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January 2013: Mythology

Happy New Year, Rookies!

The new year is like a birthday in that it seems like a much bigger deal than it is. Like, the difference between 2012 and 2013 sounds huge, but is today that much different from yesterday? Did my 13th birthday mean I didn’t pee my pants the very same night I supposedly became a young adult? According to my now-defunct Snoopy pajamas, OBVIOUSLY NOT. Still, change of any kind is refreshing, brings hope, and makes you feel like this will be the year you finally become Oprah. You probably won’t, but the thought that it might be conceivable is motivating.

This month’s theme is Mythology. Lies, exaggerations, legends, the works. Hannah really wanted us to do an ice queen/1920s-flapper month, so somehow it all kind of made sense together. Oh, and BJÖRK is our Mythology hero.

Along with Josephine Baker.

And a bunch of Greek gods, Narnia characters, and ladies of the Harlem Renaissance. As always, send us stuff you have that might be related to any of the above! Or send us stuff for next month’s theme, Passion.

Last January I did an acrostic poem for the month’s theme, so I guess I’ll try again this time, just to close this out:

M is for My, it’s the new year already!
Y is for Yowza, it’s 2013!
T is for This poem is not as strong as last year’s.
H is for Hi guess 2013 is not going to be that great after all? (“Hi” as in when you go into the word “I” with a breath of exhaustion, because you are sad, because you are realizing that 2013 is not going to be that great after all.)
O is for Oprah, who I will never be.
L is for Like I should just give up now and not even go back to school in a week when break is over.
O is for Oh my god, break is over in a week.
G is for Guhhhhh.
Y is for You know, maybe 2013 won’t actually be so bad [and the rest of a monologue a cartoon character would recite about optimism].

Yeah, no, we’ll all be fine.



  • Jessica W January 1st, 2013 3:06 PM

    1000 YESSES (that’s a word ok) AT THIS THEME!
    So excited :D

    Jess @ The Lovelorn

    • monkshood January 2nd, 2013 11:43 PM

      Lol yesses/yeses is a word in the dictionary, actually: “an affirmative answer or decision, esp. in voting: ‘answering in assured and ardent yeses.’”

  • litchick January 1st, 2013 3:09 PM

    New Year’s Resolution: become Oprah.

    No, just kidding. Anyway, looking forward to Mythology!

  • SoPoe January 1st, 2013 3:24 PM

    Well, we survived 2012, I think we’ll be having at least a decent 2013:)

  • momobaby January 1st, 2013 3:33 PM

    I’m such a mythology geek, so excited for this month’s theme. :)


  • BeccaLily January 1st, 2013 3:34 PM

    I am SO stoked!!! Happy new year to all rookie staff and readers <3

  • DreamBoat January 1st, 2013 3:41 PM

    Can we just talk about the fact everything Tavi writes is absolute goddessly perfection?

    “O is for Oprah, whom I will never be.”

    Here's to the NEW ROOKIE YEAR <3


  • bugaleeto January 1st, 2013 3:50 PM

    Yes! I’m totally addicted to black and white vintage photo sparkly wintery hazy vibes. The 20s are especially good for this. I’ve been trying hard to hoard as many images like this as I can on my tumblr. That photo of Josephine Baler makes me ~~~swoon~~~

  • moonchild January 1st, 2013 3:50 PM

    This is awesome!

    Also, I’ve had a problem for a bunch of months now where when I write in the comment box of rookie, the typing is SUPER delayed. Do you know what that is? <3 Ttanks guys.

    I can't wait for this month!


  • bugaleeto January 1st, 2013 3:51 PM


  • Lily January 1st, 2013 4:05 PM

    YOU HAVE A WHOLE WEEK LEFT OF BREAK?! Not fair. I go back to school tomorrow. :(

    • chloegrey January 1st, 2013 8:03 PM

      SAME life is not fair :(

  • blueskiesarecoming January 1st, 2013 4:25 PM

    LoVe ThIs TaVi!
    (This is me being bored and having a beautiful relationship with the comment box…)


  • mayaautumn January 1st, 2013 4:29 PM

    yussss. looks like this year’s getting off to a great start☼◡☼


  • Ree January 1st, 2013 4:41 PM

    I’m really looking forward to this month’s theme and I’m trying really hard to look forward to this year too.

