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I've had to use several types of weaponry to beat this book into order. I've found the iron fire poker really useful. I beat out the entirety of chapters 50 and 51 with it only yesterday. I hope to finish by Wednesday when I leave for my favorite book festival in the universe.
WHAT IS HER FAVORITE FESTIVAL IN THE UNIVERSE? <---you asked this.
The Rochester Teen Book Festival.
If you are anywhere near Rochester, NY, you should really come check it out. Fun times. Great company. I will be talking about how to be a superhero. I do not mean this in an Avengers sort of way. I mean it in a daily-real-life-superhero-to-yourself sort of way.
- I made an origami squid and an origami turtle today.
- Too much time spent in the cave leads to sore eyes in the sunlight. Seriously. It burns! It burns my eyes!
- What's with drivers who swerve all over the place? I came across a bunch today on my way to the Exton Mall. It was weird. Like--right off the damn road and then back on again.
- I have opinions and sometimes I say stuff that I think.
- For example, I might describe those road-swervers I just mentioned as dangerous or reckless. While I understand that the driver might not like being called reckless, I also have to say that as a fellow driver on the road, I don't much like the idea of dying in a fiery crash because someone else isn't paying attention while they drive their car. I think some people might call a driver like this a %&^#^* idiot or other more colorful things. I guess some people might even follow that driver home and stalk them for a week. Of course, that's illegal.
- Sometimes I speak in metaphors and allow listeners/readers to piece together exactly what I mean. This is how I do things. Sometimes, people don't get me. Most times, people get me. Usually, it's not all that difficult to follow.
- So, I tweeted about bullying today. I said: Bullying is not "just a normal part of life." It exists because lazy-brained people say stupid shit like this and others nod. I tweet about bullying sometimes. EVERYBODY SEES THE ANTS and DEAR BULLY are two books that deal with the subject and I'm invested in talking to people--any age--about how bullying is wrong. Bullying--enforcing your power over another human by repeated intimidating behavior--is wrong. Apparently, my implying that wrong behaviors [in this case, bullying] exist because people are too lazy [or complacent, which was too long for 140 characters] to change those behaviors got all up in some grills. Oops.
- Truth: If anyone tried to do to me today what a bully in high school did to me, I could totally call the cops and get them arrested. That should pretty much copperfasten the idea that bullying is wrong. In the adult world, it's illegal. See also: assault.
- I don't watch TV. Did you know that? I don't follow news either. It's all bullshit newsertainment to me. And so, when I mentioned to someone today that people I've never met before on Twitter seemed oddly argumentative toward me about this bullying = wrong + could be stopped if we gave more of a shit equation, I was informed that bullying has made it into our recent news cycle due to a political race. This kind person deduced that maybe my comment about bullying was mistaken as a political statement.
- Fact: I don't give a shit about politics. Not even a little, tiny shit. I do care about bullying, though. And up until today, no one ever had their panties knot over my saying that it's wrong and we could do more about it. (And seriously? Some political story could actually reverse your morals that wildly? Dudes, I don't care who did what to whom. If Abe Lincoln had been outed as a bully, I'd still think bullying is wrong and saying it's "just a normal part of life" is lazy-brained horseshit.) (And I love me some Abe Lincoln.)
- Recap: bullying = wrong. I still think laziness (and nodding) is a huge part of why we allow our world to stay the way it is. (Proof: read your history books. Too busy on your smartphone for that? Yeah. I know. Everyone is.)
- "Science may have found a cure for most evils but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all-the apathy of human beings." --Helen Keller
- Helen Keller was born blind, deaf and mute and she did a lot of cool shit.
- I have opinions and sometimes I say what I think.
- So does Judy Blume.
- I am reading (really really really really slowly) Andrew Smith's PASSENGER, and posse, it's amazing.
- Andrew has opinions too and sometimes he says what he thinks here on his blog.
- A bison and a squid walk into a bar.
- Next week while I'm in Rochester is the week of the awesome Nebula Awards. I am so sad I can't be there. As a seasoned sci-fi fan, and as an Andre Norton Award nominee, I am beyond sad, really. But, we make dates, and I've got a date with Rochester and so, wish EVERYBODY SEES THE ANTS some luck.
- I'm going roller skating for mother's day. If you lived near me, you could totally come with me.
Hey! If you didn't come out to the Exton Mall today, you missed me. Here I am with the awesome Laura. Her t-shirt is the shizz.
I urge you:
Get to the Rochester Book Festival.
Have opinions and say what you think.
Call the cops if anyone ever follows you home or stalks you. Or assaults you.
Pay attention while driving.
Don't assume everyone else watches the 24/7 news cycle.
Have a sense of humor.
Now, back to the cave. I have things to beat.