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#WRITERSWEDNESDAY | PLEASE, STAY.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

I wouldn't tell a soul that I miss you.
I feel bad if I think about it,
if I let myself remember.

I miss you
in the emptiness of that spot right across from me
where you used to sit on Christmas Eve.
I miss your laughter
and the way you used to brush my hair 
on my cheek.
I miss you on a Sunday
when your voice is just a laud ghost
on the other side of a silent phone.

In the wardrobe,
the smell of your clothes 
is the only thing I can still count on,
it hasn't disappeared
like you did,
leaving a train of your existence
on the Earth,
in this house,
in my heart.

I miss you on my birthday
when you bought me flowers every year,
in July,
with the sun shining on your blond hair.
Sixteen.
You missed nine of those.
Almost ten.

These same flowers
I'm bringing you today
on this cold ground that is now
your home.

I still feel you sometimes,
you know?
When the smell of flowers is strong,
when from the corner of my eye
I let myself peak in the dark,
I think I can see you.
Watching over us.
The way you always did.

I feel you so much
that sometimes it gives me trouble,
so much that it's too late.

Please, stay.

#WRITERSWEDNESDAY | BLACKOUT POETRY

Wednesday, April 18, 2018


13
FIREWORKS



"You're not!" Mum stared horrified at my DMs peeping 
out from under the hem of my sari.
Tonight for the All-Women-Beauty Contest, I'm wearing 
the 'Sunflower' creation with my Doc Martens smartly finishing off the ensemble. "It's the fashion. 
Everyone's doing it," I replied.
"I must be paying for the sins of a past life."
"And Harjinder will pay in the next life. Out!" Dad 
was in charge tonight.
He was meeting his beautiful eldest' and his favourite 
son-in-law (I know, he's only got the one) and he wasn't 
going to let our fashion and philosophy debate hold him back.

5 THINGS YOU CAN DO WITH UNWANTED BOOKS

Friday, April 13, 2018
use unwanted books for DIY

We all have them: the books we don't want anymore but keep clinging to them like a lifebelt on the open sea. 
If you're a bookworm, chances are you already gave up on having a drawer for your socks because every piece of furniture is wasted if it's not full of books. Am I right?
Well, it's time to take them all out, give them a little dust and use them in a different and creative way.

1. INSTAGRAM PURPOSES
Sometimes it's hard to think of a nice display for your book other that wrinkled duvet. But if you have books you don't need anymore, it's not a mortal sin to rip off the pages and using them as a background for your #bookstagram! Duvet and sheets are nice and cosy looking but sometimes you gotta think out of the box!

2. DIY PROJECTS
All you need is fantasy and the will to get your hands dirty, oh, and maybe Pinterest too.
I'm obsessed with all the DIY projects I find on Pinterest, with or without books. Did you know you can turn your unwanted books into a lamp? A LAMP! What? Yes! 
Or you can rip the pages off and make a beautiful drawing or use them as simple decor on the wall.

3. SIMPLE DECOR
If you have shelves in your living room and you don't know how to make the most of the space, take those books, stock them nicely on the shelf backward. You don't want to see those colourful spines if you want to give the space a nice clean look! Or you can stack them starting from the floor if you have a dead area you don't quite know what to do with it! Or just simply open up the books and stick them on the wall right above your bed, for a vintage and quite unique looking headboard!

4. BLACKOUT POETRY
This one is my favourite way to get rid of books I don't want anymore. I have a lot of them and they all end up in the pages of my journal with some kind of poetry getting out of the page. If you don't know what blackout poetry is, well, let me explain it to you. It's basically the art of finding words among others that speak to your heart and word after word, you give them a meaning, turning them into poetry and deleting all the rest by simply blacking them out with a marker, like so 

5. DONATE
If you have too many books that you just don't want around anymore, the easiest way to get rid of them is to donate them. There are schools and libraries that need those books, or you can sell them at a market if you want to make a little penny!


