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THE INVERTED PYRAMID OF REVISING A BOOK

So this is my (extremely) in-depth video about my editing process, and how you can create your own editing process, too! This is how I’ve edited each and every book I’ve written since early 2013, and it’s been effective for me!

Give it a watch (when you have time), like, share, and subscribe! NaNoWriMo is almost at end – time to start thinking about editing!!!

11 Questions

Tagged by @sonador-reveur @paratmin and @oneamateurgirl1612 Thanks for tagging and sorry if I missed anyone, mention notifications seem to be AWOL 😀

1) How many works in progress to do you currently have?
Loads, I have several notes pages of vague ideas and half rhymes. Some of them are destined to remain unfinished though 😂

2) Do you/would you write fan fiction?
I lack the planning, stamina and concentration needed for things longer than 24 lines, so probably not gonna happen.

3) Do you prefer real books or ebooks?
Both, I’ll read anything I can get my hands on 📕📗📘📙📔📓📖📱

4) When did you start writing?
I started this blog in 2013, but I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember 📝

5) Do you have someone you trust that you share your work with?
All of you lovely Tumblr people 😁 My family have probably read 100-200 of my rhymes at most, not because I don’t trust them. They know about my blog, they’re just not that into poetry. Plus the thought of reading 1000 poems is a bit daunting 😂🤣😱

6) Where is your favourite place to write?
On the couch with coffee ☕️

7) Favourite childhood book?
Revolting Rhymes by Roald Dahl and anything by Paul Jennings

8) Writing for fun or writing for publication?
For fun and entertainment, if I was writing for publication I’d be a very disappointed poet 😂

9) Pen and paper or computer?
iPad or iPhone mostly. I do write out finished poems in notebooks though

10) Have you ever taken any writing classes?
Nope, it’s something I’d like to do one day though

11) What inspires you to write?
Everything. I write down ideas when I have them so that when I’m struggling, I can go through my notes and something generally pops out. Failing that, I read loads of poetry which is inspiring. Poetry Prompt blogs are always good for inspiration too.

Representation Matters. And recently, I learned that one of the characters in my books is having a real impact on real people.

For the sake of privacy, I’m not going to tag any specific individuals I spoke with in this post, but this is a true story about how a character with autism in my books has affected people with autism in the real world.

When I began writing Embassy back in 2013, as I’ve said many times, the story/plot were extremely different than they are now. Most of the characters were the same, but they had different roles, and I included many characters just for the sake of including them, as I still wasn’t completely serious nor as dedicated to this series as I am today, January 5th, exactly four years since I began writing Embassy.

But as I completed more drafts of Embassy, and as I experienced various changes in my life (my most life-changing events were yet to come), I came to realize I didn’t want Embassy to be the book it started out being. I wanted it to be something deeper, playing more to the emotions and personal journeys of the characters instead of the outside plots. My purpose for writing Embassy changed. Suddenly there was a dream behind it, a message that would carry on through the unintended sequel, Resonance, and now Perihelid, the final arc of Arman Lance’s emotional journey (and the conclusion of the main themes of the first three books in the series).

Even with this more-intentional purpose shining through all the way to publication, and through the writing and publication of Resonance, too, there were still elements and characters that began to become more and more relevant to the story overall. And, recently, it has been brought to my attention that one of the still-minor characters has been having an incredible effect on some readers of my books that I didn’t quite anticipate: John Mistin.

For anyone familiar with my books, John Mistin is the older brother of Ellin Mistin, and both of them were recruited to the Embassy Program at the same time as Arman Lance (the MC) from their hometown of Cornell, on the planet Undil.

John is a socially-awkward, overly-enthusiastic guy who will give you his unwavering friendship if you so much as let him speak to you. “Hi, I’m John!” followed by a hard handshake is his signature greeting to every new person he meets. He has a form of aphasia, which is sort of similar to dyslexia, but instead of messing up spellings and being unable to read certain words/fonts, he instead routinely confuses complicated words, and Ellin is constantly correcting his mistakes. He’s aware of his aphasia, and he touts his younger sister as “my favorite dictionary.”

