Monday, March 30, 2015

Movie Translation Game: Answers!

All right, gang! Here are all the answers to last Monday's movie translation game. Fun fact, they're in alphabetical order except for the last one. I sorted them like to begin with and numbered them later, only to discover I only had 19. I figured 20 was a nice round number and tacked an extra one onto the end.

Nearly all of them were guessed by someone. The few that remained unguessed: #3, #9, and #17.

1. Sniper, cow, of course, became a legend in the fight to save the file. The house, the children, after the death of his wife and four of his responsibility, but if the battle begins, not for the first time. --American Sniper

2. E-in the study, the Size of the stand is perfect information with a group of friends who formed the group of the technology. --Big Hero 6

3. The role of the hero, the last day of the calendar, house, family, job, and try to help me. --Birdman

4. He went to College life, as a young man, he was a child. --Boyhood

5. In America, in a new light, and be acceptable to the head of the group, on the other hand, the best soldiers in time of war in the old story, new threat: kill the soldiers and winter. --Captain America: The Winter Soldier

6. After ten years, the flu, has the right to access, change, or groups that you have saved. --Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

7. Officially became the second man in the war against external enemies,select a date in the future, there is a good company for your business, you want to stop the conflict. --Edge of Tomorrow

8. In the same meeting, after two young people, who are recovering from breast cancer. --The Fault in Our Stars

9. The largest of the world is emphasized in the present study, the pride, the threat to humanity life, against harmful organisms can be observed. --Godzilla

10. Full speed fan operation between the stars criminal groups are forced to work together, if you want to avoid. --Guardians of the Galaxy

11. Professor of so,student education,I believe that God doesn't exist. --God's Not Dead

12. In the spotlight of the media circus, the key, which can't solve,even if it is a problem in the first place. --Gone Girl

13. If a Viking boy who went to the dragon's cave in the center of the city, where the two friends to protect the world, where hundreds of wild it. It --How to Train Your Dragon 2

14. A group of scientists of the hole, to ensure the survival of the human race. --Interstellar

15. You can also visit the more popular Newspapers to see Lark's on the planet, in an interview with amazement. In Japan, the leaders of North Korea's Kim Jong told the CIA changes to kill the task. --The Interview

16. LEGO building services, services of private security, the eternal, the purpose of which is to stop an evil LEGO tyrant of the company. --The LEGO Movie

17. Avenging Angel tracking Controller of a small honey, baby, I know that you may be the only person who can bring peace to this problem. --Maleficent (not at all surprised that nobody guessed this one)

18. It is the Creator of the world is a big problem for the post-apocalyptic flood to cleanse the world. --Noah

19. Super-heroes, one of them in the past and the events that lead us to the past to change, in a desperate attempt to avoid humans and mutants, which are sent to the system. --X-Men: Days of Future Past

20. 20 years after the first adventure, Harry Lloyd, Harry, how I found out that the dead girl. --Dumb and Dumber To

How many did you get? How many do you think you probably should have gotten in hindsight?

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Weekend Reads

It's time to share a few of my favorite blogs I read this week!

Silly Stuff


Oz vs. Tara

  • Oz Was Boring; Tara Was Too Good For This Sinful Earth
  • Tara Was Boring; Oz Was The Greatest Love Interest In Television History; Remember That Animal Crackers Monologue
  • What About Kenned–
  • SHUT UP ABOUT KENNEDY

A Conversation Between The Two People I Assume Design All Restaurant Bathrooms by Mallory Ortberg at The Toast

BATHROOM DESIGNER #2: We need a full length mirror.

BATHROOM DESIGNER #1: Where?

BATHROOM DESIGNER #2: Hanging on the inside of the bathroom door, directly facing the toilet, such that whoever uses is it forced to make eye contact with herself as she uses the facilities.

BATHROOM DESIGNER #1: Why would she…what purpose would that serve?

BATHROOM DESIGNER #2: Honesty.

Another Bad Example by Escher Girls

Fashion is a weird thing in the land-where-water-floats-above-our-heads-so we-need-to-wear-floatation-devices-as-hats, I guess.  

Serious Stuff


These proverbs are meant to be the tools to grow as God’s wise people — not to poke and skewer our brothers and sisters in our effort to feel safer about our Bible or about the path of our life. When we are in such desperate need to be in control of what is often the baffling realities of life we can hurt ourselves and those around us. 

