Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Fandom Edits || Female TV Edition Part 1

I've really been getting into photo editing recently and have naturally gone straight to fandom editions. I love putting in quotes and have also been making many wallpaper settings for my phone and such. I thought I'd share some of my favourites and you can comment any requests that I can make for the future.
This edition is focused solely on kick-ass females from TV shows that I love... they make me feel really empowered so I hope you enjoy! This will be part 1 of 2 so stay tuned for even more epic TV females...

NO SPOILERS 
Game of Thrones

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Westworld Book Tag - Original Tag


I've always wanted to create a Book Tag but have never found a topic that hasn't been done before. After watching Westworld, I really wanted to do a tag of it but found none already made.... enter me. I came up with eleven bookish questions about Westworld which I'm so excited to post!
I tag anyone that loves Westworld and wants to do this tag!!!




1. Dolores- A 'damsel' that redefines the word by saving herself
Celestine- Flawed duology by Cecelia Ahern
Celestine is your classic damsel in distress when beginning this book. Everyone else is trying to help her and save her but she's undergoes massive character development and helps herself. She grows so much as a character and she stands up for what she believes in. I love his duology so much and Celestine's independence is a major reason why.


2. Bernard- A book with a shocking twist
We Were Liars- E. Lockhart
We Were Liars is one of my all time favourite contemporaries. The writing style is poetic and beautiful, striking and thought-provoking. The plot is so deep and has so many layers. And, ultimately, yes there is a plot twist. Once I finished this book for the first time, I went straight back to the beginning to re-read it and spot all the obvious pieces of foreshadowing. Why? To make myself feel like an idiot. Just like I did with Westworld.

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Game of Thrones 3x07 'The Bear and the Maiden Fair' TV TALK

We had a lot of characters in this episode and a little progress for all of them. Obviously there are some characters that I prefer to others but, overall this, episode was as entertaining and epic as always.(There's honestly, no new way to say this).






TV TALKS:
Season 1:  1x01  |  1x02  |  1x03  |  1x04  |  1x05  |  1x06  |  1x07  |  1x08  |  1x09  |  1x10
Season 2:  2x01  |  2x02  |  2x03  |  2x04  |  2x05  |  2x06  |  2x07  |  2x08  |  2x09  |  2x10
Season 3:  3x01  |  3x02  |  3x03  |  3x04  |  3x05  |  3x06

SPOILERS AHEAD- SPOILERS AHEAD- SPOILERS AHEAD- SPOILERS AHEAD- SPOILERS AHEAD
Beginning North, Jon Snow and the other wildlings are headed to Castle Black despite the wildlings not trusting Jon. Ygritte is as sassy as she always is until Jon tells here that the wildlings will never win a war against the South. Your classic relationship problems, really.
With Bran and co., we get some Osha background about her life above the wall where she had to kill her husband after he had turned into a white walker. Nevertheless, Bran is still gung-ho about going North of the wall because..... he's a very clever kid.

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Writing Diary #11- Critique Partners

Side note: All previous Writing Diaries will be linked below in case you missed any.

First things first, another song from my writing playlist is Warriors by Imagine Dragons.

As far as they go... I'd consider my brother to be my critique partner for my novel. After I finish each chapter, I let him read it and he raises any issues, plot holes or things that need altering. This is super helpful because it enables me to go back and edit things instead of continuing with a glaring mistake ruining everything else.
But there are pros and cons for having your sibling critique partner for you and I thought I'd go through them.

Pro: He's honest. I'd be different if I was asking a parent or friend for feedback- I feel like they'd be a little nicer and kinder about everything- sugarcoating my mistakes. Siblings on the other hand, are pretty blunt and don't care as much about hurting your feelings.

Con: Siblings don't care as much about hurting your feelings. I will say that my brother isn't too bad- he gives me constructive criticism as opposed to just bashing my entire novel but... sometimes feedback hurts. And I think that's the same with any critique partner or beta reader. Some feedback and opinions will just break your heart a little because it's something that you love that's getting torn to shreds. This process is hard for me in that respect but I figure it's good practise for the future- not everyone will like my books.

Monday, 9 October 2017

Inadequate- Original Poetry

Another depressing poem for you guys.... sorry not sorry. This one was written pretty recently and I just thought I'd post it- raw and unedited. I'm not one for sharing my feelings but I can channel everything into poetry fairly easily and it helps me get everything out in a way that doesn't involve torrential crying and unloading my sob stories on people. It's my therapy, in a way.

Inadequate

inadequate
chasing what i long to be
wondering what's wrong with me

the last jar on the shelf
withered and empty
untouched, unwanted
suffocating with envy

glass that's stained too much to see through
lungs too swollen
unable to breathe through

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Game of Thrones BOOK TAG

I don't why I haven't done this sooner. Game of Thrones has quickly become one of my all-time favourite shows and I couldn't resist doing this Book Tag.

