THE IMPORTANCE OF BODY POSITIVITY REP. IN YA BOOKS

 

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What do you love?

This is a simple question, I will give you a bit of time to leave it in the comments.  (scroll super fast down there please, no peeking!!!)

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When I think about this question, I think of the cliche yet truthful answers:  God, family, loved ones, friends.

Then you go to the other stuff: Pets, chocolate, music, books, writing

These are all the generic answers. God, loved ones, tangible objects, things you’re passionate about, etc.

But how long would it take you, how long would you have to keep listing things, for you to say that you love yourself?

boom there it is.

Media has programmed us into thinking, no… believing that we are not beautiful.  That the only way you could possibly be loved is because of how you look.  You see these skinny models showing off everything.  They are everywhere you look.  They are the models that showed off the clothes that you’re wearing right now, the ones that you are drowning in at any public place.  We are led to think that we are nowhere near as beautiful or skinny as the model, so we buy the clothes.  It’s genius actually.  Photo shopped girls make us wish we were just. like. them.

We need body image representation because nobody should wish to be like someone else just because of the number on the tag of their pants.   

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And I’m not just saying this as thin privilege or anti-thin people or whatever.  A lot of people are born skinny.  A lot of people are born with more curves.  It’s not all about what you eat, people.  Most of the models you see are photo shopped to the extreme.  What media wants you to believe is real beauty isn’t existent.

Because the truth is that everyone is beautiful.  Everyone deserves to be loved.  Everyone is ethereal.

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In starfish, by Akemi Dawn Bowman, we can tell that Kiko has a normal body.  But she is still not confident in herself.   Blonde girls with blue eyes and the “perfect” figure are pushed into the eyes of all to see and envy and aspire to be.  Kiko still is pushed to perfectionism.  We all are.  Even if you’re thin or curvy, or in between like many, we are never good enough.  Everything we see or have ever seen has assured us of that.  

We need focus on body positivity, or at least someone to relate to.  We need characters of all shapes in sizes. Because as you have noticed, America is filled with different races and cultures and religions and ethnicities.  But have you also seen how many different body types there are?

You can be healthy but not lose a single pound.  You can eat all you want and not gain a single pound.  The weight on the scale does not determine your worth.  The amount of space you take up in the world doesn’t either.  Because that’a all it is.  It’s how much space you take up.  And you have a lot of space, so take up all of the space you want!!  Wear clothes that make you feel beautiful!  You don’t have to suck in.

 

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We need both characters who are happy with their bodies just the way they are.  Those characters should be our role models, not the super models.

We also need character arcs where they are not comfortable or confident in the skin that God gave them, but learn to be.

We need to talk about the topic of eating disorders, the topic of unrealistic body expectations.

We need books where these types of characters have romance and love interests.

We need to show people that the Victoria’s secret models are not the only ones who are able to be loved.

We need this in modern literature, and we need it badly.

If you’ve ever thought, “I wish I could be her!”  Think about what you would miss if you really were her.  You wouldn’t know your friends or family.  You would never fulfill your dreams.  Because those are the things that are more important than any body ever could be.

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Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy really truly showed me what I have always wanted in a book.  It shows a woman confident in her body, who learns to be even more confident.  It shows that Willowdean can be a true beauty queen.  That she can be loved.

Willowdean was relatable.  Sometimes you want to be so confident about yourself and feel like you can take over the entire world, but everybody is constantly embedding in your mind that you can’t.

Required reading for people who have even the slightest insecurities about themselves.  I sat for hours reading it, crying over the realness.

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You may not be like the women in the magazine.  You’re real, and that makes you just as beautiful as them.  You may not be hourglass shaped, but you’re awesome shaped.  There are big girls who like their bodies, there are big girls who hate their bodies, and there are thin girls who hate their bodies and thin girls who like their bodies.  And there are a lot of girls in between ‘big’ and ‘thin’.  But that’s ok!  Because the worst thing you can do to your body is wish parts of it away, and to torture it just to fit the world’s standard.

You can be any size and be healthy.  If you eat well, you can still stay the same size.  You don’t have to go on a huge diet to make healthy choices, guys.

