Does it Effect Your Reading?

Hello friends! Okay, so here is the problem with life right now, TV sucks! I could say a lot about The Walking Dead…but let’s not touch that sore spot right now.

Since I have not been too happy with my shows this week…or last week, I thought I would discuss this thing that has been on my mind.

Will you read a book by an author you don’t like? I’m not talking about you don’t like the writing, but the author as a person.

I just recently fell in love with a series and I did what I always do, I followed the author on Twitter. I’m not going to out the author or the series, but I will say it is a recent favorite among a lot of people at the moment.

I still love the series and I will continue on with the series, but I have unfollowed the author because I just didn’t like her anymore. There was a lot of talk about politics and honestly, not something I care to hear. Then one day she had said something that just enraged me and…yeah, that was the day I stopped following her.

After that I also heard a story about how she became an author and it made me like her even less. I almost don’t want to even buy her next book, but I am already invested in the story and will more than likely continue buying her books until this series is over. Once the series is over I will refuse to buy anything else by her.

So, do you continue to read books by authors you don’t like on a personal level?  Not because their writing sucks or their stories are lacking, but simply because as a person they suck?

30 Favorite Quotes on Writing

Happy Birthday To me

Yeah, that picture is going to be the first thing you see all week!

Hello Nerds!

You know, up until this week my birthday has not been all that exciting. I will be 30! And it’s a little scary because there are things I feel like I should have already done. Like…getting married and having kids. But did you know that the average age of a first time mother is in her early 30’s now? That makes me feel a little better.

I decided that I would make my entire birthday week something special because…all birthdays are special.

Today I have for you a list of 30 quotes about writing. Not going to lie, the first 10 are Stephen King quotes…because I love him! And the rest are just quotes that I have found through the years that have really helped me with my own writing. So here it goes!

30 Favorite Writing Quotes

  1. “If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot. There’s no way around these two things that I’m aware of, no shortcut.”
    ― Stephen King
  2. “You can, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will.”
    ― Stephen King
  3. “The scariest moment is always just before you start.”
    ― Stephen King
  4. “Description begins in the writer’s imagination, but should finish in the reader’s.”
    ― Stephen King
  5. “Writing isn’t about making money, getting famous, getting dates, getting laid, or making friends. In the end, it’s about enriching the lives of those who will read your work, and enriching your own life, as well. It’s about getting up, getting well, and getting over. Getting happy, okay? Getting happy.”
    ― Stephen King
  6. “Writing is not life, but I think that sometimes it can be a way back to life.”
    ― Stephen King
  7. “I’m a slow reader, but I usually get through seventy or eighty books a year, most fiction. I don’t read in order to study the craft; I read because I like to read”
    ― Stephen King
  8. “The scariest moment is always just before you start. After that, things can only get better.”
    ― Stephen King
  9. “Can I be blunt on this subject? If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.”
    ― Stephen King
  10. “The more you read, the less apt you are to make a fool of yourself with your pen or word processor.”
    ― Stephen King
  11. “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”
    ― Maya Angelou
  12. “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”
    ― Ernest Hemingway
  13. “If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”
    ― Toni Morrison
  14. “You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write.”
    ― Saul Bellow
  15. “You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.”
    ― Jack London
  16. “No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.”
    ― Robert Frost
  17. “Read, read, read. Read everything — trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it.
    Then write. If it’s good, you’ll find out. If it’s not, throw it out of the window.”
    ― William Faulkner
  18. “You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.”
    ― Ray Bradbury
  19. “Fiction is the truth inside the lie.”
    ― Stephen King
  20. “Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.”
    ― L. Doctorow
  21. “Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.”
    ― Anton Chekhov
  22. “Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.”
    ― Louis L’Amour
  23. “I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.”
    ― Anne Frank
  24. “There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.”
    ―  Somerset Maugham
  25. “The first draft of anything is shit.”
    ― Ernest Hemingway
  26. “Tomorrow may be hell, but today was a good writing day, and on the good writing days nothing else matters.”
    ― Neil Gaiman
  27. “Being a writer is a very peculiar sort of a job: it’s always you versus a blank sheet of paper (or a blank screen) and quite often the blank piece of paper wins.”
    ― Neil Gaiman
  28. “Imagination is like a muscle. I found out that the more I wrote, the bigger it got.”
    ― Philip José Farmer
  29. “I write to give myself strength. I write to be the characters that I am not. I write to explore all the things I’m afraid of. ”
    ― Joss Whedon
  30. “This is how you do it: you sit down at the keyboard and you put one word after another until its done. It’s that easy, and that hard.”
    ― Neil Gaiman

I love all of these quotes and I want to eventually make a post of them all to hang on my wall. Maybe one day when I have an office I can hang it write above my desk. I will have an office one day…

Tell me, what is your favorite quote. Any kind of quote on any kind of topic. It doesn’t have to be a writing quote.


