Monday, October 7, 2013

October Favorites

Once a month I'm going to share with you a few of my favorite things - a favorite book, a picture I thought was extra inspiring, an interesting article...just about whatever, all somehow tying into writing, movies, and/or inspiration. I thought this would be a fun little post to lighten things up and hopefully give you something to look forward to at the beginning of each month.

Let's not waste any time!

1) Half(dot)com

This place is awesome. It's a part of ebay, and you can find extremely cheap books, some just a dollar. (You do have to be careful and read the descriptions on each price to make sure you're getting a book that's still in good condition). Now, I am cheating a little; I haven't actually ordered anything yet. I've been trying to figure out which books to get for starting me off in my online writing studies, and so far I've tallied an almost $200 list of books. This site cuts that at least in half; I'm going to be able to save a lot of my graduation money! Definitely check this site before any purchases (they also have movies and and games and music)!

2) My High School Diploma

A little random, but I can't help but include it. I graduated from high school this summer, and I'm finally ready to really embark on focusing on my writing career. I'm anxious to begin my studies at home (which begin this month), schedule everything myself, and take classes only I want to take (I'm not going for a particular degree). The diploma symbolizes a measure of freedom for me that I've been waiting for a long time.

3) Exhortations by Elizabeth blog post "Intelligence."

(**Elizabeth's own blog header)

Elizabeth Lewis has a wonderful blog,, on which she posts anything from book reviews and inspiring music for her stories to hosting writing contests. However, today I'm drawing attention to one particular post she labeled, "Intelligence." Like me, Elizabeth is a die-hard fan of the BBC series Sherlock, and for any of you who have seen this amazing series or at least know of Mr. Holmes, he loves to make life deductions based on the tiniest of details. Elizabeth creatively took this idea and wondered what Sherlock Holmes would deduce about her if he stepped into her room, and so she wrote a little piece on what he just might see. It was so inspiring and fun to read, I couldn't help but feel a little giddy.
However, she didn't just stop there. She then went on to explain different parts that play in intelligence, and by so showed us her amazing mind and grip on her characters themselves. I would rant and rave on a little longer, but I've already written enough. You'll just have to go read this tremendous blog post (copy and paste link in tab - I'm no technological whiz kid; I still don't know how to do direct links):

4) My typewriter book ends:

(I celebrated my birthday this month and these were my "big gift." I ADORE them!! Thanks, Mom and Dad ;) )

Do you have any favorites for this month? Sound off in the comments!


  1. Awwh! :') Thanks so much for the (very flattering) backlink! xD And I absolutely adore those typewriter bookends. o.O

    I'd have to say some of my favorites for this month were some sites I found while doing injury research. As a fantasy writer it always aggravates me beyond measure when the article says "keep the victim quiet and send for medical help immediately". Hel-lo? They don't have ambulances! xP But today I found a whole bunch of info about arrow wounds (AND how to treat them) in this article:
    And a detailed description of cut and thrust wounds here:
    And that's my weirdness for the month. xD

  2. Thank YOU for letting me share it! :)

    Ohh, unique research goodness! (I hear you on the troubles of fantasy writing in such areas.) Those are going on pinterest, I can't wait to read them in more detail. Thanks so much for sharing, Elizabeth.