NO SPOILERS 


1. Arya- A character that's all about revenge. 
Feyre- A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas
Especially at the beginning, Feyre is hell bent on revenge. She's trapped with her enemies but will make the most of that by taking them down and it's so epic and empowering! I love who Feyre grows to be in this trilogy and it was so entertaining!
A Court of Wings and Ruin Book Talk



2. Varys- A book featuring political intrigue 
The Winner's Curse- Marie Rutkoski
This is a fantasy read but there's a lot more politics than battles in this one. Normally, I'm not a fan of too much politics but, in this book, it works. The protagonist, Kestrel, isn't strong physically like all these heroines in YA but smart and sneaky and clever in the way she navigates her way around. I did love the first two books of this trilogy but I will say that last one has my biggest pet peeve and ruins the whole thing...
The Winner's Trilogy Book Talk

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Westworld 1x03 'The Stray' TV TALK

I'm quickly getting sucked into this show- sure, at times I have no clue what's going on but that makes it better. I'm obsessed with watching reviews and theories after each episode because the story's so compelling! There are many unanswered questions and I can't wait to figure out who's behind everything. I love being able to analyse everything that happens...

TV TALKS

Season 1: 1x01  | 1x02

SPOILERS AHEAD- SPOILERS AHEAD- SPOILERS AHEAD- SPOILERS AHEAD- SPOILERS AHEAD
Starting with Dolores, she really began to stray from her loop in this episode. She has her regular meetings with Bernard (I still can't figure out what he wants with her....) and he gives her Alice in Wonderland to read. The parallels are interesting and it spurs even more flashbacks. She wants to run away with Teddy but after she comes back from a talk with Bernard, she's thrust back into the loop of her parents being killed. This time, she somehow overrides the code not to kill anyone and she shoots the invader, managing to get away. She remembers her old dad for a split second before running away.... straight to William. I'm excited to see what happens now that she's completely out of her loop and beginning to remember concrete things about the past.

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Game of Thrones 3x06 'The Climb' TV TALK

The final shots in this episode were visually stunning! There were so many pictures I wanted to tag onto this review because they're beautiful but I restrained myself.
I'm really excited to see the consequences of everything that happened in this episode and how we're going to go on from here.

Warning: Harsh images used

TV TALKS:
Season 1:  1x01  |  1x02  |  1x03  |  1x04  |  1x05  |  1x06  |  1x07  |  1x08  |  1x09  |  1x10
Season 2:  2x01  |  2x02  |  2x03  |  2x04  |  2x05  |  2x06  |  2x07  |  2x08  |  2x09  |  2x10
Season 3:  3x01  |  3x02  |  3x03  |  3x04  |  3x05

SPOILERS AHEAD- SPOILERS AHEAD- SPOILERS AHEAD- SPOILERS AHEAD- SPOILERS AHEAD
Starting with King's Landing, things are really heating up.
Olenna agrees to the match of Loras and Cersei which..... I feel so bad for Loras! Who the heck would want to be stuck with Cersei for the rest of their lives?
Tyrion reveals to Sansa that they're to be married and... the scene cut just before he told them and we didn't get to see Shae's initial reaction!! I didn't want to see it.... but I totally did at the same time! I feel cheated.

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

October Releases and TBR 2017

Releases:
Turtles All the Way Down- John Green 
All the Crooked Saints- Maggie Stiefvater
Before the Devil Breaks You- Libba Bray
Ringer- Lauren Oliver
This Darkness Mine- Mindy McGinnis
A Line in the Dark- Malinda Lo






TBR:
The Woman in White- Wilkie Collins 
This is our Book of the Month for October! I haven't read a classic in a very long time and this one has always looked super creepy and interesting. I'm excited to get into it.

Monday, 2 October 2017

Westworld 1x02 'Chestnut' TV TALK

This episode was definitely better than the first. We singled in on certain characters and really got a better understanding of how the whole park works- settling many of my niggling questions. I also like how we got to follow a newcomer on his first journey to Westworld- it gave us an opportunity to learn along with him.
Many things were explained in this episode and I think it was extremely necessary. This episode left me with many theories and a quickly growing addiction.

TV TALKS

Season 1: 1x01

SPOILERS AHEAD- SPOILERS AHEAD- SPOILERS AHEAD- SPOILERS AHEAD- SPOILERS AHEAD
It's really hard to review this because I have no clue where and who to start with...
Let's begin with our two newcomers; Logan (aka. Prince Caspian) and William (the Golden Boy). It's implied that Logan's been to Westworld before but this was William's first time. I liked having a character that was learning things alone with us- we got to see him preparing an outfit for Westworld and taking the train there. I think this was a vital insight into the inner workings of the park.
Logan and William are complete opposites and yet I liked both of them. William seems like he'll take a hero role somehow and, even though Logan was arrogant and self-involved, he made me laugh. I'm easy to win over, apparently...

