Here’s a Mini Photo Dump βœŒ

Hey everyone, I hope you’ve been having a good week!

For those of you who may not know, I’m currently pursuing a Masters in Professional Writing through NYU’s School of Professional Studies.

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Taking Care of Succulents: The Importance of Sunlight


For many beginning plant enthusiasts, succulents are an attractive plant to start with, as they are easy to grow and are generally an overall hardy plant that doesn’t require too much watering.

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Poetry Prompt #14

Hello everyone, and happy Monday!

It’s been quite the weekend with the election and everything, but now a new week has started, and it’s time for another Poetry Prompt Monday. For today’s prompt, I thought it would be good to focus on the concept of new beginnings.

On that note, here is what I got for today!


The rain pours from the sky,

Bringing the wet earth smell,

Bringing life back to thirsty plants.

The rain drenches the ground,

Washing away the dirt and dust

Washing away the oil on the streets.

The rain cleanses the world,

Giving it the chance,

To grow,

And become something new.

Something bright.

Something even more alive,

Than it was before.


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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Non-Bookish Hobbies

Hey everyone, I hope your Tuesday has been going well!

Today is Election Day in the United States (in case you haven’t heard πŸ˜…) and it’s kind of making me on edge…so I decided to do this Top Ten Tuesday post kind of last minute, mostly because I thought it was a fun thing to do to keep my mind from dwelling on the election too much (At least, until later tonight when results start coming in). Some of these hobbies I may have brought up in the past and even during Blog Everyday in October, but I’m going to talk about them anyways, since why not?

Anyways, Jana from That Artsy Reader Girl hosts Top Ten Tuesday’s every week, so go check out her blog (where you’ll also find more bloggers who participated in that weeks round of Top Ten Tuesday)!

On that note, here are my top ten non-bookish hobbies!


Writing/Journaling

Based on the URL for this site and my Poetry Prompt Monday’s, I don’t think it should be any surprise that I love to write πŸ˜‚ I’ve been working on something I want to self-publish, but there’s quite a bit more I want to work on before releasing it into the world… but I’m hoping it will be sometime next year!

Journaling ties in pretty well with my writing hobby, as there are something’s I want to write for myself and not to share with the world πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ Other times, it might be a thought that’s stuck in my head, and later becomes something I write more in depth about, whether it’s a blog post or a poem. I also like do more creative things with journaling, but my artistic skills are quite… subpar, so it’s not something that I do a lot

Photography

I took a couple photography classes back in high school, and I thought it was a lot of fun! I do post a lot about this in my creative dumping ground posts, so this probably isn’t too much of a surprise.

Origami

I did a whole post about making an origami pumpkin for Blog Everyday in October, but I also like making cranes. Back when I first got into it, I used to make a variety of stuff, but it’s been a few years and my skills are a little rusty… maybe someday I’ll learn to make more creations

Watching True Crime shows/documentaries

I talked about Unsolved Mysteries on here, but I also love a good true crime documentary or any tv show. I just think it’s interesting learning about the psychology of criminals and also hearing about the process that goes on when working on cases.

Watching YouTube

Is this a hobby? I spend a lot of time watching YouTube, so I figure I might as well include it πŸ˜‚ Recently I’ve been watching a lot of video essays, and one of my favorites to watch is Khadija Mbowe. I found her within the past month, as she commented on another video I’d been watching and mentioned having a channel (clever marketing right there πŸ˜‚) and I ended up really enjoying her personality and how she discusses the topics covered. Plus, she links her resources in the description, which is always appreciated!

Here’s the first video of hers I watched:

Pin Collecting

I mainly collect Disney Pins, as I think they’re really cute, but in my opinion, pins are a fun way to personalize and decorate your stuff.

Puzzling

This has become quite the popular activity during the pandemic, and I too, have fallen down the rabbit hole of puzzling.

Baking/Making Drinks

Now that the weather seems to be cooling down a bit, I’m hoping to get back into baking soon, as I love it, but specifically baking cookies πŸ‘Œ I also enjoy making drinks, although since I’ve been home, I’ve been playing around with different recipes for alcoholic drinks more so than anything else. Some of the pictures I included are from when I worked at one of the Starbucks kiosks in the grocery stores… hence the Starbucks logo on the cupsπŸ˜‚

I actually did a series during BEDIO last year where I tried out different Pintrest Halloween Drink recipes, which was pretty fun!

