beautiful people

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Today I’m doing something a leetle different – I’m joining in on the Beautiful People meme, created by the highly talented Sky and Cait! It’s a series of ten questions designed to help you know your character a little differently, only this month it’s all about the writer.


  1. How do you decide which project to work on?
    It’s pretty much a question of the which plot bunny takes my fancy. I’ll write a scene, or a whole chapter, and if I like it and ideas hit, I’ll keep going! This method also means that I have a heap of barely started stories, but ehhhh it works for me.
  2. How long does it usually take you to finish a project?
    Waaaaayyyyyy too long, or insanely fast. I wrote my first story in just over a month. The second isn’t finished yet, and has so far taken me 18 months. So basically as long as I have time, and energy, and ideas!
  3. Do you have any routines to put you in the writing mood?
    Other than opening my laptop, and putting some music on, not really!
  4. What time of day do you write best?
    As a busy busy year eleven student who is also studying university, I write whenever possible. A smidgeon of time after lunch? Perfect. Five o’clock in the morning? Perfect! The only time I barely write is late at night; I find that my brain stops functioning after around nine 🙂
  5. Are there any authors you think you have a similar style to?
    I have only been writing consistently for about eighteen months, so it is hard to say what my style is. I’m definitely still discovering my style, and how I write. At the moment I’m writing a story very much in the style of Markus Zusak, with a twinge of John Green, and maybe a sprinkle of John Boyne.

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  6. Why did you start writing, and why do you keep writing?
    I started writing when I was eight, but I only really started writing consistently when I was fourteen. The reason for this – fanfiction! I read a really good fic and was instantly hooked, and was inspired to start writing my own work (and fic!). I keep writing because I want to improve my style, and because I learn so much about myself while doing so. Also, I just love it! There’s something so satisfying about putting characters through pain, and bringing them through in the end 😉
  7. What’s the hardest thing you’ve written?
    I wrote a story exactly a year ago – a fantasy with prophecies and death and suffering and lots of fun stuff like that. It was immensely difficult to write, and in the end I decided to leave it until I’m a little older, and know more about humans. It’s definitely a story that I want to keep writing, and I’m so excited about it, but it’s just so darn hard to write!
  8. Is there a project you want to tackle someday but you don’t feel ready yet?
    See the previous question 😉 Also, I do have a fantasy spy series in my head, based on worlds I made up as a small leetle one. I’m so excited for the both of these!
  9. What writing goals did you make for 2017 and how are they going?
    I only made two firm writing goals this year. One of them was to finish a story which I maaaay have now abandoned (whoops!). The other was to continue writing no matter what happens in my life. I’ve kinda failed this one, but over the last month I’ve picked up my stories again and it’s been such a blessing 🙂
  10. Describe your writing process in 3 words or a gif!
    “I don’t know” or, alternatively, “I-have-no-idea-what-I’m-doing Please Help!”

img_0581You should definitely go check out the creator’s of this meme, because the both of them are fabulous!

What are you writing at the moment?

Love, Emmeline 🙂

Important News

Just popping in for a little update!

Very Very Important News:

DODIE CLARK IS WRITING A BOOK!! HELP!!

If you don’t know who this human is, Dodie Clark is a singer/songwriter who also does youtube. She is a very nice darling human and she’s writing a book and ahhhh I’m very excited!!

Facts about this book:

  • It is called Secrets for the Mad!
  • It comes out November 2nd!
  • Find it on goodreads here!
  • Preorder it here!

As you can probably tell, I am VERY VERY EXCITED and can I wait for November 2nd I THINK NOT. BUY THIS BOOK.

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emmeline 🙂

(also this is my fiftieth post which is also very very ridiculous.)

Top Ten Fandoms I’m In (yay!)

Today I’m bringing to you my Top Ten Fandoms. I’m linking up with The Broke and the Bookish Top Ten Tuesday, because it’s such a fab idea and I love it!

(and prepare yourself for some yelling & ranting, because I can get very enthusiastic about my fandoms. MY PRECIOUS.)

Without further ado, my top ten fandoms.