Saturday, 30 September 2017

September Wrap Up 2017

This month was a month of re-reads... I started college and really didn't fancy pushing myself through even more unfamiliar territory- it was too much for my brain. I was quite content sticking to older reads and feeling safe and familiar in worlds I know I love.

Origin (Lux #4)- Jennifer L. Armentrout (Re-read) 
Opposition (Lux #5)- Jennifer L. Armentrout (Re-read)
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JLA is one of my favourite authors and I just had the urge to re-read the ending of this beautiful series. I skipped to the best books in the series and fell in love with the world and characters all over again. Her books are so entertaining and it instantly lifted my spirits.





Fangirl- Rainbow Rowell (Re-read)
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This was such a perfect read for me right now. I enjoyed it so much more as I'm now in Cath's position a lot more and I've also read Carry On which means I get all of the Simon Snow references. This book was so nice to fall into and helped a lot through this month.




Thursday, 28 September 2017

Game of Thrones 3x05 'Kissed by Fire' TV TALK

I'm going to ignore the fact that I just spent 40 minutes writing this review only for it to poof into internet air.... But here we are again! Writing this review for a second time.... sorry if this version isn't as funny or imaginative as the original was.... I suppose what you don't know won't hurt you.
Nevertheless, this was a brilliantly clever episode. I love how complex this show is because all the subplots are so intricate and it's great to anticipate and predict how they're all going to intertwine in the future.

TV TALKS:
Season 1:  1x01  |  1x02  |  1x03  |  1x04  |  1x05  |  1x06  |  1x07  |  1x08  |  1x09  |  1x10
Season 2:  2x01  |  2x02  |  2x03  |  2x04  |  2x05  |  2x06  |  2x07  |  2x08  |  2x09  |  2x10
Season 3:  3x01  |  3x02  |  3x03  |  3x04

SPOILERS AHEAD- SPOILERS AHEAD- SPOILERS AHEAD- SPOILERS AHEAD- SPOILERS AHEAD
We had political scheming and marriage proposals in Kings Landing today.
And Baelish was at the centre of it all- wondering around like the clever devil he is and manipulating everyone to get what he wants.... man, I love the guy.
Baelish uses Oliver to seduce Loras in order to get information about his arranged marriage with Sansa which, obviously, Baelish doesn't want because she's now his easy key to the North.
So, he goes running to tell Cersei and she immediately runs to Tywin.... because daddy will sort everything out.

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

September Book Haul 2017


I didn't buy many books this month but the ones I did get are by a collection of my favourite ever authors so I can't complain too badly.


Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass #5.5)- Sarah J. Maas
I pre-ordered this book because Sarah J. Maas is one of my favourite authors and I need her books as soon as they release! I'm a bit hesitant to go into this one, however, because it's missing many of the regular protagonists' perspectives and focuses on a character that is.... no ones' favourite. I don't personally mind him but we're leaning on him heavily here....



Opposition (Lux #5)- Jennifer L. Armentrout 
I've already read this book multiple times but I hadn't yet bought it. I'm slowly but surely collecting all of JLA's books but she does have a good 50 books published so it may take a bit more time.
JLA is another of my favourite authors and everything I've ever read of hers is stunning! I'd recommend starting off with the Covenant series or the Lux series if you're being introduced to her work- you will not regret it.




Monday, 25 September 2017

Westworld 1x01 'The Original' TV TALK

I'm so intrigued with this show. There are a few things that went over my head but, generally, I can't stop thinking about it.
This show has a weird blend of dystopian, sci-fi and Western culture which shouldn't work but.... kinda does. We frequently switch between the western setting and the dystopian scene which can sometimes be quite jarring. I can't put my finger on why I like it but I'm finding it super compelling and it has me theorising and analysing all sorts of things.
The show follows our world in the future where technology has progressed so much that we've created hosts (robots) that are essentially human (think Terminator). Westworld is a western theme park that rich people can visit to get the full western experience- visiting brothels and even killing hosts. The hosts reset every day (forgetting the previous days) and repeat every day- maybe slightly different depending on their interaction with the guests. However, some of the hosts are malfunctioning and going off script. And then stuff goes down.

Saturday, 23 September 2017

Series I Will Never Finish

We all come across those books, those series, that you start but simply can't finish. This could be because of a variety of reasons but, ultimately, it's because you're not enjoying it. You can't justify struggling through the rest of the series when there's so many books and so little time.
So, I thought I'd list some series that I never plan on finishing... some may be controversial so please do tell me if some series get better as they go along. I have different reasons for each one and would generally not recommend picking up these books... maybe avoid them instead.
NO SPOILERS 


Daughter of Smoke and Bone series- Laini Taylor 
I've most recently read this book and, while I enjoyed it, I don't think I can continue. I flicked through the sequel and everything seemed so slow and boring- the things that I wanted to happen didn't even occur until the end of the book. This series had so much potential and I started out really enjoying it... but the story went in a direction that I didn't want to follow.




