It's time for another Pinterest roundup, in which I introduce y'all to what's going on in my Pinterest besides the humor post. It'll be the last ten pins from my account and one from the Ch1Con Pinterest that I also run. You can click on each captioned photo for the source and full size. Thanks for reading, and come back next time for our August humor post!
I'm writing to you from the distant year of 2015, when you are 21 years old, to give you some advice. Why? Because I have a blog and people like to read this kind of thing. Also because 16 year old you makes me a little bit sad, and I want to let you know that you're going to be okay.
It's not going to be easy, so don't go thinking I said that. You'll have some trouble at first with college, but then you will end up right where you need to be, and everything will suddenly make so much more sense. You're going to understand why you're struggling so much and why you can never get over your confidence issues. The events of your life you've been puzzling out all this time, trying to find order, will make sense again. You won't feel crazy anymore and you won't be so afraid. But I can't spoil it for you, because that would be cheating.
It's time for a new book recommendation post! Here are the best YA books with strong female leads. Please note that I believe in using an inclusive concept of what a "strong female character" looks like, not just the stereotype we often see in the media. Also note that the obvious Katniss Everdeen and Tris Prior are not included because obvious, but duh, they're very strong, and you should read The Hunger Games and Divergent.
I was pleased to discover in putting this post together that there are a ton of YA books that I'd say have strong female leads. Recommend some more here, if you're so inclined. Thanks for reading and I'll see you next time for a letter to my younger self!
Today's post is going to be a mess, and it's also a day late, in case you didn't notice. My apologies for that. This past week was nuts, not to mention, I got an idea for a new post Friday night, didn't write it down (I don't usually need to), and had forgotten it by morning. The idea has not returned, so yeah. You have been deprived, I don't know what of, but I am terribly sorry.
This next week for me is finals, which tells you a lot of why last week was crazy. Finals week is never that big of a deal for me; it's kind of a relief, actually. The two weeks before finals are always the worst because of all the projects and stuff that are due then. I've had a rough go of it, because on top of all the said projects (all of which were slightly out of my comfort zone and had Codi throwing a tantrum), I've been sick. A terrible case of food poisoning, thanks to a Navajo taco, that lasted for about four weeks. I've only just recovered, and I am exhausted.
As of today (which has been a crazy day with sickness and essays and finals and a vague threat of some kind to my school via Yik Yak and a tornado warning), it has been three years since I started blogging! You may recall, it was kind of on accident at a little site I put together specifically for the CHOSEN FOUR series. Now look how far we've come! (Like, how I'm not even working on C4 anymore.) I'm so psyched to be here!
Now, of course, it's time for the annual roundup of the best posts I wrote in the past year.
Today, I'm starting up another new feature that'll come around once in a while, where I link you to a bunch of recent blog posts and news, and you can go out in the wonderful World Wide Web to see said posts! Luckily for me, ComicCon is going on right now, so there's lots of fun fandom stuff that's just been released! Here's what I've got:
First and most importantly, check out the newest Hunger Games: Mockingjay Pt 2 posters! samjenclaflin on Tumblr did a beautiful edit of the Peeta posters, which I want, on my wall, forever.
I think everyone, in their lives, will end up being asked a bunch of the same questions by well-meaning (or confused) people over and over again. Some are pretty common for certain life phases (i.e. college). Others, though... others are kind of unique. When these questions relate to stereotypes and other false beliefs that target marginalized groups, they're known as "microaggressions," small forms of prejudiced speech that "other" the targeted person and reinforce existing societal inequalities.
So today I'm sharing a bunch of questions, some of which are microaggressions, that I get way too often thanks to various aspects of my identity.
"Have I heard of you?"
"What's your backup career?"
"Why don't you self-publish?"
"Oh, I saw Book of Mormon on Broadway once! It was hilarious."
"Don't you feel sexually repressed?"
"How could you possibly not drink alcohol/drink coffee/have sex?"
"How many husbands do you have? How many wives does your dad have? How many siblings do you have? How many kids do you have?"
"Shouldn't you be married by now?"
For a long time now, I've been putting off this post with other pseudo-versions of it. No more! And what's more, I'm going to do it in video format today. Thanks for watching and I'll see you next time for a post on things I hear too often.
(Related posts here and here. Also, if you're in Germany, sorry. Turns out the Captain America march is banned on YouTube there. So you'll just have to skip on this one.)
I'm an unpublished novelist, primarily of YA fantasy, working towards my MLIS degree. I love psychology, cats, social justice, and love! I'm also a huge fangirl. Basically, stories are my life.
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