Personal Messages/Updates, Question Time

Coming Soon: Q/T WITH YOUTUBERS!

So you know about Question Time which shall be continuing for a long time given how much fun I have asking questions of those I have similar interests with and admire!

So far I have planned many more a Question Time sessions with fellow book lovers on Instagram an now is the time to expand.

So… Thanks to the ability to contact some of my favourite YouTubers via this lovely site below, I have managed to organised even more Question Time sessions with Youtubers whom you might know yourselves!

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More messages have been sent out to Youtubers and should they be interested then they are welcome to become involved but until then you can all look forward to the Question Times in which you can find out what goes on behind the scenes and in the minds of these fabulous individuals and many more…

 

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Day Nine: Writing and Not Writing

When I’m not writing: 

When I’m not writing, I’m working as a Customer Assistant at my local Supermarket.

When I’m not writing, I’m reading and enjoying books and looking for material to review.

When I’m not writing, I’m watching book-tuber videos on YouTube or researching additional material on fandoms which I am apart of.

When I’m not writing, I’m listening to music and enjoying time with my family.

When I’m not writing, I’m thinking of what to write next and creating my monthly blog plans.

 

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Question Time, The Nerd Daily

Question Time With Literature_Ever_After

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Below are a list of questions that I decided to ask fellow book lover, Jess, about the types of books she likes, her television interests and favourite movie moments and dreams. 

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Which genre of book are you most likely to be seen reading?
Definitely YA fantasy! I absolutely love losing myself in a mythical world. I especially love if there’s a certain government or culture to learn about the world I’m reading about. It makes me feel more involved!

 

Have you ever watched a movie adaptation of a book that was better than the book itself?
I would definitely have to say the maze runner. I was reluctant to see the films since I didn’t like the books, but the movie changed my mind about the franchise.

 

Name a TV show that is no longer on air, but you still love?
Tough one… there’s so many I love, but I think I’m going to have to go with the Vicar Of Dibley. A true British classic!

 

Name your favourite book, TV show & Movie. Now, if you could be your own character in one of those, which would one would you choose?
My favourite book is probably A Court of Mist and Fury, my favourite movie is either breakfast at Tiffany’s or Disney’s Atlantis and my favourite TV show has got to be Brooklyn nine nine! Out of all of them, I would want to be in Disney’s Atlantis! I would be on the team searching with Milo for the lost city.

 

What is your preferred reading style: books, e-books, audio books etc?
I will always pick books! But at work, I do listen to audio books since I usually sit at my desk doing work.

 

What are three fandoms which you are a part of?
I never get into fandoms! I don’t know why but I’ve never felt a pull to any set groups. I love so many books it’s hard to pour my heart into one fandom!

 

If you could direct your own movie, what would it be about?
Definitely a fantasy about a bad ass woman looking to save her people.

 

How do you get yourself out of reading slumps?
I actually wrote a whole article about this on TheNerdDaily.com! But my favourite way is to watch booktube! Their perkiness just makes me want to pick up all the books!!!!

 

Which TV shows would you recommend to others?
Hmmm… probably absolutely fabulous! It’s so funny and is still hilarious today!

 

Where is your favourite place to read?
A sofa. If I read in my bed I tend to fall asleep quickly! I’m always tired. 


And that is the end of another Question Time! Thank you once again to Jess for her participation. If you are interested in reading any of her published work for The Nerd Daily then feel free to click on the link below to be directed to her profile:

JESS’S PROFILE – THE NERD DAILY

 

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Suggestion Sunday

Suggestion Sunday

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Do you have any topics you would like me to post about on my blog, within reason of course? Are you interested on my thoughts and opinions regarding an issue? Or do you simply have a book, TV show, movie etc recommendation to make?

Let me know by commenting below and I’ll get back to you either in the comments as well or in a future blog post!

Hope you’re all well,

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Day Eight: Reinvent the Letter Format

Dear Great Granny Mary,

This here is a… not so private letter to you, despite how it’s one you’ll never read I still feel that it is one which needs to be written. I may not have known you, and you may not have known me or the respect which I hold for you (having heard about you from the stories told by others) but those storytellers know and now whoever else that reads this will to.

