January 11, 2015: Sunday Night Catchall

Self-care is so, so, so important. Sleep (like my cat!), write, listen to music, eat food ... and if you need support, there is so much support out there, including support from The Trevor Project (1-866-488-7386), 24/7, seven days a week.

My cat, Ché

My cat, Ché

Awkward transition here, but as The Onion has observed this week, "Mankind Tired of Having to Remind Itself of Good"

Kirby Delauter decided to try to bully a journalist. The Fredrick News-Post responded in a beautiful way, down to the first letter of each paragraph. Nice job!

I was reminded today that for any high school juniors out there, applications for the Telluride Association Summer Program (TASP) are due on January 20, 2015! I went to TASP last summer, and it was amazing. It’s a six-week, 100% free academic summer program that brings together people from all over the world. (We had people from the U.S., Macedonia, South Korea, China, and Brazil.) If morning bathroom conversations about the merits of communism and charades games with clues like “Platonic ideal” and “existentialism” are your thing, you should apply.

The Rome Statute has nothing to do with Facebook privacy settings, despite what that chain message on Facebook says. However, the chain message did inspire me to post a similar message about the need for Facebook to change everyone's profile pictures to wombat pictures. But apparently it wasn't as catchy as the original message. Darn.

For any writers out there considering querying agents, I recommend reading through this site and doing the exact opposite. Unless your goal is to be forever immortalized on an agent's Tumblr page ...