a garden in riotous bloom
Beautiful. Damn hard. Increasingly useful.
"I keep talking to myself but the words sound like someone else" 
rosefox: Me as a young child. (young)
R14: How the hell did you get in here? Who are you?
R26: Hi. I'm from the future. I'm you from the future.
R14: Oh my God, you have short hair! I'm going to cut my hair?!
...
R14: So if you're really me, what number am I thinking of?
R26: Uh... what year is it? Probably 8, 8's always a good guess. Might be 2. I don't think it's 17 yet.
R14: Holy crap.
R26: And after that you probably thought "69, dude!" but I'll forgive you for that.
...
R14: So when do I get to have sex? And kiss a girl?
R26: You get to kiss a guy before any of that. This year, actually. Sex early next year. Kissing girls... can't remember if that happens next year or this year.
R14: So the legal age of consent can kiss my ass?
R26: Basically, yes.
R14: Radical!
R26: "Radical" is kind of outmoded. Try "Awesome" or "Fuckin' A".
R14: And, um, kissing... what's it like?
R26: I could show you.
R14: *seriously considers it*
R26: *seriously considers it*
R14: If I say no, am I going to regret it?
R26: Due to the joys of causality, you won't remember that this ever happened; so, probably not.
R14: But that means that if I say yes, I won't remember what it's like.
R26: This is true.
R14: So it'd all be for you and I wouldn't get anything out of it. Well, fuck that.
R26: If you can hold on to that attitude when it comes to people wanting to kiss you, you will go very far.
...
R14: When do I get published?
R26: Sometime in the late '90s. You don't get paid for it until 2001 or so, and that's for book reviews. In fact, so far I have yet to be paid for writing fiction. The book reviews are fun, though.
R14: Wait, I don't get paid for writing fiction at all? What the hell do I do for a living? Am I--I mean, are you an editor?
R26: My main job actually doesn't have anything to do with writing at all.
R14: So I am a lousy writer.
R26: Nah, just not a very dedicated one. As with anything else, you do it until you stop enjoying it or it gets difficult and then wander off and do something else.
R14: You really are me from the future, aren't you.
R26: Same bat-time, same bad habits!
R14: That didn't make any sense.
R26: Yes, but at least it's a cultural reference you'll actually get.
...
R14: So what's different about me? I mean, other than the hair. Why did you cut your hair?
R26: I got tired of it being long.
R14: *cuddles her hair protectively*
R26: Trust me, once you start sleeping with people and your hair tries to strangle them in their sleep, you'll understand.
R14: Uh... maybe. We'll see.
R26: What else is different? Um... you're less angry.
R14: Am I angry? What do you mean, angry?
R26: And a lot more forgiving.
R14: Hey!
R26: Also much more self-aware and able to take criticism.
R14: Well... fine.
R26: Would you rather I said you got dumber and worse at things?
R14: Look, can we just change the topic?

(I need to get going, but perhaps I'll write more of this later.)
 
12 February 2005 16:11
Wow. I think that it's incredible that you can so closely identify and see the changes you've gone through since your mindset at 14.

My inner voice hasn't even changed its' inflection. LMAO.
12 February 2005 17:05
rosefox: Green books on library shelves. (Default)
I've changed a great deal.
12 February 2005 18:41
So have I... but I still can't see the differences between those two ages in myself as you can. *small grins* I just think it's amazing- that's all.
14 February 2005 10:29
If I (me-at-34) got into the same room with me-at-14, I don't think I would be able to stop smacking him and saying, "Dumbass" over and over again.
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