Sunday, December 21, 2014

Cover Clothes #4: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone




Hello, everyone! I'm back, and I got a Cover Clothes post for y'all! Since I've been reading so much Harry Potter fanfiction lately that I thought it would be a good idea to make a post about it. Everything featured is $50 or less, and I tried to stay true to the cover. I had to add the red boots for the fabulous witch in the red robes. The glasses are for Harry. The owl represents Hedwig. The rest of the items I felt when along with the winter-ish theme and color scheme.

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Last Minute Christmas Gifts for Your Bookworm: Reading (and More) List!

Hello, everyone! I'm back, and the season of giving is upon us. A few of you may have a bookworm on your list of gift recipients for Christmas, and you don't want to give them the same old Books-a-Million gift card that they seem to get every year. If that's the case, I've got a list of gift ideas that are unique and are sure to make your bookworm's Christmas the merriest it could possibly be. Now, let's get onto the list!

First things first. We have to start a list of possible gifts for book-lovers with a book. My suggestion is Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch. Along with being on my "To Read" list, this book won the New Kid on the Shelf award by Epic Reads. Basically, it was voted to be the best debut novel of the year. Chances are your giftee hasn't got their hands on this book yet, but if they have that one, here's a link to all of the winners this year. You can get this book on Amazon for about $13, and you can find it at this link.



Let's say that your book lover is a more modern reader. The perfect gift for them is an e-reader, and I personally recommend the Amazon Paperwhite Kindle. I use mine almost every day. It's perfect for my classes, and with me being an English major, that is saying a lot. It's nice to have a device that is perfect in all lighting and has a book for whatever mood I'm in. It's also a great way for me to get the newest books immediately. This gift is a little steeper at $99, but you can also go for the more economic Kindle that comes in at $59. You can find the Paperwhite here and the regular Kindle here.



Now something that I've recently gotten into to ease the stress of finals and research papers is bubble baths. "What does this have to do with book lovers?" you may ask. Well, let me tell you. I've found a bathtub caddy that allows me to soak up the suds while reading my favorite books. The two that I recommend are this one for $35 and this one for $45. It will guarantee your book lover a few moments of peace, and no one should bother them during this chosen moment of reading.



When I settle in for a long read, I tend to get as cozy as possible. The best way the accomplish cozy is a super comfy sweatshirt. One of my favorites is a sweatshirt by BookTuber PolandBananaBooks. It's the booklion sweatshirt, and I have to say I prefer being called a booklion rather than a bookworm (no matter what I titled this list). It's $30 plus shipping and can be found here, but the bad news is it may not be here before the holidays. If that's a concern, I also suggest the "I Read Banned Books" sweatshirt by CafePress, which you can find here.  It will set you back $38.

BOOKLION SWEATSHIRT

Speaking of cozy, nothing goes better with a good book than a big mug of tea. CafePress doesn't just have a large array of sweatshirts and other clothing apparel, they also have an incredible inventory of creative mugs. You can find a mugs related to all fandoms from Harry Potter to Jane Austen. However, if you don't know your book lover's particular fandom, I suggest getting this mug with a quote of tea and reading for $15. To spice up your gift, I also suggest this assortment of herbal teas, which is available at Walmart for about $3.

Mugs

The next gift I want to suggest is more of a novelty item, but it's for that book lover that loves the smell of old books. Thank goodness, FromThePage on Etsy was smart enough to take that scent and put it in a candle. The prospect of making my room smell like a library filled with musty books is incredibly tempting for myself. However, if you want a candle to smell like this one, you're going to have to wait until after Christmas. But I think it would be a nice gift for the book lovers you see after Christmas. If that's not your style, you can get your booklover this candle from Bath and Body Works that's about $22, and the relaxing scent will take your bookworm (ahem lion) in the Forbidden Forest.

221B Baker Street Soy Candle - 8 ozMahogany Teakwood 3-Wick Candle - Home Fragrance - Bath & Body Works

Last but not least, I must mention movies based on books. Many of the time, the movies don't live up to the expectations to the readers. But if I could recommend any movie that came out this year, it would have to be The Fault in Our Stars based on the book with the same title by John Greene. I've reviewed the movie and book, which you can find here and here, and I can't express how much I love this movie. This movie runs anywhere from $10-$30 depending which version you get and where you get your DVD from. I'll add this link from Amazon to the one with all of the bells and whistles.



