Writing And Pinterest: An Epic Love Story

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I hope everyone is having a lovely weekend so far. Personally, the weekend is the best time for me to really get to work on my novel as I am not up to much else (apart from doing a bit of shopping here and there). Last night I was up late typing away at my keyboard and I was so deep into it that I didn’t want to stop. In fact, I ended up writing a total of 2,700 ish words in total, which is way more than the 1,000 that I set myself to reach every time I sit down at my laptop. So you can say I was ecstatic, especially after feeling weighed down with writer’s block for the week beforehand.

Me and writers block don’t get along. Whenever it sets in I can find it very difficult to escape and let the creativity flow again, something I have mention in my previous posts. I don’t have a lot of ways to get around it, that is, until I watched a video by Sasha Alsberg on her YouTube channel abookutopia and she mentioned that Pinterest really helps her when it comes to receiving inspiration.

I created a Pinterest account a while ago, but it was mainly to look for images that I could use to draw from or even some workout ideas (I do a lot of at home workouts), but I had never thought to use it for my story. So, the other day I set up a secret board that only I could see and I got to work searching for images that reminded me of what I had created in my mind.

In the screenshot above you can see a few of the images that relate to the town that my main characters lives in and the type of landscape that surrounds it. It’s very rural, with a giant forest and mountains, lots of cobbled stones and beautiful scenery. Of course, I have multiple boards for different places that will be in my story (but they would give away some key details so I’ll keep them to myself.)

When it comes to actually writing the descriptive scenes, Pinterest and these images, have been particularly helpful. While I am not writing exactly what I see in the pictures, there are elements of all in my story. And it is obviously working because I have been on a role!

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Inspiration is all around us and we only have to look to find it. So for me, writing and Pinterest work together perfectly and I can’t wait to explore it some more!

Do you like to use Pinterest as well? Let me know in the comments below.

Being Nominated For The Sunshine Blogger Award

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When I came on to check out some notifications I never expected to find that I would be nominated for The Sunshine Blogger Award by the lovely Rachael @ Beach Bookworm! Thank you so much for this, it means the world to me that you love my blog. If you haven’t checked out her blog then you definitely should and her instagram page is gorgeous!

So you’re probably wonder what The Sunshine Blogger Award is.

The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to those who are creative, positive, and inspiring, while spreading sunshine to the blogging community. Pretty simple and it’s a great way to tell people how much you love their blog.

It works like this…

  • Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.

Here are the questions that Rachael has given me…

1. Paperbacks, hardbacks, eBooks or audio books?

Hardbacks all the way! I just love how amazing they look on my shelf and how you never have to break the spine with them so they always look in pristine condition. If I could afford to buy hardbacks all the time, trust me I would.

2. Do you prefer buying your books online or in a store?

If we’re talking about saving money then definitely online. You can find some amazing offers on sites like the Book Depository. I’m pretty much on there all the time checking out which of the books on my long list is having some money knocked off of it.

3. Are you enjoying your current read?

I am currently read Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard (Red Queen #2) and so far it is going well. They are by no means my favourite series, but I’m looking forward to seeing where the story goes.

4. Most anticipated book of 2018?

On instagram I follow both Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings, so I am looking forward to reading Zenith when it comes out at the end of January. I haven’t read many sci-fi books so I am intrigued to check this one out. As for the rest of the year I’m not sure yet. I’ve only recently got back into the reading and blogging game so I have a lot to catch up on.

5. Are you part of a book club?

Unfortunately I am not, but I have always wanted to be. If anyone knows of any that would be great give them a mention in the comments below!

6. Favourite TV show?

Hands down, my favourite show I’ve ever watched is The Vampire Diaries. I feel like so many people will answer with this show, but it was so addictive. I started watching it when I was 14 years old, so I basically grew up with it and loved all the characters. I still can’t speak about the ending of the show, it’s too bittersweet and as I am re-watching it on Netflix at the moment, I am dreading watching season 8.

