Thursday, March 26, 2015

Follow Friday: BEA + Friday Funnies

Gain new followers and make new friends with the Book Blogger Feature & Follow! If this is your first time here, welcome! You are about to make some new friends and gain new followers -- but you have to know -- the point of this hop is to follow other bloggers also. I follow you, you follow me.

The Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee of Parajunkee's View and Alison of Alison Can Read. Each host will have their own Feature Blog and this way it'll allow us to show off more new blogs!

How does this work? First you leave your name here on this post, (using the linky tools -- keep scrolling!) then you create a post on your own blog that links back to this post (easiest way is to just grab the code under the #FF picture and put it in your post) and then you visit as many blogs as you can and tell them "hi" in their comments (on the post that has the #FF image). You follow them, they follow you. Win. Win. Just make sure to follow back if someone follows you!



Have you ever been to BEA? If not, what's stopping you? If you have, what was your best experience there? - Suggested by The Paperback Princess. 


This one's a boring one for me. I've never been. I've been wanting to go badly for the past five years, but haven't managed it financially yet. It's the kind of thing I'd probably have to plan a year in advance. But do I ever think about it ahead of time? Nope!

How about you? Have you been to BEA? How was it?



Welcome to Friday Funnies! Because everyone needs a good laugh on Friday.

(All pictures courtesy of my LOL Pinterest Board)




(So many friends I could say this to!)
(Right?)
(I've totally done this before, LOL. It's really just a concentration thing, but still!)
Hope some of these gave you a laugh! Happy Friday!

Guest Blogger Maria Ramos: Best Robot Movies of All Time

Please welcome Maria Ramos back to Musings on Fantasia. Last month she did a delightful post for us about Paper Towns and John Green. Today she's back to talk about The Best Robot Films of all time!

The Best Robot Movies of All Time



Do you remember where you saw your first robot? Was it the kind and helpful droids, C3P0 and R2D2, searching for Obi Wan Kenobi, or was it the T-1000 Terminator chasing Sarah Connors? Robots have a long history in the annals of science-fiction films and literature, and they always seem to elicit some sort of primal reaction from viewers. Could it be that these films reflect the rising fear that humanity is no longer completely in control of its destiny, but is becoming subservient to a computer controlled over-mind? To help understand this trend we will be looking at some of the most influential robot themed films of the past.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Childhood Reads


Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Each week we will post a new Top Ten list  that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don't have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It's a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers.

Top 10 Books From My Childhood that I'd Like to Re-Visit 




10. The Chronicles of Prydain (The Black Cauldron) by Lloyd Alexander - I was required to read The Black Cauldron for school and was bitter about it at first. (I wanted to be in the other reading group. :D) But then I was so glad I got to read this. I liked it so much I read the entire Prydain series. It's been decades since I did, though. I really want to revisit them.


9. Number the Stars by Lois Lowry - I actually haven't read The Giver. I know, I know. Sacrilege. But this was one of my favorites as a kid. Between school and my personal reading, I think I read this book 3 or 4 times. Just loved it.


8. Hatchet by Gary Paulson - Gary Paulson was big when I was in grade school. I read this in more than one grade, as well as several other of his books, but this was always the quintessential one. I think it gets read to kids a lot because it's about a kid who survives a plane crash and has to survive on his own in the wild, but I'd like to experience it now as an adult.

7. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz - Basically, these were creepy retellings of urban legends. They were popular in my school. There were three or four volumes and they were constantly checked out at the library, so it was hard to get a hold of them. For me, I always wanted to read them, but they always scared the crap out of me and I'd be up all night jumping at shadows. Then my mom would chew me out and make me take it back to the library. But then a few weeks later... Yeah, kids don't learn. :D


6. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis - To be fair, I read all of these in college, so it hasn't been long since I last revisited them. I do love them, though, and wouldn't ever be opposed to reading them once again. :D



5. Thunder Rolling in the Mountains/Sing Down the Moon/Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell - I read lots of Scott O'Dell in grade school and always loved his books. Thunder Rolling in the Mountains had an especially big emotional toll on me. I remember sobbing uncontrollably. Like Gary Paulson, I'd like to experience these books as an adult.



4. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle - Such a classic. I don't think I need to explain why. But it's been years since I read it. I'd like to read it again. (And I'd like to read the whole series.)


3. King of the Wind by Marguerite Henry - I remember loving this book as a kid. Don't know if it was the story, or because it was about a horse. But I loved it. Read it more than once, I think. 



2. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor - This is another one I read several times in school, but I liked the story enough that I read a couple of others in the series. This is one of few on my list that I still remember most of the details about. I'd still like to re-read it, though.


1. The Secret of Nimh by Seymour Reit - I don't remember much about this one except that my dad used to read it out loud to me when I was a kid. Might have been my first chapter book experience. I'd like to re-read it and maybe read it to my niece. :D





What top ten books would you like to revisit from your childhood?

