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Zara replied to Ace of Anton's discussion The random questions game!
"Ivy Yelena. It was what my parents were going to name if they hadn't named me Zara Michelle, and I actually really love it."
13 hours ago
Zara replied to Mustardseed's discussion Reading list: female writers
"Libba Bray, The Diviners Willa Cather, Death Comes to the Archbishop E. Lockhart, The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks (I was also fortunate enough to get my hands on a copy of her upcoming novel We Were Liars and it is absolutely…"
Dec 14, 2013
Zara replied to Sarah Grace's discussion 100 Book Challenge 2013
"Books I read in October: 50. We Were Here - Matt de la Peña (re-read, 10/1) 51. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks - E. Lockhart (re-read, 10/9) 52. Unnatural Creatures - Neil Gaiman (10/10) 53. Ask the…"
Nov 8, 2013
Zara replied to Sarah Grace's discussion 100 Book Challenge 2013
"I'm only at 49 books because of school and work...blargh. But here they are: The Wizard's Dilemma - Diane Duane (1/1, re-read) A Wizard Alone - Diane Duane (1/1, re-read) Wizard's Holiday - Diane Duane, (1/1, re-read) Wizards at War…"
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Zara commented on Michelle (Books Admin)'s blog post Bookish Blog Posts on the Ning - Where are the bookish nerdfighters?!
"I remember when you were books admin before...welcome back! Unfortunately I don't have as much time to read now because I'm in college and BUSY (wah, but I also love it), but the YA Lit class I'm taking this semester gives me an…"
Oct 1, 2013
Zara commented on Joie Ling's blog post 100,000 Pages in 365 Days
"Wow, good luck! That is a lot of pages...if I counted my school reading I *might* hit that in a year, but otherwise definitely not. I'll look forward to see how this goes."
Oct 1, 2013
Zara replied to Natalie's discussion 100 Book Challenge 2011
"Hey, this is the challenge for 2011. The thread for the 2012 challenge is here: "
Aug 4, 2012

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What Kind of Nerdfighter Are You?
About Me:
I'm an undergraduate student who loves to read, write, learn, think, sing, and cook. I was first introduced to Vlogbrothers through Secret Sister Rosianna Rojas, whose channel I found through a long-defunct collab channel called Wizrockateers, which I discovered through the also long-defunct wrock podcast WZRD. It was a rather circuitous route, but here I am! I really enjoy hearing people's stories about how they came to Nerdfighteria, so please feel free to tell me yours.
Favorite Books, Movies, Music, and more
In no particular order...

Harry Potter, TFiOS, The Phantom Tollbooth, How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia, Maya's Notebook, Paper Towns, Looking for Alaska, An Abundance of Katherines, Inkheart, Narnia, Lord of the Rings, Uglies, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, The Book Thief, The Phantom Tollbooth, Ship Breaker, the Young Wizards series by Diane Duane, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Death Comes to the Archbishop

Pirate Radio, Hercules, Narnia (LWW), Despicable Me, Pirates of the Caribbean, V for Vendetta

Regina Spektor, Imogen Heap, Fiona Apple, Jherek Bischoff, Florence + the Machine, Macklemore, George Watsky, Frank Ocean, Fonzworth Bentley, Sting, Sufjan Stevens, Ella Fitzgerald, Dinah Washington, Sarah Vaughan...

The West Wing, Whose Line Is It Anyway?, Little Mosque on the Prairie
What's your favorite thing to put on your head?
Books, of course!
If you could do your happy dance with anyone who would it be with?
I really have to pick? *throws up hands in defeat*
When did you start watching the Vlogbrothers?
late 2007
Make up your own DFTBA initialism!
Dinosaurs Forgot To Be Alive

Zara's Blog

The "Might"

Greens, blues, purples,
Dashes of reds and pinks
The colors separate clearly...
Now, half-close your eyes and see
Smudges, vaguely blurred outlines.
Verdant clouds might be treetops,
The carpet might be grass;
And I discover that most often
What I truly like
Is not the thing that's really there,
but possibility--the "might".

