nataliecparker:

This weekend, I was toying around with Photoshop, sacrificed 20% of my eyesight to the gods Ghibli, and there was this GIF of my creation. And since in 55 short days, BEWARE THE WILD will arrive in the world, I figure this means it’s time for a GIFaway!
(I’m sorry).
(I’m not sorry). 
However, there’s a catch. I only have one remaining ARC, and I’m afraid to say it’s not in great shape as it’s been defaced by maggie-stiefvater and a silver sharpie.
In the interest of full disclosure, I’m including a picture so you can judge for yourself.

Want it? All you need to do is reblog this post or post the GIF above plus some version of….
"Southern Gothic gets a whole new twist in Natalie C. Parker’s debut novel. Beware the Wild is a riveting and atmospheric page-turner readers won’t want to miss! Pre-order your copy now!”
….sometime in the next 24 hours and you’re entered. US only, please. Only one re/blog counts and “likes” do not count. Use #Beware the Wild Contest.
BONUS, I have something else to throw into the pot. No, it’s not another GIF.
(I regret I have but one GIF to GIF!)
(……still not sorry).
To keep with this theme of beasts on wheels (which, oddly enough, refer to the doodles AND Maggie), I’m also including this doodled upon UK ARC of SINNER.   

I’ll post the winner on Tuesday, August 26th at 1pm CST. 
Good luck!
(GIF base photos via Flickr Creative Commons: Daniel Oines and D.B.)

nataliecparker:

This weekend, I was toying around with Photoshop, sacrificed 20% of my eyesight to the gods Ghibli, and there was this GIF of my creation. And since in 55 short days, BEWARE THE WILD will arrive in the world, I figure this means it’s time for a GIFaway!

(I’m sorry).

(I’m not sorry). 

However, there’s a catch. I only have one remaining ARC, and I’m afraid to say it’s not in great shape as it’s been defaced by maggie-stiefvater and a silver sharpie.

In the interest of full disclosure, I’m including a picture so you can judge for yourself.

Want it? All you need to do is reblog this post or post the GIF above plus some version of….

"Southern Gothic gets a whole new twist in Natalie C. Parker’s debut novel. Beware the Wild is a riveting and atmospheric page-turner readers won’t want to miss! Pre-order your copy now!”

….sometime in the next 24 hours and you’re entered. US only, please. Only one re/blog counts and “likes” do not count. Use #Beware the Wild Contest.

BONUS, I have something else to throw into the pot. No, it’s not another GIF.

(I regret I have but one GIF to GIF!)

(……still not sorry).

To keep with this theme of beasts on wheels (which, oddly enough, refer to the doodles AND Maggie), I’m also including this doodled upon UK ARC of SINNER.   

I’ll post the winner on Tuesday, August 26th at 1pm CST

Good luck!

(GIF base photos via Flickr Creative Commons: Daniel Oines and D.B.)

(Reblogged from nataliecparker)

Anonymous said: what about Gaza and Ferguson John? do they not deserve your respect? you're such a hypocrite, i's disgusting

fishingboatproceeds:

I think this is a deeply flawed way of looking at the world.

Now, I have talked about Ferguson, and I’ve talked about Gaza. (In fact, I’ve been writing and talking about Israel and Palestine for more than a decade.) But there are many important problems facing the world that I haven’t talked about: I haven’t talked much about the civil war in South Sudan, or the epidemic of suicide among American military personnel, or the persecution of Muslim Rohingya people in Myanmar.

Is that okay? Is it okay for me to talk about, say, racism in football and lowering infant mortality in Ethiopia? Or must we all agree to discuss only  whatever is currently the ascendant news story? Is it disrespectful to Ferguson protesters to talk about continued political oppression in Egypt now that we are no longer reblogging images of the protests in Tahrir Square? I think this is a false choice: If you are talking about Ferguson and I am talking about Ethiopian health care, neither of us is hurting the other.

I think the challenge for activists and philanthropists online is in paying sustained attention, not over days or weeks but over years and decades. And I worry that when we turn our attention constantly from one outrage to another we end up not investing the time and work to facilitate actual change. We say “THE WORLD IS WATCHING,” and it is…until it isn’t. We’ve seen this again and again in Gaza and the West Bank. We’re seeing it in Iran. We’re seeing it in South Sudan. And we’re seeing it in the U.S., from net neutrality to Katrina recovery.

The truth is, these problems are complicated, and when the outrage passes we’re left with big and tangled and nuanced problems. I feel that too often that’s when we stop paying attention, because it gets really hard and there’s always a shiny new problem somewhere else that’s merely outrageous. I hope you’re paying attention to Ferguson in five years, anon, and I hope I am, too. I also hope I’m paying attention to child death in Ethiopia. I don’t think these things are mutually exclusive.

I really don’t want to minimize the effectiveness of online activism, because I know that it works: To use a personal example, I’ve learned a TON from the LGBT+ and sexual assault survivor communities in recent years online. People on tumblr make fun of me for apologizing all the time, but I apologize all the time because I am learning all the time, and every day I’m like, “Oh, man, Current Me has realized that Previous Me was so wrong about this!”