Consent Basics: It takes two to decide to be friends and only one to say "Nope!" by Captain Awkward

You don’t have to be friends with someone who constantly audits your behavior for sufficient “friendliness” and (barf) “emotional generosity.” You don’t have to be friends or get emotionally closer to someone you don’t like. You don’t have to make a convincing case for why you don’t like them or hear out their case in full. They don’t have to be on board with your decision to not be friends. You have done your part by being a basic amount of polite and cordial to this guy, and you have done more than your part by not biting his head off when he obviously tries to provoke you. You have fulfilled the social contract of how romantic partners need to treat each other’s friends. This dude has to learn to live with the fact that not everyone will like him, and he has to stop making his abject failure at this part of adulting into your problem.


Total depravity doesn’t mean what Robertson seems to imagine it means — that without salvation we are inhuman reavers, conscienceless, bestial creatures of the sort described slaughtering the atheist family in his “joke.” That idea of human nature is not just a confused distortion of Calvinism, it’s also empirically false. There are more than 5 billion non-Christians here on planet Earth, and they do not, in actual fact, act like reavers.


Here’s reality: there have been between 15,000 – 19,000 children like the one you see here– children who viewed their sponsors as part of the family and a lifeline– who abruptly stopped receiving letters. The relationships were broken and dismissed. No more encouraging notes. No more special gifts on birthdays or holidays. No more funds for emergency clothing or food rations. It just stopped.

For up to 19,000 children. Let that sink in.

Why Christians Are Wrong About Joy by Margaret Feinberg at Rachel Held Evans' blog

They’ve discovered the things that actually bring happiness are long-term loving relationships, strong social connections, the opportunity to pursue meaningful work, a sense of optimism and openness to new experiences, as well as a spiritual belief or identification with an issue or idea larger than oneself.

I was fascinated that very items scientists identify as increasing our level of happiness are the very things that God calls us to as followers of Christ. 

And Some Silly Videos

Toy Story 3 Prank - A guy shows his mother an edited version of Toy Story 3 that ends at the worst possible moment and passes it off as the real movie.

Billy On the Street: It's Not Pitbull- It's Amy Poehler! - I subscribed to Billy on the Street after this because the weirdness of this "prank" cracked me up. People's reactions are great.

How to Talk to Your Crush - Rhett and Link discuss some really terrible advice from WikiHow.

The Lord of the Rings (1944) - A "just discovered" noir version of Lord of the Rings starring Humphrey Bogart as Frodo. This is ridiculous and hilarious.

Friday, March 27, 2015

The Quest for Forgiveness: Remember, Money Can Do Anything

Last time, Brianna and Sonya all talked about Brianna's awful plan to visit her mother's family (who wants to kill her) and demand an explanation for killing her mother. So that's about to be put in motion. This scene coming up -- though maybe not in this chapter -- is highly, highly stupid.

Brianna's on her way to Iraq and Afghanistan, supposedly to perform for the troops but she's also going to go find some murderous family members she's going to hold accountable for their murdering, right before they murder her. (Sadly, Brianna does not die. She may have been far less obnoxious than Skye, but her conversion apparently made her stupid.)
She would keep her expectations low, feeling quite certain that her family would not welcome her warmly.
Uh... well, that is quite the understatement.

Despite the looming threats of death that Brianna thinks of only as "an unwarm welcome," she's certain this will bring her closure of some kind.
Brianna knew her family was extremely wealthy and powerful, but believed her own money and fame could get anything she wanted in this country.
We will see that this is, in fact, true. The message Rothdiener sends in this book is less about forgiveness and more about the power of money. It might not be able to buy happiness, but apparently a pop star's personal money accrued over a mere four or five years can be enough to manipulate whole countries.

Oh, hey, we haven't mentioned how beautiful Brianna is in awhile.
Even dressed in camouflage apparel much of the time, her beauty— both inside and out was dazzling. At the concerts, the troops went crazy when she came out sporting a camouflage dress.
Oh, yeah, I'm sure it's her inner beauty they're cheering for.

Incidentally, why is she wearing camouflage? Is it just because she supports the troops More Than Anyone Else Because She's the Best Person? Because I'm looking at pictures of other people who have entertained soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan, and they appear to be dressed like normal people. She's also not one to let personal danger get in the way of doing what she wants to do.

