Hey, look! I rode in a hot air balloon with the most ridiculous American Girl yet (Girl of the Year, so not a real AG, but still, she comes with a hot air balloon).
So I haven’t been blogging much lately. I doubt you miss me, but I thought I would let you know where I have been that is not here, in case you in fact can’t get enough of me.
I went on vacation and got the soundtrack to Pocahontas stuck in my head, because I was here. And now I am in Chicago going here when I should be doing this.
But also, I am elsewhere on the Internet and in print, like a peer-reviewed journal, this magazine, and this blog. Apparently when I yell repeatedly about how there are still major problems with diversity and race and ethnicity, people respond or tweet or tumble, and that is awesome, because I would really like to make more friends/colleagues/mentors and have more conversations, because that’s how shit gets started, man. And also, thank you for tweeting or tumbling me or publishing a blurb about me as an alumna of your school, because that makes my day and makes me feel famous.
I’ll be back when I have a handle on things. And next month I will also be blogging at Forever YA and Reading Jessica Darling, so if you’re not already reading those, get on it.
I’m trying this thing where I talk less. Actually, where I do lots of things less, like eat and drink and spend money, but the point here is that I’m trying to talk less, especially the blathering variety.
It’s hard. It’s always been hard for me not to talk, even when doing so makes me feel uncomfortable and embarrassed, and even when I spent my entire life being laughed at or made fun of or disliked for it. For someone who’s shy, I do a lot of seemingly outgoing things, but it’s generally an effort to hide something or to appear confident when I’m not.
Anyway. So I’m trying not to just say word vomit, and that means also trying not to just post here to post.
That’s kind of why I’m starting to like Tumblr, since the whole point is to be pithy, but unlike Twitter, you don’t have to be funny.
Books Bought This Month
A Separate Peace by John Knowles
Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
The Elements of Cooking by Michael Ruhlman
The Nasty Bits by Anthony Bourdain
Books Borrowed This Month
Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan
Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor
Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko
Books Received This Month Continue reading