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Remembering Legends: David Bowie & Alan Rickman

I couldn’t believe the news on Monday: David Bowie had passed away of cancer, aged 69. Just now, with Space Oddity still ringing in my ears, I learned that another legend has left us: Alan Rickman died today of cancer. Aged 69.

The world has truly lost two stage and screen legends this week.

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Top 15 Fandom Story! Please keep voting!

We did it guys!! Thanks to your votes my story The Bravery of the Soldier is now in 15th place in Inkitt’s Fandom Writing Contest out of 1,710 entries!!!

It’s now closed to new submissions, but voting continues for another week! So please keep voting and help an aspiring author out! With your help I can stay at the top!

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To vote follow this link and click on the heart. If you’re not on Inkitt yet (and really you should be because there are awesome new stories published every day – original and fanfiction) you’ll be ask to set up a free account.

Bravery is the first novel-length piece of writing I’ve ever shown to a wider audience. It was written during NaNoWriMo 2013 and has gained an overwhelming number of positive reviews in AO3 and fanfiction.net since then as part of the BBC Sherlock Fandom . The latest comment I received on it (yesterday) was: “This is just… WOW! All the kudos!”

I like to think you’re doing OK when your story leaves fangirls speechless. It’s also been hailed by members of the armed forces for realistic portrayals of both, active war zones and the struggles returning personnel face back home, and I have been asked more than once where I served despite not having any affiliation with the military myself.

I promise there is no smut in it whatsoever, and wartime experiences are only told in flashbacks to explain John Watson’s current day state of mind. The focus is on John today, how he became the man he is, and in how many ways he could give a certain consulting detective a run for his money.

Your vote can help me show this story to a whole new audience, as the winning stories can get editing help and possible publication! To reach that stage would make this writer’s dreams come true, and you can make it happen!

Top Ten Tuesday: My Top 10 Banned Books

Top Ten Tuesday is the brainchild of The Broke & the Bookish. Every Tuesday, we compile a list of our literary Top 10, and then add it to the blog hop.

Technicall,y this week is supposed to be all about the Top 10 Books To Read If You Like (insert title / author here). However, in honour of Banned Books Week, I have decided to do my Top 10  Banned Books instead! The following books have in the past been banned in at least one country.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top 10 Books That Would Be On My Syllabus If I Taught German Literature 101

Top Ten Tuesday is the brainchild of The Broke & the Bookish. Every Tuesday, we compile a list of our literary Top 10, and then add it to the blog hop.

This week is all about the Top 10 Books That Would Be On My Syllabus If I Taught German Literature 101.

Children’s Books / YA:

General Fiction:

The Classics:

I’m limited to 10 books on this list, but these are only examples. I’d probably recommend reading at least one other book by these authors.

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Friday 56: Vol. 7

The Friday 56 is a blog hop by Freda’s Voice and the rules are simple:

  • Turn to the nearest book.
  • Open it on page 56.
  • Post a sentence or two.
  • Join the linky.
  • Go crazy on the linky.

” ‘In our village,’ Koro  Apirana told us, ‘we have always endeavoured to live in harmony with Tangaroa’s kingdom and the guardians therein. We have made offerings to the sea god to thank him and when we need his favour, and we have called upon our guardians whenever we are in need of help. We have blessed every new net and new line to Tangaroa. We have tried not to take food with us in our boats when we fish because of the sacred nature of our task.’ ”

Whale Rider by Witi Ihimaera

My Midori Traveler’s Notebook – all ready to go!

A while back, I posted about contemplating whether I should splurge on a Midori Traveler’s Notebook. You see, I always have a notebook on me, if not two or more. So a nice leather-bound one sounded perfect to this stationery lover.

I ordered it, and got it in early June. But it wasn’t quite ready yet – I wanted to customise it a bit, make it mine.  But now it’s finally ready and about to go on its first trip with me. You’ve seen me put goals every week of designing templates – well, let me give you a walk-through and show you some of my DIY inserts.

This is my Midori Traveler’s Notebook set-up:

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Would You Rather… Book Tag

Erika over at Erika in Bookventureland recently posted about the Would You Rather… Book Tag. At the end, she tagged a bunch of people, but she also kindly tagged “YOU”, i.e. any reader who’d like a go.

So I figured, why not? Thank you for the indirect tag!

Would you rather only read trilogies or only read stand-alones?

While I don’t mind trilogies and series, I’d have to go with stand-alones as that will add more variety in the long run.

Would you rather only read male or female authors?

This is a stupid question in my honest opinion. I don’t care whether you’re female, male, trans or gender-neutral as long as you can write a compelling story. I pick books based on plot and whether it appeals to me. Though I have to say, a quick glance at my bookshelves shows most of my books were written by men.

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