Writing

20 Quirks & Strange Habits: The Weird Side of Famous Writers

I love infographics a little too much for my own good. Even better, the one below is all about writers. Thanks Jack Milgram for creating and sharing.

Enjoy!

When it comes to writing, do you have any unique idiosyncrasies?

Reading

Books Of The Month | November 2016

Oh November, why are you always so busy? How I managed to finish a book—much less four—this month is beyond me.


What I Finished:

To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf

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One phrase description:

Thoughts.

Quote:

“Why, one asked oneself, does one take all these pains for the human race to go on?”

My general thoughts:

It’s not my kind of book. I’ve come to the very unfortunate conclusion that I don’t love modernism. There really isn’t much of a plot. And I understand the novel is written the way it is for a reason. I appreciate the writing. I appreciate the language. I’m a writer. But I also adore stories. The words are beautifully put together. I just wished Woolf injected about 10 mL of narrative into her work. I had a tough time getting through it because I had no story to follow. Also reading To The Lighthouse on the subway is not ideal. Then again life isn’t. To be honest, if the novel wasn’t a required reading for my English class, I probably would have put it down twenty pages in and never picked it back up.


Golden Son by Pierce Brown

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One phrase description:

Feelings.

Quote:

“There is no greater plague to an introvert than the extroverted.”

My general thoughts:

I think my heart was dead prior to reading Golden Son, but Pierce Brown found a way to awaken that organ. And now it’s beating again. I didn’t know I had feelings. I didn’t realize I felt so strongly for certain characters. But I know now. I realized along the way. This book had an actual story. A bloody good one. I enjoyed most of the scenes. At times the novel reminded me of Ender’s Game, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Although a lot of sci-fi elements go right over my head because science is confusing. I’m a confused child. Anyhow, GS provided a great escape from the cruel world that is university. If I had friends, I’d rope them into reading the series.


City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

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One phrase description:

Angels.

Quote:

“And I think even when you heal, you’re never what you were before.”

My general thoughts:

I keep holding out hope that the next book will get better. I will keep hoping until I can’t. The writing in City of Fallen Angels didn’t bother me nearly as much as the writing in City of Glass did. Maybe I went in with lower expectations. Who am I kidding? The book isn’t a literary masterpiece. That’s besides the point. At this point, I’m invested enough in the story to want to know what happens, how it ends. I don’t love the characters. Some days I can tolerate them. Other days I roll my eyes at their actions and shake my head at their inaction. But I care enough to finish the series, especially since I’m this far in.


Zone One by Colson Whitehead

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One phrase description: 

Zombies.

Quote:

“In his mind, the business of existence was about minimizing consequences.”

My general thoughts:

Had to read this for school. I finished it today, and I think I’m still trying to process the ending. I don’t know how I feel about the last line in particular. Whitehead makes you think. He made me reflect on the world I live in so many times I’ve lost count. I make it sound like I kept count. I didn’t. It’s a zombie book. It’s a post apocalyptic novel. But at the same time it isn’t. Does that make sense? This isn’t your typical zombie book. Read at your own peril.


What I Want To Read Next Month:

Morning Star by Pierce Brown

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Why: 

Because I love the series so much. And I want to feel feelings, so I know I’m a human being and not just a zombie in a human body.


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Reading

Books Of The Month | October 2016

It’s the end of October already? I’m not ready for November, where I’ll be attempting to write more, which means I’ll likely read less.


What I Finished:

Red Rising by Pierce BrownRed Rising by Pierce Brown

One phrase description: 

Love.

Quote:

“Life is the most effective school ever created.”

My general thoughts:

I didn’t love it at first. But by the end, I did. I may have purchased the next two books already, which is a testament to how much I enjoyed the one pictured above. For the longest time, I saw pictures of it everywhere, and I was tired of seeing something I didn’t have.


Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
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One phrase description: 

Like.

Quote:

“All has been, or at least all have believed themselves to be, in danger from the pursuit of some one whom they wished to avoid; and all have been anxious for the attentions of some one whom they wished to please.”

My general thoughts:

I don’t love or hate it. I’m fond of the characters despite their flaws or maybe in spite of them. Interestingly enough, I enjoyed the middle chapters more than I did the beginning or ending. It took some time to get used to Austen’s writing early on. Also, the end didn’t satisfy me. I feel the need to mention I read this for school rather than pleasure. Funny, I told a friend I probably wouldn’t read Austen on my own for fun.


Atonement by Ian McEwan

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One phrase description: 

Like led to love.

Quote:

“It wasn’t only the wickedness and scheming that made people unhappy, it was confusion and misunderstanding.”

My general thoughts:

I fell more and more in love. The story started a bit slow, but picked up nicely. A part of me wants to watch a movie adaptation. If you know me at all, you know I don’t watch many movies. Similar to Northanger Abbey, I read McEwan for my English class. Still I’m going to gush about it to anyone who cares to listen to me, meaning no one.


City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

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One phrase description: 

Love and hate.

Quote:

“And no place that you are never allowed to leave can be a home.”

My general thoughts:

I liked some things, disliked others. The writing irks me at times. For some reason, I’m not really fond of characters calling other characters by name multiple times in a conversation. I don’t think it’s realistic. But the story arc works for me. If I didn’t buy all six books at once though, I’m not sure if I would have read beyond the first novel. So what does that say about me or the series as a whole (in my opinion)? I don’t know. I’ll let you form your own conclusion.


What I’m Currently Reading:

To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf

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First impressions:

It’s short, but I’m not the biggest fan so far, but let’s see if Woolf can win me over in the next couple hundred pages. It hasn’t happened yet. I just wish the story would unfold quicker because I’m impatient.


What I Want To Read Next Month:

City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

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Why: 

Because I want to finish the series and move on with my life. I mean that in the best way possible.


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