But we can only learn when we can listen. And when you call me a hypocrite for talking about X instead of talking about Y, it makes it really hard to listen.

At times, online discourse to me feels like we just sit in a circle screaming at each other until people get their feelings hurt and withdraw from the conversation, which leaves us with ever-smaller echo chambers, until finally we’re left only with those who entirely agree with us. I don’t think that’s how the overall worldwide level of suck gets decreased.

I might be wrong, of course. I often am. But I think we have to find ways to embrace nuance and complexity online. It’s hard—very, very hard—to make the most generous, most accepting, most forgiving assumptions about others. But I also really do think it’s the best way forward.

(Reblogged from rainbowrowell)
rayesbrain:

Behold my new life motto

rayesbrain:

Behold my new life motto

(Reblogged from professor-narwhal)

nataliecparker:

There are so many roads to publication. Some of them winding and cautious, some of them so filled with beautiful sights you forget you’re human, some of them barely long enough to be considered on-ramps. Mine has been long and at times arduous, but always filled with the support and encouragement of colleagues I’m lucky enough to call friends — best friends, amazing friends, I-will-join-you-in-a-mystery-car-for-days-on-end friends.

As of today, I am 60 days from publication. At the end of those 60 days, I will launch BEWARE THE WILD into the world, then hit the road with katiecotugno, tessagratton, bethanyhagen, and andimjulie on our aptly named ROADSIDE YA TOUR.

Along the way, we’re going to take advantage of all the strange, unsettling, inspiring attractions roadside America has to offer. Basically, if someone built a henge out of it, we’re going to go find it and stick a fork in it.

If you know of any strange/unsettling/inspiring sights we ought to pursue in the states we’ll be visiting, let us know! Drop it in one of our Ask boxes, or tweet it at us. Use the tag #RoadsideYA and we’ll all see it. 

And just in case the flyer above isn’t totally, perfectly clear, ROADSIDE YA 2014 stops include:

So mark your calendars! Spread the word! We hope to see you this fall!

(Reblogged from bethanyhagen)
(Reblogged from yahighway)

marqueofthebeast:

coolandfroody:

dustedsunshine:

campdracula5eva:

girlinfourcolors:

atomstargazer:

Teen creates bio-plastic from banana peels

Sixteen-year-old Elif Bilgin of Turkey has developed a way to replace traditional petroleum-based plastic with banana peels.

The Turkish teen took home a US$50,000 prize for her project “Go Bananas!” Thursday after winning the second annual Scientific American Science in Action Award, associated with Google Science Fair.

“My project makes it possible to use banana peels, a waste material which is thrown away almost every day, in the electrical insulation of cables,” Bilgin said in a media statement.

“This is both an extremely nature-friendly and cheap process, which has the potential to decrease the amount of pollution created due to the use of plastics, which contain petroleum derivatives.”

Bilgin spent two years developing the bio-plastic, which does not decay. She said the process is so easy that it is possible to repeat at home, with special care taken for chemicals used in the production process.

In September, the teen will compete at Google’s California headquarters for the overall Google Science Fair prize for 15-to-16 year olds. She will also have access to a one-year mentorship.

Has anyone else noticed how many brilliant breakthroughs in science are coming from the minds of teenage girls the last few years? Between this story, the four girls in Nigeria who invented a generator that runs on urine, the California girl who invented a twenty-second cell phone charger… Who knows where we’d be today without the patriarchal interference of men, stealing or hiding the brilliance of women?

Our future is in the hands of teenage girls, and I for one feel really good about that.

When I was about 7 I wanted to invent a thing that purified water based off of fish gills. I went to the school library to do research like a good little inventor and one of my teachers asked me what I was doing, and then told me that there were some new barbie books in, and that I’d probably be better off with those.

Don’t forget the girl who invented a torch that’d light up just from the heat of your hands

basically everyone should stop shitting on teenage girls because they do awesome things when you let them

or that one time a girl found the cure for cancer that we could be using in 15 years

But none of these are lucrative for the fat old white men who control the world and melted the ice caps

(Reblogged from professor-narwhal)

hccfrenzy:

Poisoned Apples is a collection of fifty poems in which Christine Heppermann places fairy tales right beside the life of the modern teenage girl. Powerful and provocative, deadly funny and deadly serious, this collection is one to read, to share, to treasure, and to come back to again and again.

(Reblogged from yahighway)

miriamforster:

espeonofficial:


Sources for Aisha and Angela

teenage girls are awesome

(Source: thebetterworldfight)

(Reblogged from yahighway)

weneeddiversebooks:

We are so proud of our Advisory Board Member Jacqueline Woodson and the soon to be released Brown Girl Dreaming.

I just love hearing her!

(Reblogged from weneeddiversebooks)

Anonymous said: No one cares about Stevie Nicks.

rainbowrowell:

lbardugo:

I think it’s really important that we try to respect each other’s differences. In that spirit, please send me your address so I can burn down your house.

I love Leigh Bardugo.

Leather & Lace

(Reblogged from rainbowrowell)