That's it for this post! Comment down below on what you would get your friend, significant other, or co-workers who loves books for Christmas. Subscribe to the blog by adding your email to the Subscribe Box down below or off to the right. Add me to your circles by clicking the Google+ button off to the right. Follow me on twitter for up to date information on the blog and ridiculousness about my life @KK_Donna_Blog. Lastly, follow the tumblr dedicated to the blog, which you can find here. Read on, lovelies! I'll see y'all next post.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander (aka J. K. Rowling): Book Review!



Hello, everyone! I'm back, and I'm here to review Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander (but really J. K. Rowling).It is (supposedly) a textbook used in Hogwarts as one of their standard texts for teaching Care of Magical Creatures. This book is a copy of Harry Potter's own copy, and it is complete with written notes made by Harry, Ron, and Hermione. It includes a preface by Albus Dumbledore, an introduction into Magizoology, and an A - Z list of magical beasts including detailed description. But enough about that, let's get onto the review! 

I found this book surprisingly entertaining. It's supposed to be a textbook, and so I was expecting it to be a little stale, if I'm being honest. But it wasn't. It was clever and funny, and I thought it was a really fun read. It's a small book, so this review is going to be a little small, but I will get down to the gist of it. If you're a fan of of The Harry Potter Series and you enjoy short reads, you'll love this book.

Another reason that I choose this book is because of the movie coming out in 2016 according to IMDB, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.  The movie is going follow the "author" of Fantastic Beasts, Newt Scamander, who is researching his books in hidden wizarding community in New York seventy years before Harry ever comes to Hogwarts. With director David Yates and writer J. K. Rowling,  I'm expecting incredible things, and I'm so excited for the movie to come out. Now that I know some of the creates that may be featured, I can't wait to see how they are able to bring these things to life.

So if you're into fantasy lore, love Harry Potter, and enjoy snide comments made by children, you will enjoy this book. All together, I think that I'll give this short story/textbook four out of five kneazles.



That's it for this review! I'll be posting more now that finals have come to a close. We are going to be doing some serious reading before school starts back up again.  Comment down below with some book recommendations. Subscribe to the blog by adding your email to the Subscribe box down below or off to the right. Add me to your circles by clicking the Google+ button off to the right. Follow me on twitter for up to date information about the blog and ridiculousness about my life @KK_Donna_Blog. Follow the tumblr dedicated to the blog, which you can find at this link. Read on, lovelies! I'll see y'all next post! 
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Monday, November 24, 2014

The Mockingjay Part 1: Movie Review! (Spoilers Marked!)



Hello, everyone! I'm back, and I'm here to review The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 the movie! If you're a fan of YA book to movie adaptations and haven't been living under a rock this past week, you'll know that this movie came out this past week making $55 million it's opening day. Not too shabby for another “Part 1” finale of YA movie franchise. But enough about that, let's get to the review!

First things first. There will be spoilers in this review, but they will be clearly marked for those who haven't seen the movie yet. You'll be able to skip over any spoilers or spoil yourself to death depending on your judgment.

So, what's going on in this movie? Well, you should probably watch the first two movies (you can find them on Amazon and Catching Fire on Netflix). But the Cliff Notes version is this: Katniss has escaped the games and is now living with her family underground in District 13. President Coin asks Katniss to be the Mockingjay, the symbol of the rebellion, and in return they have to save the captured victors, including Peeta, from the Capital while a war is raging across Panem.

Let's start out with the good. We have a great cast again for this movie with a couple of new faces. One such face is Alma Coin, President of District 13, played by Julianne Moore. She was absolutely amazing and her scenes with Philip Seymour Hoffman, who plays Plutarch, were just excellent.

Of course we had our major players. Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen was flawless as usual. I expect no less from her. But we did get to see more of Liam Hemsworth who plays Gale in the movie. I thought he did a really good job, but nothing can compare to Josh Hutcherson, who plays Peeta, who isn't even in much of this movie, but (and no spoilers) he's been given some good material to work with and he kills it.

I think that they depicted the war very well in this movie. Since it is a movie, we get to see more than Katniss's point of view. We get to see the leaders of the war making decisions and the reasons behind them, something that was impossible in the book. We see it first hand, and some things that were not explained fully in the book get depicted in detail in the movie.

