Monthly Archives: April 2012

I Am a Semifinalist!!!

The post’s title speaks for itself.  I’m a semifinalist, world.  One in fifty, to be exact!  Check it out!

I’m so ecstatic, there are no words.  Nor is there a Word of the Day.  It isn’t needed.

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My Random Thoughts for Tonight

I know I just wrote, and I wanna give you guys a break, so I’m going to be brief.

1. I finally got around to updating the “Books I Recommend” Page so it’s actually organized.  You can now find the books in various different categories, like Young Adult Fiction, Nonfiction, etc., and the books are alphabetized by their titles within those categories, and because I love you, I went through and added links to the books on Amazon, so now all you have to do is click the title to get it opened up for you in a separate tab or window or whatever.  Yes that was a long sentence.  Yes, I believe you were able to follow along anyway.  That’s how much faith I have in you.

2. I noticed that I have three books on that list that are meant to be read by small children – There’s a Boy in the Girl’s BathroomThe Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles, and The Phantom Tollbooth.  And I just wanted to justify their being on that list real quick.  I think people kind of underestimate the power of children’s books sometimes.  Sure, Goosebumps probably isn’t going to show up on any school reading lists, but those three books are really amazing no matter how old you are.  On top of that, I think it’s important to keep in touch with your inner child sometimes, and books are a great way to do that.  They’re a window into Child-You’s mind, and that’s important.  Not only because you need to keep Child-You from hitting others with sticks, but because children see the world differently than we do.  And when I say “differently,” I don’t mean “wrong.”  Kids sometimes see stuff that we never even notice, and kids can imagine things and really truly see them right in front of their eyes.  They also aren’t afraid to point out that your shoe’s untied, your fly is down, and you need to blow your nose.  Whatever.  Kids are unfiltered.  And that can be painful, but it can also be wonderful.  You know, I just realized I don’t make any sense.  I think it’s because it’s late, and I’m tired.  I’m just going to leave you with a random Word of the Day.

Word of the Day: Belligerent (adj) – of warlike character; aggressively hostile; bellicose

Bonus Word of the Day to Help Understand Definition of Belligerent: Bellicose (adj) – inclined or eager to fight; aggressively hostile; belligerent; pugnacious

Really, Dictionary.com?  Really?  You’re just trying to show off now: Pugnacious (adj) – inclined to quarrel or fight readily; quarrelsome; belligerent; combative

I’m beginning to sense a pattern.  I wasn’t even trying to send a message here.  I just really like the word, “Belligerent.”  Okay, I’m really done now.

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When I Grow up, I Want to be John Green

So a while back I posted a link to a video that was recommended to me by my friend, Alan.  (Alan, I know you’re reading this because I tagged you in the post on Facebook, and I’m probably going to tell you about it later.  Well I haven’t tagged you yet since the post doesn’t exist yet, but I will.)

And no I’m not going to link you to the video again.  I’m going to link you to the blog post (click here) because hey, this is my blog, and I happen to think you should read it.  So lately, I was bored.  I was supposed to be writing a ten-page essay, but I’m graduating in less than a month, and it’s a beautiful Friday afternoon here in New York, and I just wasn’t having it.  So I decided to go to YouTube and find the beginning of John Green’s video blogging (I refuse to say “vlogging.”  It just sounds weird) and watch all the videos he exchanged with his brother.  See what John and his brother, Hank, did in 2007 was they started using (Fine!  I’ll say it!) a vlog as a way of communicating with each other.  Hank challenged John to go a full year without any text-based communication, so that was the start of the blog, and their videos are really funny.

So I was watching them and laughing and not doing my essay, and I came to this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&feature=fvwp&v=Ck-dW8YGyes.  And that’s when I decided I wanted to be John Green when I grow up.  (Incidentally, I have also written a blog post that contains a short story that touches on this phrase – “When I grow up…”)  Because John Green is funny, and he’s a published author, and he’s won awards, and he’s written books in the Young Adult genre, and he seems like a genuinely nice guy.  And I want to be/do all those things!  (As long as you replace “guy” with “girl,” “woman,” or “lady.”  Your choice)  And I found, also, that I was really happy for him even though I don’t know him.  And also I’m currently reading one of his books, and it’s really good.  (I should probably add it to the Books I Recommend page. I’ll do that later.)  It’s important to aspire to be someone who’s good at what they do, I think.  And that is why I owe Alan a sandwich or something for introducing me to these brothers and their crazy vlog (ew).  I hope I get to realize my dream and be John Green one day.  Even if that does mean I’ll have to vlog.  At least once.  Just to say I did it.  Because I do like to talk, and I love how when you listen to a recording of yourself, your voice always sounds so foreign!  I know you never hear yourself right, but it’s still really awesome.  I guess I’ll think about it.

That’s all!

Word of the Day: Aspire (v) – to long, aim, or seek ambitiously; be eagerly desirous,especially for something great or of high value.

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