  1. Lord of the Rings. I LOVE LORD OF THE RINGS SO MUCH. You have no idea. I’ll have to do a post one day about HOW MUCH I LOVE THIS BOOK because it’s actually ridiculous and I can go on about it for a while!!

    (also this includes pretty much everything Middle Earth related, because Tolkien is just all round amazing.)

  2. Harry PotterI read HP for the first time only 18 months ago now, though it feels like a lot longer. I was pretty much in love from the first page onwards. It’s such a wonderful fantasy adventure and I am quite honestly IN LOVE!!

    And who doesn’t love a good good vs. evil tale, anyway??!?

  3. Star WarsEXCUSE ME WHILE I CRY. Star Wars was my first fandom that I appreciated as a Fandom and it’s been with me for years – my ‘gateway’ fandom!! The fourth is my favourite, I have a heart for the prequels, number 7 made me cry, and everything about Rogue One makes me happy 🙂

    (except the ending, obviously.)

  4. Sherlock Holmes 

    This fandom is in two parts for me. One, my deep and sincere love of the books, which I first read when I was ten and have reread at least six times since so that I now know the entire plot of each mystery and each has an immense amount of nostalgia attached.And two – the BBC series, which is all the perfection, essentially. I just can’t. It’s perfect. I can’t fault it. It changes the books in a way that I am (unusually) okay with. This is ridiculous. BUT I LOVE IT SO MUCH OKAY. xx

  5. The How To Train Your Dragon books

    Let me just emphasise that again. I LOVE THE BOOKS. The books were essentially MY CHILDHOOD. I borrowed them every single library visit and devoured them. The movies on the other hand – they’re COMPLETELY DIFFERENT. The movies change EVERYTHING. WHERE WAS CAMICAZI? ALVIN? THE SUITORS?? MY BRAIN IS CONFUSED??!?!?(clearly I’m going to have to do a post on this because I have a lot of built up rants prepared 🙂 )
  6. NarniaI have a very clear memory of my mother reading me The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe when I was four. Ever since then it’s been kind of … there?? It’s been a part of my whole life, although I’m not obsessed with it. But it definitely deserves an honourable mention. The books are beautiful perfection. All movies except The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe make me cry because they changed too much.

    (The Horse and his Boy is definitely my fave, because of talking horses and watermelons)

  7. Disney/PixarI will be the first to admit that I’m not a crazy Disnerd. It’s not my favourite fandom. That said, I cried during Finding Dory purely because nostalgia??? Tangled and both Cinderellas are some of my favourite movies??? I still watch the old animated Cinderalla because I love it and the new one is pure and utter perfection??? I cried during the trailer for Beauty and the Beast???

    Clearly I like Disney more than I thought 😀

    (I think it’s actually a little like Narnia for me – it’s kind of always been there. So much beautiful. I wish I could sing. *sigh*)

  8. Doctor WhoI’m kind of a lowkey fan of DW. I know the story line, have watched up to season 7 I think (I’m still planning to finish it though, just hanging out for the holidays!!), and llloooooovvvve the concept/characters. But I don’t know – I watched it because of my friend and I feel like while I love it, it doesn’t have the same nostalgic value that some of my other fandoms have.

    BUT I STILL LOVE IT OKAY.

  9. Classics 

    This fandom is basically a combination of all the books that were written before 1899. Jane Austen, John Buchan, Charles Dickens, Arthur Conan Doyle, etc etc etc. Jane Austen was the best writer of ever, John Buchan is down to earth, Dickens makes me nice and depressed, and Doyle is perfect for a good adventure. Then there’re the books like Swiss Family Robinson, Little House on the Prairie (yes i know that was 1935 okay sssshhhh), Coral Island, and so so many more.(and then there’s Peter Pan, Mary Poppins, Winne the Pooh … excuse me while I cry from nostalgia.)

  10. Anne of Green Gables 

    I love these books to pieces – every single one of them (there are 8). I always say I love the first and the last – Anne of Green Gables is perfection, and Rilla of Ingleside is the best WWI book I’ve ever read. Seriously, the movies don’t do them justice (don’t get me started on the third one ……. urghhhh).