John has an “eidetic memory,” that is, an incredible photographic memory that allows him to vividly recall visual-spatial patterns. His life’s dream in the Embassy Program is to become a cartographer and make maps of every city, asteroid field, and planet in the Program, even venturing out on long-duration deep-space missions to map the galaxy with the Undil Embassy’s Horizon Tower. He’s an extremely quick learner with the latest cartographic technology, and is pioneering mapmaking through neuro-optical holography, where he literally creates maps by picturing them in his head and translating them into a 3D space.

He is committed to friendship. His sister, Ellin, is his best friend, and when she’s hurting, all he wants to do is comfort her. He can’t really tell when other people are uncomfortable around him, though, as we see through Arman’s eyes, Arman is at first very apprehensive about being around John, because he just doesn’t know how to “handle” being around him. Fortunately, Ellin is usually there to calm John down when he gets too excited.

I’m describing all of this because yes, John is autistic.

He’s not a main character, and we haven’t seen too much of him yet (proportionately, at least), but he takes control of the scenes he’s in. He’s a very visible character.

This is so, so, so important.

The other day, one of my followers who has read my books messaged me asking if she could ask a question about a certain character. Her question was non-specific, simply, “I don’t know if this was intentional on your part, but what’s the deal with John?”

When I told her that he’s on the autism spectrum, she was thrilled. Like, absolutely thrilled. And she told me that that’s what she thought, but she wasn’t sure if I had meant to write him like that, because the thing with John is that he sticks out from the rest of the cast. And while I’ve written other, less-visible characters in the series, John is the one I’ve paid special attention to because his role in the rest of the series is incredibly important.

The follower went on to tell me that many of her siblings have autism, and that her brother was asking her about my book, particularly about John. And when she told her brother that John was indeed autistic, her brother got really excited, too. Here’s portions of her responses telling me all of this, verbatim:

You have…no idea how incredibly happy I am right now. Holy shit. I’M- That’s literally exactly what I was- The fact that he is intentionally- AHH. It’s so rare for autistic people to be represented and then- This is something really important to me because most of my siblings are on the spectrum actually…….

“I’ve grown up surrounded by areas of the spectrum and so I recognized that behavior and the fact that it was intentional I’m so freaking happy. Also, Ellin and John’s dynamic reminded me a lot of my own with a lot of my siblings. SO ANYWAYS THAT WAS PROBABLY MORE THAN YOU WANTED TO KNOW BUT YOU HAVE NO IDEA HOW MUCH MY RESPECT FOR YOU JUST ROCKETED….

“You’ve got this utopian-ish universe and there’s characters who are autistic and bi and- It means a lot to me. But I’ve been planning on rereading Embassy and Resonance so I’ll make sure to try to pay more attention to those scenes!……

“And honestly, it’s so important to listen to anyone really, but especially someone with autism bc a lot of people will tell them to shut up instead(I’ll fight people I swear), but it’s also just-the excitement and happiness they get when talking about something they love and actually having someone listen- it’s so great. And yes! So many people look down at people with autism and it’s so- Like all of my siblings and anyone else I know are pretty high-functioning……..I mean one brother, he has these intricate worlds in his head and, literally, he can put them all on paper exactly and is just-he’s so talented with art and he’s so passionate and his style is so specific to im and ahhh……….

“OH and I meant to tell you. Last night I was talking to one of my brothers and earlier someone had been telling him about how some people won’t let autistic people do things and he was really frustrated over people being ignorant and judgmental basically, and I told him about how there was a character [in Embassy and Resonance] who was autistic and is important to the series and how positive he is, and then mentioned something about how [you] had also mentioned [you’d] known someone in college who had autism who was really smart and basically he just had this really great smile on his face and it led onto this discussion about how proud he is of his own autism and the things autistic people can do, and while there are crappy people there are some really great people too and he just-the look on his face every time I talked about [John] was just really freaking good. So-thank you. :)”

When I read that last message from her, I cried. I was sitting on my couch and just let the tears flow. To hear that, to hear how your work, how a character you’ve had in your head for years, has affected someone who lives with autism… It’s such a powerful feeling. I was completely overcome, because that is so important. 

Just yesterday, I was talking with another friend and we got into a discussion about John Mistin and how a follower on Tumblr told me her story about how John has impacted her and her brother, and my friend then told me that her own brother is on the spectrum, too. I’ve been hanging out with her family more and more recently, and she told me that ever since I’ve started coming over, he’s been calmer, and is interacting with them differently, and making goals for himself to follow through on, and that I’ve had a positive impact on him, too. Even just a few days ago, I showed him this book full of satellite imagery of the Earth, and he was absolutely fascinated by it, and he and I were just sitting at the table flipping through the pages, and he was telling me all these stories about stuff he loves doing and everything he’s interested in.

