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Monday, March 25, 2019

March 2019 Wrap-Up//OMG IT'S SPRING



It's finally Spring!!


Because what would a monthly wrap-up post on my blog be if it didn't start with a dancing GIF?

But seriously, I am so pumped for warm weather!


Books Read


Umm . . . none?



I'm almost done with two, though. And I just started The Book Thief for school. (Which I was super happy about, because they've actually picked a book that doesn't make me want to gauge my eyes out for once. :P)


Films/Television


Now, these I have seen a lot of.

-How To Train Your Dragon 3: The Hidden World

It wasn't as action-packed as the other movies, but I still really enjoyed it! (Even though I cried. A lot XD)

-Monk

I love detective shows, and Monk is no exception!

-The Umbrella Academy

I love superhero-inspired books and movies, so this TV show was right up my alley. The pacing was veeeery slow, but I loved the characters. Ben and Klaus are my faves. XD



Life-y Things


My family and I tried our first escape room, and it was so fun! We finished with five minutes to spare.

My school had color wars!  My school makes it a week long thing, where on Monday you dress in sports jerseys, and Tuesday you dress in Hawaiian shirts, etc etc. And then on Friday you dress in your class color and the grades compete against each other in a bunch of mini-games. (My grade lost miserably, but . . . ¯\_(ツ)_/¯)  For Character Day, my friends and I did a Spongebob-themed group costume. I was Squidward. XD

I kept my hair in a super-tight bun all day, (because Squidward is bald. My friend told me I should have worn a bald cap, but I said no to that. XD) and when I took my hair out it felt like: 



I also attended my school's musical production of Shrek. (Fun-fact--I have never seen the movie.) I did interviews with the cast members, and wrote an article about it for my school newspaper. (Although, I'm still waiting for it to be published, because the girl who I co-wrote it with still has to get her section finished and approved.)

Anyway, despite losing Color Wars by a wide margin, March was still a relatively good month for me. How was yours?

Monday, March 11, 2019

Fantasy Favorites Tag




Quick confession before I begin the tag: I stole this tag from Nicole. (Although, she *did* encourage it, so . . .) Also--it is no longer fantasy month. I am about 11 days past the due date. :P Buuuut, I needed a post for this week, and this tag sounded really fun. So we're doing it!

Rules

-Thank the blogger who tagged you. Thanks Nicole, even though I stole it XD

-Answer the questions

-Include the graphic somewhere in the post

-Tag a few blogger friends, and let them know they've been tagged



What is Your Favorite Fantasy Book?

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Keeper of the Lost Cities!! If you've been around my blog for a while, then chances are, you've heard my ramblings about why you should read this book. (Which you totally should!) Shannon Messenger writes some of the funniest plot twistiest books ever. And her characters have *the best* dialogue. Basically, they're perfect. 


What is Your Favorite Fantasy Movie/TV Show?

Movie-wise, definitely the How To Train Your Dragon movies! I just saw the third one last weekend, and, guys, there were many tears shed.  



Also, I remember really liking the Alice and Wonderland movies. (The 2010 + 2016 ones)



Who is Your Favorite Hero/Heroine?

Gah--this is so hard to choose!

Well, to name a few (because I couldn't possibly choose one :P) Percy Jackson, Sophie Foster, and Nova Artino, from the Percy Jackson books, Keeper of the Lost Cities, and Renegades, respectively. I also couldn't help but mention Katniss Everdeen, even though Hunger Games is *technically* dystopian.  




Who is Your Favorite Fantasy Sidekick?

Okay, once again, super hard question! But, I will play by the rules this time, and pick one. 

Mini, from Aru Shah and the End of Time is such a nerdy, adorable sidekick, I can't help but love her. 

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image via Read Riordan

Who is Your Favorite Fantasy Villain? Who do You Love To Hate?

I really love the villains from The Gilded Wolves, by Roshani Chokshi. (I won't name anyone specifically because some of them aren't revealed until later, and this is a NO SPOILER ZONE.) But I love how ingeniously their plans unfurled. 


What is Your Favorite Fantasy Subgenre? 

I *love* contemporary fantasy! Contemporary fantasy is where the story takes place in a real-world setting, but still includes many fantastical elements. Sometimes it's hard for me to get into super high fantasy because I have a hard time picturing the setting, so it's a lot easier for me when the story's set in a world I'm already familiar with. 


What is Your Favorite Thing About Fantasy?

Fantasy books are, in many ways, an escape from reality. Whenever I'm particularly nervous about something, I'll read fantasy because it helps take my mind off things. I also love being able to imagine that awesome things like dragons and fae and elves are real. 




What is Your Favorite Fantasy Realm?

