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My mum doesn’t believe me that its more common than she thinks
Never have, never will. I knew when I was 10 that I never wanted children. I’m going to be 45 in May, and I have never once wanted them.
Ditto. And add one more for my non-Tumblr friend who doesn’t want them.
Anonymous asked: That was an amazing chapter <3
Thank you! I actually felt kind of insecure about it. It’s a bit of a transitional chapter - as is the next one. Chapters 3 and 4 are the last ones that take place in Los Angeles, after that they’re in Sussex for the rest of the story until the epilogue.
LOOK AT THESE ADORABLE PENGUINS IN SWEATERS. Doesn’t that one second from left have some style?
(h/t to The Book Maven for the link, and for a new reason to make Random Penguin jokes)
THAT ONE. THAT ONE SECOND FROM THE LEFT. THAT IS THE PENGUIN BOOKS LOGO.
IT’S A PENGUIN DRESSED AS A PENGUIN BOOK.
forbidden from one another
a war divides their people
and a mountain divides them apart
build a path to be together
yeah i forget the next couple lines but then it goes
THROUGH THE MOUNTAINS
SECRET SECRET SECRET SECRET TUNNEL
but you forgot
So tonight I went and looked at a few houses with a realtor. Two were vacant but one still had people living in it (who had cleared out for the showing, natch). They had put their little Yorkie in her crate while we were there and both the realtor and I spent like five minutes crouching in front of the crate saying hi to the dog and scratching her through the grate.
I felt SO BAD. I mean, I know an hour in a perfectly adequately sized crate is not exactly a hardship, but I JUST WANTED TO CUDDLE THE PUPPY.
What made it worse is that I am nowhere near ready to start putting in offers, I’m just looking around at stuff to get an idea what I like and don’t like, and these people had obviously put in effort - they’d lit candles and started the fireplace so the place smelled nice and felt homey and dang they’re probably trying hard to sell and here I come, booting them out of their house for NO REASON and their Yorkie’s in her crate and I AM THE WORST PERSON EVER.
Earlier I was watching a Smithsonian documentary about the transporting of the space shuttle Discovery to its final resting place at the Smithsonian Institute.
You know, just casually watching it being flown on the back of this 747. And then…TEARS. BIG TEARS. Like ugly crying.
The space shuttle Discovery was in service for 27 years, from 1984 to 2011. It flew 39 missions, covering 149 million miles. Cumulatively, it spent over a year in space. It was the oldest shuttle still existing - the two that preceded it, Columbia and Challenger, were both lost in in-flight disasters. Discovery flew all the “return to flight” missions following downtime after each of those disasters.
Discovery bore the Hubble into the heavens. It helped construct the International Space Station. It carried John Glenn back into space. And through all that time, it brought all its crews home safely. When the Smithsonian decided to add a shuttle to their collection, they knew they wanted Discovery.
Space shuttles can’t actually fly. They aren’t aircraft, they’re spacecraft. They don’t have any functional sub-orbital propulsion systems. They are launched into orbit via rocket, and return to Earth as a glider. So to get it to its final home, this 747 was custom-made to carry it to Washington, D.C.
I saw it being carried through the sky, and all I could think was it’s okay, Discovery. You did so well. And you’re going to keep doing well. You’ll be somewhere special where you’ll be taken good care of. Kids will come visit you and stare in amazement at you…and maybe one of them will design or fly our next venture into space. You did so much. You flew so far and so long. So just relax for this last trip and let us do the work for once. We got you.
And now I’m weepy again. I JUST HAVE A LOT OF FEELINGS ABOUT THE SPACE PROGRAM OKAY.
Anonymous asked: Do you ever help aspiring writers?
I answer questions about writing when they come in to the Askbox. I’m not sure what you mean by “help.”
thesweetpianowritingdownmylife asked: please please please don't tease Travolta, apparently he has dyslexia!
As many other dyslexic folks keep pointing out, he is an actor whose job it is to memorize and deliver lines. This is what he does for a living, and he is obviously capable of doing it very well. He was NOT the only dyslexic person on that stage that night, not by a long shot.
He had a rehearsal, but even if he was cold reading a cue card, he knew who he was introducing in advance of stepping out on that stage. He had ample opportunity to learn her name and how to pronounce it. I can’t imagine someone going on a huge international broadcast like that for the sole purpose of introducing someone. and not taking 60 fucking seconds to figure out who it is that you’re introducing.
So sorry, but I feel no guilt about teasing him for that, especially considering that he is a much bigger star than Idina Menzel, for whom that performance was a really big deal. She deserved to have her name pronounced correctly.
I keep seeing this “Travolta is dyslexic” thing on my dash.
Dyslexia would not make him incapable of memorizing a five syllable name. If he knows he has this problem, he should take the time to know the name. It is a professional courtesy to his fellow performer to pronounce her name correctly. They rehearse this shit. If he knew he’d have trouble reading her name off a cue card it is his responsibility to know the name he is supposed to say. ON THE OSCARS.
Even professional actors can get mumblemouth - it was happening quite a bit during the broadcast - but he didn’t mispronounce her name. It was NOTHING CLOSE to her name.
He didn’t seem to have any trouble reading any of the OTHER words off the teleprompter. He only messed up her name.
Is he even dyslexic? I don’t recall ever having heard that before. It is not on his Wikipedia page. I need to see a reliable pre-Oscars source, because everything on Google right now is all “he’s reportedly dyslexic” and it’s all post-Oscars.
As several people have suggested, he may be being confused with Tom Cruise, who has spoken about his dyslexia often.
And hey, I don’t remember HIM ever flubbing a name that badly in the many times he’s presented at the Oscars.