7. Most books you ever read in a month?

I remember one summer when I was still in school I would read a book within two days, sometimes in one day! So if we’re going by that number it would be close to maybe 14-16. Of course, back then I didn’t have to work to pay the bills and could stay up for hours. I’m lucky if I make it past midnight on a weekend!

8. Most read author?

My answer to this has got to be P. C. Cast. I was first introduced to her through the House Of Night series which I absolutely loved when I was a teenager (however, I stopped reading after book 9, Destined). I couldn’t get enough of it and from there I picked up and read all of the Partholon series and Goddess Summoning series, which are all adult novels and based off of mythology (something I have always loved).

9. First book on your wishlist?

I can’t name one book for this answer because I want to read the rest of the series, so all the books after Throne Of Glass by Sarah J. Mass. I will be buying the next two as soon as I can.

10. Favourite movie?

Again, I have to name a trilogy that I adore and it is the Dark Knight Trilogy. Batman has always been my favourite superhero (although I’m not a fan of Ben Affleck’s Batman that much). Out of all three movies, the best for me is The Dark Knight. Who could forget Heath Ledger’s portrayal of The Joker?

11. What book should everyone read?

This is a very tough question! I have so many books that have stood out for me, but if I had to choose one series it would be The Vampire Academy. Those books blew me away when I read them and will always hold a special place in my heart. I need to re-read them one day soon, maybe next year if I can. They are fun, dark, full of danger and action and a beautiful love story.

Now it’s time for my nominees!

The Orang-utan Librarian

Socially Awkward Bookworm

Kristin Kraves Books

Bridget & Books

Coffeeloving Bookoholic

Reading Sanctuary

Life Of A Literary Nerd

The Sassy Book Geek

Kyera’s Library

In Case Of Bookishness

Bionic Book worm

My Questions to you are…

1. What is your favourite season and why?

2. As it is nearly Christmas time, what is your favourite Christmas song?

3. Do you have a favourite book series and what is it?

4. If you had to eat one thing on a desert island, what would you choose?

5. Who is your favourite female book character?

6. And who is your favourite male book character?

7. Your house is burning down and you can only save ONE book, what do you save?

8. What is the best book you’ve read from this year?

9. Why do you love reading?

10. If you could go to university for free, what would you study?

11. What superhero power would you have?

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Thank you again to Rachael for nominating me and to those that I have nominated, I hope you enjoy answering these questions! It is, of course, up to you if you want to take part. You won’t hurt my feelings, I just enjoy reading all of your blogs.

TV Shows I am Loving Right Now

October is my favourite month. Not just because I love the Autumn weather, but also because all my favourite TV shows start up again (and who doesn’t love a good binge?) So I thought I would share with you all the ones I have been loving the most recently.

The Originals

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While I am still sad that The Vampire Diaries will never grace my TV screen again, I am glad that we still have one more season of The Originals to see (I’ll be sad when that one ends too, but at least I can prepare for it). I have recently been catching up on season 4 on Netflix before season 5 starts sometimes in 2018, but I will be finished before then.

I have loved this family and all the drama they bring with them since their introduction on The Vampire Diaries. Even when we were supposed to hate then, we still secretly liked them and their charm. It is hard to decide who is my favourite. My mum thinks Klaus is amazing, with his witty words and troubled past making us feel for him. I, however, prefer Elijah, with his dashing suits and charming demeanour. Then there is Rebekah, the sassiest of them all (and whose outfits I am jealous of).

There is something for everyone to love in this show. You are guaranteed gruelling deaths, romance, a lot of fighting and you may even shed some tears along the way. But most of all, once you start watching, you will be hooked.

Lucifer

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I cannot even begin to describe how much I enjoy watching this show. Lucifer is definitely my guilty pleasure and never fails to keep me laughing along with the witty jokes and comments. The show revolves around the devil himself as he lives a lavish lifestyle in LA, away from the doom and gloom of hell. There he meets a detective, Chloe, and helps her to solve crimes and punish those that do wrong.

