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I'm capable of writing every day, I am. My life isn't that boring, honest.

It's just that I've gotten caught up in this whole culture appropriation debate that is going on, and I have suddenly grown so determined to learn as much as I can about what's going on that I have been reading everything possible about racism/culture appropriation/white privilege, and am very much looking forward to getting through all the posts over at [livejournal.com profile] ibarw.

I am learning so much too. Now that I think about it, and I mean really think about it, I see the inherent... lack, I guess you could say, of credible, nice, intelligent, passionate POC in books and TV. Off the top of my head, I can only think of three POC off the top of my head that are presented positively in books and movies, but one is a minor character.

The three characters are Foreman from House (who, incidentally, presented me with the first instance of an interracial relationship I've seen on TV), Lee Jordan from Harry Potter (who is black, I think, but I haven't read those books for so long that I can't even remember, which is so sad), and Stephen Black from Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, the book I am reading right now.

And all three of these characters are black.

I can't think of any Asian characters presented positively. Or Chinese characters. Or Japanese characters. Or any other race other than black or white. I'm interested in seeing if anyone else can, because I can't think of any.

But anyway. I said in my post a few days ago that I probably shouldn't discuss this until I learn a lot more.

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I am very worried/intrigued/apprehensive/hopeful about what President Obama is going to do next. I'm shocked at what he's managed to pass through so quickly and, for the most part, I'm... okay with what he's done.

Closing Guatanamo was probably something that had to be done. And the Global Gag rule, how he repealed the ban on abortion provision and information being taught overseas, might (key word: might) be okay with me as long as they don't present abortion as a simple "getting rid of excess tissue." They need to present abortion as murder, a killing, of an innocent life.

It is my view that abortion should only be necessary if the woman's life is at risk and, even then, a woman should not... rush into an abortion. They should access themselves, the situation, understand what abortion is, before they decide what they are going to do. It should not be used as a "get out of jail free" card, or something akin to that.

And as for doubling our clean energy sources over the next three years?

Can I just say yesyesyes to that?

I know I might not agree with Obama on some things, but I'm feeling kinda hopeful. He can't keep up this pace, but I'm happy with most of the things he's done so far.

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School.

My first semester of high school is officially over. I'm sure I passed my finals with flying colors (my final grades go something like 96, 97, 98, 99), but I definitely didn't want my first semester to be over. Mr. P was awesome and, while I didn't enjoy some of my classes, I didn't hate them like I'm sure I will hate gym this semester.

*glares into the distance*

If I could still graduate without gym, I would. But no, I need two gym credits before I can graduate. *grumbles* Which I find stupid, because no one really tries in gym, so it's not as though you get an exercise, and isn't there so many more valuable courses you can take? Like creative writing.

Enough complaining, though. At least having gym means that I have at least one class I won't have any homework in. 

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As for books, it is taking me ages to get through Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke. I've been reading it for two weeks now, and I'm just barely halfway through it. It's not even that I don't like it. It is just slow-going, as I had been warned. But I can't help it; I always have to prove people wrong, or try to, at least.

I can't do it this time, but I can't wait until I finish this book, because then I can read my president's two books. And A Companion to Wolves, by Elizabeth Bear ([livejournal.com profile] matociquala) and Sarah Monette ([livejournal.com profile] truepenny). I really want to see what all the fuss is about, especially considering their parts in the culture appropriation debate this month.

I am so looking forward to those books, but mostly President Obama's. Has anyone read them? What'd you think?
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*yawns*

I'm tired. Even though I slept more than ten hours (I went to bed around 11:30, woke up around 9:45), I can't seem to stop yawning. All I want to do now—all I have the brain power to do at the moment—is to read my friends list, go to the library, and read. And post on LJ, of course. Can't go a day without posting on LJ, can I?

I really should be writing, though. My Camp Rock oneshot seems to be calling my name, but I'm ignoring it. I should be writing it, considering my readers over at FFnet will kill me if I don't write something sometime, but I can't bring myself to be bothered. I guess it's a combination of my writer's block (I can't seem to write more than a few paragraphs of story at a time) and my procrastination (I don't want to write more than a few paragraphs of a story at a time), and if I don't get rid of both of them at the same time, I probably won't be writing.

*sadface*

So does anyone have any quick ways to get over writer's block and procrastination at the same time? If you do, I'll love you forever!

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It seems like my post on abortion last night encouraged a few people to comment. I appreciate that more than you can imagine—although I'm a procrastinator and don't often comment back, I love it when you guys let me know your opinions on what I'm saying.

Abortion is a very controversial subject for a lot of people, but it's nice to see that people with vastly different views on the issue can debate civilly and intelligently with each other. I've gotten into some harsh, throwing-barbs-back-and-forth-at-each-other debates before, but this time, it wasn't like that. Once more, I appreciate you all so much, I can hardly believe it.