As she and I were having this discussion, I just started tearing-up right there. It’s just so overwhelming. I cannot express how important it is. I always say that my goal with my books is to inspire a love of space exploration and get people interested in the sciences, but never–NEVER–did I think that my stories would have this impact on the unsung-heroes, some of the best people you will ever meet if you just open yourself to them. Yes, it can sometimes be uncomfortable at first, but there is so much to discover, and so much to love about autism.

Even before my follower and my friend told me about their siblings, I’d already had John’s character-arc planned out. Yes, he has a big role as my books continue. Yes, you will see more of him, and you will continue seeing how good of a person he is, how devoted he is to his work, how genuine of a person he is. But now, even I am realizing how important John Mistin is outside of my books.

Representation matters. It matters because we are so numb to thinking that everyone is the same. That there are heroes and heroines and villains and friends and enemies.

We all have strengths and weaknesses, and none of us are magically good at everything. Sometimes the people we want to avoid at first are the best people we could ever meet. I didn’t write John because I needed diversity. I didn’t write John because I needed a stereotype “crazy” character. I wrote John because he is important to the story, because without him, my books literally would not be the same. And now I know he might be even more important to other people than he is to me.

Aha wow I’m reading the night vale podcast commentary from their new books (which are excellent and have creepy illustrations, spot on,) and bascially until August 2013 they had no idea why their show was the number 1 (beating out This American Life) most listened to podcast in the nation. They searched twitter and google and couldn’t figure out why they breached 8.5 million downloads and then- they discovered it.

Tumblr. 

In their words: “Boom. Night Vale was everywhere on Tumblr. Fan art. Fan fiction. Slash fiction. Arguments over canon. Lovefests over how cute Cecil and Carlos were. Heck Yeah Tamika Flynn. And so on. We were no longer giddy. We were… um… errr… [wild gesticulation.]”

lmao

for those curious, this is what they saw in tumblr tags round that time. https://www.tumblr.com/tagged/cecil%20baldwin?before=1377273600

Broken Home Masterlist

Pairing: Y/N/Jock!Michael

Rating: R. Cutting appears

Summary: I’ve always wanted to either continue or rewrite my song preference series Little Me. I was 16 when I wrote it since I’m 18 now my writing skills have increased. The plot of the story was amazing but my writing was so poor in 2013 I just wanted to write it again, but with longer parts and a more mature language. And since I heard Broken Home, I couldn’t stop relating it to this. So here we have Little Me 2.0 Michael version. If you guys are too lazy to read all of this you can read the short  6 parts there are in my preference book.

Parts:

anonymous asked:

Having read most of your Zowens meta, when the "Nothing without you" line was said, it was their last match in the indies together, right? So now, having reached the proverbial top of the mountain in the WWE, after all the heartbreak, after all the pain and suffering -- how would you book the ending, the TRUE ending, of the ballad of Kevin and Sami? I mean, they recreated some of the familiar beats already. How would "Nothing without you" go, in your head, in the WWE?

OH GOSH.  

Yes, DDT4 2013 was Kevin and Generico’s last match together!  For quick background (I’ve gushed about it so often, I’m sorry, I just want to make sure the basics are down), it’s a PWG tag team tournament, and Steen and Generico, best friends turned mortal enemies, somehow got booked together as a team (how did this even happen??  There must be an interesting story there).  Everyone knew Generico had signed with the WWE and this was farewell, and the resulting tournament was basically a love letter to Steen and Generico, a beautiful little present tied up with a bow, an attempt to let them have the closure to their storyline that they never got in Ring of Honor.  Across three matches, Steen and Generico finally reached reconciliation and catharsis.  And you know, the version they come up for the WWE (because they have one planned!  I know it!) will probably have strengths for being able to unfold over months (years?) instead of days, but it probably will get weirdly sidetracked and booked wrong as well, so I’m really glad we have the abbreviated/condensed version already!