At first I didn’t know what to expect, but now we are on the third season and it only gets better. This show will reinvent how you think the devil looks and acts, and it also boasts a whole host of other characters that are just as amazing. The person who created this show has done an amazing job at taking an idea and making it so original. Don’t believe me, check it out for yourself!

Riverdale

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Thank you Netflix for having this show so that I am able to watch it here in the UK. I was a little late starting this when it aired. Half of the show had already been uploaded at the time, which just made it easier for me to binge watch and I did just that. I was hooked straight away. I love a good mystery and Riverdale offered just that, along with a ton of teenage drama that I can’t get enough of.

It is based off of the Archie comics, which just so happens to also include Sabrina The Teenage Witch (who didn’t watch that when they were growing up?) I may have never read the comics, but I am a big fan of this show and all that it offers. Riverdale is dark, twisted and makes you question a lot of peoples’ motives. There is a lot more than meets the eye here and I can’t wait to find out where season 2 takes us.

What TV shows are you loving right now? I would love to know if there’s any I’m missing out on.

Review: Three Dark Crowns

Title: Three Dark Crowns

Author: Kendare Blake

Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books

Year: 2016

I’m going to start this review off by pointing out just how amazing and beautiful the UK covers are. Part of me really wants to collect all three, but when I had a choice I went with the Naturalist cover (which worked out quite well because I think she is my favourite of the sisters).

Before I bought Three Dark Crowns I had heard so many great things about this book, it seemed that everyone was talking about it. I have to admit that the synopsis grabbed my attention and it seemed like my cup of tea. Of course, this set my expectations very high and we all know that can be a dangerous thing sometimes. I had absolutely no reason to worry because I loved this book! I can’t remember the last time I read a book in less than 5 days (life can get very busy at times).

Personally I love reading books that tell the story from multiple points of view and for this story it definitely worked (how else could we find out about all three sisters). As seen on the blurb, we all know that the sisters have different abilities. One a Naturalist (Arisnoe), able to bloom flowers and control animals, one an Elemental (Mirabella), with the ability to control fire and create storms, and the last sister a Poisoner (Katharine), being able to ingest the strongest of poisons and live. But, out of the three sisters only one can become Queen and the others will die.

Each sister is so different from the other and I definitely disliked some more than the others (Katharine, I’m looking at you). We get to find out about how they were brought up by the people around them, having been separated at the age of 6, and it was interesting to see how that had moulded them. I have to admit; this book gave me a bit of a complex. I wanted to feel sorry for certain characters, but then they would give me a reason to dislike them and at times I wasn’t sure which sister I really wanted to become Queen. I felt sorry for the way some of the sisters were treated and the struggles that they had to go through. Especially 2 in particular.

Of course, with the different points of view taking us through the story, we encounter a lot of characters (maybe too many if I’m being honest as some didn’t feel necessary). The way Blake built the world that the sisters lived in was beautiful and deadly, and so well written that I could vividly picture it all. I was completely immersed in their world and I couldn’t get enough.

But, no book can be perfect and something that slightly annoyed me were the romantic relationships. If you read this book you will realise the one that really irked me (I’m still reeling) because I am a little fed up of love triangles now and I wanted one of the characters to get her happy ending. And it seemed a little unrealistic in places, but overall, I wasn’t reading the book for the romantic aspects, I was reading it for the sisters and how they would overcome the fact that they have to kill each other to become the most powerful.

I have to say that the ending was a surprise and made me pick up the second instalment, One Dark Throne, straight away (so expect a review on that very soon). Overall, this book captured my attention and didn’t let me go. While it started off a little slow, it was definitely worth sticking out a few dull chapters to reach the ending. I cannot wait to find out what will become of the sisters now and who will come out on top.

I’m going to give this book 4.5 out of 5 stars.