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draw what you wear!!
at home outfit
special occasion outfit
if you are tagged you must draw the three outfits listed and then tag some people.
If you feel like drawing some neat-ass outfits, consider yourself tagged!
ETA: because it’s been asked on my other tumblr, the “at home outfit” is a batik daster (i.e., southeast asian old lady nightgown).
Today we welcome Senior Editor Jessica Garrison to Penguin Teen Behind the Book! She’s here to talk about all of the many things that make Jandy Nelson so special to Penguin, which is a relief because it’s hard work listing out so many reasons (they’re pretty much unending). Jessica reminds us of the number one quality editors should have - they should really, really love the books they publish.
First, I read THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE.
I read Jandy Nelson’s debut not as an editor, though—she had a different editor back then. I read it as a reader. And to say I was blown away is an understatement. So when her editor left and I had the good fortune to work with Jandy directly, it wasn’t a matter of whether I’d publish her second book, but a matter of when, and what kind of amazing it would be.
I was not disappointed.
The first time I read I’LL GIVE YOU THE SUN, Jandy’s second novel, I forgot to edit it. I read ravenously and laughingly and with a whole lot of Kleenex. I gulped the story down. Noah’s first section left me out of breath. Jude’s first section left me brokenhearted. Both of them—twins: a boy, a girl—carried me utterly away. And here’s why:
I’LL GIVE YOU THE SUN is a soaring, pinwheeling, forget-where-you-are, steal-your-breath, feel-it-in-your-bones transcendent, transporting whirlwind. It’s the kind of novel that makes you cry through the happy parts as much as the sad parts for the sheer depth of feeling, sheer aliveness of its characters, sheer boldness of its telling. Reading it, I had the same falling-headlong feeling, the same zap of recognition I’d had at eighteen when I read Francesca Lia Block’s WEETZIE BAT. This is the kind of novel that stays with you, that you read over and over again. As an editor, it’s the kind of novel you wish for. As a reader, the same. It’s the kind of novel that lasts.
The voices here are the voices of two teen fraternal twins, one a boy, one a girl, telling their stories from two different, crucial points in time—one from before the event that changed their lives and one from after. Both are magical, visceral, pop-off-the-page voices—so hard to find. To do justice to these siblings, Jandy essentially wrote one novel, then another novel, and then wove those two novels together to create a third, I’LL GIVE YOU THE SUN. No wonder it took her four years.
It was THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE that brought me to Jandy Nelson, and I’LL GIVE YOU THE SUN that will make me stay with her. What this novel accomplishes is raw and rare, and it will change some readers’ lives. Is it too much to say that I’LL GIVE YOU THE SUN redefines the boundaries of what makes a YA novel YA? Nah, I’d say that’s just about right on target.
- Jessica Garrison, Senior Editor, Dial Books
I want a superhero movie where the hero dies in the first ten minutes and the woman who was supposed to be the love interest puts on his costume and becomes an even better hero.
I want all of the advertising to be for the hero and none of the marketing to even allude to this death.
imagine all the male tears
Olivia’s reactions to the new Outlander episode are life-giving.
Located in deep in the Guilin mountains, shrouded in mist and frequented by dragons that live in the multitude of winding rivers, the students of the Chinese Institute of Magic don their colourful wizarding garbs every September 1st for their return to school whereupon they are treated to spectacular opening festivities involving, but not limited to: choreographed martial arts performances from their combat professors, an assortment of acrobatic wonders, and “Mystery Mooncakes” specially made for the mid-autumn festival.
INSTEAD OF QUIDDITCH: FLYING DRAGON BOAT RACES TAUGHT BY (SPECTRAL) NOTORIOUS PIRATE QUEEN CHING SHIH.
THE SCHOOL UNIFORM DATES ALL THE WAY BACK TO THE HAN DYNASTY ROBES, AND ALL THE TEACHERS ARE GHOSTS/FAMOUS HISTORICAL GREATS
ADVANCED CHARMS IS ANCIENT MAGICAL SPELLS USING TRADITIONAL CHARACTER FORMATIONS (AND THE AGONY OF REMEMBERING THE RIGHT ORDER OF BRUSH STROKES)
CARE OF MAGICAL CREATURES IS RAISING DRAGONS AND PHOENIXES AND HUMANELY(USING MAGIC) USING TIGER AND TORTOISE FOR MEDICINE. CHINESE MEDICINAL LORE IS WRAPPED INTO POTIONS CLASSES.
THE ENTIRE MOUNTAIN RANGE IS THE SCHOOL CAMPUS AND ADVANCED STUDENTS HAVE ENCHANTED CLOUDS TO TRAVEL ON.
THE HOUSE OF THE DRAGON’S DORMS ARE IN THE GREAT CAVERNS UNDER THE MOUNTAINS. (OR THE HOUSES WERE THE ELEMENTS? BC EVERYONE IS A MOFO DRAGON YO)
THERE’S A SUMMER CAMPUS (BC YOU KNOW WE OPT TO GO TO SCHOOL IN SUMMER) AT THE JIU ZHAI GOU VALLEY IN SICHUAN.
ADVANCED STUDIES ARE CONDUCTED BEI-DA UNIVERSITY UNDER THE GUISE OF “MA/PHD IN CHINESE LANGUAGE/LITERATURE” (CHARMS); “MS/PHD IN BIO/CHEM/RESEARCH” (POTIONS); “JD” (HISTORY OF MAGIC AND GOVERNMENT/MAGISTRATE - YOU GOTTA BE BOTH OKAY); “MS/PHD IN ENGINEERING” (TRANSFIGURATION).
THE GOVERNMENT OPERATES
(All classes are taught in Chinese as it embraces the most ancient of character magic but entrance does not discriminate if you can learn Chinese!)