There is so much more to you or anybody than what they look like, even the models.  You can be the nastiest person and be any size.  And you can be the kindest person and still be any size.  Remember that.

Beauty comes in so many figures.

 

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For Grandma

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For Grandma.

For the ranch,

For the countless adventures,

For the late night storytimes,

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For the hand me downs that smell like peppermint,

For the homemade meals,

For the early morning office good mornings,

For banana splits,

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For special mini ice cream cups just for me,

For Christmas mornings with you,

For keepsake birthday cards,

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For reading every single word I write,

For deep conversations,

For red hearts after text messages,

For checking out the stars and the constellations with me,

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For complimenting everything and making me feel amazing,

For checking out my room every time you come over,

For being proud of me always,

For surrounding me with all your love,

For spending long summer afternoons at the river with you,

For grocery shopping trips,

For our secret expedition to Wendy’s,

For teaching me how to set a table the right way,

For telling me about the past,

For coco puffs,

For just about everything else,

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I ❤ you so much!!  Happy birthday!!  ❤

 

STRUGGLES OF STAYING UP LATE TO READ

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YOU CANNOT TELL ME that you are a bookworm but you don’t stay up late to read

I’m sorry, you just can’t.

I consider myself a pretty accepting person.  But if you call yourself a bookworm and have never stayed up late to read, you might as well be a book that has been thrown in a muddy puddle.

 

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IT BEGINS

8:30

You’re with your family, and you remember that you have a job to do.  aka you have a huge book to finish.  So you say…

“I’m SUPER tired everyone, I think I’m going to bed now.  Goodnight!”

But you lie.  You aren’t tired.  You’ve probably scheduled at least three naps throughout the day so that you are not tired.  I mean, you ARE going in your bed.  You’re just not going to… sleep in your bed??  At least not for a few hours.

According to bookworms, beds aren’t really a place for reading, more of a place for reading.

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This bed is used for getting a good night’s sleep for 30% of the time, and for reading 70% of the time.

(wow i can do math guys)

But most bookworms snuggle into their covers, but I don’t believe in that???

I throw off all the pillows that are asking for back pain and solely for decorative purposes.  For example, that unicorn pillow??? Try sitting on that one, I dare you.  Take my advice from experience.

Then I sit ON TOP of all my covers because I don’t necessarily want to fully destroy my made bed yet.  Maybe I’ll bring out my mermaid tail blanket it I get cold in my sweatshirt, but who gets cold in a sweatshirt?

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I pick up my book, and flip to the page that I dog eared.  Because who has time for bookmarks honestly?

I analyze where I am in the book, and I always, always ALWAYS tell myself I can finish the book tonight for sure!

If I stay up 5 hours and read at least 80 pages per hour.

I usually finish my books in hundreds.  I read about 100 pages per night, maybe more if I physically cannot out it down.  Or if I’m paralyzed and there is no possible way I can put the book down without help.

 

 

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THE READING

8:45

I read a couple of chapters.  Sure, I’m interrupted a few times by my idiotically adorable cat, who bats the book out of my hand and demands attention.

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WHO SAYS NO TO THIS FLUFFBALL

But then the distraction comes.

I am reading, and for some reason I zone out.  Maybe I’m looking at something distracting in my room.  Maybe I’m chanting band lyrics in my head because I am band trash.  But for some reason, I read the SAME PARAGRAPH over and over again yet I still don’t process the words??

And then I have the deepest thoughts.

My thoughts at that moment are so deep, the lifeguard at the pool tells you to be careful.

My thoughts are so deep, they fry the best in the deep fryer.

(i’m sorry  xD  )

But I think the following deep thoughts

  • if you’re at a restaurant waiting for the waiter aren’t you the waiter
  • the brain named itself
  • why are the called apartments if they’re so close together
  • if you’re a security guard at a samsung store are you the guardian of the galaxy
  • isn’t it weird how we have voices in our head like the one you just used to read this
  • how do you die in your living room
  • do clothes in china say made around the corner or something
  • is a group of squids called a squad
  • when you clean the vacuum you are the vacuum cleaner
  • if tomatoes are a fruit isn’t ketchup a smoothie
  • do you think sand is called sand because it’s in between sea and land

 

 

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THE PARENT COMES

10:00-12:00

You’re reading.  You hear the TV turn off.  You hear your father of mother get up from their chair and you hear their footsteps on the carpet.