One thing the book lovers may be concerned with is what they changed from the book to the movie. Let me just say that is not a problem. I will get a little more specific in the spoiler section, but I will say the changes that they made did not bother me, and I'm a stickler about that. For example, they had Effie, Elizabeth Banks, have a major role in this movie, and that was such a wise decision. Six Fluvia's couldn't match the awesomeness that is Elizabeth Banks.

I'll mention this here and not in the spoiler section because you do get a clip of it in the new TV spot for the movie, but Jennifer Lawrence sings “The Hanging Tree” in the movie. I thought that they may dub her over with a professional singer, but they didn't and she killed it! It's haunting and beautiful and hauntingly beautiful, and it will give you goosebumps when you hear it in it's entirety in the movie.

Now let's talk about some of the things that I didn't like. First things first: this may sound like a broken record but this movie doesn't need to be in two parts. It's clearly a marketing ploy that we've all experienced by now, and it makes me a little sad. There were so many times were I thought “It doesn't need this scene. This could be done in a montage. I feel like we did this scene already.” I just felt like it was stumbling a little bit, and for a movie that's two hours, you need to pick it up a little bit.

Also, I won't mention names here, but there were some characters that were featured in the promos that I didn't get to see onscreen until the very end of the movie. They got more screen time in the commercials than they did in the movie. Seriously.

This is the Spoiler Zone! Stay away if you haven't seen the movie yet!


For a dark movie, this movie had great comedic timing. Jennifer Lawrence playing Katniss as a horrible actor is just hilarious. Effie trying to coach her makes the scene even funnier. They both look like they are trying so hard, and the result is sub par at best. Then Plutarch starts yelling at her but trying to be kind, and it was really great.

Speaking of Effie, thank God they put her in this movie. She's still Effie. She doesn't quite get why everyone has to eat the same things and, heaven forbid, wear the same things, but she does her best to help her victors. She's an escort, and she doesn't let anyone take that job away from her. Not to mention her flirtation with Haymitch, while dark, is also great to watch.

The TV crew is great. They do a great job, acting wise, being persuasive to the audience as well as to Katniss. They are still worried about the art, which brings it back to their Capital roots, but they also know what this could mean for the rebellion. They acted like a legit camera crew, which is interesting because you have a camera crew filming a fake camera crew.

Let's talk some Peeta. His progression in the interviews with Ceasar Flickerman were absolutely amazing. He starts out normal, and with each of the interviews, you can see the effect torture has had on him. When he shouts out for Katniss, warning her about the Capital's plan to bomb District 13, it's scary but in a good way. At the end where we see Peeta attack Katniss, I got scared. It was visually stunning and the acting for both Lawrence and Hutcherson was incredible.

You are now out of the Spoiler Zone! You can come back if you want my final thoughts!



Final thoughts about this movie: despite the fact that this movie would be better as a one big movie rather than be split into two parts, it is still a really good movie. With that in mind, I give this movie a solid four explosive arrows out of five!

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The Storytellers: New Voices of the Twilight Saga - Vote Now! News #1


Lionsgate The Storytellers: New Voices of The Twilight Saga

Hello, everyone! I'm back, and I'm excited to share some news with you today. As you may have read in a previous post, there is a contest going on that's all about Twilight. The Storytellers: New Voices of the Twilight Saga contest is rebooting the Twilight Saga on Facebook, and they apparently they need our help.

Firstly, it is not based off of the original four books. Instead, they are taking characters' stories from The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide. I have read this book, and I have to say that I'm really excited for a chance to see some of these characters on screen.


There also seem to be different levels of the contest: one where everyone can participate and some that are meant for very specific people. The first level is for everyone. They want fans to vote on the different characters that will be featured in the videos. Then things get a little complicated. They what female artists (screenwriters, directors, actors and such) that are thirteen years and older to submit their work based on these characters. You'll be able to find more information about when and what to submit if you want to enter at there website which you can find at this link.


I'm really excited about this. I'm sure there will be a lot of submissions, but the fans get to determine what gets made as well as having judges to narrow down the search. I'm hopeful for what will come of this, and I'm excited about what we may be seeing in the up coming months. Not to mention there are nearly half a million dollars in prizes for the winners. So go ahead and take a stab at it if you fit the requirements. Right now you can just vote for the character that you would like featured, but you'll be able to vote for screenplay outline come November 20.