It was super hard to pick one, (yes, I know I already said that twice. But come on, there are just so many good books!) but I'm going to have to say the realm from Story Thieves by James Riley. One of the characters, Bethany, is half-fictional, and has the power to jump in and out of any book she wants--which, is like, the coolest thing ever!

Bethany, jumping into every book in sight ^^


What is Your Favorite Magic System?

It's been a while since my last reread, but I remember really liking the magic system from the Septimus Heap series. I absolutely loved reading about Septimus' adventures as apprentice to the ExtraOrdinary wizard. And of course, I loved Spit Fyre, and Ullr because, who could not? (Even though I still don't really know how to pronounce Ullr. :P)


Sell me a fantasy book! Have you written a fantasy book? Give me your best pitch for it! Have you read an exceptionally great fantasy book recently? Convince me to make it my next read!

One of my latest fantasy reads was The Gilded Wolves, by Roshani Chokshi! But, I already wrote a full review of that, so if you want to check it out, you can read it here

I know that this is kind of cheating--but so is posting a tag a month late. :P


Tagging

I'm not going to tag anyone specific (shocking--I almost never do XD) because this tag is already tremendously late. But don't let that stop you! If you really want to do this--like I did--go ahead and steal it! Do it! Have fun with it!

Alright--that's about it for this post. Let me know if you decide to do this post--I'd love to see your answers. :)

Peace out. 
All GIFs via Giphy

Monday, March 4, 2019

Dos and Don'ts For Your First Year of Blogging

This Thursday, March Seventh, marks the one year anniversary for Scribbles of an Aspiring Author!


In the one year that I've been on the blogosphere, I've done a lot of things wrong, but I've also learned a lot--hence this blog post's title.



First thing you should do--always make a graphic, like this one, with the title of your blog post and your URL. You can then post the graphic on social media, like Pinterest and/or Instagram to get more traffic on your blog. I make my graphics on Adobe Spark, and they have an awesome resizing feature that lets you take your header and convert it into the ideal size for any social media, with one click.

(This is the size that I'll post to Pinterest.)


Second Tip--make your titles interesting. Don't clickbait (because no one likes clickbait) but make sure that your blog post is both specific enough to what your content is, and makes people want to read your post. If you have trouble with coming up with a blog title, there are plenty of suggestion pages/titling cheat sheets on Pinterest. 


Here's an example of when I didn't do this. The title of this post is simply "The Fault in Our Stars," which might be the most vague thing ever. What is the post about? Is it a review? (Yes it was.) Am I yelling into the internet about how this book broke my heart? Maybe. But you would have no idea what this post was about because I never specified. 

(Also--I don't think that I even specified what it was about in the post. As you can see, at the bottom of the screen-cap, I just jumped straight into "Here's the synopsis. *facepalm*)

Better titles for this post include: Why Everyone Needs to Read the Fault in Our Stars, or The Story of How John Green Shattered my Heart, or even The Fault in Our Stars Book Review. Those titles took me about three seconds to come up with off the top of my head, and although they could obviously use some work, all three of them are infinitely better than just saying the title of a book with no context around it. 

And a few tips for if you want to start book reviewing regularly--number one, find a platform that will post your links. I usually do my book reviews through MMGM, over on Always in the Middle. (It was originally started by Shannon Messenger, but she passed hosting duties for MMGM over to Greg Pattridge last year.) This is a great way for people to find your blog. 

Tip number two--always include an age rating with the book. I didn't use to do this, but I found that it's nice for people reading your blog to know what kind of content they're getting into when they add a new book to their TBR pile. 

And lastly--if you ever feel like your review seems a little weak, or you want it to be longer, talk about your favorite characters, and why you love them. I don't know about you, but my favorite parts of books are characters, and I will be 99.9999 percent more likely to pick up a book if I know the characters are compelling, than if someone tells me it has a good plot. A plot is nothing without well-developed characters to carry it out, IMHO.

But no matter how good your posts are--you have to be consistent. 

^^Literally everyone's face while reading this because I cannot be consistent for the life of me.

Do as I say, not as I do. You should pick one day, or two, where you update every week. During the school year my posting schedule usually gets pushed back to a post every other week, but I'm trying to work on getting a one-post-per-week thing going on again. 

And lastly, read and comment on other bloggers' posts. I know that I haven't been that good at doing that this year, but I'm hoping to be more active after school calms down. Bloggers really are the nicest humans!

The only blatant "don't" I can really think of for blogging is--don't be unkind to anyone. It's that simple.

Anyway, I could go on forever (I made a lot of mistakes, guys) but I just wanted to say thank you to all of you who have been reading this blog since my posts mainly consisted of writing prompts, and, to say welcome to any new readers. *waves*

Choosing to start this blog was arguably one of the best decisions I've ever made. Here's to hoping this year is just as awesome. 

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