A Very Bookish Christmas

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Christmas came early for me this year, because I’ve been off work since Saturday. My bosses are kind enough to not make us go to work this week. So far, I have finished wrapping all the presents and I’ll be off to start grocery-shopping for our Christmas Eve dinner.

It has been a great couple of days so far. Every night, my sister and I have been watching Christmas movies, including Love Actually and Home Alone. But during the day and before I go to sleep, I cuddle some heart-warming books in bed with me.

I have recently finished reading Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol for the nth time. I try to read eat at least once every two years, because it’s the perfect buddy during this cozy weather.

When my nephew came over yesterday, we read How the Grinch Stole Christmas Together. He loved it as much as I loved it as a kid. It’s a classic, and something no one can’t really outgrow.

Right now, I’m reading J.R.R. Tolkien’s Letters From Father Christmas. I was surprised when I saw the book in a garage sale, because I didn’t know the one who wrote about middle earth also wrote about Christmas! So far, I’m enjoying every bit of it.

This week is turning into a great one, but I’m pretty sure it’ll be more chaotic as Christmas Day approaches. For now, I’ll just revel in the quiet confines of my room with my books.

Happy Holidays, everyone! Be merry and happy this season~ 🙂

Book Wishlist For Christmas

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It’s that time of the year again when people whip up some wishlist and thrust upon their unassuming friends. I contribute to this yearly tradition. Here’s my Christmas wishlist, which is basically just books.

  1. Brown Girl Dreaming – Jacqueline Woodson
  2. The Thing About Luck – Cynthia Kadohata
  3. And the Mountains Echoed – Khaled Hosseini
  4. If You Were a Dinosaur, My Love – Rachel Swirsky
  5. After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall – Nancy Kress
  6. Doctor Sleeping – Stephen King
  7. The Lady Astronaut of Mars – Mary Robinette Kowal
  8. The Man Who Bridged the Mist – Kij Johnson
  9. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry – Gabrielle Zevin
  10. The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches (Flavia de Luce, #6) – Alan Bradley

You may think 10 books are a lot, but I’ve actually narrowed it down already. As I’ve mentioned in a previous post, I’m currently writing a novel, but I still find some time to to read novels in between breaks. Juggling writing and work is definitely time-consuming already, but I cannot not read books.

Right now, I’m devouring Mary Downing Hahn’s All the Lovely Bad Ones, which is great, so great that I haven’t slept yet. I think I’ll be able to finish it by tomorrow!

What’s on your wishlist, folks? 🙂

Halloween Reading: Pet Sematary

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I’m a big Stephen King fan, but surprisingly, I still haven’t read Pet Sematary.

So this Halloween, I’m reading this little gem and enjoying every bit of it. It’s engaging and masterfully written like other King novels. I don’t think it’ll be a favorite (that spot’s reserved for Misery!), but it will definitely be one of the most remembered.

So far, here’s my favorite line from the book:

 “And the most terrifying question of all may be just how much horror the human mind can stand and still maintain a wakeful, staring, unrelenting sanity.”

Stephen King novels may not be Pulitzer-material, but you must admit the king of terror knows how to build a world that’s terrifying and believable at the same time. I have a few dozens pages left  to read, and he has already impressed on me that this novel is one of his greatest works.

Anyway, enjoy your Halloween everyone while I devour the last pages of Pet Sematary.

The Uncurable Desire For Notebooks

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I’ve been a life-long collector of notebooks I admire but never use. When I was younger, I bought a new one almost every week. Now that I’m a bit older, I still make splurges on several notebooks in one go but try to limit the purchase to once a month.

I chanced upon this tutorial in my many nights spent on Pinterest, and I am now not just an impulsive notebook shopper but an impulsive notebook maker. I’ve made about 10 which I plan to give away to friends. It’s so simple but so chic that I can see myself being obsessed to making it.

Right now, I have a bunch of essays to write for work but I have written very little. Hopefully, I can get an essay done before I sleep. I’m becoming a creature of the night, with dark circles hanging out under my eyes for a few weeks now.

On a happier note, my bookshelf is almost done. I can’t wait to share it to you guys.

The Bookshelf Project

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I’m currently renovating my room and my utmost priority is my bookshelf. As much as I love books, I’m afraid I don’t have a pretty nor a functional bookshelf to house my books, hundreds of ’em. So despite being low on budget, I’ve been working on it for a week now, and I’m nowhere near completion.

So here’s my plan:

  • Maximize space by installing shelves on my walls, like the pictured above. But I plan to paint the shelves white for a cleaner and more minimalistic look.
  • Install the shelves myself! I already bought the planks and next step is to pain them and install them with the help of friends.
  • Buy adorable book ends! I already bought two pairs but I think I’ll need a few more.
  • Sort my books by genre. This might be the most time-consuming thing I’ll do in this project.

