Via Electric Lit.
I need to save this on my phone for future reference and planning purposes.
"This is why we shouldn’t take seriously the claims of those like Open Carry Texas and others who tell us that they need guns to protect themselves from a tyrannical government and the freedom to openly display their weapons. If they really believed in that, they would be standing between the unarmed crowds in Ferguson and the heavily armed police, because that is an actual example of tyrannical government played out on a local level. The silence is very telling, and totally not unexpected."
This is disturbing.
Let me be clear: Unarmed college hopefuls don’t deserve to be shot. Unarmed kids heading to work or trade school don’t deserve to be shot. Unarmed kids floundering aimlessly through life don’t deserve to be shot. Unarmed kids who have been in trouble—even those who have been nothing but trouble—don’t deserve to be shot.
The act of pinning the tragedy of a dead black teen to his potential future success, to his respectability, to his “good”-ness, is done with all the best intentions. But if you read between the lines, aren’t we really saying that had he not been on his way to college, there’d be less to mourn?
That’s dead wrong.
Lemony Snicket, the author responsible for A Series of Unfortunate Events, is now calling on all readers to submit sketches, portraits, illustrations, photographs, trailers, bookmarks, math notes and other art inspired by his newest book series All the Wrong Questions.
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Lemony Snicket will award 13 winners with a print of their work, a $50.00 gift certificate to their favorite bookstore, and signed copies of the All the Wrong Questions series, including the newest volume "Shouldn’t You Be in School?".
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This is why “customers” terminology makes me uncomfortable.
Asked by Anonymous
I can already tell you what will happen if an inexperienced writer writes their first full length novel in 30 days and puts it up for review. You will get negative feedback.
You’re going to get negative feedback because as an inexperienced writer who attempted to finish a novel in 30 days, your writing will show your inexperience. Not only that, but nearly everyone has a terrible first draft. Even established authors write terrible first drafts. When you get this feedback, you’re going to get discouraged and you might think that you’re not a writer. This is not true.
Writing takes practice. Talent can only go so far. You need to constantly read, write, and edit to be a better writer. Go ahead and do NaNoWriMo if you want to (don’t feel discouraged if you can’t win; there’s nothing wrong with writing at a slow pace), but don’t think that the feedback you get on the first draft of your first novel is what will determine if you’re right for writing. Practice and don’t be afraid to fail.
It seems to me that NaNoWriMo is a great time to encourage writing and practicing your style.
One book in 30 days would be tough for anyone (no matter the length).
I’ve not actually participated (to be fair), but if in this time frame I was able to finish something that I considered to be a very rough FIRST draft of many, I would be proud.
I feel honored every time someone asks me for a book recommendation because they actually trust my opinion
There is nothing more sacred than a book recommendation.
My absolute favorite is when teachers text me over the summer to ask for book advice for the kids.
Two weeks ago a mom stopped me at Target just to tell me her girls loved a book I suggested, and then asked for another recommendation. She apologized for bothering me, but it made my day.
iconic video of my childhood
I still regularly quote this.
I can’t reblog this without providing a link in case anyone doesn’t know what this is. Because everyone should know what this is, I feel.
still say “HOKAY” and “well have a nap ZEN FIRE ZE MISSILES” it is 2013
I do too and it is now 2014
My husband and I complain about being “le tired” almost daily.