This Is Goodnight and Not Goodbye

Hello, everyone! Welcome to my final post. Today, I’m just here to say what a pleasure it has been, and close the curtain.

I moved into my dorm at Miami today, and me being back here means summer is officially over for me, and that means after I post this, I am no longer a summer intern at Whatever.

I’m excited to start classes and be back on campus with the friends I made last year, but it is sad that summer is ending. However, I will definitely not miss the heat. Summer is the worst season. There are a lot of good things about it, no doubt, but the sweating and heat stroke kind of cancel it out.

Anyways, writing for Whatever proved to be a lot of fun! Sometimes it was hard to think of what to write, but I was so happy to be able to choose to write about whatever I wanted to. Thank you all for being such an amazing audience. If I posted music, you listened to it, if I posted a video, you watched it, and if I asked a question, you all answered! It has been so awesome reading y’all’s comments. I wish I had responded to more. I don’t know why I pretty much never responded, considering I read all of them. If I could go back, I would definitely reply to you all more often.

I sincerely hope you all have enjoyed reading my posts; I know I enjoyed writing them! If you want to follow me on Twitter or Instagram, my handle is ascalzi98 on both. I will really miss writing on here, but I’m totally stoked I got to do it at all, even if it was just for the summer.

When I went to camp as a kid, there was always a closing campfire on the last night of the week. At the very end of the ceremony, we would sing a certain song, and the last line of it was, “this is goodnight and not goodbye”. And that’s exactly what this is.

So, without further ado, I bid you all goodnight.

40 Comments on “This Is Goodnight and Not Goodbye”

  1. MattMikalatos – United States – I'm the author of a variety of books, most recently THE SUNLIT LANDS, and GOOD NEWS FOR A CHANGE, and SKY LANTERN. I'm also the co-host and co-founder of the StoryMen podcast, and I live near Portland, Oregon.
    Matt Mikalatos

    Good night, Athena, and good luck! Have fun in college!

  2. It was fun reading your posts and listening to the music (and watching the films) you chose. I hope your academic year is bright! I know we will be seeing more from you in the future.

  3. karlcook1 – Centreville, VA – I do computer support, read science fiction, & was a professional photographer in my first career. Still make images for fun (and money).

    Athena, thank you for sharing your thoughts with us in a way quite different from your Dad/Employer! It was most refreshing to find out about those things and activities you like and how you shared those likes! Best wishes for the coming semester!

  4. Good luck! Try new things, and keep writing, if only for the practice.

    And consider taking at least one course waaaaaaay outside your focus. I took a computer major but the course that interested me the most was ‘Ancient Mythology.’ Which led to a better understanding of story-telling. (Still can’t write novels ;-) )

    If it interests you, explore it.

  5. Thank you, Athena, for all the posts with your thoughts and songs and anime. Have a great year with your friends and please, keep writing.
    Goodnight :)

    P.S.: You are right. Summer is the worst season.

  6. Thank you for sharing your insights and commentary here, Ms. Scalzi – I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know you better through your posts. I wish you a very successful and fun year back in college, and I hope that the blog’s owner will consider having you intern here again.

    PS — totally agree with you about summer. I am very ready to move into autumn.

