Five Star Blog Roundup 441: Five Great Posts and an Elizabeth Acevedo Quote

This week's roundup of great blog posts is brought to you by the importance of context, becoming deaf, what we’re called, James Baldwin, growing into being a writer, and an Elizabeth Acevedo quote:

 photo credit: Elvert Barnes [ CC BY-SA 2.0 ], via Flickr  here  and  here

photo credit: Elvert Barnes [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Flickr here and here

 photo credit: Elvert Barnes [ CC BY-SA 2.0 ],  via Flickr

Read as a writer! Read to understand HOW an author created conflict, heightened your emotional response, created a turn in the text. 

Read like a surgeon. Read like a locksmith. Read like an ethical, non-plagiarizing but absorptive thief.

Elizabeth Acevedo

Happy reading!

"A Book In a Book" by Lou Bradford at Lou Bradford Writes:

My writer friends and I used to talk about when we would become writers. Would it be when we finished a draft? When someone else read it? When we got an agent? When we got published? When a box full of pre-sale proofs arrived? When we saw our book on the shelf in a bookshop, or on Amazon in the best seller list?

"Pronouns" by Adam P. Knave at Adam P. Knave:

Last year I started wearing a very pretty pin on my con lanyards. It said “He/Him” and I wish I could remember the artist who did it, because it is pretty. I saw, I think it was a Google conference, where they offered stickers with your pronouns for attendees to put on their badges. Also cool.

But for me I felt this needed to be bigger, in a literal sense. I mean I love my pin, and stickers are cool – but they are small. And in a con environment when you’re meeting people and remembering them, you also want to know their pronouns so you can be a decent person. Making that easy to see, so you don’t have to lean in and look at all the pins and buttons and stickers on a badge or lanyard to find information would be nice.

You can always, of course, just ask. Obviously. But even so.

"On Being Deaf" by Karen Putz at Ageless Passions:

Someone asked me recently, “Do you wish you could hear?”

I had to stop and ponder that one.

If you asked me that question when I was nineteen, shortly after I became deaf from a fall while barefooting, I would have said, “Hell, yes.”  No pause.  No reflection there.  The answer would have been simple: give me full-fledged hearing and I will dance a jig until the end of time.

"Your Disbelief Doesn’t Eliminate My Reality" by Amanda Magee at Amanda Magee:

I buckled down and “got over it”, pushing the memories back. I unlinked the post I wrote about my rape. I stepped back from the articles and the news. It’s been six years. It’s been 28 years. It’s been 35 years.

What I’d like to do is explain to someone who hasn’t been raped what it can feel like to have the memories dredged up against your will.

"On James Baldwin's ‘A Talk to Teachers’" by Kelly Wickham Hurst at Mocha Momma:

Originally delivered in 1963 from being published in The Saturday Review, Baldwin's talk seemed more like a sermon to me. There's one line, however, that means more now than ever before when he's talking about Negro children. They wouldn't dream of calling a policeman. I wish every teacher would read this. I wish every teacher would go into their schools with the knowledge he drops here about that very system being hostile towards them.


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