Quicker than you’ve ever moved during gym class, you throw your poor book across your room, it skids across the carpet.  The parental footsteps come closer and closer to check on you.  They’re mostly checking to make sure you didn’t get kidnapped, but they’re also coming to make sure you’re face isn’t glued to your book.  But it is.

Most parents check to make sure they’re not texting or watching Youtube so late, but mine… they want to make sure I’m not READING.

You throw everything on your bed off, maybe accidentally your cat in the process, dive under the covers, and think of the most natural position.

Maybe… lying down so your facing the ceiling?

No, too generic.

Drooling and face buried in the pillow?

Now you’re trying to hard!

You don’t have time.  The time is ticking.  If you don’t close your eyes now, they will catch you in the act.  Of reading a book in the middle of the night.  On a… SCHOOL NIGHT.

And this is how you end up:

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and you either find yourself in one of two situations:

situation one:

you are dead silent.  you breathe slowly and steadily, squeezing your eyes shut.  You hear your parent close your door and dim the lights a bit more.

situation two:

you do all that, but once you think they are gone, YOU OPEN YOUR EYES fool.

“What do you think you’re doing?”  you hear their voice and fear runs through your spine…

“Um…  I was, uh, reading,”

“But it’s late!”

stating the obvious, you think,

“Yeah, er… sorry.  One last chapter, please!”

“Alright then.  It’s late, and you have school in the morning, finish up!”

“I know, I’ll get to sleep soon,”

 

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MORE LIES

when you said, “Yeah, er… sorry.  One last chapter, please!”

you know you meant, “I’ll read to THE last chapter!”

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Because really, I don’t care if you’re the future president of the united states, NO ONE may tell me to put down my book.  It will not happen.  Not one person can do it.

So do you really thing MY PARENTS CAN DO IT?  Heck to the no?

I will read my book as long as I see fit.  I will read until dawn.  I will burrow in my closet and scare the death out of you, reading, so I don’t have to go to school.  I’m mostly an obedient smol child but when you tell me that I cannot READ I will become a jedi master.

Because I will rebel.  And I will DO IT WELL.

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YOUR EYES BETRAY YOU

it’s late.

ok, yeah.  We’ve established that it’s late sam.  NOW who’s stating to obvious huh???

but at this point, your body is going through some weird ish.  You feel your eyes droop?? You feel compelled to burrow under the covers or just sleep.

Your eyes are sticking together.  Your eyes are the complete opposite of any couple in hollywood.

Your eyes are straight up all the ships you have ever made before from your books.

BECAUSE THEY BELONG TOGETHER.  

but you can’t resist.  it turns out you aren’t as good of a rebel as you thought you were, because suddenly you can’t fight anymore.  You’re like whoever died in the last star wars movie.

and you realize that you can’t do this anymore.  you see that you are IN DENIAL.

so with fumbling hands, you close the book, don’t even dare to look at the time and…

SLEEP.

 

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I wanna know if you stay up late to read.  what book has ever made you stay up late to read?  and most importantly, DID YOU RELATE?? Because I need to know!!  Talk to me please I’m lonely  xD

 

The Month Of A Redhead: JANUARY// HARRY POTTER WORLD & My Cat Is An Angel

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1/12 of the way into 2018 everybody!

And people are eating tide pods and the government shut down.  What an amazing start to the year!

But who cares about that part of the month?  How about MY month?  Let’s talk about me!  After all the title is, “The month of a redhead,” so what redhead did you expect to be here?  Gerard way circa 2011?  Emma Stone?

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the HIGHLIGHTS of my month

hehehe look at the picture ^^^

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LET US BEGIN WITH MY BEST HARRY POTTER HIGHLIGHTS

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My birthday was on December 31st!  Not in January, but it’s in here because we celebrated by going to the one place in a 4 hour radius that is possible to go to that I’ve always wanted to go to…

You guessed it!

(k maybe you didn’t, and then you’ll feel like a toddler when Dora asks, “What color is the banana?”  and you say, “Blue!”  and she says “You guessed it!”)

