Christmas

All I want for Christmas is......

December 20, 2015


Hey hey guys!
 How have you all been?
Its getting closer to Christmas (woop woop!!!) so I have decided to share my Christmas list with all of you lovely human beings.

1. MAKEUP.
I absolutely lovvvvveeeee makeup. I already own several different mascaras, powders and various eyeshadows, but what I would really like Santa, if you are reading, is lipsticks and eyeliners. I have recently formed an addiction to coloured eyeliners, and green and purple are definitely the new black. Due to my bank account becoming increasingly empty, MAC makeup is only seen in my wildest dreams, so finding affordable replacements such as Sleek mascaras and lipsticks would definitely make the sleigh a little lighter. Your welcome Saint Nick.

2. CLOTHES. Ew.
I absolutely HATE shopping and would rather go on Im a Celeb than have to trudge around clothes shops for hours on end. Two years ago I would've been totally fine with a baggy t shirt and jeans as my go to outfit for all occasions, but, as my mother forewarned (urrrghhh why is she always right?) clothes have become a necessity. I'm finding the need to be like everyone else and own more than just one outfit. So Santa, Baby, will you drop a LBD under the tree, for me? Ive been an awful good girl. 

3. MONEY MONEY MONEY (see, ABBA always wins). 
If your anything like me, I HATE asking for things and I HATE when people buy my presents because I accept them really awkwardly. So I feel Mr Christmas, to save me the awkwardness of reaching over piles of gifts and wrapping presents to hug someone to say thank you, please can you just give me money? Its so much lighter in your sleigh, easier to carry, and lasts much longer than makeup - well, maybe not hehe. Plus I can save it for next year when I need to buy my family presents. See, I'm only helping you out ;)

To conclude fellow readers, I don't have a lot of wants this Christmas, I have everything I could possibly need and therefore am content. Yeh I know, how boring. Sorry Papa Noel, no sweets this year. Well, out of the kindness of my heart, I guess I could take a unicorn off of your hands. ANYWAY, have a magical Christmas my lovelies, and I hope you get everything and more that you wish for!


Lots of Love,
(and kisses under the mistletoe!)
Mel xx

Books

Amanda Lester and The Pink Sugar Conspiracy- And Guest Post by Paula Berinstein!

December 11, 2015

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This is my stop during the blog tour for Amanda Lester and the Pink Sugar Conspiracy by Paula Berinstein. The blog tour runs from 30 November till 13 December, you can view the complete tour schedule on the website of Lola’s Blog Tours.
So far this series contains 3 books: Amanda Lester and the Pink Sugar Conspiracy (Amanda Lester, Detective #1), Amanda Lester and the Orange Crystal Crisis (Amanda Lester, Detective #2) and Amanda Lester and the Purple Rainbow Puzzle (Amanda Lester, Detective #3).



I am really pleased to say that the amazing author Paula Berinstein is going to be doing a guest post about how she creates the awesome names that she uses in the Amanda Lester Series. Enjoy!


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Amanda Lester and the Pink Sugar Conspiracy





Paula B’s Crazy Character Name Generator

By Paula Berinstein


People always ask me where I get my character names. After all, Particle Peaksribbon, Simon Binkle, and Owla Snizzle aren’t exactly your everyday monikers. Now that I’m doing this wonderful blog tour, I think it’s time I revealed my secrets, which you can use to name your characters too.

I read a lot, so it’s inevitable that I’d get my inspiration from a number of other authors. These four writers are my top influencers:

J.K. Rowling. I just love the names Severus Snape and Bellatrix Lestrange. Of course Snape is a real name of Old Norse or Anglo Saxon origin, but isn’t it evocative? Such a lovely hissing sound. Note that both names imply the traits of the characters they’re associated with. Snape is so mean that he actually does hiss, and he’s so intrusive that he severs whatever he touches. Trix, on the other hand, sounds like “tricky,” and Lestrange is, well, self-explanatory.

Charles Dickens. Seth Pecksniff, Martin Chuzzlewit, Daniel Quilp. Not only are they funny to say, they look silly on paper too. Note how the double letters exaggerate their sound and draw your eye, while a q is rare and exotic and the “lp” combination makes you twist your lips into a weird configuration. Can you guess what kind of character Quilp is from his name?

