Streak of White Hair in Fantasy

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So I just saw this post: A Streak of White Hair: Fantasy or Reality? over on another blog called Thoughts on Fantasy and I wanted to share it with you. The post talks about how likely it would be for the streak of white hair that’s so common in fantasy to actually occur in real life, and what some of the causes might be. It was really interesting to read. I would recommend that you read it as well, because it shows how something small in a story can have an interesting history behind it.

Please let me know if you have any questions and I hope you all have a good week!

Story Prompt #74

Dialogue prompt:

“Love potions are illegal, highly dangerous substances that cause more harm than good and should not be used under any circumstances.”

“Then why is there a huge bottle of it in your medicine cabinet?”

Reading Recommendation

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Today I thought I’d recommend a book I reread recently: Trickster’s Choice by Tamora Pierce. This book has been one of  my favorites for a long time and every once in a while I’ll take the time to read it–and its sequel–again. Doing so is always worth it.

Trickster’s Choice is about a young woman, Aly, who wants to become a spy in the field but her parents won’t allow it because of how dangerous that work is. However, Aly ends up getting captured by pirates and sold into slavery. From there she is recruited by a god and must use her wits and the spy skills she was taught from a young age to protect a family and help a rebellion.

The book has a good romance that isn’t rushed, interesting magical creatures, complex characters, and is paced well. I enjoyed it when I discovered it in middle school and I still enjoy it now in college so I believe that it can appeal to a wide range of ages. You don’t have to read Tamora Pierce’s other books to understand Trickster’s Choice or its sequel, but doing so can give you a greater appreciation and understanding of Aly’s parents and the family’s connection to several other characters that get mentioned. Her other books are also enjoyable to read as well, and if you like Trickster’s Choice I would highly recommend that you read them if you haven’t done so already. If you have then I would recommend that you read them again for pleasure’s sake.

If you’ve read Trickster’s Choice feel free to post your thoughts on it down in the comments (but no spoilers please). Also please let me know if you have any questions and I hope you all have a wonderful week!

Why I’m Glad I Started Blogging

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First of all, Happy New Year! I hope all of you had a good end to 2017 and that the new year is going well. Now that 2017 has ended I’ve begun to reflect more deeply on the new things I started during the year. There are several different things I’m glad I did, but the pertinent one is starting this blog. Truth be told, I was hesitant to start blogging for a long time because I was worried about having enough ideas to post something every week and because of the time commitment. Even though I do struggle with those things from time to time I can say that it has been worth it for a few different reasons.

The main reason is that I’ve become more connected to other writers and people interested in fiction. Blogging has connected me to people from all over the world, and that is a wonder and joy to me that I wouldn’t have known in the same way otherwise. It’s also opened up a way for me to find more blogs about writing and fiction than I had been able to find just by googling. I hope that in the year to come blogging will continue to expand my awareness of the community of writers and readers that I have the privilege of participating in.

Another reason I’m glad I started blogging is that it has helped me put my thoughts about writing and fiction into words. What was before an abstract idea or feeling in my head now has a place to be formed into words. By expanding my awareness of other writers and their ideas, blogging has also helped me augment and revise my own ideas. Since I find it enjoyable to deepen my understanding of the craft–and because it is good to learn about something you have an interest in–that has helped my writing as well as given me fun, new blog posts to read.

Has blogging helped you in some way and–if you have a blog–why are you glad you started blogging? Feel free to answer in the comments or let me know if you have any questions. I hope you all have a good week!

Rereading

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So lately I’ve been thinking about reading some of the books on my shelf again and made me realize how little I’ve reread books in the past few years. I used to be better about rereading books, but now I tend only to reread my top five or so books and even then I’ll skip to my favorite scenes in the book. I guess my perspective switched from wanting to immerse myself in the world again and delighting in finding out what I missed the first time to feeling like I already remember everything that happened in a book I already read and craving something new. Has that happened to you at all? I am starting to find a balance between reading old books and finding new ones, I think, and enjoying both experiences. I’ve learned that if I listen to a book I’ve already read on Audible I won’t skip through it and that experiencing the book in a different way helps me pick out the things I didn’t remember or realize from the first time I read it. It’s helping me realize that I really don’t remember a lot of what happened in the books I read years and that reading them again can be like reading them for the first time–with just a tad more insight into what might happen.

I’ve also started rereading more books because when I get in the mood for a certain type of book (romantic fantasy, for example) the same books that I’ve already read pop up, and it can be difficult to find new ones even though I know that thousands of books get published every year. Do you have difficulty finding new books as well? Also, if you have any recommendations I’d appreciate it if you put them in the comments. It would be interesting to see your favorites and what you all are reading. I’ve been listening to the Codex Alera series by Jim Butcher on Audible and it’s been pleasantly surprising to see how much I didn’t remember and fun to try to make connections based off of what I did remember.

In short, I guess, is that I would recommend rereading some books along with reading new ones. It’s fun to rediscover what made you love a book/series in the first place and to realize that sometimes your memories of a book don’t actually do it justice.

Thank you all for reading this post and I hope you have a great week! Again, please let me know if you have any recommendations for books to read in the comments or feel free to post your own thoughts on rereading books. Also, please let me know if you have any questions about writing or fiction books.