Hiking/Walking

This was somewhere in Davis, CA so this isn’t my neighborhood πŸ˜‚

I like taking walks around the neighborhood, as you never know what you’ll find! I do also enjoy hiking, granted I did it a lot more when I lived in Boulder.

Exploring/Traveling

I wasn’t sure how to title this, but I enjoy taking little day trips and exploring new places, whether it’s locally or travelling farther away. One of my bucket list items is to take a road trip across the United States, and also take a road trip up to Canada… it might be awhile before I do any of these things, but hey, a girl can dream πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ

The picture on the left is from when I went on a safari in South Africa a few years ago, and the picture on the right was from wine tasting in Napa Valley πŸ‘Œ


That’s about all I have for this weeks Top Ten Tuesday! What are some of your favorite non-bookish hobbies?

Also, don’t forget to check out That Artsy Reader Girl’s original post, as well as all the bloggers featured there 😊

Thanks for stopping by, and I will see you in the next post!

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Poetry Prompt #13

Hey there everyone, I hope your Monday has been off to a good start!

Today is the first Monday of November, and therefore the first Poetry Prompt Monday of the month. Is there any significance to that? No, but I figure, why not point it out πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ

Anyways, this week I’m using another poetry prompt from my Write the Poem journal. I know I’ve been using the same source for my prompt inspiration, but I keep finding good word prompts in there! Now that I got that out of the way, here’s this weeks prompt:

Prompt:Word Associations:
ImperfectionFlaw
Uniqueness
Foible
Blemish
Shortcoming
Nature
Defect
Marred

Now here is what I came up with for this week, I hope you enjoy!


I live a life,

Where I want everything to be fixed.

Wipe away the blemish,

Which has found a place,

Comfortably resting on my existence.

Destroy the imperfection,

Permeating my otherwise perfect existence.

Is that really true though,

That by fixing one flaw,

My life will be perfect?

In the past,

Life always manages to find a way,

To keep anything from being perfect.

Otherwise,

How else would I manage to remain so humble?

How else can I crush myself,

Underneath the weight of my insecurity?


Thank you for reading through my post, and I will be back on Wednesday, but this time with a special announcement πŸ˜‰

On that note, have a good rest of your Monday, and I will talk to Wednesday!

-Erin(:

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BEDIO: Just Some Bibliophilic Things #6 And The Halloween Book Tag

Today is the last day of Blog Everyday in October, so to all of you who have taken the time to read any of my posts this month, thank you! It takes a lot of planning and time to get this all organized, so I appreciate any of y’all who have been along for the ride at some point this October 😊

To end BEDIO 2020, I decided to do a Halloween Book tag, which I found on the Sassy Book Geek’s blog. If you want to check out her post, you can do so here! For the sake of not turning this post into an essay, I’m only going to answer some of the questions.

Also, since today is Saturday, it’s time for another Just Some Bibliophilic Things, which is a weekly meme hosted by Riddhi from Whispering Stories! I’ll go ahead and start with the Just Some Bibliophilic Things question, and then do the Halloween Book Tag πŸŽƒ

This Week’s question: Which genre is your absolute favorite? What draws you to it? If demanded, would you be able to stick to it for the rest of your life?

Tough question… I would say it’s most likely fantasy, although more specifically urban fantasy. I think fantasy is a great genre to explore current issues in a way where you’re removed from the real world just enough where it still has this feeling of escaping from real life. I think I could stick to it for the rest of my life, as fantasy is pretty expansive, and there’s enough subgenre’s where it won’t feel as though I’m reading the same book over and over again.

Favorite Scary (Must Read) For Halloween?

I don’t have a favorite book that I read every year, although when I was younger, I always enjoyed reading the Blue is For Nightmares series by Laurie Faria Stolarz during the fall.

Scariest Book Cover, Like Ever?

The Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark covers always freaked me out, and really just the illustrations overall were super creepy.

In What Fictional World Would You Like To Go Trick-or-Treating?

Let’s go with Middle Earth from The Lord of the Rings, because I specifically want to visit the Shire. I know I’ve answered the Shire from The Lord of the Rings in a previous post, but I feel like it fun to trick-or-treat there, especially because they would also throw a really fun Halloween party.

What Book Villain Would You Not Like To Meet Alone In A Dark Alley On Halloween?

I was thinking of the Corsai from This Savage Song, since they only hunt at night when its dark… and well they’ll eat you. They also remind me of the Vashta Nerada from Doctor Who, which really freaked me out the first time I watched “Silence in the Library”.

