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Tasertorch, "The Very Last Crayon"

The world is being drained of color, literally and metaphorically. No one notices but it’s mauve that goes first. No one notices but Darcy who happened to like that sweater, thanks so much for ruining the laundry, Jane.

And with mauve goes romantic daydreams. Not the passionate kind, but the kind where you think about a cup of tea and a rainy window and a good book and a cat, instead of your office cubicle. Next goes umber and with it bitter regret and the salty, creamy flavor of chocolate. By the time the world realizes what’s happened sour apple green is gone and the ability to mind, to feel anger for what’s happening, is gone. 

Except for Darcy, who’s been coloring little fractions of the world back into shape. It started when she realized she could use her mauve crayon to save her favorite sweater and her daydream of a cabin surrounded by crickets and a warm (very warm) body sleeping next to her. But crayons don’t last forever and it’s not even all crayons. She tried. It’s just this old box she’s had since she was a kid. 

So she colors Jane’s coffee stains umber and her notebook a vivid lightning blue to keep her boss’s brain running, and she colors her own fingernails purple for dignity and strength. She patches her surroundings back together until her crayons are stubs that she has to grind against surfaces. And when ultra marine goes and Johnny Storm’s charm and wildness and seduction fades into neutral politeness, she colors his eyes back to life, every morning. But she’s almost out of her favorite shade of blue and answers are getting hard to find.

CALLOUT POST FOR TUMBLR USER AND GLOOMVERSE AUTHOR CRAYON "LOVEROFPIGGIES" QUEEN

-THREATENED TO BAN ME, A LOVING DONATOR, FROM HER PATRON LIVESTREAM
-WONT ACCEPT THAT HAROLD GLOOM LOOKS LIKE SASUKE UCHIHA
-ALSO WONT ACCEPT THAT HAROLD GLOOM LOOKS LIKE VLADMYRE HYNNER
-WHEN I SAID I WOULD BRING OUT ANIME HAROLD ART FROM 2009 SHE THREATENED TO BAN ME AGAIN
-CALLED ME A COWARD BECAUSE I WOULDN’T POST THIS CALLOUT POST
-CONCLUSION: CQ IS PROBLEMATIC

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Beyond Braille

Add Tactile Picture Books to the list of cool things 3-D printers can do. We’ve all experienced picture books with textured patches for itty bitty kiddie hands to graze over while they glance at the pictures and listen to the story. But not everyone has been able to have the same experiences. Until now, visually impaired children were left out of the picture part of picture books.

Thanks to the emerging technology of 3-D printing, classic storybooks like Harold and the Purple Crayon, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and Goodnight Moon have become more accessible. The 2-D pictures in those storybooks have been run through a 3-D printer, resulting in the sculpted scenes pictured above.

Now that the 3-D printed images sit alongside the braille words, visually impaired readers can engage in picture book reading in a whole new way. The future of this technology hopes to put the power in the hands of the parent who would be able to snap a photo of a 2-D page, send it to a printer, and produce their own Tactile Picture Book for their own kids. 

Source: NPR

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Today we welcome Bethany Hagen to the Penguin Teen Author Spotlight, and we couldn’t be more excited! Romance, mystery, and danger are all wrapped up into one adventure in Landry Park, where the elegant world of the gentry and the terrible consequences of nuclear technology collide. Before you dive in (like we know you want to!), stay and get to know Bethany!

Name: Bethany Hagen

Novel: Landry Park

Available: 2.4.2014

Who’s your favorite author, living or dead? Either Charlotte Bronte or J.R.R. Tolkien.  I’ve read both Jane Eyre and Lord of the Rings once a year since junior high—they are the books that remind me of why I started believing in romance and adventure in the first place.

What’s your favorite thing about your book? The blue lanterns.  Or maybe the dresses.  Or maybe the kissing.

If you could spend one year on a deserted island with one character from literature, who would you choose? I feel like Aragorn would probably keep me alive, and would be very stoic and thoughtful while doing it, but Harold from Harold and the Purple Crayon could probably draw us a house with a veranda and a fully-stocked bar.

Where do you write? I currently live in a tiny rectangle built right after World War II, so I usually flee my house to write at the nearest coffee shop.  That way, whenever I’m stressed about a deadline, I can look up at the silently weeping college students and remember that life used to be much worse.

Who is your favorite hero or heroine of history? King Arthur.  He was real.

Do you tweet? What’s the funniest thing you’ve ever tweeted? I do tweet (@Bethany_Hagen.)  I seem to tweet about napping and bad wifi connections a lot.

What is your favorite season? Summer, especially here in the Midwest.  Cicadas, fireflies, barbeques, neighborhood kids giggling in dark backyards.  Tall trees with wide green leaves that rustle in the wind.  Thunderstorms that shake the house, the sound of lawn mowers in the background.  The kind of heat that necessitates water guns and garden hoses.

If you could teleport anywhere in the known universe right now, where would you go? England or Scotland.  My husband and I travelled there a couple years ago and had a magical time and even more magical Indian food.  For a history and literature nerd, there’s really no better place than Britain.

Do you have any writing rituals? Coffee + tumblr + music = mood set. 

What is your idea of earthly happiness? Besides coffee and tumblr?  Living in the English countryside in a house full of books and bottles of 14-year-old Scotch, sleeping in late and then writing until the stars start winking outside.

What is the best concert you’ve ever been to? Tool.  They are one of my favorite bands anyway, but the sheer energy and talent that they brought to the stage was magnificent.  It was one of those giant arena venues and when everybody sang along, you could feel their voices vibrating in your own throat and in your fingertips.

What are you currently working on? I’m working on the Landry Park sequel (Landry Park II: The Tulle Returns) and once that’s finished, I have a nice Ozark ghost story percolating in my brain that will probably start leaking out soon.

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Thanks, Bethany! We can’t wait to read the sequel to Landry Park!

You can find Bethany on Twitter and her website.

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