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Editor’s Letter

November 2012: Invention

Happy November! Happy colorful leaves and ginger smells and fuzzy sweaters! I kind of always expect this time of year to look and feel like this:

Humankind out and about on a beautiful fall day, greeting one another and carrying on the hardworking hum of the city, basking in a pool of crisp, autumn light.

Until I remember that it’s usually more like this:

Me Facebook stalking from my bed.

But whatever! That sort of imagination is big for us this month, as November’s theme is INVENTION. Making things, making things up, lying, science, photography, more DIYs than usual, and paying respect to people who consistently churn out new stuff we love, from Beyoncé to Chris Ware. For some reason, the way people in the past imagined the future—now the present—has been on our minds, too, Jetsons-style. I’d like to think that those people of yore would be super impressed by all our technology, but I dunno if I myself would be that stoked about Angry Birds if I were expecting hovercrafts and robot maids. Wait: WHY DON’T WE HAVE HOVERCRAFTS AND ROBOT MAIDS? I am so disappointed in you, present day. I need more tools to enable my laziness! I need to be able to Facebook stalk from bed, guilt-free!

One thing the present day does offer is the ability to, um, run the website you’re reading this on. Even better is when we get to bring this all to life, and everyone gets to meet one another and hang out in person. If you’re in or near Los Angeles, we are hosting three Rookie events in your area this month:

Friday, November 9th, 7-9 PM: a reading and signing at Diesel in Brentwood (225 26th St.)
Saturday, November 10th, 2-5 PM: a zine-making workshop, reading, and signing at the Nerdist Showroom at Meltdown Comics (7522 Sunset Blvd.)
Saturday, November 10th, 7-10 PM: a dance party with a performance by Best Coast at Space 15 Twenty (1520 N. Cahuenga Blvd.)

Join us, will you? Not many people know this, but zine-making workshops and Best Coast were actually listed in a rare outtake of “My Favorite Things” from The Sound of Music, and if they’re good enough for Julie Andrews, they’re good enough for us. I can’t wait to see everyone who came to our Strange Magic events again, and to meet new Rookies, too!

Thank you for being here, and I hope school and friends and loved ones and life and things are going OK.

Love,
Tavi

P.S. December’s theme is Faith. If you’d like to send in a piece of writing, an illustration, or a photo album about beliefs of all kinds (not just religious), what gets you through the day, what helps you sleep at night, what it takes to believe in yourself and others, etc., and moments of disillusionment, too—submissions@rookiemag.com is your email destination! (And we’re still taking scans of journal pages for a gallery we’re running this month, too.)

79 Comments

  • umi November 1st, 2012 3:25 PM

    wow this month’s theme sounds awesome! and next month’s as well YAY

  • wolnosc November 1st, 2012 3:28 PM

    I tried to send something, but it didn’t work because it said your storage quota was exceeded.

    • Anaheed November 1st, 2012 3:31 PM

      For now send it to me at anaheed@rookiemag.com. I have no power because of the hurricane in NYC, so I haven’t had time to clear out the submissions box.

      • poison ivy November 1st, 2012 11:00 PM

        I sent something in to submissions like a month ago, but you never replied. does that mean you dont want it, or you just didnt read it?

        • Anaheed November 1st, 2012 11:06 PM

          We probably haven’t read it yet. Sorry we’re so behind!

  • Ella W November 1st, 2012 3:36 PM

    I love DIYs, even though I never get round to making any, but maybe this month it’ll all change!!

  • heartshapedbox November 1st, 2012 3:38 PM

    YES YES YES TAVI.
    I LIVE IN LOS ANGELES COUNTY.
    you know what if i meet you tavi we would be like friends for sure

  • Amy Rose November 1st, 2012 3:41 PM

    When I scrolled down and saw the contrast of the second picture after reading the first caption, it forced the craziest-sounding guffaw out of my person. So great.

  • DreamBoat November 1st, 2012 3:44 PM

    Aww, so sad you guys aren’t coming to Seattle </3

    BUT THIS MONTH SOUNDS RADICAL AND I WILL DIE TO SEE ALL THE PICTURES FROM THESE AWESOME EVENTS Akljfehsajkklwajawslk
    so jelly and yet so happy <3

    HERE'S TO A GREAT ROOKIE MONTH!

    http://psychedelicdaisy.blogspot.com

    • Mary the freak November 28th, 2012 3:29 PM

      SEATTLE? ARE YOU KIDDING ME?

