Shannon Hale

Life is short, so live extra lives. Read books.

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My twin 3yos return from preschool.

"We did art today!"

"Yes, we learned about positive space and negative space."

Me: “Really?” I point to a picture. “What part is the negative space?”

My 3yo correctly shows me. Then she points to the gap between her front teeth. “Negative space!”

Me: “Yeah!”

"Mama, I want to whisper something in your ear." She leans in. "Henri Matisse."

Me: “Henri Matisse?”

"Yep. He painted pictures. Then he went to a doctor and he died."

"Yeah, he’s dead now."

She makes up a game where when she says “positive space” we kiss and when she says “negative space” we hug. I would like to keep playing this game forever, please.

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tubooks:

disabilityinkidlit:

weneeddiversebooks:

#WeNeedDiverseBooks summer reading series! If You Liked Fantastic Four, try Dangerous by Shannon Hale because both feature superpowers and adventures in space!

Dangerous features a one-armed, science-loving, superpowered, home-schooled Latina protagonist. How’s that for original?
If you want to learn more about the book (and particularly its portrayal of disability), Mindy Rhiger reviewed Dangerous at Disability in Kidlit here, and interviewed author Shannon Hale here. Check it out!

We loved Dangerous, and think you will too! It’s a little different from Shannon Hale’s fairy tale-based books, but don’t let that stop you. It’s got just as much smart-girl power as Goose Girl, Princess Academy, or (@StacyLWhitman’s favorite) Book of a Thousand Days, but set in the near-contemporary US about a girl who goes to space camp and discovers world-changing mysteries. Full of excitement and adventure!

tubooks:

disabilityinkidlit:

weneeddiversebooks:

#WeNeedDiverseBooks summer reading series! If You Liked Fantastic Four, try Dangerous by Shannon Hale because both feature superpowers and adventures in space!

Dangerous features a one-armed, science-loving, superpowered, home-schooled Latina protagonist. How’s that for original?

If you want to learn more about the book (and particularly its portrayal of disability), Mindy Rhiger reviewed Dangerous at Disability in Kidlit here, and interviewed author Shannon Hale here. Check it out!

We loved Dangerous, and think you will too! It’s a little different from Shannon Hale’s fairy tale-based books, but don’t let that stop you. It’s got just as much smart-girl power as Goose Girl, Princess Academy, or (@StacyLWhitman’s favorite) Book of a Thousand Days, but set in the near-contemporary US about a girl who goes to space camp and discovers world-changing mysteries. Full of excitement and adventure!

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Team Janae and the Ice Bucket Challenge

Last night about 100 people in our neighborhood gathered to take the #IceBucketChallenge. The idea is, either donate $100 to ALS research or let someone douse you with a bucket of ice water (though you could do both!).

One of my best friends, Janae, is living with ALS. Here she is (on the left) with Team Janae in the background. Before ALS, Janae was a runner, and she still is driven, stubborn, intelligent, fierce, funny, and wonderful. Team Janae runs races in her name in support of ALS research.

Here her cute, retired parents get doused with buckets of ice water.

Janae and friends react to her parents’ freezing baptism. What a remarkable group of women this is, each so talented, such a force in their individual way.

Here I take the Ice Bucket Challenge myself and call out Ricky Whittle.

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I take the #IceBucketChallenge in support of ALS research and call out Ricky Whittle do take the challenge too! Take your own, challenge someone else, or donate to ALS research and help us fight ALS.

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Anonymous asked: I can't get enough of Princess Academy. I really can't. It's one of my absolutely favorite books ever. But when I recommended it to my sister, she took one look at the title and told me she didn't want to read it because simply by looking at the word "Princess" (and the cover picture of the handholding mountain girls) she knew it was a Barbie book. *huffs in exasperation* It's so silly and kind of annoying. Did you get a lot of this audience turn-off when PA came out?