P.D. Wodehouse. My favorite Wodehouse name is Honoria Glossop, which belongs to a character in the Jeeves and Wooster stories. I could say that all day: Honoria Glossop, Honoria Glossop, Honoria Glossop. Note that one of the Legatum Continuatum teachers is also Honoria: Honoria Pargeter. I draw the line at naming one of my characters Jeeves, though.

Dr. Seuss. A tizzled topped tufted mazurka, a Grinch, Conrad Cornelius o’Donald o’Dell. Seuss gives us alliteration, funny sounds, and rhythm. Try to say Cornelius’s name without feeling that it’s pushing you along faster and faster.  

Pretty cool, huh? So keeping all that in mind, here is what I use:

Funny sounds and letter combinations. Snizzle, Bipthrottle, Absil Thurvy, Blixus. I find that the combinations sn, nk, and upp or ipp make me laugh, as do double consonants like zz, gg, ss and the letter x. I particularly like ish, which is used a lot in the UK (e.g., Professor Scribbish). They’re all hard sounds except for ish, which is just hilarious.

Alliteration. Juxtaposing words that start with the same letter is so much fun! I did that with some of my teachers: Particle Peaksribbon, Ducky Ducey, and Samuel Snool.

Place names. UK place names are so interesting that I often consult a map before naming a character. The names Ribchester (Bill Pickle’s pickle-making rival) and Follifoot (Follifoot Buck, the Legatum profiling teacher) are but two examples.

Ordinary words. It can be fun to combine ordinary words with other sounds or real names, or use them by themselves. For example, there’s Scarper (Mrs. Scarper, the Legatum girls’ dorm supervisor), which means “run away” in English English. Sweetgum, Amanda’s friend Editta’s last name, is a kind of tree, also known as liquidamber. Canoodle is the dean of admissions. Lumpenstein is one of Moriarty’s associates; I made up the name but note that his name and mine end the same way. Scapulus Holmes, Sherlock’s great-great-grandson, is named after a bone in the body, the scapula, or shoulder blade.

People I know or have heard of. Lots of characters in my stories are named after people I’ve known. I once had a gym teacher named Miss Also. My fifth-grade teacher was Mr. Ducey. Puppybreath (one of Nick Muffet’s roommates) was the name of a man in my field when I was studying library science. And Celerie (David Wiffle’s mother) is the name of a well-known interior designer.

Puns. Ahem: Bill Pickle, Alexei Dropoff, and Noel Updown are plays on words.

So, let’s try a few, shall we? Here are some names I haven’t used yet.

Pettifora Granular
Minimal Tiki
Skiddoo Carbuncle
Ichabod Icing.

Now let’s see what you can do. Please post your experiments in the comments.

Thanks so much! And don’t forget, solvere scelus!!!!


Christianity

My Favourite Spiritual Quotes!

November 29, 2015

Hello Spirit-Seekers!

I hope that you all are doing phenomenally well! I certainly am (not, hahaha)
I finally got together some spiritual quotes that I love, and know that  I really have a lot, Whoops! (or at least a lot more than I really should)

I previously made a blog post on this, only it was Biblical quotes, and if you want to see it, click here!

So I have a We Heart It account (click here to see it!) and I have been using it a lot recently to browse Spiritual Content during my Quiet Times (which I really want to do a post on, once I have sort of gotten back into doing them and perfect them... I digress)

Disclaimer:
I don't own any of these gorgeous, beautiful photos! I will credit any author if they contact me, as I haven't seen the authors as I have taken these off of a social media website. I don't mean to infringe any copyright. All rights go to the creators :(

P.S. This is actually my home screen on my phone. :D

Books

Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry- Review

November 22, 2015

Nowhere but Here by Katie McGarry

I received this book for free from the publisher to review, however all opinions are my own and the review is completely unbiased.

Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry is a novel about a girl called Emily who has lived in sunny Florida all her life. Her mother came from Kentucky, a place far away from her and left her past there, starting afresh with her daughter as a baby.

During a lengthened trip to Kentucky, Emily realises that the safe home and life she had lived for so long wasn't really reality, and secrets begin to unravel and her past becomes clearer as she finds out the truth about her family.

