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Write What You Need

tempestsandslaughter_final-440x655Tamora Pierce is the author that has been on my bookshelf the longest. It was her book Wolf-Speaker, the second in her The Immortals quartet, that made me want to pick up books in the first place. While on one of my latest ventures to my local Barnes and Noble, I realized that she had published a new book called Tempests and Slaughter just this past February.

I honestly hadn’t realized she was still writing.

Wild Magic, the first of The Immortals quartet, was originally published in 1992, when I was only a toddler. Of course, even after I started reading her books when I was a young teen, Pierce had continued to write and publish books, but for some reason I still didn’t think she was writing new stories.

Doing some math, I realized that Pierce is 64 and still writing. Her first book was published when she was 29, meaning she has been writing for 35 years. She grew up on fantasy and science fiction and adored so many stories about fantastic warriors and battles, and I find it inspiring that she wrote about many of the same elements that she loved with the crucial addition of female heroes. She wrote the stories that she needed to hear while struggling through her teens and twenties on her way to following her dreams.

“Write what you know” is one of the main writing tips I always see, but I quite like the idea of “write what you need” better.

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Posted by on October 9, 2018 in Home

 

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Longest Bookshelf Resident

e6c32b9d7655dcdf706e40948ae33e01Which book or series has lived on your bookshelf the longest?

For me, it would probably be Tamora Pierce’s The Immortals series. I remember first seeing the books on the shelves just outside of the kids section at Barnes and Noble so many years ago. I can’t remember how old I was, but I was probably in middle school at some point, perhaps early teens.

The Immortals series are the books that I genuinely remember kick-starting my love of reading. I’ve read before, of course, but Pierce was my first introduction to the fantasy genre. Since those books, I’ve fallen in love with magic, whimsical places, and female characters who were both strong and feminine.

Wolf-Speaker was the second book of the series, but the first to catch my eye due to, well, wolves. Wolves have always been one of my favorite animals and, to a kid, that was all I really needed when it came to books. I picked up both Wolf-Speaker and Wild Magic, considering it was the first in the series, and since then I’ve read almost all of Pierce’s books. Not only do I adore her magic and the lands, but the relationships between her characters — romantic and platonic alike — always gave me warm and fuzzy feelings.

I’m not sure if I’ll ever pick up that particular series to reread considering the age group it was meant for. It opened up an entire genre for me, got me exploring more of the bookstore shelves rather than sticking to around the kids and teens section (both of which are wonderful), and showed me more worlds to visit.

That’s what books are meant to do, right?

 
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Posted by on September 6, 2017 in Home

 

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Five Favorite Authors

This is by no means a complete list. I just thought I would share a couple of my favorite authors with you folks. Who knows — perhaps this list will inspire you to find another favorite of your own. On that note, feel free to share some of your favorite authors and books too!

1. Tamora Pierce — favorite series of hers include the Immortals series and the Beka Cooper: A Tortall Legend. Other series include The Lioness Quartet and the Circle of Magic.

2. David Dalglish — favorite series includes the Shadowdance series. His newest series is Seraphim, with Skyborn as the first book, a novel that’s on my to-read list.

3. Mitch Albom — favorite book is Tuesdays with Morrie. Other books are The First Phone Call from Heaven and The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto.

4. Marissa Meyer — favorite book is Cinder of the Lunar Chronicles, with the other books of that series on my to-read list.

5. Erin Morgenstern — favorite book is The Night Circus. I’m eagerly awaiting whatever book she wants to write next!

 
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Posted by on August 12, 2016 in Home

 

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Book Quotes Part 4

Here is the next installment of my little Book Quotes series. These particular quotes were found with the help of Goodreads, and are from some of my old favorite books. Enjoy!

“I believe in deeds, not words.”
— Tamora Pierce, Alanna: The First Adventure

“We gaze continually at the world and it grows dull in our perceptions. Yet seen from another’s vantage point, as if new, it may still take the breath away.”
— Alan Moore, Watchmen

“Moments of quiet friendship are what life-makes everyone’s life-grand.”
— Luis Carlos Montalván, Until Tuesday

“Courage. Kindness. Friendship. Character. These are the qualities that define us as human beings, and propel us, on occasion, to greatness.”
— R.J. Palacio, Wonder

“Most of the people you see going to work today are LARPing (live-action role playing) an incredibly boring RPG (role-playing game) called “professionalism” that requires them to alter their vocabulary, posture, eating habits, facial expressions–every detail all the way down to what they allow themselves to find funny.”
— Cory Doctorow, In Real Life

 
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Posted by on March 24, 2016 in Home

 

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Series Spotlight – The Immortals

Do you remember what book series turned you into a bookworm?

I credit my bookwormness to Tamora Pierce’s “The Immortals” series. It’s a quartet– Pierce’s second quartet, actually — about a young woman with “wild magic,” magic that grants her the abilities to speak to animals, heal them, and take their shape. Daine is new to the country of Tortell, and it is there that she meets new friends that help her with her magic while getting entangled in the affairs of gods.

I remember being in my local Barnes and Noble when the teen section was right outside of the kids’ section. The second of the quartet, “Wolf Speaker,” was the cover that caught my eye, depicting a young woman sitting with wolves around her. Anyone who knows me knows of my love of animals, especially canines. It was on that trip that I remember getting the first two books in the series, and from then on, Tamora Pierce has been one of my favorite authors.

“The Immortals” was my first taste of fantasy, a love that has yet to grow old. I recently saw another edition with gorgeous new cover art and it took all my willpower not to buy them again. Perhaps once I get a new bookshelf…

What was your first favorite series?

 
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Posted by on January 25, 2016 in Home

 

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Favorite Book Quotes

Enjoy this short collection of some of my favorite book quotes! Here’s hoping they inspire you to pick up a pen, a book, or the next part of your life’s journey!

“Let us step into the night and pursue that flighty temptress, adventure.”
— J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

“But there’s nothing more profound than creating something out of nothing … That’s what makes a god—or a mother. There’s nothing more intoxicating than creating something from nothing. Creating something from yourself.”
— Rainbow Rowell, Fangirl

“If you’ve a story, make sure it’s a whole one, with details close to hand. It’s the difference between a good lie and getting caught.”
— Tamora Pierce, Trickster’s Choice

“Don’t adventures ever have an end? I suppose not. Someone else always has to carry on on the story.”
— J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

“You may tell a tale that takes up residence in someone’s soul, becomes their blood and self and purpose. That tale will move them and drive them and who knows that they might do because of it, because of your words. That is your role, your gift.”
— Erin Morgenstern, The Night Circus

 
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Posted by on April 22, 2015 in Home

 

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