LET'S CHAT!
What do you usually do with the books you don't want anymore? You sell them or you give them away to friends and families or libraries?

TOP 4 BOOKS I'VE BEEN MEANING TO READ BUT HAVEN'T

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Some things never change.
One day you're ready to tackle your TBR and the next you just buy more books just cause.
Guilty.
But I feel overwhelmed by the number of books that come out every week and I don't need to buy them all but somehow I do and #UGH

What really frustrates me is that every time I order books, I always forget to pick up those I've been meaning to read like, forever! How does it happen ALL. THE. TIME?

Anyway, enough rumbling, here are the books I really want to read (now, go ahead and scream at me, if you like.)

A Court of Mist and Fury
When they say "looks could kill"
I see you, judging me and looking at me like I'm some sort of pity case, just don't, okay? I know I'm late to the game and I know these books are so good but listen, I'm no fan of fantasy and yes, I know this is more YA (not really, tho, those steamy sexy scenes are everywhere!) and I also know that they are addicting but since finishing ACOTAR I just stopped. 
I also know I shouldn't be falling for Tamlin (that old bastard!) but let me leave that "WHAAAAAT?" moment alone, please, no spoilers.

Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
Scream as much as you want, I can't hear you! Look, I know it's good and I know I WILL fall in love with this book and the movie is already out and everything but I didn't have the chance to get it and enjoy it for the very first time.
I hate reading super hyped books and this was one of them when it came out. I'm always late to the game but I will definitely read it and then go watch the movie, okay? Great.

The Secret History
I've been wanting to read this by Donna Tart for a very long time but I always forget to pick it up. Some say it's the best Tartt book, I still don't know but I'm very intrigued by the plot and I've heard amazing things about it! Also, I'm low-key obsessed with the cover and I already know it'll be all over my Instagram feed. #bookstagramobsessed

They Both Die at the End
or any Adam Silvera book, tbh. Adam is one of those people you follow on Twitter and immediately want to be his best mate, I mean it! He's so lovely and great and I know his books are great too but I never had the chance to read them, yet. Also, as I'm writing this he announced the cover for the book he's writing with Becky Albertalli and OMG! It's SO COOL I wanna read that too!


I know I have a lot more books I really want to read but I guess these are my top 4 atm. The thing is, so many great books are coming out lately and I feel like I need to read them all when in reality, I can do whatever I want without the pressure of writing a book review ASAP because otherwise, it'll run out of date. That is so wrong! That is why I really want to read these books, just for the sake of it, for fun, you know?

LET'S CHAT!
Have you already read these books? How did you find them? I know I will absolutely love them and I'm really excited to dive into one of these asap! Also, what are your most anticipated books right now? I'm kinda waiting for I was born for this by Alice Oseman!

WRITING TIPS FROM SOMEONE WHO'S BEEN THERE

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

A few weeks ago, a shared some tips to start writing your first novel.
The post was very successful, I received a lot of great feedback on that and a lot of people replied to me on Twitter just to tell me how inspired they felt after reading it and how much those simple tips helped them start their own novel.
So I thought to share some more writing tips with you since Camp NaNoWriMo has already begun and let's face it, we all need that little push, that motivation to keep us going.

So here you have it, more useful writing tips from someone who's been there (and still is!)

1.
TREAT YOUR WRITING AS A JOB

I know it's not easy and I know a lot of you write as a hobby, something you do outside of everything else, to relax and maybe have something else under your belt.
But if you don't think about it as a job, as the most important thing, then stop. Yes, you can write for fun (we all start that way!) and that's alright, but if you really wanna do something with it other than letting it sit in your drawers, then you need to set some priorities straight and writing=priority.