As well as this, she meets mysterious Oz, a bad boy with the reputation to go alongside it. But she learns a lot about him, and he already knows a lot about her. They both want something; Oz to join the Reign of Terror, a prestigious Kentucky biker gang and Emily wants to find out the truth about her family. And they have to work together if they both want to get their way.

I really enjoyed reading this book. It was really interesting and definitely different compare to the other YA novels out there. It definitely wasn't what I was expecting from it, but that is good.

The characters and setting were well thought out and I think that McGarry did really well with that. I loved feeling like I was hanging out in Snowflake with the characters.

In terms of the writing, I really got into it, and it was really professional yet easy to read. I feel that with Netgalley, they tend to skip letters like 'fl' and 'fi'. I guess that is to stop people from copying the novel. But that is pretty frustrating when the story is set in a place called Snowflake.

The reason the novel lost a star is because it was really angst-y and I wasn't really into that. The teenage love was all hot and steamy body parts and lusting over each other and that frankly, wasn't very appealing. I would have rather Oz and Emily liked each other because of their quick wit and then realized how hot each other were, but hey ho.

I still really enjoyed this book and it won't stop me from reading the rest of the Thunder Road novels, and I definitely want to try some more of McGarry's writing. Just bear in mind that some of the writing in the book isn't really suitable for younger teens.

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NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo- Half Way Through! NaNoWriMo 2015

November 20, 2015

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Hey Guys,

I hope that you didn't expect too much of me.... All of words have been going into my word count. Sorry!

I thought I would quickly make a post with a couple of things I have been doing to write more. 

Tip 1:
Reward yourself
My best friend during the month of November are my darling Pringles. And shortbread. Christmas offers are starting with good time! Take advantage; make the cashiers hate you and think you are secretly feeding a hoard of sweet-toothed children. Clear out whatever s left of the Halloween sweets, if it's too late a box of Celebrations will do! Just take them all! *insert mouth stuffing emoji*
Hang on, don't you dare just pig out until you have got that day's word count! Hide the sweets or hold someone accountable for them. Let yourself a sweet every 500, 1000 words. Reward yourself every 150 or 200 words when you pass your goal; you'll be more tempted to carry on if you have a bigger incentive!
I let myself have 3 Pringles every 400 words because I write quite slowly, but at the start of NaNo I did it once every 750 words! 6 or 7 (or 35) Pringles can get me through the day!
(Until I have a mental breakdown lol.)

Tip 2:
Surround yourself with inspiration
Write little post its, set reminders on your phone, do anything that reminds you that YOU HAVE 1,667 WORDS TO WRITE TODAY. even if you let your mum ring you up every day at 5pm to ask you if you've done your word count, that is enough. I think that it's really helpful and I would definitely recommend this!

You shouldn't forget anyways, but this is also a brilliant reminder that you really shouldn't procrastinate.
Procrastination
Is
Bad.

Tip 3:
Watch other people.
I find seeing how other people are doing extremely helpful. Have Writing Buddies. Watch vlogs, talk about it with your friends! Tweet me! @IamRachA201 if you have no one to chat too! (That'd make me smile!) I'll tell you how rubbishy I am doing and you'll feel better.
I only have one friend doing NaNo and I don't see her much, so I challenged myself to always be in the Top 5 of my writing buddies. I go up to my Writing Buddies on the NaNo website and go from 'Word Count- High to Low' and by the end of that day, I need to be in the top five or on the front page. Then I do it and sleep
Otherwise I watch Katytastics old vlogs. mandiLynn, ThenewCSLewis, Christina Horner, people like that. They are great and help me a lot. Because sometimes it's better to watch people fall over, it helps you to stand up.

Tip 4:
Enjoy!
No one is forcing you to do NaNoWriMo (and if they are then that's sad... I'm sorry) but enjoy what your writing, or else it just isn't worth it, okay? Life is too short to waste time doing the stuff that stresses you out! (Unless it's working, eating or sleeping. I hold no responsibility of you don't, sorry.  

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Christianity

#PrayforParis 13/11/15

November 14, 2015


I wrote this poem in memory of the massacre that happened in Paris on Friday 13th Of November, that left many people dead.

