What's your ideal rainy day like? . Thursday is my day off, usually I'm catching up on a lot of stuff, so I just finished this book! . The Accidental Afterlife of Thomas Marsden by Emma Trevayne is a spooky story about a young grave-robber who digs up a body who looks just like him! . So begins Thomas's accidental afterlife where he discovers that all may not be as it seems in Victorian London. Not only might magic be real, but his help is needed to free the faeries who have been captured by a Spiritualist. The clock is ticking and Thomas is just a boy, what hidden talents might he have been honing all those years in the graveyards? . A touching adventure in trust and friendship, with hair-raising moments and a satisfying ending, I can strongly recommend this book. . . If you've read this can you send me a message? There's something in the very last bit about Thomas's proposal that I don't understand. . . Photo Description: the open book is held up to display the title page in front of a window covered in rain drops, the wall of a graveyard is visible just outside.
What are you currently reading? . Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix was beginning to drag me down (I just finished the section about Detention with Umbridge and Ron's Quidditch tryout). . So I switched to The Accidental Afterlife of Thomas Marsden by Emma Trevayne which is a middle-grade book about graverobbers, fae and dubious morals. . It's spooky and wonderful. 👌♥️ . . . Two months ago I was tagged by @goldenlyre to share #littlebookishthingsido . Do you prefer bookmarks, bookclips or dogearing? --- I use anything to bookmark and use dogears when I want to mark great lines and when I have absolutely nothing to use as a bookmark. . Do you imagine yourself living a full life in a book world --- I'd probably still be sad, so. . Do you prefer taller or shorter books? --- short and fat and pocket sized squatties . Do you have a book bf/GF/partner? --- I'm still not over Daiyu from Cindy Pon's WANT, but that's awkward because she's 17? How about like... Lupin? . Your darkest book secret? --- depending on your persuasion, I like writing in books. How about, I mostly prefer ebooks? Hmm. That's as dark as it gets bro. . . That was a weird tag, y'all. You're it! . . Photo Description: The Accidental Afterlife of Thomas Marsden by Emma Trevayne lies open to a very short chapter called Dreams, Again on my pillow, sun streaking across it's pages.
What are you looking forward to this weekend? . #grimdragon - blue books . This is wrapping up #readwritenovember and all I did was continue my Harry Potter reread. I'm still not crazy about talking about writing on here but I think I'm due to celebrate: I just hit 65,000 words for #NaNoWriMo! I already moved 14k into another folder because it got rewritten, but I'm still very pleased. Next up is to keep rewriting since I've made some discoveries that should refine the ending. 👌🙃 Right. . . I'm kinda tired of Rowling tho and kinda want to read my library book, ACCIDENTAL AFTERLIFE OF THOMAS MARSDEN, an ARC my friend loaned me, THE CRUEL PRINCE, and the long overdue ASSASSIN'S APPRENTICE for @hobbsquad... . . Photo Description: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, hardcover edition, is in a blue book sleeve with stag head silhouettes and flowers on it, lying in a patch of sunlight on my bed.
How has your November been? . #grimdragon - doorstopper/short n sweet . Now for some #readwritenovember catch up: . This month has gone very well for me, because I've learned to plan ahead. . Writing idol: I adore many authors' styles but the two I've read most and am most inspired by are JK Rowling and JRR Tolkien. I've poured over diagrams explaining JK's outlines and marveled at her foreshadowing. And I've wanted to do something like what Tolkien did, maybe not create a language, but study languages and epics the way he did. . Fave reading spot: my bed or the couch. Ha. . Fave writing spot: at my desk, but also in a coffee shop with writing friends, at the breakfast counter alone, in bed under the covers... I'm not too picky, but a desk is best. . . Photo Description: lying on my bed is a paperback copy of The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien and the hardcover American edition of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by JK Rowling, sun beams falling across the shot in an artsy way.