I went to Harry Potter world??

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It was SNOWING… not actually but like the roofs of the buildings did a pretty good job of convincing me that it was so…

We got no melt ice cream but it was frosting, so it was a rip off but I’m not complaining because I got a cup of chocolate frosting.  BUTEERBEER was iconic and it tasted like everything amazing in the world.  Also Pumpkin Juice is very pumpkin-y, and I spilled it all over my white shirt on the way home so that’s great.

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I’m not doing so well in Hogwarts so this awfully nice wizard taught me how to cast my spell on the chocolate frogs.  I aspire to be him, tbh.  I was smiling ridiculously as I was walking down the place, some muggles gave me some strange stares, but we don’t speak of them.

But OMG the forbidden journey was… okay I have to take a deep breath every time I speak of it because it was FRICKIN AWESOME.

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Here is me standing awkwardly after the the studio tour, still probably dreaming of Dumbledore.  The rest of the park was mediocre comparing to HP world, but still loads of fun!!!  My second fave ride was probably the transformers one even though it had no meaning to me because I haven’t seen a single movie of it so all it was was just a bunch of huge robots crashing into each other.  It sucked for my little brother (YES I’m aware that he’s only 10 and taller than me)  because the Jurassic Park ride was closed and it was quite tragic, but he cheered up after we fed him some sugary butterbeer.

 

Bookish Highlights?

 

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I read five books this month, all of which were quite good for my first round of newly acquired books!

BTW I got a GOODREADS a few days ago.  So yeah, go friend me please!  HOORAY for bookish friends

Thirteen Reasons Why//Jay Asher  ★★★★☆

wowza. The voice of Hannah is one of the voices you can hear in your mind (im not schizophrenic I promise) and it’s full of all her tragic stories. Justification is all she’s trying for, for herself and the people on the tapes. It was wonderfully written, but I felt like the end was very abrupt… It had some sexual content that I was not expecting as well.

Dumplin//Julie Murphy     ★★★★★

GEEZ I WAS NOT EXPECTING THIS!!!
this book is literally everything. Willowdean is my new role model because of the confidence she grew in this. Every character was so well developed and I squealed several times while reading it. Now I want a cherry flavored sucker…

Tiger Lily//Jodi Lynn Anderson  ★★★★☆

the pages of this book are tear stained bc it made me cry so much… it was so quietly beautiful also the cover is gorgeous I’m gonna have to borrow that dress from tiger lily. As for one of my first fairy tale retellings, I am going to have some SERIOUS thinking to do when I watch the Disney Peter Pan next time.

Andd I haven’t had time yet to Review Daughter Of Smoke and Bone, When Dimple Met Rishi, and Turtles All The Way Down.  I’ll get to it.  Or I’ll procrastinate.   We shall SEE.

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Idk, I feel like I’m rating the books I read wayyy too high?? Maybe I should raise my standards??  But I also feel like I JUST got out of a reading slump and every book I have read this month was pretty dang decent.  XD   OR I’m just a fluffy unicorn and I’m way too nice to my books.

I actually lied and said I read all 5 books, but I’m really close to finishing When Dimple Met Rishi but I CAN’T there’s too much cheese.  Ohh the cheesiness.  It’s KILLIN ME.

 

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Fave book of the month?

For sure Dumplin’.  I sometimes struggle with body image, but don’t we all? I feel like it really gives an important message.  It broke my heart to be honest, and uggh I wish I could put it into the hands of every girl/boy who thinks they’re body isn’t good enough.

(also, did you see the cracked spine??  If my book has a cracked spine, then it either means I was reading on a table and too lazy to hold the pages down, or carried it with me everywhere because it was so supremely fabulous)

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I also felt like the main reason why I didn’t finish so many books is because I spent so much time STARTING books and peaking in between pages (cmon people you do it too) that I got really picky and started like 2 chapters of 20 books and ultimately decided on like one.  So that took up a ton of time.  xD

I also baked COOKIES!  To match my book?? To take an artsy pic of??

But not going to lie I also made them to eat…

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Blogging Highlights??