Her concerts finished, she decides to get on to the more important thing: visiting the family members who want her dead. She starts by visiting the hospital in Baghdad where she was born. She dedicates a new birth wing and hangs out with the patients. Conrad notes that she's tender with the babies. It's a good sign for him if he wants her to make lots of babies for him.

Oh, and once again, we're reminded of this:
Sonya had told Brianna the room number where her mother had died. The staff allowed her some private time there, nobody knew why, nor did they ask. What Brianna wanted in that part of the world, she got... no questions asked.
So Brianna is not only fundamentally better than everyone else in the world just by virtue of her beauty and talent and innate goodness, but she also has enough money to make people do what they want, even if they weren't already willing to fulfill her every wish because she's just so very beautiful.

She runs into a nurse who she thinks looks familiar, but the nurse gets super nervous when Brianna starts questioning her about her mother. Then there's a bomb scare and everyone evacuates the hospital, and Brianna tosses and turns all night wondering about the nurse.

That's the end of the chapter, which is very short, but I believe I've actually had my fill of stupid today, so here's a little mini bit of Brianna, and we'll return to see her hopefully for real meet her family next week.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Introverts Are Not Fragile

As the whole "introverts are better than extroverts" trend (which I do not support) starts to die down, there comes another trend that I do not support, and that is the idea that introverts are fragile, sensitive creatures who are about to break any moment.

Guys, some of the introverts I know have spent every moment of their waking lives acting like they were somebody else just because that's what they thought they were supposed to do. That doesn't sound all that fragile to me.

Sad from Flickr via Wylio
© 2013 Loren Kerns, Flickr | CC-BY | via Wylio
Introverts don't have to suck at being social.

Introverts don't have to curl up in a little ball every time someone talks to them.

Introverts don't always have panic attacks when they're invited to a party and sweat bullets until they cancel at the last minute.

If they do, that's not the introversion doing that. That's social anxiety or depression or something else that may be mimicking some of the outward signs of introversion... but if you're spending your life miserable at the sight of others, that's not introversion, that's something else.

Introversion may be uncomfortable and awkward in a culture centered around extroverts, but it shouldn't be painful or traumatizing.

I worry sometimes that extroverts see these posts and start to see us as fragile, overly sensitive little flowers who might wither and die if we look at us wrong. And oh my gosh, that's not true. Or it shouldn't be.

Friendship from Flickr via Wylio
© 2008 Corey Balazowich, Flickr | CC-BY-ND | via Wylio
When I post about how to treat introverted friends, it's not because I'm begging you to handle my introversion carefully. I'm not going to fall apart if you don't act that way around me. My roommates didn't scar me for life when they invited friends over without telling me, even if it happened a lot. I'd sometimes get annoyed or leave the room if I want to focus on something, but ultimately I'd deal with it because I'm an adult and that's what you do.

When I post about the differences between extroverts and introverts, I'm not saying, "Please be careful with us." I'm saying, "We live in a culture where a lot of us feel unheard, unseen, and unappreciated. If you want to go that extra mile and make us feel valued, here are some tips."

Worst of all, I don't want extroverts to read these and think, "Apparently I exhaust them too much. Better leave them alone." No! I love my extroverted friends -- they support me, they encourage me, they make me feel like they value my time because they're excited to see me. Introverts and extroverts can and should coexist. Are extroverts exhausting? Sure, they are. But we can handle it, especially if we come to value you as a friend. And will I need some time alone sometimes? Sure, I will. And you can handle that, especially if you value me as a friend.

Let's not let the voice of the introvert become either a triumphant cry of superiority or a quiet whimper of fear. Let's simply be who we are, be strong and joyful in who we are, and use that inner strength to love the people around us -- whatever that looks like for us.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Movie Translation Game: 2014 Movies

Well, it's time for another movie translation game here on Unpublished for a Reason. Here's how it goes: I'll take several movie synopses, run them through Bad Translator, and present the finished result for you to guess. We're about three months into 2015, so I figured it would make sense to look at some of the most popular films of 2014 -- critically-acclaimed flicks, goofy blockbusters, and a couple more notorious choices -- and see how many of them you can identify! Post your guesses in the comments, I'll bold the ones that haven't been guessed correctly yet (though that shouldn't keep you from guessing them anyway just for fun!) and I'll post the answers next Monday.

Without further ado, here are some films of 2014, ridiculously scrambled. Some are... easier to guess than others.

1. Sniper, cow, of course, became a legend in the fight to save the file. The house, the children, after the death of his wife and four of his responsibility, but if the battle begins, not for the first time.