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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Update: Where I've Been

There are so many things going on right now, my lovelies, and I would love to say that any of it had to do with reading. A little did, but for the most part, I've had a hard couple of weeks. I've been getting all of my graduation forms together so that I may graduate on time.  It's getting closer and closer to the end of the semester which means I'm about to hit due dates for research papers and finals. Each bring along their own set of worries, but both together is enough to send me into a state of panic.

Part of me doesn't want to write what else is wrong because it would feel like setting something into stone, and I don't want it to be true. But it is, so I will. On the other hand, it may help me feel better talking about it with other people. I lost someone very close to me two weeks ago. He was my great uncle, but really, he was a second grandfather to me.

You may remember me mentioning him in How to be a Heroine when I was discussing archery equipment. He gave me his recurve bow and took me to archery store that his friend runs. The last thing that we did together was go to the store, buy a finger guard, and grab a couple of cheeseburgers. It was such a normal day but a happy day, and I'm glad that was the last day that I had with him.

I wanted so many more days, but he just started chemo therapy. It made him so sick, and he couldn't do the things that he wanted to do anymore. As cliche as this may be, he loved working on the farm. He liked tending to the horses and riding around in his truck. He wasn't going to be able to do those things anymore. He would have been miserable.

But he was such a good man. He came to live with my grandmother after her husband died. He wasn't her only brother, but he's the one that chose to stay with her and to help her. He was with her for more than a decade. He was essentially my grandfather for as long as he lived with her.  He is someone that we are all going to miss.

I will be getting back into a routine, but as you can tell, it may be a little hard for me to get back to a semi-set schedule. But thank you lovelies for listening to me ramble about a man you don't even know. It feels good to just let it off my chest. I think that will be where I end this post. Read on, lovelies. I'll see y'all next post.
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Saturday, November 1, 2014

Sleepy Hollow: Children of the Revolution by Keith R. A. DeCandido: Book Review!


Hello, everyone! I'm back with another Book Review! October has come and gone, and I figured what better way to keep the spooky spirit alive than reading a spooky book. Lately, I've been really into Fox's TV show Sleepy Hollow, and lucky for me, there's a tie-in book. It's called Sleepy Hollow: Children of the Revolution by Keith R. A. DeCandido.

The book follows the show faithfully, but it does not retell an episode. This is a new adventure never before seen on TV. It does take elements from the show, specifically from episode two of season one. In this book, a coven of witches try to bring back their leader Serilda of Abaddon who caused some mayhem in the previously mentioned episode. But let's see how this book stands without the television show.

The book follows the two witnesses, Abby Mills, a police officer, and Icabod Crane, a soldier from the Revolutionary War,  as they try to prevent the apocalypse and defeat the four horsemen in the little town of Sleepy Hollow. Serilda, a fiery witch hellbent on helping bring forth the end of days, is being resurrected by her coven, and it's up to Abby and Icabod to stop the ritual.

As a lover of the show, I really enjoyed this book. I found myself reading it whenever I could, which sometimes included class. That's horrible but not the point. I really enjoyed how it read. It flowed easily, and the way that all the events took place was fast-paced but not straining to read. It had action and mystery, and it was a really enjoyable read.

One thing that I really enjoyed about this book is the mixing of the historical facts and the realistic fiction. In order for this story to really work, every detail needs to work together whether it be from the author's imagination or American history. I think that they both flowed seamlessly in this story.

One thing that really erks me in books is multiple point of view changes. They just seem ridiculous in most books, and there always seems to be one point of view that is better than the rest. This book does this several times. My personal favorite is Icabod's point of view. It's just interesting to see him in the modern world when he has no idea what the modern world consists of. It's really cool. I hated reading scenes that went back in time to the Revolutionary Era. It was the one place in the book where I was ready to put it down. However, the saving grace was seeing some scenes from the culprit's point of view. I won't say who that is, but I think that the author captured both the evil witch side and the compassionate human side of the character. It something that I don't see in every episode of the show, and it was really nice to read.

Another aspect I didn't really like was the title. "Children of the Revolution" told me nothing of what the book was about. Maybe it could be a title for the overall series, but for this particular book, I would have went with something more pertaining to the plot. I'm hoping to see more books like this one, and I think it would be better for this series for the title to reveal something that is special to that particular book. 

So was this book mind-blowing and life-changing? No. It was a fun read and something I would recommend to a friend as a "in-between series" read. I think it's just the thing to get be back into reading for fun.  I'm giving this book a solid three and a half piles of ashes out of five.