Would You Rather Dress Up As A Vampire, Zombie, Werewolf, or Shadowhunter?

Vampire, hands down. It just seems like a costume that you can get really creative with when it comes to dressing up πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ

What Is Your Favorite Halloween Candy?

Easy, TWIX! So delicious πŸ˜‚


Now we’re at the end of the post… and so Blog Every Day in October 2020 is officially a wrap! It’s a month that seems to have gone by in a blur, and as much fun as it was to post everyday, it will be nice to go back to my regular posting schedule πŸ˜‚

Once again, thank you to anyone who has read any of the posts I put out this month, I really appreciate it!

On that note, I will see you on Monday with a new post 😊

-ErinπŸŽƒ

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BEDIO: A Tag Full of Books and Gifs (Original)

Hello everyone, and happy Friday! I can’t believe tomorrow is Halloween, and the end of the month 😱 October seemed to really fly by!

For those of you who don’t know, I made up my own book tag a while ago called The Starbucks and Books Challenge, and since I had a lot of fun doing it, I wanted to try creating another one!

Recently, I’ve been having this urge to just search through GIF’s (probably because I’m a weirdo… but I digress), so I thought it would be fun to come up with a GIF inspired book tag. There was originally the Book Gif Tag (I couldn’t find the original… this is about as close as I could get), where whoever tags you gives you a list of ten books, and from there, you pick a gif (along with a one sentence explanation) that best describes your feelings about the book.

And well… I decided to do something completely different with the GIFs, because why notπŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ Anyways, here is A Tag Full of Books and Gifs!


What book are you currently reading? Search the title, and insert the FIFTH GIF from your search results.

I’m currently reading The Bad Seed by William March, and the GIF is actually from the movie adaptation (1956).

The Bad Seed (1956) | Serendipitous Anachronisms

What was the last book you read? Post the first GIF that pops up in the search.

The last book I read was The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste… and this GIF is super random and not at all related to the book 🀣

Best Jumbie GIFs | Gfycat

What’s your favorite book you’ve read so far this year? Search the title, and insert the first GIF that pops up.

I picked Felix Ever After (although it was a tough decision, cause there were a few books I would consider my favorites!), and this is what popped up.

Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender

If I’m going to be honest, this perfectly encapsulates how I felt by the end of the book πŸ‘Œ


Pick a book that starts with the first letter of your name in the title, and insert the THIRD GIF that pops up in your search.

The book I chose was Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

Kelly (and the Book Boar) (The United States)'s review of Eleanor Oliphant  Is Completely Fine

Since both Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine and Mommie Dearest (This GIF is a scene from the movie) deal with the topic of abusive mothers, it makes sense why this would pop up. I’ve only seen parts of the movie Mommie Dearest, but from what I did watch, I don’t know if I could ever watch the whole thing.


Choose a book that takes place in your hometown, and insert the FIFTH GIF that appears from your search.

Since I thought of two books that specifically take place in my hometown, I’m just going to do both of them πŸ‘Œ

House of Broken Angels (The GIF doesn’t at ALL relate to the book πŸ˜‚)

Broken Angels GIFs - Find & Share on GIPHY | Dark angel wallpaper, Dark  angel, Angel pictures

Crimes Against a Book Club (The Gif is from Steel Magnolias… Never seen the movie, so I have no idea if these two works share any similarities πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ)

The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix

A book with a cover that’s your favorite color. Insert the first Gif that appears in the search.

The Bear and The Nightingale, although I love the cover design overall! Also, this GIF captures the vibe of the book so well.

Sara Saif's review of The Bear and the Nightingale

What’s your favorite book to movie adaptation? Insert the FOURTH GIF that appears in your search.

For this question, I chose Cloud Atlas.

My Cloud Atlas gif collection for later use... enjoy, imgur - Album on Imgur

The GIF is an example of why I preferred the movie adaptation to the book, as I had a hard time focusing on entire chapters that were written in that exact style πŸ˜…


Pick a book that also incorporates another passion/hobby of yours. Insert the first Gif that appears in your results.

I love baking, so I went with To All the Boys I Loved Before, and this is what came up:

to all the boys i've loved before gifs | Tumblr

Well… I wasn’t a huge fan of Peter Kavinsky, so I have nothing else to add to this answer πŸ˜‚


For all you music lovers out there: Pick a book that you associate with your favorite genre of music. Insert the THIRD GIF that appears in your search.

