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!

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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

July/ Book-tube-a-thon Wrap Up

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

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 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.

read my marginalia here

 

     A Spell For Chameleon      8/12 stars

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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

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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.

Summer Book Quotes

 

So, halfway through the year and halfway through summer. I’ve been getting though my last batch of library books before having no library books for over 24 hours while trading my hometown library for my depressingly small college library.

 For the first half of summer, I’ve been reading a mixed batch of the great and disappointing. 

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Strange The Dreamer

7/12 stars; The beginning built up a tower of magic, and the second half brought in graffiti artists. 

Lazlo “‘Beautiful and full of monsters?’                                     Calixte ‘All the best things are.'”

 

 

Sherlock Holmessher

12/12 stars; I love the deductive logic and the humor.

Sherlock  “Would you be afraid to sleep in the same room  as a lunatic, a man with a softening of the brain, an idiot whose mind has lost it’s grip?”

Watson “Not in the least.”

Sherlock “Ah, that’s lucky.”

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Game Of Thrones

4/12 stars; I began it after seeing several episodes of the show, and the book, while the same plot, is not well written or has as much detail as the show.

Tyrion “Why is it that when one man builds a wall, the next man immediately needs to know what’s on the other side?”

 

 

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12/12 stars It takes the approach of a teacher instead of a writer, offering student examples to explain his writing mindset.

“Teachers must be wary of imposing the ‘correct’ interpretation to a poem or book…The author has created for many different readers to climb inside of it, to make it their own. An ambiguous ending…will challenge the reader to take a more active stance toward the book,…will challenge students to defend their interpretations.”

Sorry if some of these are too long. Here’s a hot Englishman.

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Snakes In Fiction

 Snakes are one of many underrated character types, possibly because of ophidiophobia, possibly because of the human tendency to believe that your species is the best species. It’s probably the latter, as minority characters aren’t as apparent as white girls. Other character types, such as Death, aliens, etc., are usually not the main character.  Shout out to atypicalnarratives’  Trees In Fiction!   

But that doesn’t mean they aren’t necessary. if it weren’t for snakes,

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  1. Harry Potter? There’d be no Harry Potter. NO HARRY POTTER! Even FB had occammies.

ahh!2. What would Medusa look like? Strictly this is history,  not fiction, but she is portrayed in a number of books, the immediate Percy Jackson comes to mind.  

 

download (10)3. Remember this guy? Kaa from Jungle Book.

 

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4. Master Viper from Kung Fu Panda. A warrior can be feminine! Who doesn’t like viper? Oh, snake haters.

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5. Yep, fiction. Probably. Cleopatra is long said to have been bitten by a poisonous cobra, but it’s unlikely to have actually happened. Snakes preserve their venom for times of acute danger, and a large, yet variable, percent of snakebites are dry. (non-venomous.)

How are you felling about snakes? Are there any other snakes I’m not listing?

Full Meal Books

The combination of heat and malnutrition has made made (temporarily at least) more conscious of eating full meals. ‘Full meals’ applies not just to eaters but to writers because good writers read widely, experience diverse genres and writing to enrich their own. With that in mind, I compiled a list with a range of delicious books.

 

Tea-time I normally have my tea in the evening but since normal Americans don’t have this and the English have it as their first meal I put it first.

Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Speckled Band sher

It is short enough for a small snack yet rich enough to satisfy until breakfast. It hasn’t been used to either Benedict’s Sherlock nor Iron Man’s, but there was a scene in TNG’S Elementary, Dear Data. A girl hires Sherlock to investigate the death of her sister, who was about to be married until she appeared to die of fright. Recommended to everyone. EVERYONE.

 

Breakfast

A Natural History Of Dragons  nat

Lady Trent studies dragons. She observes, sketches them, goes on an expedition to discover more about them. Almost the entirety is outside. It is fascinating yet light. Recommended to anyone with an interest in the outdoorsy, science and dragons.

 

 

Lunch

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Get ready for a heavy Chinese lunch. Edie is literally eating herself to death while her family attempts to intervene.This is the most realistic book on this list.  Also posted here  Recommended to anyone interested in eating disorders

 

 

Dinner

 

                                                                  The Giver

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Jonas is selected to be the receiver of past memories to keep pain and color out of the community. Recommended to everyone

 

 

 

Desert

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

MMmmmm.. chocolate

If you haven’t yet, even if you saw the movies, the books must be read, as they are ridikulusly superior to the movies.

 

Do you disagree with any of the assigned meal per book? What other books do you think would work well with a particular meal?

Books That Prove We Need The Paris Treaty

UnstoppableBill Nye  download

Focused on new green tech and innovative ways to use not-so-techy to preserve water and etc., he dosen’t mention much of anything else, strongly saying that science will take care of everything. Such innovations help, but SHOULD NOT be relied on entirely.

This Changes Everything, Naomi Klein download (1)

This focues entirely on somewhat styreotypical mindsets of different groups, such as inhabitants of the dying island nation Nauru, Republicans and politicans in general. It blames capitalism for climate change, as humans exploit natural resources for profit.

Terra Nova, Eric W. Sanderson download (2)

Oil. The structure of it, what can be done with it, why the U.S. didn’t attack Saudi Arabia when Osama Bin Laden was from there. Why humans became so dependent on oil and how it inflences U.S politics.

The Water Knife, Paolo Bacigalupi download (3)

The only fiction book on this list, and also one of few books I don’t like at all, mostly because the writing was unsuitable for the pace. A semi-terrorist group controls the water in a region and the protagonists are trying to free the water rights.

The Hidden Life Of Trees,  Peter Wohlleben download (4)

This was fascinating! It was slow reading because of all of the information. The forest manager studies all aspects of his forest, individual trees and the root/fungi system. I recomend it to anyone intrested in plants or the life sciences.

 

On my TBR:  Legacy Of Luna, by Julia Butterfly Hill.  download (5)

Butterfly Hill stayed in Luna, a tree in California’s Humboldt county for two years, starting in oct. of 1999. I’ve always wanted to do a tree-sit, though not for the badgering lumber company that chased Hill up Luna.

Have you read any of these? Do you have any other environmental books to recommend?

 

 

On The Path

On A Writer’s Path, they do Book Quote Corners, one of which struck me today.

“There’s no such thing as the life you’re supposed to have.”

 

All Our Wrong Todays, written by Elan Mastai

This struck me because I want to be an Author. I’m currently on the path to be an environmental lawyer. It would truly benefit the environment, but it’s not perfect for me, as I have led others to believe. I want to explore. This quote embodies that.

What does it mean to you?