Reading Perceptions

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So lately I’ve been thinking about all the different ways we can read and experience books now. I have physical copies of books, three different reading apps (Kindle, Nook, and iBooks) and I listen to books on Audible. For Kindle I can either read the books on my phone or the reading tablet that I was given as a present. Considering all the different ways I can access and experience books now, it got me wondering if those ways affect my reading or my perception of the books I’m reading.

I know that for the apps many of the books I have on them come from the free or 99 cent books I find on BookBub. Because of that I tend to think of those books as more superficial; I don’t expect them to be as well written as the books that I invest in getting a physical copy of. Many of the books I also get from BookBub are romances and the predictability of many of the books’ story arcs also lend to that impression, I believe. I still enjoy them, but I also tend to pick them because the books I just have on the apps I tend to view as lighter reads, where I don’t have to put as much effort in as reader to understand the book’s world and story. I also get books on the apps because of the convenience of it, and sometimes I will get a more fantasy heavy book or one I’ve been looking forward to on there so that I can read it right away and those I’ll read on the tablet instead of on my phone. However, I’m more likely to get a book on Audible for those reasons because I have more time to listen to a book lately than to actually sit down and read one. I also enjoy what a narrator’s voice and inflections can do to add to the experience of reading, though there are times when I’ll prefer to read the book with only my own take on the words. Using Audible also helps stop me from skipping forward in book when I can barely stand not knowing what happens at the end/how everything gets resolved or if the characters I’m shipping get together. It makes me experience the book as a whole and I am grateful for that because that also helps improve my appreciation of the books.

I do have a goal of getting a physical copy of every book I enjoyed reading and creating my own library, whether or not I already have those books on Audible or one of the apps. Sometimes I need the weight of a book and the feel of actual pages to ground me in the fact that I’m reading an actual book, and I’d like to have that experience with all the books I’ve read and enjoyed. I do still tend to refer to physical copies of books as actual books and I think that’s why I also tend to view the books I have on the Apps–other than Audible–as fluffier books even thought I know they are all actual books in their own right.

Have you noticed if your perception changes depending on how you read books? Let me know down in the comments or if you have any questions. I hope you all have a fun reading filled week!

NaNoWriMo

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Since it’s been about a week since NaNoWriMo started this year I thought it’d be good to talk about it this week. For those of you who might not know, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month and it occurs during November every year. The goal of NaNoWriMo is to writing 50,000 words by the end of the month. It also has a website that has forums that give advice on many different topics such as characters, plotting help, and naming things and they send out pep talks to help writers keep writing (https://nonowrimo.org). Through their website you can also join a regional group that helps give encouragement and that you can connect with though you don’t have to do so. NaNoWriMo is good at making the act of writing a more social thing–if you go to the website–and that can help make those 50,000 words seem a little less daunting because you know thousands of other people are trying to reach that goal as well and that makes their encouragement a bit more meaningful.

I like NaNoWriMo a lot, but I have to be truthful and say that I haven’t yet reached the 50,000 word goal in the years that I’ve done it. However, I did write more in a more consistent manner in November than I would have otherwise, so I would still recommend participating even if you don’t think you’ll reach the goal or think it’s too late to try since you missed the first week. It also opens a good way to get in contact with other writers to make friends and possibly get feedback on your work in the future. They also focus a lot on putting aside your inner editor and just getting words on the page, which I’ve never been as good at, but even if you do still edit some it can still help you focus more on the story than what it looks/sounds like. That can help you write more and make it so you don’t spend more time editing that writing when the first draft isn’t even finished.

This year instead of working on a single project I decided to count any words that I write for fun and that aren’t part of a school assignment or other required activity, only what I want to and because I feel the need to write. If you want to find me on the NaNoWriMo website my username is Corinelle.

Thanks for reading and let me know if you have any questions! Feel free to post about your own NaNoWriMo experiences in the comments and I hope you all have a fun writing filled week!

Game Recommendation

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Today I thought I’d recommend a game that I enjoy playing. It’s called Dragonwood: A Game of Dice & Daring. The goal of the game is to attack monsters and defeat them to earn points. The person that has the most points once both dragons are defeated or once the Adventurer deck is gone through twice wins the game. There’s also enchantments you can use to defeat the monsters. It’s a simple, fun game that can be played through pretty quickly. The longest game that I played took around 40 minutes, I think, and most got done quicker than that. The game can be played with 2-4 people and is recommended for ages 8+. It’s definitely more fun to play with 3-4 people, though. The designs on the cards are colorful and cute and the dice are a pretty red. It’s important to note though that the dice only go up to 4, so you can’t use a normal dice to replace one if you lose one.

The game is easy to learn and I’ve had older people, fellow college students, and younger cousins have fun playing it. Here’s the official description, if you’re interested:

Dare to enter Dragonwood! Deep in the heart of this mythical forest lurk angry ogres, giggling goblins, and even the famed and fearsome fire-breathers themselves! Collect sets of adventurer cards to earn dice, which you will use to roll against your foes. Stomp on some fire ants, shriek at a grumpy troll, or strike the menacing orange dragon with a magical silver sword. Choose your strategy carefully because the landscape of Dragonwood is ever-changing. Only the bravest will overcome the odds to emerge victorious!

Thanks for reading and I hope you have fun playing this game! Let me know if you have any questions and feel free to recommend any fantasy games you like to play in the comments.