If I were to book something, first there has to be some event that really brings Kevin low.  I’d like it to be something that really breaks him down more than simply getting rejected by Hunter, though I’d take that.  Ideally I want him to have a friendship that means something to him, so when that friend betrays him he can suffer as Sami has suffered.  It’s hard for me to imagine a reconciliation without Kevin getting SOME kind of karmic payback for what he’s done to Sami and Chris, though I think it’s possible without it.  Because of that, it might take years before Kevin can build a friendship worth getting betrayed again.  Given what we’ve currently got, I might (sorry, Finn!  Sorry, Sami!) have Finn turn heel maybe at SummerSlam (maybe much, much later, if we’re talking the Final Ending) and stab Sami in the back, joining Hunter’s faction.  Then build over a long time (at least a year or so) a friendship between Kevin and Finn, based on their shared dark heart of having both betrayed someone they know deserves better.  Someone new coming in from the indies (Adam Cole? Kassius Ohno?) could also do the trick, though!  It just has to be someone that can form a bond with Kevin that Kevin can believe is a true friendship (I just can’t see that happening with either Joe or Hunter).

I would have Hunter and Kevin’s false friend cast him out of their faction, have False Friend reveal/claim he was only using him (payback for Jericho there as well).  Then as a final indignity I would have Hunter tell him the only way he could keep his job at all would be to enter the tag team division with Sami, who I assume is just going to be eternally low-key at war with the Authority.  Lots of Sami being angry and miserable but basically being unwilling to cost Kevin his job (because he knows and likes Kevin’s family, after all!)  Lots of dysfunctional dynamic… slowly giving way to kind of helping each other despite themselves, to having a growing sense of pride in their tag team.  Samoa Joe and False Friend (and anyone else who’s joined them) could be constantly trying to thwart them, Hunter increasingly annoyed that they’re actually doing pretty well.  This could go on quite a while, depending on how happy the actors are to stay in the tag division together!

Obviously I would end it with them eventually winning the tag team titles, preferably with Kevin suffering horrifically during it.  Like seriously, I want Kevin shielding Sami’s body with his own under a hail of kendo sticks, I want Kevin getting superkicked for Sami, I want Kevin to be forced to grovel and plead for the bad guys not to hurt Sami anymore.  Give me all the OTT melodrama!  I want Kevin so destroyed by the end of the match that he can’t even stand and Sami has to drape their title over his body before collapsing next to him weeping.

And ideally, hard as this is to imagine, once we get to that I would do my level best to never book a betrayal between them again.  Oh, they could have disagreements.  They could have fights.  They could split up as a tag team.  But I would really want this to be the reconciliation that sticks, I would want them to have each other’s back when the chips were down, if you’re beating up Sami there should always be a chance Kevin’s going to come out and help him even if they’re feuding for a title!  My intuition is that Kevin and Sami have an end state in mind for their friendship, a grace from which they never truly fall again.  It doesn’t happen in wrestling, but if anyone could make an exception, it would be these two.

immortalnewsspork  asked:

Hi! I finally read The Book of Speculation this week and found it delightful. It's the first fiction book I've read since 2013 and it made me realise I miss reading for leisure and how good it feels for the mind. I bought it when it came out and it sat on my bedside table in anticipation but research/study reading and trying to keep/catch up on newsy articles on my instapaper took up my reading time. I'm grateful that The Book of Speculation has been a little bit of pleasure in a meh week.

Thank you so much!

I’m pretty sure Simon totally gets putting things aside because you have to do research. 

It’s an honor to be your first foray back into fiction! Many a meh week can be made better with a good novel or really choice short stories. 

Here a few novels I’ve really enjoyed off the top of my head:

Indelible by Adelia Saunders

The Daughters by Adrienne Celt

Behave by Andromeda Romano-Lax

The Sympathizer by Viet Thahn Nguyen

Ruby by Cynthia Bond

Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig (Out on May 2nd. The voice in this is so, so good.)

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Hello people!

How are you? Good? having a nice summer? As you can imagine, I’ve been veeeeery busy so I couldnt post anything here. But an outdated page is something too sad! So here I am, posting a comic I made in 2013 for the RRUFFURR fanzine.

This story was going to be a children’s book (or at least, that was my intention), but when the good folks of RRUFFURR asked me to do a comic for their fanzine, I thought it was a good chance to make an adaptation of that idea to comic format. And this was the result, a 12 page comic.

