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Lena is a 19-year-old Canadian business student, Harry Potter fan, nerdfighter, and fanfiction writer who also makes beautiful minimalist posters about stuff she likes, including The Fault in Our Stars. I really liked her artwork, so we’ve decided to make a few of them available as 12 x 12 prints through DFTBA. The first 950 of each will be signed by me, because I like to sign things.

They’re available for preorder now and will ship in mid-November. (They’ll arrive before Christmas if you live in the US, the UK, or Canada. Otherwise, no guarantees, because customs.)

I fell in love the way you fall asleep.

My thoughts are stars I cannot fathom into constellations.

Some infinities are bigger than other infinities.


Deaf Nerdfighter, and darn proud of it!

Deaf Nerdfighter, and darn proud of it!

John Green is in Cincinnati… RIGHT NOW.

And I am unable to go and see him because I had to teach tonight.

I love my job* but gawddammit!!!!! JOHN GREEN!!!

But my best friend got a poster for me. 

And she told,” I’m getting 2 posters because my friend couldn’t come tonight.” 

And he said, “Good on you! Tell her I say hi!”

JOHN GREEN SAID HI TO ME… via my friend… via text message. 


I don’t know who made this .gif. It’s not mine, but it’s entirely applicable. 

( * when it doesn’t suck )

I have updated the Q&A blogs about my books…


DO NOT click these links if you haven’t read the book in question, as there are massive spoilers.

Only if you finished TFiOS

Only if you finished Will Grayson, Will Grayson

Only if you finished Paper Towns

Only if you finished An Abundance of Katherines

Only if you finished Looking for Alaska

I’m reblogging this for the second time tonight…

because I went through and read a good portion of the TFiOS Q&A and had a proportionately high number of teary-eyed-moments and no less than 3 cries. 

Damn you, Jonh! (but in the best way possible!)

They aren’t just characters guys! They’re my friends!!!!!!!!!  I luv dem 5eva. 

The good times and the bad times both will pass. It will pass. It will get easier. But the fact that it will get easier does not mean that it doesn’t hurt now. And when people try to minimize your pain they are doing you a disservice. And when you try to minimize your own pain you’re doing yourself a disservice. Don’t do that. The truth is that it hurts because it’s real. It hurts because it mattered. And that’s an important thing to acknowledge to yourself. But that doesn’t mean that it won’t end, that it won’t get better. Because it will.


Looking for Alaska came out 385 weeks ago, in March of 2005. I’d written the book over the previous five years with much help from lots of people: my best friend, Shannon James; my mentor, Ilene Cooper; the woman who was at the time my girlfriend and is now my wife; and my passionate, relentless…

Dear Vlogbrothers, #captionTHIS

Hello everyone, (but specifically Hank and John)

My name is Emma, and I’m a Nerdfigher!!!! 

I also happen to be Deaf. 

My absolute favorite channel on youtube is the vlogbrothers, and I honestly feel they embody all that is right in the world these days. They’re involved with their viewers, and the amount of world-suck they have helped to eradicate makes me increasingly happy with each new project. I participated in the Kiva project, and This Star Won’t Go Out is near to my heart as a cancer survivor. John, your books are amazing; I read The Fault in Our Stars three times (in a row). 

However, most if not all of their youtube videos are not captioned. I understand that it takes time. But even if just some of them could be captioned, it would make the Deaf World just a little more bright. 

Having to watch a video 5 or more times to understand what is being said takes all of the fun out of it. The jokes aren’t funny any more, the topics are less interesting, and in general, I’m left frustrated (both because I can’t understand, but mostly because I so desperately WANT to understand.) At times being Deaf can be really isolating- having no captioning on online media really really SUCKS and it isolates us from what hearing people have INSTANT access to. 

I know I’m not the only Deaf Nerdfighter out there, and I also know that there are potentially a ton more. 

Right now, Deaf people nation-wide are fighting for captions on online videos. Everything we do nowadays in online, but 99% of online video media is not captioned, severely limiting our access to important information and super awesome things like the vlogbrothers and their respective other channels. 

John and Hank, if you see this- I’ve left comments on your channels before. I sincerely respect everything you’ve done. I would love to see your videos captioned so that EVERYONE can enjoy them with equal access. 

I know you’re both very, very busy. I just thought I would put our plea out there. 




My first thoughts were, “Hank, I am so proud of you for making this!” To see someone that you look up to be passionate about something you are likewise passionate about is phenomenally amazing. It gives you the “feel goods” all over. 

And then I remember that I don’t actually know Hank… I mean, when I thought to myself, “I’m really proud of him!” it was more in the context of, “I’m really proud of my friend.” But I’ve never met him (or John for that matter). But I rather often thing of them as friends. 

Do you have to know someone to be friends with them? Likewise, does that person have to know of your existence, or are the circumstances in which a one-way friendship is acceptable?

These are the “big questions” of my life, people!

I love it.


The moment you question or criticize John Green, people who claim to have been feminist or care about social justice issues throw up their hackles, because they don’t want to be forced to confront that things they like might actually be problematic. 

I wish his wife had had an abortion, because people like him shouldn’t be able to reproduce and continue allowing their sexism onto other generations. 

Several things:

1. It is in NO WAY ALRIGHT that you wish someone had an abortion because you don’t like an author. If he wrote revolutionary materials that threatened to overturn a country or result in genocide… then MAYBE I could see where you were coming from (though I still think it’s totally wrong, and I’m pro-choice. The whole idea of pro-choice is that THEY get to make the decision for themselves… YOU don’t get to make it for them; thank goodness!). But you’re talking about a Young  Adult author. Cut the dramatics, and grow up. The fact that you ever SAID THAT, makes me sick to my stomach. He is, for all I can tell, a fantastic parent. He hasn’t beat his kid, murdered anyone, or tortured small animals in a basement. So far, he seems like he’s doing okay. 

2. You really think John Green is the most misogynistic writer out there? JOHN GREEN? REALLY?!?!? I think Stephanie Meyer is WAAAAAAAAAY worse, and she’s a woman!!!

3. Can he be sexist? Yes. Is he overly sexist? I really don’t think so. I think he tends to write from a young, teenage, male perspective.  I don’t really know of ANYONE who is entirely sexist free. We live in a sexist society and are raised in a sexist culture. We’re trying to change things, but that shit doesn’t just disappear overnight! I think it takes time! And he is NO WHERE NEAR as bad as you make him out to be. 

4. I think you’re just attention seeking. He’s a good man! He’s done a lot of good for the world. Is he perfect? No. And I’m sure if you ask him if he is, he’ll agree with my answer. He seems to be fairly down-to-earth to me. He has a lot of good ideas, and seems to genuinely want to help the world and make it a better place. 

5. Chill. 

Hazel is wrong about infinite cardinality, but she’s right that some infinities are larger than others. I wanted her to be wrong but right because that’s how we muddle through as observers of the universe, forging meaning where we can find it- from fact and fiction alike. And as my brain drowned in jet lag, I thought of the months I had lived here [in Amsterdam]. So much of the time was sick and crippled with anxiety, but all I could think about now, as night fell, was how much you can love made up people- and how much you can miss them.

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