BEDIO: Free Write Monday

Welcome back to another Free Write Monday!

This marks exactly one week before the end of BEDIO 😱 I can’t believe how quickly the month flew by!

You know the drill by now, as I share these prompts, feel free to try them out yourself and share your work! Whether it’s linking to your post, or just writing it out in a comment, I’d love to see what you come up with (:

Also, check out the Tumblr page I’ve been using to follow along or to try out some of the other prompts!

PROMPT: The smell of campfire smoke in the air.

More Canva inspiration designs πŸ‘Œ

The crackling fire punctuated the otherwise silent night, stars clouded by the smoke of the campfire in front of us. Its constant warmth made us forget the sharp bite of the cold chill surrounding us tonight, taunting us as we burrowed deeper into our jackets. Despite the chill and the knowledge that dirt will follow us into our tent, no matter how hard we try to avoid it, I’ve always loved camping. With the smoky scent of burning wood warming our hands, the looming evergreens covering us from the worst of the cold, and the twinkling stars shining above us, it’s no wonder so many choose to escape to nature after spending so much time choking on the fumes of city life. It’s not just the pollution either, but the feeling that people are always around, even when you most want to be alone. Voices carried up from the street, invading the privacy of my apartment. Maybe it’s just the introvert in me, but I find it difficult to find solace in the hustle and bustle of city life. Perhaps I just need to get noise-canceling earphones that I wear around my apartment. Or maybe, what I really need is a change.


That’s all I have for today’s Free Write Monday! Thanks for stopping by, and I will see you tomorrow with a new post (:

-Erin πŸŽƒ

BEDIO: Accessibility with Art and Media

Hey everyone, I hope you’re doing well! Before I continue, I’m going to warn you that this might be kind of a disorganized post where I splash a bunch of my thoughts down… so reader beware πŸ‘»

Lately, I’ve been watching YouTube videos talking about musical theater, and one discussion that was brought up was the accessibility of musical theater to everyone. The last video I watched discussed an incident where a Broadway actress thought an audience member was illegally recording the performance, so she called them out. However, it turns out the audience member was actually deaf, and was using a captioning device (provided by the theater) to enjoy the performance. This brought up many different important topics, such as theaters needing better communication to provide a better experience for performers and audience members a like, as well as the general lack of accessibility in Broadway.

Here’s a link to the video below:

This reminded me of the discussion within the world of books, as it’s a hot topic, especially when it comes to indie authors and readers who aren’t in the United States or England. Pirating is a big issue within the publishing industry for a plethora of reasons, such as authors (especially smaller or mid-list authors) losing out on money, but also because there are readers who simply cannot legally access the books in their country.

When it comes to publishing in other countries, it can be difficult for authors who are either indie authors, or authors who may not have the same support from their big publishers. Typically, when publishing a book in another country, you need to know whether you have to understand the rights you have when it comes to publishing your book (Do you have translation rights? Foreign language rights?) If an author doesn’t have access to the resources to publish in other countries, whether it’s that they signed their rights away when working with a traditional publisher or even through a self-publishing platform, it can be a lot more difficult to get their book into other countries.

So, what does this mean for readers? Essentially, if the author doesn’t have the ability to legally publish in your country, you are unable to access the book. Even in countries that may have publishing rights, it can be hard for readers to get the books because they’re expensive (Australia is the first place that comes to mind, as I’ve heard it’s notorious for having expensive prices for books), or there aren’t bookstores/libraries that are within a reasonable distance.

I think part of the reason this has become more of an issue in recent years is because of how connected we all are now due to the Internet (yeah I know, the Internet is to blame for everything, but hear me out). It’s easier to find information on new books and authors, especially when they grow popular and everyone is talking about them. Even if they want to support these authors and buy their books, it can suck (for lack of a better word), to be unable to do so because of reasons that are out of your control.

Due to the complicated process that comes with publishing internationally, when discussions of piracy comes up, it can be frustrating when fans who literally can’t access the book any other way are lumped in with people who can afford and have access the book, but choose to pirate instead. So essentially what it comes down to are these two main questions:

  1. How can we fix these issues with being able to access media, whether it’s a book or a play? After all, as much as I discussed the reasons why fans may pirate content (whether it’s a book, a play, or a movie), it is still illegal in the end. So, is there a way to make it easier for fans to legally obtain these artistic works, even when they are outside of the author’s country of origin?
  2. How we ensure that the people involved in the making of the art (the author, the actors, etc.) are fairly compensated, and aren’t put into these situations that results in these audience/fan interactions? As I mentioned, piracy is illegal and negatively impacts anyone involved in these creative fields, especially many people behind the scenes that we may not know about/consider in these situations.