Would You Rather: Book Nerd Style

Okay, this is evidently going around the blogging world for all of us book nerds and I wanted to jump in on the fun…so thank you Galit for sharing it! Obviously it’s one of those tag post, but no one ever tags me in anything, so I am tagging myself and…well if you want to do it, tag yourself too. We can’t wait around for people to do things for us. We have to take what we want. And that is my life lesson for the day. lol

Moving on.

Would you rather

Read only trilogies or stand alones?
Trilogies. I already do this for the most part. I can’t remember the last time I read a standalone novel. There isn’t many of them anymore because everyone wants to keep the story alive.

Read only female or male authors?
This is a hard one! I have read a great many books by wonderful male authors, but it seems the ones that I love the most are by female authors. And as most you of you know, my all time favorite author is Stephen King….Do I have to pick!? Okay, okay, if I have to pick I would go with male authors. I mean…Stephen King. Not to mention Jim Butcher, Rick Yancey, Jonathan Maberry, and Dean Koontz. FavoriteAuthors

Shop at bookshops or online?
Bookshops all the way! I love going into a book store and browsing. It always feels me with such joy. Also, when you find a book you want to read you can take it home that day and don’t have to wait for it to ship to your house. There is also a bond you have with others in the book store with you. You are all lovers of reading. And I secretly dream of meeting my soul mate in a bookstore one day and bonding over a favorite book. lol

All books become movies or T.V. shows?
T.V. shows! Movies are great, but T.V. shows could really dig into the details of the book and nothing would have to be left out. Also, if it’s a trilogy or series of novels, there is so much to work with for a T.V. Show. Look at Vampire Diaries and True Blood. Both of them deterred away from original story, which is when the shows went down hill, but the first few seasons were fantastic.
TVShowsBookAdaptation**Side note: I hate Nina Dobrev for leaving The Vampire Diaries. UGH!!! Elena and Damon were supposed to be together forever!

Read 5 pages per day or 5 books per week?
5 books a week, no questions. If I could read that many books a week now, I would do it in a heartbeat!

Be a professional reviewer or author?
At this moment…reviewer. I am having some major doubts about my own writing, but I am sure in a week or two I would pick author. I just need to get back to writing.

Only read your top 20 favorite books over and over or always read new ones that you haven’t read before?
New ones. This is basically how I read now. I hardly ever re-read a book. I just can’t get excited about them when I know what happens already. That being said, there are some books that I forgot details and will re-read. Like Cinder and The 5th Wave. One I have already re-read and the other is on my TBR pile.

Be a librarian or bookseller?
Bookseller! I would love to have my own book store and book authors to come do signings. I have actually dreamed of my own bookstore for years.

Only read your favorite genre, or every genre except your favorite?
Favorite Genre. I tend to get bored with other genres. Though…I do like a few other genres. As long as there is some kind of fantasy aspect of it, I’m in.

Only read physical books or eBooks?
Physical books. I love holding a real book in my hand. I am not against eBooks and I have read several of them and have more waiting to be read. An eReader is great for so many things, but given the choice I would take a physical book.

There you go. My Would You Rather: Book Nerd Style. So…what are you waiting for? It’s your turn!


Apologies and Events

Wow…I have been working so much lately. I was going to come home yesterday and write today’s post because I didn’t get a chance before. Seriously, I should have known better than to waste my Friday off. I went in Saturday and worked until midnight. Sunday I worked from 11am to 9 pm. Yesterday was 8:30 am to 6 pm. I have been through the ringer at work. But inventory is finally over and I think my schedule might be a little less hectic. At least until next week, seeing as the other assistant manager is leaving after this week.

So, sorry for not posting the Craft Corner yesterday and I will save it for next Monday. Today though, I was trying to decide if I would do a book review, movie review, or let you in on what is going on at the Awkward life of Heather. I decided since it is a little late I would let you know what is going on here at my blog this month.

There are a few things to look forward to! I want to start sharing my book wishlist. I also have a few book reviews coming, a movie review, and an author interview! Oh yeah, I locked in another indie author for an interview. Woot! I also have one lined up for next month as well. If you know of any indie authors that would be willing to grant me an interview, tell them to contact me! They can send an email to me through my contact page HERE.

I know it doesn’t sound like a lot to look forward to, but I am so terribly excited for things going on with my blog right now. I finally have a bit of a direction for it and it’s no longer all over the place. I cover a lot of things that I love, but it all kind of goes together. It’s all about stories! Weather I am writing, reading, or watching the stories. Of course you will occasionally get a post where I just complain, because I like to complain.


Hobbies Beyond Writing

I got to thinking the other day about my many hobbies.  I do a lot, my main hobby of course is writing. It’s what I love more than anything else in the world.  Putting my pen to paper and creating this great and wonderful thing.  I don’t care if anyone else likes it, I created it for myself.  That’s where it all started, writing.