Do you collect figurines or items from your favorite stories? Have any that are particularly special? . #readwritenovember - rewards and tips (I'm going to combine these two and try to be brief) . You should learn your optimal works times ASAP. Embrace your afternoon ability, your night owl, your morning lark, learn to love it and work it into your life. . Do work everyday. Even if you can't write, make notes in a notebook, or just daydream your characters and world. . Do not set up conditions for work, you will end up limiting yourself and never get your work done. Be flexible with when, where and with what you right, otherwise you'll block yourself. . Read and reread your favorites. They're your favorites for a reason! Learn from what you love. . I don't really set clear rewards for myself, but treat myself to my favorite sugar-free-chocolate and tea while I write. Hitting goals is a reward for me. ☺️ I feel best when I'm working. . I've been less active this last year, but you can follow my writing updates on Twitter: as dreaminghour. . I've thought about making a writing Instagram, but prefer the Twitter community. You can see occasional pics of my notebooks and index cards on my personal insta: @knotbox. . Please let me know if you're also a writer! . . Photo Description: on a white sheet, against a white wall, the book Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by JK Rowling is open to Chapter 14 Percy and Padfoot and lurking in the shadows of this photo is my mini Funko of Sirius Black in animagus form.
Is it important to you to read the book before you see the adaptation? . . Swipe to see an interloper in this photoshoot. She was so taken with the Funkos, she almost took one. 😦 . . It's been bitter cold in the Hudson Valley of New York, and I'm not ready to let go of fall yet! So I'm doing the #fallbooktag from @sneirrbooks! If you see this-- tag, you're it! . 🍁CRISP FALL AIR (a book that felt fresh and new): Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo . 🍂HOWLING WINDS (an ending that blew you away): Carry On by Rainbow Rowell . 🎃COMFY SWEATERS (a book that gave you the warm and fuzzies): Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by JK Rowling . 🍁BRIGHT COLOURS (books with either red, orange or yellow covers): Dragonborn by Meagan Friday . 🍂LEAF FIGHT (a book with nonstop action): Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo . 🎃PUMPKIN SPICE (your most anticipated read): The Cruel Prince by Holly Black . . My Answer: it used to be important to read first, but I don't enjoy some books as much as others, and while I still don't like spoilers, I really enjoy a good story regardless of knowing particulars. So I may read a book after seeing a movie. . . Photo Description: first shot is of Goblet of Fire open to the chapter The House-Elf Liberation Front with a purple sock, a mini Funko of Dobby and one of Hermione. The second shot is of my cat, Stitch, with her leg stretched across the book to try and get Dobby. The third is of her sitting beside the open book and tolerating me threatening her with non-violent nonsense if she tries that again. The book and cat in all shots are on a red plaid duvet.
What's your favorite Harry Potter book, and why? . #readwritenovember - halfway there! Word count? . Yesterday I wrapped up the evening at 33,717 words and today's goal is 35,384 words. That puts me at 67% toward 50k, though I may need more like 60k or 70k because I already know about 8k is trash. It's just no longer relevant. . I was hitting 2.5k for a couple days but then got intimidated by my villain and stuck to the minimum of 1,667 just to keep going. It's harder now because this is the newest part of the plot. . #currentlyreading tag by @sneirrbooks: The other night I finished Goblet of Fire, much better than I remembered, so I started Order of the Phoenix at 2AM last night. I forgot how intense it is at first! My heart was pounding, I was even more awake than before. But then I closed my eyes and was out like a light. . . Photo description: viewed from above, I am holding the American edition of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in paperback, a bit of my comfy red knit sweater, and a lot of my camel pea coat is visible. Below and behind the book is leaf-strewn grass, my jeans and my brown shoes are visible. My nail polish matches my sweater.
Do you practice your handwriting? . #readwritenovember - what inspired your WIP? . Part of the reason I kept journals was to practice my handwriting. I even have several styles that I've attempted and my current 'base' is a mixture of them. . My protagonist first came to me when I imagined a boy sitting in his mother's garden, a cat stalking through the tulips toward him. I was only idly wondering about him, but decided to take his journey seriously for Camp NaNoWriMo and finished what became only the first arc of his story. . Books like Lirael by Garth Nix, the Hobbit by JRR Tolkien and the Chrestomanci Series by Diana Wynne Jones were the most influential to me in this story's creation and world building. There are many, many others, including the dozens of stories I read about witches and fairies that are too numerous to name. I suppose I should give a shout-out to the original fairytale bastards who gave me nightmares as a child: The Grimm Brothers. . Have you read any of these books? . . Video Description: I'm flipping through a composition notebook written in a fairly neat hand, with red, blue and pens used. My nail polish is atrocious.