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I started reading the only kid's novel I've written, to my just turned-8-year-old son. I never finished editing it (like my others) though it's probably older than the kid. I figured it was past time to get some feedback. So far it's primed good questions, laughs, more enjoyment than I expected. The sticking point was the in medias res beginning—he really disliked that abrupt start. I wonder if most kids would feel that way? Maybe too unsettling when you're young not to get some background.

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A Mastodon instance for academics

Scholar Social is a microblogging platform for researchers, grad students, librarians, archivists, undergrads, academically inclined high schoolers, educators of all levels, journal editors, research assistants, professors, administrators—anyone involved in academia who is willing to engage with others respectfully.

We strive to be a safe space for queer people and other minorities, recognizing that there can only be academic freedom where the existence and validity of interlocutors' identities is taken as axiomatic.

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(Participation is, of course, optional)

Scholar Social features a monthly "official" journal club, in which we try to read and comment on a paper of interest.

Any user of Scholar Social can suggest an article by sending the DOI by direct message to @socrates@scholar.social and one will be chosen by random lottery on the last day of the month. We ask that you only submit articles that are from *outside* your own field of study to try to ensure that the papers we read are accessible and interesting to non-experts.

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