Wow—this contest is HUGE, guys! Ann is giving you the chance to win either a trip to see her on her tour and hang out or win a lap top! Check it out—and check out her new book, Mortal Danger.
GUYS. GUYS. Have you seen Ann’s latest book, Mortal Danger? IT LOOKS SO GOOD GUYS. I can’t wait to read it—and luckily for me, her very first stop in her book tour is on her launch day, at Malaprops!
You can read more about Mortal Danger here, but it’s a book about revenge, devil’s deals, beautiful people, a private academy, bullies, and trust.
Who: Beth Revis, Jessica Brody, Jessica Khoury, Megan Shepherd
What: Girls Gone Sci Fi Tour Stop
Where: Fiction Addiction in Greenville, SC
When: AUGUST 7 at 7pm
More info: Here
If you’ve never been to a Girls Gone Sci Fi stop, you absolutely must check it out. These girls have organized the perfect formula for fun events, with games, prizes, hilarious stories and q&a. This promises to be a lot of fun, and Greenville is a beautiful city with an idyllic downtown, so make sure you stop by!
Where I go when I need to unplug: no where. I just unplug. Literally. When I get overwhelmed by the internet—which happens about once a month or so, I just walk away from it. I refuse to feel guilt. I just turn it off and go away. Sometimes, it’s just a site. A lot of @-replies on Twitter or asks in Tumblr overwhelms me, and I just ignore that site for awhile. But sometimes it’s the entire Internet, and I just unplug then.
Healthy engagement—that’s something I (and I think a lot of authors) are working on. We’re all just people, but we’re also not all personally acquainted, and I think lines are crossed on both sides. It’s something I’m constantly aware of—I used to be a teacher, and felt the need to maintain a personal and professional distance from my students in much the same way—but I am also constantly working on it.
I actually did a whole post about the kind of people who do this sort of thing, which you can read here if you’re so inclined.
But the long and the short of it is that some people like to make other people feel bad because they do not like and/or understand something about that person*. Anyone who tries to make you feel bad for something you like is being a dick bucket and you should kick them**.
*unless the thing you like to do is hurt other people and/or animals, in which case you are the dick bucket
**although in your case it would probably be better to refrain from kicking and instead explain to your friend that she’s being a really shitty friend for making you feel bad about your personal preferences
I am very glad you chose your evening activity to be to keep reading rather than murder.
That is, indeed, the more common translation of the phrase, and I was hasty to give my own personal meaning to the direct translation. I use “dei gratia” as a part of every dedication of all my books with the intention of meaning the less common “thankfulness" translation of the word. Thanks for pointing out the more direct translation!