Once Upon a Time Judy Blume’s 401(k) Went Belly Up and George Lucas Wanted to Help

For certain values of “help,” mind you.

No, I don’t know what Judy Blume did to deserve me doing this to her. George Lucas, of course, is another story.

Try to imagine the text! No, you know what, on second thought, don’t.

Also, no, I don’t have a deadline today. I just woke up with this in my head and knew that unless I inflicted it on all of you, it would never leave me. So, there, the dark deed is done. And now I have the rest of my day free and clear.

51 Comments on “Once Upon a Time Judy Blume’s 401(k) Went Belly Up and George Lucas Wanted to Help”

  1. Chris Barnhart – Seattle, WA - USA – I'm a 40 something, former liberal man from Seattle who is exploring life as a newly born conservative. After a bit of self-exploration and self-discovery, I came to the decision I was always a conservative at heart, but had been behaving like a liberal. Now, my heart and my mind are more in sync and I'm happier than ever. This is a journey. Sometimes, I will write about current events. Sometimes, I will write about past experiences. And sometimes, I will document shifts in thinking and behavior as I escape what I consider to be a lifetime of liberal programming. I welcome comments, feedback and discussion. I am proud of the strides I've made so far, and it largely due to the warm welcome of the conservative community that I finally made the leap from Left to RIGHT. I'm happy to share what insights I've gained with you.

    On Towel Day, no less!

    Some things can never be unseen.

  2. Natalie – Delaware – I write about books and culture and whatever else strikes my fancy. I have so many opinions. I was a finalist for the Best Fan Writer Hugo in 2017.
    Natalie L.

    I didn’t know that Jar-Jar was 1) Jewish and questioning his faith and 2) worried about getting his period.

    Thanks for enlightening me!

  3. I’m glad you’re generally well-adjusted, John. Because if you saw to a shrink, you’d cause them to see a shrink, setting off a recursive cycle not unlike the shoe planet Douglas Adams wrote about.

  4. Oh, knock it off with the “eye-bleach” BS, people. Don’t act like this book didn’t resonate with you the first time you read it. When Jar-Jar was humiliated by his gym coach, Boss Nass, and Amidala and her little clique laughed at him at lunch? Are you kidding me!? I cried for two days.

    This one changed my life in the fifth grade. I’m not afraid to admit it. Thank you, Geoudy Blucas. And thank you, Scalzi, for the memory.

  5. Speaking of questionable uses of Judy Blume, Chuck Palanuik said at a talk I was at recently that his next book is kind of Judy Blume inspired. Maybe Judy Blume mashups are the next “…and zombies”.

  6. @12 You’ve touched me, Jeff Hentosz. You really have touched my heart. This is a beautiful childhood memory.

    I am still bleaching my eyes, though.

  7. Frome the same author:

    Otherwise Known As Yoda the Great
    The Superfudge Strikes Back

    (#21 Catherine – you are a very bad person)

  8. There *are* a few Jar-Jar-Binks-izers out there on the web. I bet some of the text from the book is out there, too.

    It’s a good thing I’m lazy.

  9. John:

    Did you wake up this morning to find that you were suddenly much taller than when you went to bed, were clothed all in black, and breathing through a mask? This book cover is an evil act on par with killing defenseless Jedi babies.

    So, when’s the book available on Amazon?


  10. I live in George Lucas’s hometown, which he apparently snubs on a regular basis, so I approve of this highly.

  11. The only possible revenge is for us to imagine the rest of the book and then post it here, one or two sentences at a time. Picture having to read through all those comments….

  12. Scalzi, I see you are having another episode. Perhaps you should take the pills now.

    Or not. This cause a diet coke lavage of my sinus cavities. And that kind of burn just wakes a girl up.

  13. Dave H – I can see Canada from my house – Aging dad, electronics nerd, embedded software developer. (I'm the guy who makes your microwave blink 12:00.)
    Dave H

    Ah-hah. I thought it looked like the hand sanitizer was a little too close to the Coke Zero in yesterday’s photo.

    Need to be more careful about cross contamination there, chief.

  14. I must be one of the few sane people in the world because I don’t have a problem with Jar Jar Binks. And I’m a HUGE Star Wars fan.

  15. I should not stop by during lunch. Sometimes it’s fun, sometimes I have indigestion the rest of the day.
    Guess which kind of day I’m having now?

  16. Karen Blocher – Accountant, church webmaster, amateur photographer, ex-fanzine editor and blogger. One husband, two dogs, no kids, no cats. Home is Casa Blocher, the Museum of the Weird. Hiya!
    Karen Funk Blocher

    I went for a Google to see whether this premise had its roots outside your fevered imagination. No dice, but I came across an amusing-but-worried Garrison Keillor column about the downfall of publishing:


    Hey, it’s not completely a non-sequitur. He mentioned Judy Blume!

    See you this weekend, maybe, depending on John’s mood and my sinuses.

  17. After seeing that I will be forwarding to you any and all bills for the required therapy. Please pay them at your earliest convenience.

  18. Okay – I keep coming back to it.

    I look. I hold the contents of my stomach within my body through a truly stunning demonstration of willpower. Shuddering, I quickly close the window – good-bye internet. I contemplate turning the computer completely off just to be sure – but no, I have work to do. I chuckle a bit, because it is pretty funny in retrospect, now that it’s safely out of sight. So I go back to work (doing assorted stuff and some other things) thinking it’s all over … and then … somehow … I can’t help myself… it’s back on my screen again. I have to look…again…and again…

    I believe this will probably continue to provide a titillating blend of nausea and amusement for the rest of my week. I may get fired. It might be worth it.

  19. Ty Johnston – Originally from Kentucky, Ty Johnston is a former newspaper editor who now lives in North Carolina while penning tales of epic fantasy, horror and other literature. He is vice president of the Rogue Blades Foundation, a non-profit organization focused upon bringing heroic literature to all readers. When not writing or reading, he enjoys hiking, longswording, bourbon, tabletop role-playing games, target shooting, and his girlfriend. Not always in that order. He is the author of several fantasy series, including The Kobalos Trilogy, The Sword of Bayne Trilogy, and The Walking Gods Trilogy.

    On a side note … Karen, thanks for the links to the Garrison article.

  20. No, no, no. The only suitable revenge (oh, wait, Jedi don’t do revenge!) is to ask John when he’s going to be done with this manuscript at every single public event from here forward.

  21. I have a theory that the same aliens that abducted Michael Jackson also made off with George Lucas. It’s the only possible explanation as to how a man could go from expelling pure magic with every breath to butchering my beloved childhood memories.

    Of course, that brings up all sorts of wandering tangents of thought. For some reason 1970s cultural icons seem to resonate with the Overmind…

  22. Are you there, God? It’s mee-sa, Jar-Jar. We’sa movin’ todays. Mee-sa so scared, God. I’sa never live anywheres but this-sa planet. Suppose I’sa hate da new skies? Suppose all they’s creatures there wantsa eat me all up? Please’a help me God. Don’tsa let Tatooine be so horrible. Thanksa.

  23. Five Quatloos if someone has that image on T-shirts at Phoenix Comicon.

    Ten, if you get a picture standing next to John.

    Fifty, if you get him to sign the shirt.

  24. I can easily forgive the creation of the ridiculous Jar-Jar, because, 1) Han Solo is too cool for words, 2) he wrote the story for the film, Willow, and 3) the best TV show ever, The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones, makes George Lucas dang awesome in my book.

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