Maybe some of you have already read this comic, but I’m sure some others not, and anyway, it’s a good thing to remember some old works, right? Well, here it is again for you: Lucy & The Cats.

(I’m going to upload it in two posts, because tumblr don’t allow me to post 12 images…).

tagged by @odysscia & @slythaerinss you’re both lovely

rules: answer the 20 questions and tag 20 amazing followers you’d like to get to know better!

name: Ioana

nicknames: i don’t really have one 

zodiac sign:  gemini

height:  around 160 cm

ethnicity: romanian

favourite fruit:  pomengranate

favourite season: fall or winter

favourite book: rn it’s  “Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the universe”

favourite flower: don’t have a favourite but favourite kind of plants are cacti

favourite scent: green tea or mint

favourite colour: dark blue 

favourite animal: probably cats 

coffee , tea , or hot cocoa: tea

average sleep hours: around 7 i think

cat or dog person: cat

favourite fictional character:  brienne of tarth

number of blankets you sleep with:  it depends but rn it’s 2

dream trip: japan

blog created: summer 2013

number of followers: 209

 tagging : @dqrthvader @rhymes-with-bee @princess-reads @heartunderfire @hecateris @vasqueen @memory-diagnostic and everyone who wants to do it

11 facts about me

I just got tagged by @toooldforthisbutstill so yay let’s go

1) I don’t stress. Or very rarely. I am literally chill all the time. It’s kind of a blessing really.

2) I’m a fairly good cook and my cooking philosophy is that everything can and will go with anything. Except mint sauce. Fuck mint sauce.

3) I have a calendar with a pun a day offered for my birthday and I also have a pun notebook with almost a hundred puns in it. The calendar really helped filling it.

4) I write down every book and every movie I read/watch based on the month in a small notebook (one for each). Color coded and all. It does wonders for the memory. I can tell you where I was, what I was generally doing at that time of my life and give you a pretty good summary of the plot. Being doing it since 2013 for the books, and since 21/09/2016 for the movies.

5) One of these days I’ll have a dog. A big one preferably. I have a lot of ideas for a name but you can’t really name something unless it’s in front of you. (that being said, Citrouille/Pumpkin is a really cute name for a dog)

6) I want to do the kind of theater the Reduced Shakespeare Company does. Dream job tbh. So I’m kinda considering joining a drama school in future years. Or trying at least.

7) Once I get better, I’ll pass my driver’s license and take a trip in France. I’ve been living there my entire life (minus this year) but there are so many cities I haven’t been to. It’s time I fix that.

8) Speaking of trips, it’s been one of my dream for ten years to do the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostella. One day for sure.

9) I just want everyone to have a nice time ya know ?

10) I love singing. I’m not particularly good but who cares ? Singing is so great.

11) I was an introvert growing up but I think it definitely shifted into a more extravert territory. I love people. People are awesome. And good. I’m sure of it. (Still love some me time though. Who doesn’t. But some things are better alone. A good hike of a few hours all by yourself is bliss)

And I tag @gentlemanlupin @wilwywaylan @scavengerridley @benihime-aratame @lumeha @watermonkeystuff @thegaypumpingthroughyourveins if you want to do it, have fun!

sashathenorthdreamer  asked:

YOU'RE LISTENING TO WTNV? I CAN'T BELIEVE THIS. STOP WITH THE PERFECTION. *throws herself at a Hooded Figure* P.S.1: Also, I am saving up for the Style on Ice Fanbook, so good luck with that! P.S.2: The hundredth episode is Cecil's and Carlos's wedding and it's adorable. <3 Have a nice night! (ノ´ヮ´)ノ*:・゚✧

Heey! :> I actually started listening at it back in 2013, for quite a few months! But then I stopped (mostly because I need to read a transcript while listening, otherwise I miss many things), althought I got at least 10 eps listened since then LMAO And I also got the book! ♥

I’ve always loved the story and characters very much, and OH, Carlos and Cecil relationship is the cutest thing EVER ^q^ While looking for a few quotes today, I just spoiled myself about the wedding and I screaMED SO HARD AAAAAA TQT I’m around ep 45, so there’s a long ride until I reach ep 100 lololol

Thank you so much, have a nice night as well! (Also thank you for being interested on the zine! ♥♥)