There are so many things that I wish I could say to you. Really, I just wish I’d been able to meet you, to hear your stories and just be in your presence. I wish I could thank you for giving me the most favourite members of my family and for giving me my Nan – who I literally could not live without.

I suppose this short letter is just that… a thank you. Sadly it’s a thank you that you’ll never get, not really. A thank you letter for giving me a Nan who means the world to me and for showing me that it’s possible to love, respect and admire someone that I’ve never actually met – that person being you, obviously. 🙂

With love,

Stacey.

 

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Personal: Facts About Me ETC

My Fictional Crew

Ever sat and imagined who would be what from each of your favourite fandoms? Well, that’s what I did just a few nights ago. This ‘tag’/challenge may have been thought up before but I’ve got no knowledge of any in existence – having merely thought of the idea out of boredom to begin with. It can be completed by any of you and I’d more than love for you all to post a link to your blog posts, once posted on your own blogs, dictating your own fictional crew 😉

Rule: Because there’s only ONE > Each character must belong to a different fandom/movie/book/TV show! 

Here’s mine…

Mother:
Melissa McCall (MTV’s Teen Wolf)

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Father: 
Bryan Mills (Taken)

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Brother: 
Peter Rumancek (Hemlock Grove) 

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Sister: 
Molly Hooper (BBC’s Sherlock) 

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Aunt:
Nymphadora Tonks (Harry Potter)

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Uncle:
Magnus Bane (Shadowhunters)

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Cousin: 
Lex Luthor (DC’s Batman VS Superman) 

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Best Friend: 
Shuri (Marvel’s Black Panther) 

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Enemy: 
Sheriff of Nottingham (BBC’s Robin Hood) 

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Love Interest:
Mordred (BBC’s Merlin) 

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Why don’t you have a shot at it now? Remember to comment with the link to your blog post so I can take a peek! ❤

 

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Book Reviews

Book Review: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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Published in the UK in 2014, Fangirl is a contemporary Young Adult fiction novel written by Rainbow Rowell. The 456 paged novel follows the main character Cath as she begins University along with her twin sister, Wren. With her sister determined to become more independent, Cath is faced with going through Uni life without Wren to lean on as well as overcoming the challenges which life at University presents: socialising, course work, boys and of course finishing her beloved fan-fiction before the release of the final book.

Warning: Potential Spoilers ahead…

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Day Seven: Let Social Media Inspire You

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We are our biggest critics. This is something I have learned throughout the years whether it’s when writing an essay for class or a piece for my blog or just one of the little stories I make up in my head whilst bored… The difficulty of writing is something which is overlooked by many because many take it for granted. As a reader, you are presented with the final piece and whether you critique it or not that piece is never going to change. However, that is merely the process with completed works undergo… Before the piece is complete it embarks on a much more perilous journey.

As writers, we are faced with a series of difficult challenges which force us to expand our knowledge, imagination and all other boundaries which come with the act of writing. We must create something which is unique and our own, making sure not to plagiarise the works of others, whilst also making sure that our work remains something which will still appeal to the masses and/or our target audience.

And so the self-criticism begins and draft after draft of the same piece of work is created. Paper is crumpled and binned, text on screen is deleted and re-typed… The cycle is an endlessly tiresome one which leaves many wondering why they were even thinking about writing in the first place, wondering if it is worth all the stress and anxiety being put upon them as they sit there staring – yet again – at a blank sheet of paper or screen…

Yes. Yes it is. Let me tell you my own personal opinion. Many would say that perfection takes time and therefore the writings which take longer to write are better, more perfected than those written in the space of five minutes. I don’t agree. Perfection, in my opinion, does not exist…

So, readers and writers, if you find yourself in the position of thinking such a thing as mentioned on this tweet, know this… Whatever you write will be enjoyed by at least someone out there in the world and if at least one person enjoys reading it and you enjoyed writing it then it is worth it all.

