HP Love, described in images and a love letter

lunalovegoodI have over 850 favourited tweets on Twitter. I use the favourite button as a bookmark button. Things that look interesting but I don’t really have time to investigate right now. Things that are interesting and I want to repost on Tumblr or talk about on this blog. Things that I never get around to actually looking at again.

However, that is no longer true! I’ve gone through the last eighteen months of tweets, unfavourited a bunch of them (mostly job openings or grant funding applications), but also found a familiar theme running through a few of them.

That theme was Harry Potter and how much its fans love it. Those books have had a lasting impact on an entire generation (and the older generation as well–the parents). I read the books, I watch the movies, and I am in awe of Ms Rowling. I don’t think there will be another book/series like it in my generation. I don’t think anyone will be able to create something as powerful again.

I write with aspirations to create a world as complex and contained as hers and I fear that I’m not that good.

That’s beside the point though! Harry Potter’s … Read more.

On the definition of nerdfighter

(photo credit: Crash Course on YouTube)

Note: I’ve been sitting on this post for a while, and I’m still not sure where I stand. But I really can’t sit on it forever. So excuse the very open-ended-ness of this post, but I feel like I should post it now or I never will.

…the word soon took on a more celebratory, inclusive cast. Nerdfighters weren’t against anything; they were simply proud to immerse themselves in interests that others might find geeky or arcane. Indeed, the nerdfighter community is strikingly civil and constructive for an Internet subculture.

from The Teen Whisperer, written by Margaret Talbot for The New Yorker

I’m not a rabid John and/or Hank Green fan. I’m in awe of them. They have been able to build a life doing things they love. Not a lot of people are able to do this, no matter how hard they try. (I’m still trying … as I probably should be in my mid-twenties.)

But I find that I don’t really accept the nerdfighter label. At least, I don’t feel I can label myself with it. For starters, I had no idea what the label meant. Are these people super-Green … Read more.

Band of Brothers – a quote

From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be remembered –
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers.

Henry V, Shakespeare

Between watching Henry V (theatre play by Bell Shakespeare) and Band of Brothers (mini-series by HBO), this quote has been said in my life a lot lately. Even without knowing the play or having watched the mini-series, I assume–I hope–that these words make others feel something. Sad, nostalgic. It makes me appreciate the power of words.… Read more.

On Everyday by David Levithan

everydayA review in one hundred words.

This book was addictive. Not only is the writing typical Levithan–accessible, fast-paced, emotive–but gets inside your head. Each morning as A is ripped from one body and wakes up in a new one, you feel like you’ve been doing this for a very long time. Just as A has. Then A wakes up as Justin and falls in love with his girlfriend. Everyday explores the idea of gender and sexuality. A does not have a gender. Hen* experiences sexuality as both male and female. A is able to clearly explain that gender and sexuality is fluid, and you believe hen.

* Hen is the Swedish pronoun for a gender neutral person. It felt wrong to call A a s/he because hen isn’t either. A is fluid.… Read more.

Recommendations of Note (for the scrappy ladies)

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It has been pointed out to me of the double meaning of crafty—I did not mean anything by it, fabulous ladies. I just think of you of my crafty ladies, and today, you’ll be scrappy. =)

So my last post of recommendations focussed on book series, and today we’ll focus on individual books! (The harder task, since so many books today are part of series.)

The Fault in Our Stars (John Green, Penguin). This one can’t be ignored, especially since the movie is making women and their daughters everywhere sob out loud in cinemas. Two teenagers fall in love and they just happen to have cancer – a lovely, heartbreaking book that shows all the beautiful and ugly emotions associated with grief. Recommended for 14+

Saving Francesca and On the Jellicoe Road (Melina Marchetta, Penguin). Melina is definitely one of my favourite Australian authors; she captures the teenage soul so well. Saving Francesca is about a girl whose mother suddenly won’t get out of bed while trying to navigate her new school as part of the first class of girls in an all-boys school. The pop culture references are to die for … Read more.