 

img_0581So those were my ten favourite fandoms! I’m absolutely in love with all of them and I just can’t get over their brilliance.

What’s your favourite fandom?? (if you can choose haha)

Keep smiling!!

–Emmeline 🙂

my notebooks – chit chat 2

A slightly un-book related post, but it still has to do with words and pages! I’m going to be showing you all the notebooks I use almost daily, because whhhyyyever not.

Notebooks are some of my favourite things ever. Traditionally as a family we’ve always made wishlists for our birthdays, and without fail from age five ‘notebooks’ have been present on mine.

As such, I have accumulated perhaps too many notebooks over the course of my life. Yet I use them – at least, most of them – almost every day.

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This is my journal. I’ve consistently written in one since age five (this is number six), and it’s honestly one of the best things I’ve ever done. I write all sorts of things in there – hopes, dreams, fears, experience, rants – and no we’re not going to look inside.

Moving right along!

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This is my quotes book. (I did an instagram post on this agesss ago) When I read and come across a particularly gorgeous sentence, or a particularly relatable piece of dialogue, then I’ll write it down in this little book.

I’ve so far collected quite an array of lovely quotes to look back on 🙂

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AHA. Here we have the most exciting of all the notebooks … my story ideas. Inside, it has absolutely no rhyme, reason, order, or any variation of neat handwriting, but it makes sense to me.

Kind of.

I’ve used this to *loosely* draft two of my stories, and I’ve found it much easier than doing it on the computer – there’s more room for scribbles and explanation marks and heavy underlining. That said, there’s no doubt that it’s faster on the laptop.

Now onto the next one …

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This is where I plan my insta posts (tags etc. and when will I ever be organised with this who can know) and my blog posts. I’m planning on using this notebook more for its intended purpose over the next year!

^^^^ explanation: This notebook started out as a whole bunch of random notes that didn’t fit anywhere else. Over a few months it finally evolved to the Social Media book. Hopefully it stays that way!

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I use this notebook for my bible studies – writing down any particular verses that I love, or that stood out to me that day. It’s half full of verses now, and I can’t wait to fill it up completely! I find that writing down the verses helps me to retain them better.

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AND LOOK!!! The previous three notebooks are all the same size, and I bought/wasgiventhem over a three year period!! (I love it when these things work out like that??? A gazillion yeses.)

Now for the final one …..

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My diary. I’ve gone through many over the years, but this has been the best one yet. It has a page for each day, and it’s actually perfect. It’s thick without being too heavy, large without being too large, and I’m in love with the cover. It even has a little pocket for stickers.

I also find that I’ve been using it almost every day, and it’s really helped me to be more productive and stay on top of my due dates (to a certain extent). As seen on the right, I’ve put in sticky notes for each due date and because it’s got a page to a day, it really helps me to keep track of assignments and events and things-that-I-can’t-miss.

I love it I love it I love it!!



img_0581So those are the six notebook that I’m currently using almost every day.

What notebooks do you use??

Keep smiling,

–Emmeline 🙂

 

what is a good book? – chit chat 1

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Here I am, starting a new blog series, chit chats! I’m hoping to number them so as to keep track.

This particular post is all about how I personally rate books – what I think a good book should contain. And if you think about it, books are so objective! Someone will love a book, and someone else will hate it. It purely depends on the reader.

So then we have to wonder, are there actually any bad books?? How do we know if a book is actually good?

I personally believe that yes, there are bad books, and yes, there are many of them. It’s taken years of thought to come to this conclusion, but if we don’t have bad books, then we can’t have good books, and so all our rants on how good our favourite books are are then deemed pointless.

What I think makes a book bad.

  • poor writing. There is a bad use of description, either too much or too little. The dialogue is poorly handled; too much, too little, too descriptive, not natural, not enough context. Weak verbs are used, such as ‘grabbed’, when something more specific would suffice (though I am a fan of ‘said’). Too many adverbs. Sentences that are too short; sentences that are too long. When the writing does not have a good poetic flow.

