Weekend Words #4

weekend words picWeekend Words showcases inspiring quotes from books, about writing, and about life. This feature will happen every weekend, either on Saturday or Sunday, depending on my schedule. While this is a reading/writing centric blog, this feature doesn’t have to be focused on those areas–it is intentionally open-ended to give bloggers a chance to say what’s on their mind.

Everyone should feel free to take part–it would honestly make my day! Complete instructions can be found on the feature’s page. 

1. A Powerful Quote From a Recent Read

live for tomorrow

“Living for the day is beautiful–too many of us don’t do it often enough–but to live life fully, we must life for today and tomorrow…People miss out on so much if they stop living for tomorrow.” — C.C. Hunter, Whispers at Moonrise (Shadow Falls #4)

Rereading the Shadow Falls series has been pretty fun these last few weeks (review to come, once I write them). Though the books are usually pretty light-hearted and casual, this quote stood out to me. I love how it counters the popular notion that living for the present will improve our lives, while also making sure that people don’t live only for the future.

2. A Quote that Inspired or Influenced Me This Week

as mysterious as a cat

“I wish I could write as mysterious as a cat.” — Edgar Allan Poe

I love Poe’s writing, especially his poetry, and if anyone gets close to writing like a cat, he is in the top ten. I love the simplicity of this quote, and after writing a horror-esque story this week, this quote felt apropos.

(Also, that’s my cat, Muzgle! Isn’t she adorable?)

3. Something I’ve Been Wanting to Say

Though I definitely have introverted tendencies, I’m finally getting better at going outside of my comfort zone socially at school. I’m not about to become Mrs. Social Butterfly, but in these recent weeks, I’ve realized just how far I’ve come since the beginning of high school. For other introverts out there, I guess I just want to say that it’s possible to still be “you” while breaking out of your shell a little.


I hope you’re all having a great weekend! What quotes have inspired you recently?

If you don’t wish for feline writing skills, what animal would you want to write like?

Weekend Words #3

weekend words picWeekend Words showcases inspiring quotes from books, about writing, and about life. This feature will happen every weekend, either on Saturday or Sunday, depending on my schedule. While this is a reading/writing centric blog, this feature doesn’t have to be focused on those areas–it is intentionally open-ended to give bloggers a chance to say what’s on their mind. Quotes can just be typed, or they can involve graphic design or drawing.

Everyone should feel free to take part–it would honestly make my day! Complete instructions can be found on the feature’s page. 

1. A Powerful Quote From a Recent Read

This one is fairly self-explainitory. Share a quote from a book that you are either reading or just finished. Avoid spoilers (of course) but other than that, anything goes.

quote ground of happiness

“She assured them, too, of her firm belief, that, at some brighter period, when the world should have grown ripe for it…a new truth would be revealed in order to establish the whole relation between man and woman on a surer ground of mutual happiness.” — Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter

Yep, another The Scarlet Letter quote. What can I say, I’m not in love with the plot, but it’s super quotable.

I love this quote, not because of its place in the book, but because of its implications for modern feminism. At the time of this book’s writing, feminism was a far off concept, barely glimpsed in this quote, but I believe that now, today, the “world is ripe” for more equal and positive gender relations.

2. A Quote that Inspired or Influenced Me This Week

This quote can deal with life, writing, reading–honestly anything.

quote crowded with angels

“They ran into the fire to help get people out. Ran in to the fire. The streets of heaven are too crowded with angels tonight. They’re our students and our teachers and our parents and our friends. The streets of heaven are too crowded with angels, but every time we think we have measured our capacity to meet a challenge, we look up and we’re reminded that that capacity may well be limitless. This is a time for American heroes.” — “20 Hours in America: Part 1,” Aaron Sorkin

This quote is from one of the most moving The West Wing episodes ever. With the 9/11 anniversary, I couldn’t help but think that this quote–while it wasn’t written about the tragedy–is especially relevant this weekend.

3. Something I’ve Been Wanting to Say

This is a chance for you to share the little thoughts that you had that weren’t big enough for a blog post (or that don’t exactly fit the theme of your blog), but that you want to put out into the world.

It’s the little joys that make long weeks bearable. Feeling self-conscious about those little joys (such as okay-ly written paranormal books that I first read as a freshman), is just plain stupid…so I’m trying to avoid that.


Since this feature is still very new, I’d love some feedback on how to format it to make it as user friendly as possible. Do you guys like the quote written out under the image (or is annoyingly repetitive)? What about the images I’ve been making for each quote–do you like them?

I hope you’re all having a great weekend! What quotes have inspired you recently?

Weekend Words #2

weekend words picWeekend Words showcases inspiring quotes from books, about writing, and about life. This feature will happen every weekend, either on Saturday or Sunday, depending on my schedule. While this is a reading/writing centric blog, this feature doesn’t have to be focused on those areas–it is intentionally open-ended to give bloggers a chance to say what’s on their mind. Quotes can just be typed, or they can involve graphic design or drawing.

Everyone should feel free to take part–it would honestly make my day! Complete instructions can be found on the feature’s page. 

