Last week I found out that I was accepted into the Tin House Summer Writing workshop in Portland this July. It is a huge opportunity for me and I’m very glad they enjoyed my manuscript. However, I did not get the scholarship I applied for, which makes my getting to the workshop damn near impossible.
I’m hoping that’s where you good folks can come in. I credit you guys on Tumblr for helping me have this opportunity. I strongly believe my practice of daily six worders (not to mention all of the requests I reply to) have really helped me hone my fiction to this point. Clearly it worked well enough for Tin House to take notice, but it won’t matter unless I can get there!
So… For the last few days I’ve been raising money on GoFundMe to make it to Tin House’s workshop. The fees rack up to $1700, and that doesn’t even include travel costs (which are roughly $500 if I book very soon). On GoFundMe I’m asking for that initial $1700—I’m a little over halfway there, but I honestly need the entire amount to make it. I just don’t have the money. I really needed that scholarship. On a personal note, I work as a dishwasher/line cook 5 days a week and attend an MFA in a different state for the other 2—those travel costs alone cut deep into my paychecks—not to mention that this winter has seen more than a couple $200+ gas bills.
I must pay a deposit to save my spot on this workshop ASAP. The total amount isn’t due until June 1, but I need to get most of the money very soon.
I hope you guys will consider donating, or even just sharing this page. People can donate as much as they like, and anyone who donates will get a six worder; there are also donation ‘silver’ and ‘gold’ levels where you can have a handwritten or typed six worders / short stories mailed to you! Thanks to everyone who’s helped me to this point, and thanks to anyone that likes, reblogs, or otherwise spreads the word for me!
I watched a man run his hand
up and down his girlfriend’s spine
like a keyboard to keep her warm
as they waited for the bus downtown,
she smiled without looking at him
and he knew it so he pulled her close.
And I thought about them hours later —
how I hoped they were good to each other
and knew just how lucky they were
because there’s not enough of
that kind of love around anymore.
Don’t invite them into your life if they are inconsistently in love. Love is anything but inconsistent. It is not a faucet you can turn on and off, it is a constant. And sure there are bad days and off days, days where everything they do is annoying but you find yourself smiling anyway. You are not Halley’s Comet, you are to be treated like you are precious and rare every day of your life, not every so often, not when they feel like it or when they’ve had a good day, but every single day. And to accept anything less is a terrible injustice to yourself.
Anonymous asked: How do you do your whole "messy but sexy look"? I love your hair and it looks like it's unbrushed and crazy and I was wondering what product you put in it for it to look like that. You always look thrown together but in a stylish way.
It’s called I’m 25 and I’ve given up.