I’m far from completion but hopefull I’ll finish this next week. 🙂

An Update: Writing a Novel and Whatnot

characters epic taleIt’s been a while since my last update in the blog, and that’s mainly because I’m writing a novel. Wait, what?

I AM WRITING A NOVEL.

Yep, you read that right. This is a pretty big deal for me, because I’ve always wanted to write one but I’ve been waiting for the best idea. Then I got tired of waiting and though who cares about the best idea? I just wracked my brain for any idea and worked my way from there. Heh. Okay not really. There are some ideas that have been brewing in my mind for the longest time and it’s time and proper for me to get down to it.

I am far from finishing my novel but I’m happy with how it’s going. I don’t know if it’s ever going to be published. But hey, self-publishing is an in thing lately! 🙂

Anyhoo, the above poster is created by Tom Gauld and it’s just an interesting artwork. Found the protagonist for your next novel? 🙂

 

Capturing Ideas

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We never know when a good idea will struck. We may be stuck in traffic or in the middle of a conversation when something great pops from our mind. As we all know, ideas are fleeting. If you won’t jot it down in an instant, there’s a good chance that we’ve forgotten about it once we arrive home.

For writers, ideas are our lifeblood. We live and thrive on good ideas, because it’s the one that fuels our stories, our essays, our random internet musings. Ideas can start from something so simple but only through cultivation can we make it into something grand, something bigger than ourselves. All the greatest stories come from the simplest ideas, and we’ll never know which ones will result to something grand.

Some people may have moved on to their gadgets, but I still stick with my notebook. I guess I romanticize it too much, but I prefer literally jotting down my ideas instead of typing it out on my phone or laptop. Thoughts flow easier on paper as the lined paper seem to invite more thinking than a blinking cursor ever will. But it doesn’t really matter. As long you’ve managed to capture that fleeting idea, then it doesn’t matter if it’s a real notebook or your laptop that helps you store your ideas.

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I End Up Writing All Along

It’s hard to start the first sentence when you know that there is no ideas that comes in to your mind at all. I’ve been into this kind of situation most of the time. Then when there is that topic I feel giddy to write it the best way that I can. I am no perfect writer at all but believe  I tend to make and give the best that I can when I write.

What I do love when I write is the fact that I can express my creativity as well as all the ideas that has been running in my mind. I do make sure that when I write it should be something that will keep me feel different emotions while reading it. It is never that easy to think and write like a pro, but of course in your own little ways that can be solved.

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When I write I tend to start with simple idea, this make my life and time a bit convenient to deal with. I’ve learn from my mistakes before that due to my ambitiousness I’d rather settle with some complicated ideas and along the ways I feel like I am losing my track. It was hard to go back when dealing with a board idea after all.

When it comes in writing I do believe that things should be taken slowly but surely, one step at a time and make sure to lead on to the original path or goal. Writing is fun and that it helps you to learn a lot of things along the way for it will develop the skills that you have. There are times in which you can have the capacity to think fast because you are into the idea you are writing and you want it to be done in no time.

Simply the sense of satisfaction in writing is unbeatable, even if you are writing a simple article once you finished it the happiness is really priceless after all.

Tired of Writing, Hold On and Don’t Give Up

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Writing can actually be fun but many might admit it or not it is also one of the frustrating activity to deal with. It is not that easy after all to start since just thinking of the perfect topic will certainly consume most of my time. Regardless of how I try to hard to come up with a good topic to write I end up nothing and it made me too frustrated in the end.

At some point as well, I end up not writing anything just for the mere reason that when I start to write I get too distracted. But, at the end of the day I do make sure that I don’t give up and tries to continue thinking on what to write. It is not that easy after all to write especially if you are not that motivated or inspired to write it.

Instead of de-motivating myself about things thing that might really affect on how I do write. I do think of ways on how to survive and make sure that I can write without any hard feelings.

1. Think of Unique Things – when it comes in writing, it is very important that you have to think of unique stuff. This make writing a bit easy to handle knowing that you have ideas on how it should be done.

2. Stop Being a Pessimist – when you are loaded with negative stuff of course the focus that you have in writing can be affected as well. That is why when I do write and for me to survive on it I have to be more optimistic and leave behind some negative vibes.

3. Just Write – the best solution when having some troubles in mind. At the end of the day regardless of how lazy or unproductive I have to make sure to finish what I have started. When I think of it as being difficult I will just write and write and along the way I forget my problem in writing.

But,  if you are really that determined and passionate in writing you will do everything for you paper to be done. That is what my sort of motto when times in writing gets tough.