Hey all.Sorry I haven't posted in a while.I didn't trust myself to post while I was at Dad's,and I didn't want to talk about what happened afterwards,and then I was a little unsure how to break the silence after that.SO...a few updates.
1.I GOT ACCEPTED TO MY SAFETY SCHOOL.I know I already posted this,but I also got a letter a little afterwards saying they'd give me an $11,000 a year scholarship if I go there.Eleven thousand A YEAR.Yeah.But they're my last-ditch school.I should hear from New College this week,and I think I have a good shot of getting in.Bard,I don't know about so much.If New College won't take me,I'll have to choose between Bard and Eckerd.Not really a hard choice...and yet it is.
Eckerd:$11,000 a year scholarship
Bard:in New York,far away,except for the fact that Dad will probably insist on imposing his presence on me whenever he feels like it
Eckerd:At a comfortable distance from home,in St.Petersburg,a pretty town within driving distance of home and other fun things in Florida
Bard:Seems pretty hard-core and a little too into the math-and-science thing that I hate
Bard:Seems A LOT like New College atmospherically
Eckerd:Too easy to get into,likely full of Neanderthals like here,and I know for a fact there's a significant preppy contingency.In other words:quite possibly Jupiter High School all over again.
2.Robin,thank you for the Amazon.com gift certificate(we'll probably get out thank-you cards out sometime around...March.::shuffles feet,stares at ground::But we'll get them out.And Mom will send out your stuff ASAP,I promise.),which I have used to purchase myself several books from a new series of mine and Naked,David Sedaris's memoirs.The series is called Everworld,and it's by one of my favorite authors,KA Applegate,who does the Animorphs books.These books are really good.I'm hooked now.It's edgier and for an older audience than the Animorphs books--like they actually curse instead of using cute-but-annoying euphemisms(which,surprisingly,I like,I don't know why),they have a whole big thing about this female character who believes in women in combat positions,but never expected to have to go into battle with swords against Vikings...stuff like that.And unlike the Animorphs books,the reader is told the kid's full names and that they're from Chicago,which I guess makes it more...real or something.It's about these four kids from Chicago's suburbs who get sucked into this parallel universe that the ancient gods of all the ancient cultures created to escape from our world--my guess is that it has something to do with the spread of Christianity--and they're all living right alongside each other,so you've got the Vikings going to war for Loki against Huitzilopoctli's Aztecs,and meanwhile these kids from the modern world are stuck here,trying to survive and learn how to use swords and eat ancient food and all that.It's cool.Applegate makes it all really realistic with the way she describes stuff.She's VERY good with description,that's one of the things I'd like to emulate from her--like she'll describe an alien,and she'll give you this great idea of how it looks,and a few issues later,they'll have a picture of it on the cover,and it'll be a lot like what you imagined from the description.Or else she can convey feelings well,like how the kids feel when they go into battle.And the characters are cool too.I like David the best,he's the leader of the group and he's got this really obnoxious ego and machismo thing going on,but he's endearing because you know he does it out of this huge insecurity and you feel for him even when you're annoyed by him.
3.My mom's soap opera,All My Children,has a new character,and I love him.Yes,I admit I watch soaps with my mom,but just this one,and it's the daily re-runs they show on Soapnet at night,and it's a bonding thing me and her and Chelsea do.The character's name is Zarf--yes,Zarf,he's a rockstar and that's his stagename he goes by all the time--and between the charcter and the actor,I thought he was interesting and charming and intriguing.
And then we found out he's trangendered.
They had this whole episode devoted to his tearful coming-out to Bianca--who's a lesbian,she's Erica Kane's daughter--while wearing women's clothing and makeup,which was very moving and a good peice of acting for a soap,but Bianca didn't believe him,she thought he was just trying to get a lesbian in bed and she still thinks this even after her new-found doctor half-brother Josh told her there is such thing as gender identity disorder,and Babe,who's trying not to have an affair with Josh and has no credibility becuase every time her borderline-personality-disorder husband tries to kill someone,she defends him--told Bianca,who she used to be friends with but isn't anymore because she tried to steal Bianca's baby that she believe Zarf and that she doesn't think he's the serial killer who's murdering all the women in the csometics company where all the 20-something women in the town work,including Bianca and her sister and Babe.(Whew.)It's really annoying that Bianca's being such a witch about this,because the audience all believes Zarf--or Zoe,as she prefers to think of herself--and Bianca's usually the caring compassionate one on the show,AND as Babe points out,she's a lesbian,she should know better.BUT--Zarf's now on the opening theme-song-montauge thing,which means he's a regular character now...which of course also means he's not the serial killer,because if he was,he'd be on and off the show.Anyway,I was thrilled that this character I loved anyway got to be affiliated with one of my causes,AND I think the actor should get a daytime Emmy.
That was a long post,wasn't it?Well,I'm all done now,now you can go.