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And you’d be surprised at how many people want to listen. 

 

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Movie Reviews, Personal Messages/Updates

Announcement: Harry Potter Movie Reviews

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And so begins the movie reviews for the Harry Potter franchise.

A link has been provided above to a YouTube video posted by the HBO channel showing snippets from each of the eight Harry Potter Movies. Feel free to watch it if you so desire. 🙂

The first Harry Potter movie review will arrive to you on Soon!

Who’s excited?

 

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Personal: Facts About Me ETC

My Top 10 Favourite Youtubers

  1. TheBakeey > CHANNEL LINK
  2. Jacob Wilkins > CHANNEL LINK
  3. Daz Games > CHANNEL LINK
  4. reontheroad > CHANNEL LINK
  5. abnormallyadam > CHANNEL LINK
  6. Torchwood Boy > CHANNEL LINK
  7. Laurasalwayspottering > CHANNEL LINK
  8. drowninginfandomfeels > CHANNEL LINK
  9. Thomas Sanders > CHANNEL LINK
  10. Drew Malino > CHANNEL LINK

 

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Day Six: The Space to Write

  • What are your writing habits?
    I have a tendency to always be writing, or at least thinking about writing during the times when I can’t write. This has always been a habit of mine and that habit has only increased in frequency with this blog in production!
  • What equipment or supplies do you use to write?
    A notepad, or at least a LOT of paper, some pens and whatever else I need, this normally includes a book that I am reviewing. I also type up final drafts on my laptop or phone before posting.
  • What do you need and want in a physical space?
    I like a lot of space to write but somewhere I can be left in peace. As long as I have enough room to have all my notes and essentials sitting in front of me then I’m alright!

 

Additional Question: What would you, as the readers of my blog, like to see posted? Let me know in the comments below! 

 

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FridayArticles

The Darker Side to Always Being Nice

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If you can’t say anything nice then don’t say anything at all.” Now, let’s be honest, we have all heard that saying at least once in our lives. Most likely you were given that piece of advice by your parents who in turn were told the exact same thing by their own parents when they were young as well. It’s nice to be nice! WELL, that’s very true but even being nice has it’s limits.

May I just state now that I’m in no way attempting to or looking to encourage or condone any harmful behaviour – this isn’t what this blog post is about. What this blog post IS about is how being nice to others often results in the individuals own unhappiness. It’s something which is often overlooked by the majority and whilst I, personally, would not consider myself to be an unhappy person overall, the scenario is something which I frequently find myself in: changing my own view or actions or basing a decision as to ensure that someone else is happy even if it means sacrificing my own, even if it is only for a brief moment.

too true coming last Unfortunately, this is something which I agree with. You may disagree and that’s fine but from my own personal experience this does seem to be the case with myself and many others who go out of their way daily to make others happy BEFORE themselves.

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I can’t speak on behalf of anyone else but for myself saying no is actually a lot harder to do, especially when the person or situation itself is intimidating… Or if I merely like them too much, saying no to someone I like or love fills me with a terrible sense of guilt that I can’t help but be annoyed with myself… and then the vicious circle occurs and I grow even more annoyed at myself for being so annoyed in the first place.

This may seem like a rant of sorts and I apologise for it seeming like so but I suppose it is just a way in which I can vent about something I normally wouldn’t discuss with anyone. Perhaps this is a way in which I can discover that I’m not the only one like this if I am not…

 

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Personal: Facts About Me ETC

Movies: Me > You

Consider this post the opposite of Suggestion Sunday. 

