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are you kidding? I don't even know what the feck is on Hulu, let alone broadcast TV (and no, don't have extensive cable).

I will go into the office on Tuesday, nod/smile/grimace/roll eyes/shake head at all the right points in the office conversation, and vaguely agree with everyone's opinion about what he said/she wore/who got robbed at the ceremony.
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You know Dad is in the wrong about a long of things: your interests and capabilities are one of those.
You are smarter than you think in math and science. Some good teachers will prove that in the future. You enjoy biological sciences--indulge yourself.
Dad can be encouraging about your smarts--but he's controlling about where you should apply your mind. Learn about the hard sciences from him--but you are in control of this.

Mum believes you can do anything--also ask for her help in how to be self supporting, disciplined, and set goals. she had to do that at a young age. Ask for more tasks and goals--and support on how to accomplish them.

Learn to research, guide, build, steer--and take pleasure--in your own life.
Learn to hold a job early, move out early. Keep confidence in school: don't be pushed into accelerated courses or 'dummy' courses. Mom will back you up on this. Keep to the middle road,and find those teachers willing to teach you.

When you get to community college, that's when your mind will bloom. Follow your loves and skills--you can become unemployed and poor in any field. You may as well labor in what you love to do while worrying about the rent.

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Learn to be physically strong. Learn to have confidence in your body, and enjoy what it can do.

You aren't pretty. You know that. Learn that it is not a sin, a crime, or the mark of a lesser being. It's a social standard: it has no basis in reality.
You body just is.

Find a solitary sport, where people aren't judgmental or competitive. Find something where you can grow and develop your own strength, stamina, and agility.
Then, find a group physical activity, so that you can enjoy the company of people who will encourage you.

Learn to dance. And never give up bicycling--you'll regret it.

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Never give up listening to music: expand into all genres before middle age. If there is one place where Dad knows his shit, it's music.
Oh, and keep the baritone uke. It will take 4 decades to come back into fashion, but you'll understand chordal theory by then.

Never give up reading good books.
Comics are fun--but don't let them take over your time, space and money.
19th century literature is going to be a fuck ton more fun than you think right now.
Poetry. You've started a bit--don't give it up during your teens. It's going to rock more than anything else in life.

Don't stop cartooning or drawing. The withdrawal symptoms just make you go crazy.
And yes, you should explore all the ways you can use your drawing and design skills.


Oh, and have confidence, get a job early in life so that you can move out early. It will save your sanity, keep you from depending on people--and maybe your mom can move in with you.
Road trips with mom would rock.
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Has anyone yet attempted A Wrinkle in Time?

Meg was the first geek girl hero.
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NorthCentralCoastal Calfornia. Otherwise known as Sonomacino. Or Mendilano.
I'll have the name figured out once we get the flag sewn up.
Must get around to seceding from....everybody.
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Back to Paris, to get it right.
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Everything I own shocks the fashion police. I go for comfort and my budget. Frankly, there's more I could add to shock them: I think I should start adding sandals and socks.

Very old idea, but it fills everyone from fashionistas to traditionalists with the horror of the apocalypse.

OOOooo. Maybe I could start wearing them on the 21 May?
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Mr. and Mrs. Gardiner, from Pride and Prejudice.
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A place where I fit.
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When I was in my teens, or coming home to visit in my 20's: staying up late with my mom on Christmas Eve and Christmas so that she and I could talk, and watch our shows. Two agnostics getting weepy listening to Pavarotti sing "Ave Maria" and "Panis Angelicus".
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Why are we answering questions Writer's Block has already answered?
I'll just sit at my desk and think happy snapey thoughts.
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Make up stories.
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Writing the Natural Way, by Gabriele Rico. Still good.
Everyone has novels, essays or poems in them.
This helps you open up to let it out. Hell, more importantly, it teaches you to sift through so YOU can discover what you wanted to say.
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Diesel fumes make me think of Disneyland in the 60's.
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Gary Snyder.

Or maybe Stephen Fry. Phil Whalen would have been awesome--maybe Gary would have let him ride shotgun.
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1. Pick one, any one.
2. a)Do what you want, not what others suggest, and b) make fucking sure you know what you want.
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Go to real school. Really travel. Really live on my own for at least two consecutive years Really live as an off-time writer. Really be a real person.
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Carol King. I loved her melodies, her lovely-but-real voice, and the mysteries of her lyrics. I say mysteries, because there was a lot in her songs that I never "got" until later in life.

Age 14 to 24 to 34 to 44, and the horizon line and landscape changes quickly.
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Be born 10 years later. It's not the aging thing--it was what they were trained to expect and achieve in school, scholastically and athletically. It's how they were assisted, given help over rough spots to have greater confidence in all they attempted, in all areas of experience.
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