I just miss my friend a lot
Feeling this real bad right now
For those of you who are new here, Esther Earl was a nerdfighter who inspired much of The Fault in Our Stars and many projects in nerdfighteria, including Esther Day. Esther’s story, This Star Won’t Go Out, was published this year.
Esther’s family started a foundation in her honor, also called This Star Won’t Go Out, that provides direct financial support to families of children with cancer so that they can pay for gas and hotel stays and lost work and other costs associated with caring for sick children. The Earls are wonderful people who do great work, and you can donate to TSWGO here.
If you find This Star Won’t Go Out in your local brick-andmortar bookstore, you might be disarmed by the book. The dust jacket is colorful – a mix of mostly lime green with white (and a bit of green) Sans-Serif font and a red-orangey wall. Esther smiles up at you from the jacket, the spine, and the photobooth strip of selfies on the back of the jacket. The endpapers have pictures of her journal covers, and the cover is a deep purple – unusual for most books. But it is so Esther.
Esther’s caption on this picture was “I won!” A fitting caption to the news today that her book will be #7 next week on the New York Times Best Sellers list. Congratulations, Esther Grace!
Good Evening Nerdfighteria! Put down the controller, and pick up the newest copy of The Anglerfish! This month we cover the wonderful world of Nintendo, continue with part three of our EXCLUSIVE interview with Joel Watson creator of the webcomic, Hijinks Ensue, as well as an EXCLUSIVE interview with Miss Karen Kavett, who just got done helping out on a little project called The Project for Awesome! Read away my friends and DFTBA!
The latest issue of The Anglerfish is finally here! We’ve worked long and hard on this one once again, and it shows! (I’ve got an interview with Karen Kavett and a review of ‘This Star Won’t Go Out’ - which is out in stores TODAY! So read up!)
I filmed this today, two Augusts ago today, before I caught a Shortline into Manhattan to meet Danielle for the first time. I was still reeling from the shock and it hung over me for a good part of the day. Thinking back on everything, I would guess that Esther wouldn’t have wanted much mourning … just celebrating. And then part of the audio was used in a WBUR story on Esther. I’m around a minute in, right before this YA author dude named John Green.
I just want to briefly say to all my friends, Nerdfighters or not, I hope that you have had (or are still having) a wonderful Esther Day and that you told your friends and loved ones how much you love them (in whatever way you think of the word) and enjoy having them around.