      I am from Germany! Germany! I cannot believe how far it’s away from L. A…

      I want to live in Seattle, too! I once were there last summer, and it was so beautiful… If I had known some Rookies before, I could have met so many people. <33

      And this month was more than awesome. I am so sad that it's already the 28th!

      http://birdiewearsatie.blogspot.com/

  • raggedyanarchy November 1st, 2012 3:46 PM

    YES. New theme time! And that picture of you Facebook stalking is exactly what November looks like. The internet IS my fuzzy sweater!
    Hooray for Rookie meetups! Too bad I live in the Middle of Nowhere Important, USA. AKA Mississippi. I’m like the only one who reads Rookie here. Except for my friend.
    Downside to living in a small town: there is NOTHING COOL GOING ON. EVER.

  • shibbymeow November 1st, 2012 3:47 PM

    NOVEMBER IS MY FAVORITE MONTH THANK YOU FOR THE AWESOME THEME!!!!

  • MissKnowItAll November 1st, 2012 3:50 PM

    This is great.
    For the reader diary, can I send in some doodles I made on post-its?
    Anaheed, I hope you and your family are fine.

    • Anaheed November 1st, 2012 4:02 PM

      Yes, send your doodles! (And we are fine — thanks, MKIA.)

  • Rushmore November 1st, 2012 3:57 PM

    I would like to send something in but I don’t understand what Microsoft Outlook is or how it works. Can someone explain the basics to me or link to an easy tutorial?

  • Limey November 1st, 2012 4:06 PM

    I can’t wait for this month!
    Also, some girls and I made our own “You Don’t Own Me” PSA, so here’s the link!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jXdywnDx4Jc

    my mom and i are in the flower crowns :)

    • Limey November 1st, 2012 4:10 PM

      I suppose I should say women, rather than girls!

    • Anaheed November 1st, 2012 4:11 PM

      AAH HOW CUTE ARE YOU GUYS. Also hi Limey! I remember you from the Chicago meet-up. xxoo

    • Tavi November 1st, 2012 4:31 PM

      How sweet!!!

      • Limey November 1st, 2012 11:43 PM

        Aw thanks guys! Most of it was filmed on Halloween, hence the costumes…

  • lubs November 1st, 2012 4:21 PM

    the pumpkin-ish smell of november and new DYIs coming. Sounds great.

  • caro nation November 1st, 2012 4:48 PM

    It’s upsetting that Rookie HQ/party central is L.A.; I moved away five years ago and the romanticisation (did I just coin a word) of it lately has made me really homesick. I’M YOUNG AND LIVE IN A LITTLE TOWN. I FEEL CUT OFF. COME VISIT ME.

    Also, all you New Yorkers who have been ‘gramming pictures of candlelit dinners and black-out hide-and-seek sessions, you guys really know how to laugh in the face adversity! CITY THAN NEVER SLEEPS.

    http://carolinesaysiii.tumblr.com/

  • LisaPizza November 1st, 2012 4:50 PM

    Yayy excited for this month’s theme :) And the background today is cuuute!!

  • Ginny November 1st, 2012 5:01 PM

    Extra DIYs *AND* BEYONCÉ?! This is gonna be the best month ever

  • Johann7 November 1st, 2012 5:02 PM

    “Wait: WHY DON’T WE HAVE HOVERCRAFTS AND ROBOT MAIDS?”

    We do! Sort of!
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/video/2012/aug/23/star-wars-hover-bike-float-video
    http://www.irobot.com/us/

    They’re just not as flashy as anticipated, and also expensive.

  • mar9ar3t November 1st, 2012 5:02 PM

    this is getting ridiculous. WHY DON’T I LIVE IN LA????

  • karastarr32 November 1st, 2012 5:21 PM

    I need to move back to the US. ASAP!