Taggity Tag

Tagged by the lovely @porpentinygoldstein

5 things you’ll find in my bag:

        notebooks
        sketchbook
        pencils
        scissors
        highlighters
5 things you’ll find in my bedroom:

       manga books
       Russian literature
       my laptop
       pens
       earmuffs
5 things I’m into at the moment:

      lazytown
      aesthetics
      tom hiddleston
      kylux
      fantastic beasts and where to find them
5 things on my to-do list:

      3 art projects
      period gown research project
      reading other Russian books
      looking for a summer job
      enroll in fall classes
5 things people don’t know about me:

      I took chorus back in middle school
      I may have a learning disability (but I need it confirmed by a professional)
      I’ve had the same laptop since 2013
      I went through an emo/weeabo phase back in middle school
      I’m learning German on Duolinguo

tagging @jennblarg @aglassroseneverfades @captain-the-foxx and @robronlove

@ straight ppl let me break this down for you

you wake up in the am, you turn on your tv, BOOM, straight people. you turn on your radio? BOOM, song about straight people. you play a video game? straight people. read a book? straight people. y'all are represented fucking everywhere

did you know that in 2013, on the five major broadcast networks only 3.3% of regular scripted characters were LGBTQIA+? did you even notice?

you can sit there and be like “well it’s straight erasure to make cassandra/cullen bi” but let me tell you something. straight representation? it’s not even near at risk of being erased. everywhere you fucking turn straight people are represented.

i have to scrounge to find people like me literally anywhere. i have yet to find a single canonically confirmed asexual or aromantic character in any form of media. krem is the first - i repeat, the first - transgender video game character i have ever encountered. do you know how many bi/pan love interests the mass effect series had? four. kaidan alenko, kelly chambers, diana allers, liara t'soni. do you know how many lesbian or gay characters it had? two. t w o. kaidan was not avaiable to be romanced by a male shepard until half way through the third game. kelly and diana were both incredibly minor parts of one game each. samantha and steve were not introduced until me3.

did you know that they recorded bisexual dialogue for both cullen and then solas but cut it from the final version of the game?

when we “erase” a straight character with a mod, it’s equivalent to erasing the dot of an i off of a 1000 page novel. when you erase a queer character, it’s equivalent to tearing out an entire chapter.

the fact that you even have the fucking nerve to tell us that your constant time in the spotlight is more important than our sliver of happiness is selfish as hell. you don’t care about equality, all you care about is making sure that you remain the most prevalent, the most important.

bloomberg.com
This Guy Trains Computers to Find Future Criminals
Richard Berk says his algorithms take the bias out of criminal justice. But could they make it worse?

I really don’t believe much in this use of predictive techniques for this kind of analysis, mostly because false positives and false negatives are, in my opinion, unacceptable from an ethical point of view. Interesting reading anyway.

By the way, exactly on this precise topic, is based a wonderful novel by Philip Kerr: A Philosophical Investigation:

LONDON, 2013. Serial killings have reached epidemic proportions-even with the widespread government use of DNA detection, brain-imaging, and the “punitive coma.” Beautiful, whip-smart, and driven by demons of her own, Detective Isadora “Jake” Jacowicz must stop a murderer, code-named “Wittgenstein,” who has taken it upon himself to eliminate any man who has tested posi­tive for a tendency towards violent behavior-even if his victim has never committed a crime…

A perfect summer reading. You may get this book in Amazon (US, Uk).

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Earlier this year, seemingly out of nowhere, author Alison Waines’ 2013 thriller started selling tens of thousands of copies. “I’m making more money than I ever have before,” she told The Wall Street Journal. The explanation? A lot of the people who bought Waines’ book, Girl on a Train, actually mean to buy The Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins.

The Journal reports: “Of roughly 300 reviews on Amazon of Ms. Waines’s 2013 book since Ms. Hawkins published her novel in January, around 40 reference buying the wrong book. Many appear to have read the entire 429-page novel without realizing their error.”

Hint: Waines’ book centers on a “headstrong journalist” named Anna; Hawkins’ book is narrated by an alcoholic named Rachel.

-Nicole

Daredevil Trivia

It’s mentioned that Matt grew up at St.Agnes’ Orphanage. Skye from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2013) also stated that she grew up at St.Agnes’ orphanage.  

