Reading, writing and studying aren’t the most glamorous activities. All three can be carried out in bed with a pack of biscuits. But sometimes it’s nice to maintain an outward appearance of self-composure. Recently, my collection of products has been growing. I think that was mostly in reaction to the research essays and exams that I somehow pulled out of the hat: who knows, maybe a bit of aromatherapy might postpone an upcoming breakdown?
And so, as a person who doesn’t have a clue what they’re talking about, I thought I would give my thoughts on my new products . Continue reading “Things I have been putting on my face recently (and other nearby locations)”
After seven long years, I have now successfully navigated through teenagedom and graduated as a non-quite-adult. My goodness! I don’t think I could have done it without the lessons I’ve learned from books, not forgetting the fun and laughs they’ve brought too.
As every good historian knows, despite the fact I have only just turned twenty, I have already experienced twenty years. So, here are twenty books from twenty years to mark my freshly completed two decades: Continue reading “Twenty Books for Twenty Years”
I have a confession: I’m one of those annoying students who turns up every week having read the text. I might not have anything insightful to say about it, but you can bet I’ll have read it.
I have a second confession: over the last two terms, my Goodreads has become alarming absent of YA fiction and depressingly full of revenge tragedies and poetry anthologies, not counting the articles and books that no one has bothered to put on their website. And that means the number of posts over here has dramatically dropped.
And so I thought I would make a good thing out of a sad situation and write a post about it!
Continue reading “Keeping up with your Literature Reading”
My Path to 100k is a new blog series in which I struggle to reach the end of my current writing project, and to reach my goal of 100,000 words, before the end of 2017. Follow my blog or my Twitter and Instagram to read along. Alternatively, you can read the first post here. Thank you for stopping by!
The quick answer is here: no.
Alternatively, the long answer is here. I’ve thought about it for years. I’ve tried a few times. And promptly failed. I don’t think it’s ever going to work for me – or at least not right now. I already have about 10,000 words of essay writing to do during November and I value sleep and sanity and sometimes I even take the time to talk to people, so NaNoWriMo in its full glory probably won’t happen for me. Continue reading “Am I NaNoWriMo-ing? | October Writing Updates”
My Path to 100k is a new blog series in which I struggle to reach the end of my current writing project, and reach my goal of 100,000 words, before the end of 2017. Follow my blog or my Twitter and Instagram to read along. Alternatively, you can read the first post here. Thank you for stopping by!
I have been notedly absent from here and from all social media. There is a reason for this and it is one that I fully anticipated: the summer holiday is over (all fourteen weeks of it for me) and I have a new timetable, a new room and a renewed fear of failure. Continue reading “Second Year Struggles | September Writing Updates”
Stupidly or wisely (because who knows where this will go, really?) I have set myself a goal for the end of the year. It’s very simple and very daunting all at the same time.
I want to reach 100,000 words in my current draft by the end of 2017.
I can hear it already: someone is flipping their hair and saying ‘Mimi, I wrote 50k in just one month for NaNoWriMo one time.’ And, yes, a lot of people are super speedy writers who practically set the keyboard on fire but I AM NOT ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE. I am both a terrible overwriter and a terribly slow writer and when both of those of those come together you have a problem. Continue reading “The Writing Path is Laid | August Writing Updates”
As I am behind the times, I’ve only just seen the cover for the next Throne of Glass book. (I am also behind the times in the sense that I have not read Maas’ other book series.)
So here it is:
It’s, well – it’s a deviation from the norm, isn’t it? We’re all used to Celaena/Aelin/whatever-she’s-going-by-nowadays taking up the cover with weapons of choice, and I don’t think I was the only one who assumed Chaol would be adopting a similar position (this one was literally referred to as the ‘Chaol novel’ until it got a proper title). Continue reading “Tower of Dawn: Cover Reveal (and my unnecessesary stress)”
I’ve finally come to the end of Sarah J Maas’ Empire of Storms (blame uni) and it has turned out to be my favourite since the prequels, The Assasin’s Blade. Unfortunately, I find Maas’ books to be a little too predictable or I have to struggle through her slow pacing, keeping my ratings down at three stars. This time, however, I didn’t find this to be a problem and the generous sprinkling of plot twists and actions scenes had me giving Empire of Storms four stars. And so I was surprised to see the main criticism of many reviewers was the increased frequency and intensity of sex scenes.
Some say it didn’t fit the tone established in previous books. Some said they were badly written. Some said they were far too explicit. Some said they were inappropriate for a book aimed at teens. Continue reading “Empire of Storms: sex scenes and their place in YA lit”