If you don’t know about Suggestion Sunday then let me explain it to you. Basically, every Sunday a post of made specifically in order to invite all you readers to make any comments, recommendations or suggestions about the blog, movies to watch, TV shows to check out and books to read etc. This, being the opposite, is the chance for me to tell you quickly about some of those I think you may enjoy – some of which may even be reviewed later here on my blog…

 

MOVIES

American Assassin (2017) 
Wish Upon (2017) 
Bless The Child (2000)

 

TV SHOWS

MTV’s Teen Wolf (6 Seasons)
BBC’s Merlin (5 Seasons)
BBC’s Sherlock (4 Seasons)

 

BOOKS

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
The Gatekeeper by Kevin J. Kennedy
The Loneliest Girl In The Universe by Lauren James

 

If any of you have watched or read any of these then feel free to comment your own thoughts! 🙂

 

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Day Five: Hook ’Em with a Quote

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“Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?” 

 

This quote taken from the novel Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K Rowling and spoken by Michael Gambon in his portrayal of Albus Dumbledore in the movie adaptation will forever be one of my most favourite quotes.

true story Isn’t it though? In an article which I wrote for The Nerd Daily ‘The Reality of Fiction‘, I spoke about how important fiction is to each and every one of us. The Reality of Fiction looks also at how the stories we read and watch on screen influence our reality and our lives. The do this because despite how many of them are filled with fantastical elements that do not exist in this world we live in… they’re real. To us, the stories we enjoy are real and therefore, as Dumbledore states is true.

not true.gif I know there are some of you reading this right now and reacting exactly like this to what I have written. That’s fine, you’re entitled to your opinion, you have your own beliefs and your own reality which is, most likely, this one.

My reality, however, will forever remain a mix of the world which I live in and those which I wish I could. What can I say, I’m a strong believer of fantasy being the best type of reality.

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Personal: Facts About Me ETC

10 Bookish Related Facts About Me

  1. I don’t prefer movies to books but being able to see the worlds and characters which I love being brought to life no matter how terrible the movie adaptation is is my guilty pleasure.
  2. I have slowly begun to accept the existence of Kindle’s and understand how they are useful and do have advantages. HOWEVER, I will NEVER stop preferring books to an electronic device!
  3. I have an extremely bad and irritable habit of not finishing TV Shows… It’s not that I don’t want to finish them, just that I begin them and then start another and another and another until there’s so many I don’t know what which one to continue watching first.
  4. I used to want to be a writer and write books for children. Well, I say books, they were mostly short stories. One was a series of adventures following the unfortunately unlucky Dr. Rat and his fat white Cat… The other was a story I wrote in Primary Seven whilst on a school trip to Kilbowie Outdoor Centre (in Scotland where I live) in which killer sheep began to pick off unwary travelers. That story was then read out by me to my class afterwards. People seemed to like it, surprisingly, although I don’t think they knew some of them were the victims.
  5. I’m quite an obsessive person and often get too deeply involved in fandoms of things which I particularly enjoy, so much so that I may as well just exist within that fantastical world of which the fandom is focused on.
  6. In addition to being obsessive over things which I enjoy I also tend to go through ‘phases’ which shift extremely quickly. For example, within the space of an hour I could be researching everything to do with Bucky Barnes from the Marvel Universe and then suddenly be questioning why we never got to see Teddy in the end scene of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and if he is okay and happy and… Oh God, my heart!
  7. I actually am not a great fan of romance novels. Whilst I like the odd romance story or a book or movie which features a romance within in it (because let’s face it, most do) I don’t particularly like those which are strictly romantic and by that I mean your typical boy meets girl, they fall in love and live happily every after fairy tale type romance. It’s just too cliche in my opinion.
  8. I don’t own as many books as I would like. This really irritates me, especially because the book-tubers whom I watch on YouTube mostly come from America where the houses are much bigger than those in Britain or simply have bigger rooms and thus more space. I am very limited in the space which I am able to keep books and therefore can’t buy as many as I want to without having to sacrifice others to make room for the newbies.
  9. If I could have any job in the world, apart from my desire to enter the field of journalism, I would love to own my own bookstore. My ideal design for it would be based off the old fashioned bookstores that you often see now only in movies or read about in books. That little bookstore on the corner with its walls practically made of bookshelves and piled with books all the way to the ceiling… That would have been my dream job but sadly now-a-days, shops like that are not in fashion.
  10. I find it difficult to read in silence… This is a massive problem which I face and have done all throughout my life. Whether it be having to read aloud or having to audibly and visually react to what I am reading I am literally unable to sit down in a chair and read a book in absolute silence. Now it’s a bit obvious why, as much as I love them, I’m rarely seen in a library huh?

