Daily Archives: February 17, 2010

What Should I Major In?

Question:
hi well i love your books so much!! well i need some advice…i want to be a teacher but i also want to be a writer like you. youve inspired me with your amazing books. but anywho so what do you suggest i should do when i go to college next year. what should i major in i really dont understand all the majors college things. well i also have another question theres this boy who i really liked him during the summer that i told him because im pretty sure he knew well we have just been friends since then but he is rude at times to me an mean but then hes super nice to me i dont know do you have an idea why he acts like that towards me.. well thanks adios,,bye!!

Phyllis replied:

 

Probably most students don’t declare a major until at least their junior year.  You need basic courses like everyone else to graduate, but I strongly encourage people who want to become writers to also prepare for another career.  Not too many people are able to meet all their expenses by writing, and when they do, they usually have many years of experience behind them.  Being a teacher not only provides a good income, but you can have your summers free to write.  Literature courses, sociology, and psychology are all good choices to become both a good  teacher and a good writer.  As for the boy, any guy who is super nice to you sometimes and rude at others sounds immature to me, as though he treats you, and possibly the world, according to how he feels about himself on that day.  Sometimes he may want to impress you by being kind, or he may be trying to impress both himself and his friends by being tough. 

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Some Things are Easy to Relate to

 

Question:

I LOVE the Alice books sooooo much!! I read them all the time! Ive read each of them probably over 20 times!
Some things are so easy to relate with! That’s why I love them so much. Although I am only 12, so some are harder, but somethings in them happen to me too or I feel just like she did. She’s such a great character. All of them are. My favorite is probably Gwen.

I think your writing is amazing and I can’t wait for your last book about her. 🙂

Phyllis replied:

 

It make sense that you can relate more easily to Alice’s years that match your own.  Just as I can relate more easily to parts of the country where I’ve lived than to places I don’t know nearly as well.  I’m so glad you enjoy the Alice books.

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Sex When She’s Having her Period?

Question:
Can a women have sex when she’s having her period? I wouldn’t think you could, but what if a women were on her honeymoon and was in the middle of her period? Can a women have sex when shes had a hysterectomy, even if it can’t turn into baby?
 
 
Phyllis replied:
 
 
I’m not sure if you’re asking if she can physically have sex during her period or whether she has permission, according to her religion, to have sex at that time.  Some religions think that a husband and wife have to abstain from all kinds of intimacy when she’s having her period, but others have no prohibition about it.  Physically, of course she can have sexual intercourse.  She may not feel like it, but she also might feel very much in the mood, knowing that it is very unlikely to become pregnant while you are menstruating.  Some couples would be put off by having sex during this time, for others it wouldn’t matter.  It’s very much a personal choice.   And yes, women can continue their sexual lives for a long time, and some women, after hysterectomies, like knowing that they can have sex without worrying about making a baby. 

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Jockey shorts

Question:
In the book Dangerously Alice, it said “We danced right over his jockey shorts.” What are Jockey shorts?
 
 
Phyllis replied:
 
 
The boy’s underwear he left on the floor of his bedroom.

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