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for anyone who is putting the cart before the horse:  rookiemag.com/2012/12/late-blo…

read it.  the whole thing.

the quote that brought me here from tumblr:   When I was 22, I thought that I deserved success just because I wanted it, and not because I'd actually earned it.

meow.  

she's right, you know.  

u mad?  don't be mad at me or her.  be mad at yourself for being an entitled brat.

(read the comments at that article, too.  you're not alone.  no one walks alone on a planet of seven billion. and if you leave defensive bullshit here... well... just don't.  it's still my birthday for another hour and a half and i had a long fucking day)

Good stuff from witwitch --> witwitch.deviantart.com/journa…
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mimi-lolacute Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is brilliant. You're brilliant. Things make so much more sense now.
:worship:
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raspil Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013   Writer
i'm just sharing things i find on the internet
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mimi-lolacute Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Doesn't make it any less meaningful :)
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SurrealCachinnation Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012   Writer
But I'm talented and special and no one ever recognizes my genius because they just don't GET it!!!
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raspil Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012   Writer
:sarcasm:

you're lucky i know you. ;-)
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SurrealCachinnation Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012   Writer
Sorry, couldn't resist, I'm feeling particularly snarky today. ;)
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Lucy-Merriman Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you for posting this. This was great.

:heart: Happy belated birthday, btw.
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raspil Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012   Writer
thankies
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The-Grey-One Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I sort of stopped caring about "success" as a writer a while back. I found out pretty early that writing isn't exactly a lucrative career. It's just something that I love doing, have wanted to do since 5th grade, and want to improve at. That isn't to say I won't run around the neighborhood cheering if I get published at some point though. I do want it but not so much that I'd want it without feeling like I've earned it. Haha!

Happy Late Birthday ^_^
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raspil Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012   Writer
:thumbsup:
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KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:salute:
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SkysongMA Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Student Writer
The more I write, the less I worry about getting published. I mean, I want it to happen because I think I do good work and I want to make the fantasy genre more freaking diverse.

But... you know... whatever. I do good work. That's all that matters at the end of the day.

(Also, happy birthday. I hope you ate delicious cake.)
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PinkyMcCoversong Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Professional Writer
Reason #495467589 I love Rookie Mag! Sheer brilliance.
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GalaxyGoddess Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wait, it was your birthday and I didn't know? NARFLEBLATS!
Happy late birthday!
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neurotype Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooh, happy belated.

How are people ever this blindly optimistic?
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PlasticusForkus Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012
Goes without saying doesn't it? I'm not referring specifically to writing, but life in general.

Want success -> work for success -> sooner or later get success.

I don't think you need to even state it in such a defensively aggressive way either. Anyone who doesn't understand that process has failed at the first hurdle. We should be snorting in derision.

And many happy returns!
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raspil Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012   Writer
:iconclappingplz:
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mackwrites Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012
Useful around these parts!
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DrippingWords Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Student Writer
That woman is a genius.
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SRSmith Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012   Writer
They say rejection and failure is character building. I should be Sir Laurence Fscking Olivier by now.

I've wanted to write forever, since high school at least in some serious way and on that front I've been successful - I've been writing since then. Business proposals, quotes, resumés, letters to clients and suppliers. In my 30's I started writing stories, and they were far more expansive and believable than anything I'd written as a 20 year old. Why? Because I'd lived 10 more years, absorbed 10 more years of scene, of character, of language, of experience. 10 more years of living made what I wrote that much better. 10 years after that? I've gotten to a point where I think I'm not half bad at this writing thing, but I'm still not at the point where I think I deserve success. When I succeed, and I do know that I will, I'll be pointing to the bloody stump of a thing I've made of myself earning that success, and I won't take it for granted.

If anything you wanted came easy, everyone would have it, or be it, or be doing it, and it would hold no value at all.
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rlkirkland Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Oh yeah...
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DamonWakes Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012   Writer
Happy birthday for yesterday! :-)

And thanks for the link. I sort of skimmed it, but it's good to have a look at things that have actually been recommended. :p There's a lot of bad advice out there: the good stuff needs to be shared.
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tsundoku Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Student Writer
Brilliant read! And happy belated, as well.

Have you read the War of Art by Steven Pressfield?
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MsStarryDuck Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Happy belated birthday!
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MadOldHag Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy belated B-Day!

Thanks for the link. This gives me a lot of hope. When others not only honed their skills, but also got published in only 7 or 8 years, I should be able to become a decent writer and visual artist when I practice every day during the next 20 or thirty years. And then, in my sixties or seventies know what to do with my time.
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tsundoku Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Student Writer
Law of amateurs, eh? Just gotta get 10,000 hours in ;)
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MadOldHag Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I might not have that much time every day, I am also not sure how fast a learner I am, so I guessed 20 to 30 years until I reach a decent skill level. (I only hope my hands won't shake too much then.) If it's less, I am happy.
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LadyLincoln Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
:heart:
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AGMeade Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012   Writer
Fantastic article.
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xlntwtch Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012   Writer
that's a good article and great information to read. thank you.
glad your birthday ended happily (:
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Lychalis Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Student Writer
if that article makes anyone mad, I'll smack 'em.
also, happy birthday! Hope the day wasn't too annoying :P
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raspil Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012   Writer
:-)

i spent six hours in a meeting and then two hours in a CPR class. but i made a really fantastic pork roast so it was all good in the end.
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Lychalis Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Student Writer
noice.
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