And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

I hope you like it.
In Memory of the dead in the massacre, and my response to those who did this.
C'etait affreux



I hear on the news 100 Frenchmen dead
Paris is crying
I kneel at the end bed and pray
"My Lord, why would you let this be?"
I say
"We all mourn the dead
These men run around, and they kill and slay
But what makes this worse, is they do it in your name.
They have made Your Love in a dirty bloodstained game."

He replied to me.
"It was not in my honour
That these men slay
They praise gods of violence
Make the innocent people pay.
I made a promise I would not intervene
I told myself, not even for an Islamic regime.
I gave you free will, and I want to take it back
For some people a conscience they lack, and they are ruthless
Bringing shame on their families
In the name of me, but I am not who they praise
Their Allah, their God, is one of war, and they are dazed
By greed and sin and Satan and war
They have turned their back on their Father’s law
They have put my name in vain, they have bloodstained hands
But a grin is on their faces as they sing my praise.
Rebuke them, my followers, but love them the same
As I said Love thy neighbour, even through darkness and pain
As I said forgive those who sin, although they stain my name
As I said through Jesus, I love you all the same"

There are more angels in heaven
But more bodies on Earth
People mourn, people cry.
As their loved ones die.
But I will love you even more.
As even before you were born,
You came from above.
Before you were thought of,
You had eternal love.
Show evil what good can do.
Let them not see what they have done to you.


NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo 2015!

October 31, 2015

Yes Guys,

Its happening again. In 10 minutes.

NANOWRIMO 2015

Once again, I shall be taking part in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month)

If you haven't seen all of last years posts (tbh I don't know why I am saying 'all'. I did like, four) I will link them here.

The goal of NaNoWriMo is to write 50,000 words in one day. Yup, 50,000. And I am gonna take that on.

I know that I am setting myself I pretty big challenge. Especially because I have so much work to do, plus I haven't planned anything. But hey ho. (I say that a lot nowadays)

I have a couple of ideas that I am not going to share today (for fear of plagiarism). I was considering take last years novel and adapting it. But I haven't decided yet. I'll probably flip a coin.

But then again, last years novel was on my USB, which has since then died, taking hundreds of pictures and 2 unfinished NaNoWriMo novels with it.

I will try and do weekly updates for you guys, but that definitely won't be easy as i will be spending my time writing and working. But I'll have a go.

:(

If you want to add me on the NaNoWriMo website, I am over here. My username is CreativityandCrazy


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Books

Spoooky Halloween TBR!

October 29, 2015




Heellllooooooooooooooooo

I'm a ghoooooooooooooossssssssssssssssssttttttttttttttttttttttttttttt

Not really! (I bet you were really scared though)

With Halloween just days away, I wanted to share with you some of the spooky things I will be reading this week. I've never really been into horror or Halloween, but I noticed some of these books and they have really captivating me. I was also given the chance to read Monsterland by Michael Phillip Cash this Halloween, which has really gotten me into the spooookkkyy spirit. A review of that to come soon!

So these three books are what I am going to be reading this Halloweeeeennnnnnnnnnn.

1. Monsterland by Michael Phillip Cash
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The book that inspired it all! (I.E. the whole blog post)
Welcome to Monsterland – the scariest place on Earth. All guests can interact with real vampires in Vampire Village, be chased by an actual werewolf on the River Run, and walk among the dead in Zombieville.
Wyatt Baldwin, a high school student and life-long movie buff is staring bleakly at a future of flipping burgers. Due to a fortuitous circumstance, Wyatt and his friends are invited to the star-studded opening of Monsterland. In a theme park full of real vampires, werewolves and zombies, what could possibly go wrong?


2. Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

I feel like the only person who found this pretty creepy when I read it. I thought it was a really good classic though.
In this harrowing tale of good and evil, the mild-mannered Dr. Jekyll develops a potion that unleashes his secret, inner persona—the loathsome, twisted Mr. Hyde.


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I can't believe that I still haven't read this! it is meant to be an amazing book, but I haven't yet tried it :(
A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of curious photographs.
A horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.
A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.


Have a great Halloween! If you want to find me, I will be rocking back and forth under my bedsheets, probably trying to text my mum. :)

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