# Courage To Write Quotes

GAR! Hi humans and nonhumans alike. I have moved into college! They don’t allow incoming to have access to the internet until they register for classes, thus the delay…

Anyway!

I recently finished Courage To Write. Overall, it had good messages, but the chapters could’ve been condensed into a single quote.

“Writing by hand, mouthing by mouth: in each case you get a… physical sense of the emergence of language, print obliterates it; type has no drawl.”

If you are in difficulties with a book, try the element of surprise: attack it at an hour when it’s isn’t expecting it.” -O. Welles

“When writers are out in public the laughter level is high, and they’re very buoyant-even without alcohol because they’re not at home feeling like they have to take a test.”-Oates

“Writing is hell. I find that i’m simply the happiest, the placidest when i’m writing.” -William Styron

# Game Of Thrones-Book Review

To put it very simply, the Starks hate the Lannisters, vice versa, and everybody hates the Targaryens, who hate everyone but dragons.

After seeing the first half of the first season there was a delay in getting the rest of them. Meanwhile the book came.

It’s exactly like the show, but with less detail. It bored me knowing that while I read a book with simplistic prose, a beautifully detailed version existed. The sentences are short and “telling” instead of “showing”. Ex. “Arya had a way of ruining everything.” “Cersei Lannister regarded him suspiciously.” “Tyrion gave a helpless shrug.”  The first is a cliché, the second is vague, and a third begets the question ‘How does a dwarf shrug?’

After a while I got past what I knew and was able to enjoy the story. Aaahhh… The story is difficult to describe my reaction to it. Life. It wasn’t as engaging as a detective novel, nonfiction would put its; chunky info dumps to shame by spreading the information evenly, and fantasy, its’ own genre, would mock its’ inability to produce an overall mood.

It describes life. Life in a medieval world with warring clans, but still life.

It begins with King Robert Barethoen hiring Ned Stark as Hand of the King, the lord that does everything the king is too lazy to do. Ned travels south to the capital, bringing his two daughters and their direwolves, leaving his wife and 3 sons. His bastard son, Jon Snow leaves for the night watch at the same time.

I don’t want to go further, because I hate spoilers (curse you, Time!) But there is an interesting symbolism all the houses/clans share: they have animals, or in the case of the Tarlys, a flower, as their house sigil.  The Starks of the North have direwolves, loyal and thriving in the cold. The Lannisters are lions, golden haired and prideful. The Targaryens are dragons, as far as I can tell it means they’re rare and you shouldn’t awake their wrath.

If you comment, please do not spoil anything, especially past the first season. But here’s the question: Which house should win? I relate most to the Starks, esp. Jon Snow, but Daenerys Targaryen would make an Elizabeth the first-esqe queen.

# Drop

My arms                                                                                                                                    hang limp                                                                                                                                     no strength                                                                                                                                      to cling                                                                                                                                            the ropes

Scream, write                                                                                                                           drop it                                                                                                                                          the weight                                                                                                                                     write to                                                                                                                                             drop weight                                                                                                                                 write

get up                                                                                                                                         refreshed                                                                                                                                  game to                                                                                                                                        play, ball                                                                                                                                           to kick

The air                                                                                                                                            is clear                                                                                                                                     burst with                                                                                                                                          song, sing                                                                                                                                 with soul,                                                                                                                                   sing

# July/ Book-tube-a-thon Wrap Up

I am shamed.  During the seven day Booktubeathon I read only 3 books:

7/12 stars

The Murders In The Rue Morgue

Challenges applied: finish a book in a day, hyped in Sherlockian lore, people in the distance.

I kinda regret reading this so fast because there is so much logical detail, but I am thankful it propelled me to read it fast because the second story..ugh.

A Spell For Chameleon      8/12 stars

Challenges: person on the cover, Bink is different from me.

So sexist, but the story was great and the magic detailed. Review coming!

W Juliet

10/12 stars

Challenges: Finish a book in one day, people on the cover, characters are different from me.

Does manga count?

This was a cute romance. The transvestite twist and it’s immersion in their drama club gives it an interesting difference from most r/c manga. The artwork was beautiful without being overly detailed, an uncommon asset in manga.

My only problem is how one dimensional the rivals are. They are there only to serve the plot and have no human complexities.

So that was the week of Booktubeathon, but in July overall I read 8 books. Ok, 2 others are manga. Need opinions! Does manga count? Highlights include Game Of Thrones and Strange The Dreamer.

Blog wrap up:

Snakes In Fiction  Inspired a few creative comments, with Summer Book Quotes following.

