Well, it’s posting day! Currently, these are the participants I have heard from. I am still hoping I might get wind of a few more people having completed their stories, but this challenge is always harder than it looks. There will be posts coming popping up all through the day, but it’s nice to space out your reading! PLEASE NOTE: MORE HAVE BEEN ADDED SINCE THIS MORNING! HOORAY WRITERS! HOORAY!
This time the lines were: “If I die here I am going to haunt the shit out of you,” “This is possibly the dumbest thing we have ever done, and that is coming from a long line of stupid,” “Don’t you dare tell me you told me so” (again, I apologize for writing the wrong one out last time!) “I really wish you wouldn’t be so careless with that,” “This is ridiculous. We should have taken the train”
I am so looking forward to what people have come up with! So these are the blogs to visit in the next day or two to read what they came up with!
**please don’t be offended if you weren’t on the list and I do follow you (or we’re on good terms, actual friends, etc)! I plan to do a follow forever eventually because there are a lot of other great blogs I’d recommend. I only listed the above ones because the anon asked for blogs similar to mine. Without anything further, I had to assume they meant blogs that aren’t heavy on the YA, maybe offer writing tips, and/or have an unhealthy love for Harry Potter sprinkled throughout**
***bolded blogs are my irl friends but still great book/writing blogs***
If you’re like me you’ve noticed (with some sadness) that things in the book community of tumblr seem a little less uplifting lately. I, for one, won’t go down without a fight. Because Hermione had it right - our relationships are more important (even than the books). Even the books we really, really love that have inspired and saved us. They won’t inspire and save everyone the same way. And that’s OK.
I feel it’s time to get back to basics, and for me that means pledging to three principles:
1) Reading is not about the numbers. I don’t care if you have read half a book this year or fifty. Reading is not about cramming in as much as you can…unless you WANT to be cramming it in. Someone who reads less is not less well-read, nor less entitled to be here and voice their love of books and their opinion;
2) And on that note: everyone is entitled to their opinion. If I disagree, I pledge to do it gently. To do it in the spirit of debate and open mindedness. As Walt Whitman said, “be curious, not judgemental”. Reading makes us more empathetic - let’s not close that when we close the books;
3) Don’t tolerate the bullies.If someone fills your inbox with hate, you still have the choice to publish it or not. I pledge to not give it an arena, to not rise to their bait. If they aren’t willing to discuss thoughtfully and respectfully, I must ask myself: Is this worth my time? Is this where I want to put my energy and joy?
We have the chance to shape this community. Let’s not cave to small mindedness. Let’s lead by example and be more generous for the sake of maintaining a community where we can delight and discuss together.
Let’s celebrate our successes and champion our causes and respectfully disagree on anything and everything…because we’re all debating what we love and shoving the statistics of “reading as a dying art” back at the naysayers just by showing up.
We’re all on the same side. I want to be on your side. This is my pledge.