 

 

FIND OUT YOUR OWN ORIGINAL AUTHOR PSEUDONYM//PEN NAME

You guys can use my handy dandy charts to make your own unique pen name?? how cool is that??

DIY Bookmarks that You Absolutely Need In Your Life//Easier Than Eating Potato Chips

I showed you some ridiculously easy peasy as apple pie bookmarks.  The last part of the title was a result of waking up at 5 in the morning, but I forgot to delete it  xD

Copying Bookish Tumblr Photography No. 2: In Which I Copy People Because Original Content is Overrated

I recreated a ton (3) of tumblr photos and they turned out either decent of mediocre.

REDHEAD WITH A BOOK BLOG REVAMP

After being just plain lazy and not posting since Christmas, I decided it was about time to make this post.

  • I gained 38 WP follows and 1 email follower
  • 218 comments
  • 187 likes
  • WE ARE SO CLOSE TO 300 I’M DEAD THANK YOUU  BOOKISH BABES  ❤

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Photography Highlights?

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Honestly, the reason I’m breathing and actively functioning as a live human being is because of my DSLR camera.  And my editing software.  😛

BUT LOOK AT THE WITTLE BALL OF FLUFF IN THE LIGHT SHE’S AN ANGEL AMIRIGHT?

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Twila likes the camera I think??? I was setting up the fairy lights for this shot and without me even (gently) forcing her, she plopped herself right in the position I needed her in.  SHE’S SO CUTE I CAN’T

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We took a G-O-R-G-E-O-U-S drive down the ranch and  had to stop the jeep to get a pic of this glowing moss.

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The best part was that my grandpa took us all the way up LITERALLY above the clouds.

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And OH MY it made for a perfect photo op.  I love.  ❤  ❤

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General Life Highlights??

  • k so I would usually do a WRITING HIGHLIGHTS
  • but I literally did no writing?? At all???
  • That’s a problem, but oh well.  I expected to at least write 1k but surprise surprise!  I wrote 0!!

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  • I’m salty @ my ortodontist because she made me wear rubber bands that fix my overbite
  • aka rubber bands that tear up my tongue and hurt like heck
  • my school had an award ceremony and the only thing I got for my straight A’s was a handshake from the principle’s germy hands and a useless piece of paper
  • I got to text Rose @apurposeofwingeddogs  !!!
  • I made a mug cake?? And it didn’t taste like you know what?

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Music Highlights?

Writer In The Dark//  lorde

Dollhouse// Melanie Martinez

Florets//  Grace Vanderwaal

Lucky One// Taylor Swift

Perfect Places// lorde

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There’s a Good Reason These Tables Are Numbered Honey, You Just Haven’t Figured It Out Yet// Panic! At The Disco

In My Dreams// Ruth B

Sing// My Chemical Romance

You Are In Love// Taylor Swift

Ready For It Bloodpop Remix// Taylor Swift

Sober// lorde

Satellite// Gabbie Hanna

oh you know just your typical emo/ Taylor Swift obsessed girl.

 

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I love you guys and I demand that you have a wonderous February!!!  ❤  ❤

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FIND OUT YOUR OWN ORIGINAL AUTHOR PSEUDONYM//PEN NAME

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So I know That Absolutely Nothing Can Top Pseudonymous Bosch.

But today, we’re certainly going to try to top it!

Pen names are pretty frickin awesome if you ask me.

Named Billy Bob Jones?  Easy, take a pen name.

Not allowed or uncomfortable sharing your real name?  Use these pen names!!

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Some people feel that pen names are like people being fake???  No no no, it’s a cool name that an author can be recognized more for.  Because I’d rather read a book by a Trixi Winship rather than a Jessica Smith if ya know what I mean.

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Pen names are like secret identities and code names.  You can use these as like nick names cute little pet names or whatever the heck you want!  These are super easy and adorable and just all around amazing wow I’m humble about my content.

The main reason why girls use pen names is because of gender bias in the bookish community.  Like the fact that women are more likely to take pen names if they’re writing sci-fi or horror is just beyond me…and honestly if you want me to rant about a topic this is the one!!!  I could write a bajillion words worth on this, so let’s just say I’ll save it for another post.  😉

The other thing is that sometimes a legal name could be similar to a more well known author, and there could be much confusion to be had if your name is Stephen King lol

Or if you write middle grade and adult horror, you might want to take a pen name for one of those genres you write in so that you don’t have a 9 year old reading a horror book and screaming in the middle of the night and angering their soccer moms.

