let's get the seven lines. (bookshop) wrote,
let's get the seven lines.

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Hello, LJ!

Stuff, basically at random:

  • I really wish it would stop snowing. You know what sucks? Snow that doesn't stick. I never before realized how annoying snow that doesn't stick is. when it sticks, that's one thing, because at least along with the ice and the snow shoveling and the treachery you get PRETTY SNOW EVERYWHERE. ♥ When it doesn't stick? My god, it's just like, this really stinging, wet, icky, cold stuff. That's only pretty right before it flies in your face.

  • You know what the scariest part of this story is? Not that the kid faces first-degree felony charges for writing a short story about zombies (yes, that's right--zombies are terrorists now, did you know?) The scariest part is that he was turned in to the police by his grandparents. Yes, that's right--his grandparents. Because we're teaching families to suspect one another now, and rewarding people for joining Ashcroft's Army spying on one another. And what was all that "fiction" Orwell wrote about kids turning their parents into Big Brother? Oh, wait, that's me just taking a story out of context.

  • There's this kid I know, high school kid, good guy, nice, quiet. He doesn't like school but the other day he checked out this library book, thinking it was going to be about vampires--kid's obsessed with vampires. The book as it turned out wasn't about vampires--but it was about high school. And the kid says to me with this look of pure amazement, I've never read a book like this. The way they talk--I've never read books where teenagers actually talked like teenagers. He was completely overwhelmed with the idea that books could actually capture his voice, could give him something to relate to. He couldn't stop talking about the book and how much he loved it. Orphne, it was truly AWE. And I suddenly realised in a way I'd never really understood before--seriously--why Catcher in the Rye is so incredible in its way: because for so many people who read it, it gives them their voice, back to them, in a way books never had before.

    The book that turned this kid's creative world upside down? Hairstyles of the Damned by Joe Meno. He loaned it to me for a read, and it's good stuff. Check it out.

  • You know what else sucks? Seeing that people have friended you and thinking, oh, I must have done something right/good/nice/funny today or something!--and then discovering that the journals who friended you are either hatefilled stalkerjournals (in this case unstable), or hatefilled journals set up to mock the stalkerjournals. That sucks.

  • I'm very torn about whether I should brave the inclement weather and go to the bookstore in order to surround myself with children's lit and read all night, or whether I should stay home, write, and read The Golden Compass or Assassin's Apprentice. I think this calls for a poll.
    Poll #446772 what i should do with the rest of my evening?

    Which should I do?

    Go to Barnes & Noble! Drink really bad coffee! Lounge in huge comfy armchairs! Write like a real cafe writer! Read children's books!
    Stay home where it 's warm and non-snowy! Order pizza! Work on your short story! Read something!

    If I go to the bookstore, which of the following should I do?

    Read children's books for free at the expense of corporate America
    buy a book and *then* read it, you stingy bastard.
    read children's books for free but make up for it by buying coffee and scones!
    Hang around the children's book section giving advice to confused parents about what they should let their child read (I did this one last night. It was fun.)
    All of the above.

    If I stay at home, which of the following should I do?

    read the first book in Robin Hobb's Farseer Trilogy.
    read the first book in Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials Trilogy.
    finish reading Lolita, you slacker.
    make that post about the Kinsey Scale I promised (which I haven't forgotten about; it's just that making polls wins over socio-political rant-making, hands down every time.)
    Watch back episodes of House. HUGH LAURIE!

    Should I have had ticky box answers for the last two questions?

    Yes! Who wants to get stuck with just one choice? Please.
    No, because the whole point of pollmaking is to *pick* an answer? Hello?
    uh... where's the ticky?
    I really, really *hate* the @#&*!$ ticky box.

  • Finally, a meme, gacked from flash_happy and, like, everybody.

    I want everyone who reads this to ask me 3 questions. Any 3, no matter how personal, dirty, private, or random. I have to answer them honestly. In turn, you have to post this message in your own journal and you have to answer the questions that are asked to you.
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