Other blogs that caught my attention:

H20 Book Review, book RW Directory: This sounds like a great book, but how exactly does it work? Every living thing has water, every living thing needs water to survive. What can they eat when the water is poisonous?

Awkward Blogging Moments, Ilsa@ A Whisper Of Ink: People talk about their blogs? Blogs are for internet. People are for…Maybe a few have uses, but I’m not sure what the general human populace is for. She has real points that bloggers experience.

Holly Visits Willa Cather’s Grave Call me creepy but I love graves. I love Hitlers’ scattered ashes. I love…stopping now. Seriously, visiting such a historic site would be an amazing experience, as long as you gave me time to read her books.

And seriously,I love graves.

# The Murders In The Rue Morgue Marginalia/ Booktubeathon #1

The Booktube-a-thon is an annual event hosted by Ariel Bissett that encourages people to read as much as they can in seven days. This is my first year participating but it’s well timed for me. Beren and Luthien is due this week, I was captured by A Spell For Chameleon while in the library, I’ve been wanting to read Murder On The Orient Express… So many books, so little time.

This year the Booktube-a-thon is taking place from July 24th to July 30th. The challenges are:

1 || Read a book with a person on the cover.
2 || Read a hyped book.
3 || Finish a book in one day.
4 || Read about a character that is very different from you.
5 || Finish a book completely outdoors.
6 || Read a book you bought because of the cover.

My first book is Edgar Allan Poe’s The Murders In The Rue Morgue:The Dupin Tales.

Challenge(s) applied: Err…The people on the cover are seen at a distance, it’s somewhat hyped in Sherlockian lore, I will probably finish it today, as it’s wonderful and has only 100 pages. Not so wonderful, but easy consumption for readathons.

My marginalia (written in a notebook, not on library book)

pg. v -vi: Oh, vey. Married (Poe) his cousin when she was 13. Have I read Annabel Lee? It sounds familiar.

pg.3-5 This sounds like Sherlock, but he doesn’t put in this much detail. He hates chess but likes droughts. What is droughts?

pg.6  Here’s where it begins! “Books, indeed, were his sole luxuries, and in Paris these were easily obtained.” Exact same living arrangement as Sherlock and Watson.

Pg. 8 Sherlock Holmes is a work of plagiarism.

pg.10-11 “Terrific Shrieks”? “Wildest disorder”? What a terrible impersonation of a newspaper.

pg.12-14 This is a long newspaper article… so gruff voice french, shrill voice disputed… probably exotic or muddled accent.

pg. 19 “In investigations such as we are now pursuing, it should not be so much asked ‘what has occurred,’ such as ‘what has occurred that has not occurred before.'”

pg. 24 They see but do not observe.

Pg.35

Overall, Sherlock plagiarized Rue Morgue in method and detective-biographer relationship, but the plot, the mystery was unique. I have no desire to type the rest, for this is long enough already. I recommend this to any Sherlockian, for this is obviously Sherlock’s second father.

Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Lauren’s Page Turners . To participate, choose a random book from your TBR and show it off.

So I found this weekly meme some weeks ago and decided to participate.

The Murders In Rue Morgue

Edited and with an Introduction by Matthew Pearl
Includes “The Murders in the Rue Morgue,” “The Mystery of Marie Rogêt,” and “The Purloined Letter”

Between 1841 and 1844, Edgar Allan Poe invented the genre of detective fiction with three mesmerizing stories of a young French eccentric named C. Auguste Dupin. Introducing to literature the concept of applying reason to solving crime, these tales brought Poe fame and fortune. Years later, Dorothy Sayers would describe “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” as “almost a complete manual of detective theory and practice.” Indeed, Poe’s short mysteries inspired the creation of countless literary sleuths, among them Sherlock Holmes. Today, the unique Dupin stories still stand out as utterly engrossing page-turners.

I’ve been wanting to read this for a while, as it inspired Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes. I got it from the library and it’s been sitting atop my TBR pile, waiting for me to finish Sherlock and Game Of Thrones. I’ll start it this week!

# Fresh-Pressed Ends

It stalks the edge of this dream                                                                                       curling the fresh-pressed ends                                                                                                  wake up before you get                                                                                                             to tired, must sleep

You’re flying on a dragon                                                                                                        searching for the path                                                                                                                 the sandy ground shining heat from your bed                                                               leave the dragon to sleep
The fresh-pressed smell of the distant city                                                                   beckons your eyes awake                                                                                                         the light flickers off, turn on your torch                                                                                     you land, you must sleep
The dragon scales hurt your thighs as you slide down                                                                           into sleep