Are you ready to find YOUR own original pen name/Psuedonym?

unless someone chose the same name as you which would be unfortunate… in which case you would have to have a duel to the death over it!  Much fun!

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First these are the more feminine names, but you know what?  You can take either or, because gender roles are just….

So all you need to do is find the first initial of your first name and then choose the name next to it, in case it wasn’t clear.  But honestly if you dislike the name your initials led you to, nothing is stopping you from picking the name you like the most lol.

So my first Initial is S, so my first psuedonym name is Maybelline!

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And these are more masculine type names, you can use these for either genders though as we did with the female ones!

Mine is S, so if I chose this one, it would be Roth!

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And finally, the last name, which is compatible for any of the previous first names.  Think of the first initial of your favorite celebrity, so since mine is of course, Taylor Swift.  Because who else?

My pseudonym/ Pen name is Maybelline Cosmet!

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What is YOUR pen name?  Would you write anything under it?  What was your favorite celebrity?  What’s your next favorite name on here?  What’s your least favorite name in here?

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DIY Bookmarks that You Absolutely Need In Your Life//Easier Than Eating Potato Chips

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What happens when you ask a bookworm what they collect other than books?

Maybe they’ll say pieces of lint from their pockets or the wrappers of red tootsie pops or the blood of their enemies to forge their swords

If they’re the basic and typical book obsessed queen, hopefully they’ll say bookmarks!  But when you see these bookmarks down the cheap line at Barnes & Nobles, you will find that bookmarks, little rectangular pieces of paper may be 10 bucks.  TEN DOLLAHS.

 

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I have conformed to the way of the bookmark. A few months back, I did a really problmatic post in which I preached my faithfullness to dog earring.  (btw… um… don’t read it?  It literally tells you why you shouldn’t use bookmarks and WE ARE NOT ABOUT THE NON BOOK MARK LIFE TODAY)  According to bookish queens, dog earring is the most unforgivable sins.  Or according to the comments on that post.

Sooo, obviously to redeem myself I’ll do one of the things I’m best at:  DIY!  I can do it ALL myself.  Including bookmarks.

 

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First off we have the gosh darn prettiest paper I have ever laid my dear eyeballs on

You can literally get this beautiful scrapbooking paper pack for like 6 bucks at any craft store.  Any craft sore ever.  At least, I’m pretty sure.  Maybe there’s some random craft store in like Kentucky that doesn’t have this.  BUT IF YOU DON’T LIVE IN THE MIDDLE ON NOWHERE IN THIS IMAGINARY CRAFT STORE I MADE UP THEN YOU’RE ALL GOOD!

It costs like 30% less than the bookmarks at Barnes & Noble, and you can make like a gazillion more bookmarks so you can go get it now.  That’s a command.

Just kidding, you can use any paper.  Construction paper may look like a 1st grade craft project, but you do you.

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I chose this aesthetically pleasing starry constellation paper.  The stars are black though, so I especially related to them because that is the color of my SOUL lol

Oh, and you will also need a cute little thing of embroidery thread, which will come in handy very soon.

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First off, cut off a somewhat book mark shaped piece of your paper.  I was too lazy to take any measurements, I also seemed to have lost all of my three rulers so  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

 

 

 

Then you can take your trusty handy-dandy hole punch and punch a hole in the top.  But try not to get it too close to the edge, because it could rip.  Also, try to center it, which is something you can see from the above photo is NOT my specialty.  😉

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Then you should take your matching thing of embroidery thread, and pull out the end a little bit as kindly shown above.  ^^^

 

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You can take that bit of end string, and loop it back to about 1.5 inches from the other end.  Then, tie a knot where shown.  The tie another knot.  Or 7 knots, like I did.  Because I’m paranoid and I don’t trust double knots.

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Then you pick up your scissors again and cut the short looped part so you have made a  tassel!

