Inspiration is by nature elusive and hard to come by, yet it can make a huge difference to your writing productivity. Any writer knows that it is 100 times easier to sit down and write when your head is buzzing with ideas that you just have to get down, than when your mind is blank and resembles a tumbleweed-strewn desert. But where can you find it? Where does inspiration come from and how can you harness it? These are a few ways I get ideas or get inspired, and I’d be interested to know where other writers and bloggers get… Read more »
‘Ash fell from the sky. Vin watched the downy flakes drift through the air. Leisurely. Careless. Free. The puffs of soot fell like black snowflakes, descending upon the dark city of Luthadel.’ The Final Empire is set in a fantasy world with a twist: the Dark Lord has already won. The immortal Lord Ruler has ruled over The Final Empire – a dark, dystopian world of falling ash and mist – for 1000 years, as both a God and an evil tyrant. But now a new uprising is gathering, led by a charismatic criminal mastermind and aided by an uncommonly… Read more »
Recently I read a book by Holly Bourne called The Manifesto on How To Be Interesting, which was actually pretty good (I’d give it 3 or 4 out of 5). Whilst I don’t feel I have enough to say about it to write up an entire review, I thought it would be pretty cool to write my own ‘Manifesto On How To Be Interesting.’ And on that note, I should start this post with a bit of an admission – most of my real life acquaintances think I’m really boring (which is why it’s pretty ironic that I’m writing a… Read more »
10. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen Whilst Jane Austen’s most popular book tends to be Pride and Prejudice, Northanger Abbey remains my favourite. Despite its largely unlikable characters, this mock Gothic tale is one that is still funny today, and is a great example of Austen’s classic wit and satire.
‘The King waved a hand at her…”Is it done?” Celaena reached a gloved hand into the sack and tossed the severed head towards him. No one spoke as it bounced, a vulgar thudding of stiff and rotting flesh on marble.’ Warning: Minor spoilers. A couple of weeks ago I posted my review of Sarah J. Maas’s Throne of Glass, a novel which I had avoided for a long time for fear it wouldn’t live up to the massive hype around it. Fortunately, it did, and I actually loved the second book in the series even more! Crown of Midnight begins… Read more »
I’ll be the first person to admit that social media isn’t my natural forte. Prior to starting a blog, the only social media account I had was a personal Facebook account gathering dust somewhere in the recesses of the internet, and I had no real interest in changing that (which is kind of odd for a twenty-one-year-old, but whatever!). That was until I started blogging. As much as I wanted to avoid social media (not because I disliked it – just because I had no idea how to use it!) my abysmal blog stats soon made it clear that no… Read more »
‘In the very first instance, I was won over, and of course I was: I was fifteen and had been nowhere and done nothing, whereas Katherine was twenty-one and yellow-silk-clad and just married to the golden boy.’ A few years back I read Suzannah Dunn’s The Confessions of Katherine Howard and could remember enjoying it, so when I found out she had written a novel about Jane Seymour I was pretty intrigued. Whilst I seem to have read loads of books about such scandalous figures as Anne Boleyn and Katherine Howard, Jane Seymour is the wife of Henry VIII who… Read more »
Recently I embarked upon a task that puts Frodo’s little trip to Mordor to shame: a clear out. The reason? I’m finally becoming a grown-up and moving into a flat with my friend and my little sister, and from now on will be paying rent and council tax, doing a ‘big shop’ and collecting Tesco Clubcard points with the rest of the adults! Wahoo! Whilst this is a pretty exciting life event, it has meant having to go through, cut down and pack up the twelve years worth of stuff I have accumulated since we moved into our current house…. Read more »
So you’re an avid reader, and have been reading book blogs for a while now and have been thinking about starting your own… Well congrats, because you’re exactly where I was eight months ago! It took two years of extreme procrastination (my speciality!), extensive blogging research (basically more procrastination) and a lengthy internal debate about possible blog names before I finally took the plunge and started Boats Against The Current eight months ago, and I haven’t looked back since.
‘Atop the hill, Celaena stared at the crowning achievement of Adarlan. The glass castle of Rifthold.’ I had been hearing about this book for so long that I’ll admit I was a little worried when I finally began reading it. The last time I read a book that had such a huge hype around it I found it to be really disappointing (as you can gather from this extremely ranty review!), so I wondered if it would live up to everything I had heard about it. So imagine my relief when this book turned out to be amazing! For my… Read more »