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March Family Book Club Chapters 21-25

thejomarch:

Welcome back everyone! We’re over halfway done this book and the club! In case you need a refresher, Beth wrote up another one of her amazing summaries.

Stephen drops Rory and Boo back at the school where Boo tells Rory about how she got the ability to see ghosts. Boo and her friend were in a car accident and when she woke up she saw Jo who helped save her life - they have been friends ever since. Understandably, Rory is pretty shaken up and not sure if she can handle everything she has learned. Not to mention all the schoolwork she has. Luckily Boo has an idea. They hit the library and find Alistair who, Rory finally realizes, is also a ghost. The girls strike a deal with him: write Rory’s essay in exchange for some of Alistair’s favourite music. The next morning, Jerome wants to know why Rory’s been acting so weird lately. Obviously she can’t tell him so she prods him for information about the Ripper. One thing leads to another and they end up making out again… until Boo interrupts them. She takes Rory back to the ghost police and convinces them to take her “Ghost Spotting” in the underground. They explain to her all the different ways ghosts can appear and that there are so many in London because the city is so old. She also learns that one good way to spot a ghost is by their clothing, because it never changes, which means the bald man in the large suit is not the original Ripper from the 19th century. A few nights later Boo and Rory and Jazza decide to dress up as the Zombie Spice Girls for the school’s Fancy Dress party. The party is fun until Rory sees the bald man standing behind Jazza who is unaware of his presence and tells her to meet him outside where he wants to talk to her. Boo, as always, is never far behind and pretends not to see the bald man and just as Boo gets within arms reach he grabs her and throws her into an oncoming car! Stephen shows up out of nowhere whisking a shaken-up Rory away questioning her about what happened that night. Stephen gets a page and turns on the news; someone had crashed a Ripper convention and written a message on a whiteboard. The public begins speculating that it was the real ripper. Stephen and Rory also hear that Boo is awake and appears to have some broken bones, but is at least alive. After Stephen tells Rory a little bit more about the “Shades”, or so they call themselves, she learns that that last sentence in the cryptic message left by the Ripper at the convention hall was about her!

Perfectly done Beth! Now for my incredibly thoughtful question!

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Before the FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION In the Matter of Protecting and Promoting the Open Internet: REPLY COMMENTS OF THE WRITERS GUILD OF AMERICA, WEST, INC.

jaybushman:

The WGA filed their final brief with the FCC in favor of Net Neutrality and against Paid Prioritization schemes.

And, um, they quote me in the first paragraph.

Wasn’t expecting that.

Hit the link above for the full filing.  

Make sure to see page 8 for spyscribe's submission.

My full statement is on page 10.

Here’s a bit I want to call out:

"But even more importantly, [The Lizzie Bennet Diaries] inspired legions of new creators to make their own shows – many of them filming on webcams in their bedrooms and delivering content to growing online audiences…. Removing open access to the Internet will stifle the launch of this entire next generation of creators. We cannot afford that.”

Every time I see a new show that mentions LBD as an inspiration, I am blown away. YOU GUYS are the future, and you’re worth standing up for.

Net neutrality is so important. This stuff matters.

(Also, Jay Bushman is super wonderful and articulate.)


MFL Transmedia Roundup – 19

This week the REAL Ripper secret is out, Jo attends #TIFF14 and sweet Beth tries to control the #MarchFamilyBookClub!


March Family Book Club Chapters 16-20

thebethmarch:

Good Afternoon Everyone.

Thank you so much for reading along with us if you are. Please enjoy my quick summary of what’s happened in chapters 16-20 in case you haven’t been. But it really is a very enjoyable book and you should read it if you have the chance.

The police pack up the crime scene at the school and everyone is trying to return to some sort of “normal” life. Rory and Jeremy are also left trying to figure out what to do after their impromptu make-out session, and of course the Ripper and his letter are still all over the news. Rory and Jazza also get a new roommate: Bhuvana or “Boo” who seems very nice but is a bit … rowdy, and oh and she’s a natural at hockey. She also follows Rory around a lot and doesn’t seem to care much about classes either because Rory and Jazza notice that she never seems to be working. In the library, Boo follows Rory to the back bookshelves and meets Alistair, and they seem to hit it off because she stays behind with him for a while while Rory goes back to work. Jazza goes away for the weekend leaving Boo and Rory alone to tackle their Art History field trip. Jerome and Rory get paired together and do their report about the ‘great bottoms’ in art. They end up in a gallery with only one other lady in it that Jeremy doesn’t seem to see. Rory has a bit of a freak out over this. Boo and Rory have a confrontation in the bathroom and Rory follows her after they leave the museum and sees Boo talking to an older lady wearing what looks like an old military uniform in the park. Then the young policeman from the day of the murder shows up! All of a sudden a stranger walks right through the lady in the uniform! Rory knows something is wrong with her and decides to confront Boo and her policeman, who is named Stephen. They take her to their home base where she meets Callum and they tell her that, well… that because she almost choked that day in the cafeteria she can now see ghosts. They also tell her that they are helping investigate the Ripper murder, and that she is a prime witness!

I hope that was useful for you. The story is really getting exciting isn’t it? I love the way that Maureen writes.  Now, on to our discussion of the book!

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We’re past the halfway point!


