literature, but no one is doing anything with adolescent literature. So that what they show will be focused on. I've already got one script on Jaclyn Moriarty down and plan to write one for Wendy Mass tonight. Doc is hoping to get those on a bigger station as well, and maybe I'll get some writing credits to put on my resume.

And now, pictures:

Took Russ to an aquarium; he kept pointing out the lionfish.

There was also a tortoise loose in the aquarium named Slowpoke, or Pokey. It took a while to convince little man that there wasn't anything to be afraid of and even more prompting to get him to sit still long enough to snap a picture.

Cupcakes here are like, two bucks. Do you know how cheap that is? Any other bakery wants at least $3.50.

Little man stayed in my room all week. I stole the air mattress from my parents and shuffled my stuff about so there would be enough room. That's my closet door back there, so don't worry about getting hit with the door :P

Obligatory sunset photo :XD:

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worldlymy father has europe and asia painted on
tawny skin, the scent of shanghai in his
nostrils and hazel eyes afire with amsterdam
my father has seen dunes
deserts, vast oases of concrete,
flown over fathoms and watched
steam curl slowly from turbines
thousands of miles away from the familiar
taste of morning teacups and the clink
of spoons in ceramic
his daughter exhales england, the scent of
wood burning and 3am. she dreams of london,
berlin, vienna, sofia, rome, copenhagen,
budapest and minsk and riga, helsinki and stockholm.
each plane overhead is a breath of belgrade
or dashes of denmark:
his daughter will one day wake up
on the wrong side of the bed a thousand
miles away drenched in brisk air, smiling
with her own face on
My Words are a Waste of PaperI tend to buy journals
and leave their pages blank.
They are a collection of
beautiful covers and waiting lines
that I don’t want to mar
with the sin of my
crowded letters and ink smears.
They say that every word has a meaning
(some two or three),
but my soul has never spilled out
any with worth.
Every letter I put down
makes me want to rip a page out,
but then it’ll no longer be a goal;
instead, it’ll be broken and ugly
just like me.
i forbid youyour brittle bones beg for bullets-
and i deny you the painful pleasure
you are swallowing pills not to feel better-
but to feel nothing

happily ever after? not really.cinderella is dead,
prince charming,
because you read other stories
and just couldn't keep your hands
from tangling in rapunzel's golden hair
or caressing aurora's sleeping face.
trace decaythere’s a trunk full of newspaper clippings
that explain far better than I ever could
the hollow madness that became of our lives
all the homes and the headlines we made
outside the courthouse in the rain
with gaps in my memory like missing teeth
and prison letters cluttering the mailbox
before the silence came and unspoke the truth
words caught like barbed wire in my throat
and i could not give you any more, i am
running in the opposite direction
with my trunk full of bad journalism
and memories drowning behind me
like passengers on a ship riddled with holes

Coding by SimplySilent
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DrippingWords Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Good luck. Children are a handful. I'm so glad my brother is getting older haha. He's not so much of a hassle anymore.
SilverInkblot Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
This week is nearly over; maybe I'll have a weekend to myself.
DrippingWords Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
cristinewakesuphappy Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Hobbyist Writer

lovely reads. 
:+fav: my words are a waste of paper.
:+fav: happily ever after? not really.
SilverInkblot Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Glad you found something!
ThirteenthMonth Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I read your journal and smiled, and wasn't able to pretend it was one big sigh. You make it sound more like a breath of relief. :boing:
SilverInkblot Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
It was. Gotta do it again next week though :iconsighingplz: At least I have tomorrow off.
introverted-ghost Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014   Writer
SilverInkblot Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Whyles Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Student Writer
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hopeburnsblue Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Professional Writer
 Hahaha yep, little kids sure can be fun and teach us a lot, but they're also quite the handful! This is part of why I don't really want kids of my own, but love to spoil them and send them home, in a manner of speaking.

The radio project sounds amazing. Do you know of Laurie Halse Anderson? She's another good YA lit fic author. I haven't read her newer stuff, but I've read a lot of the older stuff and loved it. I'd say it's for the older teens, though, like maybe fourteen and up ... but I'm protective of ouur kids who I think tend to be a little overexposed to things. Speaking of Wendy Mass, though, I assume you've read A Mango-Shaped Space? If not, you should; it's a story about a little girl with synesthesia. Love, love, love that book.

I love your picture descriptions! Aaahhh! You may not even be meaning to, necessarily, but when you tell the stories behind them, that's description in itself. Tell me about the colors in the sunset?

Thank you so much for the feature! :aww: The other pieces are really nice, too; I love seeing the different sorts of literature that appeal to you. I get the same thrill when perusing my own favorites gallery.
SilverInkblot Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Russ is cute, be he's not so cute that I want him around 24/7 :lol: I don't really want kids either, much as I like them.

It won't be my first radio project with Doc; I think I'm going to enjoy this one more than the last one. I already have a few people/ books in mind to write scripts for. Never heard of Anderson, but I'll look into her if I get a chance. And I haven't yet read A Mango Shaped Space >.> So far I've read Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life, Leap Day, and Every Soul a Star.

Thank you! The sunset is pine tree silhouettes at the bottom; golden clouds ribboned with orange above that, fading into a blue sky.

You're welcome! I love putting the features together :heart:
hopeburnsblue Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Professional Writer
 So glad I'm not the only one! It's insane how many people think I'm loca for not aspiring to be a parent. I'm a mother in many other unconventional ways, though, hahaha.

That is a beautiful sunset indeed! I can visualize it very well!

Will this radio show be online? I'd love to listen in!

I ought to read more Mass. Mango is the only exposure I've had to her writing. I'd say that Anderson's best are Catalyst, Speak, and Twisted. Speak helped me through a lot, but I think as an adult my favorite is Catalyst. Let me know if you end up liking her!

I need some time to think of more, but I know that there are loads of other YA lit books that would be useful for your project, assuming it'll be a long-running endeavor. Off the top of my head, I know of a self-published author by the alias of Aria April who wrote a book called Insert Title Here which addresses/criticizes the issue of bullying in schools. Again, I'd say it's a little older audience, but some of the horrific things that happen in that story are happening to kids of younger and younger ages, so it's definitely applicable.
SilverInkblot Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I think the radio thing will be online eventually - the first one we did can be found here:… I think a couple of them have audio as well. There's nothing certain about the new project yet; right now we're working on several scripts to pitch.

I'll try the library sometime next week :)

YA aimed slightly older is just what we're after. I'd like to do Peter S. Beagle, Eoin Colfer, and Terry Pratchett as well in the near future.
hopeburnsblue Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Professional Writer
 Awesome, I'll listen sometime tomorrow! I love radio stuff. Also, never heard of any of those; looks like I need to hit the library, too!
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