Books For Spring


Spring. I don’t have a favorite season, but if I had to list them spring would be at the bottom. In the summer, I work and my writing productivity tends to increase. In the fall, there’s Halloween. In the winter it’s nice and cold until February makes it awful. Spring means the end of February but also is the season of ragweed. 

 Two (good) books come to me when I think of spring: 


The Language Of Flowers, Vanessa Diffenbaugh

 Beautiful in a depressing way, Victoria moves from foster care to a park, to working at the flower shop.

  Its’ spring-ness can be explained by the title, as Victoria uses The Language Of Flowers to create messages within her floral creations. 

 I recommend it if you can handle hard things like depression. Best read in early spring. 


Strange The Dreamer, Laini Taylor

 This book is beautiful and it ruined books for me. Where else can you find this much detail, this many references to books, and this much general beauty?!

 It’s spring cause it builds up to a new beginning, a revolution of sorts. Lazlo starts a new life by going off to find Weep, the legendary land that isolated itself without explanation. Also, look at the cover!

In short, this book has blue people and a book lover and you need to read it right now if you haven’t already.

 What would you, dear reader, recommend for springtime?


Gee, Sammy Bee


 I’m moving on from John Green to the likes of Samantha Bee. Not moved on exactly. John may get repetitive, but Samantha is so vulgar I couldn’t really enjoy it. Some of it, such as a horny cat, is downright disturbing.  

 As a comedian, she’s not my favorite either. She’s just not funny! What she says is true, and more of the same. We already know this stuff by the time she gets to it, and yeah, she might turn up a little thing that some were unaware of, but the big story, we already know, and she’s not contradicting, enlightening, or making adequate fun of.

 I’m a bigger fan of Trevor Noah’s Born A Crime, and I’m a little surprised that I haven’t blogged about it yet. It’s funny and it shows life in South Africa! 

Black Panther, As Seen By An Oaklandish White Girl


Good, but not always great. When great, not always wonderful. Sometimes wonderful.

Black Panther can be analyzed in several different ways, and receive different scores for each:

Characters: heroes 12/12

There is a plethora of heroes to choose from. Black Panther himself, a good man who proves to be a good king. Shuri, a warrior of technology, and a classic millanial. Nakita, defender of those with less. All are well developed, especially Shuri, who is somehow an engineer and a doctor. I loved her almost immediately, with her flip off and apology. It hurt when she belittled my city, when she didn’t consider all aspects of it.

Characters: villains 2/12

Really freaking bad. Two villains, Klaue and Killmonger. Klaue didn’t have much motivation outside of money. Killmonger was a creation of how outsiders perceive Oaklandish: poor and violent. Yes, most people are poor and there is some violence. But that’s only a  part of life. A lot of people take the poverty and violence to channel it into art and motivation. We use it to protest injustice peacefully on the streets. We are ourselves here, no matter what  our race, sexual orientation, wealth or status is. Black Panther chose to portray us the way most media does: poor and violent.

Via Screen Rant

Setting: Wakanda 12/12

This level of detail, from dance, music, ritual, costume, the place itself, wow. It is representative of African tribes while integrating a level of technology no one has yet. I wondered why they still mash herbs by hand, and yet that small, simple thing is something a culture might keep.

Setting: Oakland 3/12

I said it before and will again: this is not Oakland. And yet we do have boys playing basketball. We have boys in A’s jerseys, although you’ll see more Warriors. We have boys who have to deal with dead relatives. A small part is still a part.

Overall, it’s not my favorite Marvel movie. I enjoyed the freshness of it though, cause the old stuff has been old for a while. I loved the level of detail and the awesome panther suits. I’m biased because I’m Oaklandish, and wish they shone a more expansive light on the city of Black Panther.

Dropping Out Of College



I don’t do many #CollegeLife posts. As an unobservant freshman, I don’t get a lot of time to stop and reflect on college. I’m sure lots of freshmen are perfectly happy to expound on the joys that make college worth it. For most it is. but now I’m listing serious reasons to drop out of, or not go to, college.

  1.  You experience a health crisis you do not know how to deal with: you are sick, physically, mentally, or both, and it is impacting you academically. Do not run at the first sign of sickness, wait for a reasonable time period, and if the available help       -And Do Get Help- is not making a significant contribution to helping you, then you need to take a break.
  2. You have a plan B, plan C, options: before taking any drastic step, consider your options. Just because plan A didn’t work, doesn’t mean you have to give up. Whatever college or degree program you want is not the only one out there. You may even be surprised to find out that the beautiful campus next door only offers your passion as a minor. Do research and have backups wherever you go. 
  3. Your family needs you: this is the worst excuse. No matter what your family situation is, it can only get better if there’s a college graduate in the family. If your family is in crisis, then yes, help as much as you must. If that means leaving, at least take community or online college on the side to continue your education. Coupled with other problems, it is a factor to consider. It depends per situation, so don’t take it heavier or lighter than need be.
  4. There is no one to support you on campus: It is unlikely that you are completely and utterly alone. You’re in college! Yet if all of the resources and clubs don’t suit you or accept you, and you can’t found your own, yeah, you should go somewhere where you have the support you need.

This isn’t a comprehensive list, and I don’t recommend dropping out. I recommend dropping if it’s in your best interests, but you should try again later, or try on a lesser scale.

 Good luck.

John’s Turtles

I didn’t blog yesterday. No big deal to normal people, but a very big deal to a polytheist who swore not to go longer than 7 days without blogging. I’m crazy, I’m clinically crazy, but I find this disturbing.


 But the book!


 Turtles All The Way Down, John Green, is not all it’s cracked up to be. Aza is not a detective, she just happens to have a boy with a missing Dad. She’s a pretty typical teenager who happens to have OCD symptoms, but didn’t entirely fit in with my experience as Aspergian with OCD. I know everyone experiences it differently, but he could’ve added a little more.

 First, the OCD. Her habit of picking at her thumb is about the only regular compulsion she gets.  She doesn’t feel the need to organize bookshelves or cross out the days on the calendar. Yes, everybody gets different compulsions, but they tend to get multiple unrelated ones.

 The “thought spirals” were very realistic. Downward thought patterns that get more detailed further on, making the thinker more withdrawn. Aza always gets depressed by this, and they can be depressing, but they can also be fun. They’re useful when writing a story or thinking about a scientific concept. 

 I know everyone gets it differently, but I think John could’ve done better. He had the chance to do something different, create a girl detective, OCD rep. His stuff is getting repetitive, and it’s dull.  

How’d you like Turtles? John Green in general?