April Autistic Asexual Avengers

April was a pretty good reading month! Between Dear Evan Hansen, Queens Of Geek and Radio Silence, I had a hard time choosing my #1. But it is Queens Of Geek!

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The main reason for the goodness was all of the contemporary. I read not two or three, but FIVE contemporaries. All of which were queer, one of which (Queens Of Geek) has Asperger’s rep.

The other three I read were Where’d You Go Bernadette?, a satire by Maria Semple, The Call, a horror by Peadar O’Guilin, and Generation Witch, a manga by Uta Isaki. Regretfully, I didn’t read any mysteries or sci-fi/fantasy, something I hope to make up for in May.

April had three reading challenges, which mostly got buried my TBR. There was #AutisticPrideReadathon, which I read Queens Of Geek for. There was¬†#AvengersReadathon19¬†, which I read The Call and Where’d You Go, Bernadette? for. And lastly, there was Aspec April, which I didn’t find out about until the last week. But I was already reading Radio Silence, so YaY!¬†

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Radio Silence has been on my TBR for a long while, as it’s one of my favorite booktuber’s favourite book. It follows Frances and Aled as they figure out what they want concerning university while listening to a sci-fi podcast called Universe City. Frances is openly bisexual but acts very ace, and Aled comes out as demisexual. I didn’t love it as much as…as.. Radio Silence Girl.

Seriously, I couldn’t remember that her name is Kat. She says “Radio Silence” more than she says her own name.¬†

I loved it, I just loved it a little less than I was hyped up to believe that I would. It’s a lonely book about societal expectations and being yourself. I don’t believe that I should’ve read this book, because there’s a lot of¬† scorn for the university experience and I’m trying very hard to just pass JC classes. University isn’t for everyone, but as someone who intends to eventually own a magazine company, it’s kinda necessary. But dull.¬†

Here’s some links to people who were more devoted to each readathon, rather than all of them at once:

#AutisticPrideReadathon

#AvengersReadathon

#AspecApril

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We Regret To Inform You: College Reject Does Unrealistic Things Out Of Denial

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 We Regret To Inform You, Ariel Kaplan 352 pages, 4/12 

¬†Mischa, the protagonist, didn’t get into any colleges, not even Paul Revere, the safest of safety schools, despite getting good grades and extracurriculars. This is the first unrealistic thing in a book where the writing is smooth, but riddled with tropes and conveniences.¬†¬†

  • ¬†Student/Teacher relationship:¬†This is a trope that I used to love, and have used it in the past. This is a tricky one that has to be good to work. Decide your stance on it, genuine feelings between people who care about each other or manipulation to get what you want- power or good grades- and stick with it. This book tosses it in for a few chapters and it turns into something confusing that isn’t resolved.
  • Cheating:¬†This is the main trope in the book, as several people have their transcript changed to get into the best colleges. The conflict is that they destroyed Misha’s grades to give her spot to others. I don’t quite see why they did that. They were able to make the other’s grades better, so why worry about Mischa?
  • Blackmail:¬†No spoilers, it’s used to resolve the transcript mess. It’s the most well done trope, but it could’ve been better. Blackmail needs high stakes and to make you care that someone wins. I knew the characters involved cared about each other, but I never felt it. They’re good for each other, but I don’t actually know a lot about any of the characters.

¬†I was hoping for more than I got from this. I was hoping for a bit of realism and truths about applying to college. I wanted it to say “Hey, it sucks that you didn’t get in, but you can make some good out of it.” This went the opposite direction and basically said “Fight until you get in.”¬†

¬†What happened to the transcripts was unfair, but Mischa could’ve gone to her lawyer mom and asked her to look into it. Yes, it’s embarrassing, but after she saw the fixed transcript, she had evidence.¬†

¬†This book is cringey, but it’s a smooth and somewhat fun read once you get past that aspect.

Summer Wrap-Up

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It’s not summer anymore. Normally I’d rejoice. The sun will dim slightly, maybe, Zeus be praised, some rain. Normally I’d be back in school.

 But my insanity caught up last February. I had to leave school. The FASFA fell through, meaning I have to wait to reapply and go back to school.

This summer, the first summer that didn’t end in back to school, ended up with my family going homeless. I’m staying at a hotel for a few days, using the internet to find a place before the money runs out.

I started a ko-fi account. It’s a crowdfunding site that lets people buy creators “coffee” aka tea for me. And hopefully enough for rent. You can contribute¬†here.¬†I know a lot of my followers are students and/or poor. I understand, as that is me myself. But can you tweet this, or share on other platforms?

I believe the hotel I’m staying at will have internet, so I should be able to post regularly. In case I can’t, you can always reread my older posts:

Jurassic Park Book Tag

Stepdaddy’s Blood/ WIP #3, In Tweets

Run Into Fire

What Happens at a Cemetery?

Top 10 Binge Worthy TV Shows- The Nerdy Version

My last read was The Upside of Unrequited, by Becky Albertalli. It was AWKWARD in the beginning, but it gradually got better. I read it out of order, reading Simon Vs, Leah On The Offbeat, and finally Unrequited. The order threw me off, but it could read as a standalone if you can’t find Simon, BUT I recommend that you read it in order.

Currently reading Tash Hearts Tolstoy, which I heart so far. It’s about an asexual girl who runs a webseries based off of Anna Karenina. I love my rep. I want to read Tolstoy now. It’s kind of awkward loving something that’s a tribute to something I haven’t seriously considered reading before.