Posted on December 10, 2009 at 12:35am

Lake of the Avernus

You model of serenity,

Entrance to the underworld,

What have you seen?

Have you seen the girl of the pomegranate seeds?

The explosion of volcanoes,

The fall of Roman rule,

All came and went before you.

Antonius and Nero,

Their ruins crumble as you watch

Yet you rest here in your valley,

Watch the world go by,

And all the while, your visitors lie lounging on the grass

I'm sure that you could tell them

If only they would… Continue

Posted on December 10, 2009 at 12:34am


Black beak,
ruffled chest,
beads for eyes.
is anything near?
Tiny talons
scritch-scratchy on the sidewalk.
long, with pointed ears.
No tail. Floppy tongue.
shrug, and trot away.
Sigh. Maybe next time.

Posted on December 10, 2009 at 12:32am

Spirit Rising

"Shorty" leans against the car,

Cigarette dangling from her fingers.

Denim mini slightly grungy,

Posture claims she doesn't care

We do not see her face.

Boyfriend? brother? looks at her,

Wonders with his eyes.

Where will her balloon end up?

Her last string frayed and snapped,

The chain around her neck

Is no anchor, and

She drifts away, whispers,

"Life was perfect until I was eleven."

This poem is inspired by a… Continue

Posted on December 10, 2009 at 12:31am

Auschwitz: A Poem

I was inspired by Aleya's featured post and decided to post some of my poetry on here. This first one is grim, but I promise they're not all like that. Here we go, then:


A child's favorite sandal lies tossed among the rest
Clumps of matted hair entangle,
grey and dull with age.
Names on your suitcases, reassuring lies.
You are gone, so
Silence tells your story.

Posted on December 10, 2009 at 12:29am — 1 Comment

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At 2:38am on March 5, 2010, Michelle (Books Admin) said…
Oh phew, I'm glad! It was only a pound, but still.
At 4:04am on February 17, 2010, Michelle (Books Admin) said…
Hi. I was shopping for books in charity shops the other day and saw a book, I Was Told There Would be Cake. Recognised the title, but couldn't for the life of me remember where I'd seen it or even if it was meant to be good. Then I came home and saw that you'd listed it as a book you'd read this year. Did you like it? Because I totally bought it.
At 3:21am on January 8, 2010, Chiburger said…
Alrighty x) I quite like them (I haven't read The DaVinci code, I've read A&D, Digital Fortress and Lost Symbol).

I was going to say something else, but was horribly distracted by the new odd clock from Australia in our livingroom in the shape of a bumerang. It's sounds more like a metronome than a clock -.- Oh dear.
At 7:40am on January 7, 2010, Chiburger said…
53 books -.-
Very well, I'll have to make it up to myself next year.

(Do you like Dan Brown, by the way? I've just finished The Lost Symbol and it was Awesome. Gonna move on to Deception Point.)
At 4:11am on January 4, 2010, Chiburger said…
Absolutely! Haha, 130 doesn't sound that bad to me.... :P
At 4:26am on January 3, 2010, Chiburger said…
Don't ask. -.-

Haha, nah, but really, books have been a slow businesss this year. Which is very sad.
I can't tell you the exact number, unfortunately, since I'm currently in Malaysia for the moment. I'll tell you when I get home. (That's on... Wednesday I think)

UGh. I'm slow. I was recently very happy but I feel the need for a shower growing.
At 12:31pm on December 11, 2009, serenity said…
oh don't feel bad, i haven't updated mine since i put it up lol.
At 4:56pm on December 9, 2009, serenity said…
ah, not recent stuff, gotcha!
At 11:54pm on December 8, 2009, serenity said…
i saw your post re secret santa,and i'm glad i'm not the only one, lol. worried i was being a party pooper, but then one can never be to safe i say.

hey i was reading your bio, how did your essays go? what were they about. It's been ages since i had to do any essay writing (one of the good things about being ancient ;D ) i find all that interesting now that the trauma of being forced to do it is long gone lol.

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