1. A Powerful Quote From a Recent Read

This one is fairly self-explainitory. Share a quote from a book that you are either reading or just finished. Avoid spoilers (of course) but other than that, anything goes.

quote to the untrue man

“To the untrue man, the whole universe is false–it is impalpable–it shrinks to nothing within his grasp. And he himself, in so far as she shows himself in false light, becomes a shadow, or, indeed, ceases to exist.” — Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter

Yep, I’m reading The Scarlet Letter for school. We’re about halfway through and the story is starting to pick up (read: there is finally dialogue). I love this quote, both because it ties in nicely to annotations I’ve made throughout the book, but also because I feel that it connects directly to modern life. (And it shows off Hawthrone’s love of commas.)

2. A Quote that Inspired or Influenced Me This Week

This quote can deal with life, writing, reading–honestly anything.

quote vacation escape

“Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you should set up a life you don’t need to escape from.” — Seth Godin

Honestly, in a different week this quote might piss me off, mainly because I often feel like the things that make me need vacations from school/life are out of my control. However, I’m trying to stay positive, and I’m going on vacation this Labor Day weekend anyway.

3. Something I’ve Been Wanting to Say

This is a chance for you to share the little thoughts that you had that weren’t big enough for a blog post (or that don’t exactly fit the theme of your blog), but that you want to put out into the world.

Public schools seem to be one of the only institutions where the “HR” department (the counselors or administrators) turns you away and tells you to talk to your boss (teacher) about any issues you have with them, with no intention of cleaning up the mess that such a confrontation would make. (At least at my school…) Is it ridiculous to think this is a problem?


Since this feature is still very new, I’d love some feedback on how to format it to make it the most user friendly. Do you guys like the quote written out under the image (or is annoyingly repetitive)? Do you guys like the images I’ve been making for each quote? (By the way, I’m using 100% free stock photos and fonts, mainly from Unsplash and Dafont–if you don’t know those websites, they are life savers!–with some mild Photoshopping.)

I hope you’re all having a great weekend! What quotes have inspired you recently?

Weekend Words #1 (New Feature!)

weekend words picI’ve been wanting to have a quote-oriented feature on this blog for a while, but I couldn’t find an existing meme that addressed the components I wanted in my own feature. I have finally decided on a format that I like, and it is a new weekly meme at 52 Letters!

Weekend Words showcases inspiring quotes from books, about writing, and about life. This feature will happen every weekend, either on Saturday or Sunday, depending on my schedule. While this is a reading/writing centric blog, this feature doesn’t have to be focused on those areas–it is intentionally open-ended to give bloggers a chance to say what’s on their mind. Quotes can just be typed, or they can involve graphic design or drawing.

Everyone should feel free to take part–it would honestly make my day!

Each Weekend Words has three parts:

1. A Powerful Quote From a Recent Read

This one is fairly self-explainitory. Share a quote from a book that you are either reading or just finished. Avoid spoilers (of course) but other than that, anything goes.

quote think of the sky

I just finished reading this book, Black Dove, White Raven, and I’ve barely stopped crying. It was so beautiful and inspiring and heart-wrenching and surprising–I don’t know what to think. I’m in awe. If you’ve never read anything by Elizabeth Wein, you’re missing out on a lot of emotional torment, and some gorgeous storytelling.

2. A Quote that Inspired Me This Week

This quote can deal with life, writing, reading–honestly anything. It doesn’t even have to be a quote you “discovered” this week, just one that helped you get through the week or that gives you the extra bit of motivation you need to face the next week’s hurdles.

quote you must write it
(The fonts are Channel and Garamond, the original picture is from pxleyes)

3. Something I’ve Been Wanting to Say

This is entirely up to you. I’ll probably talk about school, politics, or my writing–who knows what mood I’ll be in when I write this each week. It doesn’t have to be positive, but it shouldn’t be intentionally mean or disrespectful. Let’s strive for constructive honesty. This is a chance for you to share the little thoughts that you had that weren’t big enough for a blog post (or that don’t exactly fit the theme of your blog), but that you want to put out into the world.

There is no worse feeling than realizing your time is being wasted by something you can’t get out of, when you know exactly what you wish you were doing instead.


 So there it is: the first Weekend Words! If this seems like something you’d like to take part in, please do, just link to the feature’s page  (essentially the same information as this post).

Have a great weekend!

Top Ten Inspiring Quotes From Books

top ten tuesday

 Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Every week, they post a new Top Ten topic and other bloggers respond with their own lists. I take part in this meme when I have something to say for the topic and I remember what day it is.

I love this week’s topic! It’s so hard to choose my favorite book quotes, but here are some that I try to remember when I need inspiration, or a kick in the pants, or just something to give my conscience a voice.

1. Just because you’re funny, doesn’t mean you get to be cruel.

–Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

I tend to be a very sarcastic person, and I think I’ve made jokes to/about/around all of my friends that probably crossed a line. I remember the first time I read this quote, it really struck me, because the character it was being said to was the one I identified most with in the series. It was a powerful moment for me, one of those when the text really connects to your life.

