Although Diversity in YA focuses on young adult books, we couldn’t help but notice the great diverse middle grade titles out this year, so we decided to spend a full month focused on these books! October 2014 is Middle Grade Month here at DiYA and to kick it off we’re giving away 15 books from…
So … I’ve always known that Sugar Sugar was by The Archies but I didn’t realize it was by THE ARCHIES if you know what I mean. I just youtubed it because we all had the same storytime song in our heads and what song gets songs out of heads better?
Ok, while I was typing that up, the How I met your mother I am watching started making “Crash Test Dummy” jokes which u thought was super coincidental but now Alan Thicke is singing Mmm. And he’s changing the lyrics to be about Barney! Why is HIMYM retroactively copying me?
So I’m eating Target knock-off Jelly Bellies and the Sour Cherry and the Cinnamon Fireball look pretty much EXACTLY alike and I keep eating them together and it’d driving me bonkers because you need to be in the right headspace for Cinnamon, ya know?
ETA Frosty Root Beer also looks like Cinnamon and this is also a problem.
We’re finally watching the last season of HIMYM and the ending has been spoiled for me and oh em gee future Ted is an asshole. He is sooo pushing the whole “Robin/Barney OTP” thing to his kids. But at the point of him telling this story, he knows they’re over, right?
At the grocery store the other day I parked next to someone with a bumper sticker that said “Planned Parenthood is killing a generation one baby at a time.” I really wanted to put a note on their windshield that says “yer FACE is killing a generation one baby at a time” but I didn’t. Can I get an adulting cookie?
Dudes, I’m getting all teary at the reference desk (what else is new?) over these kids who are protesting because the school board wants to show them only history that will “promote citizenship, patriotism and respect for authority”.
The school board announced that they would focus on the topics that would highlight the “positive aspects” of the United States and its heritage. Through this, the school authorities believe that they would avoid material that could encourage civil disorder or disregard of the law.
Did I ever tell y'all about the time my husband was wearing his Bizarro shirt and this teenager came up to him and said, "if you're going to wear a knock-off superhero shirt, at least try and find one that got the colors right."
Brandon just thanked him for his insight and went back to what we were doing but ohhhhh we laugh about it a lot.
(This random anecdote brought to you by the librarian who just ordered a fun looking Bizarro chapter book for her collection. Let this be a lesson to you, folks. Don’t ever be a jackass know-it-all teenager or years later people will still be laughing at you.) (Full disclosure? At some point we all are jackass know-it-all teenagers.)
So I’m going through november 2012’s tumblr (the last time I worked on something like what I want to do for this year’s Nano. I want to see what I wrote then about it) and I refound this anecdote and oh em gee. That teenager still cracks me up.
So I have similar dilemmas every year around NaNoWriMo time and I feel like I blog about it every year and THIS YEAR IS NO DIFFERENT!
So I never finish NaNo because I’m a slacker and full time job + kids = no time. I’ll never make it as the next great novelist at this rate but whatever, I just have ideas I want to get out. So because I never finish my novel I have problems with NaNo - namely the rule that you have to have all new material. Because I’m abandoning my lesbian retelling of Turandot because I can’t get it up to care enough about the Turandot character to make my magical [unnamed lady] fall in love with her. And I looooo [unnamed lady] as a character. So. This year I’m going to steal (with permission) Pippa’s story of dancing with the blood and becoming a fairy queen and have [unnamed lady] fall in love with the slightly creepy but super bubbly fairy queen who other than the origin story is actually nothing like Pippa BUT WHATEVER.
So - if I don’t count the scenes written for [unnamed lady] toward my 50k, I can totally still use the scenes when this eventually [ha!] becomes the next great ya novel, right? (Answer: of course I can! Nano has it’s rules but I write for writing and not for Nano I just use it to force myself to actually write every day. I just have to psych myself up for this).
My coworker and I are setting up for our 4:15 robot program and every time we walk back into the workroom we’re saying something weird. About 10 minutes ago we were debating which robots from Star Wars it would be ok to date (basically the ones who have agency and can give their consent. C3PO always tells you when he doesn’t like something. If he’s up for dating you, you can date him.) Just now we were discussing chapter books about robots and as I walked in I was saying “hey, I’ll take alien robots if that’s what I can get!”
We were playing Mario Cart the other day and Pippa blue shelled just as Brandon was about to win first place and she said she was soooo sorry that she lost him the game and he was all “no! That was perfect! Good job!” and I was all “Pippa, you have to be the terror you want to see in the world. ” Because apparently I take parenting cues from Doombot nowadays.