Now, I have so many other hobbies and there just isn’t enough  time in the day to do them all.  I make jewelry, bake cakes and cakepops, scrapbook, building computers, and a few other things I can’t think of at the moment.  I am always expanding my talents and hobbies as well.  I am trying to learn to knit, I would love to learn woodworking, and I am in the process of becoming a pretty awesome cook.  I also want to learn to sew so I can make my own clothes.  It’s a fabulous world of crafts out there, and I want to learn it all.

Cakepop fun

Cakepop fun

Let’s not forget playing instruments.  I taught myself to play piano, but I need to re-teach myself all of that.  I want to learn to play the guitar, even with my fingers hurting from the strings.

The thing is, the world is full of creative opportunities.  I noticed the other day that a few other writers have other hobbies as well.  One of my favorite authors, Kim Harrison, either crochets or knits and is working on a pattern for a stuffed dragon.

Emily Dickinson loved to bake!  Sylvia Plath was a beekeeper.

My question is, as a writer, do we seek out other forms of creation?

I know that when I started writing I had no desire to create anything else.  I was just a writer, but that soon changed.  Before long I was trying to do other things, anything where I could create something.  I started making jewelry, which happens to be my moms hobby as well.  Then I wanted to paint, but I didn’t want to do fancy paintings, I just wanted to paint things like boxes.  There was something calming about the repetitive motion of a brush with paint on it.

Now I am in to all kinds of crafts.  I want to make everything.  Every time I buy something at the store, I wonder if it’s something I could have made myself.  I want to learn to make my own cards, my own notebooks, my own…everything.  I even make food that I can create from scratch, that way I know exactly what is in it.

Is it because I am a writer that I desire to create other forms of art, or is it just who I am?  Do all writers look for something to get their hands on other than their writing?  Is it because of writing that I am creative?

To all the writers out there, do you have another hobby other than writing?  Sure we spend more time writing or reading, but is there something else that takes up your time?  We have to step away from our writing for a little bit sometimes.

Virtual vs. Physical

Electronic Vs. PrintedEvery one seems to be debating over E-readers or printed books, which is better?  My question is, why is this even a debate?  Why should I even have to choose which one is better?  Sure, I might prefer one over the other, but I don’t want to have to choose.  I honestly love both.

I read and love Stephen King’s books.  I admit to believing that this man is a genius and I get excited every time I hear he has a new book coming out.  Everyone knows that he writes massively huge and heavy books.  I usually read in bed before I turn out the lights to get some sleep.  I also have carpel tunnel which is caused by repetitive motions (writing, typing, and years of retail work) and it can cause my wrist, hand, and my entire arm up into my shoulder, to go numb.  Which means, holding a heavy book for hours (because I don’t know when to put a book down and go to sleep) is almost impossible or leaves me in a little pain.  So, since I have this need to own every Stephen King book, I will buy the printed copy and also buy it on my Kindle.

I also do this if I have been waiting for a book to release and just can’t wait to get it in the mail.  I will buy the e-book so I don’t have to wait.  I am extremely impatient, especially when it comes to books.

I love my Kindle and the convince it offers. Though, it lacks the magic of a book.

With a Kindle or any e-reader you don’t get that musical sound of a page crinkling as you turn it or the way the spine pops the further you get in the book.  When I go to a used book store I actually look for books that have a little bit of damage to their spine because I know those are the ones that were loved the most.  Those books are the ones that people couldn’t put down and ended up passed out on their couch in the middle of a chapter because they thought they could fight the fatigue to get through one more chapter.

Also, with a book you can’t forget the smell.  The amazing and enchanting aroma of the pages that carry words, waiting to trap you in it’s spell.  I don’t care if it is a brand new book or one that has been passed around for years.  There is no perfume or smell of nature better than that of an open book.

Call me weird, but there is something whimsical about running my fingers down a page full of words that will find some way to sweep me away.  It’s almost like feeling the heartbeat of the characters and hearing the authors frantic pen as they fight to chase the words that will soothe a broken soul.

Okay, so maybe I am a little partial to a physical printed book that I can touch and feel.  I did spend most of my life attached to one or two at any given moment.  Books were my hide away and they work just as good as a phone when you don’t want to talk to people.  While an e-reader doesn’t hold the same amount of magic, the words still do.  It’s really a matter of opinion and with people trying so hard to downsize and condense their belongings, an e-reader is ideal.

Me?  I will always have stacks of books lining my walls and a book shelf bulging with new or old worlds to explore.  My dream will always be to have a library like the one given to Belle in Beauty and the Beast. Also, when the world is hit with some kind of strange EMP and all electronics fail, you can find me hiding out in my secret library hiding out behind piles of books.