Thank you! And yes. And continue to get it. It turns out “princess” is a polarizing word. I didn’t think much about the title when I was writing it. I used Princess Academy as a working title from the beginning, always thinking that we’d change it before it was published. I was neither aware of the vitriol aimed at princess stories from some nor the draw princess stories earned from others. I just used the term “princess academy” a lot in the book but didn’t think we’d keep that title since it could seem misleading. After all, there are no actual princesses in the story. (or are they all princesses?) If I did it all over again, maybe I’d try a different title, I don’t know. But I like how the story has a typical princess story title and yet works against that formula. The unexpectedness of the story vs. the title works for it in the long run. Despite the title, this book has been my most successful. I have to thank word-of-mouth for that!

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Just got this email from my husband, who is working in the other room:

If anyone is concerned about shouting, this is a brief transcript of a call I just received (the second from this number that I had earlier determined to be a scammer)

Me: Di-ga.
Them: …Yes, this is Michael from Microsoft Support. May I ask who I am speaking to?
M: My English is no good.
T: I’m sorry to hear that. I am calling about a virus
M: UN VEE-ROOS?
T: Yes, a terrible virus on your computer
M: UN TAY-REE-BOOL VEE-ROOS?
T: We can remove that virus for you if you can provide us with some information
M: Me gustan los virus
T: I’m sorry, sir, I didn’t catch that. If you could
M: ME GUSTAN LOS VIRUS
T: Is there a better time that I could call? I can tell you that it is in your best
M: AY! LOS PUERCOS! ESTAN SUELTOS!
T: Your best interest to save your
M: NO! AUXILIO! AUXILIO! ME ESTAN COMIENDO!
T: Your
M: AIEEEEEE! [I hang up]

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I’m definitely Pro-Selfie. I think that anybody who’s Anti-Selfie is really just a hater. Because, truthfully, why shouldn’t people take pictures of themselves ? When I’m on Instagram and I see that somebody took a picture of themselves, I’m like ‘Thank You’.
I don’t need to see a picture of the sky, the trees, plants. There’s only one you.
I could Google image search ‘the sky’ and I would probably see beautiful images to knock my socks off. But I can’t google, you know ‘what does my friend look like today?’
For you to be able to take a picture of yourself that you feel good enough about to share with the world - I think that’s a great thing
Ezra Koenig being the most adorable human being ever (via damnthosebands)

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racebending:

medievalpoc:

leeandlow submitted to medievalpoc:

The Diversity Gap in the highest grossing science fiction and fantasy films. Sad, right? You can see the full study here.

 I highly recommend reading the entire article. 
from the infographic:
Among the top 100 domestic grossing films:
only 8% of films star a protagonist of color
of the 8 protagonists of color, all are men; 6 are played by Will Smith and 1 is a cartoon character (Aladdin)
0% of protagonists are women of color
0% of protagonists are LGBTQ
1% of protagonists are people with a disability

Lee & Low interviewed me about racebending as part of understanding this infographic.
Very sad that Medievalpoc got so much backlash simply for sharing this image.

racebending:

medievalpoc:

leeandlow submitted to medievalpoc:

The Diversity Gap in the highest grossing science fiction and fantasy films. Sad, right? You can see the full study here.

I highly recommend reading the entire article.

from the infographic:

Among the top 100 domestic grossing films:

  • only 8% of films star a protagonist of color
  • of the 8 protagonists of color, all are men; 6 are played by Will Smith and 1 is a cartoon character (Aladdin)
  • 0% of protagonists are women of color
  • 0% of protagonists are LGBTQ
  • 1% of protagonists are people with a disability

Lee & Low interviewed me about racebending as part of understanding this infographic.

Very sad that Medievalpoc got so much backlash simply for sharing this image.

(via yahighway)

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austenlandmoviefans:

While driving home tonight my iPhone was on shuffle and Austenland by Emmy The Great came on. When the song was over I expected Hot in Herre by Nelly to play next. And I realized the reason is because during the credits Nelly comes after Austenland. A sign I may have seen the movie a few times.

austenlandmoviefans:

While driving home tonight my iPhone was on shuffle and Austenland by Emmy The Great came on. When the song was over I expected Hot in Herre by Nelly to play next. And I realized the reason is because during the credits Nelly comes after Austenland. A sign I may have seen the movie a few times.