    Best wishes to you all, I hope you have a wonderful, magical year!

  • Mifti January 1st, 2013 4:48 PM

    Tavi, you poetic soul.
    Totally excited about this month’s theme btw :)

  • Eryn January 1st, 2013 4:56 PM

    An acrostic poem for Tavi:

    T is for tenaciously witty
    A is for always puts a smile on my face
    V is for visually pleasing
    I is for I thank you very much for creating Rookie because I don’t know what I would do without it!

    ok done. I’m excited for this month.


  • Melissa @ WildFlowerChild January 1st, 2013 4:59 PM

    Tavi, you are absolutely the next Oprah. I have no doubt in my mind!
    This year is the year I start making my impact. It’s the biggest year of my life: I graduate college and enter the real world. Eek!

    <3 Melissa

  • MissKnowItAll January 1st, 2013 5:13 PM

    Tavi you shouldv’e givcen an O for One Direction

    • AliceinWonderland January 2nd, 2013 1:12 AM

      M is for Malik, Zayn that is
      Y is for YOLO (You Only Like One Direction)
      T is for Take Me Home, the greatest album of all time
      H is for Harry Motherfucking Styles
      O is for One Direction, the reason I cry at night
      L is for Liam and Louis, two precious baby cakes
      O is for One Direction again
      G is for God, why are they all so perfect
      Y is for Yes, I really just made this month’s theme an acronym for One Direction

      • MissKnowItAll January 2nd, 2013 7:04 PM


        except I think H should be

        H is for Haylor THAT NOBODY SHIPS

  • Maude January 1st, 2013 5:25 PM

    Can I just say that that was an awesome poem. I’m really exited for this month. The idea of all of the cool articles and pictures and other various things that are going to be published this year on Rookie, is definite motivation to continue hanging out on Earth and not just let my comforter swallow me up.
    Not today, Comforter, not today.

  • Alienor January 1st, 2013 5:57 PM

    “we’ll all be fine” haha, let’s hope.

  • Ben January 1st, 2013 6:40 PM

    Oh! Bjork is my queen! I love her so much! Josephine Baker is awesome too!

  • forcefulmercies January 1st, 2013 6:43 PM

    Bjork and Josephine Baker?! God, this is why I love this site.

  • babyybat January 1st, 2013 6:54 PM

    im excited to make myself late for school reading rookie, again.

  • Mikazuki42 January 1st, 2013 6:58 PM

    I love this theme so much! <33

  • sternenfall January 1st, 2013 7:26 PM

    you get another week of break? We go back tomorrow. Luuuuuuuucky

  • HollinsCollins January 1st, 2013 7:35 PM

    February (PASSIONNNNN) should have something about Joseph Gordon-Levitt and how sexy he is.

    uhg sorry

  • Tziporah January 1st, 2013 7:53 PM

    annoyingly immature comment, but kinda funny cause it’s true:

    the left hand side of the wallpaper today looks a bit penis-y.

  • raggedyanarchy January 1st, 2013 7:56 PM

    Tavi, you are an amazing poet (GUHHH).
    Well, try to survive the new year everybody!

  • chloegrey January 1st, 2013 8:05 PM

    I know the little theme thing at the side changed but is it too late to submit a background image for this month??

    • Anaheed January 1st, 2013 8:17 PM

      No, not too late.

      • chloegrey January 2nd, 2013 3:49 PM

        wonderful! I’ll just email it to the normal submissions address then.

  • FiveDimesForNineLives January 1st, 2013 9:34 PM

    Can’t wait for another year with Rookie!


