Past Me Made Current Me Laugh – Again

Behind the Scenes

Past me made current me laugh with this random note:

Random Note to Self

“Who’s scruffy-looking!?”

I found it in old paperwork last year when I was reorganizing my tax papers. (I guess I was feeling frustrated and disheveled after checking and re-checking numbers for a long time.) This year, I found the photo I uploaded to Flickr and made myself laugh again! 😀

Wall Art: All We Have to Decide Is What to Do with the Time That Is Given to Us

Arts & Crafts, Books & Mags, DIY

Kristine at The Painted Hive made large-scale book quote printables available for free. Among the five options there’s one of genre interest, too:

The Painted Hive Kristine Tolkien All We Have to Do

Kristine at The Painted Hive (selection).

“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.” J.R.R. Tolkien

Thank you for sharing these fantastic wall art pieces, Kristine!

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Quotes: One Should Not Seek Ugliness in This World

Books & Mags

“One should not seek ugliness in this world. There is no lack of it. You will find it soon enough, or it will find you.”

– Sigrud je Harkvaldsson in City of Miracles by Robert Jackson Bennett

Although my life has been very different from that of a Dreyling operative and assassin, I agree. (For instance, I’ve never understood the appeal of vampire or horror genres, but to each their own.)

Bennett, Robert Jackson. City of Miracles. New York: Broadway Books, 2017, p. 177.

Cross-posted from Co-Geeking.

Quotes: Today’s Young People Are Proud to Be Smart and Curious

Inspiration, Thumbs Up

“What’s remarkable is the way ‘nerd’ is such a badge of honor now. Growing up, I’m sure I wasn’t the only kid who read Spider-Man comics and learned how to do the Vulcan salute, but it wasn’t like it is today. I get the sense that today’s young people are proud to be smart and curious, to design new things, and tackle big problems in unexpected ways. I think America’s a nerdier country than it was when I was a kid—and that’s a good thing!”

– President Barack Obama

Smart and curious people designing new things and tackling big problems is exactly what’s needed at the moment. Proud of my fellow geeks and nerds!

Ransom, Cliff. “President Barack Obama on How to Win the Future: Questions and Answers with Popular Science.” Popular Science

Quotes: Our Bodies Need Proper Rest

Inspiration

A piece of wisdom from Renae Bluitt, founder of Crush Media, in an interview by Garrett Fleming for design*sponge:

“When I first launched my business, I was the Captain of team No Sleep. Now I understand that this concept is totally ridiculous. There’s really no way around it. Our bodies need proper rest. Not sleeping and working around the clock doesn’t mean that you’re some super entrepreneur. It simply means that you’re not working smart and managing your time wisely.”

– Renae Bluitt

Being a visual person, I made it into a motivational poster:

Renae Bluitt Our Bodies Need Proper Rest2

As a small business owner, it is sometimes very hard to take time off even knowing that our brains work better when rested. It’s worth making it a priority, though.

Case in point: during my short break, without actively thinking about my current project under development I came up with three construction options to try. Now I can narrow it down further, and after testing move on to the next step in the process.

Quotes: I Put Away Childish Things

Books & Mags, Inspiration

Reading up on young adult literature and whether it’s for adults, I came across this quote by C.S. Lewis: “When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up.” I made that into a mini-poster:

CS Lewis When I Became a Man

It’s from his essay “On Three Ways of Writing for Children” and forms a part of a three-point argument for the inclusion of fantastic stories in the lives of adults.

Banned Books Week 2014: Quotes and Links

Books & Mags, This Is Important

As a follow-up on my Banned Books Week 2014 post, I’ve collected a few interesting and thought-provoking quotes and links below.

Weird Al Yankovic, Neil Gaiman & George R.R. Martin support the banned comics week:

Neil Gaiman Banned Books Week 2014

Neil Gaiman.

Photo from Neil Gaiman’s Google+ profile.

Neil Gaiman is also quoted in the Comic Riffs feature of The Washington Post:

“Say you’re a kid in a school district [that banned a book] and there’s not a local Barnes & Noble and you don’t have 20 or 50 bucks in disposable income. …

“That book is gone. It was there and now it’s not. The fact you can buy it on Amazon doesn’t make that any less bad.”

(The Washington Post / Michael Cavna, Sept 24, 2014)

Barbara Jones, the director of ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom, on why we need gay characters in literature:

“Many of us at one time or another have belonged to a minority. Maybe you grew up a man with many sisters. Maybe you’re the only one who likes a juicy hamburger in a crowd of vegans. Left-handed? Night owl? Deaf? At some point you may have looked to the left and looked to the right and wondered, ‘Where are others like me?’

“Banned Books Week is an annual reminder to embrace the freedom to seek ourselves in books. The First Amendment awards each and every single person the right to read and speak freely. Celebrate the characters that help us discover ourselves.”

(Huffington Post Books, Sept 22, 2014)

In Defense of Banned Comics: 10 of Our Favorite Challenged Works by Robert Tutton at Paste.com. Almost identical to the CBLDF list.

Malinda Lo’s analysis of the most banned/challenged books in the U.S. shows that diverse books are disproportionately targeted for book challenges and censorship:

“I think it’s important to note that the reasons for a book’s challenge may be beside the point when the result is a broad silencing of these minority perspectives. Though some might protest a book’s explicit language, the real result is closing off dialogue and preventing readers from experiencing stories and lives outside the mainstream.

Recent academic studies have shown that reading fiction leads to increased empathy, which suggests to me that it’s more important than ever to make sure books with diverse perspectives are widely available, not censored. I hope we can remember this during Banned Books Week, which takes place Sept. 21–27 this year, and every week.”

(Diversity in YA, Sept 18, 2014)

Maddie Crum’s article puts book ban/challenge information from ALA as graphics (Huffington Post Books, Sept 22, 2014).

Author N.K. Jemisin’s reading of the above supports Lo’s findings:

Edit: Here, finally, is my complete collected ElfQuest set (albums 1-8) and my Banned Books Week library loans.

Banned Books Week 2014 ElfQuests
Banned Books Week 2014 from Library

Quotes: Staying at Home for Real Comfort

Books & Mags, Inspiration

With September, we get back to busy. This fall, I’ll try to take care of myself proactively. And since my home is where I recharge my batteries, this mini-poster makes perfect sense to me:

DSponge Austen Home Quote

Maxwell Tielman / design*sponge.

Image by Maxwell Tielman via design*sponge; adapted from Jane Austen’s novel Emma.

I highly approve of the sentiment both as an introvert and an Austen fan! (Even if it was given by the vainglorious, rich-relative-flaunting Mrs. Elton, who seems quite clueless as to her own conversation.)