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Old 09-03-2010, 02:56 AM   #13241
 
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thank you ladies, very much.

but I don't know if i can chase my dreams. and it would disappoint my parents so much.

but I don't know how I'm going to be able to do what my brothers did. and in the end, a 9-5 job just isn't appealing to me.

but how do I tell my parents, who have so many expectations, that I don't think I can do ib/ap/volunteering/sports/extracurriculars, that all I want to do is write? where there is no place in this world for a writer, especially not one that isn't 'typical', one whose stories can't be made into a movie deal and there's no money in writing, no one reads any more, and getting published is impossible...

and I want it so much.

and I'm sorry for the rambling, but today I need to tell someone.
Oh I know that feeling. Being a writer is rough, especially nowadays with the job market being crappy and all. I'm a post grad with a BA in Creative Writing and it's been hell trying to get a job and hold onto it, let alone work on my novel. it's especially annoying when people ask you questions like "What are you doing?" "How many pages have you written?" and my personal favorite "Are you done yet?" Makes me want to hide under my desk

I don't know if you are college bound or what, but may try looking into writing programs? There are a lot of excellent ones out there, the one in Iowa (can't remember the name) being one of the most popular ones. Maybe if you do some research and present the information to your parents you can get them to let you do want you want. Hang in there!
Im not exactly in the same position as you. But I know how you feel. I just graduated with an illustration degree. Can I find a job yet? No. Do I get looks and comments from people because of it? Yes. Its the kind of industry (and I want to be in publishing too- writing and illustrating my own books) that is very hard to get into and can take a very long time. Example- Jill Murphy author of famous Worst Witch books (well very famous here) took her 9 years of rejection to finally get published and now look how successful she has been. This is more of an example that relates to me rather than you, but I think its just as hard to get anything published.

I too, am different from the typical and 'popular' childrens illustration you see out there-but I have been told not to conform to what you see, because publishing industry goes though 'fads' and if I changed to fit in, I'd just be lost among a crowd. You have to stick to your instincts and natural talent and look for a publisher or change in the market where your work will be the new, exciting and most refreshing thing out there!

Don't give up on your dreams- your parents will come around, and if they dont, well, its your life, not theirs! Good luck with it all!
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Old 09-03-2010, 08:29 AM   #13242
 
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W.O.W.!! That's fantastic! What an accomplishment! Congratulations!!!!

I, too, am mortified when I see old pics of myself and remember how horrible I felt carrying all that extra weight. After seeing recent pics of myself, I still think I need to lose another 10-15. After that, I think my face may start to look too gaunt, so I'll be finished regardless of what the bod looks like.

Continued success to you and your husband!
Thank you SO much, ghostposter! I've been tempted to put that picture on our fridge for constant motivation. It sounds like congrats are in order for you too if you were carrying extra weight at some point! I have a whole new appreciation for eating healthy, exercising and weight loss that I never had before and get excited to talk about it. It's also a fine line to try and get other people excited about it without them wanting to slap you.

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Hubba-hubba, what a hot, hot lady you are! Your hair looks great, but I must point out how lovely you look in red. And I do believe it's time we got you a dress to show off that figure!
Awe Thank you so much Saria! I tried a few on this summer, but nothing was quite right. It was true progress for me to even get in a dressing room with one so I'm getting there!

You guys, I just love y'all so much. You almost bring tears to my eyes with your support here for everyone. I'm not about to cry because that would be a dorkus thing to do, but this community of folks is awesome.
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Old 09-03-2010, 10:03 AM   #13243
 
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On the frivolous side, my love affair with Cheez-Its continues.

And.....I know you saw me, Mr. Frosty and Mary M. Humph to both of you.
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Old 09-03-2010, 10:13 AM   #13244
 
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I love cheez-its too. and oddly enough, I've come to like the reduced fat ones better than the regular (I normally hate reduce/low fat, blech).
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Me too, TRBL! Although the regular ones with Toy Story 3 characters on them weren't recently refused, either.
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Old 09-03-2010, 10:18 AM   #13246
 
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Man, I haven't had a Cheez-it in AGES! I've found for some crackers I prefer the reduced or low-fat because they seem less greasy, like the Ritz.
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I have a small bag of Flaming Hot Cheetos at home. I really wish I was there eating them.
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OMG, will you please shut up and/or go away again? Your constant preachiness is absurd. You may have your adherents, but do you realize how many people complain about you and your needling ways behind your back?

Your defense of the impoverished or race abused would be a lot more palatable if you weren't on the internet, *****ing and name-calling. Go out and do MORE about it, if you're so obsessed.

And by the way, are we all your sisters, or does our skin color affect our acceptance into that elite club?
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Man, I haven't had a Cheez-it in AGES! I've found for some crackers I prefer the reduced or low-fat because they seem less greasy, like the Ritz.
The thing about Ritz is that I have to have them with Spray-Cheese on top, and I've teased my brother about his college-time addiction to the stuff to such an extent that his nickname is "Cheesefood," so I've had to forego that snack, lest he discover my secret longing for the same crap I made fun of him for eating.
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I have a small bag of Flaming Hot Cheetos at home. I really wish I was there eating them.
I bet they're fantastic. Any food described as "Flaming Hot" is gooooooooood.
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ooooh I forgot to mention they are Flamin' Hot w/LIME!!! They are delicious, although they leave your fingers red red red. (okay okay I'll admit it - I have in the past, in order to prevent red fingerage, just poured them directly from the bag into my mouth)
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****.

Those sound fantastic. I love lime, too.

I sincerely hope I forget this information the next time I'm grocery shopping.
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Old 09-03-2010, 10:39 AM   #13253
 
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If it helps, usually it is harder to find big bags of them. I usually limit myself to a small bag of them when I go to 7-11 for a coke slurpee (really a coke & cherry slurpee).

Now doesn't that sound nutricious? Cheetos & Slurpees, sheesh!!!
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Boy CT school system, I bet you feel stupid letting kids out early today. Its okay to close early for some wind and rain but not for sweltering heat?
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Boy CT school system, I bet you feel stupid letting kids out early today. Its okay to close early for some wind and rain but not for sweltering heat?
Seriously. Much ado about nothing.
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I kinda feel sorry for all the peeps on the East Coast dealing w/ Earl, but day-um, it's gorgeous here today!
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