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I'm reading a book that isn't Rise of the Isle of the Lost! It's YA, but the older end of the YA spectrum, especially compared to Rise of the Isle. I'm reading Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, which -  I won't lie - I was super nervous about reading. I thought it was, at best, going to be about how writing original fiction is inherently better than writing fanfiction. I'm at chapter twenty-seven - well over halfway through the book - and I don't feel that's what it's trying to push.

And it's so nice to be completely and utterly sucked in by a book, like in the old days. I read over half of the book the day I got it out, and then took a break to write and be generally distracted for a day or two, and read a few chapters this morning.

Oh, but technically - I did read something yesterday! Because Make Art (On Purpose!), a Steven Universe book, came in the mail. I ordered - well, pre-ordered - this thing in... January, I think? I was disappointed when I saw the book - it was even thinner than I expected, and more wide. Less book-book, more activity-book, which I was aware it would be, really, but still wasn't expecting - if that makes sense.

But then I started reading it. I haven't drawn in it or anything. I don't do that with these books anymore - I have some similar Phineas and Ferb books - because I like to have them in nice, new condition. But just reading it was... Surprisingly cool? It's cute and highly off-beat art project ideas for kids, but it really encourages the reader to think about art in ways that are outside of the box. My favorite page is about art you can't see or anything. It's about art that exists in your mind, as sensations.

And the whole thing is sprinkled with little "commentaries" from Steven, Peridot, and Lapis, which is very cute. And now I want to do the visual art thing. Aside from a doodle of Padparadscha on the back of a notecard recently, I haven't done that in ages. Possibly since last year's Connecticon.
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