Today, we have a guest post from Qurratulain Zaheer, an avid lover of literature, about some basic options for fandom-inspired bedroom design. Her personal favorite theme from this post is the Pirates of the Caribbean one. She would like to recommend Hammonds for their walnut fitted bedroom options, which are perfect for recreating a nautical theme.
For some fandom paraphernalia you might try in your own adaptation of these designs, check out this post about my fandom wishlist! Thanks for checking in.
Bedrooms reflect your personality; they are your opportunity to show the world who you are. Now, if you’re anything like me, you’ll want to adorn your room with literature-inspired decor to display some of your favourite books. It is quite easy to change up your room and introduce items that represent your beloved novels, I’ve chosen five popular books that everybody loves, just to show you how you can integrate these themes into your own room:
The Fault in Our Stars
My blog post on Why I Hate James Patterson has consistently gotten the most hits of any of my posts. I guess a lot of people were interested in hearing about my anger! In that post, my arguments against him were based purely from the viewpoint of an artist. Thanks to some astute comments, I've begun thinking about the other aspects of authorship as represented in Patterson. Today, I'd like to turn to the other side and talk about what we can learn from him. After all, Patterson excels at the business side of being an author.
More output gets you more visibility and more sales.
James Patterson is a huge bestseller, and when you look at his backlist, it's pretty obvious why. He puts out so many books in so many genres every single year. Clearly, the fact that his books are ghostwritten contributes to him being able to do this, but he's cashed in on something important for all writers to understand. Unless you magically hit it as a bestseller right away, you have to put a lot of books out there to get real visibility. The more books you have published, the more readers will find you, and therefore, the more your books will sell. I'm not saying you should do all the genre jumping--the fact that Patterson is essentially a "corporation" gives him strength there--but you should be working hard to write, edit, and publish a lot of books. The more, the better! To be honest, the more books you write, the better you get at your craft. This is a win-win for you as a writer and a business person.
Stand up for big bookish causes.
If there's one thing Patterson is really good at, it's picking his causes. In the publishing world, there's often floating around about how he has recently given support to a big literary cause. These are causes that book lovers really care about: small bookstores, teen literacy, getting boys to read more, etc. He's put campaigns, advertising, and plain hard cash into it. He even does scholarships. During BEA 2014, one of the big industry headlines was that Patterson, after ranting about Amazon and their treatment of authors and publishers, got a standing ovation. Then he gave almost $300,000 to independent booksellers. Honestly, he knows exactly what to do to cause a positive bookish uproar about him. (See an article on the BEA thing here.)
Earlier, I did a post in which I showed y'all my ModCloth wishlist, taken from a Pinterest board on which I pretend that I have the money to buy expensive clothes. I have another Pinterest board like this, but all kinds of bookish and fandom artifacts and jewelry and such that I don't really need but love to look at.. Today, I thought I'd share that wishlist with you! Here we go.
Today's post is a mix between a makeup tutorial and a "what's in my bag" post. I don't use a purse, but I do have a makeup bag where I keep the products I use regularly. So today, I'll show you what's in that bag and tell you why I use each product.
I start with my hair. That brush sees a lot of use, of course. The other two things there are Avon Advanced Techniques Frizz Control Lotus Shield and Aussie Instant Freeze Hairspray. Those both see considerably less use than the brush--I only use them if I'm going somewhere and I feel like it's worth the energy expenditure. This is why my hair looks so gosh darn amazing. (LOL.)
Yesterday marked the second year of this blog! Exciting, right? Thanks, everyone, for being here. The next year on this blog should bring more fun, more learning, and more writingness. Let me know what you'd like to see more or less of. Also, if you'd like to do a guest post, hit me up!
In the meantime, enjoy this roundup of the best posts from the past blog year.
August Humor Post 8/3/13
September Humor Post 9/4/13
October Humor Post 10/2/13
Google Asks, I Answer 10/5/13
November Humor Post 11/2/13
December Humor Post 12/4/13
February Humor Post 2/1/14
March Humor Post 3/1/14
April Humor Post 4/2/14
May Humor Post 5/3/14
June Humor Post 6/4/14
July Humor Post 7/5/14
OCD Diagnosis and Other Life Updates 4/12/14
Interview with Codi, My OCD 5/31/14
My Own Writing
My First Recorded Novel Attempt 9/28/13
I would first like to point out that they've released two teasers for Mockingjay: Part 1! These propaganda-style videos are so creepily awesome. The first one leans enough on the creepy side that I can't bring myself to rewatch it, but the second one is both awesome and creepy, so here it is, in case you haven't seen it yet:
Now on to the actual topic of the day. My college experience thus far has not been very typical. During my freshman year, in which I was a double Music/Creative Writing major at Adams State University, I had a breakdown that led to my OCD diagnosis. Though I had some very good friends there, I wasn't reaching my full potential. I needed a more academically challenging and rewarding program, and I really missed interacting with people of my own religion. So I decided to apply to transfer to BYU - Idaho.
I was accepted there for sophomore year and put on the Winter/Spring track. For those of you who don't know, BYU - I has a trimester system with assigned tracks of two semesters. I'd applied too late for Fall, so being put in Winter made sense, but it also made me uneasy because of my fibromyalgia, which leaves me especially sensitive to cold. Rexburg, Idaho, happens to get very cold in the winter.
It's July! This month is Camp NaNoWriMo, which I've decided to give a go, though on a more casual basis than regular NaNo. Seems fitting for a "summer camp", right? I'm going to be editing #AfterworldStory2 for 45,000 words and then writing more of #AfterworldStory3 for 25,000 words, adding up to a 70,000 word goal. My profile's here, if you're interested!
To fit with the spirit of Independence Day, let's have some American-themed humor, shall we? Thanks for reading!
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