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Anonymous asked: So it seems stalker might get off lightly. How would you feel about that, silly little idiot.

maureenjohnsonbooks:

melissaanelli:

How I feel has nothing to do with it. I immediately sent this message to the NZ police and directly to the FBI and directly to the victims’ assistance counsel who has been keeping me up to date on everything, informing them that you, my stalker, have now broken the terms of your arrest.

The terms, as a refresher, were:

  • No using the Internet
  • No using post
  • No contacting Melissa Anelli or any of her family and friends
  • No contacting anyone in North America. 

No one but my stalker would have had any information about the severity or lack thereof of her sentence. And after 6.5 years I can spot a sentence she has written from a mile away without reading glasses. I am publishing this so that it is well known that she has broken the terms of her bail. Because the last time I wasn’t silent about one of her messages, it led to her arrest. I don’t want this break of her bail conditions - while awaiting sentencing no less! - to go unnoted. 

The Melissa of a year ago would not have published this. But I am so done. I have done everything everyone has asked. I have written the letters to the judges going over the whole thing in excruciating and personally painful detail. I have saved evidence with the organization of a librarian. I have answered every question and waited through every deferment and delay, and I am done just doing what is usually done in these instances. This is endless, and it is harmful, and it must stop, and “getting off lightly” would be a complete travesty. As is the fact that no one is monitoring her well enough to see how she is breaking the terms of her bail, and that no one is convinced she should be incarcerated in some fashion.

You know what I’m not done with, and can’t just decide to be done with? Being a victim. That is up to the people who work for the legal system of New Zealand. My being a victim. Up to them. How I deal with being a victim? Up to me. Whether I am continually victimized? Them.

And maybe making this public will make me less sympathetic to some judge down there and that will lessen her sentence for some completely non-sensical reason, I don’t know. But I am so beyond done with it being everyone else's call. 

This is life with a serious stalker. Everyone who is worried about harassment on the Internet needs to see and know and understand this. This goes beyond getting hordes of hateful or threatening YouTube comments: this is about when someone gets in. We are talking about 6.5 years of constant threats and abuse that go offline and into the physical realm, stalking and harassment that touch everyone I know, that has not yet been deterred by TWO ARRESTS and the threat of jail. If you aren’t sure what this post is about, read this for a reminder.

Excuse me. I must now go and undo all of the small victories from the past few months, starting with the allowing of asks.

It was nice there, for a while, feeling normal.

I share this, because this story has been such a horror. 6.5 years. Hundreds—is it thousands? it must be well into the thousands now—of graphic rape and death threats coming from one clearly identified (self-identified, even) person. An FBI investigation. Two arrests. And still, even during sentencing, the stalker tries to taunt Melissa.

This is the reality of online stalking.

Here’s my wish: that this case is a precedent for justice and action taken. If the New Zealand courts fail now, then they really fail. Please share this—because it’s real. I’ve seen this, what’s it’s done to Melissa. I’ve gotten notes from the stalker myself. Press, victim services, whatever you can reach, please reach. Please reblog. This one has to end. They all have to end.

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as-howarth asked: Hey John, what is your reaction to the news that the Riverside district has chosen to ban TFIOS from middle school libraries on the grounds that it deals with mortality and sex? I remember your reactions to similar situations concerning your books have been pretty animated and wondered what you thought?

fishingboatproceeds:

I guess I am both happy and sad.

I am happy because apparently young people in Riverside, California will never witness or experience mortality since they won’t be reading my book, which is great for them.

But I am also sad because I was really hoping I would be able to introduce the idea that human beings die to the children of Riverside, California and thereby crush their dreams of immortality.

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fishingboatproceeds:

Since the TFIOS movie became available On Demand and for digital download and people can now pause and zoom in and stuff, many people have asked who wrote the pages of An Imperial Affliction that appear in the movie.
I did. Executive producer Isaac Klausner asked me to write four pages (the two you see here and the final two pages of the book) for the movie edition of An Imperial Affliction, so I did. In this passage, Anna is recalling intense pain breaking through her high doses of narcotic pain medication. 
The book that Hazel reads in the movie is just the four pages I wrote printed over and over again hundreds of times. I have a copy of it in my house; it’s my only souvenir from the movie set.

I’d like a copy of AIA.

fishingboatproceeds:

Since the TFIOS movie became available On Demand and for digital download and people can now pause and zoom in and stuff, many people have asked who wrote the pages of An Imperial Affliction that appear in the movie.

I did. Executive producer Isaac Klausner asked me to write four pages (the two you see here and the final two pages of the book) for the movie edition of An Imperial Affliction, so I did. In this passage, Anna is recalling intense pain breaking through her high doses of narcotic pain medication. 

The book that Hazel reads in the movie is just the four pages I wrote printed over and over again hundreds of times. I have a copy of it in my house; it’s my only souvenir from the movie set.

I’d like a copy of AIA.

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Update on YouTube Sexual Abuse

regularusername0409:

In March of this year I threw a grenade into the Nerdfighter/YouTube community. As difficult as the aftermath has been, I’m proud of myself and of my friends for speaking up and I’m thankful to all of you have been standing with me and supporting me through this. I would truly be lost without…

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rainbowrowell:

melissaanelli:

mightymudha:

STILL MY FAVORITE LEAKY MOMENT.

freaking love our team melissaanelli squirreljournal yourcanadianoverlord leah617 onthebigadventure lizziekeiper

Thanks for filming ohblainers

This has been making us laugh since we thought it might be fun to do… until it happened. And then now. Still laughing. Travis Slavin and Maxwell Glick, you are heroes.

LEAKYCON.

REICHENBACH ESCALATOR.

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melissaanelli:

Platform 9 3/4. Seriously. Pinch me. Just wait until we get all the wizards here in six weeks.

(Source: melissaanelli)

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Cather + Wren = Catherine? Fangirl and the pin/pen merger

rainbowrowell:

lies:

genderific:

allthingslinguistic:

I recently read the novel Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, which is an excellent book that has nothing to do with linguistics. Despite that, I ended up noticing something linguistically interesting about the characters’ names, specifically…

This is interesting. I pronounce the PIN and PEN vowels differently, but when I say “Catherine,” the RINE vowel goes all schwa … unless I’m really enunciating. In that case, it has a very lilted PIN sound. (Also, unless I’m enunciating, I say it in 2.5 syllables.)

When I wrote this, I imagined Cather and Wren’s mom splitting “Catherine” in two, and cheating a little to get two words that sounded like names.

I was inspired by my great-grandmother who didn’t realize she was having twins and didn’t feel like coming up with a new name. So “Josefina” became Josie and Fina.  

I almost always imagine, when I’m naming main characters, what their parents were thinking when they named them …

It’s surprised me how many Fangirl readers have never heard the name Levi. I get asked how to pronounce it a few times a week on Twitter. (Levi has the same vowel sounds as KNEE-HIGH.) (Old Testament names are very popular in Nebraska.) (Here is a really weird Levi’s commercial where you can hear it said out loud.)

It’s also surprised me that many people pronounce Eleanor — ellenER. I pronounce it ellenOR.

People sometimes ask if Park is short for Parker. Nope. Park is a common Korean family name; I imagined it was his mother’s maiden name, and that his parents gave it to him as a tie to his mom’s family.

If you’re really looking at the names in my books, you’ll see that almost all the last names refer to places in Nebraska. Douglas and Sheridan are both counties. And Cather, Piper and Avery are building names at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln …

And Lincoln, of course, is the name of the main character of my first book.