Today we have a guest post from Qurratulain Zaheer, an avid lover of literature and all things related, 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 bedrooms, 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 on Pinterest! Thanks for checking in, and come back next time for our August humor post.
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
- Invest in some bright blue bedding, whether this is your duvet cover, a blanket or cushions. The blue represents the book and is the centre of the theme. If you use it as your bedding, it acts as the foundation for the rest of the room. If you want to go all out, you can even purchase cushion covers with quotes from the book. My personal favourite is "Okay? Okay." This quote is being printed on everything from mason jars to shoes. You can even buy the slippers and place them at the foot of your bed.
- Paint clouds onto a feature wall from the cover of the book. You can paint the background blue, or keep your current colour depending on how much of the theme you want to integrate. The clouds are easy to paint; you can do them free-handed or just purchase stencils. Whatever works for you.
Ever since I posted it, 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 hatred! In that post, my arguments against him were based purely from the standpoint of an artist. Thanks to some very astute comments, I've begun thinking about the other aspects of authorship and James Patterson. I decided that it would be interesting to post from the other side and talk about what we can learn from Patterson in the area in which he excels and so many of us struggle: the business side of being an author. This does not in any way negate my feelings about him, because come on, but there's a lot to be learned here.
More output gets you more visibility and more sales!
James Patterson is a ridiculous bestseller, and when you look at his backlist, without even knowing anything about the books, it's already pretty obvious why. He puts out so many books in so many genres every single year. Clearly, the fact that his books are almost entirely ghostwritten by a big team contributes to him being able to do this, but the fact is, he's cashed in on something important: unless you magically hit it as a bestseller right away (and even then, really) you have to put a lot of books out there in order to get real visibility. The more books you have published, the more readers will find you, and therefore, the more your books in the future will sell. I'm not saying you should do all that 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! And 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.
Earlier, I did a post in which I showed y'all my ModCloth wishlist, which is a Pinterest board of mine in which I pretend that I have the money to buy lots of expensive clothes. I have another Pinterest board like this, but for fandom things: all kinds of silly artifacts and jewelry and such that I don't really need but love to look at. (I would like to note that for the purposes of this board, I consider "the book fandom" to be a legitimate identity.) So today, I thought I'd share that wishlist with you! Here we go.
*For a 12/20/16 addition, go here. An earlier 4/25/15 update is also available here.*
Today's post is kind of a mix between, like, a makeup tutorial and a "what's in my bag" post. I don't use a purse, but I have a pretty decent makeup bag where I keep the makeup I use regularly for easy access. So today, I'll show you what's in my makeup bag, and tell you why I use each of those pieces.
First thing in my morning "makeup" routine is actually hair. That brush sees a lot of use, with my monstrous tresses. 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.
Yesterday marked the second year of this blog! Exciting, right? Thanks, everyone, for being here with me and keeping up with the blog as it and I have progressed. We'll keep moving forward, and hopefully, soon I'll be on track for real publication with one of my novels!
The next year on this blog should bring more fun, more learning, and more writingness. Let me know about anything you'd like to see more or less of here, or any particular post topic you'd like me to do! Also, if you'd like to do a guest post, hit me up! There are buttons with all kinds of ways to contact me up on the right top side of this website.
In the meantime, enjoy this roundup of the best posts of the past blog year!
About My Life
Teachers I've Hated and Loved 8/7/13
Freelance Editing and Foster Kittens 12/21/13
My LDS Youth Trek Experience 1/8/14
My Summer Challenges 3/22/14
On Attending a Religious School 4/16/14
About My Writing
My First Recorded Novel Attempt 9/28/13
Today, I'm going to write about recent developments in my future plans. But first, I would like to point out that they have now released two teasers for Mockingjay: Part 1. These propoganda-style teasers 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:
Today, to give you a glimpse at what besides humor I post on Pinterest, I'll be posting my last ten pins: fandoms, art, etc! Click on the captioned pins for the source and full size. Thanks for checking in, and I'll see you next time for a post about planning the future!
This is the story of an eternal gift that edifies millions, gives hope to thousands, and pushes generations towards betterment. This is the story of libraries.
I've been a library person since I was very young. My parents have been taking me to public libraries for as long as I can remember. Getting a library card was a big rite of passage. And since then, I've become quite famous, at whichever library I'm closest to, for being a book hound.
Basically, I'm every librarian's fantasy and worst nightmare combined. I check out as many books as I possibly can at one time, while having requested as many books as possible at one time, while having a library list full of as many books as the list can hold, while having a Goodreads TBR list behind it. They know my name, they have a shelf full of books for me, and they're glad to have room on that shelf again. Unfortunately, I have a terrible habit of reading anywhere and everywhere, for example, while eating, or in the shower. Because I absorb books. Through osmosis.
It's July! This month is Camp NaNo, 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 DUTIFUL for 45,000 words, and then writing more of SORROWFUL for 25,000 words, adding up to a 70,000 word goal. Casually. My profile's here, if you're interested!
So now, to fit with the spirit of the upcoming Independence Day, let's have some American-themed humor, shall we? Thanks for reading, and come back next time for a post about libraries!
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