One of the framed newspaper headlines in the Daily Bulletin office reads “Cybertek Settles” referring to Cybertek and the controversy surrounding it from Season 1 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2013).  

In the comics, the paper Ben Ulrich works for is The Daily Bugle. In the show, the newspaper he works for is the fictional New York Bulletin because Marvel did not yet have the rights to Spider-man or the Daily Bugle at the time of production. 

Two paintings featured in the show which are shown to Fisk and Murdock are direct representations of their comic book counterparts. Fisk is shown a large wide white painting and Murdock is shown a tall red painting, in the show both characters are primarily in black, where as Fisk in the comics normally wears a white suit and Murdock as Daredevil primarily wears a red suit.  

Claire Temple’s nickname for Matt, “Mike”, harkens to an early run of Daredevil stories where Matt pretended to be his own twin brother, Mike Murdock, who was not blind to protect his secret identity. Additionally Matts middle name is Michael.  

When the young Matt opens the med kit to patch up his father after one of his boxing-matches in episode two, a deck of cards can be seen, with the ace of spades on the top. In the comics the villain called Bullseye, Daredevil’s greatest nemesis - even rivalling Daredevil’s enmity with Wilson Fisk - often uses a deck of cards as throwing-weapons, the ace of spades being his signature.

When discussing the fundraiser gala with Fisk, Owlsley remarks that they should “make sure Richmond’s on the guest list. He won’t come, but he’ll get pissy if he isn’t invited.” This is a reference to Kyle Richmond who, in the Marvel comics, is a rich playboy that eventually gains superpowers and becomes the costumed hero Nighthawk. In the comics Nighthawk becomes an important member of The Defenders, a group which is going to get it’s own series from Netflix.  

In the original comic book storyline, one of Matt Murdock’s habits that supported his moniker “Daredevil”, was when doing his patrol, he would jump off of buildings without having mapped out how he was going to land on his feet. He would literally improvise it in midair and did this traveling from rooftop to rooftop.  

The Boxer that Jack Murdock beats is Carl Creel. Creel would later become The Absorbing Man and regularly antagonize the like of Thor and The Avengers. The character did appear in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2013) for season 2.  

In episode 6 the sniper on the rooftop that is working for Fisk has an ace of spades on his gun bag. This is a nod to the super villain known as “Bullseye”, though it is not yet established if it is him.  

There is a hint at Civil War in episode 5 when Matt Murdock sits on the bench at the 15th Precinct. There is a poster over his right shoulder on the wall.  

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“Because it’s kind of great, being an idea that everybody likes. But I could never be the idea to myself, not all the way.”  — pg 293, Paper Towns, John Green (Bloomsbury, December 2013 Edition)

I just finished this book recently and I absolutely loved it. The ending left me in awe. I love Margo’s complexity and Quentin’s obliviousness. One of the top bildungsroman novels I have read so far. 

4

Okay, this is a first impression review of 3 things I’ve noticed about the book.

First: I took the time to flip through the book, as well as reading the first page. What I like about the book is that it is engaging. The writing is for Middle Grade, but it is very pleasing to read.

Second: LOOK AT THAT ART. The cover isn’t the only thing that has art on it. Some of the pages (bottom left pic) have drawings on them. I think that is incredibly cool and very awesome that I get to see what the characters are doing. And how the characters look.

Third: This book was written in May(?) 2013. So, its fairly new. Also, I see a lot of goodreads reviews saying how “Percy Jackson this and Percy Jackson that” well, this isn’t Percy Jackson, isn’t it? It clearly says its ideal for Percy Jackson fans. So I’m gonna give it a shot.

If you’re in search of a new book series, why not give this a go? Read along with me. I will not be posting spoilers.

If I could recommend one book this Banned Book Week it would be and Tango makes three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell, illustrated by Henry Cole.

Forget Howl, 1984, and The Satanic Verses. This touching picture book follows Roy and Silo, two male penguins at the Central Park Zoo, on their true journey to become a family.

My kids love this book. I cried the first few times I read it. Even if you don’t have kids, it’s worth stopping by your local library and taking 5 minutes to read.

This book has topped the ALA’s 10 Most Challenged Books list nearly every year since it was published in 2005 (2011 and 2013 are the only years it failed to make the top 10).

So if you want to be extra scandalous and anti-establishment check out this cute story about penguins!