That's it for this post! Comment down below on some of your favorite television tie-in books. Follow the blog by adding your email address to the Subscribe Box down below and off to the right. Follow me on twitter for up to date information on the blog and ridiculousness about my life @KK_Donna_Blog. Add me to your circles by clicking the Google+ button off to the right. Lastly, follow the tumblr dedicated to this blog, and you can find it here. Read on, lovelies! I'll see y'all next post!
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Friday, October 31, 2014

How to Make a Quiver for Your Katniss Costume: Cosplay Tutorial



Hello, everyone! I'm back, and I'm here to show you how I made my quiver. I was planning to use this technique for when I do my Katniss cosplay, but I haven't found the perfect fabric yet. Hopefully this tutorial will help you make your own quiver. I will say that I use this quiver in my everyday use, and it's really easy to do.

I will also say that this is not an idea that I came up on my own. I did a little research and found this site. I pretty much followed everything step by step up until she added the extra fabric to the top part of her quiver. I opted out of that part of the tutorial. I'll go step by step and show what I did to achieve my own quiver.

Here's a list of things that I used and what they cost:
     2 yards of faux leather fabric - $7
     One spool of all purpose thread - $5
     One cardboard box - Free
     Packing tape - $5
     Box cutter - $4

As you can see, it was pretty inexpensive. I owned most of the materials, and I plan to use scissors and packing tape again. I also have leftover materials so that I could make at least two more quivers if I wanted to.

I started out with the cardboard box. After I measured a side against one of my arrows, I cut it. The piece of cardboard was a little bit shorter than my arrow so that the arrow would stick out of the quiver. You can see what I'm talking about in the picture down below.



After cutting the cardboard, I rolled it with a rolling pin so that it wasn't straight piece of cardboard. After getting it in a semi-round shape, I tape it together so that it resembled a tube. Again, you can see this in the picture that I took down below.




The next thing that I did was take some faux leather fabric, wrapped it around the cardboard, added a couple of inches to the end, and cut it from that measurement. That is a horrible way to describe what I did, and I can't figure out a better way to say it. Look at the blog that I mentioned, and that will help. I sewed the fabric together with the leather side facing inward. You can see what I mean in the picture down below.



Next, I measured the circumference of the cardboard tube, and I cut a circle of fabric based on those measurements, adding a little so that I could sew the bottom while it was inside out. This is used as the bottom of the quiver. I took a picture. You can see it down below.



Then, I flipped the fabric so that it was right side out, pushed the cardboard tube inside the fabric tube, and flipped the extra fabric at the top to the inside of the tube. You can see this in the pictures below.



Lastly, I took two strips of fabric, sewed them together to create the strap, and sewed the strap to the bottom and the top of the tube. At first I tried to staple the strap on, but the strap did not stay on for very long. If you don't wont to sew this piece, I would suggest a strong fabric glue. For the best results, sew it on, but it is a little difficult to accomplish.



And there you have it! You have a quiver for your cosplay and archery needs. I hope that this tutorial helps! That's all for this post. Comment down below on some cosplay tutorials that your would like to see on the blog. Subscribe to the blog by adding your email to the Subscribe Box down below or off to the right. Add me to your circles by clicking the Google+ button to the right. Follow me on twitter for up to date information about the blog and ridiculousness about my life. Lastly, follow the tumblr dedicated to the blog, which you can find at this link. Read on, lovelies! I'll see y'all next post!
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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer: Re-Read Book Review #1 / Twilight Revisited in Facebook Mini Series?!





Hello, everyone! I’m back with a Re-Read Book Review! Not only is this the first of this series for the blog, but it is an extra special post. I’ve just got through rereading Twilight by Stephenie Meyer in honor of the new reboot series that is going to be popping up on Facebook. Because of this, I’m going to be talking about the book as well as what I think about this reboot idea.  But enough about that, let’s get onto the review!

Rereading this book has been very interesting. It’s the first time that I’ve done it while I’ve been in college, and I’ll admit that it felt like going back in time for me. I was brought back to high school and obsessing over these characters. It also felt a little weird too. For a while now, Twilight has been the butt of many a joke, and part of me felt like I had to sneak around to read my book. To be fair, I got over that quite quickly.

I did like reading Bella and Edward’s relationship again.  I know that people are quick to say how creepy the relationship is, and I totally get that. The sleep stalking thing went a little far, but I did like other aspects of their relationship.  They want to protect each other and be together. It’s like a very intense version of your first true love.