Daisy Jones and the Six is about a band from the seventies, and I love some good classic rock πŸ‘Œ

Dana Al-Basha Ψ―Ψ§Ω†Ψ© Ψ§Ω„Ψ¨Ψ§Ψ΄Ψ§'s review of Daisy Jones & The Six

FINAL QUESTION: Do you have a reading goal? How many books are you away from completing it? Or if you surpassed it, by how much? Whatever the number, search the title of the first book you read this month, and count that number and post that GIF.

My goal for this year was 45 books, and I’ve now read 47! Since I’ve surpassed my goal by 2 books, here’s the second Gif that popped up when I searched for Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood, which is a scene from the movie.

Books on GIF #19 β€” 'The Complete Persepolis' by Marjane Satrapi

Alright, I’m going to do a Halloween Bonus Gif! Pick your favorite Halloween movie/spooky book and insert the first GIF from your search πŸŽƒπŸ‘»

From the Disney Channel Movie Halloweentown. I can see why I liked the movie so much, as this was pretty much me as a kid πŸ˜‚

Halloween Town GIFs | Tenor

That’s it for A Tag Full of GIFs and Books! I’ll go ahead and tag:

Cherelle the Bibliophile

Riddhi from Whispering Stories

Tiction

I know y’all love doing some tags, so feel free to try this one out if you want! They also all have some great blogs, so check out their stuff! I also tag anyone else who stumbles upon this post and is interested in doing the tag; just let me know because I’d love to see your answers!

Anyways, thanks for stopping by, and I will see you tomorrow with my last post for BEDIO 😱

-ErinπŸŽƒ

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BEDIO: Creative Dumping #24

Hey everyone, and Happy Thursday!

Before we get into the post today, I just want to remind anyone who is in the United States and eligible to vote, to go vote! November 3rd is right around the corner, and even though it’s too late to mail in your ballot, there are still plenty of places to drop off your ballot.

To find a drop off location visit: https://www.vote.org/dropbox-locator/

Also, if you haven’t registered to vote, you can still register to vote in certain states on election day. To find out the specific voting deadlines for your state and where you can register to vote on election day, visit: https://www.vote.org/voter-registration-deadlines/


Now for today, I’m doing another Creative Dumping Ground post, as I’ve been in the mood to take pictures of my Halloween decorations πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ

On a completely unrelated note, I also thought this article from CBR had an interesting take on how Halloweentown tackles topics such as prejudice for a child audience. This is one of my favorite Halloween Disney Channel movies from when I was a kid, although I loved the entire franchise (except the fourth movie… which I just pretend doesn’t exist).

All these decorations I bought at either Michael’s (they were doing a 40% off sale on their Halloween dΓ©cor, so unfortunately, most of it is probably sold out at this point) or Target. So, let’s look at some cool (at least, I think they’re cool… hence why I bought them) Halloween decorations!

This first picture…even though it is very pixelated, I almost love how it makes them look like it was drawn or painted, because I can’t do either of those things very well πŸ˜‚ I also love how much the orange witch legs contrast against all the green in the photo.

These bookish photos I took for completely different reasons. The one on the left was to show off a new decoration I got this year (unfortunately, the Ferris Wheel doesn’t actually spin), while the one on the right was a photo I was going to post to Instagram, but ended up changing my mind.

I got this wreath from Michael’s, although I wanted to get a different one, but it was sold out. I thought this was was pretty cute though, and I love the colors. With the photo itself, I was playing around with a cropping tool that changes the perspective of the photo. The original photo I took straight on, but after using the special cropping tool, it looks like I took it from below the wreath. I thought it was a pretty cool tool to play around with πŸ‘Œ

The same cropping tool that I mentioned in the previous paragraph, I also used on the photo on the left. The photo on the right I just took from that perspective. I think I would change a couple of things with both photos though. For the one on the left, I would tone down the vignette filter I placed on it, because it makes it hard to see the orange origami crane. The photo on the right, I like having the candle holder in the background, but I probably should have taken the Disney pop figures out of the holders πŸ˜‚

Anyways, both of these decorations are from Target, but the cranes I made myself πŸ‘ Granted, I did get the origami paper I used from Target as well!


So that’s all I have for now; I hope you enjoyed today’s post! Thanks for stopping on by, and I will see you tomorrow with a new post!

-ErinπŸŽƒ

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