  7. changterhune – Before you hear lies from Chang Terhune himself, we thought we’d tell you the truth: without us, his old action figures, he’d be nowhere. He loved science fiction from way back and began reading it at an early age, but it was through us that he acted it all out. That’s what led to the writing. He watched a lot of science fiction shows like Star Trek, U.F.O, and movies, too. But we were always there to do his bidding. And it’s like they say: you always forget about the little people on your way up. Oh, the 70’s and early 80’s with him were good times! He’d use these blocks and make all the crazy buildings for us to be in his stories. I gotta say the kid’s imagination was pretty damn fertile. Oh, he had friends, but they just weren’t into it like him. He was like the Lance Armstrong of action figures. And of science fiction. At first, when he began writing in the eighth grade, we didn’t mind. He still made time for us. And we knew that when he was holding us in his sweaty little hands and he got that far off look in his eye, he’d come back to burying us in the back yard or - god forbid! – blowing us up with firecrackers. But it was worth it for a part in one of those stories. We loved him for it. He kept us around even when we were minus a leg or two - or even a head. In that mind of his, he found a use for all of us. Then he discovered girls. October, 1986. It was like the end of the world. One day we’re standing in the middle of this building block creation he’d pretended was some marble city on a planet near Alpha Centauri and the next we were stuck in a box in the closet. Not even a “See ya later!” Nope, it was into the closet, then we heard some high-pitched girly-giggles then silence. We didn’t see him for years. We got word about him once in a while. Heard he took up writing, but it was crap like “The Breakfast Club” only with better music. We couldn’t believe it. Not Charlie. What happened to those aliens with heads he’d sculpted out of wax? Spaceships? Those complex plots? All gone. For what? You guessed it: Girls. Emotions. “Serious fiction.” I tell you, it was like hearing Elvis had left the building. During our two decade exile in the closet, we heard other things about him. He went to college. He wrote a lot, but not much he really liked. We knew it even then. It was like he didn’t dare write science fiction. Some of us had lost hope and just lay there. Others kept vigil, hoping for a day we didn’t dare speak about. Then we heard he’d stopped writing in 1996. Did he come to reclaim us? No. He took up music for ten years or so. He took up yoga. Once in a while, he’d visit us in the closet. But it was half-hearted. His mind was elsewhere. Then one day, he really did come back for us. One second we’re in the dark and the next thing we know we’re in a car headed for Massachusetts. Suddenly we got a whole shelf to ourselves out in broad daylight! Then he bought a bunch of others form some planet called Ebay. He’d just sit and stare at us with that old look. But why were we suddenly back in the picture? He had a wife now, who didn’t mind that he played with us. So what had happened? Turns out he’d never forgotten about those stories. He’d been thinking about all of us and the stories he’d made up and then remembered he’d been a writer once. From the shelf we could see him typing away. Before long he’s got a whole novel together! Then he’s working on another one. Word is there are two more in the planning stages! Some short stories, too! It’s good to see him using his imagination again. Its good to know he never abandoned us. He returned to his true love of science fiction. We hear the stories are pretty good. Someday we’ll get one of the cats to score us a copy of the manuscript. Man, it’s good to be out of the damn closet! --- I'm smarter than you I'm harder than you I'm better than you I'm just raw I'm hotter than you More popular than you More clever than you And goshdarn it, people like me I'm smarter than you I'm harder than you I'm better than you I'm just raw I'm hotter than you More popular than you More clever than you And goshdarn it, people like me

    It’s been a pleasure to read your posts. You’ve got a good career in this writing thing ahead of you. Enjoy school. Crack them (virtual) books, crack skulls and leave them crying. In a good way. See you next summer!

  8. Thanks for the content this summer, you provided some entertainment recommendations that are outside what I would normally see. Watched a new show that I would have missed otherwise. Have a good year.

  9. That’s a beautiful closing song we use for last campfires at Girl Scout camp–“Linger.” Makes me smile to see it mentioned.

  10. Around my household, when I suggest something new to do or just play some different music over the computer speakers, people are starting to catch on that, hey, Dad’s been reading one of those “Athena” blogs again! Kayaking (we went out and had a blast!), manga music, “Beat Saber,” Habit Burger, etc….your enthusiasm definitely rubs off….thank you!

  11. Thank you Athena, your posts were a joy ride! Keep spreading sunshine!

  12. Jenna – Jenna likes finding weird and wonderful things on the internet and sharing them with other people. She writes romances, plays The Sims, watches movies, and hangs out in libraries. She likes books and book people.

    Good luck, Athena!

  13. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and enthusiasms with us. I’ll echo what’s above…I enjoyed getting to know you a little better and would welcome any updates that you’re willing and able to provide. In the meantime, enjoy school and remember: “Don’t let your academics get in the way of your education.”

  14. Your posts were a treat! Thanks and good luck.

  15. I’ve enjoyed everyone of your posts, didn’t always get the references and had to look some up, but always enjoyed them. Thank you and I look forward to next summer.

  16. I’m glad you enjoyed your time here this summer! And you pretty much followed your dad’s pattern of only replying to some comments, so I didn’t see it as a strange aberration when you didn’t. The post was your take, and then we commented. Either way it’s fine.

    Best of luck for a great year at college and thanks again for all your posts.

  17. Thank you Athena for sharing your thoughts and interests with us! My adopted rescue puppy, Cali, now 5 mos. old, SERIOUSLY thanks you, because your earlypost on volunteering at a Humane Society kennel led my GF and I to adopt her, and this dog HAS IT MADE NOW! And we love her. Thanks AS!

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