The Selection series- Kiera Cass
Now, when I first read the original trilogy, I loved these books. I may always have a guilty pleasure of them even though I'd probably hate them if I re-read it. But, needlessly, Kiera Cass has added on another two books from the protagonists' daughter's POV and I'm just not into it. It's like history repeating itself and I'm never going to be in the mood to re-read a recycled version of the original trilogy.

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Game of Thrones 3x04 'And Now His Watch Is Ended' TV TALK

Despite the poor grammar in the title of this episode, I freaking loved it!
Every Game of Thrones episode is insanely clever but I found this one more so, uncovering scheming plans from some of the most intelligent characters I've ever seen (I'm looking at you, Baelish).

Warning: I make a lot of shameless hand puns in this review. (And yes, I'm super proud).

TV TALKS:
Season 1:  1x01  |  1x02  |  1x03  |  1x04  |  1x05  |  1x06  |  1x07  |  1x08  |  1x09  |  1x10
Season 2:  2x01  |  2x02  |  2x03  |  2x04  |  2x05  |  2x06  |  2x07  |  2x08  |  2x09  |  2x10
Season 3:  3x01  |  3x02  |  3x03

SPOILERS AHEAD- SPOILERS AHEAD- SPOILERS AHEAD- SPOILERS AHEAD- SPOILERS AHEAD
We see Jaime in this episode which is great but he's seen better days. Poor guy- he's literally wearing his chopped off hand around his neck! He makes an attempt to fight the Boltons and get away- and when he almost gains the upper hand, he fails. But you've gotta hand it to him; he gave it a good try despite him having his hands full. Brienne joins in and the two are working together hand in glove but. really, they just play into Bolton's hands because they don't achieve anything.
Brienne then goes on to ask him why he saved her earlier from getting raped and he replies with silence. I do quite like the idea of them together but, on the other hand.... nope; I just like them together.
(I hope you appreciated all that).

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Emptiness- Original Poetry

Here we are again. Another depressing poem. I wrote this a couple of months ago and, honestly, it's one of my favourites. When I go through it, I read it out loud in a whisper... it gives off an ASMR feel and the soft whispers calm me despite the helplessness of the actual message.
I hope you enjoy!

Emptiness

my brain is tangled,
thoughts scattered
springing in different directions
yearning for affection,
clinging to discretion.

my feelings are hiding,
withdrawing into a bottle. 
they scuttle away from judgement,
to wonder and pray-
thought for what, it's hard to say. 

my childhood is running away from me,
nostalgia caught in clenched teeth
the loneliness I've always felt,
peeling away to possibility,
disintegrating beneath piled up dreams.

Monday, 18 September 2017

Game of Thrones 3x03 'Walk of Punishment' TV TALK

I loved this episode-it was comedy genius. There were so many brilliant scenes and it's one of those episodes that proves why this show is such a success; because it's simply amazing.

TV TALKS:

Season 1:  1x01  |  1x02  |  1x03  |  1x04  |  1x05  |  1x06  |  1x07  |  1x08  |  1x09  |  1x10
Season 2:  2x01  |  2x02  |  2x03  |  2x04  |  2x05  |  2x06  |  2x07  |  2x08  |  2x09  |  2x10
Season 3:  3x01  |  3x02


SPOILERS AHEAD- SPOILERS AHEAD- SPOILERS AHEAD- SPOILERS AHEAD- SPOILERS AHEAD
Let's start with Daenerys for once because, for some reason, I always save her for last.
In Astapor, Khaleesi has finally bought the Unsullied but for a big price- one of her dragons. I'm not too bothered- we still have two dragons, so we'll still be epic on the battlefield. Khaleesi also purchased Missandei which I'm happy about because I've seen this girl in so many promos etc. I want to see her and Daenerys grow a really nice and strong bond!

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Mystery Blogger Award TAG || Take Two

I've already done this Tag before but... I got nominated again- this time by the lovely Esther from BiteIntoBooks. I'm not going to do the entire rules and will only ask her questions she left for me. If you want to check out my previous post with all the rules and my own nominees, I'll leave the link below.
Original Mystery Blogger Award Tag


1. If you could recommend me one book that I would HAVE TO READ one day, which one would it be?
I'm gonna break down a couple...

A Court of Mist and Fury- Sarah J. Maas
This is my all time favourite book so of course I'd always recommend it but this is the second in a series so, generally, read the first book first. This story is a blend of fantasy, epic action and steamy romance. The world is so well-developed and it has everything I'd ever need from a book.