The Walking Dead Recap, Episode 5.15: Try



Episode 15: Try


These recaps are just a discussion tool and a chance for me to geek out about my favorite show and do some over-analyzing. Maybe throw out a few theories. Remember, spoilers run rampant below. Don't read if you haven't watched!

This episode begins with Deanna, her husband Reg, and their son, Spenser sitting together in the dark. She puts on a CD that has crazy music on it, quite contrary to the mood. We can only assume that this is music Aiden would have liked and that they're grieving for their son/brother together. Meanwhile, Carol bakes a casserole and Sam, who last week hinted that there was abuse going on at his house, appears at the window. Sasha is shooting walkers from her perch in the watch tower, but it's obvious she's still not doing well. Kind of freaking out and still dealing with PTSD. Carol leaves her casserole and a condolence note on Deanna's front step, but Deanna ignores the food and burns the note.

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Meanwhile, outside the walls, Daryl kills a walker. He and Aaron see a light up ahead--a small campfire or something like it--and head toward it. They're looking for others to bring into Alexandria and it looks like they're finally on the trail of something.

Next we see a recorded tape of Nicholas telling Deanna what happened on the run with Glenn, Noah, Eugene, and Tara. He lies, of course, blaming Glenn and saying that he would never have left anyone. Douchebag. Concurrently, we see Glenn explaining what happened to Rick. Rick says that the Alexandrians don't understand what it is to live in this world, especially on the outside. He says that their rules don't apply to Team Family and that Team Family can't afford to answer to any of the them.

A to Z Challenge: Theme Reveal


So it's been two years (since 2013) since the last time I did the A to Z Challenge. In 2013 I participated, and loved it! I just haven't been in a position the last two years that I could dedicate the time to it that I needed to. But, this year is once again my year!

My theme last time was "Writing and Other Bookish Things."

I'll admit that I'm going to be boring and do a similar theme again. I know. How very unoriginal of me, but try to understand my logic, here.

1) I'm a writer. 'Nuf said.
2) Posts I do about writing and editing are the most-read posts on my blog.
3) For a while now, I've been wanting to put together a book for writers about how to better edit their own writing. It would include the entire spectrum from mechanical editing (diction, syntax, etc) to story editing (plot, character, continuity, etc.). 

So, my theme is going to be Editing. As boring as I'm sure that sounds, I promise I'll make it fun and informative. I'm hoping that by the time April is over, I will have at least a decent outline for this editing book, if not have it mostly written.
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Interested in joining the A to Z Challenge? For more info or to sign up, click HERE.

How about you? Are you participating in the A to Z Challenge? What's your theme?

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Follow Friday + Friday Funnies

Gain new followers and make new friends with the Book Blogger Feature & Follow! If this is your first time here, welcome! You are about to make some new friends and gain new followers -- but you have to know -- the point of this hop is to follow other bloggers also. I follow you, you follow me.

The Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee of Parajunkee's View and Alison of Alison Can Read. Each host will have their own Feature Blog and this way it'll allow us to show off more new blogs!

How does this work? First you leave your name here on this post, (using the linky tools -- keep scrolling!) then you create a post on your own blog that links back to this post (easiest way is to just grab the code under the #FF picture and put it in your post) and then you visit as many blogs as you can and tell them "hi" in their comments (on the post that has the #FF image). You follow them, they follow you. Win. Win. Just make sure to follow back if someone follows you!



Have you ever been inspired by a book character to do something? Who was the character and what was it? - Suggested by Eternity Through Pages.

Great question! I couldn't think of a time when a character actually inspired me to do something, as in a particular action, but it's definitely true that many characters have inspired me to be a particular way. For example, Arya Stark is one of my favorite characters, and probably my favorite in the series. She constantly inspires to just be more adventurous. (Not that we live in a world where I can carry a sword and take off across the ocean whenever I want, but still!) :D

How about you? What character has inspired you?




Welcome to Friday Funnies! Because everyone needs a good laugh on Friday.

(All pictures courtesy of my LOL Pinterest Board)









Hope some of these gave you a laugh! Happy Friday!

Pixie Dust & Building Blocks with Jenniffer Wardell

 Good Morning, Everyone! Please welcome my fellow JFP Author, Jenniffer Wardell to my blog! Her new book, Beast Charming, is out, and I can't wait to read it. Her debut, Fairy Godmothers, Inc. was probably the most charming book I read in 2013!


Pixie Dust & Building blocks: Rebuilding Fairy Tales from the Ground Up

by Jenniffer Wardell

Fairy tales aren't very good at explaining things. They're focused on spinning the most fantastical tale they can, with ogres, dragons and terrifying curses, but they're always careful not to go into the nitty gritty details of how it all works. In fairy tales, things just happen, and the characters always just seem to accept that this is the sort of thing that happens to people in these kinds of stories.

I've always loved fairy tales, but I've never been very good at accepting things. Even when
I was younger I always wanted to hear the rest of the story, digging behind the pixie dust to find out how all the gears worked when no one was looking. No matter how attractive the story was, I was always more interested in the bits they didn't show me.