2. E-in the study, the Size of the stand is perfect information with a group of friends who formed the group of the technology.

3. The role of the hero, the last day of the calendar, house, family, job, and try to help me.

4. He went to College life, as a young man, he was a child.

5. In America, in a new light, and be acceptable to the head of the group, on the other hand, the best soldiers in time of war in the old story, new threat: kill the soldiers and winter.

6. After ten years, the flu, has the right to access, change, or groups that you have saved.

7. Officially became the second man in the war against external enemies,select a date in the future, there is a good company for your business, you want to stop the conflict.

8. In the same meeting, after two young people, who are recovering from breast cancer.

9. The largest of the world is emphasized in the present study, the pride, the threat to humanity life, against harmful organisms can be observed.

10. Full speed fan operation between the stars criminal groups are forced to work together, if you want to avoid.

11. Professor of so,student education,I believe that God doesn't exist.

12. In the spotlight of the media circus, the key, which can't solve,even if it is a problem in the first place.

13. If a Viking boy who went to the dragon's cave in the center of the city, where the two friends to protect the world, where hundreds of wild it. It

14. A group of scientists of the hole, to ensure the survival of the human race.

15. You can also visit the more popular Newspapers to see Lark's on the planet, in an interview with amazement. In Japan, the leaders of North Korea's Kim Jong told the CIA changes to kill the task.

16. LEGO building services, services of private security, the eternal, the purpose of which is to stop an evil LEGO tyrant of the company.

17. Avenging Angel tracking Controller of a small honey, baby, I know that you may be the only person who can bring peace to this problem.

18. It is the Creator of the world is a big problem for the post-apocalyptic flood to cleanse the world.

19. Super-heroes, one of them in the past and the events that lead us to the past to change, in a desperate attempt to avoid humans and mutants, which are sent to the system.

20. 20 years after the first adventure, Harry Lloyd, Harry, how I found out that the dead girl.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Weekend Reads

I'm bringing this back: on weekends (preferably Saturday, I'm posting this a day late) I'll link to some of my favorite blogs I discovered this week. Some might be silly, some might be serious, but they're all things I think are worth reading.

This week it all seems to fall into two categories: About Media and Not About Media. So that's how we're separating them out today.

About Media

Nobody Wants Community, But a Select Few Need It by Rebecca Tucker at National Post

In real life, and to many of the Community fans who show up in Harmontown, Community is a stand-in for the study room at Greendale: it’s a no-judgment zone for people whose idea of too cool for school involves a monkey living in the air ducts (and if that’s not your idea, you probably went to City College).

"Cinderella" and the Disruption of Consumption by Travis McClain at Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité

I'm not admonishing Disney for making a little girl cry. On the contrary, I am acknowledging that their film, directed by Kenneth Branaugh, had such a visceral impact.

There is admonishment to be had, though, and it is leveled at the several adult members of the audience who made no allowance for how watching our protagonist - with whom we are meant to identify - endure the heartache of grieving for both of her parents. Surely, that is one of the most universally profound life experiences we must face as human beings. This child, her life experiences unknown to any of us, was forced to watch Cinderella go through that twice in the span of half an hour.

Ranking: Community's Musical Moments from Worst to Best by Killian Young at Consequence of Sound

In its first five seasons, the embattled show boasted cameos from Ben Folds, Sara Bareilles, and Sophie B. Hawkins, a co-writing spot from Adam Levine, and a huge group of great sampled and original tracks, including an entire episode dedicated to spoofing Glee. This list takes a broad interpretation of what constitutes musical moments, so you’ll see clips ranging from Britta’s pizza dance in “Remedial Chaos Theory” to Ludwig Göransson’s compositions and songs performed by cast members.

Directors Who Dominate: Billy Wilder by Jandy Hardesty at Flickchart

I’ve mentioned two or three times that Ace in the Hole was a tremendous box office failure – Billy’s eighth film would be his first unsuccessful one, with critics as well as with audiences. However, as you can tell by its ranking on Flickchart, Ace in the Hole has undergone an incredible resurgence in critical acclaim and popularity. His first film after breaking up with the more conservative and genteel Charles Brackett, Wilder took the opportunity to made a truly mean and deeply cynical picture. . . . Wilder had always been a cynical filmmaker, shining a light on the dark side of humanity, but here he spun the light around on the audience – YOU are the reason media circuses exist, he says. Ace in the Hole was ahead of its time in 1951. It seems utterly prescient today.


