I’m a grammar nazi at heart. I’ve been reading almost since I was born, and I had really good English teachers all through school. In my sophomore (or junior?) year of college, I took a class called Advanced Grammar & Composition. Here, I learned about two schools of thought on grammar: the prescriptivists and the descriptivists.
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I’ve been slowly working my way through the Chronicles of Narnia. “Slowly” being, I started over a year ago and I’m about halfway through The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.
I’m also reading Goblet of Fire. This is my fourth read of the series, but I wouldn’t call this “working my way through,” as for almost two years now, I’ve just been in a perpetual state of reading Harry Potter.
It’s been occurring to me recently that you should be suspicious of happy people. Not in the grouchy “I’m angry about everything so you should be too” way, but in a “are you actually really happy or are you overcompensating” way.
Imagine if you volunteered to be on the first interplanetary voyage.
It’s going to take a couple centuries to get there, of course. You’ll never see your family and friends again. You tell everyone goodbye and you climb into your cryogenic chamber to wait.
You don’t wake up until your ship arrives at the new earth. You and your crewmates gather excitedly around the portholes. A whole new planet no one has seen before. You look out at the blue of water and green of land, home to animals and plants no one has ever seen before.
You arrive to a bustling metropolis.
Not an alien metropolis. A certified 100% human metropolis here on this new earth.
And you find out that during your voyage NASA discovered wormholes and people have been traveling back and forth to this planet for a whole century now, awaiting your arrival.
Can you imagine what that would feel like?
You know, I was all set to do my 30 Days 30 Stories thing that I usually do for Nano, and I don’t think I’ve written a word this whole month. We’re eleven days in, and I’ve written under 500 words, if anything. I don’t generally participate in official Nano, choosing instead to think of it as time to focus on what I should be doing anyway (kinda like Christmas is theoretically a time to focus on being thankful and loving).
When I was in elementary school, I had this gold necklace with a massive heart pendant on it. I used it when I played house, as collateral or as payment, or any number of things which I have now forgotten.
I don’t remember much gold in my childhood, real or otherwise. This necklace. My mother’s diamond wedding ring. My father’s wedding ring. A pair of clip-on earrings that I never really liked.
I don’t remember any turquoise at all. I didn’t avoid it. It just wasn’t there.
This year, there’s a lot of gold and turquoise. The bookstore where I work has gold and turquoise journals. The planner I bought for 2017 is gold and turquoise. In fact, I suddenly realized that I own a lot of things that are turquoise. The planner I’m using this year. My current journal. My newest Bible. A set of folders I bought for a trip a few years ago. It was the main color in a blanket I made for a friend for Christmas a couple years ago. And it’s the color of my primary flash drive.
And I just . . . When did I buy all of this turquoise?