As for a standalone...
Undone- Cat Clarke
This is an underrated book that I love. It touches on issues in this society that I'm very passionate about and it blends, love, hate and revenge so beautifully. The characters are great and I've re-read this book so many times.

2. What's the last book that made you cry so hard?

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Rarity from the Hollow- Robert Eggleton Non-spoiler BOOK TALK

I was sent a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. 

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I decided to go non-spoiler for this review because I'm still kinda processing what happened...

This book very much teeters on the edge between total genius and total crazy. Your opinion on this book would completely depend on which way you fell.... and, honestly, I'm still on the fence getting splinters up my backside.
The first chapters were a little hard to get into but once you push through, you can truly appreciate the exploration of mental health issues. This book draws on a variety of different life experiences which is what makes it such an insightful read.
The story didn't shy away from subjects that are usually 'untouchable' in literature; child abuse being a main topic. At times, this was disturbing to read and could get a little heavy and intense for the reader but it's poignant and eye-opening at the same time.

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

The Walking Dead 3x14 'Prey' TV TALK

It's been a while since I've posted a Walking Dead review but, don't worry, I'm still watching it. I'm just seriously behind on this stuff. So what better filler for a Tuesday do you need?! I have taken a break from the Walking Dead since being introduced to the Game of Thrones world but now that I've nearly finished season seven, I can continue watching this (Game of Thrones just demands attention).

TWD TV TALKS:
Season 1: | 1x01 1x02 | 1x03 | 1x04 | 1x05 | 1x06
Season 2: | 2x01 | 2x02 | 2x03 | 2x04 | 2x05 | 2x06 | 2x07 | 2x08 2x09 | 2x10 | 2x11 | 2x12 | 2x13
Season 3: | 3x01 | 3x02 | 3x03 | 3x04 | 3x05 | 3x06 | 3x07 | 3x08 | 3x09 | 3x10 | 3x11 | 3x12 | 3x13

SPOILERS AHEAD- SPOILERS AHEAD- SPOILERS AHEAD- SPOILERS AHEAD- SPOILERS AHEAD
We start with a flashback which is different. We see a snippet of Michonne and Andrea when they were on the road together and we get a little insight as to who those two Walkers were- the ones that Michonne kept on chains and dragged around everywhere.
Michonne never really elaborates on anything but I really want to know more about her past and what she used to do before the outbreak.

Monday, 11 September 2017

Game of Thrones 3x02 'Dark Wings, Dark Words' TV TALK

While we didn't get any screen time from my favourite character (Dany!!!!), we got a nice selection of characters and a lot of sass in this episode (which is always exciting).
I enjoyed seeing the events unfold in Kings Landing- which is turning out to be my favourite city to watch aside from Astapor or wherever Danaerys is.


TV TALKS:

Season 1:  1x01  |  1x02  |  1x03  |  1x04  |  1x05  |  1x06  |  1x07  |  1x08  |  1x09  |  1x10
Season 2:  2x01  |  2x02  |  2x03  |  2x04  |  2x05  |  2x06  |  2x07  |  2x08  |  2x09  |  2x10
Season 3:  3x01  |

SPOILERS AHEAD- SPOILERS AHEAD- SPOILERS AHEAD- SPOILERS AHEAD- SPOILERS AHEAD
Starting with North of the wall, we had Sam struggling- poor guy. He wants to give up but Mormont gives him the order of survival and he seems to get more of spring in his step.
Jon, cosy amongst the forces of the wildlings, met a warg in this episode which nicely opened the path to learn about Bran's gifts.

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Everything, Everything ADAPTATION TALK

From inconsistencies, one dimensional characters, to talking in space and astronauts... this movie was weird. 
I was interested to see how they'd do this movie and, altogether, I wasn't overly impressed. It was still enjoyable but not the right story for a movie screen.
I must say that it was a pretty poor choice of a book to adapt to begin with; not a massive amount happens and a lot of the interactions occur over text as the protagonist is constricted to her home. Because of this, the movie tried 'inventive' ways to portray this and avoid just an essay of texts to read on screen but it didn't work super well. 
Overall, this movie was still enjoyable but I also felt like the characters fell a bit flat... though, this may be my 'meh' feelings of the book bleeding into my opinion of the movie. 
This story has such a small cast- a few characters with only two being really prominent. This gives the chance to really go into depth with these characters and flesh them out super well but... the movie didn't do this. The characters were flat, one dimensional and didn't portray greatly onto the screen. 


SPOILERS AHEAD- SPOILERS AHEAD- SPOILERS AHEAD- SPOILERS AHEAD- SPOILERS AHEAD
Starting with characters...
I like Maddy. I feel like we could've seen a much richer and complex set of emotions due to her circumstances but, generally, I liked the acting and the character portrayal when comparing it with the book.
I had a slight issue with Olly, however. His character was just so one dimensional. This movie has a tiny cast so you'd think we have enough time to get to know the characters but no- we only established Olly as the 'nice guy next door who occasionally says witty things.' Oh, and he has an abusive dad. Because we're quickly ticking through the cliches here.