Dropping Out Of College

 

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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.

DIE MORTAL (Stop Calling Me I Think You Have The Wrong Number)

So this dayThis week…Dis wekks!

Sorry, I’m a little…LOOK AT THE PRETTY BIRD HIDDLES!

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LOOK AT DAT SHERASS!

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Now that we’re properly SherLoki’d, I can blog about books.

I’m done¬†with this books forever I never have to see it again End of The Semester Yaaassssss!!!!

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Not what I was going for, but look at the look on that guy’s face. That is my face 16 hours from now, when I’ll be done with my math final. Can we just celebrate?

 

 

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Now, onto novel reading! *Gasp*

I have to finish¬†Ice, by Anna Kavan by tommarrowish¬†cause I got it from the city library and will be leaving thursday. Then I will have to finish Vulgar Tongues, which I got from my library by tuesday, which is when my library’s *gasp* strike will end.¬†

Then I can read WHATEVER I want…So any suggestions? Please make them quick cause I’m not sure if my mom has internet right now.

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Researching Your Essay

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One of my best friends¬†in the universe cannot, for the life of her, write an essay. She’s a college student, graduated from high school with good grades. Yet when I saw her essay only my love for her kept me from throwing her laptop out the window and running out.

So I reckon not everybody took AP English¬†and graduated high school knowing how to write an essay. And that’s not something to be insulted about. But if you’re in college with no essay writing skills, well….

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You, getting lifted out of school.

So I spewed out everything I can remember about essay writing. I hope you find it useful.

HUMANITIES

In the Intro, some professors like it if you say a sentence or two about why you chose this topic.

Ex. I met Sherlock in London. I fell in love with his me-ness, his accent, and his deducting.

You should then have a thesis that sums up what your paper is about while assuming your readers know nothing. Your thesis will answer a RESEARCH QUESTION -what you are trying to prove in general. Should start by knowing the What and questioning the Why.

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Ex: Why is Sherlock the best t.v. show?

Within the RESEARCH QUESTION are multiple small research questions, usually Who, What, Where & How. They make up the introduction and are explored in the body of the paper.

Ex: Who brought Sherlock to life?

     What are Sherlock’s good & bad qualities?

     Where did Sherlock take place & how did it integrate itself into the show?

     How did they choose which stories to film & how did they film it?

The smaller questions are answered in the essay’s body. These questions and your answers should be focused within the larger RESEARCH QUESTION. (Why is Sherlock the best t.v. show?)

You will also have to anticipate and contradict opposing knowledge.

Ex. opposition: BUT SUPERNATURAL. BUT STAR TREK. BUT DR. WHO!!!

     Contradiction: BUT DEDUCTIONS. The deductions in Sherlock can be thought out using a chain of presented evidence, as opposed to guessing what type of badass the badass is, a chain of evidence is presented to DEDUCE who the badass is. Also, that ass.

Merley watching Sherlock usually isn’t good enough, you also have to look up things about the behind-the-scenes, actors, etc. to display a unhealthy well-rounded knowledge.

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Beat out the knowledge!

 

In a lab paper, usually in the name of science, there is a different format.

 

SCIENCE

Introduction/ hypothesis: What are you trying to prove?

Ex. Vegans are healthier than omnivores.

 

The hypothesis must be (dis)provable, and thus needs to have a specific, testable idea. They start with if, if you are doing a lab.

Ex. If vegans are healthier than omnivores,  I will live longer than you.

Next, you will outline how you will perform your experiment. Your experiment must have a control group and a testing group.

Ex. 6 vegans and 6 omnivores will eventually die of natural causes. My control group is 6 people whose diet is unknown.

When your experiment is complete you will document the results.

Ex. Everybody died. The average vegan lived 7 years longer than the average omnivore and 3.5 years longer than those in the control group.

You will then analyze your results.

You will then reflect on how the experiment could’ve been done differently.  

You will then go vegan.

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What I Really Mean

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¬†I’m writing an essay on Al Jazeera’s take on climate change’s impact on the ferocity of the hurricanes. (It’s CNN, not AJ that finally¬†brought this up) While writing it I’m very tempted to write things like “I DON’T CARE WHY TORTURE NO” but as easy going as my professor¬†is, I think that putting those¬†thoughts in my essay is a little disrespectful. So here they are!

I HATE THE BOREDOM. THE BOREDOM SUCKS. GOOD TITLE FOR BOOK. MUST FOCUS!

MURDER MURDER PUMPKIN TEA I LOVE YOU BUT I WON’T BUY A BOX WHEN I CAN GET A BAG FOR FREE

I WANT PUMPKIN TEA

WHAT DOES PUERTO RICO EVEN MEAN?

XIOMARA IS A COOL NAME

‘PUERTO RICO’ MEANS ‘RICH PORT’ HAHA THE IRONY!

I CAN’T FIT THAT IN YASS I CAN!

I’m not going to turn this in today, but if I email him and get an extension, it will probably motivate me to procrastinate more, but it saves me from explaining this face-to-face.

WHY DOES THE EFFING PROFESSOR HAVE TWO EMAILS WHICH ONE

PORTAL CREDIT. PORTAL IS CREDITED. PORTAL CRED.

PLEASE DON’T TALK TO ME FACE-TO-FACE ABOUT THIS.

YASSS FREE PASS WALK OVER HIM TAKE ADVANTAGE 

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