One aspect that was interesting as I read was the fact that I already knew what Edward was, a vampire. I knew all the lore behind and could guess what his motives were because I have read all of the books in the series. While it made it difficult for me to engage in some of Bella’s thoughts of what Edwards could possibly be, I kept asking myself, “What’s Edward thinking here?” While a few of us have read a book from Edward’s point of view titled Book Which Shall Not Be Named, rereading Twilight made me think again about Edward’s perspective.

One thing I that I found a little disappointing was the fight scene at the end. Of course, after watching the movie where we get the whole picture of what happened, the book ending seemed to be lacking a little luster. Instead, we get James throwing Bella around a bit and a fade to black book version.  While it made sense for the book and what was happening, it leaves the reader feeling a little disappointed.

It was a little hard for me imagining the characters as something other than their movie counterparts. While that may not be a bad thing, I found myself expecting one thing to happen and something else occurs, which is weird. I didn't think I would have that much of a problem with it. That also may be because of the wait in between reads.

I still found myself enjoying Twilight. I might even go on with the rest of the series, but it may be a while before I do one for the blog. I may bring them back up for when Facebook does their mini series. With all of this in mind, I give this book three and a half apples out of five.


Now let's talk about this mini series. According to several sources, Lions Gate and Facebook are coming together to create this series titled The Storytellers — New Creative Voices of The Twilight Saga.

From the articles that I read, it sounds liked there is going to be a competition of sorts with a panel of judges from the author Stephenie Meyer to director of the first Twilight film Catherine Hardwicke to the actress who brought Bella to life the first go around Kristen Stewart. 

There's a lot of good things going on here. There are people that the Twilight fandom trusts to handle the series. There is a focus on women in the film industry, and they may be able to bring a new light to the franchise. I think that from the information we have so far, we all have a chance to hope that this could end out well.

But to be honest, it's too soon to tell anything yet. For all we know, we could end up with a terrible rendition of the Twilight Series that we'll be laughing about until we're rolling in motorized chairs. Then again, it could be a really inventive take on a book series that many of us really love. Only time will tell Twihards. 

That's it for this post! Comment down below with your thoughts about this reboot. Subscribe to the blog by adding your email to the Subscribe Box down below and off to the right. Add me to your circles by clicking the Google+ button off to the right. Follow the blog on twitter for up to date information about the blog and ridiculousness about my life @KK_Donna_Blog. Lastly, follow the tumblr dedicated to the blog which you can find at this link. Read on, lovelies. I'll see y'all next post!
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Sunday, October 5, 2014

Narration: How I'm (Sort of) Becoming a Writer #3



Hello, everyone! I'm back and I'm ready to tell you have I'm sort of becoming a writer. Today I'm going to focus on some of the things I've learned about narrative and how some recent peer review went. But enough about that. Let's get to the good stuff!

Narration is pretty much how you tell your story. There are many different ways to get your point across. You can have many different points of view. Depending on what you decide on can change how readers view the story.

We did an interesting exercise in class. We got to envision a particular scene in a story we wanted to tell that at least had three different characters. Each character had the chance to be the focal point when we tested each point of view. We started with first person, then third person, second person, and ended with one of the characters explaining the scene to someone who wasn't there.

I was quite surprised with my findings. I tend to write my stories in first person because I find it to be the most connecting with the reader. However, I found that for this particular story, it was better written from the third person point of view. I also found that writing in second person was interesting. I had never really done it before, and while it was difficult to get the wording just right, it made for a fascinating way to convey a story.

Up next we focused on our short shorts that we had written for the workshop. For me, I wasn't entirely happy with the work that I produced. I didn't get to say everything that I wanted to, and I felt that I was a little rushed, whether it be from the page length or coming up with an idea on short notice. Still, I manage to get sort of what I wanted down.

I decided to write a story about a man who doesn't have relationships. He has obsessions. I had him break into someone's house and takes some things and gets caught. He's very suave, but crazy at the same time. I wanted to get him to do some really creepy things, but I ran out of pages. Perhaps this wasn't the best idea for the short short category.

It seemed to go over well with the two classmates was in my particular workshop. I think that they really got what I was trying to go for as well as having some really good comments. It's nice to get a small pat on the back when you're not entirely sure about something.