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Game of Thrones 3x01 'Valar Dohaeris' TV TALK

I'm making it. Slowly.
I can't say this this is one of my favourite episodes of all time.... because it's not. Not an awful lot seemed to happen but everything that did happen was exciting. This episode had an all-time low of my least favourite characters so I suppose that was a pleasant surprise.

TV TALKS:

Season 1:  1x01  |  1x02  |  1x03  |  1x04  |  1x05  |  1x06  |  1x07  |  1x08  |  1x09  |  1x10

Season 2:  2x01  |  2x02  |  2x03  |  2x04  |  2x05  |  2x06  |  2x07  |  2x08  |  2x09  |  2x10


SPOILERS AHEAD- SPOILERS AHEAD- SPOILERS AHEAD- SPOILERS AHEAD- SPOILERS AHEAD
Starting with a bit of Jon Snow, we're off to meet Mance Rayder today. From what we've seen from Mance Rayder, I quite like the guy. Jon seems to have won him over at least, and now.... won't die. Hooray! I can totally see Jon becoming sympathetic to the wildlings' cause, though, because even his 'fake' reasons to join them were pretty much the truth.

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

F.R.I.E.N.D.S BOOK TAG

If you don't know, I'm a huge fan of the sitcom Friends. It is and will always be one of my ultimate favourite shows. Chandler is my ultimate favourite character along with Ross at a close second (though my favourite between the six change frequently).
So, I dug through the internet specifically to find a Friends Book Tag. There were so many results and I wanted to do all of them but I'll start with one I found from The Book Addict's blog. Who knows? I may do more in the future.
NO SPOILERS 


The One Where Eddie Won't Go
A character you wish would go away 
Theon- Game of Thrones
This may be a cheat because I'm watching the show and not the books but.... I'm sure he's just as annoying in the books as he is in the show.





The One Where Ross and Rachel Were on a Break
Most painful breakup
It Ends With Us- Colleen Hoover
Hoover knows exactly how to pull out your heart and smash it into pieces. And, for some reason, I keep going back to her.
I don't even want to think about this book because I'll just start sobbing....

Monday, 4 September 2017

Writing Diary #10 - It's Been A While...

Side note: Previous Writing Diaries will be linked below this post in case you missed anything. 

I've decided to share a song from my current novel's playlist each Writing Diary! The song has links to my plot and has a similar feel to the story so I thought it'd be interesting to share. Today's are....

Live Like Legends- Ruelle and Take It All- Ruelle (Listen to all Ruelle songs... she's stunning)



So, the last time I updated, I was letting my first novel sit and had started planning my second novel- Project Prophecy... (That's not the actual title and it's cooler than that name, I promise).

I will say that I've totally pushed my first novel to the side because, reading over it, it sucks. I may return to it in the future but, at the moment, I'm much more excited about my new project.
And I'm around 30,000+ words through. I manage to write near 1000 words when I sit and write but I also put in a lot of planning- a big reason why this book is much better than the last. I've planned my characters, their backstories, the plot, the next two books (!!!) and characters that don't even appear until book three. I know I should focus on book one before continuing but.... book three characters are so good and I'm really excited!! This extra planning means I can also put sneaky foreshadowing in which I get a kick out of doing.
I'm also planning a novella for a certain character's backstory that I'm planning to write for Nanowrimo this year... my first year!! But I'll talk more on that nearer the time.

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Game of Thrones 2x10 'Valar Morghulis' TV TALK

The season finale is here!!! We covered a lot of characters in this episode and so much happened! It was a pretty epic episode full of manipulation and deceit and I loved it! I'm so pumped for season three now! Bring it on!

TV TALKS:

Season 1:  1x01  |  1x02  |  1x03  |  1x04  |  1x05  |  1x06  |  1x07  |  1x08  |  1x09  |  1x10

Season 2:  2x01  |  2x02  |  2x03  |  2x04  |  2x05  |  2x06  |  2x07  |  2x08  |  2x09


SPOILERS AHEAD- SPOILERS AHEAD- SPOILERS AHEAD- SPOILERS AHEAD- SPOILERS AHEAD 
Starting with a drab Stannis Baratheon- just so we can say we've acknowledged his presence- he's off licking his wounds at the moment because he failed so epically in the Battle of Blackwater Bay. And yet, Melisandre still manages to convince him to continue by making Stannis see a vision of his success in fire.
This is exactly why I'll never root for these guys.

Saturday, 2 September 2017

Fandom Merch Haul || Summer 2017

Because I can't really include this stuff in a Book Haul, I decided to create a brand new fandom haul every six months or so to show you guys what other random stuff I get that's fictional! I'll try and link where I got it from if you fall in love with anything so much that you need it yourself.
You'll notice a common theme in this haul... have I mentioned that I'm a new Walking Dead and Game of Thrones addict?

