Anonymous said: Do you recommend any podcasts?

YES.
- You Made it Weird with Pete Holmes
- This American Life (obvi)
- Nerdist (double obvi)
- Jake and Amir’s If I Were You
- Harmontown but only if you’re already a fan of Dan Harmon
- Comedy Bang Bang (especially any episode with Andy Daly)

That’s all I can think of from the top if my head for now.

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Anonymous said: I think one of the hardest transitions in life is to go from the child needing constant protection and supervision, to finding a new relationship to have with your parents. It's unsettling, you see them for their flaws you didn't see as a child, you see the things no one else outside the house gets to see, their secrets, their lies, their addictions, their money problems,their truths. It makes you hate them, judge them, want away and yet you still love them, want the best for them and feel sorry

lol no

(was this rude? it’s rude. i recognize that. but i’m not a fan of when people use language that speaks on behalf of other people. your choice to present the above message as a third-person/universal narrative was annoying to me. i’ll be honest about that. let’s move on.) 

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I’ve found my productive-writing-to-screwing-around ratio to be one to seven. So, for every eight-hour day of writing, there is only one good productive hour of work being done. The other seven hours are preparing for writing: pacing around the house, collapsing cardboard boxes for recycling, reading the DVD extras pamphlet from the BBC Pride and Prejudice, getting snacks lined up for writing, and YouTubing toddlers who learned the ‘Single Ladies’ dance. I know. Isn’t that horrible? So, basically, writing this piece took me the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Enjoy it accordingly. Mindy Kaling, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (via wishiwassailing)
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This past summer has been quite interesting in the fact that I’ve had the chance to witness firsthand my parents hitting rock bottom instead of hearing about it like I used to as a kid. They suffer from undeserved pride and it forces them to lie a lot to a lot of people including me. And that’s why I’ll probably lose my car in the coming days and I’ll have to take the bus to and from work which is about two hours each way. That’s not too bad since I used to do an hour each way in middle school. I use that time to catch up on my podcasts. It’ll just make grocery shopping a tidbit more difficult. 

Meanwhile, I lack pride. I don’t take pride in much and I’m usually always embarrassed about something. But at the same time, I just don’t care. I’m taking out loans and doing work study along with internships for the rest of my college career, so I can never ask my parents for another dime. Not that I’d think they have dimes to offer. And that’s fine. I don’t care. I don’t care about taking the bus. I don’t care about three square meals a day.

This has been the weirdest phase of my life and I still don’t know how I feel about it. It’s easy to romanticize it, I guess. To think I’ll ever look back at “the good old days” where I struggled and smoked the shit with friends seems improbable but I’ll go along with it if it makes the memoirs read cleaner. 

Do your parents lie to you a lot? Are you a parent that lies to your kid a lot? You should probably stop that. 

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Anonymous said: I'm like, this Diane, she's a pretty cool gal. But sometimes I'm like, are you kidding me, she has to be one of the most beautiful women on the planet!

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There’s sand up my crotch. 7/26/14.

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Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me.

All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential to be good, but it’s not that good.

But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions.

I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take you a while. It’s normal to take a while. You just have to fight your way through that.

Ira Glass (via writerofscreen)
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