Another good thing was that they also had some good criticism. I am horrible about reading comments on my papers. I hyperventilate, freak out, and feel judged, but I'm starting to see the light (a little bit). The comments can only make me better. They bring up some things that I didn't even think of, and I can incorporate some of those things back into my work.

That's it for this post! Comment down below with some constructive criticism, and I may or may not read it. I'll try, I promise. Subscribe to the blog by adding your email to the Subscribe Box down below and off to the right. Add me to your circles by clicking the Google+ button off to the right. Follow me on twitter for up to date information about the blog and ridiculousness about my life @KK_Donna_Blog. Lastly, follow the tumblr dedicated to the blog, which you can find at this link. Read on, lovelies! I'll see y'all next post!
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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Merchandise Review: Hermione Wand Pen and Bookmark



Hello, everyone! I'm back with another merchandise review! I know, I know. I have been doing a lot of product reviews lately and not a lot of reading, and I have a good reason for it. One, I'm in college and they tend to tell me what to read for the majority of my time. "Well, why haven't you done a Book Review: School Edition?" you may ask. So far we've just been reading short stories, and I usually just do novels for those reviews. Two, fanfiction. That's all I'm going to say about it. Seriously.

Anyway, today I'm reviewing something that I got while I was overseas. It's the the Hermione Wand Pen (and also bookmark, technically) that I got at Hamleys. It is part of the Noble Collection, which is also amazing and displayed at Hamleys. They seriously could have taken all of my money. But I'm not here to talk about that. Let's get to the review!

I'm really enjoying this pen, which is an odd thing to say, but I had originally thought it would be a souvenir that I would keep on my shelf with some of the other things I bought. However, I'm using it everyday. I have it where my stylus usually in on my tablet case. It's a good little pen.

It's also pretty recognizable. Many of my friends who are Harry Potter fans, recognize it immediately. They like to hold it and write with it and wave it around like a wand. It's a pretty good size for my hand. My hand covers the base when I hold the end, so it really feels and looks like a wand.

One thing I have to say is that after a few weeks, my pen broke. I felt like a part of me died when it happened. The tip of the pen was pushed further into the pen, and it made it impossible to use. However, it also was an easy fix. I popped the end of pen off and pushed the ink tube and tip back through the end. Then I just popped the top back into place, and that was that.

The bookmark was a bookmark. For a second I thought that the wand was going to also be a bookmark, and then I realized it was a two for one combo. The picture was pretty cool and featured Hermione and her wand. You can tell the similarities between her wand and the wand in the picture, which I found really cool.

I paid ten pounds for the set, which is about $12.50 in American money. I checked, and on Amazon.com, you can get this for nine dollars. I still felt like it was worth it with the experience that I got with it, and it something that I can use everyday. So, go check them out on Amazon.com.






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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Cover Clothes #3: Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Cover Clothes #3: Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll





Hello, everyone! I'm back with another Cover Clothes. Today's is a special post because today is my best friend's birthday! So this post is dedicated to her! As you can see, today's Cover Clothes is Alice in Wonderland  by Lewis Carroll. I have Alice's blue dress and strappy shoes. I had to give props to the Cheshire Cat, so I added the watch. Lastly, we have red heart shaped sunglasses as a little nod to the Queen of Hearts.

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Paragraphs: How I'm (Sort of) Becoming a Writer #2



Hello, everyone! I'm back to tell you how I'm learning how to be a writer. Just as a disclaimer, this is just some things that I've been learning in my fiction writing workshop. This is just some stuff that helps me. It may not help you, but then again, it might. So with that in mind, let get to what I learned about this week. 

This  workshop we talked about paragraphs. I didn't realize that there were different styles of paragraphs. I just wrote and spaced out the paragraphs whenever it felt right to me, which I guess is a style all of it's own. 
But let's break down paragraphs. For stores, paragraphs are the way for readers to rest or pace their reading. Francine Prose calls them flashes of lightening, which I thought made them so much more dramatic than anything I thought they were. Some writers purposefully don't use paragraphs so that the chaotic mind of the character comes through the writing style as well as the words used. 

One thing we were cautioned against was a single sentence paragraph. When used correctly, they can have a strong dramatic effect. However, if there are too many of them, it's like when someone breaks to hard when their driving. Also, if the sentence was not strong enough, it won't send the correct message to the reader. 

I was also told to be conscious of how the paragraphs break. One sentence could change the tone between two paragraphs, which I honestly didn't believe the first time that I heard it. But I did see how taking the end sentence of one paragraph and placing it at the beginning of the new paragraph can change the tone between resentment and determination. 