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You can trim the cute little tassel to your desire, or leave it how it is.  Give it a haircut.  Not a mohawk, though.  Mohawks must look rather strange on tassels.

 

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Then, cut off the rest of the long stuff, leaving one string to tie to the hole in the bookmark.

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Then simply knot it a few times around the hole and voi to the la, you have the first bookmark.  Wow.  Wasn’t that hard.  😉

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This is the wonderful bookmark in ya know, an actual book.  Oooh.  Aaah

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For the next DIY bookmark, cut out another piece with no measurements provided by moi because I’m far too lazy to do so.

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I got a ton of stickers for Christmas, and what I usually do with this type of stuff is hoard it  and never use it but I am conquering my sticker hoarding anxiety issue and used one for this craft!  F45D0D93-3AFF-4885-A364-A6325B8F9219

I applied the sticker to the book mark.  THIS IS THE HARDEST PART.  Because all of these DIY’s are so. darn.  hard.

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Now, take some washi tape that you can find at Target.  I actually collect washi tape so I have wayy too much of it.

 

 

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Wrap the tape around the ends, and ba-da-boom you got yourself a book mark.

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If you have even more stickers like yours truly, you can stick it to the man to a piece of paper

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And then you need to pay extra special attention to this part.  You need to cut out a circle.  Rocket science, I know.

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So my mother got some flowers for some random holiday, and it came with this sticker.  Since it’s my aesthetic, she lovingly gave it to her most favorite daughter.

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I broke the heart with my scissors bc I’m a heartbreaker.

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I cut it into a rectangle.  So complex.

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Thennn you can add yet another sticker to it.  I chose this tumblr-y eye sticker.  Illuminati confirmed

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THIS IS MY FAVORITE because it’s cat related.  I’m obsessed with cats, more than you even know.  Literally, when I walk through the aisles at Target to get pet food, and I see the model kittens on the wall, I squeal really loudly.  Definitely way too loud to be in a public establishment.

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So you need a piece of paper, it doesn’t matter which color, but I chose yellow because it was all I had.  Then, cut a piece in the middle to give the kitty ears!

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Then, you can take a red marker to draw the eyes, nose, mouth, and whiskers.

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It’s adorable and I’m squealing right now just thinking of all the cats that I can have because I’m going to for sure be a crazy cat lady when I’m 40.

(excuse my gross nails)

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CHAT WITH ME

Do you like bookmarks?  would you make these??

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Copying Bookish Tumblr Photography No. 2: In Which I Copy People Because Original Content is Overrated

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 It’s kind of ironic because they say “A Picture is Worth A Thousand Words”

Well I hate to break it to the guy who makes up all the idioms, but in these pictures, there are way over “a thousand words”  Let’s count up the amount of words in the above picture:

  • The Prisoner of Azkaban:  107,253
  • The Fault In Our Stars:  92,000
  • Kira-Kira:  44,376
  • To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before: 81,660
  • Fangirl:  138,880
  • Moon Over Manifest:  119,040
  • When Dimple Met Rishi: 92,025
  • Eveything, everything:  104,160 

Now add up these number and you get grand total of…

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So that picture is worth wayyy more than 1000 words

Now don’t worry, I’m not dumb and I know what they mean by the idiom and all that jazz.  But I guess what I’m trying to tell you in the most math-y way possible is that books are better than photos!

A picture may be worth a thousand words, but think about how many pictures go through your head while you’re reading….

Books are better than pictures, so I took a ton of pictures of books.

I did this thing a couple months ago and you guys REALLY liked it.  So I’m sooo excited to do it again!!!  It took me a surprising amount of time to do each one, so I hope y’all like it!

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So for each one I pretty much spent way too much time looking through aesthetically pleasing book photos that I basically strive to live up to.  My eyeballs were melting, they were all so pretty!

 

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I ended up with this beauty which is basically my dream reading set up. Seriously.  Hot chocolate.  Comfy blankets.  Mainly the book.  The book is all I want. Soooo, obviously I wanted to recreate it!

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So I was too lazy to go all out and make actual hot chocolate (like usual) so I poured a bunch of milk and some cocoa powder in a white mug and boom.  Fake hot chocolate.  It did not taste nearly as good as real hot chocolate does.  It wasn’t sweet chocolate, and it wasn’t even hot sooo….

