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Had a double jaw drop this week, both times in relation to the Jornadinha Nacional de Literatura (National Literary Journey).

First, I found out I'll be speaking to 11,000 adolescents from 10 to 17 years old.  I'll be speaking to groups of 1,100 at a time over two days.
*gulp*...
And I'll also be speaking to an auditorium full of "non-participants".  I'm not sure yet what that entails.

Second, I saw the activity book that was put together for the event.  It's here, with suggested activities for my work on pages 17 and 18.  It's in Portuguese, but the suggested activies include watching The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and splitting the students into groups to play an RPG!
:O

My work is also referenced for teachers to open discussion about the different genres of speculative fiction: Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror.
:O :O :O

Wow... just... wow...  This is territory where even my dreams have dared to tread.  A chance to make a difference when it counts.

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j_cheney From: j_cheney Date: July 15th, 2011 02:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's pretty amazing!
ckastens From: ckastens Date: July 15th, 2011 03:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! It is an unexpected honor. I hope I can live up to it.
matthewsrotundo From: matthewsrotundo Date: July 15th, 2011 03:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
Dude.

I mean, seriously: dude.
ckastens From: ckastens Date: July 15th, 2011 03:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Dude!
matthewsrotundo From: matthewsrotundo Date: July 15th, 2011 06:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well said.
klingonguy From: klingonguy Date: July 17th, 2011 01:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
I could not have said it better!
ckastens From: ckastens Date: July 18th, 2011 12:08 am (UTC) (Link)
Not even in Klingon?
klingonguy From: klingonguy Date: July 18th, 2011 12:14 am (UTC) (Link)
oh, sure, in Klingon, but that would have made you uncomfortable.
topayz4 From: topayz4 Date: July 15th, 2011 03:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Whooo hoo/happy dance!

I am so immensely proud of you :)
topayz4 From: topayz4 Date: July 15th, 2011 03:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
That second sentence is reading oddly to me. I probably should have left in the part about thinking that I knew you back when you wrote the farting llama story (assuming I'm remembering correctly that it was a farting llama and not a barfing monkey, or some other animal engaging in bodily functions.
ckastens From: ckastens Date: July 15th, 2011 03:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks, Pam!

I was just thinking the other day about dusting off the farting llama story and sending it out. :)
topayz4 From: topayz4 Date: July 15th, 2011 10:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
The farting llama story must be shared with the world! Perhaps I shall try to fix up the Evil Chicken story. And give it a middle and an end while I'm at it.
dr_phil_physics From: dr_phil_physics Date: July 15th, 2011 03:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well done you! The armies of SF/F/H shall be made stronger and victory shall be ours. (evil grin)

Dr. Phil
ckastens From: ckastens Date: July 15th, 2011 08:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
That was the plan, is the plan, and always shall be the plan! :)

Thanks, Dr. Phil!
marthawells From: marthawells Date: July 15th, 2011 04:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
Very cool!
ckastens From: ckastens Date: July 15th, 2011 08:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks, Martha! It's a great opportunity.
tinaconnolly From: tinaconnolly Date: July 15th, 2011 04:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wow, very cool!
ckastens From: ckastens Date: July 15th, 2011 08:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks, Tina! I'm flying high.
bogwitch64 From: bogwitch64 Date: July 15th, 2011 06:38 pm (UTC) (Link)



Chris!! That's amazing!
ckastens From: ckastens Date: July 15th, 2011 08:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
:)
drumiller From: drumiller Date: July 15th, 2011 10:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Chris,
Next we'll have to sort out the M&M's for you :P. Rockstar status! Woohoo. Soon, robot minions. Seriously, what an awesome curriculum!
ckastens From: ckastens Date: July 16th, 2011 01:36 am (UTC) (Link)
I don't eat M&Ms, but I'm sure I'll figure out something for you to do at Worldcon. :)

Thanks, Dru!
bondo_ba From: bondo_ba Date: July 17th, 2011 03:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wow... That is a LOT of adolescents. You will enjoy yourself enormously. When doing readings for teens, I've found that the younger generations rock: they are interested and polite.
ckastens From: ckastens Date: July 17th, 2011 04:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
It is a lot. I'm looking forward to it. I've heard the kids who attend this event are extremely excited about it. It's a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
idiosyncreant From: idiosyncreant Date: July 19th, 2011 04:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
That is so cool, Chris!

Things are just shakin' and a'movin' for you right now!
ckastens From: ckastens Date: July 20th, 2011 10:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks, Red!

I hope they keep a shakin'!
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