Hello, and welcome back to On This Day in My History, where I page through my diaries (which began in November 1999) to see what was going on in my life throughout the years on a single, specific day. Here's June the 28th!
No June 28th entry in 2000, 2001, 2002, or 2003.
June 28th, 2004, Ten Years Old
I had a decent first meeting of the arts and crafts club I decided to start this summer. I was upset, however, because I still hadn't gotten the new kitten I'd been promised for my birthday.
No June 28th entry in 2005.
Today, I have a couple of guest posts up on other people's blogs! Ellana Rose Thornton-Wheybrew, who guest-posted on my blog earlier, gave me the opportunity to do the same on hers. Then Julia (who is currently on her way to Oxford, the Oxford, in England, much jealous) did an interview with me. I'll put a preview of each post below with a link to the full article at the end. Thank you for reading and an extra special thanks to both Julia and Ellana for hosting me!
Guest Blog: Disability on Ellana's Blog
"When I read this post by Ellana, it really resonated with me, as I know it did with many of you. I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, a disabling but largely invisible chronic pain and fatigue syndrome, when I was sixteen years old. (Read my story here.) I was already somewhat integrated in the disability community because my youngest brother is autistic, but once I had a personal stake in it, my understanding of the situation grew greatly. Recently, I was also diagnosed with OCD (the reveal post is here), making me both mentally ill and physically disabled..."
Read more here.
Wordy Wednesday: Interview with Kira Budge on Julia's Blog
"Tell us a bit about yourself.
I’m a sophomore at BYU-Idaho studying English: Creative Writing and a novelist, primarily of YA fantasy. Additionally, I’m the Associate Online Administrator of Ch1Con, a writing conference for teens. I play cello, foster kittens, and obsess over British TV in my spare time.
I've been a library person since I was very young. My parents took me to public libraries as a kid, and getting a library card was a big rite of passage. As a voracious reader, it's never taken long for me to become well-known at each library I've been closest to. I'm every librarian's fantasy and nightmare combined. I've hit the limits on checkouts and holds. I check out dozens of books at a time, while having requested dozens of books, while having a library TBR list full of hundreds of books, while having a Goodreads TBR list of even more hundreds of books. The librarians know my name, they often have an entire shelf full of holds for me, and they're glad when they have room on that shelf again. Unfortunately, I also have a habit of reading anywhere and everywhere: for example, while eating or in the shower. The librarians aren't so happy about that. I've had to pay for a few ruined library books in my time. But I absorb all them books through osmosis.
I've read thousands of books in my life already, and none of that would be possible without libraries. Who could afford even a tiny fraction of the books I've read? But with the library, I have access to a treasure trove of knowledge and entertainment. I would not be half the writer I am had I never read those books. I would not be the person I am today without those books, Thus, I am 100% behind supporting local public libraries. Also school libraries. Private libraries are pretty cool too, but the public ones are the important ones when it comes to accessibility.
Authors are hugely supported by libraries too. They make up a decent percent of sales, and library readership numbers help publishers decide which authors to continue publishing. (Both things that don't happen with pirated books. DON'T PIRATE!) Through the library, books get into the hands of a wide range of people who can recommend them, spread the word, and even buy their own copy (as I do with the ones that I really like.) Librarians are also just huge figures in the book industry. Seriously, they should be your best friends as readers and writers.
Basically, libraries are life-changing wonders that spread hope, education, and growth and that support society and should be supported by society in return. So today I, thought I'd share some tweets in support of libraries. Enjoy!
Time for a recap of my experience with Ch1Con this year! I've got so much to say about all of this.
Let's begin way back at the very beginning. Some of you know that, from age 12 to 18, I was a member of the Scholastic Write It boards, a heavily moderated community for young writers where we shared our writing and discussed the writing/editing/publishing process. At the time I was a member, the boards had a really great regular membership, especially in the Novel section. I made a number of incredible friends there whom I love more than I can express, including Julia Byers, who is my best writing friend and critique partner to this day. I got the chance to experience a real writing community full of camaraderie, and I also learned a whole lot about writing, editing, and publishing. Without the Write It boards, I would not be where I am today, and I would be missing out on what bloomed into a beautiful set of friendships.
As the Write It regulars grew older and began to find each other on social media, we became eager to meet each other in person. So in 2012, Julia put together a little private conference for us Write Iters. I was unable to attend in person, but I spoke at it via video chat.
Because of the success of the meet-up, Julia decided she wanted to make it into a full public conference where young writers could meet together, a writing conference run by teens for teens. After tons of legal stuff and more legal stuff and monetary stuff and legal stuff, she finally was able to set up the Chapter One Young Writer's Conference, to have its first official event in summer 2014 in Chicago. We had dates ready nine months in advance, at which point I started raising money so that I could attend.
Hey, readers! Currently I'm in Chicago, at the Chapter One Young Writers Conference, which takes place today and tomorrow! I'm super excited about this opportunity, and hopefully, I'll be seeing some of you there too! I'll be giving a workshop on Sunday, among other things. If you're a young writer (ages 13 to 22), why not give it a go next year? You can follow Ch1Con on Facebook and Twitter, as mentioned in this post, to get updates. The website linked above should also have photos and handouts from this year's sessions coming soon!
Wednesday, I'll be summarizing my experience. Until then, carpe litteratum! If you're disappointed not to be hearing more from me today, you can check out my official Ch1Con interview, posted earlier this week, at this link. Julia and I also were part of a podcast yesterday, from NewbieWriters, talking about Ch1Con. You can listen to us have our awkward first podcasting experience here!
Thanks so much!
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Ayyy-o, I got nominated for another tag! This one is called the Liebster Award, no idea why. I was nominated, as usual, by Julia, who is a wonderful friend and in charge of the Ch1Con conference which you can register for right now at a crazy reduced price. Thank you. Julia!
Rules of the Liebster Award
11 Random Facts About Me
1) At the moment, I have fallen into another of my temporary linguistic habits, meaning I am currently adding the word "yeah?" to the end of statements to which I want confirmation. This should wear off after a few weeks, like most my linguistic habits. The only ones that stay are my habit of using the word "Anyway" all the time and my love of the word "potato."
2) I cannot for the life of me find a job. Disabled people have it hard, yo. I can't stand behind a Smith's register and check you out or make nasty food at fast food places while standing up or stand for extended periods of time. Ever.
3) I may or may not have a small Candy Crush problem. Also, an entering book giveaways problem.
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