Saturday, April 26, 2014

Discussion: The Art of Blog Photography

Today I have two very special guests on the blog. Not only are they certified bookworms and awesome-sauce bloggers but they are also super-talented photographers. :)

They are here to to share their expertise on the art of blog photography. Say hello to:

Hazel of Stay Bookish

Q1: What does photography mean to you?

Hazel: Photography is something I love, not just to do but also to look at and appreciate. Ever since my sophomore year of high school, I've been associated to my camera because I always bring one around. Photography is simply my outlet for creativity and it's something I hope to continuously improve at.

Hawwa: For me, it's a way of capturing memories. I love to journal and scrap-book so I use the photos I take in them sometimes. When I really started getting into photography about a year ago every place I went was a whole new excitement. Instead of just wandering through streets and climbing up hills on holiday, gazing at the view for a few minutes, I could capture that moment and that beauty and keep it with me - photographs aren't replicas but they can conjure up so much nostalgia I love it. My camera is like another set of eyes that notices the small things, the mundane objects and angles that would have passed me by if I hadn't had my camera. 

Q2: What first drew you to photography? And what keeps you inspired?
HazelCapturing memories. I always used to think that photography was about taking pictures with friends, family and snapping photos of special life moments. Until of course I realized that I could capture anything and everything. I'm inspired to pursue my photography because of the loveliness I see around me, and also because of the people, places and things I care about- like books for example.

Hawwa: I'm not sure to be honest. a lot of things. My grandad did photography so I must have inherited the love of it but it only started showing about a year ago as I said. When I made a photography tumblr and I saw all the beautiful photos I thought, I want to try that. So I bought a camera and went from there! Inspiration is everywhere. Other photographers, pinterest, tumblr, special moments and beautiful sunsets.

Q3: Who are your favorite photographers and how did they influence you?

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Guest Review: The Catastrophic History of You and Me - Jess Rothenberg

Author: Jess Rothenberg
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Published: February 2012

Dying of a broken heart is just the beginning.... Welcome to forever. 

BRIE'S LIFE ENDS AT SIXTEEN: Her boyfriend tells her he doesn't love her, and the news breaks her heart—literally. 

But now that she's D&G (dead and gone), Brie is about to discover that love is way more complicated than she ever imagined. Back in Half Moon Bay, her family has begun to unravel. Her best friend has been keeping a secret about Jacob, the boy she loved and lost—and the truth behind his shattering betrayal. And then there's Patrick, Brie's mysterious new guide and resident Lost Soul . . . who just might hold the key to her forever after. 

With Patrick's help, Brie will have to pass through the five stages of grief before she's ready to move on. But how do you begin again, when your heart is still in pieces?

Jules's Thoughts
One of the books that made me think. Made me cry. Made me remember how awesome it is that I'm living my life right now (As cheezy as that sounds). 

I've heard of this book before, from a friend I have in Goodreads. Reading his review, I found that this book was amazing and definitely something unique. Though not a lot of my GR friends had read this book. From the cover, I could imagine that it was light, sweet and maybe a little bit of a thought provoker. But I was a bit wrong, I left something behind. It was also a heartbreaker and a touching novel.

In this book, we follow Brie's journey after her death, which was caused by heartbreak (Kinda cliche, I know). She goes through the five stages of death.
1. Denial
2. Anger
3. Bargaining
4. Sadness
5. Acceptance
And as she explores these stages, she also sees how her life is a different picture with how she looked at it before.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Letters From Real - A Postcard Project

Letters from Real is short fiction tumblr blog where author, Abria Mattina shares about the postcards that she mails out to anonymous readers. When I stumbled across this project I was immediately curious so I've invited Abria to share the behind the scenes scoop on this brilliant project!
What inspired you to start Letters from Real, the postcard exchange project? 

It’s not an exchange project precisely. I just send postcards, but I’m not set up to receive them. Maybe in the future I’ll open a P.O. box for that purpose, but for the time being it’s just me sending out postcards to random people, written in the voice of fictional characters. I do it because I think it’s a fun and interesting way to engage with new people. I’m also a dork who thinks that snail mail is fun to send and receive.

The project itself, though, was inspired by my mother. When I was in my second year of university she started sending my postcards from a character named Henrietta Von Espy, world-traveller and Victorian countess. She kept the same character across a long series of postcards, but I like to switch it up every time. When she got sick in 2012, I sent her a postcard every day for months. 

Please share your favorite postcard to date, and tell us what makes it special. 

Most of the postcards I received from my mom are pasted into my journals, but here are three of the loose ones. They all come from a postcard/calendar flipbook with pictures of doors from the Scanlan Portfolio. Every story featured the person or family Henrietta Von Espy met behind that door. 

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Roadtrip Madness, Free Fonts, A Mixtape and Other Wonderful Things

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Free Fonts Used:        Matchbook       SerialSue

“I think you travel to search and you come back home to find yourself there.” 

 Have you ever thought of throwing your plans out of the window, packing up, hoping into a car and hitting the road?
Open roads, unexpected detours, alluring new places, new experiences and new faces. Tell me, I'm not the only one who loves the idea of a spontaneous road trip! :D 

This is probably why I love road trip books. So here are some of MY favorite road trip books:

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

25 Things You Probably Didn't Know About M G Buehrlen + A Giveaway!

I am absolutely delighted to welcome author of The 57 Lives of Alex Wayfare, M G Buehrlen to the blog today to share a 25 quirky facts about herself!

Her debut, The 57 Lives of Alex Wayfare has had a lot of great response. Readers have praised Buehrlen  for her unique novel that combines time travel, fantasy and romance!

So without further ado let me turn the blog over to Buehrlen An author, a coding demigod, a musician and a survivor of an Asian Carp attack! ;)

25 Things You Probably Didn't Know About 
M G Buehrlen 

1) If I hadn’t become an author, my secondary dream was to become an exotic animal trainer for TV and film.

2) I went urban exploring in Detroit for book research, and it was the most intense experience of my life. 
3) My exciting job history includes: service dog trainer for people with disabilities, Pizza Hut waitress (so hot!), exotic fish salesperson, shipping/warehouse factory worker, WalMart cashier (even hotter!), and a tour guide at a tourist farm (where I got to shovel poo and sing to goats!). 

4) I soldered my first circuit board at age 9. I built my first computer at age 13. 

5) I’ve been coding and designing websites since 1997. (Speak HTML to me.)

6) I like to eat salsa with Doritos. Plain tortilla chips lack the proper pizzazz. 

7) I drink chocolate milk with a spoon. A straw just doesn’t allow for adequate savoring.