*hugs friends*

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I heard that Obama chose Biden for his running mate. Does anyone have any neutral information about Obama/Biden/McCain that I can read? Although I obviously can't vote, I'm interested in the whole race, and I want to look at things from both perspectives. I'm disillusioned with McCain at the moment, so I want to know more about him, to see if I want to continue "supporting" him. Also, is there any more information on Obama I can read? And Biden, 'cause he's the one I know the least about?

Thanks for any help on that—politics is muchly intriguing, and I wanna know more, more, more.

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And this is probably the last thing I'm going to ask you guys to do for me in this post, but do any of you have any quick, easy reads to recommend? When I go to the library, I want to get a few books that are quick and easy to read, but the only author that's coming to mind is Tamora Pierce, and I'm planning on taking out a few of her books when I go to the library.

Again, thanks for the help. :)

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A lot of things have happened so far today and, considering I have to head to youth group in about forty-five minutes, a lot more things are probably going to happen today. However, I might be so tired when I get back from youth group I might not have time to post, so I decided to try and get this one finished before I have to go. I might succeed, I might not.

Let's see.

The first thing I did today was get a bit more of my Camp Rock oneshot (tentatively titled I'm Sorry, named after the song "Sorry" by the Jonas Brothers) done, although I have a lot more to do. Then, I emailed my best friend and asked if she wanted to hang out today.

She did. Around 1:30, we headed out. We didn't have a set plan—it was more of a spontaneous hey, let's go out and wander around downtown since we haven't done anything this summer sort of deal, and it was fun. We caught up on a lot of things we'd missed during the summer and recced some books for each other to read (my best friend recommended all of the Tamora Pierce books, which I'll get to soon, and I recommended The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield, the Twilight saga, and maybe a few more, I can't remember). We also ordered some ice cream, hung out downtown, and sat next to a giant anchor. It was fun, although probably not as "wild" as some other people in my grade's idea of a fun time might've been.

I also tried wheedling her into getting an LJ, so hopefully she'll email me with her URL so that we can friend each other. And if she friends me, I can urge her to post here, so that'll be fun. I'm interested to see how she'll react to my posting here pretty much every single day. *grin*

In a few days, I expect to have her on my F-list, so that'll be fun. We can't hang out during school anymore, sure, but who says we can't hang out over the Internet? (And outdoors, too!)

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And in case you didn't want to read all that, let me make a long story short:

If you want to make abortions less common, don't make them harder to get. Instead, make them less necessary. Teach abstinence and contraceptives in schools. Don't limit yourself to abstinence. Tell kids what they need if they don't want to have sex and what they need if they do.

In my opinion, that's the only way.
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I've seen this little message on FFnet quite often when I've visited, but have never gotten around to posting it. However, a few moments ago, I saw it on [profile] eirwen555's profile, and I decided why not share? 

Month one
Mommy
I am only 8 inches long
but I have all my organs.
I love the sound of your voice.
Every time I hear it
I wave my arms and legs.
The sound of your heart beat
is my favorite lullaby.

Month Two
Mommy
today I learned how to suck my thumb.
If you could see me
you could definitely tell that I am a baby.
I'm not big enough to survive outside my home though.
It is so nice and warm in here.

Month Three
You know what Mommy
I'm a boy!!
I hope that makes you happy.
I always want you to be happy.
I don't like it when you cry.
You sound so sad.
It makes me sad too
and I cry with you even though
you can't hear me.

Month Four
Mommy
my hair is starting to grow.
It is very short and fine
but I will have a lot of it.
I spend a lot of my time exercising.
I can turn my head and curl my fingers and toes
and stretch my arms and legs.
I am becoming quite good at it too.

Month Five
You went to the doctor today.
Mommy, he lied to you.
He said that I'm not a baby.
I am a baby Mommy, your baby.
I think and feel.
Mommy, what's abortion?

Month Six
I can hear that doctor again.
I don't like him.
He seems cold and heartless.
Something is intruding my home.
The doctor called it a needle.
Mommy what is it? It burns!
Please make him stop!
I can't get away from it!
Mommy! HELP me!

Month Seven
Mommy
I am okay.
I am in Jesus's arms.
He is holding me.
He told me about abortion.
Why didn't you want me Mommy?

Every Abortion Is Just . . .
One more heart that was stopped.
Two more eyes that will never see.
Two more hands that will never touch.
Two more legs that will never run.
One more mouth that will never speak.

If you're against abortion, re-post this.

To me, this explains a quite a bit of my feelings on abortion (especially the last part), and whenever I see this, it makes me think a lot more about this issue. Personally, this is one issue that I will never hesitate on an opinion for: I'm against abortion firmly, and no matter what, I would not get one. I can't speak for other women, but that's my view, at least.

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