Recommendations of Note (for the crafty ladies)

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via bronzewing on instagram

I am the editor of a scrapbook magazine. This means that all the new friends and creatives I meet are papercrafters, not writers. And often they have kids. Occasionally I’ll see a post like the one on the left on my social media streams and I just have to jump in and recommend books because I love introducing people to my favourites. (And all the writers in my life know this list.)

Note I: This post will deal with series only. They are not in any particular order.

Note II: Harry Potter is not on the list because it’s assumed you’ve already read it.

The Lumatere Chronicles. (Melina Marchetta, Penguin) I had to start with an Aussie series, but this series holds its own against even the best overseas series. A country is in exile and it’s up to the king’s best friend to reunite his people and take them home. Recommended for 14+

The Spiderwick Chronicles. (Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi, Simon & Schuster) I am very partial to this series as I have never found anything for middle readers that quite lives up to the … Read more.

Doctor Who on Change (a quote)

“It all just disappears, doesn’t it? Everything you are, gone in a moment, like breath on a mirror. … We all change. When you think about it, we’re all different people, all through our lives, and that’s okay, that’s good. You gotta keep moving, so long as you remember all the people that you used to be. I will not forget one line of this. Not one day. I swear. I will always remember when the Doctor was me.”

Episode: The Time of the Doctor, December 2013
(Notable posts about Matt’s Doctor here and here.)… Read more.

Reminder: You are a Writer! (Lessons from Markus Zusak)

I met Markus Zusak last week. And while he will probably not remember me, I felt I found a kindred spirit. Writing can be a very lonely and often alienating job. Most commonly, I hear that you’re not a writer if you’re not doing A, B and C.

I don’t do A, B and C.

I don’t work on more than one piece of writing at a time. I don’t spend time writing short stories, poetry or creative non-fiction. I don’t submit to journals. Nor do I win competitions. I don’t read widely. I repeat books often, sometimes more than twice a month, but I don’t read widely.

All of these things are the opposite of what writers “should” do, according to almost every writer, university lecturer and blogger I’ve ever read/talked to on the subject of ‘being a writer’.

But you know what? Markus Zusak doesn’t do these things either.

Sometimes it’s nice to be reminded that you’re a writer if you believe you’re a writer.… Read more.

On the Veronica Mars movie… #spoilers

…and why I hate it so much.

Gosh, that was a hard sentence to write. Let’s be clear: I didn’t help kickstart this movie. And I have lived vicariously through my sister watching the seasons during university. I understand what happened in most episodes–I didn’t miss the in-jokes in the movie. However, I have not watched every single episode of this show. In fact, I can only attest to watching season one from beginning to finish.

I consider myself a marshmallow. … Without actually being one, I guess.

I adore Veronica. I loved the fact they were making a movie. This is a brilliant show and I wanted to see what they could pull off. But sadly, I’ve been disappointed.

The beginning was brilliant. Veronica had achieved what she wanted: she was out of Neptune. She was living a life free of drama (except from the courtroom she now found herself in). She was dating someone not famous. She wasn’t a private investigator. She got out.

But of course, she was pulled back in. And that’s when we start to slide. Because with talks of sequel movies and books, they need Veronica back in the drama-arena. So, with … Read more.

On doing less

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This year, I have one goal and one goal only.

Do less.

It’s not exactly the New Year’s resolution that most people make. The list of resolutions you usually hear are ones where people make grand plans for their year. They are going to get fit (do more exercise, eat at home more and thus cook more), they are going to get a new job (urgh, job searching), they are going to take that Europe trip finally, they’ll move out of home, they’ll do this and do that and do MORE than what they have been doing. And this is probably why New Year’s resolutions fail, because it’s about doing more with the time you don’t have.

This goal was inspired by a tweet I saw some months ago.

Even if you (or I) can condense our lives in three distinct ‘life categories’ it doesn’t only mean you (or I) will be only doing three things.

I believe I have the first … Read more.