2.
DON'T LET PEOPLE DISCOURAGE YOU

It used to happen to me ALL. THE. TIME.
I used to tell people that I wanted to write, that I wanted to be an author and they would laugh at me, like some stupid joke.
It wasn't funny. 
And it usually hurt me so deeply that I would stop writing to focus on something more "real".
And I did it all wrong.
Writing is what keeps me going, is what keeps me hoping and dreaming and who cares about what people say? If you don't want them to hurt you then don't tell them. Tell the people that truly care about you and your dreams and those you can lift you up whenever you feel a hundred feet underground.
Believe in your work, in your dreams and don't let people ruin that for you.

3.
DON'T BE ASHAMED OF WHAT INSPIRES YOU

Is it fanfiction? Is it money? Is it popularity?
Great, keep that goal in mind and keep writing.
Have you started writing fanfiction about, idk, One Direction? Keep going. You know that girl? Oh, C'mon! You know her. Anna Todd, anyone? She built a community around her fanfiction about Harry Styles and now she has six books published, living her writer dream.
She's a bloody best-selling author now and all it took her was a Wattpad account and a story to tell.
Paramount picked up her books, ladies and gents!
Whatever you're writing, however you started, just keep going. You're doing great!

4.
THE SECRET RECIPE 

is to write, write, write.
There is no other way, the more you write, the more inspired you are and the more you want to write.
NGUGI WA THIONG'O once said:
"write. write. write and write again and you will get it right."
So don't wait for inspiration to strike you like lightning. Write anyway. You may be surprised by how much writing you can get done in those #ugh days!


I hope you find this post useful and inspiring. There really isn't a magic potion to do this, you just need to write and let your fantasy flow.


LET'S CHAT!
Have you joined Camp NaNo this month? What are you working on atm? I'm hoping to finish my very first novel which should be 100K words long but I also need to edit it so we'll see! 

SMALL THINGS TO ACCOMPLISH IN APRIL

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Oh, April.
I'm gonna be honest here and say that although I'm looking forward to some sun and brighter days, I could also sleep for the entire month and call it a day. Just like that.

But like every new season, I do have some goals to work on and things I really want to accomplish, before the operation I'm having in June.
So grab a snack, something to drink and keep on reading!

1.
get more creative
I'm currently trying so hard to finish writing this novel, so technically, I'm being creative all the time but that's not enough for me. Growing up I've always been interested in all things diy, from drawing to creating stuff out of nothing and I'd really love to keep doing that.
I'm really enjoying blackout poetry atm, as a creative way to express myself and my feelings and my creativity when it comes to writing, so I need more of that.

2.
finish writing my first novel
 Writing a novel is hard, people, lemme tell ya! I started writing this story back in November for #NaNoWriMo and got pretty excited about it but then things happened - you can read all about it here and here - and I never got to finish that. Since it's #CampNaNoWriMo this month, I'm trying my best to write every single day to reach the finish line at 100k which is pretty fair but I know already I will write more than that so I can slap myself in the face once I start editing.

3.
exercise
every other day.
It's currently impossible for me to hit the gym daily since I'm writing a novel and blogging and doing other stuff on the side but I've come to realise that the gym is not what I always thought it would be, you know? That hell of a place where they make you run and run and you pray all the gods for a quick death. Nope. Right now the gym is that hour I dedicate to myself, my well-being, my sort of distraction from everything else. Being a writer means that you're at your desk basically all day, so you need to move and the gym is that time where I don't think about anything else but myself.
All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, you know what I mean?

4.
get out of bed before 10:30
Look, I'm a night owl, I don't sleep, I write all day, I edit, I blog, I research, I also eat, occasionally, I need those extra hours in the morning, okay?
But also, I'm really trying hard not to wake up late because there's just so much stuff I can do in the a.m. it's crazy how I dedicate those hours to sleep.
Before you ask, no, coffee doesn't work on me, but I'm trying to go to bed a bit earlier instead of turning the light off at 2 in the morning.

