Archive for November, 2009

NANOWRIMO = WON

November 29, 2009

What’s the first thing I did as an official author? Post about it on twitter. But the second thing that I did, my friends, was dance around my room spaztically in utter disbelief that I actually did it. I actually wrote a fucking book. And it’s SOMEWHAT GOOD!

I’m so excited.

I actually can’t wait to spend the next year editing it. I’m going to give myself a little break, though, and wait until graduation before I try to edit it. I’m fairly burnt out.

I don’t even want to write a long blog about how accomplished I feel.

If you didn’t already know, I’m a complete loser! :D

November 26, 2009

Recently, while listening to a podcast, they suggested listeners to write in if they were huge Avatar fans so they could talk to them about the show. Of course, feeling a huge sense of righteousness, I wrote an e-mail, quite deluded into thinking that they were serious. Below is the letter I enclosed.

I know what happened to Zuko’s mother.

from iateajonas<iateajonas@gmail.com>
to staff@pottercast.com
date Thu, Nov 26, 2009 at 8:27 AM
subject I know what happened to Zuko’s mother.

Oh, and I can teach the Avatar firebending…

My name is Michelle. I shake you warmly by the hand! After listening to the latest podcast I had a desire so strong to write and explain my unearthly Avatar: The Last Airbender obsession in the hopes of joining an Avatar-related segment that it kept me up for nearly an hour afterwards. I am, without doubt, the biggest Avatard that listens to your show, to the point where my love for Avatar rivals my love for Harry Potter–something I would not have thought possible had you told me so when I was growing up. I’m currently a senior in high school, and fell into the Avatar fandom when I was a freshman. Below, I will list many of the reasons why I feel as though I’m qualified for this segment in a handy bulletpointed format for your convenience. :D

  • I actually know all of their names. Jason Isaac’s character is Commander Zhao, promoted to Admiral Zhao in the episode entitled “The Blue Spirit”. And Uncle’s name is Iroh, not just “Uncle”.
  • Next to me right now is a Zuko action figure that has been so loved (even though I’ve had it for less than a year) that his rubbery fire nation uniform has ripped. I attempted to fix him with copious amounts of scotch tape and a ribbon after proving unsuccessful with a hot-glue gun and the Reparo charm. The plastic “fire” that envelops his hands has been chewed down to a nub (gross, I know), but he still angstily repeats phrases like, “I MUST CAPTURE THE AVATAR!”, and “GET READY TO DUEL!!! BOOOOOSH!”
  • I own all of the episodes on iTunes, and can recite many of the lines word for word.
  • I memorized the show introduction a long time ago (“Long ago, the four nations lived together in harmony. But then, everything changed with the fire nation attacked!” et cetera).
  • My friends and I regularly sit down and attempt to watch all of the episodes in one go. There’s over 24 hours of content. Needless to say, we’ve never actually succeeded at this. But still we try.
  • Whenever I have to go to the bathroom, I subconsciously declare it in two of the ways that are presented on the show; “I GOTTA PEE,” from episode one, or “I have to go to the bathroom,” from the Crossroads of Destiny. Last new years, my friend Conor yelled at me to “PEE LIKE KATARA!!!” while in downtown Austin and about to use a port-o-potty. There were many curious onlookers.
  • I have once attempted to give myself a Zuko scar with red food coloring. It didn’t come completely off for a couple days.
  • I know that the Lion-Turtle was not, in fact, completely random. In the episode called “The Library” from season two, Aang holds up a picture of a lion turtle and says, “Look at these weird lion-turtle things!”
  • I know what happened to Zuko’s mother, and I know how we can find out even more about it.

I could keep going, but I don’t want to bore your staff half to death with the obsessions in my life that are non-Potter related. I thank you for reading my (somewhat long) e-mail and considering me and/or considering doing another avatar segment in the future, though I surely hope that you do have someone on the show who actually knows what they’re talking about. Can you imagine it if you were listening to a Potter podcast where the names of Lucius Malfoy and Ron were forgotten, and nobody knew what Harry worked as when he grew up? That’s kind of how it felt for me to listen to the segment.

-Michelle


Edit: They wrote back: some chick named Chloe said, “you’re awesome” in the body, and that was it. Well… great.