Unfortunately, I don’t necessarily have the answer to these questions πŸ˜‚ I also apologize if this seems like an unorganized rambling because… well that’s kind of what it is πŸ‘€

However, I would like to know what are your thoughts on media accessibility? What are some ways that you think would help make books more accessible to readers? Let me know in the comments below!

Before I go, I want to also share this blog post from Silvia Reads Books about authors’ discussions around piracy. Although it is from 2018, it shares some tweets from authors that exemplify why it’s an issue for authors to assume that every reader who pirates their books does so for the same reason. It’s also interesting since she is German, so her perspective on accessibility on books (especially books in English) is different from many English or British readers.

On that note, I will see you with a new post tomorrow!

-Erin πŸŽƒ

BEDIO: End of The Third Week

Happy Saturday everyone! I hope your weekend has been off to a great start 😊

These reflection posts are something I enjoy writing as it makes me think about why I started this challenge in the first place, and also see what I’m learning along the way. So, here we go!

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BEDIO: TV, YouTube videos, And Movies I’ve Been Watching Lately

As I mentioned in my last WWW Wednesday post, I’ve been in the middle of a reading slump. Instead of reading, I’ve been watching more YouTube/TV/Movies, so I figure why not share what I’ve been watching lately? Especially the Halloween themed videos πŸ‘»πŸŽƒ

So, let’s get started!


YouTube

Note: I realized after getting this together, both of these creators are super high energy, which I think is pretty funny πŸ˜‚ But if you’re looking for a goof who explores some spooky places, or an “alcohol enthusiast” who isn’t afraid to be honest, then you’re in the right place haha

TV

Love Is Blind Season 3 (Netflix)

Yep, I love getting my reality TV fix, although I don’t know how I feel about this season so far πŸ€”

Star Wars: Rebels (Disney +)

My dad and I have been watching this for a while, as it provides good context for some of the other new Star Wars TV series such as Andor and Obi-Wan. I wouldn’t suggest watching it until after watching The Clone Wars TV series, as it does reference events and characters from that specific show.

Movies

For movies, I decided to focus on horror movies I’ve seen in both September and October, as I’ve watched a few (especially as someone who isn’t usually a big movie person)!

Get Out

This is actually the second Jordan Peele movie I watched (the first was Nope, although that was back in July when it first came out). I enjoyed both films, and it’s weird to me that people compare Nope to his previous works (well, I can’t comment on Us yet since I haven’t seen it), but Get Out has a totally different vibe and story structure (it’s the best way I can think of describing it). Although Nope does comment on society and the need for “the spectacle,” it feels much more like a monster feature. Get Out, on the other hand, focuses more on the horror humanity is capable of committing, primarily through its social commentary on race and class.

Now that I’ve seen both Nope and Get out, I just need to watch Us.

Pearl and X

I lumped these two together since Pearl is a prequel to X. These are slasher films, and although they put exciting twists on the genre, the cinematography also adds a lot to the story since it reflects the period the movie takes place in. X takes place in the 70s and has this more dark and grainy quality, while Pearl takes place during the 1910s, but the shots are full of oversaturated colors. As both films revolve around a particular character, I think the lighting and color schemes of both films reflect where this character is in her life (I don’t want to say too much and spoil anything, but if you know, you know).

Barbarian

All I have to say is that this movie definitely takes you through a variety of twists, and the ending is not what you expect πŸ˜‚

Bodies Bodies Bodies

It was more of a horror-comedy than a pure horror film, but it was still fun to watch! I wouldn’t want to watch it again as the twist makes the movie as intriguing as it was, but I enjoyed watching it overall.


Thanks for stopping by, and let me know in the comments below if you’ve seen any of these shows/videos/movies, or if you have any good recommendations!

Otherwise, I will see you tomorrow with a new post (:

-Erin πŸŽƒ

BEDIO: Single Sentence Spooky Short Storylines

Hey everyone and happy Thursday!

I’ve been on a creative kick recently, and wanted to find different ways to express it, so I’m going to do some single sentence short stories (which will be spooky, in honor of October πŸŽƒ).

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BEDIO: WWW Wednesday (10/19/22)

Happy Wednesday everyone!

Today’s WWW Wednesday will be pretty short since I haven’t finished any new books since my post last week, although I did start a book! I just have not been in the mood to read, so I’m letting myself ride out this current reading slump πŸ‘Œ

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BEDIO: Top Ten Tuesday- Favorite Words

Hi everyone and happy Top Ten Tuesday!

Today’s prompt is to discuss our favorite words, so I decided to do a little experiment. I am taking four creative writing pieces that I’ve wrote, and will be making word clouds out of them! Essentially, we’ll see what are the top ten words I used in each piece, and whether I need to expand my vocabulary πŸ˜‚

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BEDIO: Free Write Monday

Hello! Happy Monday and BEDIO everyone!