Chandler and Monica didn’t want to tell him about their relationship because they were afraid he’d freak out – and they were right.

This alone should be a bright red flag – if you’re afraid to tell someone about something that makes you happy because you think they’ll freak out all over it and make you feel bad … Well, you’ve got a pretty terrible friend in your life.

The brilliance and great, lasting gift of Freaks and Geeks is that neither of the girls is wrong. They’re both judgmental at times, they’re both incredible, supportive friends at other times, and they’re both disappointed by the people they thought they knew. Paul Feig, who notes that he’s “not religious at all,” wrote about how he didn’t want the show to run away from questions of faith and rebellion, because religious beliefs are “two more keys to the souls of humans, especially developing ones.” Of Lindsay, he wrote: “it’s the knowledge that she’s been forced by the world and herself to start her quest for the truth earlier and more intensely than most of the population ever will…that makes her search all the more consuming.”

Token Problems of a Token Marriage: Fireproof In Discussion by Joshua Gibbs and Kanaan Trotter at FilmFisher

The characters are threadbare because, as you said, they’re only caricature. To put it differently they’re not real people because they’re descriptions of problems, not people. This is part of the overarching issue with Christian literature— with modern, evangelical, mainstream Christian art. It is no secret that Christian movies, books, rock music are sub-par. This is, I think, due to a failure to portray real people or real issues. Rather than depictions of real people, this art portrays problems as people.

Not About Media

Consent: Not Actually That Complicated by Rockstar Dinosaur Pirate Princess

If you say “hey, would you like a cup of tea?” and they um and ahh and say, “I’m not really sure…” then you can make them a cup of tea or not, but be aware that they might not drink it, and if they don’t drink it then – this is the important bit –  don’t make them drink it. You can’t blame them for you going to the effort of making the tea on the off-chance they wanted it; you just have to deal with them not drinking it. Just because you made it doesn’t mean you are entitled to watch them drink it.

If they say “No thank you” then don’t make them tea. At all. Don’t make them tea, don’t make them drink tea, don’t get annoyed at them for not wanting tea. They just don’t want tea, ok?

The Critical Part of Orphan Care That Adoption Culture Totally Missed by Benjamin L. Corey at Formerly Fundie

A key example was when I adopted my girls from Peru: they were in an orphanage of approximately 74 girls, yet only five or so were actually eligible for adoption. The rest? They had relatives or a parent, but not relatives or parents with the means to care for them. Not able to live at home, not able to be adopted, many of these kids just get absorbed into institutions.

If we’re truly going to honor the calling to defend the cause of the fatherless and encourage the oppressed, we need to move beyond an adoption culture that is short sighted in its approach. Yes, adoption is both necessary and beautiful, but adoption alone is failing to actually address the problem. The key issue that needs to be addressed is, “how do we help to keep children with their biological families when at all possible?”


When we assume that our own positions are both right and self-evident, it is easy to demonize even the slightest dissent, and I find that unfortunate. I grew up in an environment where questioning the party line meant immediately getting the side eye, and disagreeing in even small areas meant being ostracized. I’d really rather not repeat that.

A Watch, Not a Read, But Still Worth It

Friday, March 20, 2015

The Quest for Forgiveness: Brianna and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Plan

Last time: Sermons. Lots of sermons. From Brianna, from Pastor Jeremiah, from everyone. Then Brianna told Sonya to go find her real parents because I guess she's a private investigator now. And on we go.

The chapter begins:
“Brianna, can you hear me? Brianna!” 
The entertainer opened her eyes, finally snapping out of the deep trance she appeared to be in. Remembering her past and her dramatic conversion had drawn her away from the discussion with Sonya.
Because this ENTIRE STORY was a flashback, remember? We started as Sonya returned from her journey to find Brianna's parents and Ethan, and then Brianna just sat there remembering for awhile.

Sonya expresses concern about Brianna because she was so out of it.
She tried to clear her head, wondering how much time had elapsed. Looking at the clock, she realized only minutes had passed.
Only minutes? Several minutes is a long time to just zone out in front of someone. No wonder Sonya was concerned. She probably should have called a doctor.

Brianna says she had something "like a flashback" (wink, wink, audience) and laments about her past. Sonya advises her as her lawyer not to say or do anything, but as her friend to do the right thing and 'fess up. So that's super helpful.