 

  • when the characters are one dimensional. Characters that are stereotypes. Characters that are predictable. Characters with no personality. Characters that don’t change throughout the story. Characters that are simply words on a page, not springing to life at any point.
    • (note) sometimes it’s okay to have supporting characters that are one dimensional, depending on the book and the style. However, the main characters should always be 3D.

 

  • when the plot is all over the place (or nowhere to be found). While books do not necessarily have to be tightly plotted, it is important to have some sort of problem, that then has some sort of resolution.
    • (note) sometimes books don’t have much of a resolution, and often that is okay. But I think that as long as the problem is dealt with in some way, then it’s fine.

 

  • when the story endorses immorality. When main characters rape each other, and the plot doesn’t tell it’s bad in some subtle way (to use an extreme example). When people swear and slap each other and the plot tells them it’s fine.
    • (note 1) it’s a whole new topic when you start thinking about what IS scriptural morality and why are some Christians okay with things in books while others aren’t! That’s a topic for another time, though I think that the endorsement of basic immorality (lying, stealing, murdering, etc.) really degrades the book’s quality.
    • (note 2) I personally think that it is okay for the main character of a book to be a murderer (for example), as long as there is some sort of resolution that includes the consequences of murder. However, this should not be done in a predictable, ‘murdering is bad’ happy ending, where all is forgiven. Does that make sense? The ending of this particular story should be realistic, and poignant, and thoughtful.

 

Those are just some scattered thoughts, but I think that it’s certainly interesting to think about. This topic has been debated for centuries, but it’s something that I’m very interested in.

Do you have any thoughts on this topic? Chit chat with me down below!

Keep smiling,

Emmeline 🙂

Favourite books of 2016

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Top Ten Faves of this year

Today I present to you … the best books I read this year. At time of writing I’ve read 70 books, and out of those, I’ve had some clear favourites 🙂

  1. War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy

    I read this one towards the beginning of the year, and I am so glad I did! It’s such an important and thought provoking tale, that made me both cry and laugh. I would highly recommend this to anyone and everyone. Find my review for it here.

  2. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy

    I read this one just after War and Peace, and while I didn’t enjoy it nearly as much, I was able to greatly appreciate the depth and beauty of this book.

  3. City of God – Saint Augustine

    I technically read this for school, but I think it deserves a place on my list just because of its great complexity. The thought that went into this book is absolutely incredible … I’ve tried to start a review for this many times and have failed epically. I can’t even begin to write about the ideas that this book contains, perhaps because it contains so many. It definitely gave me a lot to think about.

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  4. Bonhoeffer – Eric Metaxas

    This is one that I had been eyeing off for a while before I finally took the plunge. I’m so glad I did. Like City of God, it contains a well of ideas and knowledge, as well as being more modern and a biography. Very, very glad I read this one.

  5. The Bone Sparrow – Zana Fraillon

    This is now one of my favourite books, no joke. It’s a tale of Asylum Seekers in Australia, and how they are treated in our camps. It also made me cry.

  6. She is Not Invisible – Marcus Sedgwick

    I hadn’t read anything by this author before, but I thoroughly enjoyed this one. I think it’s one of those books that you either love or hate. I personally love it.

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  7. The Little Bookroom – Eleanor Farjeon

    This one is a collection of fairy tales and bedtime stories – except you won’t have heard of any of them before, because the author made them up. As a great lover of all things Fairy Tale, I absolutely loved this book. (also I grew up on it, so that helped too.)

  8. A Rose for the Anzac Boys – Jackie French

    I absolutely LOVE historical fiction, and this author never fails to produce a good sound book. This is one of her better ones, I think – and I absolutely adored it.

  9. Eleanor and Park – Rainbow Rowell

    I didn’t actually give this one five stars, because I disagreed with the morals and beliefs presented as right in this book. But the characters? YESSSS. Writing? YESSS. Plot? YESSS. (i liked this one)

  10. The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien

    This year’s reread was thoroughly enjoyable. Also, as my FAVOURITE BOOK EVER, I feel like it deserves a place on my list. In addition, it’s amazing and practically perfect in every way.