MFL Transmedia Roundup – 18

This week the girls start school again, Jo does the #cinephilephoto and Meg runs an efficient book club! 



March Family Book Club Chapters 11-15

themegmarch:

Hello everyone, thank you for reading along with us. I will be keeping this brief because it’s the first week of classes and I do not want to fall behind.

Beth has once again been an absolute dear and has summarized Chapters 11-15 for those of you following along. Please enjoy!

It’s the evening of the next Ripper murder, the day he killed two victims, so everyone is inside and watching the news. Rory gets a call from Jerome. He wants her and Jazza to sneak their way onto the roof of the boy’s building to watch the events unfold. Feeling rebellious, they agree and sneak out through the bathroom window. They cross the field and make it to the roof where they can see all of the action down below. They wait, but the body of the second victim is never discovered so Jazza and Rory decide to leave before they get caught. On the way back, Rory runs into this creepy middle-aged bald guy who Jazza doesn’t seem to see. The next morning, they are woken up super early by the alert that the second body was found… in the campus courtyard! The school goes on lock down while the investigation is going on and everyone is asked to speak up if they saw or heard anything that night. Rory decides to step forward and tell the authorities about the creepy guy from the night before, and the police seem very intrigued that Jazza couldn’t see him.  On the way back to their dorm, another young policeman-like guy starts questioning them and gives Rory his card. The next day, Jerome shows Rory the lost video from the CCTV camera by the pub the night of the second murder. They also end up kissing. In the meantime, a local newsman receives a suspicious package and demands to go on air immediately where he shows a kidney and reads a mysterious letter left by Jack the Ripper!

That was a very concise summary. Beth deserves a gold star for that. Now, we will begin with Jo’s question.

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Prepare for a very organized meeting summary!


March Family Book Club Chapters 6-10

theamymarch:

Greetings, people in the know. Firstly, I am simply overcome with excitement to be sharing my thoughts from our latest novel-reading union. Of course, my sisters decided to contribute their thoughts as well, so in order to cover all sides of the story I have decided to present their perceptions in my collection. I apologize in advance for their clear lack of understanding of even the simplest of main themes in this novel.

Beth has once again aptly summarized the chapters that we delved into this week.

Jazza takes care of Rory after the choking incident and they use the opportunity to become closer friends with each other. Rory talks a lot about her family back in New Orleans and how eccentric they are, and Jazza talks about her dogs and her nice, normal family. The next day, Rory needs help with an English paper and hits the library for some books where she meets this strange guy with crazy hair and a trench coat who was reading in the dark in the literary section. His name is Alistair and he helps her pick a book to help with her paper, but overall he seems very odd. The next morning, Rory meets Jerome in Art history and he tells her about how there was another Ripper Strike that it’s all over the news. He invites her to come to the pub where the attack took place and to convince Jazza to tag along, which apparently means that he’s pretty into Rory. Jazza resists when she finds out exactly where they’re going but the three eventually arrive at the crime scene and it’s really busy. Rory runs into this strange bald guy who gives her a weird feeling. They all end up heading to the pub where they have a good time and get a little tipsy before heading back to the school. Unfortunately the second Ripper attack puts the school on edge and the students aren’t allowed to go out as much anymore - especially on the night of the next expected murder!

Many thanks Beth. Now please everyone, continue on to enlighten yourself.

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The March sisters discuss up to Chapter 10 of Name of the Star. Are YOU all caught up?


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MFL Transmedia Roundup – 17

The girls celebrate their last days of summer, Jo finishes her first draft and Amy takes over the book club on this week’s roundup!


March Family Book Club Chapters 6-10

theamymarch:

Greetings, people in the know. Firstly, I am simply overcome with excitement to be sharing my thoughts from our latest novel-reading union. Of course, my sisters decided to contribute their thoughts as well, so in order to cover all sides of the story I have decided to present their perceptions in my collection. I apologize in advance for their clear lack of understanding of even the simplest of main themes in this novel.

Beth has once again aptly summarized the chapters that we delved into this week.

Jazza takes care of Rory after the choking incident and they use the opportunity to become closer friends with each other. Rory talks a lot about her family back in New Orleans and how eccentric they are, and Jazza talks about her dogs and her nice, normal family. The next day, Rory needs help with an English paper and hits the library for some books where she meets this strange guy with crazy hair and a trench coat who was reading in the dark in the literary section. His name is Alistair and he helps her pick a book to help with her paper, but overall he seems very odd. The next morning, Rory meets Jerome in Art history and he tells her about how there was another Ripper Strike that it’s all over the news. He invites her to come to the pub where the attack took place and to convince Jazza to tag along, which apparently means that he’s pretty into Rory. Jazza resists when she finds out exactly where they’re going but the three eventually arrive at the crime scene and it’s really busy. Rory runs into this strange bald guy who gives her a weird feeling. They all end up heading to the pub where they have a good time and get a little tipsy before heading back to the school. Unfortunately the second Ripper attack puts the school on edge and the students aren’t allowed to go out as much anymore - especially on the night of the next expected murder!

Many thanks Beth. Now please everyone, continue on to enlighten yourself.

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Would YOU take your crush to a crime scene for a first date?

Find discussions of this and other hard-hitting questions in this week’s March Family Book Club!


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