What exactly is going on in South America, and why are hundreds of people in funny robes suffering from shock, broken bones, and… bites?
It must mean only one thing: It’s time for the Quidditch World Cup. And this year, Harry Potter fans who can read dispatches from the unexpectedly dangerous Quidditch stands—as written by J.K. Rowling at Pottermore.
Chaos and mayhem erupted in Patagonia during the 427th World Cup when organizers made the unwise decision to host a parade of magical mascots, some of whom turned on each other. (Apparently, Norwegian lake monsters don’t play well with Fijian shark-men.) The daily writeups come straight from the mouth of former Quidditch pro and reporter Ginny Weasley, who as all die-hard Potter fans know had a career as Seeker for the Holyhead Harpies before becoming the Quidditch correspondent for The Daily Prophet.
Hey, guys! A couple of my friends at my university really need your help! They are a group of Native (mostly women) students who are trying to spread decolonized education (woooohoooo!!!!) to Native high schoolers on reservations and in New Mexico. It would really help
them out if you could donate something or signal boost this. They are not getting paid, but they need money to travel to the students. Any donation at all is helpful!
Here is what they have to say:
WHO ARE WE?
AlterNATIVE Education is an education-focused non-profit that works with Native American/American Indian students to teach them about the left out history of American Indians. Our facilitators are composed entirely of Columbia University students, the majority being of American Indian descent.
WHAT WE DO
AlterNATIVE Education is a peer-education and mentorship initiative that will ENGAGE students with Native histories, Native governments, Na-tive arts and Native current events, which are topics that are not talked about often enough in the classroom; EMPOWER Native students as community members, as individuals, as agents of change; and finally, ENCOURAGE Native students to seriously consider pursuing higher education through long-term mentorship. AlterNATIVE’s ultimate goal is to have 100% of AlterNATIVE mentees graduate from high school and apply to college.
This summer, alterNATIVE education is expanding, going from four sites to six. This summer, our alterNATIVE education facilitators will be at:
Isleta Pueblo, NM Zuni Pueblo, NM
Pine Hill, NM To’hajiilee, NM
Farmington, NM Acoma Pueblo, NM
I feel like this should be obvious, but let me clarify: Writing is a business.
Yes, I and other authors write first and foremost because we love writing. We love telling stories, using our imaginations, and connecting with readers. If we didn’t love writing with the fire of a thousand Targaryen dragons, no way would we be doing this. The publishing industry is too brutal and unpredictable to tolerate otherwise.
God, I cannot stress enough how accurate this is. I think there are people out there who think that being an author, once you’ve gotten published, is a cushy, financially stable, easy life. That it’s all sitting in a dusty writer’s garret somewhere, thinking deep, sad thoughts about characters, and that the worst thing we have to deal with is the occasional bout of writer’s block. The idea that anyone in this business is writing anything with the sole intention of being a money-grabbing profiteer is hilaaaaarious.
“You will be stupid. You will worry your parents. You will question your own choices, your relationships, your jobs, your friends, where you live, what you studied in college, that you went to college at all… If that happens, you’re doing it right.”—Ira Glass (via stay-ocean-minded)
“It’s still National Library Week. You should be especially nice to a librarian today, or tomorrow. Sometime this week, anyway. Probably the librarians would like tea. Or chocolates. Or a reliable source of funding.”—Neil Gaiman (via ala-con)
Time for another round of the scary writing prompt game. All participants are entered to win a spooky prize pack at the end of the year! Come flex your creepy writing muscle and tell us your ending to the story of three friends who are camping off the grid.
Ever heard anyone say that? It’s a safe bet that you have if you’re a contemporary Native American. Or, as my friends in Canada put it, a member of a First Nation.
And those were the exact words that I heard this past Saturday. Standing in front of a group of fifty sixth and seventh graders at Henry Hudson Middle School (And no, I shall not go into a rant about its namesake right now) in the Bronx.
I’d just finished doing my presentation to that very polite audience. Great kids. The very fact that they were here spending a sunny Saturday morning in school spoke volumes about their motivation. I’d been introduced as an American Indian author.
And as I told a story and then talked a little about my two YA novels—Wolf Mark (Lee & Low, 2011) and Killer of Enemies (Lee & Low/Tu, 2013)—which had just been given to each of those young men and women, they’d listened attentively.
“So,” I said, “any questions?”
And that was when, in the second row, the young woman wearing a scarf had raised her hand and made that comment. “You don’t look like an Indian.” [read more]
I am a Person of Color. I clarify this to make it understood that I use the phrases I’m going to talk about in this post on a daily basis. I use them without thought to those who are around me understanding, and I use them because I’ve always used them. They are my default.
“Why is it people always get so upset about Affirmative Action but not about legacies? For some reason we’re ok with the historically advantaged having a leg-up over the rest of us, but not the historically disenfranchised.”—One of the best comment about Affirmative Action I’ve seen (found in response to this article)
The 34th annual Los Angeles Times Book Prizes were awarded Friday night at USC’s Bovard Auditorium. The winners in 10 categories included a first-generation Chinese American, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and one of the bestselling authors of all time (sort of).
We’re so excited about this news! It’s the first time a graphic novel has ever been recognized by the LA Times in a non-graphic novel category!
hi! I just discovered your blog - what a great resource!! I'm wondering if you now of any sci-fi/fantasy/dystopian books in which the protagonist is a person of color?
Great question and thank you!
Sci-fi, fantasy, and dystopia are not my strengths, so let me lead you to some great resources that could better answer your question.
Lee and Low has an amazing pinterest account, complete with booklists featuring stories about characters of color. They have boards for YA sci fi and fantasy featuring poc. This is invaluable.
If you don’t follow Diversity in YA on tumblr, you should. They keep excellent diverse book lists as well. I’d also recommend checking out their resource list for other blogs and websites that look specifically at diverse books over here (scroll down and it’s on the right-hand side bar).
“In 1979, when the minimum wage was $2.90, a hard-working student with a minimum-wage job could earn enough in one day (8.44 hours) to pay for one academic credit hour. If a standard course load for one semester consisted of maybe 12 credit hours, the semester’s tuition could be covered by just over two weeks of full-time minimum wage work—or a month of part-time work. A summer spent scooping ice cream or flipping burgers could pay for an MSU education. The cost of an MSU credit hour has multiplied since 1979. So has the federal minimum wage. But today, it takes 60 hours of minimum-wage work to pay off a single credit hour, which was priced at $428.75 for the fall semester.”—The Myth of Working Your Way Through College - Svati Kirsten Narula - The Atlantic (via infoneer-pulse)
“I don’t know exactly who I am. But now that I’ve started high school, I need to figure it out really fast. Because I can tell that otherwise, I could drown here.”—LOVE LETTERS TO THE DEAD by Ava Dellaira #ReadLoveLetters
“If you use magic in fiction, the first thing you have to do is put barriers up. There must be limits to magic. If you can snap your fingers and make anything happen, where’s the fun in that? … The story really starts when you put limits on magic. Where fantasy gets a bad name is when anything can happen because a wizard snaps his fingers. Magic has to come with a cost, probably a much bigger cost than when things are done by what is usually called ‘the hard way.’”— Terry Pratchett, author of the Discworld series, on writing magic. (via theticklishpear)
“Novels—particularly those written by women—set in the sphere of the domestic, and those that deal with the events of ordinary existence, are inevitably considered to be (or dismissed as) thinly disguised accounts of the writers’ own lives. Why?”—Anne-Marie Casey, on novels not necessarily being autobiographical