  • MissKnowItAll November 1st, 2012 5:22 PM

    I think we should form our own countrry because not living in LA is starting to kill me

    • Eryn November 1st, 2012 6:57 PM

      Literally the best idea of I’ve ever heard in my life

  • Mary the freak November 1st, 2012 5:41 PM

    More DIYS than usual? Oh man this will be the best month *EVER*. I love Rookie!

    Also, the person above me is sooo right,let’s form our own country. I mean, WHY am I here in Germany?! I will weep now and cry and will annoy my father until we will move to LA. I am a terrible daughter. We should form our own country! Till then, are there any german rookies? Can we meet? Please?

    http://birdiewearsatie.blogspot.com/

  • aliceee November 1st, 2012 5:43 PM

    excitemeeeennntt

    EXTRA DIYS FTW

  • izzybee November 1st, 2012 5:52 PM

    when is the latest you can send in journal pages? I’m just figuring out how to scan things with my printer!

    • Anaheed November 1st, 2012 5:53 PM

      Wednesday, November 7.

  • Madeleine Angel November 1st, 2012 6:05 PM

    Yay more Rookie events in L.A!! Can’t wait to see all the rookies again!
    http://madeleineangel.tumblr.com/

  • izi November 1st, 2012 6:09 PM

    DIYS ARE MY LIFE

  • Eryn November 1st, 2012 6:38 PM

    Gonna be a greaatttt month. Yay for Rookie which always cheers me up after long days of school.

    http://fashionfledge.blogspot.ca/

  • jenaimarley November 1st, 2012 7:06 PM

    I’m so sad I can’t make it to Rookie events!
    I live in Tucson, Arizona so it’s kind of out of the way and hard. But maybe when I go to college next year (or the year after if I do a gap year to China–are there Rookies in China??)
    Anyway…Love! And happy November! Don’t forget the tofurky and no shaving!

    xoxo

    • victoria November 1st, 2012 9:08 PM

      OMG I LIVE IN CHINA
      I WILL BE GOING TO COLLEGE SOON BUT STILL!!

      • jenaimarley November 2nd, 2012 8:51 AM

        OMG THAT’S SO AWESOME!
        Are you from China or taking a gap year there or..?

  • HollinsCollins November 1st, 2012 7:39 PM

    Uhggg I can’t make it to the meet ups.
    One day when Rookie comes to Virginia (which will be never) my life will be made.

  • KatiFingers November 1st, 2012 7:55 PM

    I’m so excited! This is the first L.A. event since I started reading rookie! =D

  • mmorsmordree November 1st, 2012 8:06 PM

    OH MY GOD. I JUST FANGIRLED SOO HARD RIGHT NOW

  • mmorsmordree November 1st, 2012 8:10 PM

    Two of my favorite things!! Rookie and Best Coast on the same day! Is it free? Cause if it is I’m sooooo down. I was so mad that I couldn’t go to the free Best Coast show in Santa Monica cause it was a school day but I’m definitely going to see them this time. Cant wait to see Best coast and all my favorite rookie writers all in 9 days. The count down has begun. Halloween was yesterday but I feel like I just died and went to heaven.

  • heartshapedbox November 1st, 2012 8:10 PM

    we should also have taylor swift playing at the dance party if possible btw because she’s perf
    just a suggestion

  • mmorsmordree November 1st, 2012 8:13 PM

    Btw is the best coast concert/meet up free?

  • sunshine November 1st, 2012 8:27 PM

    I’m so sad, I live nowhere near the places Rookie toured and are hosting events!

    http://www.batmanisreal.blogspot.com

  • Olivia November 1st, 2012 8:44 PM

    Omg somehow something beautiful happened and I’m in LA those days. Omggg

  • Guinevere November 1st, 2012 8:45 PM

    kdshjfjds I’m going to LA the weekend after all of this happens. WHY.

    Come to Arizona!!!

  • larvaa_ November 1st, 2012 9:22 PM

    why hasn’t anyone invented a dream recorder yet?! that’d be so exciting when it comes to sleeping (well sleeping its self makes me happy too) lol

    • Guinevere November 1st, 2012 10:46 PM

      A really long time ago I saw this video and it talked about dream recorders and mind reading.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8zh-bS5SDpw

      I’m kind of fascinated with dreams, so this was pretty awesome. ;)

      • larvaa_ November 2nd, 2012 3:05 AM

        omg ive always wondered what exactly do babies dream of and I’d get a little sad because I’ll probably never know this but thanks this video THERES STILL HOPE…20 years from now lol

  • heartshapedbox November 1st, 2012 11:04 PM

    sorry for spamming you guise but I just reread this and BEST COAST OMAHGAH I LOVE BEST COAST.