 

 

pagesAnd that’s a wrap! I’ve branched out a lot in my reading this year, and yet my list still contains mainly classics. I think that’s because a) once a homeschooler, always a homeschooler, and b) people knew grammar once, and I greatly enjoy books with correct grammar.

What was your favourite book this year?

Chat soon!

–Emmeline 🙂

Top Ten BOOKISH Characters (help)

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So today I wanted to let you know my TEN BEST BOOKISH CHARACTERS. (seriously though, where do I start. Help.)

Let’s jump right in!

(this is no way in order. Except maybe the first three. The other seven are in a jumble of no-particular-order, because if I tried to put them in order of favourites then there would be a fight, and somehow I really don’t want to make Eowyn and Camicazi angry. Because there would be blood shed all over my nice clean blog, and we couldn’t have that, could we??)

  1. Frodo Baggins – Lord of the Rings

    I absolutely LOVE Frodo. He is just amazing. This humanly real hobbit who travels across endlessness to save the world… ahhhh he’s perfect.

  2. Lucy Pevensie – Narnia

    Sometimes I relate more to Susan, when I’m in a bossy older sister mood. Sometimes I relate more to Lucy, when I’m in a heroinic-awesome-adorable mood. But today I relate to Lucy. (maybe it’s because I’m bashing out assignments and am therefore a dagger bearing Queen with healing powers.)

  3. Elizabeth Bennet – Pride and Prejudice

    Don’t even get me started on how amazingly wonderful this woman is. Because she’s awesome. (though a little proud. DO YOU SEE WHAT I DID THERE.)

  4. Anne Shirley – Anne of Green Gables

    I absolutely LOVE Anne. I also think these books are pretty near perfect. I will fight anyone who thinks that Anne-with-an-e is a Mary-Sue.
    (some people think that. I just don’t get it.)

  5. Richard Gansey III – Raven Boys

    Okay, I have only read the first book of this series, but I just think that Gansey is such a unique and well developed character that he deserves a place on my list. Full stop. Hopefully he stays awesome in the other books too, which I will (also) hopefully read soon!

  6. Luna Lovegood – Harry Potter

    Luna is amazing. Fullstop. She is most definitely my favourite character in the series, and I relate to her so much that it’s ridiculous. (I’m also a Ravenclaw, so there’s that.)

  7. Susan Walker – Swallows and Amazons

    Ship’s mate, cook, domestic organizer (as Wikipedia puts it), ship’s doctor … and just ten years old? Oh yes! Susan was my ultimate idol when I was ten, and I couldn’t cook to save my life. If you haven’t read these brilliant books by Arthur Ransome, then, well, you should. Because of Susan, mainly. And also because of independent children camping on islands by themselves. (I’m so envious of them though.)

  8. Eowyn – Lord of the Rings

    Eowyn is awesome. And, by the way, 100% relatable.  (she also said the most quotable line in the history of literature: I AM NO MAN. *whips off helmet and charges at assignments with renewed courage*)

  9. Camicazi – How to Train Your Dragon

    THERE ARE BOOKS? YES THERE ARE!! And they’re amazing, by the way. (better than the movies in my opinion – way more dragons.) Camicazi is who Astrid is *loosely* based off. (and is a gazillion times better.) She is the eternal optimist, the dragon stealer, the defier of stereotypes, the disobedient daughter… yeah, I love Camicazi. When I was ten I would have given anything for a mood-dragon and a long sword so I could be Camicazi, heir to the throne of the Bog-Burglars.
    (I still would.)

  10. Harry Potter – Harry Potter

    Is it just me, or is Harry a little underestimated? I mean, the series is literally about him. I really love him, though he is a little angsty and moody occasionally, and won’t stop thinking about girls. (though to be honest, that just adds to the realness of him – he is a teenage guy.) He’s literally awesome.

 

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So that’s that, my list! (which by the way was practically impossible to put together) I hope you enjoyed, and I’ll be back soon with more bookish chitchat!

Who would you have added??

Keep smiling, and until next time, fellow bookdragons!

–Emmeline 🙂

 

This post was based on a list I created in an Instagram caption, which you can find here.