Warning: I will look like a major shopaholic after this haul but, remember, this has been collected over more than six months.... but I do have a buying problem.

Hamilton shirt (Redbubble)
I was given this for my birthday and I love it! I'm such a Hamilfan and this shirt is my pride and joy. Hamilton merch isn't exactly something you can find in stores so definitely head over to Redbubble- they have tons of stuff on practically every fandom!

The Walking Dead shirt (Primark)
This was a good ol' Primark purchase which I love. It's got the Daryl Dixon wings which is just perfect!!


The Walking Dead canvas print (Inside Out)
I found this stunning canvas print and had to buy because it was only £5!!! I'd really recommend this shop because they do a huge range of different fandom pictures and artwork for really cheap prices.


Thursday, 31 August 2017

September Releases and TBR 2017

Yes, school and college is upon us students for another year but... look at all the new releases! The authors understand our pain and decide to unleash all their new releases on us at once.... making us seriously behind in reading. Yay!
But, it's always a great month when my two favourite authors are both releasing a book.... no sleep for me!

Releases:
Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass #5.5)- Sarah J. Maas
If There's No Tomorrow- Jennifer L. Armentrout 
Warcross- Marie Lu
They Both Die At The End- Adam Silvera
There's Someone Inside Your House- Stephanie Perkins
One Dark Throne (Three Dark Crowns #2)- Kendare Blake 
The Language of Thorns- Leigh Bardugo
Genuine Fraud- E. Lockhart
Release- Patrick Ness
Invictus- Ryan Graudin


TBR:
The Bone Season- Samantha Shannon (Book of the Month)
This is going to be September's Book of the Month- the novel that both me and Kailtin (Liber Amoris) read during the month. I don't know much about this book but one skim read of the blurb has me interested.

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

August Wrap Up 2017

I didn't do nearly as much as reading as I wanted to this month. It's summer!! I have all the free time in the world! And for some reason I can't bring myself to read! It's the vicious circle where, when I do have time to read, I don't feel like it and when I have no time to read, I'll cut into my sleeping time to get a chapter read. That's how life works.
Another big reason as to my lack of reading is my writing. My head is constantly stuck in my current novel (30,000+ and counting!!) and my love for it is overshadowing my reading. It's a blessing and a curse.

Geekerella- Ashley Poston (Book of the Month)
This was August's Book of the Month. I got straight into it and it was a super quick read. I loved the fandom spin on everything and it was truly a love letter to Geek Culture.
Geekerella- Ashley Poston BOOK TALK





Rarity from the Hollow- Robert Eggleton (ARC)
I was nicely sent this book from the author and publisher in exchange for an honest review.... that's coming soon, I swear. I'm very behind on book reviews right now (I haven't even started writing the Lord of Shadows one yet...). This book was extremely unique and delved deep into mental illness issues as well as having a sci-fi twist. I will say that this book was often confusing and it took willpower to continue reading- sometimes it was too crazy to continue.


Sunday, 27 August 2017

Game of Thrones 2x09 'Blackwater' TV TALK

We had a concentrated selection of characters in this episode and we didn't jump between as many as usual. We followed the Battle of Blackwater Bay in this episode and, heck, it was entertaining! Everyone has been preparing for this battle for so long and it was very satisfying to watch it all play out.

TV TALKS:

Season 1:  1x01  |  1x02  |  1x03  |  1x04  |  1x05  |  1x06  |  1x07  |  1x08  |  1x09  |  1x10

Season 2:  2x01  |  2x02  |  2x03  |  2x04  |  2x05  |  2x06  |  2x07  |  2x08


SPOILERS AHEAD- SPOILERS AHEAD- SPOILERS AHEAD- SPOILERS AHEAD- SPOILERS AHEAD
The episode started with the quiet before the storm. We had Bronn and the men singing and drinking their problems away (because being drunk before a battle to the death seems like the right way to go). We also had Tyrion and Shae spending some sexy time together for the last time before the fight start. I totally ship Tyrion and Shae but I can just see Shae dying at some point and my heart's not ready for it...
As soon as the battle bells start, the women are taken to a room to keep them safe and away from everything which..... I'll keep in my feminist rants for now.

Saturday, 26 August 2017

August Book Haul 2017

It was quite a unsuccessful month but I managed to bag a couple of books to make myself feel a little better.


Because You Love to Hate Me- Edited by Ameriie
I've wanted to get this ever since it was released because I love Booktubers and I love villains.... it seemed like a good anthology to pick up.
This novel is an anthology of 13 villain stories written by a selection of popular YA authors and the prompt for their story came from popular a Booktuber that the author was paired up with. There is a wide range of stories and I can't wait to delve into them when I get the chance.  







