I have skipped the last two Road Trips, being inundated with end-of-the-summer work. I missed it! I need to hit the highway again, stat.
RTW is a blog carnival where people who create and read the YA Highway blog all answer one question.
So, if you have not read Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games you may not be aware that the third book in her trilogy just came out yesterday. It's kind of a big deal for those who love the books, which is nearly everyone (but not in fact everyone, I'm lookin' at you Erinn) I know online in the writing world.
I am not reading mockingjay-- which is partially to do with my lack of spending money, and partially because I haven't read book two. It will happen, but I'm not rushing it. My point: if you haven't read the books this might not make sense. But otherwise, here goes.
This week's question: How would YOU impress (or not impress) the Hunger Games judges.
That is tricky. I can shoot a gun (I'm from Georgia, people-- we can all shoot guns), but I wouldn't say I have especially strong shooting skills. Not having practiced in about 15 years will atrophy anything.
The same with archery. I attended camp and learned to shoot bows/arrows, but it's not something I've practiced for many, many moons.
The skills of a political scientist are not really the "defend yourself in a death game" kind of skills (debating, researching, conducting experiments, interviewing stakeholders)...
As a mom I certainly have my share of survival skills (can go without sleep for days if needed, can stay cool in unbelievably frustrating situations, can reason with a three year old)-- but I'm not sure that would get me far.
My knowledge of insects and animals may be all that's left. I could certainly use them defensively, but that's so been done before (Katniss and the wasps).
That's all I got! There's the risk of using a venomous animal but not being stung yourself, but it's a risk I'd have to take.
What I take from this RTW: Must add "develop survival skills" to To Do List.
What about you?-- if you had to defend yourself using survival skills, what would you do? Go to the YA Highway to see other comments!
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