Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Kerfuffled. And Then A Mothership Intervention.

Today at 7:01 a.m. I realized that someone done gave my brains a stir.
I didn't feel it at all.
You don't always feel it when your brains are stirred.
So I walk to my classroom and I am all prepared for my Thursday classes and I say to a student, "Happy Friday Eve!" because that is what we say on Thursdays.
And the kid tells me it's Wednesday.
I laughed.
No, really, he said.
Really? I was gobsmacked.
He came over and showed me his iPod and, sure as God made little apples, it's Wednesday.
Oh, I said. Mothership must have not synced me yet.
He laughed.
So later I am working on another grant to fund the Revolution, which, for those of you visiting for the A-Z Challenge, is about getting Good Books (which is what I think Young Adult Literature needs to be called) to all students and doing cool stuff with them.
I am doing a cost-benefits analysis and I think I stared at it for a really long time.
I was full of Existential Angst.
How much can I ask for to make sure that I get listened to?
At what point do I get to an Oliver Twist-like "May I have some more, please?" situation?
How come it is so hard to get stuff for students?
Where does lottery money go?
Did St. Augustine really steal those pears?
And then a little later, during class, a student came up and asked me a question.
"Has A.S. King written any more books?"
My brains became unstirred INSTANTLY.
"Yes," I said.
"I think I'm back to being addicted to books," he said.
"Were you un-addicted?"
"I just...I don't know. I ran out of books. And then I read the Ants book."
I tried not to go all sparkly on him, because that is alarming and startles the kids, so I just sparkled inside.
I got Please Ignore Vera Dietz for him.
And then I got some insanely good news via email about the Revolution.
I think A.S. King and The Sender of Awesome Revolution News emails have connections with the Mothership because the rest of the day went swimmingly.
I got Synced.


  1. Kerfuffled AND gobsmacked AND un-addicted? In ONE blog post?

    Now I'm going to plug into my Mothership so I'm all synched for tomorrow.

    1. Thanks, Kristen. Syncing with The Mothership is a very good idea. May your day go swimmingly.

  2. I tried not to go all sparkly on him, because that is alarming and startles the kids, so I just sparkled inside.

    Classic...pure classic! :)

  3. Sparkly...did you really say sparkly? I love it. Are you a day ahead or am I a day behind. Somebody is seriously not synced, probably me.

    1. I did. I said it. Let's see, you are in the Caribbean and I am in California and the moon is somewhere and so is the sun.
      Which means I have no idea.

  4. I fricking love this post. Love this post. LOVE THIS POST. Thank you. Tell those grant people I said you should have all the money you want. Tell them A.S. King said so.

    1. I will write an Addendum or a Codicil or something and I will quote you. I am giving a presentation to the committee next week. I will keep you apprised of all developments.
      And in my head I'm reeling and thinking "A.S. King commented on my post."*reaches for smelling salts*

  5. Sparkled is a word that stands out. I don;t use the word but my daughters sure do! Great post.

  6. Oh oh oh! I read ANTS when it came out and liked it so much that I went back and read VERA. (Big surprise, liked that one, too.) And even though I am waaaaaay older than the kids in your class, I am totally with you on reaching for those smelling salts because THE AUTHOR COMMENTED ON YOUR BLOG! :)

    1. Madeline, I KNOW! I'm still not over it. Have your read Dust of 100 Dogs yet? :)

  7. I just finished, this morning, A.S. King's Ants book. At one point I had to put the book down and stare out the window for a while. I was so disturbed and moved by the story. It broke my heart. I'm picking up Vera next...