Also keeping the paragraphs on topic with the first sentence. I am horrible about doing this. Sometimes, especially when I'm free writing, I get away with a subject and ramble for several sentences and stray away from my first sentence. Making sure the sentences have structure within the paragraphs will have your readers focus on the story rather than making sense of what's going on. 

We didn't have any stories due this week, but next week, we're doing short short fiction. For us, that means a story between three to five pages. So far, I've been having some trouble with it, but I'll let you know more about that next week. 

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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Banned Books That Have Changed My Life: Reading List #1

Banned Books Reading List

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Hello, everyone! I'm back with the first Reading List! In honor of Banned Book Week, I've come up with a list of books that have been banned in some way or fashion that have changed my life after reading them. I have read each of these books, and they made me changed the way that I look at books and at life.

The first set of books is the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling. This series is one of the first literary memories that I have. I had read other books before, but I had never obsessed over a series until Harry Potter. My mother actually got them for my brother in hopes that he would read more. She got them on cassette tapes so that my brother didn't have an excuse not to "read" them. He didn't need one because I ended up taking them, spending hours in front of an old boom box listening to a British guy imitating Hermione's voice. I became obsessed with coming home and rewinding tapes and listening to the books over and over again. Part of me still can't understand how someone can ban this series. 

Now, the Harry Potter series was the first series that caught my attention as a child. This second series first caught my eye as a young adult. Yes, I'm talking about the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer. I know that people have given this series a bad rap and the butt of the joke most of the time, but it changed the way I looked at reading. At the time, I was more focused on reading for school, and I got a copy from one of my friends as a recommendation. I read it and fell in love with it. The next thing I know, the movie is coming out, and I found cosplaying websites dedicated to the Twilight series and the rest was history.

The next series was read when I was in college. It was the first apocalyptic fiction that I read, and, as you may have guessed, that series is The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins. It was one of the young adult books that, while it had romance and relationships, the focus was on a war and survival. Katniss really spoke to me as a strong character. It gave me something to believe in. Not to mention, the idea of taking reality television and civil war and blending them together was a really cool idea for a book. 

The next series I was actually surprised I actually got to read. I say this because I know that this book was banned because of its view of organized religion. That can stir up controversy anywhere, but my school library kept copies of these books on their shelves. I'm talking about His Dark Materials series by Philip Pullman. All of the books are so imaginative, and yes, they did make me think about religion, including my own. But rather than condemning it, it just made me really think about what religion meant to me. I know that "they" do not want to put religion in a bad light, but it can't be that bad to make people think. Right?

Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden is another book that I read while I was in college. I've reviewed it on the blog, and I have mentioned how much I really enjoyed this book. I also recommended it to the readers of the blog. Just to recap what I said before, this book in one of the few books that challenged me as a reader. It wasn't that it was too difficult to read. It's that, the main character was different than anything else I read. She had to come to terms with her sexuality, something that has never crossed my mind. It put things in a new perspective for me. 

The next book has gotten some hype the past few months for being a best-selling novel as well as the foundation for one of the best movies this year. But lately it has come under fire at a couple of middle schools for being to risque. Of course, I'm talking about The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. Again, I've review this book already, so I'll try to keep this simple. I've never really liked contemporary style books until I read The Fault in Our Stars. It showed me that a book could still be fantastic without having magic. 

Again, one of the few books that stood the test of time from my childhood is Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carrol. I've also reviewed this for the blog, and I'll keep this brief. As a writer, you try to have things make sense and get your point across to your audience. This book is nonsensical, whimsical, and it is still a great book. To think, this book was banned because the animals spoke. God help those Disney movie makers.

So, try your hand at some of these banned books. While some others may think that these books are too much this or too less of that, they are still great books. I don't believe in banning books, and I think that Banned Book Week is a good way to raise awareness about this issue. Read some banned booked, lovelies. They could change your lives.

That's it for this reading list. Comment down below on banned books that tickle your fancy. Subscribe to the blog by adding your email to the Subscribe Box to the right and down below. Follow me on twitter for up to date information on the blog and ridiculousness about my life @KK_Donna_Blog. Add me to your circles by clicking the Google+ button off to the right. Follow the tumblr dedicated to this blog, which you can find at this link. That's all for now! Read on, lovelies! I'll see y'all next post!
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