20 This Year

So today is my birthday, but not just any birthday: I’m 20 years old. I’m entering my second decade. That’s a weird thought, it really is. But it’s interesting how far I’ve come in the last decade. When I was 10, I never talked to anyone that wasn’t my family and a friend or two, never really spoke up in class and dreamed of making it big.

A full 10 years later, I’m in college, double-majoring in literature and writing, have quite a lot of friends (some of whom are quite excellent bloggers), have gotten pretty close to some professors, become a semi-professional Internet writer (more on that later) and, weirdest of all, I have this blog: a place where people actually read what I have to say. Thank you, everyone who reads tomtificate.

The cool thing about being born at the end of November is a few days before is Thanksgiving, which means awesome food and family, of course, but also means getting a few gifts from my relatives: when I was younger, that meant Transformers, but nowadays it generally means checks or Barnes & Noble gift cards. I’m not complaining, mind.

Anyway, besides all that, I also have my own family’s tradition of the birthday box to look forward to. See, my family has this box and when someone’s birthday is coming up, we buy gifts to put in it and, starting 9 days before and ending on your actual birthday, the birthday person opens one gift a day.

This year, I got this Avengers water bottle (I had a Trek one at the start of the year but it vanished like these things do) the first day and this AWESOME flat cap on Thanksgiving itself–I would show you what it looks like on my head, but my webcam program is being finicky at the moment. You’ll just have to imagine it.

My parents also got me my first ever Star Trek novels: specifically, David Mack’s Destiny trilogy that brings characters from TNG and Deep Space Nine into the story of an ancient mystery being uncovered at the same time the Borg are launching a massive MASSIVE invasion.

     (Credit: Memory Alpha)

I’ve finished Gods of Night already–review will be next week–and am halfway through Mere Mortals. Mack’s writing isn’t just good Trek writing; with his knack for gripping prose and building character depth, it’s good sci-fi, period.

Taking the rest of the gifts back to Calvin (the name of my school) with me, I opened one a day and they were: some candy, a little one-eyed monster doll thing that my roommate named Pistachio, some giant sticks of beef jerky and two more books, Michael Barrier’s The Animated Man: A Life of Walt Disney and David Michaelis’ Schulz and Peanuts: A Biography.

             (Credit: UC Press/Peanuts Wiki)

I’m farther in the latter than in the former, but I’ve wanted both of these books for a long time: Michael Barrier is the premier animation historian working today (his website is awesome, and you should read it) and while I’ve used my library’s copy of this book for research, I’ve never sat down and read it. The second book is the official biography of iconic Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz and Michaelis was honored for his 7 years of work with near universal acclaim. Look for reviews of these.

So yeah, pretty nice way to celebrate my 20th, books and candy. I also get to hang out today and a good part of this weekend with the group of college students and professors I traveled with to Massachusetts to study 19th-century literature last year; they’re some of the awesomest people I’ve ever met. I love these guys!

So yeah, not much else to say really but thanks to all who have been checking this blog and commenting, even linking and liking. Thanks a lot, guys and I’ll try to be worthy of your attention in the days to come.



One comment on “20 This Year

  1. 7twentyfour says:

    I remember the Schulz biography being a good read. I look forward to hearing about what you think of that one.

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