2. Fly the plane, Maddie.

–Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

One of my favorite non-book quotes is Winston Churchill’s “If you’re going through hell, keep going.” This quote is in the same vein for me, and it is just so moving in the actual book.

3. Not “The Queen made me” but “I make the King.”

–A Conspiracy of Kings (The Queen’s Thief #4) by Megan Whalen Turner

I cut the quote short to avoid spoilers but you get the drift–it is the ultimate self-motivating quote, a reminder that you are in charge of your own actions.

4. I do not want to pass the time. I want to grab hold of it and leave my mark upon the world.

–The Sweet Far Thing (Gemma Doyle #3) by Libba Bray

I’m at a time in my live where it’s easy to say, “Just hold on and survive.” But I really want to make sure I keep doing the things I love and that I do things that actually affect the world around me for the better.

5. I think maybe everybody falls. I think maybe we all do. And I don’t think that’s the asking. I think the asking is whether we get back up again.”

–The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

6. I desperately want to grow old.

–Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

This is the kind of quote–book, actually–that makes you appreciate everything in your life more. The power of this line is that it kicks the reader in the chest with the fear of not being able to grow old–and making them realize just how important a long life is.

7. “I didn’t know,” I start truthfully, “that it was the hard way when I started on it.”

–Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

I like this quote because it’s a reminder that sometimes we accidentally get ourselves into messes that we didn’t intend, but that following them through can have really great results. Eventually.

8. They weren’t all true. But they all had the truth.

–The Hero of Ages (Mistborn #3) by Brandon Sanderson

This quote is talking about different religions. It’s a very climactic moment in the series, but beyond that, it’s the kind of quote that makes you stop and wonder if all the wars of religion that have occurred throughout history were necessary in the slightest. And, of course, you come up with the answer of “no.” But it also gives you a powerful sense of what religion gives to people.

9. That isn’t your honor, Costis. That’s the public perception of your honor. It has nothing to do with anything important, except perhaps for manipulating fools who mistake honor for its bright, shiny trappings.

–The King of Attolia (Queen’s Theif #3) by Megan Whalen Turner

Being respected is a very large portion of my sense of self. Besides being absolutely in love with this book, this quote is a simple reminder that flashy awards aren’t always the best outcome.

10. I CAN DO ANYTHING I WANT!

–The King of Attolia (Queen’s Theif #3) by Megan Whalen Turner

Because, sometimes, I need a reminder of this. Not in a “break the law” sort of way, but just in a “I can be me” way.

 

Book Quote Binder Covers

I’ve always made covers for my school binders and notebooks covered with quotes from books and TV shows. In the last two years, with the help of Corel Draw X4, things have gotten a little out of hand.

Here are two of my binder covers, covered with quotes from my favorite books. Each of these took about 12 hours each, including finding the quotes and putting everything together. I made one last year, and one this year.

The quotes shouldn’t have any major spoilers, but check the list of books quoted before reading if you’re worried. I apologize for the first of the binder covers; sometimes the quote got broken up into a few different lines, and then I used the space between the lines to fit more quotes. This makes it somewhat hard to read some of the quotes if you don’t know them to begin with.

Most of these quotes aren’t funny or emotional out of context. If you recognize the quotes, then these covers will make you happy. If not, please just stand in awe of how many words and fonts I crammed onto a piece of paper. 🙂

I got my fonts either pre-installed from my laptop or off of dafont.com. I don’t intend to infringe on any copyrights. Vast apologies if I step on anyone’s toes.

Last year’s:

book quotes 2013 pic
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Books featured:

The Queen’s Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner, The Graceling series by Kristen Cashore, Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater, The Raven Cycle series by Maggie Stiefvater, The Heist Society series by Ally Carter, The Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter, The Gemma Doyle series by Libba Bray, Beauty Queens by Libba Bray, The Archived by Victoria Schwab, Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, Across the Universe by Beth Revis, Going Underground by Susan Vaught, The Chaos Walking series by Patrick Ness

This year I added color for emphasis: 

*I blacked out spoiler lines. There weren’t any this bad in last year’s, but this one featured a couple lines that had major plot reveals.

2014 binder cover pic spoiler free
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Books featured:

The Queen’s Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner, Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater, The Raven Cycle series by Maggie Stiefvater, The Heist Society series by Ally Carter, The Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter, The Gemma Doyle series by Libba Bray, Beauty Queens by Libba Bray, The Chaos Walking series by Patrick Ness, Graceling by Kristen Cashore, Peace, Love and Baby Ducks by Lauren Myracle, Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein, The Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson, The Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead

I promised doodles

In the description of this blog, it says, “For readers and writers who occasionally doodle.” Up until now I have addressed the first two parts of that maxim.

But now I have doodles to show off!

Some of these (the ones on lined paper) happened during French class. I drew the rest (on white printer paper) either today or yesterday in a moment of boredom.

Some are song quotes:

Some Code Name Verity quotes (read this book):

Random book/TV quotes:

And some random inspirational (ish) quotes:

 

You can click on the galleries to make the pictures bigger and see the full captions.

Enjoy! Sorry the picture quality is so bad. Next time I’ll try to fix that.