Sing It Out Sunday: Summer’s Here Edition!

After the rainiest May ever (seriously, how many people were building arks?!), part of me absolutely cannot believe that it is June already, and part of me is just so happy that the sun is out that I don’t care what the calendar says.

While the rain and grey may have sent me straight to the doldrums, the sunshine has most certainly brought all of my energies to bear. For a little while there, it felt like all I did was work, sleep, and repeat. But in the past two weeks, I’ve written more than 10,000 words of fiction – the most since that one year I managed to win NaNoWriMo! – and am cooking again and generally enjoying life. Summer really is my favorite time of year.

With all this activity, though, I haven’t been reading and bookmarking quite as much as usual, but here are a few things that caught my eye this week:

  • There have been a number of thinkpieces written recently about fandom, fanfiction, and the reclaimation of popular culture by women and teenage girls (some wonderful, some horrible), but if you only read one, read this one: “Why we’re terrified of fanfiction.”
  • I’ve been enjoying Tor.com’s entire series on Disney movies, but this Princess and the Frog deep-dive gave me such a greater appreciation for the movie! Time for my own re-watch.
  • A new species of praying mantis is being named after Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
  • The popular podcast “Stuff You Missed In History Class” gets enough complaints that they focus too much on women that they dove into their archives to figure out what was happening, and guess what? Only about 25% of their episodes are about women.
  • Tamora Pierce – aka one of my most favorite authors, and certainly the most formative in my teenage years – is returning to Tortall with a new Numair Salmalín trilogy!!!
  • Have you played Tak yet? It’s a new strategy game based on a brief description in Patrick Rothfuss’s The Wise Man’s Fear that has been created and successfully Kickstarted – with $1.35 million! The rules are posted online, and you can use a variety of items found around your house to play, even without the official set (we’ve been using backgammon pieces and a board drawn on a piece of paper). R and I are obsessed and can’t wait to get our Kickstarter set this fall.
  • Is the “Boxcar Children” series a capitalist parable with bonus Protestant work ethic morals?
  • On Thursday, Julie Andrews was trending on Twitter, and at least half of those tweets were people reassuring their followers that she wasn’t dead, but rather is launching a new kids show on Netflix! This kid-at-heart will certainly be checking it out:

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