  • Aurora January 1st, 2013 9:53 PM

    This month sounds like it’s going to be super amazing <3
    Also, kind of off topic but I just wanted to say that I'm reinventing myself this year to make myself a lot happier and cut a lot of the bad stuff out of my life and Rookie has inspired me a lot and thank you to everyone who works/writes for this site because I don't know what I would do without it.

  • jessietulle January 2nd, 2013 9:40 AM

    I am very excited for this months theme!

    I love mythology, fairy tales and fantasy especially magical realism and Angela Carter.(she was an awesome lady :)

    Such a good theme to start the new year,

    good luck everyone, make this year awesome! :D x

  • jessietulle January 2nd, 2013 9:44 AM

    Also my blog is:


    its new and in the very bare and empty stages but I hope to fill it with mythical awesomeness!

    If anyone has recommendations of fairy tale inspired fashion collections or art books etc. please share :) x

  • Mary the freak January 2nd, 2013 11:08 AM

    I am soo exited for this theme! It sounds like there’ll be tons of black lipstick…
    And also, passion is so great! Will you do this shrine gallery thing again? As it was one of the best things on rookie ever. <3


  • Magdalen January 2nd, 2013 1:24 PM

    “Yeah, no, we’ll all be fine.”

    Words to live by! <3

  • EvaLavender January 2nd, 2013 3:49 PM

    I think you put up february’s theme by accident!! The little box about what to submit for this months theme is for february i think.

    • EvaLavender January 2nd, 2013 3:50 PM

      or wait maybe i’m confused.

      • Anaheed January 2nd, 2013 4:09 PM

        We could have been clearer — we meant to put Feb’s theme there because those are the submissions we’re asking for now.

  • Pearl January 2nd, 2013 5:01 PM

    Greek mythology & Narnia are only like my favourite things ever. Love that G represents Guhhhhh.

  • ivoire January 2nd, 2013 6:29 PM

    argh new month already?? new year already?! i wasn’t prepared. so excited for bjork though.

  • Nikilodeon January 3rd, 2013 10:01 AM

    Oh my god this is PERFECT! I have such an obsession with flappers and the 1920s!!! I was wondering when Rookie would get around to doing a theme with flappers!

    Also, just sharing a mythology/1920s related anecdote: There’s this girl at school who ALWAYS throws these really huge parties at her house. And this one time while I was at one of her parties, I saw her dad – who most of us had never seen before – looking down at all of us on the lawn from the balcony. And (a little intoxicated) I freaked out and went, “Look! It’s HIM! It’s like Gatsby! He’s staring down at the anarchy taking place in his home as we create a gallery of divine indiscretions!!” – that last part was a line from Ted Hughes’ poem, Arachne, which we had taken up earlier that day in English class and IS ALSO MYTHOLOGY RELATED. :O Anyway, after my whole analogy/freak-out, everyone stared at me for like 5 seconds then burst out laughing and carried on with the night. Your theme just reminded me of that night.

    • moonchild January 3rd, 2013 5:22 PM

      Oh my god that is so perfect.

  • Sea goddess January 3rd, 2013 6:21 PM

    yay!!! so i guess my username fits this month’s theme! :D this year shall be great awesome rookies :D

  • Sea goddess January 3rd, 2013 6:24 PM

    guys a little help with the submit, do i have to install outlook to be able to submit for this this month and next? or can i just send it to the submissions email ?

    • Phoebe January 3rd, 2013 6:34 PM

      You can just send it to the email, you don’t need to have Outlook.

      • Sea goddess January 3rd, 2013 8:42 PM

        yay thanks! it’s bcs when I clicked on the link it opened up outlook o.O anyways, thanks again!

  • Bananaskid February 9th, 2013 6:13 PM

    So amazing!
    Tavi, rocks!

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    • Cutesycreator aka Monica May 26th, 2013 2:37 PM

      Haaahaha whoops now this page is really wide >.<