5.
read before bedtime
I read all the time but I can't do it before going to sleep. I need to check my editorial calendar and answer e-mails and check on some friends and talk to people on Twitter, all this before going to bed which is totally wrong! I always end up watching Netflix on my laptop until 3 anyway so I think it's better to just read and hit the pillow as soon as I'm feeling sleepy.
Books in bed and no Internet allowed.
That's my new mantra.
I should put it on a t-shirt or something...


Here it is, my list of things to accomplish this month!
If you too have stuff you really want to change or try or do, let me know!
You can find me on Twitter and Instagram or you can leave a comment down below!
Ciao!

WEEK IN BOOKS ( AND CHEEKY LITTLE PUPPY)

Monday, April 09, 2018

This week has been ectic af!
I basically ate a lot of chocolate left overs from Easter and I started writing again, hoping to finish my novel.

I've been consistent with my blog and my bookstagram and since I'm writing all day, every day, I think I deserve a pat on my shoulder, don't I?

Anyway, this has been my week in books (and a cheeky little doggy 😉)


monday.
Easter had me at "look! more chocolate!"
My little cousins had the ability of exhausting me, playing hide and seek in a massive countryhouse is hard, people, it's really bloody hard. I didn't write at all.
tuesday.
it's not a bookstagram post if I don't share pictures of my babies, is it? 
I went camping with some friends and I felt absolutely calm and relaxed all day. The place we went to was something like out of Cabeswater: magical and weird. 
And I loved it.
wednesday.
I shared everything I did in March in this cheeky little pointless post on the blog.
I didn't write anything because I came back home very early in the morning and all I did was sleeping the morning off and dreaming about long gone chocolate.
thursday.
I shared a review of this amazing book that had me in tears. 
friday.
I wrote some words and finally got my writing mojo back!
I also shared a post about all the books we should re-read at least twice!
saturday.
I wrote some more and napped. A lot. 
Meanwhile the kids came to visit us and we watched Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets aka my favourite Harry Potter movie.
sunday.
I shared my love for ACOTAR and this book I got sent in the mail.

Don't forget to follow me on Instagram for daily updates on my writing project, the blog, the books and everything else!
Also, if you have a bookstagram account, please make sure to link it down below so I can check it out!
Ciao!

SUNDAY CRUSH | TOP 4 BLOGS I'M CURRENTLY OBSESSED WITH

Sunday, April 08, 2018

If there is one thing I love about Sundays is the fact that I get to catch up with everything I missed during the week while I was busy working on my novel.
What I love especially is to catch up with my favourite bloggers, see what they've been up to and the new content they put on the blog during the week.
Sundays are just for that. 

I also like to comment on what I think are some great posts, interacting with the bloggers and letting them know that what they wrote is really appreciated.

Today I wanted to share with you all the blogs I'm currently loving and I'm low-key obsessed with.
So let's get started!


I've been such a fan of this blog since the early ages but it's since she changed her design that I'm even more sure of the fact that she is one of my faves!
The cosy pictures and the friendly tone of her writing voice always make me feel like I'm talking to her, rather than reading her thoughts!

sophierosie.com

This blog is very new to me since I've only discovered it a few weeks ago, by chance. And I have to admit, the clear and simple design was what truly got me at first. But then I kept reading blog post after blog post and I loved it immediately.
I'm always checking if there's something new every single day and I also take notes for upcoming posts I want to write.


This blog is top two on my list! It's also very new to me but I loved it from the very first second. It has everything you could need, from movie reviews to books to travel and University. The pictures are AMAZING and I really love the writing style, very friendly and easy to read!
The perfect Sunday read!


This blog is the cutest! I actually discovered it yesterday tbh, but immediately fell in love with it! The design is so cool and the illustrations are to die for! It's a book blog so books are the main ingredient to this amazing little corner of the Internet but it's also so different from any other book blog I already know and love!


That's it, these are my current favourite blogs atm!
If you have more you think I might like, please, share the links down below so I can check them out! 😉
 
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