Also, random fact about me:  I hate milk so much.  My brother always tells me that it’s cow juice.  Kill me now I can’t even think of that sentence… *shudders*  I don’t even pour milk into my cereal, because ewww who wants cow juice mixed with their honey nut cheerios??? Not me.

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I gotta admit… I totally forgot which book this is!  Ooops??

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This is the closest blanket I could get to match the aztec print one in the picture??  I probably muttered under my breath, “Eh, good enough,”  when I found it.  Then the other one is a super floofy gray one I got in a gift exchange.  Twila likes to try to rip off the pom poms on the end, so that’s always fun.  😉

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And this is the picture I took!

The only thing I would change would be for the handle of the mug to be at the right angle, and a closer match to the aztec print blanket.  I thought it was pretty close though…

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I have discovered how editing my photos is literally saving my life!  Let’s get rid of that “oh, if you editing your photos, you’re a fake photographer” kind of thing, k?  Thanks.

In case you’re wondering…..I use the free app, color story and holy macaroni it’s amazing.  (not sponsored, as if)

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OG                           VS              Recreation

I did a sucky job of editing, tbh.  I think I was going for a more icy look than the golden one they used…    Also side note, totally thought this was going to be a comfy reader set up and then I remembered the blankets were just on hard floor and the beverage was revolting so…

Obviously I could’ve done better, but I’m actually kind of impressed with myself for the set up of the blankets.  How close did you think I did?

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The next one was probably the one I did the most horrible job of all horrible jobs on…

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I liked this one because

  1. I literally live in my jeans because my stupid school dress code won’t let me wear legging.  (again, not bitter at all)
  2.   Taylor Swift better be blasting out of those ear buds OR ELSE
  3. booksss

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So I put some folded up jeans on white sheets, stole my mom’s purse (jk), had to actually take out my ear buds, and slapped a book on that ish!

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So then I took the pic!

I thought it was on pointe, but err, now that I actually look closely at the photo…not so much.  XD

 

 

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I edited it as I usually would.  I think the main issue was that I was editing it as I would edit it if there was no inspiration from someone else…  Yeah, let’s just make up excuses!  😛

 

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        recreation                vs                      OG

 

So this is the final outcome!

Honestly, it’s not horrible, but the angle was off, the earbuds weren’t as spontaneously arranged, and the jeans were a lot darker.  I thought the purse was pretty dang close though, but that’s about it…

I wish I could’ve edited it more to to make the jeans the right shade, and the arbuds more tangled.  But I have a firm theory that there are gremlins that come in my room at night and tangle up earbuds so THEY DIDN’T DO THEIR JOB on the day I took this.  Whatever, not impressed with myself at all, but what’s new? (jkjk)

pink (3)FINALLY one that I actually didn’t do a half bad job on!

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This photo was of course one that I knew I just had to do, mainly because I had gotten Tulips for my birthday and they were about to rot and die a miserable death, so I thought I’d get one more use out of them!

Obviously destiny set it up.  😀

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First up, I took to my kitchen table and pulled the flours out of the last thing they were holding onto for dear life:  the water in the bottom of their vase.  Don’t worry, I returned them.  Then they drooped, and were thrown out.  Oh well.

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Anyways, I stood on the table’s chairs and zoomed in a bit to get the shot!  The books were as close of the spine colors and titles as I could get to the original.  Obviously I don’t have some of the books the photographer had, but I thought it was quite close.

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I snapped another pic!

 

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            OG                    VS      RECREATION

HONESTLY THAT’S PRETTY DARN CLOSE AMIRIGHT?  PLEASE TELL ME I’M RIGHT.

Then only thing was theta I didn’t have any of those tiny little white flowers because hello it’s winter all the flowers are dead.  The only other thing is that the tulips are a different shade, but that’s because they’re just different colors and I couldn’t quite change that…

But omg I’m proud of myself?? I’m ready to give myself an award show and a aluminum foil trophy???

 

how did you like this?  I really REALLY hope you liked it because you guys are amazing and I want to snuggle you all up in a blanket and give you actually good tasting hot chocolate

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