Five Star's 315th Great Blog Roundup Is Brought to You By Kazuo Ishiguro
This week's Five Star is brought to you by a collection of insults, what might be if our parents had only known, life after the loss of a child, trusting your own aesthetic, unnecessarily shaming boys while making girls interests into special cases, and Kazuo Ishiguro:
Happy Wednesday, and happy reading!
I’ve even collected negative thoughts that I think people may have thought about me. You may not have known this about me, but I’m a collector of made-up-thoughts-for-other-people.
In a secret space filled with women, there is nothing off-limits as we soothe one another into normalcy. Out of closeted fears. Away from debilitating anxiety. This has happened to me, we say in near unison. You are not alone.
It is during one of these discussions we begin to talk about how our lives would be different if our parents had known what we now know about anxiety and depression in children.
I still feel the weight of all these stories now, two weeks after Christmas. I feel the weight of the knowledge that there are countless families like Aimee’s and mine which are not quite ever complete at the Holiday’s. Or any day. Aimee and I only got three Christmases with Stella, and only two “pre-diagnosis” when we still believed in the magic of Christmas. Christmas had never really been the same to me.
Just like everyone else I know what I’m supposed to be covering up or hiding or giving up.
I’m just not going to.
Let’s be clear: I do not talk about “girl” stuff. I do not talk about body parts. I do not do a “Your Menstrual Cycle and You!” presentation. I talk about books and writing, reading, rejections and moving through them, how to come up with story ideas. But because I’m a woman, because some of my books have pictures of girls on the cover, because some of my books have “princess” in the title, I’m stamped as “for girls only.” However, the male writers who have boys on their covers speak to the entire school.
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