 

Well, that’s it for this post. You now know 10 Bookish facts about moi! Why don’t you share some of your habits and such concerning books and reading. Do you have anything you like or dislike about books? Are you a books/movies or both kind of person? Feel free to comment below!

 

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Personal: Facts About Me ETC

My Top 10 Favourite Songs

  1. Imagine Dragons – Gold
  2. Celine Dion – Ashes
  3. Tom Walker – Leave A Light On
  4. Rachel Platten – Fight Song
  5. Sigrid – Everybody Knows
  6. Sleeping At Last – You Wouldn’t Like Me
  7. Faith Marie – Little Girl
  8. Julia Brennan – Inner Demons
  9. Laura Aquilina – Sinners
  10. Katy McAllister – Another Empty Bottle

 

These top 10 favourite songs  are in no particular order in regards to the list itself. However these are the songs that make the top ten. I highly recommend listening to each and every single one of them!

Have you listened to any of them? What are your favourite songs? Let me know in the comments!

 

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Day Four: A Story In A Single Image

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If You Go Down To The Woods Today. . .

The image which I have selected to write about is that one which is on the top left corner. When I first looked at all four images the one showing the girl standing alone in what seems to be a clearing or enterance to a forest immediately spoke to me. Many feelings arose when I saw this image: feelings of curiosity and wonder, uncertainty and a hint of fear… I put myself in the shoes of the girl within the picture and I question whether to look upon the woods ahead as a place of solitude or a dangerous terrain which acts as the home to many mysterious and potentially dangerous creatures.

Within fictional stories we have been told since a young age that whilst the woods may be a place of wonder and magic, danger lurks within the trees and waits for the moment to strike.

If you go down to the woods today, you’re sure of a big surprise – indeed!

 

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Movie Reviews, The Nerd Daily

Movie Review: American Assassin

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They took everything from him. Now he’s taking it back.

Watch the trailer for American Assassin on Youtube by clicking on the following link:
American Assassin Trailer.

Also read this movie review on The Nerd Daily website by clicking the following link:
Review on The Nerd Daily site.

SPOILERS AHEAD 

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Book Reviews

Book Review: Avalon High by Meg Cabot

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An issue that I came across whilst writing up my notes for this book review was identifying the correct year in which this book was published. Online the publication date varies between 2005-2007 and the copy of the book which I own also stated that the novel was first published in 2006, whilst the edition itself was published in 2007. The novel itself was written by Meg Cabot and whilst it is a stand alone novel, a trilogy of manga comics act as continuation of the story. The 280 paged novel follows teenager Ellie Harrison as she enrolls at Avalon High where she discovers that the legends surrounding the Once and Future King, Arthur Pendragon, may not be just a myth but true and that she is to play a crucial roll in this modern day tale of the reincarnated figures that define medieval mythology.

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Day Three: One-Word Inspiration

ABUNDANCE

 

Defined, abundance means ‘a very large quantity of something’. I’ve been putting a lot of thought into the term abundance and of how it can be both a good and a bad thing. The example I’m picking for today is: an abundance of money. Does money really bring one happiness? This is a question which I have always debated with myself.

On one hand a large amount of money being obtained to one individual could provide them with happiness by use of allowing them to buy things which make them happy – now if I was to have a large amount of money I know for a fact that the majority of that money would be spent on books which would bring me money.

On the other hand, those who have money in large amounts are often portrayed as being unhappy underneath the ‘act’ which they put on for others. This is understandable as money isn’t everything and happiness can be achieved in many ways, such as those who are less well off but have the support and unconditional love of their families – just look at the fictional family of the Weasleys within the Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling for example!

What do YOU think of the term ‘abundance’? Let me know in the comments and feel free to relate the term to other things, not just money.

 

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