    • mmorsmordree November 2nd, 2012 12:10 AM

      That was my reaction too!

  • oh...hi cindy November 2nd, 2012 12:40 AM

    AHHH THE L.A EVENTS SO EXCITED

  • ivoire November 2nd, 2012 1:48 AM

    It is currently spring over here! WOOO!
    I am so excited for DIYing and being productive. Hopefully I succeed this time. Ha.

    Also, can you send in more than one image of your journal or not?

  • arrrose November 2nd, 2012 2:40 AM

    Does this mean Tavi is going to be a guest on The Nerdist podcast? Is it time for that yet?

  • Tasya November 2nd, 2012 5:17 AM

    sigh.. every time you guys have a gathering of some sort i die a little (I LIED I DIE A LOT) inside. it sucks having to live on the other side of the world (Brunei to be exact, represent woop woop) :-(

  • whodatgal November 2nd, 2012 10:20 AM

    omg can we still submit for this month? Also, when do our journal pages have to be in by? Also, we haven’t had a “sex & love” article or like AGESSS?!?! Also, also, Tavi, you are the cutest, but for God’s sake COME TO LONDON?!?!? <3

    EXCITED
    Ophelia xxx
    http://www.opheliahorton.wordpress.com

  • Serfaira November 2nd, 2012 11:01 AM

    Ahhh this is going to be so much fun! I’m so lucky this time to be living right outside of LA. Is anyone coming from the Ventura Area or the Santa Barbara area or maybe one of the prep schools? I would love to get a ride with you! It doesn’t matter which of the two days you go!

  • saramarit November 2nd, 2012 1:07 PM

    For more visions of the future from the past http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/paleofuture/

    Love the images on this blog

  • ijustreallylikebands November 2nd, 2012 1:37 PM

    Ahh I wish there were more rookie readers nearer to where I live, the meetups and stuff look so fun!^.^ So excited for this month’s theme though, I love the DIY’s so it’s great there’s going to be more:D

    http://www.glitterycatqueen.blogspot.com

  • Kathryn November 2nd, 2012 3:43 PM

    I hope there’s some Violet Baudelaire this month!

    • Kathryn November 2nd, 2012 5:21 PM

      PS I AM DEPRESSED ABOUT NOT LIVING IN LA AT THE MOMENT

  • purrr November 2nd, 2012 3:46 PM

    i hope there will be more LA rookie-ness in 2013 because i’m moving there from moscow in january. i feel like a small town girl going to hollywood to get recognised except instead of hollywood i want to get into rookie

  • emilycarolina November 2nd, 2012 7:29 PM

    Do you have to pay to get into the event at MeltDown Comics?

    • Anaheed November 2nd, 2012 7:38 PM

      Nope! All the L.A. events are free of charge.

  • SweetSarahO November 3rd, 2012 2:02 AM

    Can’t wait to see all my Rookie friends from Strange Magic! Elena and I are so excited for Best Coast at Space15Twenty!!! It has totally become ROOKIE hallowed ground by now.

    • SweetSarahO November 3rd, 2012 2:04 AM

      And just as a side note: I realized that TAYLOR SWIFT IS THE BACKROUND JUST NOW!! <3

  • savannah61 November 4th, 2012 11:27 PM

    Do we have to RSVP for the dance partayyy (or any of the other events for that matter)?!

  • emilykiyoko November 5th, 2012 12:50 AM

    I want to go these events so bad!!! I’m honestly not sure at all how I’m going to get there but I’ll try my best to get there.

  • mayaautumn November 5th, 2012 3:59 PM

    i am excited about this month!
    tis my birthday month (tomorroooooo)
    it’s so exciting.
    i luv novembre<3

    http://mayathapapaya.tumblr.com

  • heartshapedbox November 8th, 2012 8:30 PM

    wait is there an age restriction for the partay