Since it’s the beginning of the week, it’s time for another Free Write Monday πŸ₯³

As I share these prompts, feel free to try them out yourself and share your work! Whether it’s linking to your post or just writing it out in a comment, I’d love to see what you come up with (:

Once again, here is the Tumblr page I’ve been referencing, which has 50 prompts related to fall. Check it out so you can follow along, or try out some of the other prompts!

PROMPT: Decorating the front door with autumn wreaths.

Using Canva for inspiration again πŸ‘Œ

I ran my hand along the fabric of the synthetic leaves that made up the wreath laying in the box in front of me. The faint scent of cinnamon and old wood swirled around me, welcoming me into an embrace with an old friend. Placing both hands on either side, I lifted it up, the orange and yellow leaves catching the light of the afternoon sun as I hung it up on my door.

It’s a tradition that started with my grandma making this wreath as I sat beside her on the floor, playing with the discarded leaves that drifted down next to my feet. When she finished, she picked it up off the table and headed towards the front door, me scurrying after her, full of excitement. After she hung it on the front door, she looked down at me, smiling big enough that I could see the gap in her teeth from having one of her molars removed.

That same smile played across my face, as I tilted my head to look down into the sparkling eyes of my own granddaughter. She met my gaze and giggled, reaching for my hand. I took her hand into my own, and we turned our sight back on to the old wreath, once again hanging on the door to bring in the autumn season.


And that’s all I have for today’s Free Write Monday! Thanks for stopping by, and I will see you tomorrow with a new post!

-ErinπŸŽƒ

BEDIO: Reader’s Problems Book Tag

Happy Sunday!

I decided to dig out another book tag that has been sitting in my drafts for a couple of years, and this time, all the answers are blank! πŸ˜‚ I also figured since it’s October and Halloween is coming up, each question is going to be decorated in the most festive fashion.

I originally found this tag on the blog Lauren’s Bookshelf.

Now, here we go with the tag!


You have 20,000 books in your TBR, how in the world do you decide what to read next?

As a mood reader, I’ll basically figure it out by figuring out how I’m feeling πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ Am I in the mood for a romance? I’ll pick it up. Want to dive into a long fantasy series? I’ll go ahead and start it.

You're halfway through a book and you're just not loving it. Do you put it down or are you committed?

I’ll put it down, as I don’t have the time, energy, or patience anymore to push myself to read a book I’m simply not enjoying πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ

The end of the year is coming and you're behind on your reading challenge, do you try to catch up? And if so, how?

I’ll definitely work on catching up! Since there are graphic novels and manga series I’m interested in reading, I would just pick up something in one of these formats.

The covers of series you love do not match, how do you cope?

Cry πŸ˜‚ If I had all the money in the world, I would replace the books that have my least favorite cover, but since I don’t… I’ll just stick with crying 😝

Everyone and their mother loves a book that you do not. Who do you bond with over your shared feelings?

Ohhh this one is difficult πŸ€” I usually find that I typically expect to disagree with when it comes to liking or disliking a book are the ones I end up agreeing with… so I tread lightly until I know they won’t get too upset about me ranting about not liking the book πŸ˜‚

You're reading a book in public, and you're about to start crying. How do you deal?

I would probably find the nearest bathroom, let myself cry, or try and think about something else. It kind of depends on what I’m able to do in the moment, and how self-conscious I’m feeling haha

The sequel to a book you loved just came out, but you've forgotten a lot of what happens. Are you going to re-read it?

Most likely no, as I typically start remembering what happens when I start reading the sequel. However, if I’m completely lost, I’ll probably go back to the first book, or I’ll just look it up online… just depends on how much time I have.

You do not want anyone to borrow your books. How do you politely say no when someone asks?

Them: “Can I borrow your book?”

Me: “Nope!”

Usually I’m excited for people to borrow my books, so it isn’t an issue I run into too often, but if it’s a book that’s a special edition or something, I don’t feel the need to explain any further than just a simple no.

You have picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over this reading slump?

When this happens, it means that I just need a break from reading, so I’ll start a new TV show, watch a movie, or watch through YouTube just to give my brain a rest from reading. It’s a hobby after all, so there are going to be times when I just feel like doing something else, it’s normal.

There are so many books coming out that you are dying to read. How many do you end up buying?

Hahahahahaha well… probably none because I don’t have the money to purchase every single book that’s coming out (and I’ll usually wait for others to review them).

After you purchase all of these books that you're dying to read, how long so they sit on your shelves before you get to them?

After I get a book, I rarely read it right away. It may take me a couple months to a couple years to get to a book after I get it πŸ˜‚


And that’s all I have for today! If you have any thoughts on the questions presented in this tag, feel free to share them in the comments below!

Otherwise, I will see you tomorrow with a new post (:

-Erin πŸŽƒ