The Call- Peader O'Guilin
I've seen a lot of hype over this book and it immediately intrigued me. I don't know much about it but it looks creepy, mysterious and very dark. As Winter is Coming (hehe), I'm always in the mood for dark reads so this will suit me perfectly in the coming months.


Thursday, 24 August 2017

Game of Thrones 2x08 'The Prince of Winterfell' TV TALK

We covered many different characters in this episode but only had a brief time with each of them. It was deceivingly slow this episode but, having looked back through, a lot happened. It's shaping up to an exciting end of the season.

TV TALKS:

Season 1:  1x01  |  1x02  |  1x03  |  1x04  |  1x05  |  1x06  |  1x07  |  1x08  |  1x09  |  1x10

Season 2:  2x01  |  2x02  |  2x03  |  2x04  |  2x05  |  2x06  |  2x07

SPOILERS AHEAD- SPOILERS AHEAD- SPOILERS AHEAD- SPOILERS AHEAD- SPOILERS AHEAD
Let's go from North to South.
Jon Snow's in a bit of a pickle because he's been surrounded and captured by the enemy. But, it's fine, because Quoran Halfhand has been captured too! You know, for a legend and one of the best fighters of the Night's Watch, they're doing terribly.

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Bleeding Words- Original Poetry

I thought it was the nice time for sharing a poem that I wrote. Warning: I'm quite a depressing poet and I love incorporating language and punctuation into my poems. This is one of my favourites so.... enjoy!

I am bleeding words.
Pouring out my emotions in incoherent floods.

I am choking on letters, struggling to piece them together,
along with my excuse for a life.
Endlessly searching for a jigsaw fit that doesn't exist.

I am crying punctuation,
desperately trying to catch my thoughts-
confine them into neat lines
to pretend they look normal.

I am breathing sentences,
stuttering on subclauses as I navigate my way around
the synonymous differences of reality-
the lies of the world around me.

I am bleeding words,
my life running out along with every expression.

- Chloe Harris, May 2017


Thank you so much for reading- I appreciate all the support for my personal writing. (Sorry if it was a bit of a downer, though...) Feel free to post a comment. Stay amazing,
Chloe

Monday, 21 August 2017

Game of Thrones 2x07 'A Man Without Honour' TV TALK

This was a super amazing episode but.... that's a given at this point, right?
We saw a nice selection of characters in this episode and I'm enjoying watching all the growing bonds and interactions between everyone.... it's shaping up to be an epic finale which, again, is kind of a given...

TV TALKS: 

Season 1:  1x01  |  1x02  |  1x03  |  1x04  |  1x05  |  1x06  |  1x07  |  1x08  |  1x09  |  1x10

Season 2:  2x01  |  2x02  |  2x03  |  2x04  |  2x05  |  2x06

SPOILERS AHEAD- SPOILERS AHEAD- SPOILERS AHEAD- SPOILERS AHEAD- SPOILERS AHEAD
We'll start with Theon once more! Theon has instantly set off to hunt Bran and Rickon because his forces are so incapable and let them escape- which is a good thing. Now, at the end, Theon shows the Winterfell people two charred and hanged bodies- supposedly Rickon and Bran.
I, however, don't believe it for a second.

Saturday, 19 August 2017

Publishing Interview with Eliza Stopps

Recently, I've been in contact with Eliza Stopps (author of the Leslie Kim Serial) and she was kind enough to answer a few of my publishing orientated questions. As an aspiring author, I'm always looking for more information about the industry and, while Eliza is self-published, she gave me some insightful facts about the publishing process.
Now, I'm nothing if not generous, so thought I'd post the interview on my blog in case there are any other budding authors intrigued about how they might publish a book one day!
I must say a huge thank you to Eliza for taking the time to answer my questions and I hope you guys enjoy!



How many literary agents would suggest sending your synopsis and manuscript to, per time?

I think this depends on the agent. Check on the literary agent's website for the answer to this, because some agents would prefer you don't submit to more than one agent at a time. If that is the case, just send it to one agent and wait for their response before moving on. Otherwise, you can do it in batches.

For me personally, I write in a variety of genres. I might be submitting a children's book, poetry, and science fiction short stories all at the same time. I usually submit to 1-3 agents per manuscript at a time, just so I am personally familiar with each agent. If you submit to like 100 agents all at the same time, you will get your name out there but that in itself can be a negative. If you submit to 3 agents and they all return with feedback saying that your book isn't right, it might be a good idea to read over your synopsis and query and see if there is any way you can improve before sending it to the next batch. If you send it out to many agents at the same time, you will have less time to improve between queries.

Ultimately, it's a personal choice for each author. My advice would be to do enough queries that you get over the anxiety of writing them but not so many that you feel overwhelmed and frustrated by the process.

What are the pros and cons of traditional publishing?