Friend and Family Recs: Six of Crows

Hello again everyone! I hope you’ve all been having a good start to your week!

I got to create another short bookish podcast for school, this time with my friend Esteban! Although it was different from my previous post since I already have read Six of Crows, I was excited to hear his thoughts, as he doesn’t read that much YA in the first place.

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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.


Thank you for reading, and I will see y’all with a new post soon.

-Erin(:

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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!

-Erin(:

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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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