Brianna announces that on her next visit to Iraq to entertain the troops, she also wants to visit her mother's grave and meet her mother's family. Sonya warns her it'll be extra dangerous. Since she told us several pages ago that Brianna's family had a $1,000,000 hit put on her, I think visiting them might be a terrible idea. Sonya voices that very opinion and asks why Brianna wants to do this.
“I want to meet those who murdered my mother. I want to face them, and ask them why they did it. Then... then, I will let God show me what to say and do.”
...Yeah, she's definitely going to die.

In what scenario is it a good idea to meet up with your mother's murderer and your attempted murderer on their home turf and demand an explanation? That is how stupid people in movies get killed.

Brianna's also determined to get information from them on what happened to her father. For once, Sonya is the voice of reason, saying, "They may not know anything" and "You may not like where this leads you" and smart things like that, but Brianna is set on this very stupid plan. Personally, I think it would be in Sonya's best interests not only as Brianna's friend but as her manager to do everything in her power to keep her from just waltzing up to people who want to kill her and challenging their opinions.

As they debate it, we get this tiny moment:
Brianna blew a wisp of hair.
I'm sorry, it just cracks me up that here we have apparently the most beautiful perfect talented goddess-like woman on the planet, doing what in my mind looks like this:


Brianna complains that she's so rich but she doesn't have anyone to love.
She looked up at Sonya who had started massaging her shoulders.
It is not terribly easy to look up at shoulder massagers. It's an awkward angle. And if you're still blowing your hair wisps around, they won't like it.

Sonya tells Brianna again that she (Brianna) needs a man, and Brianna is dismissive again because this is probably like the 15,000th time Sonya's brought it up in the past four years.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if the man of your dreams isn’t right in front of your eyes, but you’re too busy to notice.” The teasing faded from her eyes.
"Hint, hint! Marry Conrad, who's been super into you since you were a teenager and he was in his late 20s which apparently isn't at all creepy!"

Brianna responds:
“I read an article that said the first man a girl should fall in love with is her father.”
Ugh. I am all for strong father-daughter relationships, but sometimes the purity culture group make it sound like dads basically serve as their daughter's boyfriends until a real one comes along, and that's just uncomfortable. Family relationships are (and should be) very definitely different from romantic ones, and using romantic language for family relationships is an odd dynamic. Note that this is especially an uncomfortable statement in the middle of a book that addresses the idea of sexual abuse between father and daughter.

But that's all a little nit-picky and more a problem of a whole culture than bad writing, so let's move on.

Brianna suggests maybe Sonya needs a man, and suggests Harry (remember him? The horrible lawyer who hit on Brianna by asking Sonya suggestive questions about her and it was apparently cute and charming instead of objectifying and unprofessional?). Sonya laughs it off.

Brianna muses for a bit on her birthmark and how she hates it, Susan hated it, but Ethan wasn't ashamed of it.
Sonya could tell she was reliving the memory in her mind.
Did she then zone out for several minutes without Sonya being concerned enough to get anyone else from outside the room? Because that's happened before.

There's a crapload more exposition of Sonya saying, "Tell me how you feel," and Brianna telling her how she feels. It's super boring for awhile.

Sonya changes the subject:
“Brianna, about your meeting with Ethan Anderson... there is something I haven’t told you. He’s considered a sexual predator. Legally, he can’t get within fifty feet of you without being arrested. Do you realize that?”
That... is not true. At least from what I can find, though anyone who knows/can find other information can correct me, but I don't feel like Rothdiener's earned the benefit of the doubt with his stellar research track record.

First of all, Brianna's certainly no longer a child, so any laws like "cannot be within 50 feet of a child" no longer apply to her.

Secondly, though, this all happened in Arizona, where sexual assault restraining orders last for a year, and you have to specifically apply for them. It's been six or seven years by now, and she certainly hasn't been filing new restraining orders every year. Even if she had, she could petition for a judge to quash the order, and if she can get a judge to file adoption papers for a couple who didn't even know it was happening, I'm pretty sure she could get one to say, "Oh, sure, you can initiate contact with Ethan."

All that to say, Sonya's a really crappy lawyer.

Brianna talks some more about how she wants to find her father, and Sonya's cynical some more about this whole mission, and the chapter ends with Brianna praying that everything will work out all right.

68% of the way in. 102 pages to go.